Ladies with a Hat-titude meet at Cap Ranch

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Ladies with a Hat-titude chapter of the Red Hat Society met March 4 at Cap Ranch Restaurant in Tyler for lunch and a monthly meeting.

There were three red hatters celebrating birthdays which were Judy Batton, Barbara Sexton and Dolley Essex who was unable to attend. They were dressed in red attire and purple hats.

There were 14 members present, including Sandra Bolton, Lenda Batton, Jenean Phariss, Sexton, Judy Batton, Chris Parr, Mary Woolery, Beverly Jimerson, Jean Allen, Lawanda Ellis, Patsy Boyd, Mary Reynolds, Linda Jones, and B.J. McCauley.

Mascot Miss Kitty Red Hat welcomed everyone who were all dressed in red hats and purple attire.

Plans are being made for April 28 for Relay for Life. The event will be held at Mauldin Field in Jacksonville.

After lunch red batters played happy birthday on their kazoos and pictures were taken. Door prizes were won by Pharr, McCauley, L. Batton, Jimerson and Reynolds.

Next meeting will be April 1. E-mail female J. Batton will notify each red hatter of the time and place.

Wednesday Study Club learns about Pooh

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Wednesday Study Club met March 1 at Larissa House. Hostess Sue Dublin greeted the 12 members as they arrived.

Program chairman Nell Evins introduced her college roommate, Beverly Tucker Harrell of Palestine, who presented the program, “Winne the Pooh Through Life.”

Harrell began by showing all of Pooh’s friends: Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Rabbit. She said, “A.A. Milne (1882-1956) wrote many books about Pooh, including ‘Winnie the Pooh’ in 1926 and ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ in 1928 about his son’s stuffed animals.

“Other books written by other authors about Pooh were ‘The Pooh Get Well Book,’ ‘The Pooh Party Book,’ ‘The Pooh Crafts,’ ‘The Lair of Pooh Bear,’ ‘The Pooh Cookbook,’ ‘The Tao of Pooh,’ ‘Three Cheers for Pooh,’ ‘How Sweet to be a Cloud’ and many others.”

In closing, Harrell said, “Many of the Pooh stories have been written in 31 languages. Pooh ranks second to the Mickey Mouse stories. Children and adults continue to enjoy the Pooh stories.”

Following a short business meeting, everyone enjoyed a special dessert, compliments of Dublin.

The next meeting will be March 15 in the home of Ann Womack, 1917 O’Keefe Road. Bette Holcomb will present “A Telescopic View of Texas History.”

Kiwanis honors McCall

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Dr. Miles McCall, right, President of Lon Morris College, accepts a certificate from Enid Sheppard after his presentation to the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club last Thursday. McCall emphasized the school's long history and its ability to provide students with a unique faith based academic and social experience since 97 percent of the student body is in residence. McCall taught for almost 20 years at Stephen F. Austin University as professor of communication and leadership studies before being selected to head Lon Morris.

Ripe Tomatoes don red sombreros

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The Ripe Tomato Chapter members of the Red Hat Society donned their sombreros on Wednesday, March 1 to enjoy a Mexican luncheon at Taco El Conquistador in Bullard. Hostesses for the meeting were Christy Spradley and Sandy Minter.

All members were present with the exception of Ann Womack, and the door prize was won by Rose Ann Cunningham. Those present included the hostesses, plus Mary Ella Adams, Shine Chancellor, Ann Chandler, Mrs. Cunningham, Joyce Folden, Midge Going, Linda Hancock, Neta Hanna, Nancy Hopson, Dolores McCord, Barbara Murray, and Mary Taylor.

After the meal, members were asked to take five minutes to relate a story, personal experience, etc. However, after only one story — by Chandler — the exercise was abandoned as no one wanted to follow Chandler’s amusing and informative story. The usual picture-taking session took place and the members adjourned until April 5, at which time Murray and Hancock will serve as hostesses for the April meeting.

CWCC welcomes Fletcher

The Career Women’s Civic Club heard an interesting program on Feb. 28 presented by Craig Fletcher, Cherokee County Court-at-law judge candidate. The upcoming “2006 Mud Creek Nationals” will be from March 29 through April 2 at Jacksonville’s Mud Creek Off-Road Park. Fletcher told of the many events scheduled and the improvements made from the 2005 event, such as traffic control, camping sites, food vendors, RV parks and added contests of interest to the whole family.

Order of Invincible Rose honors fallen soldier

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On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Order Of Invincible Rose Chapter No. 37 joined with compatriots from the Texas Areas for a marker dedication to honor one of Texas ‘own fallen veterans of the Civil War.

Thomas Green Aiken is the veteran from the Civil War and the following dedication and grave marker ceremony was held to honor him at The Graham Hall Cemetery in Henderson.

The ceremony consisted of the Posting of Colors, an invocation, a welcome and pledge and salute to the flags, a reading of the SCV Charge, biographical information given by Dr. Ray Aiken (oldest living great-grandson), the unveiling of the grave marker, a Black Rose Ceremony, placing of wreaths, a cannon salute, Taps played by Paul Hamilton on trumpet and Ben Hay on drum, the benediction given by Dr. Ray Aiken, the Retiring of Colors, and dismissal.

Participating compatriots were Captain James P. Douglas, SCV Camp No. 124 of Tyler; J.M. “Matt” Barton, SCV Camp No. 441 of Sulpher Springs; W.W. Heartsill, SCV Camp No. 2042 of Marshall; General John Gregg, SCV No. 958 of Longview.

Ladies present were from the Texas Society Order Of Confederate Rose, Emma Sanson of Chapter No. 31 Tyler and Invincible Rose Chapter No. 37 Ponta; and United Daughters of the Confederacy, Charles Buchanan Harris No. 2531.

Hosting the event was the Walter P. Lane SCV Camp No. 1455.

This event was a great educational as well as knowledgeable experience. The weather was favorable and everyone had a wonderful time and felt it a privilege to honor one of Texas’ own fallen heroes from that period of time.

There were many guests there from the surrounding areas and some family members as far away as California.

For more information about OIR, contact B.J. McCauley at 903-589-9324.

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