While family and friends waited excitedly the morning of Thursday, May 3, Joseph Durst's baby sister made her arrival at 8:22 a.m. Her name is Balin Cassidy Durst. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Casey and Tiffany Durst. Grandparents are Jim and Ellen Rich and J.R. and Donna Durst. Donna says, “I might add that she is beautiful. Balin has been a pretty popular little girl, having family and friends visit from the Sulphur Springs area, Finley, Okla., and Athens, Texas.”
Brad Payton spent the weekend with his parents, Floyd and Martha Payton. Martha reports that they had lunch at Furr's on Saturday and Brad helped his dad work on a lawn tractor that afternoon. After all that work, they were ready for grilled hamburgers. They viewed the bright moon after 10 p.m. They all enjoyed the weekend.
On Saturday, May 5, Jimmy and Helen Smith and their family brought a delicious lunch of barbecue, with all the trimmings, and a beautiful cake to Troy and Georgia Smith's home. Other family and close friends joined them in celebration of Troy and Georgia's 50th wedding anniversary.
Tira is well represented in the North Hopkins graduating classes. Haley Flanagan, daughter of James and Alicia Flanagan, was named valedictorian of the senior class, and Morgan Joslin, son of Malcolm and Tiffany Joslin, is the salutatorian of the 8th grade class. The other top honor graduates are senior class salutatorian Amanda Bisenius from Peerless, daughter of Scott Bisenius and LaWanda Faulks, and 8th grade valedictorian Allegra Thomas from Cooper, daughter of Woodrow Thomas and Janis Thomas.
Yvonne Weir, Brenda Allen, Regina Taylor, Jaidyn Joslin and I met at the Pioneer Cafe for a delicious lunch on Friday in celebration of Yvonne's birthday.
North Hopkins ISD is still “rounding up” 2012-13 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten kids. If your child will be 4 or 5 before September 1, you may pre-register from now until June 1. Please bring the necessary information for registration, including a copy of an official birth certificate, up-to-date immunization record, Social Security card and proof of residency (utility bill or tax statement). The person enrolling the student will also need to provide a copy of his/her driver’s license or identification card. For eligibility requirements, please contact the school office at 903-945-2192.
I was among the many ladies who attended the "Going Beyond" simulcast at First Baptist Church's new building, The ROC (Recreation Outreach Center), on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Following the event, Chip's mother Grace and I went to lunch and shopped a little, and then I dropped Grace off at John and Linda Vaughn's for a visit.
Chip and I visited Dane and Natali Lawson in Point on Saturday evening.
Robert and Laura Jones took their grandchildren, Kiegan and Acie Shehan to Cherokee Trace Animal Refuge in Jacksonville on Sunday, where they saw all kinds of animals, including deer, watusi, water buffalo, llamas, ostrich, alligator, camel, reindeer and many more. Laura had taken her kids there in 1993 — the first year they moved to Sulphur Springs. Laura says that it has changed a lot. She reports, “It was exciting to take the grandkids to the same place their mom had visited at age 6. It’s a two-hour drive-through at your own pace as you look at and feed the animals, There is now a laminated double-sided sheet, so you can identify the animals you see. The boys laughed so hard at a camel who stuck his head in and took their 'papa's' sack of feed right out of his hands. They also giggled a lot as the llamas kept chasing us for a good ways.” When they were done they went in the gift shop, and then stopped outside to take some pictures. The girl at the desk gave the boys an extra sack of feed when they were leaving, so the boys took it out to the pond and fed the ducks. They had planned on stopping somewhere to sit down and eat on the way home but they started having car troubles, so they just grabbed something from Burger King. They made it home safely, and the boys are begging to go back.
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