4-H agent Blevins leaves Lancaster for Lexington

August 08, 2004|EMILY BURTON

LANCASTER - Garrard County 4-H agent Stephanie Blevins is proud that she no longer cries when reminiscing about her last seven years on the job, and her last day in the office July 29.

While Blevins says has greatly enjoyed the work and will miss the children, she has accepted a new position with the Club Delivery System in the state 4-H office in Lexington, and has since left the Garrard County Extension office.

"It was a good career opportunity. I enjoyed working with the kids... but this presented new challenges," Blevins explained. "It was a tough decision."

According to co-workers, Blevins' absence will leave a void difficult to fill. She "certainly did a really great job at her position as 4-H agent here, and we're going to miss her," county ag agent Mike Carter said.


Finding a replacement for Blevins is the responsibility of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, which oversees the extenuation programs. After publicizing the position, accepting applications and interviewing candidates, it could take anywhere from 3-6 months to find a new agent, Carter said.

Garrard County's 4-H program will "tread water" without Blevins, but it will not sink, he said.

"It will take a collective team effort, but we certainly won't let the program go unattended," he said.

Under Blevins' hand, the 4-H program grew to include the mini-society, 4-H reality store and multiple arts and crafts activities. Blevins said it was "hard to pick out just one" favorite achievement or activity but "seeing some of the kids develop through the years" was very rewarding, she said.

"I just hope they got half as much out of it that I did."

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