By JD LONG
News-Herald Staff Writer
CADIZ –The Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) held their 69th annual meeting last Thursday at the Sally Buffalo Park’s Wallace Lodge.
One new member, Kathy Depew, was elected to the board while Tillie Heavilin was re-elected. Heavilin has been a teacher and a 4-H advisor for 61 years and has been a long-time member of the SWCD. She also lives on a farm operated by her two sons in Nottingham Township.
Depew is a member of the Cadiz Women’s Civic Club and the Harrison County Beekeepers Association. She has a keen interest in becoming involved with the Cadiz community, which was a motivator in getting involved in the SWCD.
Along with gratitude handed out to the Harrison County Commissioner’s, Don Bethel, Chairman Dale Norris and Bill Host, Harrison County Auditor, Patrick Moore was given special thanks for donating $20,000 to the SWCD from the auditor’s fund, which can be matched by the state.
Don Jones, stepping down after nine years as member and chairman on the SWCD, was given the Outstanding Service Award. He recalled how after just six months as a member he was asked to step up and remembered how tight money was back then.
“If I need to come back to a board meeting or two I’d be glad to do it,” he said. Remarks aimed at society more than education, Jones stated that society is worrying too much on how young kids can pass a test as opposed to how they can work.
“I don’t agree with what we’re doing,” he said.
Other awards handed out went to Sarah Cross, educator of the year; Hall of Fame inductee was Bill Wallace, a graduate of Ohio State University. The Conservation Farm of the Year was awarded to Spring Valley Road LLC, owned by Terry Scott and Kevin Willoughby.
Chad Amos, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water, announced a silent auction net of $366, which is $100 more than last year, according to Amos. Various gifts included Tupperware, crafts and picture frames with all proceeds benefitting adult and youth conservation education.