North Hopkins fifth graders have been participating in the nine-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. Their leader, Officer Brad Cummings, has been teaching them about resisting tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, and about making healthy choices. They have also been learning about how to handle peer pressure and bullying. They have been asked to write a report about what they have learned, and a prize will be awarded for the best essay. The students will be honored during a commencement ceremony on November 18th and will be receiving a T-shirt and lapel pin for their accomplishments. Officer Cummings said that the group has been great, and he appreciates their attentiveness and participation.
The North Hopkins FFA Hamburger Supper and Auction will be held on Nov. 21. Serving starts at 6 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7 p.m. Your support is always appreciated.
Please mark your calendars for the community Christmas party. It will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. Brisket will be provided. Residents are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. We are expecting a visit from Santa, so be sure to bring your kids and grandkids! Please note: We changed the date from Saturday to Friday in an effort to have more participation and to avoid a conflict with the lighted Christmas parade in Sulphur Springs on Saturday night.
Yvonne spent Friday night with Dacy Campbell. They did some shopping in Rockwall Friday afternoon. On Saturday Yvonne baby-sat while Dacy worked and Mike deer hunted. Yvonne says, “Elise kept me entertained. I had her wear her shoes that squeak when she takes a step, so I knew where she was.”
Floyd and Martha Payton enjoyed visiting with Regina Payton from Port Aransas, Brad Payton from Keller, and Eric Payton from San Diego. Eric is on a two-week vacation visiting with family and friends. He spent some time in Austin with a high school friend, Jim Yule, who was originally from Keller.
Last week Emma Vickery spent the day with Daylee Fite at Lake Fork with Sherry Smiddy and Powell Vickery. Sherry reports. “The girls had a great time riding Black Beauty and the golf cart.” That night Braden, Ally, Chris and Jenna Vickery all joined them for a hot dog cook out and marshmallow roast. Cody and Daylee Fite and Aysha Day spent the week-end with Sherry and Powell. Powell and Cody went deer hunting and, of course, the big one got away.
The North Hopkins Alumni Association Homecoming was a success, with 66 ex-students and guests attending. The group enjoyed a delicious meal from Murray's Barbecue and a wonderful video presentation, prepared by Barbara Cockrum, featuring pictures of the members of the Class of 1959, and music and facts from that era. The honored class was well represented, with 15 of the 16 members in attendance, including Barbara Campbell Carpenter and husband Robert, Jerry Ferrell and wife Betty, Gary Lewis and wife Rachel, Jerry Willis and wife Jo Nell, Joyce Groves Goldsmith and husband Jimmy, Shirley Gibby Evans and friend Vaden Richey, Patsy Ferrell Patridge and husband Travis. Jerry Titsworth and wife Elaine, Jimmy Stewart and friend Glenda Clark, Patsy Beckham Beck and husband Jerrel, Patsy Orr Bulla and husband Dale, Charlene Minty Stewart and husband Sam, Don Lee, Barbara Minty Cunningham, Gary France and wife Carol. Several door prizes were awarded and the following officers were elected for the 2010 Homecoming - Tommy Long, president; Nita Goldsmith Kelty, vice president; Sammy Long Bedford, secretary; Catheron Smith Camper, treasurer; and Jan Vaughn, reporter.
Amy Nordin, Panther Booster Club president, reports, “We have 19 members now in the Panthers Booster Club! We are also having a contest for the junior and senior classes to design a school T-shirt! We will be having another meeting on Nov. 23, 2009, at 6:30. If any one would like to participate in the booster club they can call me, Amy Nordin, at 903-951-3191, to join, or if they just want to help out!”
Chip's sister, Linda Vaughn, spent Friday night with us and we attended a baby shower for Patty and Jason Vaughn at the Tira Community Center on Saturday morning. John and Linda Vaughn picked up Grace Vaughn in Broken Bow on Thursday and she spent a few days visiting family and also attended the shower on Saturday. She visited us on Saturday and she, Linda, and I enjoyed a game of Scrabble. She returned to Oklahoma on Sunday.
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