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Fourth & Final 4-H Summer Educational Tour

The Wayne County 4-H Program held their fourth and final 4-H Summer Educational tour at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, a monastic community of Orthodox Christians. Youth learned how the 26 monks make soap, incense, raise goats, bees (for honey), and keep a garden to support their monastic lifestyle.

Monastery Wayne County

L-R: Monk David, Conner Hall, Addy Smith, Betty Jane Parsley, Marah Christian, Josie Parsley, Elijah Parsley, Benton Hall and Duke Parsley. The youth are standing outside their gift shop.

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Highlights from the Open Horse Show

The Wayne County Fair Open Horse Show was held July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Shirley Burgess Park just north of Wayne. Below are a few highlights from the event.

High Point Rider

L-R: Jessica Mitchell, Reserve High Point Rider, the 2018 Wayne County Fair Teen Queen, Autumn Messer; Bekah Napier, High Point Rider, and Kelsea Adkins, the 2018 Wayne County Fair Queen.

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4-H Summer Education Tours Kick Off with Visit to Marshall University

Today we kicked off our 4-H Summer Educational Tour with a visit to Marshall University. 4-H members learned about this historic center for higher education for the greater Huntington area. Wayne County 4-H members stand in front of the Memorial Fountain which is a memorial to the 75 lives lost during the November 14, 1970, plane crash that carried members of the football team, coaches and others of Marshall University back from a football game. The 4-H members include (l-r): Duke Parsley, Josie Parsley, Addy Smith, Betty Jane Parsley, Jack Adkins, Conner Hall, Tate Adkins, Lilly Adkins, Benton Hall and Elijah Parsley. Next Tuesday, the Wayne County 4-H Program will continue its 4-H Summer Educational Tour series with a visit to Allevard Sogefi, an international manufacturing plant in Wayne County!

Wayne County 4-H MU Tour 2018

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Wayne County Ag News

New Ag Agent Started July 18

evan wilson

Evan Wilson of Mason County joined WVU Extension Service on July 18 as the Wayne-Cabell Ag & Natural Resource Agent. He comes to us with a Bachelors in Ag & Extension Education and a Masters in Ag, Natural Resource & Design from West Virginia University. Evan grew up on his great-grandfather's farm near Apple Grove, WV and was active in 4-H and FFA during his middle and high school years. Evan looks forward to working with farmers and land owners in Wayne and Cabell counties. The public can reach him at the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at 304-272-6839or via email.

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Retired Wayne County Extension Agent Passes Away

1979 Wayne County Office Staff

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, our beloved County Extension Agent, Carl Marcum passed away. He served Wayne County for 33  years and retired in December 2012. This photo features the time when Carl started as the County Extension Agent in 1979. Carl is surrounded by Charlie (Stickler) Rickman (left) and Meg Baughman (right).

Carl's obituary provides more information on his passing. He left a wonderful mark on our county and will truly be missed!

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Wayne County Cattlemen to Hold 2018 Winter & Spring Meetings

beef cattle

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Wayne County CEOS News

Wayne County CEOS Members Encouraged to Participate in 2018 Campus Read

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CEOS Helps with 4-H Project Day

Two CEOS members - Trish Harris and Donna Ferrell helped with the annual 4-H Project Day, where the focus was on sewing. Seven youth completed a 4-H Project on sewing on Thursday April 5, 2018. The youth did several hands-on activities including pillow cases for a travel size pillow. These projects will be on display at the 2018 Wayne County Fair.

Many thanks to our volunteers (front row) Donna Ferrell, Trish Harris (both CEOS members) and Loretta Wright for lending their expertise today! The youth who participated in 4-H Project Day include (l-r): Josie Parsley, Matthew Crockett, Duke Parsley, Sarah Ferry, Grayson Smith, Addy Smith, and Marah Christian.

2018 4-H Project Day

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Wayne County CEOS members Encouraged to Participate in the Charleston Area Spring Meeting

The Charleston Area CEOS Spring meeting will be held April 21, 2018 in Lincoln County. The program will focus on the monarch butterfly. The cost is $12 and checks should be made payable to the Hamlin Crafty Ladies. The spring meeting will be held at the Lincoln Primary Care Center's new community building located at 359 Walnut Street in Hamlin. For more information, please contact our office 304-272-6839

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4-H Youth Development

Did you know that in 4-H, you can build a rabbit den, go on a hike, learn photography, be a news reporter, raise small pets and livestock, safely shoot an air rifle, shot gun, or bow and arrow, learn about other cultures and customs, go to camp and make new friends? Did you know that 4-H is for everyone between the ages of 5 and 21? That’s right, everyone! In 4-H you can learn leadership skills and contribute to your community! Here are just a few exciting activities that Wayne County 4-H members are involved with:

  • 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail
  • Shooting Sports – air rifle, shot gun, and archery
  • Livestock and horses

The Wayne County 4-H program has lots of opportunities for youths of all ages. Call our office to receive more information.


Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

In many ways, CEOS is 4-H for adults! The purpose of CEOS is to provide leadership development, continuing education and service. CEOS members have lots of fun while learning and giving back to their community through various service projects. Wayne County CEOS Clubs are always looking for new members - call our office to learn more. 

Gardening & Horticulture

Do you have questions about your garden or the vegetables growing in it? Or do you need your soil tested? Or do you have questions about your lawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, feel free to call our office anytime 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. For more information, please contact Lisa Bell, Adult Health Educator at  304-272-6839.

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