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Powell’s retirement will be county’s loss

For more than 33 years, Tammy Powell has been making a difference in the lives of young people through the 4-H program and the extension service. The bulk of that time, 26 years, has been served right here in Pike County, and with her decision to retire at the end of March, Powell leaves big shoes to fill in that office.

The Extension Office and 4-H programs literally impact the lives of thousands of young people throughout out the county, from educational programs in elementary schools to state and national competitions with high school students. From debate competitions to steer shows, Powell has seen it all, and she has seen Pike County youth growth; learn and excel through 4-H. Under her oversight, the program grew from 18 clubs with 600 members to 60 clubs with more than 1,740 members.

What a wonderful experience, for both her and the young people who have been fortunate enough to participate in the 4-H programs under her guidance.

Powell’s work with the young people and hundreds of volunteers throughout the years has been more than simply a job. It has been a calling, a commitment to serve.

Through hard times and prosperous, Powell has always kept those she serves at the heart of her mission — our children.

She has put years of service, blood, sweat and tears into the office that touches so many in this great community.

As Powell prepares to hang up her hat, Pike County prepares for a great loss. When Powell’s gone, Pike County will surely keep on running, but its 4-H program and extension office will never be the same again.