Tira Volunteer Firefighters took part in the Hot August Night event at the Civic Center on Saturday. Tira Fire Chief Malcolm Joslin reported that there was a good turn-out for the event. The annual Barbecue Contest and Concert is a fundraiser for all the volunteer fire departments in the county. On Sunday several departments responded to a fire at the 4-D Ranch in Tira.
Bascum and Claudene Chapman were married 50 years on Aug. 19. They celebrated their anniversary on Saturday evening, along with their son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Yuko Chapman, who were married nine years on Aug. 13. They had dinner in Paris, and then went across the border to the casino in Oklahoma. Bascum and Claudene have two other sons, Lee and John; two grandsons; three granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters. They also enjoyed a visit from Bascum's brother, Claude Chapman from Sulphur Springs, and his son, C.R. from Wills Point, on Saturday afternoon.
Rob Dodd celebrated his birthday on Sunday with lunch and home made ice cream with his family, William, Joyce, Brad, Tanya, and Matthew Dodd, and Tonja Jones.
Debra Wood and her sister, Barbara Cockrum, recently returned from a 4-day trip to Branson. While there, they saw the show “it” at the Hughes Brother Theater. Debra comments that it is a “show where 5 brothers along with their wives and 35 children (except the tiny babies) performed. It was very entertaining.” Debra and Barbara also saw the Presley's and Jersey Nights. The two enjoyed eating barbecue and Mexican food at Branson Landing. Of course, they had time to do a little shopping. The weather was nice and cool and the short relaxing trip was just what Debra needed before returns to teaching at North Hopkins school.
Floyd and Martha Payton enjoyed a visit from their daughter, Regina from Victoria. They celebrated her birthday early, since she has a trip to California planned later this month. She will be visiting her nephew, Eric Payton of San Diego, and her aunt, Jean Payton Roah of Vista, Calif. A good friend of Regina's, Sandra Oshman of Port Aransas, will be making the trip also. Martha expects, “They will have a great trip with lots of stories to share upon returning home.”
Martha also wants to say “Thank You” to all the ladies and gentlemen who helped prepare lunch for the family of Richard Bearden.
Robert, Yvonne and Wesley Weir attended Eli and Elise Campbell's birthday party on August 10th. Eli is now 3 and Elise turned 5. About 20 kids attended the circus themed party and everyone had a good time.
On Aug. 18, The Weirs traveled to Summer Adventures in Fair Park and Yvonne says that Wesley had a great time. The weather was beautiful. That night they stayed at the hotel where Wes enjoyed riding the elevator! They had dinner with Destri Weir, Dustin and Natalie Weir. They reported that it was a nice get-away.
Sheila Boyd reports, “Thank you God for the wonderful weather! Josie and Dallas loved it. Mom (Patsy Powell) and I watched the kids ride bikes and play outside Saturday morning while the guys enjoyed a round of golf. Even the animals seemed to show signs of relief from the heat. I also wanted to say thank you to all the area firefighters that fought the fire in our community this weekend. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.”
Patti Wiebold traveled to Spring, Texas on Friday to visit Jan Pickett and attend her daughter's baby shower. Patti picked up another of their friends, Brenda Raney, on the way. They spent the day laying out by the pool and on Friday night Jan's husband Steve cooked fajitas. Jan's daughter, Blake, and her husband, Jarred, and her son, Blair, and his fiancée, Maria, joined them for supper. After they ate Jan, Patti and Brenda enjoyed visiting with each other and watching movies. Saturday was busy getting ready for the shower. About 30 people attended and Blake got a lot of very nice gifts. Patti and Brenda returned home late Saturday night.
Chip and I took Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin to the Lake O' the Woods Resort on Lake Palestine on Thursday afternoon. Tiffany and Morgan Joslin joined us later that evening. While there we enjoyed playing volleyball, Frisbee golf, basketball, fishing, putt-putt golf, board games and hiking. On Friday we all went to the Water Park at The Villages Resort, just a few miles away. Tiffany and Morgan returned on Friday evening, so that Morgan could help his dad, Malcolm, with the Hot August Night event. Morgan was also involved with the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard presentation at the concert. Chip, Kenden, Jaidyn and I returned on Saturday evening.
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