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TIRA NEWS Jan. 28, 2009

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Tira Volunteer firefighters responded to the big grass fire in western Hopkins County on Thursday.

Tira was well represented in the North Hopkins Homecoming Court on Friday night. Haley Flanagan, daughter of James and Rita Flanagan, represented the freshman class. Courtney Loper, daughter of Tim and Annette Loper, was the junior class representative. Kadee Melton, daughter of Kevin and Dee Melton, and Kayla Williams, daughter of Andi Williams, were two of the senior class Queen nominees. Grace Cox, a senior; Megan Haley, senior; and Adrianna Sanchez, asophomore, rounded out the court. Megan Haley was crowned as the 2009 Homecoming Queen.

In a staff meeting on Friday, Jan. 16, Tommy Long announced his plans to retire as superintendent of North Hopkins School at the end of this school year. We are saddened by his decision, but understand his desire to pursue other interests after 37 years in education, including 21 years as North Hopkins superintendent. Carolyn Long is planning to retire, too. Mr. and Mrs. Long have both been wonderful assets to the district and will be missed.

Yvonne Weir woke up Sunday night with a strange dog in her bedroom and the canine’s face right in hers. He is a large black and white male dog with short hair and is wearing a red collar. Yvonne says, “He is very friendly and seems to have been a house dog. Please call 903-945-2116 and claim this dog, whether he is yours or not.”

Judy and Randy Roberts enjoyed Cadence Runyan spending the night with them on Saturday night. Monica and Catan, her parents, spent the day with them, too. Lesley and Addey Owens and Garrett Lockhart stopped by that night to visit. The girls enjoyed getting to play together.

Sherry Smiddy spent eight days in the Galveston area working last week. Powell Vickery, Aysha Day and Daylee Fite picked her up at the airport on Monday and they all spent the afternoon at Shenanigans in Rockwall. Cody, Daylee and Aysha spent the weekend with Sherry and Powell. Sandra Wester and Suzan Miller visited with the kids on Friday night and had dinner with Sherry and Powell. Sherry and Powell attended the memorial service for James G. Mills, better known to everyone as "Uncle Fluff," in Winnsboro on Saturday.

Alice Hall and Yvonne Weir stopped in to see Mike and Elise Campbell on the way home from Alice’s appointment in Dallas. They had a nice visit. Alice got a good report on her corneal transplant. On Friday, Dacy and Elise Campbell came to Sulphur Springs and ate lunch with their family at Furr’s.

Kadee Melton exhibited her horned Hereford heifer, Chula, at the Fort Worth Stock Show on Saturday. She placed first in her class of 10 entries. Kadee also was one of 50 exhibiters who qualified for the Heifer Superintendent's Beef Challenge for a chance at a scholarship. The contest consisted of a written exam over all areas and breeds of the beef industry. Kadee placed among the top 10 high scorers on the exam and went on to the presentation part of the contest. She and the others then each gave a two-minute speech about why and how their particular breed of cattle can be used by the commercial producer. Kadee placed in the top seven contestants and was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. The scholarships were presented during the Angus show on Sunday in the Watts Arena. Kevin and Dee Melton, Sharlene Brice, Larey and DeLeen Melton, Micah Walker and Judd Gardner were there to see Kadee receive her award.

Sandra Wester and Suzan Miller went to Henderson on Saturday to spend the weekend with Linda Andrasko. They shopped in downtown Henderson at Main Street Gallery and Donovan's and enjoyed lunch at Blessings. Saturday night they watched a movie and then played Rummikub. They returned home Sunday afternoon.

Janie and Vaughn Prahl of Daingerfield, Michael Dodd of Dallas and Joyce Dodd of Tira gathered for lunch at Helen Weir’s home on Friday, Jan. 23, to celebrate what would have been Herm and Harm Weir’s 100th birthdays. That was also their older brother, Walter “Uncle Pop”’s, birthday. After lunch, Janie, Vaughn and Helen enjoyed playing games while Michael and Joyce went to the Southwest Dairy Center and Museum in Sulphur Springs. Later, Michael and Helen went for a drive over the country roads in our community.

I visited Grace Vaughn in Broken Bow on Jan. 17 and took her out to lunch for her birthday, which was on the 18th.

I want to express my thanks to everyone who sends me news. I am very appreciative of their help.

If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents past or present, please contact 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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