CHS adult ag classes are a big success

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cassville High School's first two adult education classes included informative presentations on honey bees and drug task force activities.

"The 2008 Cassville adult agriculture classes have started off with great success," said Charli Jo Epperly, Cassville High School agriculture teacher. "We have had two very informative classes with over 30 individuals in attendance at each."

The adult classes will continue to be held each Monday through Nov. 10. Upcoming classes will include information on forestry production and management and recycling.

"Our first class topic was on bees," said Charli Jo. "David Fielder spoke about the life span, habits and great importance that bees play in our everyday lives."

Class participants also learned about the efficiency of bee colonies and how to harvest honey from hives.

"Another important part of the class was that the dwindling bee population is not just attributed to one factor but many factors," said Charli Jo.

Fielder gave the students ideas that could help increase local bee populations.

The second adult agriculture class held this year featured representatives of the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force and Barry County Sheriff's Department.

"Sheriff Mick Epperly spoke on the role that the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force plays in the safety of the residents in Barry County," said Charli Jo.

Captain Dana Kammerlohr, of the Barry County Sheriff's Department, and drug task force representatives John Luckey and Danny Crabb assisted with the presentation, which included information on law enforcement activities that are conducted by task force officers.

"Mr. Luckey's presentation began with a very informative presentation on what is out there that students and adults might be using for a drug and which (drugs) are more commonly used in Barry County," said Charli Jo. "The Barry County Canine Unit also gave a great demonstration."

Kammerlohr shared information on drug dog Charka's ability to track and locate narcotics.

Luckey concluded the presentation with a display of objects that can be used in a drug lab. He also shared information on the behavior of individuals that might be taking narcotics.

"Overall, I believe our 2008 adult classes have been a hit, and I expect eight more topics of the same caliber," said Charli Jo.

Individuals interested in attending one of the upcoming adult agriculture classes are encouraged to call Charli Jo at 847-4610.

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