OREGON COUNTY -- The Oregon County Soil and Water Conservation District held its 26th annual meeting/banquet at the Alton Multi Purpose Building. Approximately 150 cooperators and friends attended, enjoying a meal of baked chicken and ham with all the trimmings. The meal was prepared by the Alton Elementary School cafeteria staff.
The district's annual report was read by Charlie Erickson, board member, and the invocation was given by board treasurer Howard Dethrow. The remaining board members present were Glen Jenkins and Stacy Hambelton.
The following FY 2002 awards were presented by district technician Jeff Lawrence and Vice Chairman Glen Jenkins: Cooperators of the Year, Jonathan and Ruby Crews; Cooperator of the Year, Kevin Steed; No-Till Drill Award, David Crews; Pasture and Hayland Management Award, Albert Prewitt; and the Woodland and Wildlife Management Award, Mildred Presley.
Oregon County Soil and Water District Clerk Paula Miller announced the annual poster contest winners from the approximately 200 5th grade students in the county who were challenged to come up with conservation ideas to improve land stewardship. The theme was "Gift of Trees" at the four area schools that participated. The cash awards earned at each school were: first place, $30; second place, $25; and third place $20. Of the schools winning posters, three are selected for county poster winners with additional cash prizes of: first place, $100; second place, $75; third place $50, as well as a trophy.
The county first place poster will be forwarded to Jefferson City in November to represent Oregon County in the State Conservation Poster Contest. Miller said with many great posters submitted by the 5th graders of Oregon County, the following were chosen because of their conservation theme, artwork, and originality: from Alton School where Roger Koontz is the art teacher: Timothy Church, first; Lindsey Chronister, second; and Brent Tackitt, third place. From Thayer School where Connie McFann is the art teacher: Amber Price, first; Ashley Price, second place; Sara Riley third place. From Couch School where Kym Haynes is the art teacher: Jessica Jones, first place; Sam Shaw, second place; Amber Johnson, third place. From Koshkonong School where Jamie Dixon is the art teacher: Ashley Shock, first place; Hannah Haley, second place; and Chelsea Emerson, third place.
The Oregon County Poster Contest winners were: first place, Timothy Church, Alton; Lindsey Chronister, second place, Alton; third place Amber Price, Thayer.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Soil and Water District Commission developed the Cost-Share Program to help farmers and landowners install erosion control practices. Through eight different conservation practices approved in Oregon County, many landowners and farmers are assisted each year. For more information contact the Oregon County Soil and Water Conservation District at Rt. 3, Box 3286, Alton, MO 65606 or call 417-778-6610 ext. 101.