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Tira News February 17, 2017

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Tira News February 17, 2017

by Jan Vaughn We want to express our sympathy to the family of James Ray Groves, of Shirley. He was buried in the North Hopkins Cemetery on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. His sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Jimmy Don Goldsmith live in our community. Please remember the family in prayer. Yvonne Weir worked in Nacogdoches last week. Brenda Allen, of Yantis, met her and spent Thursday through Saturday with her. In their free time, they enjoyed shopping, eating, and going to a play. Powell and Sherry Vickery celebrated their anniversary on Valentine’s Day, with a lunch of chicken nuggets for Grandparents’ Day at Travis Elementary School in Sulphur Springs. We went to the North Hopkins gym on Friday night to watch our grandson, Kenden Joslin play basketball, and then our great-grandsons Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin spent the night with us. Our granddaughter Jaidyn Joslin, visited with us that evening, too. We went to Yantis the next morning to watch Jaidyn play Little Dribblers basketball. On Tuesday evening, Chip and I took Tiffany, Kenden, and Jaidyn out to eat for Valentine’s Day. 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 janvaughn73@gmail.com.   Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Tira News February 3, 2017

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Tira News February 3, 2017

I received word that Steven Vickery passed away on Thursday evening, following a battle with heart problems. Funeral arrangements are pending. A Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to help his family with medical expenses is scheduled for Saturday morning, February 4th, from 8:00 to noon at the Hopkins County Central Fire Station, next to UPS on South Texas Street. Please keep his family in your prayers. Steven’s father, Powell Vickery, is the mayor of our community. We, also, want to extend prayers and sympathy to the family of Wilma Ruth Vaden Brice. She was buried in the Tira Cemetery on Saturday, January 28th. Robert, Yvonne, and Wesley Weir met Dacy, Elise, and Eli Campbell at Shenaniganz on Sunday afternoon to play games and laser tag. On Monday night Wesley played basketball at Hoop Dreams, sponsored by the Pilot Club. Yvonne reports, “It was fun for everyone.” The Cross Spur Cowboy Church (953 County Road 4759, Sulphur Springs) would like to invite everyone to their annual “Sweets for Your Sweetie” auction, on February 12th at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds go to their youth group. Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin spent the night with us last Friday, while their parents, Landon and Laiken, had friends over to play games and visit around their fire pit. James and Vickie Longino picked Chip and me up on Saturday evening, January 21st, and we all went to Cooper and enjoyed a delicious meal at Tejano’s Mexican Restaurant on the square. We came back to our house and had a good visit, before the Longinos headed home. 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 janvaughn73@gmail.com.   Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Tira News, January 27, 2017

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Tira News, January 27, 2017

by Jan Vaughn Wesley Weir, son of Robert and Yvonne Weir, bowled with the “My Heroes” team on Saturday, and then he and his family had a great lunch at Redneck Café. Wesley had appointments in Dallas on Friday and Monday. Yvonne reports, “We have a new great-niece. Kaitlyn (daughter of Dana and granddaughter of Mary Helen) had a sweet baby girl this week. Her name is Avalynn.” In honor of School Board Appreciation Month, the North Hopkins Hospitality/Restaurant Management class prepared a wonderful meal for the board members, administrators, and a few others who attended the board meeting on Thursday night. The group, including 5 students, were served by the class teacher, Dee Ann Melton and Maygan Adams, another teacher at NH. The board members and superintendent wore corsages and boutonnieres, which were made by the Floral Design Class.  Everyone enjoyed the formal dinner. I want to express my appreciation to the board, and to the teachers and students who made the evening so special. Yvonne Weir, Regina Taylor, and I met Brenda Allen at Arturo’s Wood Fired Pizza for lunch on Thursday, in honor of Brenda’s birthday. We enjoyed a delicious meal and time of visiting. 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 janvaughn73@gmail.com. Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Tira News January 20, 2017

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Tira News January 20, 2017

by Jan Vaughn Sherry Smiddy reports that the Cross Spur Cowboy Church would like to invite everyone to their annual “Sweets for Your Sweetie” auction, on February 12th at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds go to their youth group. Landon, Laiken, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin went to Piney Shores Resort on Lake Conroe last weekend. On Saturday they drove to Beaumont to pick up Dixie and let her enjoy some time playing with her brothers. They took Dixie back on Sunday and returned to Tira. Chip and I went to watch our grandson, Kenden Joslin, play basketball on Friday evening. His parents and sister were there, too. On Saturday morning, Chip, Tiffany, Kenden, Jaidyn, and I went to Cumby for Jaidyn’s Little Dribblers game, and then we did a little shopping and went to Red Lobster for lunch. The North Hopkins homecoming games will be played on Friday night. There are four games on the schedule, beginning at 4:30. Also, a Homecoming Queen will be crowned. Come out to support the Panthers! Grace Vaughn joined us for lunch on Sunday, and then we all went to Posey Baptist Church for a 35th anniversary party for Tim and Lori Vaughn. Chip visited with Grace for her birthday on Tuesday 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 janvaughn73@gmail.com. Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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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 janvaughn73@gmail.com. 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 janvaughn73@gmail.com Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Tira News

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Tira News

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 janvaughn73@gmail.com.   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 janvaughn73@gmail.com. Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Tira News

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Tira News

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 janvaughn73@gmail.com. Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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Tira News

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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 janvaughn73@gmail.com. Share this:PrintTweetEmail

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