by Jan Vaughn
The Tira City Council will meet for the regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday, September 5th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tira Community Center. Prior to the meeting, at 5:45 p.m., Dr. Darin Jolly, North Hopkins School Superintendent, will do a brief presentation and answer questions on the upcoming Tax “Swap” Ratification Election (TRE). No increase in the total tax rate is proposed, but just a swap between the two rates – Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and Interest and Sinking (I&S), which results in an increase in state funding for the district, without raising the rate for the taxpayers.
The public is also invited to attend an informational meeting on the TRE in the North Hopkins School Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. on that same evening.
Regina Payton from Victoria left home on Thursday evening after mandatory evacuation was ordered. She traveled to Hearne for the night, and then to her mother’s home (Martha Payton) in Tira the next day. She kept up with all the happenings through friends with texts and phone calls. Martha reports, “The storm did minimal damage to her home – blew off six screens, broke one tree in half that just fell into back yard without any more damage. A friend stayed down the street, cleaned Regina’s refrigerator for her and checked on the inside of the house. Power was still off on Thursday morning as she began the return trip to her home.” Martha adds (and I agree), “Let us all pray for the people over the entire coastal area and help in any way we can. Some have lost everything.”
Our great-granddaughter, Dixie, and her family evacuated the Beaumont area and have been staying nearby in a motel in Woodville. They checked the roads on Wednesday, but were unable to get to their home. I just learned that the town of Woodville has lost power now and they are leaving to stay with relatives in Cranfills Gap.
Students at North Hopkins are being allowed to wear their hats at school on Friday, for a fee, as a fundraiser for the hurricane victims. Also, the Beta Club has been taking donations, through Friday (today), for the Salvation Army donation drive.
Mrs. Harrington’s kindergarten class is doing a school supply drive for an elementary school in Houston. They are accepting donations of supplies or money for a couple of weeks.
Robert and Yvonne Weir’s son-in-law, Mike Campbell, is in the Houston area with a crew of other firemen and paramedics working to help the flood victims. Yvonne stayed at Dacy’s house on Monday night and got the kids off to school the next morning and has been helping out this week, while Dacy is at work.
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].