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Peoples named new Extension agent for Harrison County

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By Becky Barnes

Taking over the Family and Consumer Science Services through the Harrison County Cooperative Extension will be a new role for Lexington resident Benita Peoples. However, she is no stranger to “new.”

Peoples, who will fill the vacancy of retiring agent Cheryl Case, is wife and mother, and was recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with a masters degree in family science with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy.

She attended the University of Kentucky as a non-traditional student and graduated in 2012.

“I’m like a kid right now where everything is grand,” Peoples said of her new position. “I’m welcoming it all.”

“I’m finally in a career I’ve chosen for myself,” Peoples said. “I want to reach out to the community and be available to everyone.”

Peoples has worked in banking and as a customer service representative for Columbia Gas before she went back to school.

She served as a graduate assistant to the UK Family Center program director and more recently as the UK Family Center office co-coordinator.

Peoples has spent a few weeks shadowing Case, whose last day will be Jan. 31.

She has visited with a couple of the area Homemaker groups and looks forward to meeting them all.

“Extension is a great program and I want everyone to know about it,” Peoples said.

Peoples has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

 She and her husband, Samuel Peoples, live in Lexington where he is a minister.