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TIRA NEWS April 23, 2014

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William and Joyce Dodd had Easter lunch at their house on Sunday. Those attending included Michael McNiel; Tonja Jones; Rob Dodd; Brad, Tanya; Trenton and Matthew Dodd; Maegan; Alyssa; Gavin and Ethan Shelton; Maegan’s friend; D. J.; and Stuart, Tiffany, Trista, Emery and Elli McPherson. The kids flew kites and had an egg hunt. Michael attended church with Joyce that morning.

Rylan Joslin, son of Landon and Laiken Joslin, was honored with a second birthday party at his home on Saturday. Friends and family were treated to cake and punch and the kids enjoyed playing with Rylan’s new toys.

We started our Easter celebration on Saturday evening. Grace Vaughn, Tiffany, Morgan, Kenden, Jaidyn, Landon, Laiken, Rylan and Brailon Joslin joined us for a meal with chicken and dressing and all the trimmings and the kids had a good time hunting Easter eggs. On Sunday, we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ at church, and then Grace, Tiffany, Chip and I enjoyed a delicious meal at Furr’s.

On Saturday, May 10, a $5 million school bond proposition will be presented to the voters of the North Hopkins Independent School District. New elementary classrooms and offices are being proposed to help with the growing needs of the school. The bond election will be held in the administration building from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on that date. Early voting begins on Monday, April 28, and continues through Tuesday, March 6, in the front office of the school.

Coach and Athletic Director Larry Tucker reported that the North Hopkins boys’ baseball team has clinched the district championship. He says, “Coach Tim Henderson, Coach Joe Smiddy and the guys are on a great run and they are determined to win the playoffs. If they win the last two games, that will mean this senior class has had undefeated seasons in basketball and baseball — a rare and difficult achievement. Also, Coach Henderson is nearing the 100-win mark in his coaching career — an incredible achievement in a short time.”

Coach Tucker also reported that Coach Danna Lewis took Baile Gammill to the regional golf tournament. He comments, “Coach Lewis did a great job this year, despite fighting bad weather and conflicting schedules for our extremely busy student athletes.” He adds, “Congratulations to Coach Garrett Todd and Coach Todd Law who are taking four track athletes to Abilene for the region track meet. Jessie Williams and Baile Gammill are returning to region this year with hopes of advancing to state. Jessie is in the discus throw and Baile will be running in the 100 hurdles. Victoria Wilburn and Mauricio Gamez are making their first trek to region, both in distance running events. We are very proud of all of them.”

Coach KayLee Wood and the Lady Panthers’ softball team took second place in District 16-A and will now move to bi-district to face either Wolfe City or Celeste. Coach Tucker says, “Coach Wood has done a great job in her first year as head coach. I am proud to be her assistant. I am very proud to be the athletic director for the Panther nation; great kids, great coaches, great staff!”

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 .

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