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Tira News January 6, 2017

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Tira News January 6, 2017

by Jan Vaughn The [Robert Weir family] spent New Years Eve with Brenda Allen, Kesley Laurence, James, Malorie, Daniel, Desirea, and Denise, Sarah Lucas and Dakota . Yvonne commented, “We had lots of fireworks and food.” Chip and I took our daughter, Tiffany, and grandchildren, Kenden and Jaidyn, to Piney Shores Resort on Lake Conroe, over the New Year’s weekend. On Thursday, we took our time driving to the resort. We stopped to get an up close look at the Sam Houston Memorial at Huntsville, and then swam in the wonderfully warm indoor pool that night. We spent the day at the resort on Friday and enjoyed playing miniature golf, volleyball, hiking, and swimming. That night we went to The Ice Rink at The Woodlands and I watched Chip, Tiffany, and the kids skate. After another nice warm swim on Saturday morning, we drove to Kountze, near Beaumont, to visit our great-granddaughter, Dixie, and deliver her Christmas gifts. We returned to the resort to celebrate New Year’s Eve with another dip in the pool, and then played board games and watched the ball drop. We packed up and headed home on Sunday. Jenifer Lucas, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) director at North Hopkins ISD, reported that the NH elementary and junior high students earned the academic championship in the district UIL meets. Congratulations to all the UIL participants and kudos to the teachers, who helped coach the students in their events! I hope you all have a wonderful 2017! I would still like to hear more reports of your holiday celebrations. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

Malorie Patrone, James Turcios, and Daniel, Desirea, and Denise visited Robert and Yvonne Weir and had supper with them on Friday night. Wesley and Yvonne attended the candlelight service at the Tira Methodist Church on Christmas Eve. Yvonne reports that “it was a lovely service.” Floyd Payton had to undergo surgery for an abdominal aneurism and he came home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. Martha reports, “Regina had lunch ready and we enjoyed some comfort food.” They are glad to be home and want to thank everyone for all the “good wishes.” Landon, Laiken, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin celebrated Christmas with Laiken’s family on Christmas Eve. Jaidyn, Kenden, and Morgan Joslin and Morgan’s girlfriend, Alexis, and Landon, Laiken, and their family had Christmas dinner and exchanged gifts with Malcolm and Tanja in Sulphur Springs on Sunday night. We attended the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Our son, Delayne, arrived from Waco on Christmas Day. After church, our family – Tiffany, Morgan, Kenden, Jaidyn, Morgan’s girlfriend Alexis, Landon, Laiken, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden, joined the three of us for lunch and opening presents. Chip’s mother and sister, Grace and Linda Ellen Vaughn, visited us on Christmas night. Kenden Joslin celebrated his 15th birthday on Tuesday, December 27th. Our family visited Liz Steinsiek at her Tira cabin that afternoon. Also there were Michael, Tracy, Jordyn, Madison, and Lani Horn, and Carol, Jessica, and Jared Cowley. The kids, and some of the adults played badminton and bean bag toss. Others enjoyed the nice weather, while sitting on the porch and visiting. Afterward, the group (except the Cowleys) went to the ROC (First Baptist Church’s Recreational Outreach Center), where they were treated to pizza and cake and had fun playing games. Malcolm and Tanja were there, as well as Kenden’s girlfriend, Abby, and her brother. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Posted by on 8:22 am in Headlines, Hopkins County News, News, Tira by Jan Vaughn | Comments Off on Tira News

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by Jan Vaughn Pastor David Larkin would like to invite everyone to a Christmas Eve service at the Tira United Methodist Church on Saturday evening, at 6:45. Martha Payton send this report, “To those who have wondered about the ‘Old Oak Tree’, it was removed by the Highway Department due to dead limbs and declining health due to old age and drought conditions through the past several years. We will miss its wonderful shade, beauty and rustling leaves. It always reminded me of a poem by Joyce Kilmer, titled “Trees”, we memorized the poem in school many years ago. Yvonne Weir reported, “The Weirs enjoyed Christmas at the community center with Robert’s sisters and families. Afterwards we came home and celebrated with our children and grandchildren. We opened gifts and then ate a Mexican supper. Dustin, Natalie, Maria, Sarah and Lucas spent the night. It was a good weekend.” Jimmy and Janie Lewis hosted a family Christmas get-together at their home on Saturday, December 17th. Chip and I visited Posey Baptist Church on Sunday evening and enjoyed their Christmas program and fellowship afterward. Our daughter, Tiffany, and grandchildren, Kenden and Jaidyn were involved with the presentation. On Monday evening, Chip and I attended a Christmas party with friends, at the home of Keith and Francis Klein. Others present were Phil and Carla Kenley, Shirley Charles, and John Klein. Tiffany and I shopped in Rockwall on Tuesday, and then she and Jaidyn went with a group from Posey Baptist Church to the North Pole of Texas. On Thursday evening, Chip, Tiffany, Jaidyn, and I met friends, Dayne and Natali Lawson, of Point, for dinner in Sulphur Springs, to celebrate Natali’s birthday. I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas! I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected]   Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Tira News, December 16, 2016

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Tira News, December 16, 2016

by Jan Vaughn Around 35 people gathered at the Tira Community Center on Friday night for the community Christmas party. We enjoyed a delicious meal and a wonderful time of visiting. Ally Massy and Emma Vickery provided special musical entertainment, and other children joined them in leading the group in a few Christmas songs. David Larkin, pastor of the Tira United Methodist Church, shared the Christmas story. The kids were thrilled to visit with Santa Claus and tell him their wish lists. Canned goods were collected for the Meal-a-Day program in Sulphur Springs. Tira mayor, Powell Vickery, and council member Sherry Smiddy, took the items to the Senior Center on Monday. Yvonne Weir, Brenda Allen, Regina Taylor, Tiffany Vaughn, and I enjoyed a “girls get-away” on Friday and Saturday. In spite of the cold weather, we bundled up and enjoyed a tour of Dallas in an open electric cruiser. After the tour, we went to Grapevine and had a wonderful meal at P.F. Chang’s Asian restaurant, and then drove around and saw the beautiful lighted Christmas decorations all around the downtown area and the Gaylord Texan. We left Grapevine and went to North Richland Hills, where we spent the night at Comfort Suites and enjoyed soaking in the hot tub. Afterward, we played games (Catch Phrase and Tri-Bond). On Saturday, we shopped at Grapevine Mills mall, and then ate at Jason’s Deli before returning home. Tonja Horn came for a quick weekend visit with her mother, Liz Steinsiek, in Sulphur Springs. She had planned to fly back to Chicago on Sunday, but flights were cancelled due to the snow storm there. Chip and I met them at Chili’s for lunch on Sunday. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Posted by on 10:13 am in Headlines, Hopkins County News, Lifestyle, News, Tira by Jan Vaughn | Comments Off on Tira News

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by Jan Vaughn Please be in prayer for the family of Joyce Oetting – her husband, Ed Oetting, daughters, Annette Loper and Tina Gardner, from our community, and sons, Michael Wilson, Eric Wilson, and Dean Oetting and their families. Visitation is scheduled from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Birthright Baptist Church on Friday, December 9th,  with a memorial service to follow. The Tira City Council meeting was held at the on Tuesday, December 6th. Yvonne Weir was sworn in as a new council member. Incumbents Tami Joslin and Sherry Smiddy also took the oath of office for another term. They discussed community center and volunteer fire department business. Following the meeting, the members and guests decorated the Community Center for the community Christmas party, which is this Saturday, December 10th, at the Community Center, beginning at 6:00. Brisket will be provided. Bring a side dish or dessert and come visit with neighbors. Following the meal, there will be a brief Christmas program, and then Santa Claus will be stopping by to visit with the kids. We are, also, collecting canned goods, preferably gallon-size, for the Meal-a-Day program in Sulphur Springs. Wesley Weir and his family enjoyed the My Heroes Bowling Team Christmas party at the Tira Community Center on Sunday afternoon. Robert Weir reported that about 40 bowlers and family members attended the event. Yvonne Weir reports, “Weekend visitors at the Weir home were Shana Parkinson and her sons, Caleb and Aaron, as well as Sarah Therault and Lucas.” On Saturday, Shanna and the boys and the Weirs went to the lighted parade and activities on the square. On Saturday they bowled and Dakota, Sarah, and Lucas went to see the Christmas lights in Paris. Yvonne went to visit her daughter, Destri, and her family on Wednesday. Yvonne and Destri went to the Dallas Arboretum’s 12 Days of Christmas exhibit that evening. The Freeman Parish Tournament is going on this weekend, December 8th through 10th, at the North Hopkins Gym. The elementary students will present a Christmas program on Wednesday, December 14th, at 2:00 p.m. Also, on the North Hopkins calendar are the Beta winter coat drive, going on through December 15th, and their Facebook cake auction on December 15th & 16th. Your support of the school activities is always appreciated. Chip and I spent Friday and Saturday with Chip’s sister, Linda Ellen Vaughn, in Dallas. Linda fed us well, while Chip did some home repairs for her and I mended some of her clothes. On the way back, we went to Point and visited with Natali Lawson. On Tuesday evening, Chip and I attended a Christmas party at Roma’s Italian Restaurant in Sulphur Springs, for the nursery workers at First Baptist Church and their spouses. Chip enjoys keeping the toddlers each week. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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By Jan Vaughn Kim Beck reported that Tira, North Hopkins, and Brinker volunteer firefighters, and the Hopkins County Fire Chief responded to a fire on County Road 4612, just behind her home, on Sunday afternoon. The house was not occupied and was in a state of disrepair. William and Joyce Dodd hosted a Thanksgiving celebration at their home. Those attending were Michael McNiel and friend, Jayna Shull, Rob Dodd, Tonja Jones, Alyssa, Gavin, and Ethan Shelton, Brad, Tanya, Trenton, and Matthew Dodd, Tiffany, Emery, Eli, and Edon McPherson, Von and Janie Prahl. Jonathon & Ruth Shelton stopped by for a visit. Joyce shares, “We had a very blessed day.” Regina Payton, from Victoria, visited with Floyd and Martha Payton over the Thanksgiving holidays. Martha says, “We were thankful for our time together and completing some unfinished chores.” She adds, “Thanks again for all the prayers, kind words, and love shared during our loss.” Jimmy and Janie Lewis traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to celebrate Thanksgiving with Jeremy Wright. They also visited Jimmy’s sister on the way. We celebrated Thanksgiving with our family last Friday. Our guests included Delayne Vaughn, Tiffany Vaughn, Jaidyn and Kenden Joslin, and friend Abby, and Morgan Joslin and friend Alexis, Landon, Laiken, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin, Elizabeth Steinsiek, Tracy and Lani Horn, and Linda Ellen and Grace Vaughn. After the meal and visiting, several of us went to see the progress on Liz’s cabin. Michael Horn, a pilot for Southwest Airlines, was not able to be off work on Friday. Jordyn and Madison Horn were visiting their grandmother, in Frisco. Linda Ellen Vaughn and Tiffany and the kids joined us for leftovers on Sunday. Landon and Rylan Joslin went hunting on Thanksgiving morning and got a deer. Michael Horn took Kenden Joslin hunting on Sunday afternoon. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Posted by on 9:55 am in Headlines, Hopkins County News, Lifestyle, News, Tira by Jan Vaughn | Comments Off on Tira News

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by Jan Vaughn We want to express our sympathy to the family of Eric Payton, the grandson of Floyd and Martha Payton. Eric passed away on Sunday, November 6th, following a brief illness. He lived in California. There will be a graveside service at Tira Cemetery on November 17th, at 2:00. Please be in prayer for the family. Also, please be in prayer for the family of Linda (Wester) Andrasko. Her graveside service, at Tira Cemetery, is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th, at 11:00. Mark Hixon is offering a reward for the return of his dog, an Anatolian Shepherd, named Cooter. Mark comments, “He’s a big part of our family.” He says he is friendly, loves attention and protecting the livestock from hogs and coyotes. He also likes to get in the cab of the truck and go. If you have any information on Cooter’s location, please give Mark a call at 903-268-1179. Lee and Kim Beck just returned from a trip to Corpus Christi. They got to see son, Jason Beck, during a Navy flight school break and enjoy some beach time. Jason escorted his girlfriend, Courtney, to the Naval Ball at UT Austin on Saturday. Kim reports, “They looked so nice.” On the way home, Lee and Kim stopped in San Antonio and visited with son and new daughter-in-law, Jackson and Courtney Dailey. Kim adds, “Maddie Beck came to Tira for the weekend, making it a very fun-filled family week!” Delayne Vaughn, our son, came in from Waco for a visit on Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th. Our family went to the Vaughn reunion at the home of Tim and Lori Vaughn on that Saturday afternoon. About 70 people attended the event and enjoyed stew and chili, prepared by Charlie and Tim Vaughn. Grace Vaughn, 95, was the oldest family member and her great-grandson, Benjamin Vaughn, infant son of Brian and Caitlin Vaughn, was the youngest. Over 20 children, 10 and under, had a lot of fun playing together. On this Veterans Day,  lets take time to remember and be thankful for the services of our veterans. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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by Jan Vaughn The North Hopkins Fall Carnival is being held at the school tonight, October 28th, from 6:00-8:00. Prior to and during the fun and games, the Beta Club will be serving burgers and pizza, beginning at 5:00. Congratulations to Kim Beck for winning the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show for Photography in the Hopkins County Fall Festival! Wesley Weir, Maria Gonzalez, and Robert & Yvonne Weir went to Reunion Tower on Saturday, and then to Shenaniganz in Rockwall to celebrate Wesley’s 16th birthday. Yvonne reports that everyone had a good time. Tiffany Vaughn, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin, and Chip and I went to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana on Wednesday. Morgan Joslin received an Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and was in a ceremony to contract with the Air Force, which is what he will be doing after finishing his college education. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Posted by on 7:38 am in Community News, Headlines, Hopkins County News, Lifestyle, News, Tira by Jan Vaughn | Comments Off on Tira News

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By Jan Vaughn Floyd and Martha Payton want to say, “‘Thank You’ for the honor and thanks for the service bestowed on Floyd from the Tira Council and friends in the community.” The former mayor was honored with a reception at the Tira Community Center on Tuesday, September 6th. Regina Payton was visiting her parents and was privileged to attend the reception, also. Brad Payton came for a visit on Sunday afternoon before Labor Day. He had to return home on Tuesday morning. Martha shares, “Floyd has improved a bit, but still has room for more improvement. We thank you for the cards, phone calls and well wishes he has received.” Meeting for their monthly noon luncheon at Don Lalos’ Restaurant were North Hopkins friends Jo Nell Crowson Willis, Wynelle Lawson Belz, Virginia (Julie) Price Miller, Gale Milligan, Betty Weir and Edna Crowson Perry, all of the Sulphur Springs area. Joining them for the first time was Cathy Mobley Baird of Lone Oak. The North Hopkins Alumni Homecoming will be coming up before long. It’s scheduled for Saturday, October 8th. All former students and staff are encouraged to attend. The Classes of 1966, 1976, and 1986 will be honored for their 50-, 40-, & 30-year reunion. We’ve been trying to reach out to the students from these classes, and would appreciate you helping us spread the word. The event will begin at 4:30 with bingo, visiting, and registration. A barbecue dinner will be served at 5:30, followed by a program, around 6:00, and then the Monday Night Jam band, which features several former NH students, will provide musical entertainment. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12.50 per person. New playground equipment has been installed at the Tira Community Center. It will be a nice place for the neighborhood children, and children attending gatherings at the center, to play. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected]   Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Posted by on 7:26 am in Headlines, Lifestyle, News, Tira by Jan Vaughn | Comments Off on Tira News

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by Jan Vaughn A good group gathered at the Tira Community Center on Tuesday evening, September 6th, to honor Floyd Payton, former Mayor of Tira, who resigned just prior to the last quarterly Tira City Council meeting, due to health issues. Current Mayor Powell Vickery presented a gavel plaque to Mr. Payton from the Council, in recognition of his dedicated service. Floyd and his wife, Martha, have given much to the community through their volunteer activities. Andy and Mary Lou Wright catered the reception and served delicious cake, cookies, nuts, and punch to the guests. Floyd posed for a picture with council members – Tami Joslin, Joyce Dodd, Jan Vaughn (City Secretary), Powell Vickery (Mayor), and Sherry Smiddy. JR Durst recently announced that he would not be running for another term on the City Council. Yvonne Weir has filed an application for a place on the council, as well as incumbents, Tami Joslin and Sherry Smiddy. The three are unopposed, so no election will be necessary. Yvonne Weir and Brenda Allen have returned from their trip to Glacier Park, Coeur d’Alene Idaho, the Little Bighorn Battlefield, and South Dakota (Yvonne‘s home place). They report that the weather was cool and the scenery was beautiful. Yvonne got to visit with several cousins. She says, “It was a great trip.” Morgan Joslin left for college on Labor Day. He is attending Louisiana Tech and is pursuing a degree in Aviation. He will be involved with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and hopes to be a pilot in the Air Force, upon completion of his studies. Morgan’s dad, Malcolm Joslin, and his friend Tanya, followed Morgan to the campus and helped him get settled into the dorm. Morgan’s girlfriend, Alexis, of Texarkana, Arkansas, accompanied them on the trip. Brailon Joslin, son of  Landon and Laiken Joslin, was treated to a 3rd birthday party, with a Bubble Guppies theme, on Saturday afternoon, at the home of Laiken’s mom, Leigh Ann. Several family members and friends were there to help him celebrate. Brailon and his brothers, Rylan and Slaiden, and their aunt Jaidyn, spent Sunday afternoon through Monday morning with us and enjoyed playing with their riding toys on the driveway and splashing in the cool hot tub. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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