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County welcomes new Extension Service agent

The Butler County Extension Office welcomed new extension agent Anthony Pinkston to Greenville Tuesday.

Pinkston expressed his excitement about coming into his office ready to aid the people of Butler County.

&uot;I am excited about serving the people of Butler County,&uot; said Pinkston. &uot;I look forward to getting to know everyone and making sure that they get questions answered about whatever they need.&uot;

Pinkston is no stranger to the extension office. Prior to coming to Greenville he spent 10 years in Montgomery with the cooperative extension office.

Pinkston said that while in Montgomery he worked with a variety of people.

&uot;My primary responsibility was

4-H and youth development,&uot; said Pinkston. &uot;I also did a lot of work in parenting, working with senior citizens and the community in general.&uot;

Pinkston said that while in Greenville he plans to stick with the trend of working with many people.

&uot;We will help folks with their home lawn and garden problems,&uot; said Pinkston. &uot;We will also help people with food preservation and help farmers with pesticides.&uot;

Pinkston said he looks forward to getting into the youth programs as well.

&uot;We will also do a lot with 4-H,&uot; said Pinkston. &uot;We will do everything there from character development to good citizenship and public speaking. The whole area of development. One of our missions is to help the youth become good citizens.&uot;

Pinkston learned about the position at a conference in Auburn,

&uot;This past year I was at the state office in Auburn,&uot; said Pinkston. &uot;I heard about the position and was excited. I have always wanted to move into a coordinator’s position and this one came open.&uot;

Pinkston felt the move to Greenville would be a good one.

&uot;I think this is a great opportunity,&uot; said Pinkston. &uot;I have had a good working relationship with the people that worked here before and the people here now.&uot;

Prior to entering his profession, Pinkston attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he received a Bachelors Degree in History.

He then got his Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in counseling and development from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Pinkston brings his wife and two children with him to Greenville.

Deborah, his wife of 17 years, and his two sons Anthony Jr., who is 15, and Aaron, who is 10, will also call Greenville home.

Pinkston said he was very eager to get to know the people in the community.

&uot;I just look forward to getting to know the people here and help them keep all of the positive things that they have going,&uot; said Pinkston. &uot;I am very excited about being here.&uot;