By Jan Vaughn
North Hopkins Elementary Principal, LeAnn Tadlock, shared that students and teachers at North Hopkins Elementary School wanted to thank veterans for their brave service and protection of our freedom, so they honored them with a come-and-go reception on Wednesday. Mrs. Tadlock said that several veterans stopped by for a visit. Refreshments were served and students wrote letters and cards, drew and colored pictures, and created a flag, made of felt hand shapes, to celebrate and honor service members.
Kim Beck reports, “My son, Jackson Dailey came over from TAMU-Commerce to speak at the Sulphur Bluff program honoring veterans. We were entertained by stories of his travels and some military history. Jackson co-founded the East Texas War & Memory Project at TAMU. They are striving to interview as many World War 2 veterans as they can find and have amassed a large archive.”
I would add that we all owe a debt of gratitude to our former and current service members.
The North Hopkins School Fall Carnival will be going on tonight (Friday, the 13th). Hamburgers and pizza will be available, beginning at 5:00. The booths will be open from 6:00 – 8:00, and then the Junior Class is sponsoring Bingo.
We are pleased to report that our son, Delayne Vaughn, a teacher and National Honor Society Sponsor at Waco High School, was named Teacher of the Week recently.
Jerry Wayne Smiddy, son of the late Lloyd and Beulah (Chapman) Smiddy of Tira, suffered a stroke recently. Chip and I were in Mesquite to visit him in the hospital on Saturday afternoon. We also got to see Gail, his wife, and Beverly, his daughter. Teresa, his other daughter was at work at the time. Dorreice (Horn) Shuptrine, of Plano, visited with him on Sunday and took him some of her delicious homemade fried pies and pralines. Please remember Jerry Wayne and his family in your prayers.
After leaving the Mesquite Specialty Hospital, we drove to Parkland Hospital to visit our friend, Diana McCauley. Her husband is Charlie McCauley, who directs the band at Sulphur Springs High School. Prayers are needed for them, as well.
We stopped for a wonderful dinner at Carino’s Italian restaurant on the way back.
Keep in mind that the Community Christmas Party will be coming up before long. The event is planned for Saturday evening, December 5th. Make plans to come visit with old friends and make new ones. Bring the kids for a visit with Santa!
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].