OREGON COUNTY -- The University Extension Council elections will be Jan. 13-20.
The candidates for the Northern District are Joe Crider, Dale Jedlicka, Juanita Jett, Randy Moran, Rodger Shelton and Edgar Wilson.
The candidates for the Southern District are Russell Grooms, Bill Martin, Junior Roberts, Missy Underwood, Chad Wickens and Jesse Williams Sr.
The polling places are: Flashmarket in Koshkonong, Mo's Country Kitchen in Rover, Rivers Edge in Thomasville, Young's Produce in Alton, the Alton Senior Citizen Center, the Oregon County Extension Office in Alton, Mills Feed in Alton, Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center in Thayer, Hirsch Feed and Tindle's in Thayer.
Eight council members, four from the northern district and four from the southern district, will be elected, each for a two year period.
There will also be three appointed members to the Extension Council. At this time the appointments have not been made.
Oregon County Extension officials said the elected Extension Council members and the appointed election council members guide Extension work in the county.
The office is located in the basement of the courthouse at Alton. It was established to serve the residents of the county by extending research based knowledge and top quality educational programs for residents at a local level.
Besides agricultural and natural resource needs handled at the Extension office, several other services are provided by other local staff members.
Nichole Harms serves as the Nutrition Program associate. A portion of her job is to bring nutrition education to the youth and adults of the county.
Gary Cross serves as the community development specialist for University Extension in Oregon County.
Cross focuses on educational programs and community development for the county. He invites anyone with any ideas on community development to contact him at the local Extension office.
Becky Bassett is the 4-H Youth Development Program assistant at the Extension office. She oversees all 4-H clubs in the county and is involved in the Oregon County Youth Summit as well.
The Youth Summit is starting its 11th year in the county. The Youth Summit brings together high school juniors from all four school districts in the county to learn community leadership and service skills.
Kathy Loth serves as the secretary/bookkeeper at the office.
For more information call the Extension office at 417-778-7490.