Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News
Lincoln County was host to the South Central Extension and Community Association District Day on Tuesday.
Representatives from across the district, which includes Lincoln and 18 other counties, gathered at the Citizens Center to celebrate the year’s achievements and to mark the 100th anniversary of the ECA, established in North Carolina in 1913 with a focus on leadership, education and community.
Twelve of the 19 counties were represented during Tuesday’s event to highlight a century of service.
Joyce Peeler of Lincoln County is the current president of the South Central District.
On the agenda for the day were various district recognitions, guest speaker Dr. John Batchelor, author of “Chefs in the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina,” and a luncheon and cultural arts viewing, followed by a business session and announcements.
Lincoln County Extension Director Kevin Starr and South Central District Director Clinton McRae were also on hand for the event.
Melinda Houser, Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, said that District Day allows the ECA members to get together and network, while also discussing the previous year’s projects and successes.
“They do a lot for other people,” she said.