On a Friday night at the Mid-America Science Park, a longtime Scottsburg resident took home the grand prize as Good Neighbor of the Year at the annual Mayor’s Good Neighbor Awards Banquet. The winner donned an astounded expression when she heard Mayor Bill Graham announce her name.
Eva Hobson won the honorable award for her years of kindness in the community.
“I still can’t believe I won. Everyone there has done so many nice things for others,” is what Eva had to say about her achievement.
Mrs. Hobson is known around town as the sweetest lady who has worked at the JayC Store for over seventy-five years! She brightens the customers’ days as she chats with them while she loads their groceries. People know they can always count on Eva to give them a smile. Mrs. Hobson, who will be one-hundred years old in October, still clocks in three days a week. Her managers say they have asked her if she has any interest in cutting back her hours, but she totally refuses. To this day, she is the eldest of anyone employed by Kroger.
Customers look forward to visiting Eva. One customer says, “I’ve been visiting with Mrs. Hobson every trip to the store since I moved to Scottsburg… and that was in the 1960s!”
Eva has been a doer of kind-hearted deeds around town for years. Once, she saw two kids playing on her street. One would ride a bike and the other would run along beside him; the two would then switch so that they each could ride the bike. This did not sit well with Mrs. Hobson at all; so she called the parents and asked if it would be okay to purchase a second bike for the boys. There is no doubt how grateful the two children were for the gift.
Eva does not see age as an obstacle for herself. She recently was seen climbing on top of a ladder to clean the gutters at her house. The neighbors immediately called her children to inform them of what was going on. When someone mentioned the incident to her, she muttered, “Well, next time I’ll have to start in the back.”
Mrs. Hobson is just one of many exemplary Good Neighbors that Scott County is proud to have as residents. The competitive groups this year literally ranged in age from nine to ninety-nine. Other nominees in Eva’s category included Leah Anne Becker, Scott Howser, James Jones, Carol Montgomery, and Beth Robison.