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Johanna Hicks Earns State and National Award as Texas Agri-Life Agent

Johanna Hicks is in her twentieth year serving Hopkins County as an Extension Agent. She actually worked here in the mid 1980’s, sharing the Home Economics office with agent Janie Crump. At that time, there were five agents in Hopkins County…two for Home Economics, two Agriculture agents and one 4H Agent. After about five years, Johanna’s husband Jay Hicks was transferred to Stephenville and so they moved there where she taught at Tarleton State University and was Director of a Children’s program at First Baptist Church. In time, her husband was transferred back to Sulphur Springs, and once again, an agent’s position opened up. She was hired at about the time that Janie Crump retired. During the ensuing fifteen years, the numbers of agents serving counties has been reduced and today Johanna is Family and Consumer Sciences Agent sharing the office with Mario Villarino, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent. Both agents work in the 4H program.

One of the five awards Johanna brought home from a recent State conference at Round Rock, Texas was the Mary W. Wells Diversity (National) Award,  a recognition of excellent work by an individual agent. She also earned State and National awards for the office.  Along with her husband Jay, a loan officer for DFA Financial Services, Johanna has raised their three children in Hopkins County, putting down roots and making it her home.


Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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