July 17, 2013 Edition

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Burch joins Extension staff

Katrina Burch of Walnut Ridge is the family and consumer science agent for the Lawrence County Extension Service.

Gretchen Hunt

The Lawrence County Extension Service has announced the addition of Katrina Burch of Walnut Ridge, who will serve as the Family and Consumer Science agent for the county.

Burch, who has taught school for 22 years, including 17 years in the Pocahontas School District, said she is excited about her new career with Extension and being able to work in her home county.

"It's still education, just a little different kind of education," she said. "I've really had a desire to get involved in my community, but working outside the county made that more difficult. When this position came open, I couldn't wait to apply."

"Lawrence County is a good place to live," Burch said. "I was born and raised here, and I raised my kids here."

Her husband, Wayne Burch, works for Unilever in Jonesboro, and she has two children, Jamie Causey of Bono and Amanda Atchley of Conway. She also has a grandson, Adrean Sanchez, who is 12.

Burch said her stepdaughter, Ella Rose Burch, also lived in Walnut Ridge for a couple years. She said she recently received a letter from her telling how much of an impact the people of Walnut Ridge had on her.

"I only lived outside of Walnut Ridge for two years, back when I was younger," Burch said. "I was very anxious to get back." Burch graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in educational leadership.

"Our goal as FCS agents is to enhance and improve the lives of the citizens of our county," she said.

As part of her role as FCS agent, she will work with the county's Extension Homemakers Clubs. In addition, Burch will work part-time with the 4-H program.

"I'm looking forward to all of it," she said.

Some of her goals are to get more women, especially some who are younger, involved in EHC, to offer educational programs in parenting and finances and to teach all ages about nutrition.

"I don't think the community realizes what all we can help with," she said. "If anyone in the county wants to identify needs, we are more than willing to listen to suggestions. Even though I'm from here and was raised here I need input from the community."

Reception to be Thursday

Burch will be honored with a welcome reception on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the conference room at the Lawrence County Extension Service in Walnut Ridge.

Refreshment will be served by members of the local EHC clubs, and the public is invited.

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