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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — Coryell County commissioners Wednesday welcomed Steven “Pasquale” Swaner as the new county Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

“We are lucky to get someone of Pasquale’s caliber, and the experience he brings will be a plus,” said Commissioner Jack Wall. “We welcome him.”

Swaner, who has been Falls County Extension agent since 2003, succeeds Lyle Zoeller, who ended a 15-year stint in Coryell County to join the Bell County AgriLife Extension staff Sept. 4.

“Leaving Falls County after almost 10 years is bittersweet, the same as Lyle’s leaving here,” Swaner told the commissioners. “Like Lyle, I am moving on to have another opportunity.”

Swaner earned two degrees in agriculture from Sam Houston State University: a Bachelor of Science in 1995 and a Master of Science in 1997.

Burn ban is back

In other action Wednesday, the commissioners approved a 90-day order prohibiting outdoor burning in the county.

The new burn ban was adopted on a 2-1 vote. Commissioners Don Jones and Darren Moore voted for the ban; Commissioner Wall opposed it. Commissioner Justin Latham was absent.

“I am opposed to it,” Wall said. “I do not think we have a (fire) problem, and the landowners do a good job” of fire prevention.

Moore pointed out that the burn ban “will restrict hunters from even having a campfire.”

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