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March 12, 2014

Master Gardeners present giant check

Athens — The Henderson County Commissioners Court heard the annual report of a hard-working group on Tuesday.

The Henderson County Master Gardeners presented a giant check to represent the value of the volunteer work the organization performed in 2013. Based on a $22 per-hour wage placed on volunteers by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the group contributed $119,940 in service last year.

“They do a lot of work throughout the year for the county in various activities,” Henderson County Agrilife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch said.

The 2013 group of Master Gardeners was the largest ever. Hirsch said there were 45 members and interns in the group, accounting for more than 5,000 hours of service to the community.  That number of volunteer hours has grown from 38 master gardeners in 2012, logging 3,200 hours.

Master Gardeners is an educational and volunteer program offered by the AgriLife Extension of the Texas A&M University System. They were represented at the meeting by President Judy Haldeman, Cherie Tanneberger and Wayne Stafford.

You can find out more by contacting the Henderson County AgriLife Extension Office in Athens at 903-675-6130.

In other action, Commissioners:

• appointed Lisa Kocian to a 3-year term on the Henderson County Hospital Authority Board;

• approved a 3-year interlocal agreement for labor and equipment with Coffee City;

• approved a permit to CenturyLink to place about 1,700 inches of new 50-by-24 copper cable on the east side of County Road 1403, and to bore under a creek with PVC pipe;

• approved a permit to East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District to repair a  2-inch water line within the right-of-way of 101 Garner in the Golden Oaks subdivision in Precinct 2;

• approved annual contracts with five fire departments within the county, including Caney City, Log Cabin, North-19, Payne Springs and Trinidad;

• authorized payment of 2014 bills in the amount of $240,343.39.

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