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TIRA NEWS Nov. 4, 2009

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The North Hopkins School Alumni Association’S Annual Homecoming will be held in the school cafeteria this Saturday. Registration and visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a barbecue

dinner and a program. Cost for the meal is $8.50 and is payable at the door. The Class of 1959 will be honored for their 50-year reunion. Door prizes will be awarded. All former North Hopkins students and their families are encouraged to attend.

The Cooper Class of '48 held their 61st class reunion at the Tira Community Center on Saturday. Those in attendance were Martha (Johnson) Moody, Inez (Kinslow) Lowery and Raymond Yates, Robert Templeton, Hoyle and Connie Shirley, Hoyle's brother Jim, and Sherry Shirley, Gene and Martha (Anglin) Hawkins, Preston and Verda (Taylor) McCoy, Barney and Pat Briscoe, Ted Foster, Margaret (Cooper) Templeton, Clyde and Pat Waters, Harold Joe Sloan, Mary Lou (Wester) Jeter, and Floyd and Martha Payton. Sandra Wester and Suzan Miller also ate lunch and visited with the group. Martha reports, “A wonderful barbecue lunch was served by Andy and Mary Lou Wright. It was a beautiful day and those that were unable to attend were missed. This class was the last year that Tira students attended high school at Cooper, and then Tira consolidated with North Hopkins.”

The Paytons also want to report the rainfall for the Sandhill area. Floyd poured out 18.5 inches during the month of October.

Sherry Smiddy and Judy Roberts spent six days in Detroit, Mich., in training for the University of Michigan. Judy reports, “It was great to get together with everyone again. The weather was nice while we were there except for a little rain. Right by the hotel we were staying at they were filming "Red Dawn." This is a remake of the original film that Patrick Swayze was in.” Wesley Snipes was staying at the Westin Hotel where Judy and Sherry were staying. They also enjoyed fine dining at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant and got to see a few sights of Detroit.

Sherry Smiddy and Powell Vickery attended the North Hopkins Halloween Carnival on Friday night with Daylee Fite, Brandi and Aysha Day.

On Thursday night Addey Ann Owens spent the night with Judy and Randy Roberts. Friday night Cadence Runyan spent the night with them.

Last week Mick and Linda Petty went to Asheville, N.C. and spent a day touring the Biltmore home and estate. Linda says, “The fall leaves were beautiful through the mountains. It appears we picked the perfect fall week for sightseeing. It was really a nice drive.”

Yvonne Weir and her mom, Alice Hall, flew to Michigan on Oct. 20 to visit Alice's brothers and their families. They really enjoyed the beautiful fall colors. On Friday the 23rd they flew to South Dakota and spent a week at the Hall ranch. While there they saw many old friends — and snow!

Robert took Wesley to "Celebrate the Children" near Commerce for his 9th birthday on Oct 24. Wes had a great day riding horses and going on a hayride and bouncing in the bounce house. Wesley also enjoyed the school fall carnival and trick-or-treating. Yvonne reports, “He left his mask on very well. He was one of many 'Spidermen'.”

Kevin and Dee Melton, Kadee Melton (Fighting Aggie Class of 2013), Dean and Margaret Eudy, and Glyn McMannis of Miller Grove were all in Lubbock on Oct. 24. While there they, along with Micah Walker, Kaleigh Janota, Derrek True and Jarrod Franklin (all with their Red Raider GUNS UP!), enjoyed lunch at Logan's Roadhouse to celebrate Micah and Kaleigh's birthdays before attending the Texas Tech-Texas A&M football game at Jones Stadium. The group enjoyed pre-game activities and watched the Aggies upset the Red Raiders with a 52-30 win before heading home on Sunday.

Mary Lou Jeter of Temple visited Sandra Wester and Suzan Miller over the weekend. She arrived on Friday afternoon and they enjoyed a game of Mexican train that night. Mary Lou attended her 61st class reunion on Saturday at the Tira Community Center. Margaret Cooper Templeton and Mary Lou continued their visit at Sandra's home. Mary Lou, Sandra and Suzan enjoyed a game of Scrabble on Saturday night, and then Mary Lou returned to Temple on Sunday morning.

Chase Williams competed in the Southern Karate Tournament in Addison last Saturday. He placed second in Sparring, third in Kata, and second in Specialty. Melony Huffman and Chase were both ranked third for the state tournament in December. Tina Huffman, and Clifford and Nancy Belz were there to cheer them on in the competition. Donald Lawson is the Karate instructor in Winnsboro.

Chip Vaughn and I went to Somerville on Saturday the 24th and picked up Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald for a road trip to West Texas. We spent Saturday night in San Antonio, where we enjoyed shopping at the Market Center and eating on the River Walk. We headed on toward Big Bend National Park on Sunday, with a stop at Lake Amistad on the Mexico and U.S. border. After spending the night at the very interesting Eve's Garden Bed and Breakfast in Marathon, we drove to Big Bend on Monday. It was cold and windy upon our arrival, so we spent most of the day sightseeing by car. We had dinner at the Starlight Theater in Terlingua that night. On Tuesday we did a little hiking and drove to more sights in the park and along the river road to Presidio, and then we headed north to Fort Davis, where we spent the night at the historic Limpia Hotel. We went to the Star Party at the McDonald Observatory and then went to the fort the next day. We also braved the strong West Texas wind and visited the Chihuahuan Desert Botanical Gardens. We drove to Junction that afternoon and enjoyed watching the deer at the nearby South Llano River State Park. The next day we visited Lost Maples State Natural Area, but the trees had not turned much yet. Still it was a beautiful, peaceful, and enjoyable place. We returned to Somerville that evening and then Chip and I drove on home that night. We had a great trip and enjoyed the spectacular scenery.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed news this week!

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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