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Meeting Ms. Hopkins County Senior…Contestants 8,9,10

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This is the final report on the ten contestants vying for the 2018 Ms. Hopkins County Senior title. The public is invited to attend the Pageant on Saturday June 9, 2018 at 6pm in the Civic Center banquet hall. Admission is free. Let’s meet our final three contestants, Linda Pickle-Hill, Jan Gray and Pam George.

Contestants L. to R. Linda Pickle-Hill, Jan Gray and Pam George.

Linda Pickle-Hill returns to the contestant line-up with a new last name, a new job and a new talent presentation. Linda will appear with her service dog Atticus in a prose presentation of “The Ragged Old Flag”. With a career in canine and equine training, she currently makes her living at a family dairy, on the “evening shift” with 180 bovine (cows!) because it’s conveniently close to home.  Linda is a military Veteran of the USMC, her husband is Charles Hill, and she is the mother of two daughters.

Jan Gray grew up on a farm at Rocky Branch near Daingerfield, Texas. Her working career was in jail administration in Camp and Titus Counties. She recently re-retired from Goodwill! She met and married her husband when she was a student at Kilgore Jr. College, and she is the mother of two daughters as well as “Nana” to four grandchildren. This is her second bid for the Ms. Hopkins County title, and her talent presentation will be a reading with a timely message.

Pam George is also a country girl, having grown up in Red River County. During college, she went to work for a large book wholesale company and made her career in an office position there. Later, she turned to caregiving which she loves doing today, because she is a born caregiver. Between her children and her husband’s children, they have a full house. Pam loves to sing but has chosen a comedy reading to present at this year’s pageant.

As part of pageant preparations, the ten contestants will be treated to a Tea on Friday June 8 prior to their rehearsal time. Karon Weatherman, director of the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center, adopted the Senior Classic Pageant organization nine years ago, and it has become a popular venture for local ladies age 60 and older, some of whom have advanced to the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant.  The pageant showcases the values, talents and changing image of today’s Senior woman.


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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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