Erath County Commissioners voted to approve the appointment of Todd Vineyard, 40, as county agent Monday morning during court. Vineyard is a 17-year veteran of the Texas Cooperative Extension Agency.

“He is one of the top young agents in this state and we feel fortunate to bring him to this court, said Ron Woolley, district extension administrator.

Vineyard is currently county agent at Anson in Jones County and will begin work in Erath County Dec. 3. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Tarleton State University in 1989 and 1990 and was raised in Coleman.

Before working for Jones County, he was employed with Stephens County and Wilbarger County.

He is married to Stephenville native, Marla Harrington Vineyard, who is currently teaching Junior High school science in Anson. The couple has three children: an eighth grade boy, Chase, a sixth grade girl, Chelsi and a three-year-old boy, Creed.

“I always thought I'd come back, Vineyard said. “I always enjoyed it while I was here.

In other business the court:

Approved two bids for truck hauling

Approved a request to sell a brush cutter on GovDeals from Precinct 2, and

Approved more than $3,000 from record preservation funds for the county clerk to purchase four computers to use as public view stations.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 238.