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Tira News for Feb. 9, 2011

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The Tira City Council election will be held on May 14, 2011. Terms expiring this year include Mayor Floyd Payton and council members Joyce Dodd and Janie Lewis.

Tira residents who are interested in running for a place on the Tira City Council should contact me, Jan Vaughn, City Secretary. My contact information is below. Declaration of Write-In Candidacy forms must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 21, 2011.

This strange Texas winter is limiting the activities of our Tira residents. I did not receive any news reports this week. I hope to have something to report next 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



This winter weather is really becoming a normal thing in our area. We have already used three weather days at school this year and winter isn’t over yet.

I would like to pass my condolences along to the Dickson and Taylor families for the loss of Marie (Taylor) Dickson this week. She passed away Feb. 5 in Sulphur Springs. Ruth Marie Dickson was born in Miller Grove to Johnny C. and Ada (Patton) Taylor on June 19, 1928. She married S.A. Dickson in 1955 in Saltillo. Marie was a librarian at Miller Grove School for several years prior to being a bookkeeper at Babcock’s. She was a member of Davis Street Baptist Church. Burial took place Feb. 8 in Greenview Cemetery. Her husband preceded her in death in 2007.

Steve Rhodes’ father, Burt Rhodes, also passed away this week. He was buried at Dougherty Cemetery. Please remember his family.

Bill Tate was another person with Miller Grove ties that was buried this week. Bill owned and operated a dairy in Center Point for several years before moving. I send my sympathies to his children, Terry and Cindy, and his grandsons, Kyle and Cole. Cole and I were in the same class in school for several years, until Cole moved to Yantis. Bill was buried in Brashear Cemetery.

Because of the weather, last week’s two basketball games were cancelled and moved to this week. Monday night we played Fannindel at Fannindel and won both varsity games. Tuesday night we battled Dodd City at their gym and lost both games. Thursday night we will play Roxton at Miller Grove, and Friday night we will play Savoy at home (weather permitting). If you get a chance, please come out to support our teams.

Monday will be the big Science Fair at the high school, and Tuesday will be spring pictures.

Happy birthday to Stephen Sparks on Feb. 6, Jesse Ballentine on Feb. 8, Clay Smith on Feb. 9, Vanessa Tipps on Feb. 11, and R.A. Long on Feb. 12.

Happy anniversary to my brother and sister-in-law, Bradley and Madison Darrow, on Feb. 9. They are celebrating their third year of marriage.

Last week I made a typographical error in my birthday listing. I said that it was Hayden Mabe’s birthday, but his name is Kaden Mabe. I heard that he had two good birthday parties to celebrate his second birthday.

As you travel the highways and byways, don’t forget that all roads lead back home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



The Reilly Springs community is braced for another round of cold and icy weather, as the temperatures are predicted to be the coldest of the season.

With schools closed today, youths in our community were sleeping late and looking for ways to spend the day inside. Meanwhile, parents were hoping that it didn’t materialize and were looking for ways to occupy children for another round of “I’m bored.” and “I hate this weather.”

Even though the temperatures are dipping as I write, by the end of the month the daffodils will be blooming, weeds will be popping out, and those onions and potatoes need to be planted in the garden, along with English peas, radishes and mustard greens. Keep those thoughts in mind as you try to persevere through this weather.

Many of you have spent the last few days stocking up on groceries so you won’t be without. Stay inside and stay warm. Don’t get out, unless you just must go to something important. Find a good book and enjoy the peace and solitude.

I was in Sulphur Bluff Tuesday night to attend their homecoming activities, and saw loads of friends. Among the homecoming honorees was Shelbie Hurley, daughter of Nikki and Tony Hurley. She was the  eighth grade princess nominee. Congratulations to Shelbie and congratulations to the homecoming king and queen, Coltin Argenbright and Karissa Wolf.

Then, on Monday night, I was in North Hopkins to see the Yantis Owls and Lady Owls play basketball in a make-up game with the Panthers and Lady Panthers. Canyon Cockrum, a senior at North Hopkins and grandson of our own Jackie and Glenda Watkins and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Cockrum, was the leading scorer for the Panthers, scoring crucial free-throws and adding 35 points to the Panther win. Congratulations to Canyon, on a truly great game.

Tuesday was a long day for me, as I attended a funeral in Acton, between Fort Worth and Granbury, for Mrs. Edith Hutchins, sister of my late grandmother, Mrs. Elma Crouch. Mother and Judy accompanied me to the funeral, and we saw many “cousins” and extended family we hadn’t seen in a number of years.

Sympathy is extended to the Lee French family on Lee’s passing this week. Lee and his family were once residents of the Reilly Springs community and his children attended school with many of us in Sulphur Springs. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

I heard from Vera Harrington this week, and she was bracing for another round of cold and inclement weather on the dairy. “It doesn’t seem like we get over one cold spell before another one comes along,” said Vera. “I haven’t got all of the water pipes fixed from the last one yet.

“We’ve worked long hours fixing water pipes and attempting to get them better insulated, with each new installment, but you just can’t keep up,” added Vera. “I know we’ve had longer winters and some just as cold, but you tend to forget about those until these come along and remind you that maybe those 100 degree days in July and August aren’t quite so bad after all.”

Vera spent two days this week with Mitzi in Ovilla as Mitzi is still recuperating from knee injury. Mitzi fell and crushed her knee cap on the tile floor and is on crutches. This is hoping that Mitzi has a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, Vera reminded me that she was planning on going to the Gafford Chapel United Methodist Church Stew and Auction on Saturday night, in Gafford Chapel. “Hopefully, the weather will clear up and I can make it out there and visit with all of my friends,” said Vera. “It will be great to see everyone.”

Birthday greetings are in order for two Reilly Springs gals, Sybil McClendon and Sarah Boyd. They celebrated their 88th birthdays on Sunday, Feb. 6. Happy birthday, Aunt Sybil and Aunt Sarah — both of you have a world of memories from Reilly Springs. I saw Aunt Sybil and got to personally extend my greetings, and Aunt Sarah is now living in North Dallas.

I heard from my kinfolks in the Texas Panhandle this morning, and the wind chill was -20 degrees. That made me feel warmer just thinking about it.

Joyce McDonald is hoping that the weather clears up, as she is anticipating a visit from Jan and Jacy Lawrence this weekend. Jacy has a school appointment in Mount Pleasant that has already been cancelled once because of bad weather, and she’s hoping that things will allow her to get here and make the appointment Friday.

Until next week, remember our troops, who defend our freedoms and ask for them an extra measure of safety and return trip home. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County and America.




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