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Tira News for Sept. 29, 2010

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J.R. and Donna Durst went to “the big town of Finley, Oklahoma” on Saturday to baby-sit with their grandson, Cooper, while Amy and Kyle went on a Sunday School “outing.” According to Donna, they enjoyed every minute of the “9-hour sitting.” She says, “We sat in the floor and played a lot of cars.”

Yvonne Weir reports. “We celebrated Destri's birthday by having lunch at Mattito’s Tex-Mex restaurant, with she and Ryan and Dacy and the babies and Dustin. We spent the night at Destri’s and played games, and then she and I got up on Sunday and planted mums in her flower beds.”

Tommy and Carolyn Long spent the weekend in Austin with their sons, Reid and John. It was a “belated happy birthday” visit with Reid. While there they went to the UT-UCLA football game.

The community is invited to the North Hopkins School Cafeteria for an “ice cream social” this Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of the first 6-weeks. Students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. on Friday.

North Hopkins will be hosting Chapel Hill in junior high baseball on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. North Hopkins High School cross-country teams will be competing in Round Rock on Saturday, and the junior high teams are scheduled to travel to Hawkins. NH Junior High volleyball players are scheduled to compete against Detroit at home on Monday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m.

Morgan Joslin of Tira, son of Malcolm and Tiffany Joslin, along other North Hopkins athletes, participated in the junior high cross-country competition in Campbell last Thursday. Morgan received a medal for fifth place. Other runners on his team were Mauricio Gamez, third place, and Carlos Delgado, 17th.

Grace Vaughn spent last Tuesday and Wednesday nights with Chip and me. Grace and I ran errands in Paris on Wednesday evening and had supper at the Sirloin Stockade.

Chip and I enjoyed a weekend get-away, beginning with dinner on Friday evening in Fort Worth at Fred's Texas Cafe, which had been featured in Texas Highways and on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” The food was delicious! We spent Friday night in Weatherford and then drove to Abilene on Saturday, by way of Strawn (through the Palo Pinto "mountains"), where we enjoyed the "world famous" food at Mary's Cafe. In Abilene, we toured the wonderful Frontier Texas museum and went to the Big Country Balloon Festival, where we saw beautiful hot-air balloons and a spectacular synchronized kite show. Later that evening we saw a hilarious performance of “Smoke on the Mountain” at the Abilene Community Theater. On the way back on Sunday, we drove through Lake Mineral Wells State Park and then toured the nearby Clark Gardens. The skies had cleared off and the weather was perfect for viewing the beautiful plants and grounds. We decided that we should schedule a trip back in the spring when even more of the flowers would be in bloom.

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 .



What a difference a week can make! Are you enjoying this weather? It makes you just want to sit and let the cool breeze blow over you. I even got out and worked in the flower beds today — much-needed work, I must say, but I kept putting it off because it was soooo hot. Now some of the beds are cleaned out. Hope you have had some time to get out and enjoy the change in weather.

We want to express our sympathy to the McCool family on the death of Billy McCool and to the Soto family on the death of Luis Soto.

Congratulations to Josh Goodman on his marriage to Ashley Huckabee. Josh was a former student of mine a while back. It sure can make a teacher to feel old to see so many of her former students getting married and having families.

The Senior Citizen Expo is fast approaching on Oct. 12 and will be held at the Church of the Nazarene. Make sure you put that on your calendar. You will receive a lot of good information and can have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked.

Last evening around 6:30, Tom and I were driving around our back pasture and saw a pretty mature bobcat. That is the first one we have seen in a long time. Any other sightings or problems with bobcats in this area? I know I see one occasionally when driving into Sulphur Springs on the U.S. 67 spur.

The county road crew has been busy mowing and chopping, and we sure appreciate it. It makes visibility better and makes the roads easier to pass oncoming vehicles. Thanks!

Hope everyone has their fall garden going. Tom has a few yellow squash and some pretty zucchini plants growing. He hopes to get some turnips, collards and mustard greens up real soon. He does love his greens. If anyone has an interesting or unusual way to prepare them, please let me know. I do love new recipes.

Happy birthday to Carl Smith on Oct. 1; and Aleigh Bessonett, Donna Smith and Sarah Stout on Oct. 2.

It is getting late, and this old gal needs her sleep, so until next week, please take care and remember to smile — it only hurts a little. Call me at 903-612-8806 with news, e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or just drop on by on County Road 1119. We are just a mile down the road from Mike Moore’s dairy on CR 1119.

Reilly Springs News

By: Bobby McDonald

Hasn’t it been nice to receive some seasonally cool temperatures that reflect autumn in Hopkins County? It hasn’t gotten cool enough for me to drag out the “long pants” yet, but I’ve been tempted to get a sweatshirt a morning or two.

Many in our community are still celebrating the rain that our community received on Saturday. “It was absolutely wonderful,” said Vera Harrington. “Just what we needed to drive away the heat and bring the autumn season to our fruition. I’m almost certain that we’ll experience some more hot weather, but I think autumn has finally arrived.”

Roy and Yvonne King reported about 3.5 inches of rain at their place just south of Vera, and those in the “downtown” area of the community said their gauges reflected about 3 inches.

“It’s great to drive over Running Creek of a morning and see the fog lifting from the waters and to be comfortable with the window rolled down,” said Kenni Jo Wallace. “That’s when you know that fall has arrived and the hot days of summer are behind you for another year. I’m not ready for it to get cold yet, but I certainly enjoy the autumn season in Reilly Springs.

“Or, walk out on the back porch of a morning and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, with a piece of pumpkin bread, as the temperatures are pleasant and the sun rises in the east,” added Sandi Wallace. “[Those are] just some of the great blessings that the autumn season brings.”

Many in our community were in Sulphur Springs last night for two events. The first was the TAMU-C Alumni Reception at Holiday Inn Express that brought a crowd out in support of the university. After such a great success, plans are in the making for other events designed to offer support and encouragement for the Hopkins County students who are attending TAMU-C now.

The 58th Annual Hopkins/Rains County Farm Bureau Convention also saw many from this community in attendance at the Civic Center. Our own Delores Miller is one of the directors on the Farm Bureau Board. A great BBQ meal was served, and policy to forward to the state Resolutions Committee was adopted.

Vera Harrington allowed that she spent the weekend in Waxahachie with the granddaughters, and that Charlotte had been named “Student of the Month” at Felty Elementary.

I spoke with Marilee Fisher and she reported their family hosting the Fisher Family Reunion at their farm on Saturday. More than 60 descendants of Lloyd and Lucille Fisher were in attendance and enjoyed the great autumn weather and sharing family memories.

J.R. and Vanessa Fisher made it back from their extended vacation to the Pacific Northwest and points in-between in time for the reunion. They reported a great trip.

Rhandi Stribling Fails reported that the Stribling family will be in Stephenville this weekend to see one of David Stribling’s bulls buck in a PBR Futurity event. In preparation, little Case Fails has heard them talking about it and is riding his stick-horse like a bull this week.

The Striblings also will travel on Thursday night to Sulphur Springs to attend the Sherman vs Sulphur Springs football game to watch Lexi Stribling cheer.

I haven’t heard much from the Koon family this week. I think most of them are still trying to recuperate from the wedding. However, I did receive word that Kyle and Misty have returned from their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic and that they are back at work and home in Hopkins County. I’ve heard loads of compliments on the wedding, how beautiful it was.

Kaylynn and Danny Ray Moss decided to “take a break” and are visiting family in Utah. They took the wedding photos with them.

Several members of the Hurley family have been busy looking for their relatives in the Reilly Springs community lately. They’ve been combing the information at the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and visiting the Reilly Springs Cemetery as they uncover information from the past.

Until next week, take advantage of all the activities and enjoy the season. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins Count, and America.




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