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Tira News for March 2, 2011

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The Tira City Council met on Tuesday night at the Tira Community Center. They ordered the general election for May 14, in conjunction with the North Hopkins school board election. Tira residents who are interested in running for a place on the Tira City Council should contact me, Jan Vaughn, City Secretary, 776 FM 1536, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. My phone numbers are 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688, and e-mail is and e-mail address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jonathon and Maegan Shelton are the proud parents of a new baby boy. Ethan Lane Shelton, born on Feb. 28, weighs 7 pounds 14 ounces and is 20 inches long. Alyssa and Gavin are Ethan’s big sister and brother. Mandy Owens, Maegan’s sister from Eureka Springs, Ark., and James and Jean Owens, Maegan’s father and step-mother of Chelsea, Okla., were here from Friday until Tuesday for the big event.

Danny and Judy Rawson spent a couple of days in Jefferson celebrating their wedding anniversary, and then visited Danny’s mother, Mary Rawson, over the weekend before returning home to Denton.

Sandra Wester met Betty Weir and Katina Shelton for lunch at Golden China in Paris on Friday. Sandra also had lunch with friends from the North Hopkins Class of 1961 at Los Mochis Restaurant in Sulphur Springs on Thursday, Feb. 17. Jo Nell Crowson Willis and Betty Weir were the birthday ladies in attendance, along with Catheron Smith Camper and Virginia Price Miller. Lucy Vaden, who also has a February birthday, joined them for lunch. They enjoyed the time together and missed those who couldn't attend because of illness.

J.R. and Donna Durst traveled to Finley, Okla., to visit with Amy, Kyle and Cooper on Saturday, Feb. 19. Donna says, “Cooper is growing up so fast. We had a good time playing.” On Saturday, Feb. 26, they went to Athens to visit Donna’s mom and sister and had a good visit with them.

Tommy and Patti Wiebold had their nieces over the weekend. Megann Findley from Waxahachie and Mikalah and Cecile Wiebold from Ennis came on Friday night. On Saturday, they all went to Primo's Restaurant at Lake Ray Hubbard for a cancer fundraiser for Patti's good friend, Brenda Raney. Patti helped host the event. They had a big turnout, and a lot of money was raised for a great cause. They arrived back in Tira on Saturday night.

On Sunday, Tommy's brother, Mike Wiebold and his wife, Terri, came for lunch. They had a very nice visit, and spent a good part of the day outside, as the weather turned out to be very nice. They had a lot of fun playing with Patti's new Labrador puppy, Maggie.

Patti would like to let everyone know a long-haired calico cat that has taken up residence at her house. She is not sure if it maybe got out from someone's home or if someone knew what an animal lover she was and just dropped her off at their house. In case you are missing a cat, just let them know and she will return it. For now, it is being taken good care of. They can be reached at 903-945-2805. Patti says, “Hope everyone has a good week.”

Chip and I took Morgan and Kenden Joslin with us to Somerville, where we spent the weekend with Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald. On Friday evening, we had dinner at Rosa's Café in College Station. We all went to the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Texas Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site on Saturday and Sunday. Costumed interpreters took visitors back to the time when Texas was an independent nation. We enjoyed the demonstrations of artillery, crafts, cooking, farming, etc. Dorothy is a descendant of one of the 59 signers of Texas' Declaration of Independence, Collin McKinney. Descendants were recognized in a ceremony on Sunday afternoon, which began with a performance by the Texas Aggie Band. Kay Bailey Hutchison, another descendant, was the keynote speaker. "Sam Houston,” the first president of the Republic of Texas, was also featured on the program. His great-grandson, Sam Houston IV, was actually one of the distinguished guests on the platform. During our trip, we went to two restaurants that were featured on the TV show, “The Daytripper.” We had lunch at R Place, just outside the park, on Saturday and at the Southern Flyer Diner at the Brenham Airport on Sunday. They both lived up to their glowing reviews! The boys had a good time playing in the treehouse and playing basketball in Larry and Dorothy’s yard, and of course, Larry, Dorothy, Chip and I got in a few games of Spades! We had a great trip!

I always need and appreciate those who help keep me informed of news in our area. 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 by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





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