People, Places & Events


Applicator training slated
Special to The Monitor
TERRELL–Area agricultural producers will have the opportunity to complete
training and testing to meet the requirements for obtaining a private applicator license at a program scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Terrell Subcourthouse, 408 E. College Street, Terrell.
The training will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by testing.
Producers interested in the program should call the Extension office at (972) 563-0233 as soon as possible to register for the class.
To become a licensed private applicator, a producer must attend a Texas
Cooperative Extension private applicator training program, make a passing score on a Texas Department of Agriculture (T.D.A.) Private
Applicator examination and submit an application to T.D.A. along with a
required $60 fee. The T.D.A. private applicator license is valid for five years.
The training and testing procedure used previously has changed.
Class participants must purchase a Private Applicator License Training manual
in advance of the class.
The manual and study worksheets are available
at the County Extension office for $20.
You must present a photo ID and it is recommended that you bring a calculator.
For further information about the program, contact Ralph Davis, Kaufman
County Extension Agent at (972) 563-0233.

HC Master Gardener program seeks members
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Henderson County Master Gardener Program is looking for a few green thumbs.
The members of the local troop of master gardeners have served as volunteers for the Henderson County Agricultural Extension Office for more than eight years.
Now is the time to sign up for this year’s Master Gardener Training Program, which will take place at Trinity Valley Community College. The class for this year’s training program is set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 29.
According to the Henderson County Master Gardener Association web page, the master gardener program is open to “professional and amateur horticulturists, as well as persons simply seeking (to learn) up-to-date horticultural information, advance their gardening expertise, and gain self-satisfaction through volunteer efforts.
“The volunteer aspect of the master gardener program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to enhancing the quality of life for citizens in their community using the science and art of horticulture.”
Those who wish to dedicate their time and talents to the program must complete both a semester-long training course held at TVCC and 50 hours of assigned volunteer work at various places around the county, such as the East Texas Arboretum.
“It isn’t difficult to become a Master Gardener, but it does require some commitment,” Henderson County Master Gardeners President Sharon Barrett said.
The first step to becoming a part of the group involves picking up an application from the Henderson County Agricultural Extension Office. The office is located in the Henderson County Courthouse Annex.
Once a person has been accepted to the program, the applicant can register for the training class at TVCC.
For those who are seeking a degree in horticulture or a related field, the class is offered for credit as Principals of Horticulture. For those who are not seeking credit, the class is offered through the Continuing Education office.
“We call it a piggyback class. Those not taking the class for credit meet alongside those who are seeking credit,” Barrett said.
The training class will meet from 8-10:50 a.m. Aug. 29 through Thursday, Dec. 14.
The class includes guest speakers and field trips. The class will be taught by County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch.
The cost is the same both for those seeking credit and those not seeking credit: $125 plus the cost of the class manual.
Upon completion of the course, those seeking master gardener certification must complete 50 assigned hours of volunteer work on specified projects within one year.
Those who have fulfilled the requirements at the end of the year will be certified as master gardeners and will join the ranks of the current membership to participate in educational activities.
Membership is maintained by completing volunteer hours and continuing educational requirements each year.
For more information, call the Henderson County Agricultural Extension Office at (903) 675-6130.

Local media honored
Special to The Monitor
MALAKOFF–Jennifer Hannigan of the Malakoff News, Kerry Yancey of The Monitor and the KCKL radio station were named to the Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), by Malakoff ISD.
The Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide who deserve recognition for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools.
Media representatives form approximately 500 Texas newspapers and radio and television stations were honored by their local school districts.
Criteria for the district selection included media representative’s efforts to get to know the superintendent, board president and the district’s mission and goals; report school news in a fair, accurate and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit the schools; and maintain a policy of no surprises by sharing information with school officials.
“Districts across Texas appreciate these reporters for their balanced and accurate approach to sharing both the challenges facing our schools and the successes achieved by local teachers, students and school board members.
Their work aids local communities in focussing on the goal of providing the best public schools we can for every child,” TASB president Katie Reed said.
In most cases, local school boards passed a formal resolution to add names of media from their communities.
The 2006 Media Honor Roll will appear in the August/September issue of TASB’s Texas Lone Star, and certificates were created for presentation at the local level.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts.
School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state.
The districts they represent have a combined annual budget of $38 billion, employ more than 580,000 people and serve 4.3 million Texas students.