County commissioners awarded for partnership
by Dawn M. Kurry Richmond County Daily Journal
The Richmond County Board of Commissioners received one of five County Partnership Awards from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Foundation. The award was presented during the annual meeting of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners held recently in Greensboro.
Sheri Schwab, Director of County Operations for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, attended the Sept. 9 meeting of the county board in Rockingham to make a local presentation.
The County Partnership Award recognizes local governments for their outstanding partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. The Richmond County commissioners were nominated by Susan Kelly, director of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Richmond County.
“The five counties honored today are exemplary models of this partnership,” said Schwab in presenting the 2013 awards. “The county winners were selected based on their contributions in three areas: their continued commitment of resources for facilities, new and existing positions, and the overall operation of extension in their county; the supportive relationship they have built with extension as an inclusive partner with commissioners, county management and other departments; and the counties’ advocacy and involvement in extension programs.”
The Richmond County commissioners who were recognized included Kenneth Robinette, John Garner, Jimmy Maske, Thad Ussery, Jimmy Capps, Don Bryant and Ben Moss. Commissioner Bryant was present during the NCACC Business Meeting to receive the award.
In her nomination, Kelly described the ways Richmond County has partnered with Cooperative Extension. “Richmond County government has provided funding, resources and involvement in extension programs. Extension agents have supported the county by developing a wellness program that has helped county employees increase productivity, lose weight, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and develop a more positive attitude toward their jobs. Richmond County government also has collaborated with extension in promoting a Voluntary Agriculture District and marketing programs.”
In other matters, the county board:
• Received an update on Richmond Community College by President Dale McInnis.
• Read a resolution recognizing Tyson Walker Pruitte for exceptional achievements in archery competitions. Pruitte will be heading to China for national competitions.
• Heard an announcement by Cooperative Extension Director Susan Kelly about an upcoming webinar on the partnership possibilities between local government and local food, which will be held Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. until noon, and all county officials and department heads are invited to come to the Cooperative Extension Office.
• Approved a request to re-convey the Chalk Road Elementary School site to the Board of Education.
• Designated Sept. 21 - Oct. 5 as “Fall Litter Sweep” in Richmond County.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.
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