Oldest living county resident, long-time married couple sought for Senior Longevity Awards at Fall Festival

From Staff Reports

July 1, 2008 - Sometimes older is better. Not only can you command respect from the younger generation, but you also garner discounts at retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters. And if you're really good, you get recognized for your longevity.

The Hopkins County Fall Festival Board will pay special tribute to five Hopkins County senior citizens during its annual celebration in September. The board hopes to find the oldest living person in the county, as well as the oldest male and female who have lived in Hopkins County the longest. They'd also like to recognize a married couple who's lived in Hopkins County a long time.

Awards will be presented in these four categories during -- what else? -- Fall Festival Senior Citizens Day.

If you know anyone who fits the bill, pick up an application at the Senior Citizens Activity Center, located at 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, to nominate them in one of the four categories. Karon Weatherman, Senior Citizens Center program and marketing director, is heading up Hopkins County Senior Citizen Longevity Awards program.

"You can use a the form or a separate sheet of paper, and tell us about the senior citizen that you think will qualify to win one or more of these awards," Weatherman said. "Feel free to discuss your nomination with this person and collect any information that will help us find four deserving winners."

Include the senior citizen's name and address, as well as whether or not they were born in Hopkins County or when they moved to Hopkins County.

For couples, also include their wedding date.

Another tidbit to include would be the nominee's occupation before age 65 (and after, if still working).

The person submitting the nomination must sign and date the entry, and either mail it to Karon Weatherman at the Senior Citizen's Center, 150 Martin Luther King Drive, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, or send an e-mail to Weatherman at mealaday@yahoo.com.

All nominations must be received by Aug. 15.

Winners will be announced and recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 18, "Senior Citizens Day" at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center during Fall Festival Week.

For more information, call Weatherman at 903-885-1661.

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