William and Shirley Woodard were honored with a surprise 50th wedding anniversary dinner at Shumardi’s Steakhouse in Greenville on Saturday night. Helping them celebrate were Morris Smith of Cooper, Tommie Cook of Greenville, Charlie and Susan Vaughn; Amie, Landon and Rachel Davidson; Jana and Chris Rich; Kim and Randy Neal; Ashley Hailey; Lori and Dwayne Pope of Wolfe City; Andi and Kayla Williams; Jeremy Dixon of Sulphur Springs; and Gib McCullogh. William and Shirley will be married 50 years on March 28.
Tira volunteer firefighters responded to two grass fires on State Highway 19 north on Thursday, a grass fire on FM 1536 and another grass fire on County Road 4612 on Friday, and a grass fire on County Road 4581 on Saturday. Firemen Malcolm Joslin and Steven Taylor, along with firefighters from other area departments, attended Water Shuttling Training on Saturday and Sunday. The classes were led by a representative from the Cass County Fire District.
The North Hopkins Scholarship Dinner and Auction will be held in the school cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. Tickets are available from committee members and at the school or may be purchased at the door. The proceeds are used to help fund scholarships for North Hopkins graduates. Please make plans to attend and show your support for our students.
Sherry Smiddy spent 16 days in Ann Arbor, Mich., working. While there, she visited the Detroit Institute of Art one day and enjoyed the Norman Rockwell paintings that were on exhibit. Daylee and Cody Fite spent the weekend with Sherry and Powell at Lake Fork. Sherry says that they enjoyed lots of fishing and playing.
Judy Roberts was also in Ann Arbor for six days of training. Judy reports, “The weather was great. No snow!”
Debra Wood, her sister Barbara Cockrum, and their mother, Helen Gunter of Cooper, recently attended the 110th State Convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution in San Antonio. The three-day convention was full of meetings, awards for patriotic contributions, and banquets full of wonderful food. Debra was awarded a certificate at Saturday evening's banquet for being the Regent of the Capt. David Philips Chapter in Sulphur Springs. Barbara and Helen are also members and officers of that chapter. The three were able to find some time to shop and to eat at Papacita's Mexican Restaurant. Even though the weather was cold and rainy, it didn't stop them from having a wonderful trip before spring break got started. Of course, they were able to stop at Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana to taste the treats there.
Kadee Melton exhibited her Hereford steer, Bucket, placing third in class and earning a walk through the ring at the Sale of Champions at the Houston Livestock Show recently. In her final time in the Houston show ring, Kadee exhibited her Horned Hereford heifer, Chula, placing first in her class and receiving a trophy and a chance to compete for division champion. Kevin and Dee Melton, Micah Walker, grandparents Dean and Margaret Eudy and Larey and DeLeen Melton, Richard Watson, Nancy and Trent Hale of Spring; and Charlotte, Bill and Amanda Pogue of Highlands were on hand to watch Kadee show.
Sandra Vaughn of Broken Bow visited with Mary Denny of Posey last Monday. Sandra brought Grace Vaughn to our house and she spent the week with us. She also visited with other family members and with her friend, Kathryn Brandenburgh, while here.
Chip, Grace and I took a little road trip from Wednesday through Friday. We went to the Nacogdoches Azalea Trails, including the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, and the Wild Flower Days at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. We decided that the flowers must be blooming later than usual this year, since we went during their festival times, but did not see a lot of flowers. Those that were in bloom were beautiful, and the dogwoods were especially pretty in those areas. On Thursday afternoon, we drove to Somerville to visit Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald. Dorothy led us on a tour of the Brenham and Chappell Hill area to see the bluebonnets. The drive was beautiful, and lots of roadsides and fields were in full bloom. Larry did not get to go with us because he was working as an usher at the swim meet at Texas A&M University. Later that night Larry, Dorothy, Chip, and I enjoyed a game of cards. Chip and Larry put up a hard fight, but in the end Dorothy and I were the champions of the Spades game! We returned on Friday, by way of Dallas, where we visited with Linda Vaughn-Wells.
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