Fulton County Soil & Water 2013.03.20

Written by David Green.

Curt Jones and Larry Short represented the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District this month at the 70th annual meeting of the Ohio Federation meeting.

More than 400 conservation leaders representing the state's 88 district offices met in Columbus for a program titled "70 Years of Conservation: Events that Shaped Our Lives." In addition to a variety of educational briefings, participants met with lawmakers during a legislative reception to share local conservation successes and challenges, as well as to discuss the state budget.  

Conference speakers included Purdue University Department of History’s Dr. R. Douglas Hurt who spoke about the history of the Dust Bowl; Author Trudy E. Bell, who discussed the history of the 1913 flood and the potential for flooding issues in the future; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services’ Regional Conservationist Richard Sims, who discussed federal issues including the Farm Bill and sequestration issues;  and a panel discussion on state issues and challenges highlighted by state agency directors.

“Our time in Columbus was well-spent,” Jones said. “This is an event to further prepare and equip Ohio’s 88 county soil and water conservation districts to deliver effective and efficient conservation programs and practices to Ohio’s citizens.”

The winter meeting helps train conservation leaders to deliver programs that promote healthy soils, water quality, food development, energy production and more.

To learn more about the work Ohio’s SWCDs are doing, contact Kim Bowles at Fulton SWCD or visit the OFSWCD at www.ofswcd.org.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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