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Benton to begin as community health agent

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AgrillifeExtensionBy Jacob Spivey

WOODVILLE – Friday, April 1 will see a new day dawning in the Tyler County AgriLife Extension Office, and the addition of a new face. 

In early January the Tyler County Commissioners Court, at the request of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, appointed Shannon Benton to serve Tyler County as the new Family and Community Health Agent. Shannon’s first day in the office will be on Friday. 

In the waning months of normalcy in 2019 just prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the county saw the family community health agent for Tyler County, Kelly Jobe, retire. When Jobe retired, a hole opened in our ability to serve the community that has remained open through the last two years. 

For the month of March, Benton worked in Angelina County learning the role of a county agent in serving their community. Shannon is a native of Spurger and comes home with a zealous spirit of service. Benton will be serving Tyler County with the FCH program and directing the 4-H program for our youth. 

On Tuesday, April 5, at 3 p.m., the office will host a short reception for anyone wishing to come by and welcome Shannon to our office and hear about the great plans she has for serving our community.  The Tyler County AgriLife Extension Office is located at 201 Veteran’s Way Woodville, Texas 75979. 

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