It’s almost time for the annual Tira Homecoming, which will be held on Sunday, July 5. Dusti Evans James is planning a special video presentation, including pictures, memories and history collected from families who have roots in Tira. We encourage everyone to attend the program at 11 a.m. in the Tira Methodist Church, and then join together for a pot luck lunch at the picnic tables on the grounds. In the event of rain, the lunch will be held at the Tira Community Center. Donations for the upkeep of the cemetery are appreciated and may be given at the homecoming or may be mailed to Floyd Payton, Chairman of the Perpetual Care Committee, 1601 County Road 4612, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.
Powell Vickery and Sherry Smiddy had a busy weekend on the 13th and 14th. Sherry reports, “On Saturday, Steven, Cheryl, Madison, Bryson, Ethan, and Owen Vickery, Aysha Day, Cody, Chanse and Daylee Fite went boating, tubing and knee boarding, cooked hamburgers outside, and went swimming all day and night. All the kids spent the night and started the water activities again on Sunday. A huge lunch was prepared on Sunday and more water activities continued. Everyone had a great time.”
On Saturday, June 13, SarahGrace Ruth, 4-year-old daughter of Michael and Laura Ruth, participated in the 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee with the Dairy Festival. She was one of the Jubilee kids and was in the parade. Her conveyance was disguised as a golden Deere tractor, complete with front end loader and exhaust stack. Large tractor tires were on the back with "udder" balloons surrounding the gold-beaded canopy. She and her escort threw candy to the crowds, wishing them all an "Udder Jubilee."
Miss Sarah Grace participated in the Dairy Festival Pageant on Saturday night as one of the Little Jubilees. She represented the month of July and wore a tea-length satin gown with a tulle overlay embroidered with satin threads, seed pearls and sequins. Her crimson, blue and white sash with back bustle bow had the stars and stripes design. She carried a red, white and blue nosegay given to her by her escort, Master Thomas Attaway. Her family attended the pageant and enjoyed seeing all of the Little Jubilees on stage in their finery.
Kadee Melton greatly appreciated a $1,000 scholarship she received from the Sulphur Springs Rotary Club this past week. She would like to thank the members of this organization for their support.
Micah Walker was recognized this week for making the Dean's List for the Spring '09 semester at Texas Tech University.
Brad Dodd celebrated his 35th birthday at home with friends and family on Saturday the 13th. Joining Brad, Tanya, Trenton and Matthew for a fish fry and games were Tiffany Lawwill, John David and Jewel Jetton, Tanya’s sister Yolanda and her son Zach and friend Lori, Jeffrey and Anetha Sanderson, Pat and Loni Longan, Jeremy Thompson, Robbie Dodd, Tonya Vititow and Joyce Dodd. Joyce reports that they “had a real good time.”
Trenton Dodd spent Thursday, Thursday night, and Friday with Nancy Williams, her son Jesse, and Jordan Perry at Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma.
Sandra Wester went to Henderson on Friday to visit her sister, Linda Andrasko. Jean Colley joined them for dinner Friday night and they enjoyed a game of Rummikub. Linda and Sandra went to see the movie "The Proposal" Saturday afternoon. They attended church services at the First United Methodist Church of Henderson Sunday morning and enjoyed lunch at The Jalapeño Tree with Jean. Sandra returned home Monday morning after a fun visit.
Kevin, Dee, and Kadee Melton and Micah Walker were in College Station this past week at the Texas Junior Hereford State Show. While at the show, Kadee, who is a director and officer in the organization, helped organize but also participated in several contests.
Kadee, along with team members Kyle Keahey, Kayla Keahey and Ashley Radde, placed first team in the Livestock Judging contest Intermediate Division. Ashley placed 2nd overall individually. Micah and Kevin, with team members Jeremy Workman and Barbara Metch, placed first in the adult division of the Livestock Judging Contest. Metch, Walker, and Workman placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the individual scoring, each walking away with a cash prize. At the closing banquet on the final night of the state show, Kadee was awarded a total of $1,000 in scholarships. The first was from the Texas Poll-ettes, an auxiliary of the Texas Polled Hereford Association. The essay Kadee wrote for the scholarship will be published in a Hereford publication later in the summer. The second was the Jessica Cleveland-Patsy Workman Memorial Scholarship given by the Workman family in memory of their loved ones. Kadee was honored to be the first recipient of this scholarship.
The North Hopkins All Stars team, consisting of Cooper Adams, Kenden Joslin, Eastan Lewis, Evan Lewis, Preston Price, Ryan Reed, Victor Rojo, Bryson Sims, Branson Thomas, Brayden Withro, and Caleb Wyatt, participated in the All Stars Tournament in Commerce over the weekend. They were coached by Brian Adams, Brian Lewis, Pete Wyatt and Melissa Wyatt.
Jaidyn Joslin was dedicated in the morning service at First Baptist Church on Sunday. After the service, Malcolm, Tiffany, Landon, Morgan, Kenden, and Jaidyn and Chip and I went to China House for Father’s Day lunch.
Tiffany Durst reports, “Casey had a wonderful first Father's day! We all got together at our house and had enchilada's, chips, and homemade hot sauce! Those present included Tiffany, Casey, and Joseph Durst, J.R. and Donna Durst, Jim and Ellen Rich, Cecil and Makaya Rich, Marc, Christi, and Drew Rich of Austin, and Chris and Jana Rich. We visited, ate, laughed and even sat out on the porch for a while. Meanwhile we all gazed in wonder at Joseph first crawl!”
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