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Extension Council On-Line Election

Each year every county in Missouri has an extension council election.  County extension councils are the governing body for the local educational opportunities provided by the University of Missouri Extension. Council member work with extension faculty in making decisions concerning extension programs, personnel, council elections and the local extension office budget. Extension council members are elected to serve a two-year term to represent the diverse educational needs and backgrounds of the people of Taney county.  The Taney County Extension Council election will run from Monday, January 8th through Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  The on-line link will open Monday morning, January 8th and close at the end of the business day 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16th.

Candidates for the 2018 Taney County Election are:

Eastern district:  Mark McSpadden - Branson, Hammons Schanda - Forsyth, Denver West - Protem, John Whitley - Forsyth (Eastern District Bios)

Western district: Chip Arnette - Branson, Susan Bearden - Branson, Mercedes Botica - Branson, Luanna LaVielle-Fullerton - Branson (Western District Bios)

Any Taney county resident 18 or older will be able to vote on-line by logging onto our website at and clicking on the "2018 Council Election" link.  Voters will be asked to select and Eastern or Western district ballot based on their past voting in county commission elections.  Once there, residents will be asked to vote for four council candidates for the eastern district and five for the western district.  Short biographies on the candidates will be available on line also.  Residents without internet access or those who would prefer paper ballots can request one by calling the office at 417-546-4431 or visiting the Taney County MU Extension center at 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth January 8-16, 2018.  Paper ballots must be postmarked and returned to the Extension Center no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16th. 

Employee Training Programs

If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming as part of our Missouri Training Institute (MTI) program.  For more information or to schedule classes contact Nellie Lamers at 417-546-4431 or lamersn@missouri.eduRead more Video Program Brochure (PDF)

Key Facts About myRA

Many people want to save, but haven't found an easy way to get started.  According to a 2015 Federal Reserve Report, 31 percent of non-retired people said they have not retirement savings or pension whatsoever.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury developed myRA to make it easy for people to start saving for the future.  Visit or the attached myRA fact sheet for information on who is eligible, how it works, how to start saving.

Do you need an answer?

The faculty and staff of the Taney county extension center are available to assist you with research-based information on a variety of topics.  If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, give us a call at 417-546-4431 or send an email to