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Hicks: Your Health And Wellness
Dec22

Hicks: Your Health And Wellness

By Johanna Hicks  Last week, I provided a brief summary of educational impacts in the area of diabetes management.  This week, I’m sharing information about Extension activities pertaining to youth health and wellness – summer day camp in particular.  Relevance According to https://nccd.cdc.gov, Hopkins County has a population of approximately 36,810, with 21% of children living in poverty.  The Centers for Disease Control and...

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Extension Agents Recognize Volunteers, Outstanding Supporter Who Help Make Many Programs Successes
Nov05

Extension Agents Recognize Volunteers, Outstanding Supporter Who Help Make Many Programs Successes

Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Service Thursday evening recognized a group of people who continue to give of their time and talents to help make the many programs hosted by the local Extension office the successes they continue to be. A few very special awards, including state recognition and the Hopkins County Outstanding Extension Supporter of the Year, were presented at the 2021 Extension Leadership Banquet held Nov. 4, at...

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30+ Attend 14th Annual Ken And Suzi Chapman Scholarship Weekend
Jun30

30+ Attend 14th Annual Ken And Suzi Chapman Scholarship Weekend

By Jan Vaughn, Tira News Correspondent Ken and Suzi Chapman’s Scholarship Program recipients gathered in Tira this past weekend for their 14th Annual Scholarship Weekend. Thirty-plus young adults participated in the activities, which included card games, outdoor games, fishing and swimming.  Ken reported, “Additionally, lots of pizza, chips, cookies and sandwiches were consumed, and Saturday evening the Scholars were...

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Outstanding 4-H, Miller Grove FFA Members, Extension Agent Recognized
Apr26

Outstanding 4-H, Miller Grove FFA Members, Extension Agent Recognized

Two outstanding 4- members, two Miller Grove FFA members and an Extension Agent received recognition during Monday’s Hopkins County Commissioners Court meeting. Janie Crump Scholarships Extension Agent Johanna Hicks presents a $500 Janie Crump Memorial Scholarship to Jorja Bessonett Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agents Johanna Hicks and Mario Villarino awarded Jorja Bessonett, a member of Miller Grove 4-H Club, and Savannah...

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Even During A Pandemic, Extension Agents Find Ways To Assist, Educate, Connect With Texans
Aug30

Even During A Pandemic, Extension Agents Find Ways To Assist, Educate, Connect With Texans

Hopkins County Extension Agents have found ways to continue to assist, educate and connect with Texas, even during a pandemic. While face-to-face events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, Extension Agents Dr. Mario Villarino and Johanna Hicks and Assistant Agent Jessica Taylor have risen to the challenge of continuing to offer educational programs and continue 4-H programming. Hopkins County Assistant Extension Agent Jessica Taylor,...

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Football Season Tailgating and Picnicking Safety
Sep02

Football Season Tailgating and Picnicking Safety

Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences, 1200-B West Houston St., P.O.Box 518, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483; 903-885-3443 – phone, 903-439-4909 – Fax, [email protected] By Johanna Hicks School is back in session for students in college and below. That means sports are in full swing. In the fall, thoughts go to football, cross country, and volleyball. With fall weather and football season,...

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Understanding the Texas Cottage Food Law By Johanna Hicks
Nov02

Understanding the Texas Cottage Food Law By Johanna Hicks

               The Texas Cottage Food Law allows the sale of foods that are prepared in residential homes as long as gross sales do not exceed $50,000 annually.  This type of business is not regulated by a local or state health department, which means that your kitchen will not be inspected by a health inspector unless there is concern about the public’s...

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Tailgating and Picnicking Safely this Football Season By Johanna Hicks
Sep07

Tailgating and Picnicking Safely this Football Season By Johanna Hicks

               Texans are crazy about football.  However, this is also middle school and high school cross country, volleyball, and tennis season.  Sports fans are out in full force to support their favorite high school, college, and professional teams.  Tailgating is often associated with football season, so don’t let your fun be spoiled by foodborne illness.                Foodborne illness, with its stomach cramps, diarrhea,...

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So Many Choices: Events and More By Johanna Hicks
Jul20

So Many Choices: Events and More By Johanna Hicks

So Many Choices!                We make decisions every day – what to wear, what to eat, how to spend our day, whether or not to answer the phone, what to watch on TV, whom to text or call, and even things we don’t think about, like where to sit, what to read (whether in the newspaper, on your phone, on your computer, on your smart watch, etc.)  We literally make hundreds of choices, if not thousands, every day.                At the...

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Expand Your Horizons By Johanna Hicks
Jul13

Expand Your Horizons By Johanna Hicks

Expand Your Horizons!                Texas A&M AgriLife Extension prides itself in quality volunteers and collaborators.  Because of feedback from several people, we are bringing a workshop to Sulphur Springs which will have far-reaching impact, not only on Hopkins County, but also in surrounding counties.  The Certified Volunteer Training for Judging Fairs, Festivals, and Events, will take place on two separate days, with each...

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