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State organization honors local media


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  The Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (GEAFCS) held its 2013 State Professional Development Conference in Henry County last week where extension agents and professionals from all across Georgia met to discuss a variety of topics, under the theme Expanding, Engaging, Enriching: Through Partnership.

  The 2013 conference included various speakers and workshops, as well as several awards ceremonies, including a luncheon honoring statewide educators and well as local media.

L to r: Mickie Jackson, owner and publisher of The Henry County Times and Julie Hoover-Ernst, Communication Director for Henry County Government display their awards at the 2013 State Professional Development Conference held Thursday, August 8.                                                        Photo by Alex Welch

  Henry TV14, the Henry County Government-operated television station was recognized with a public relations award called Friend of Extension Award for its public relations work on behalf of the Extension Office. Julie Hoover-Ernst, Communications Director for Henry County Government, accepted the Friend of Extension Award on behalf of the station’s production team that includes broadcast production specialists Ed Gore and Nathan Monroe and broadcast producer Kevin Williams.

  According to Susan Howington, Henry County Extension Coordinator and president-elect of the GEAFCS, Henry TV14 partners with the Extension Office on an original cooking and gardening show called “Garden Delights.” Howington and Frank Hancock, Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent with the Cooperative Extension Office, host the monthly cooking show, which airs on Henry TV14.

  Hoover-Ernst said she was pleased to accept the award on behalf of her staff.

  “All of us at Henry TV14 put a lot of heart and soul into everything we do, and it is so gratifying for that hard work and creativity to be recognized in this way by the Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences,” said Hoover-Ernst. “We enjoy working with the Henry County Extension on “Garden Delights” and look forward to continuing that partnership to promote healthy living among our citizens.”

  The Henry County Times received an award for outstanding media coverage on behalf of the Henry County Cooperative Extension Office. Mickie Jackson, owner and publisher of The Henry County Times, accepted the John Harrell Mass Media Award on behalf of the newspaper. She was cited for being a staunch supporter of the Extension Office and the 4-H Clubs, keeping readers informed of events and programs.

  “I was happy to accept this award on behalf of the Times,” said Jackson. “Everyone on the staff appreciates the vital role the Henry County Extension Service plays in our community and we all look forward to many more years of their good news to share with our readers.”  

  Other award winners at the luncheon included Susan Moore from Laurens County, who received the Excellence in Youth Eggucation Award, and the team of Judy Hibbs, Beffie Morse, Shawanda Johnson, Molly Kimler, Alma Rhoden and Sandra Stringer for the Excellence in Adult Eggucation Award for their statewide curriculum called Food Talk, that teaches low income families how to plan healthy meals on a budget. Holly Hidell, with the Georgia Egg Commission said the Eggucation Awards were especially meaningful as the state recently ended the Georgia Egg Commission program due to budget cuts.

  Howington thanked all of the award winners, citing the particular contributions of The Henry County Times for its news coverage and TV14 for collaborating with the Cooperative Extension Office and promoting its services.

  “Thank you for all you do to help us get connected to our community,” said Howington.

  The Henry County Cooperative Extension Office, in association with the University of Georgia, offers classes, education and information throughout the year for both children and adults, in the program areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth and Development and Family and Consumer Science.



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