March 27, 2017


Diboll has another new place to eat lunch…ARLIS’. Open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30 until 3 PM located next to LaLa Patel’s Diboll Food Mart, across 59 from Commercial Bank. Arlis and his wife Nelda have been thinking about this for a few years and decided it was time since he retired January 1st from the family business of building pallets. His sons, Jeremy and Justin, will keep the business going. Arlis is famous for his rib eye sandwiches which will be served every day and other items on the menu include BBQ sandwiches, Baked potatoes and Wings on Wednesday.

The Hummingbirds are here scouting for places to spend the next few months. Jerry Goins saw some scouts and came in to buy a new hummingbird feeder and nectar. It’s time to put the feeders out to attract them to your yard. Andrea just happened to get in some beautiful new feeders in different colors. We also have fresh bedding plants and everyone is getting excited about starting their gardens. Billy Wayne and Alma Breazeale came in for seeds and plants but Alma said she prefers sitting in her recliner and watching the birds. Melvin Linton, Sr., Buddy Shipp and E. W. Scarborough all plant gardens on a larger scale so hopefully we that don’t will have a place to buy fresh peas. We have lots of customers in Polk County that have been faithful through the years to buy our bulk seeds; Pee Wee Purvis is one of them. Shopping with us from Chester in Tyler County was Willie and Lois Thompson who are anxious to get their garden planted.

Ginger Capps came in to buy a Circle E Candle and Peggy Burt purchased a hummingbird feeder and a tiny terrarium for a friend’s birthday. Sherri Paresa came in for Colorado pinto beans. Aaron Smith’s mom, Belinda Smith, stopped by to pick up a copy of Farm & Home magazine. During spring break Dora Trekall took time to pick up rabbit feed for Blair’s show rabbits.

Vic Bass came in carrying a beautiful chocolate cake covered in white icing and saying it was from the “Bass” kitchen leading us to believe he had something to do with baking the cake. The truth is he met Margie Bass in the parking lot who asked him to take the cake inside. It just so happens that both of them are named “Bass”. Isn’t there a commandment for preachers that says “Do not deceive”?

On March 18th, family and friends celebrated with Minnie Jones at the H. G.

Temple School Cafeteria celebrating her birthday and retirement. Ms. Jones has retired after 35 years at Oncor.  The celebration was hosted by her children, Faye Jones, Prentise Jones and Marcus Jones.  All in attendance enjoyed Catfish and all the trimmings.

Minnie Jones was also recognized in Lufkin for her many years of service to Texas Power & Light Company. John Powers said he was working there in 1982 when she applied for a job and became the first black employee. He told her later he knew her dad, Marcellos Jones when they both lived in Diboll’s logging camp at Fastrill. John said she was hired as a cashier and later worked at the front desk before being transferred to the distribution center when ONCOR purchased TP&L. Mr. Powers said, “Minnie was an excellent employee that got things done.” Others attending her retirement party, along with friends and family, included the Mayor of Burke, John T. Jones and the Mayor of Lufkin, Bob Brown and his wife Toni. Fellow employees that grew up in Diboll included Sandra (Havard) Bailey, Richard Martinez and Larry Jansen.

I did some research at the History Center and learned that Minnie graduated from DHS in 1967 and remembered some of her teachers; Mr. Greer, Mrs. Schinke, Mr. Douglas, Mr. Ramsey and Mrs. Massey and she said, “They always will leave a lasting impression on my mind and on my heart”. Before transferring to Diboll high school, Minnie was a student at H. G. Temple school where she played basketball from the 7th grade through the 11th, “In the 5 years she played they won 66 straight games.” From her oral history with interviewer, Patsy Colbert, Minnie recalled working at the Pine Bough at 16 when the line on Sunday was out the door and down the street. She also talked about babysitting for Don and Dewana Wier in their new home in South Meadows, “They gave me a ’66 Mustang convertible to drive back and forth to work.” She recalled “Pop and Sis Rich never missed a basketball game at H.G. Temple. They were there on the front row to give us support.”

I thought it was interesting in Minnie’s oral history when she said, “I was chosen as the Rodeo Duchess back in ’66. And Mr. Namon Calhoun – he loved horses and he had a horse called Midnight and that was my horse. After school every evening I would meet him at the H. G. Temple School and he would teach me how to ride Midnight. The first night, well my mom and my dad went to Mrs. Crafts. Mrs. Craft had beautiful clothes, and I can remember my mom buying me a light blue satin pants with a white satin shirt. And we rode in – all the queens rode in and the next day. Mr. Namon Calhoun came and he said, “They said that your daughter is overdressing, she needs to tone it down some.” Minnie Jones was one of six children of Marcellos and Vera Jones. She graduated from Prairie View A&M majoring in Elementary Education and minored in Art. She taught school in Houston several years before moving back to Diboll and going to work at TP&L; the rest is history! Congratulations!

Our thanks to Sue Johnson who visited LuLu’s Bakery & Café in San Antonio and brought us one of their world famous THREE pound Cinnamon Roll. It is something to behold!  She also wanted to remind everyone about the Burke Chapter of the Eastern Star Fund Raiser that will be April 7 at the lodge in Burke from 8 AM until sold out. The menu will be Pulled Pork sandwich with chips and dessert for $7. I will remind you again next week but in the meantime call Sue Johnson for more information. 676-7467

Mark your calendars for Tuesday evening, April 11 and plan to eat at the Whataburger near Walmart between 5 – 8PM. During that particular time Whataburger will donate 25% of all sales to the Diboll Lumberjack Band which will use the money to help fund their trip to Disney World. Please be sure to tell them you are there to support the band.

This weekend, April 1st, is the time for the $5,000 Steak Dinner sponsored by the Angelina County Go Texan Committee. The time is 6PM and the place is Shelton’s on FM 2108 (Airport Road) near FM 58. Call Randall Taylor, 936-634-4134, for tickets which are $100 per couple for an evening of fun and great food. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Remember, someone will leave that night with $5,000 more than when they arrived. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund which will go to students in Angelina County.

Enjoy the season and come see us…’round the table.

March 20, 2017


Congratulations to Duran Electric for begin recognized as Business of the Month by The Diboll Business Association. Omar and Blanca Duran is the owner. Omar grew up in Diboll and graduated from DHS in 1997. His parents are Arturo and Linda Duran. Duran Electric has been in business for 7 years and specializes in residential and commercial electrical work. Omar and Linda have three children: Omar, Jr., age 3; Valarie, age 9 and Crystal, age 13.

The Diboll Business Association had its monthly meeting in the hospitality room of the Diboll Inn compliments of owners, Rick and Linda Patel. They and their children are very active in the community. Their 11th grade daughter, Krishna, is in band and is a tennis player; her little brother, Dhwani, is in the 4th grade.

A big congratulations to one of our customers, Hallie Hawkins, whose parents are Brent and Jeannie Hawkins. Brent is a former DISD superintendent but presently serves in that position at Livingston ISD. All three daughters, Hallie, Gracie and Hannah attend school there and are involved in many activities. Hallie, the youngest daughter, is a member of the Livingston Junior FFA and raised a Hampshire barrow she named “MFL”, Mister Fat Legs. She exhibited him at the Houston Livestock Show and someone must have liked his fat legs because he was Grand Champion of Hampshire class. Gracie and Hannah also raised barrows but have not yet been in the ring. They are known as the “Hawkins Sistas” and we wish them all luck!

During spring break Lewis and Shirley Ivey traveled to Hot Springs, AR with their daughter Brandy Soto, granddaughter Katylen, grandson Bill and his friend, Emily from Newton. It was a trip down memory lane for them back to the time they lived there for about 7 years. The group rented a nice condo on Lake Hamilton where Shirley enjoyed relaxing and visiting with friends from that area. Brandy enjoyed going with her dad to show the kids where they lived, went to school and the little church that Lewis and his son Brad helped build that is now a mega church. They attended services there and that afternoon drove to the largest lake in Arkansas, Lake Ouchita. Lewis showed them an empty field where he once worked at Weyerhauser. Another day was spent downtown visiting the Alligator Farm, Arlington Hotel, Wax and Gambling Museums filled with Al Compone stories and tested the hot water in natural mineral springs. They enjoyed a “Duck tour” on Lake Hamilton where Lewis showed the kids many former fishing holes.  Before leaving Hot Springs, they visited the Sat bottom Girls Cupcake Bakery where Brandy bought a cupcake and brought all the way home to her husband William who had to stay here and work.

Kathy Sample enjoyed having 6-year-old grandson Jaxon and 2-year-old granddaughter, Linley during spring break. They are the children of Amanda and Blake Yarborough who live in Nederland. It was a busy four days while they were here and included visits to the museum, zoo, McDonalds and a successful fishing venture.

Owners of Los Jarritos, Carlos and Julie Galvan, took some time off from the busy restaurant to spend with their two children; 13-year-old Edward and 11-year-old Alexis. Also having fun with them was Julie’s nephew from Center, 13-year-old Brandon. They visited with Julie’s sister, Nancy, and helped her plant potatoes. Later, they attended a movie, had ice cream and shopped at an estate sale. Another day was spent enjoying a cool swim in the family pool.

Chuck Mann bought plants hoping the cool weather is gone. He said his pecan trees weren’t budding (a sign when to plant) but his neighbors’ trees were. He also bought a fishing license just in case he had time to fish. Richard and Elke Brashear from Corrigan came in for garden seed. Thomas Lowther was showing the video of the 10 baby goats he has at his house.

Brooke Colwell came in with her precious 21-month-old daughter, Gentrie. They were on their way to her sister’s house where her 4-year-old son, Lewin had spent the night with his Aunt Hope and cousins: 6-year-old Kendall; 5-year-old Peyton and 19-month-old Gavin. They had plans to build a raised garden bed.

The Angelina County Go Texan Committee is having another $5,000 Steak Dinner on April 1 6PM at Shelton’s Place. Tickets are $100 per couple and includes a steak dinner with all the trimmings and a chance to win $5,000. VIP table packages are also available but only 200 tickets will be sold. All the proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund for Angelina County students. For tickets or more information, call Randall Taylor 936-634-4134.

Ariana “Ari” Garza, the beautiful daughter of David and LaDonna Garza of Diboll is competing for the title of Miss Cinco de Mayo 2017. Ari is a senior at DHS. You can see her on the volleyball court and also in the courtroom for Mock Trial. She is definitely a leader, strong athlete and Christian young lady. Ari plans to attend the University of Houston and major in Speech Pathology. She is asking people to become a community partner for Team Ari and support her. Look for Team Ari on Facebook her website,, email,, call 635-4468 or 936-229-1762.

Ariana and her “Team Ari” is having a Baked Potato Sale, Friday, March 24, 10:30 – 1:30. Potatoes are Plain with add-ons or BBQ and include a dessert and water. You can pick up at the Lumberjack field house. By the time you read your Free Press it may too late to “preorder” so for more information call LaDonna Garza 936-635-4468 or email

Pouland’s has beautiful bedding plants that are locally grown. Don’t forget we also have gift items, tiny terrariums, fairies, birdseed and all the usual stuff you find in a feed store. So, come see us…’round the table!


March 13, 2017


Did you know that Tuesday, March 14 was the 30th annual Pi Day in honor of the never ending number 3.14159…… a number that contains pretty much every combination of digits imaginable? I was not aware of this special day until visiting with Nancy and Bob Hallett in the store. They came in for bales of alfalfa hay and asked suggestions for a good place to eat. When “pizza” was mentioned, they were delighted and seemed excited about a circle of food. About that time I noticed his and her tee-shirts both were about Pi and that’s how I learned that March 14 is “Pi Day”. Bob pointed to his shirt that stated Pi Day is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. I read later that Pi Day caters exclusively to mathematical geniuses who love puns and baked goods. Now I know why this day does not interest me except maybe for a piece of pie.   At the near closing of Pi Day, Tina Jowell came in and remembered she needed to bake a skillet blackberry pie for the evening meal to celebrate the special day.

Folks move to Diboll while others move out. Jessica and Doug Dunn moved last weekend from their home in South Meadows to Round Rock which is closer to her brother, Josh, his wife and special niece, Heather. Jessica moved to Diboll with her family and parents, Bill and Debbie Tipton in 1991. Jessica’s husband Doug has been a tug boat captain for eight years working out of Channelview. Jessica was voted #1 Hair Dresser in the recent Best of 75941 and is leaving behind a lot of sad customers.

Moving into Diboll from Cedar Park Texas is Joe and Mickey Crabtree who bought a new home in Deer Trace. Mickey will keep the home fires burning while Joe continues to work toward retirement in July. They looked for and near for the right place to retire and found it here in Diboll. They are excited about the move and love the area and the friendly people here.

Howard and Susan Wickenden made their first visit to The Everything Store during spring break. They moved to the area about three years ago from Houston because they love East Texas and the friendly people here. Actually, Howard is still working with a gas pipeline company in Houston and comes home on the weekends. Susan is a retired teacher that previously taught in the Pasadena ISD when our present DISD superintendent, Vicki Thomas, was there also. Susan told us we are very fortunate to have Mrs. Thomas in the Diboll district. We agreed wholeheartedly. Susan is a substitute teacher at the Diboll Intermediate and Elementary school. She couldn’t believe the beautiful building and said the children and the staff in this district are very respectful. She loves teaching here.

Gary and Cathy Martz are enjoying two of their grandchildren during spring break. Gary and his 6-year-old (I think 6) granddaughter, Allison, stopped by the store for her to play while Gary visited at the roundtable. They had already been to the golf course that morning and fishing the day before. Allison’s parents are Kevin and Lindsey Martz who live in Ft. Worth. Her dad and little 3-year-old sister Taylor were home with Cathy and two dogs, Sophie and Haley. Allison was excited about playing with “Maggie”, Gary’s 7-week old Black Lab and told me all about the Flower Picking contest they had on Sunday.

Mark and Ann Hafernick enjoyed having their 1-year-old grandson, Cooper Johnston, stay in their home a few days. His parents are Lauren and Dr. Judd Johnston from South Lake, Texas. Lauren continues to work as an event planner for Sky Ranch while Judd works at his veterinary clinic in Colleyville.

Last month the Pilot Club of Diboll prepared supper for 28 people. It was an appreciation dinner for Diboll Police and volunteer firemen. Mayor John McClain and City Manager, Gerry Boren, were also present. Mike Gibson, husband of Pilot Club member Dianne, cooked spaghetti for all. The other Pilot Club members brought drinks, salad and desserts. Pilot Club members there helping were: Geneva Ard, Sue Baker, Betty Capps, Vivian Holt and husband Ken, Barbara Nash, Dianne Gibson, Billie Lamb, Camillia Robison and Fran Rodriquez. The Pilot Club has had this dinner for several years and appreciates the First Methodist Church allowing them to use their facility.

Jean (Greer) McCollum was in Diboll visiting with her mom, Bettye Greer. They stopped at the store and spent the rest of the beautiful day touring Azalea Trails and riding through the countryside in and around Nacogdoches. They enjoyed visiting with James and Becky Greer over a meal at Posados. Jean returned to their new home in Naples, Florida on Monday. She and Mike have enjoyed having lots of friends from the north come visit them in Florida during the winter months.

Before spring break Trey Linton took time off from his busy schedule to read several books to the Diboll students in Mrs. Handy’s classroom. Trey’s 5-year-old daughter, Kynleigh, is in her room. His younger four-year-old daughter, Lacey, attends day care.

Madelyn Markus, a young customer of ours from Central, was in buying feed for her project for the youth fair. She had reserve champion last year and working toward having the grand champion this year. She’s a senior and plans to attend Angelina College and SFA and after earning an art degree plans to become a flight attendant.

Folks around here enjoyed the spring-like weather. Jay Wyatt was in buying fertilizer for his yard. Phil Hall bought a new Stihl trimmer. Michael Dorman bought caladium bulbs. Gary Gores bought local honey. Harold Maxwell bought pinto beans. Barbara Lovelady bought a fishing license as well as Travis Parish. Bo Smith bought a beautiful set of midnight blue wind chimes that we are now selling.

The wind chimes we have in stock can be engraved and given as a memorial gift or other special occasions. We also have tiny ornate fairies and other miniature decorations to capture the imaginations of children and adults. Thomas Anderson with his creative welding talents made us a metal tree complete with leaves for us to hang the tiny terrariums we now have for sale. They make great gifts and no two are alike. We invite you to stop by, look around and have a cup of coffee.

Come see us…’round the table.



February 27, 2017


72 years ago on February 23rd 1945 a young 17-year-old boy from Diboll, John Richard Powers, never thought he’d live to this day to tell his story of seeing the US flag being raised on the island of Iwo Jima. John’s Marine Division was ordered to capture Mount Suribachi from the Japanese after two days of bombardment. Capturing this small island was a primary objective of America’s military plans to bring the Pacific campaign to a successful conclusion. On the morning of the 23d at about 10:30 AM men all over the island were thrilled by the sight of a small American flag flying from atop Mount Suribachi. The victory claimed the lives of almost 6,200 Marines and Navy personnel and casualties of more than 24,000.

This past Sunday February 19, 2017 aboard the Battleship Texas, the 72nd Anniversary Battle of Iwo Jima was commemorated.  John Powers was there along with three other Marines, one Sailor and a Corpsman from Minnesota who served in the same division with John. During the solemn ceremony these six Iwo Jima survivors were each presented a United States flag that has flown at the US Marine Corp War Memorial in Arlington, VA. This is where the life size bronze statue of the iconic flag raising is located. May our nation be forever thankful and indebted to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to those who served and continue to serve around the world to keep our precious Freedoms.

Two of John Powers’ daughters attended this special event with him; Johnica Edgerley and Belinda Stanley. Those that attended the ceremony were treated to a dinner at the Monument Inn at 4PM where Johnica sang the fourth verse of the Star Spangle Banner with her talented voice that can easily reach the high notes in our national anthem. One more interesting note about John’s service in the marines. His division was scheduled to come home in December of 1945 but it was February of 1946 before he made it back to Diboll. He was welcomed home by family and one special young lady who had been waiting for him, Mable Nivens. They were married March 16, 1946 and will soon celebrate their 71st anniversary. Congratulations to this wonderful couple!!

On Sunday, February 26th, the H. G. Temple Alumni Association sponsored the Annual City Wide Black History Program which was held in the Even Start Family Literacy Cafeteria. Donna James served as the MC.  Ternisha Cortines moved the crowd with an interpretive dance number and The Church of the Living God Choir sang from their souls. All in attendance enjoyed a terrific lunch of chicken & dressing with all the trimmings.  During the program Mayor John McClain read a proclamation proclaiming the month of February as Black History Month and urged all citizens to join together in making this a time of rededication to the principles of justice and equality for all people.  The mayor then recognized two community leaders that received plaques, Sam Coleman and Clara Mitchell.

Diboll High School Alumnus Katrina Hines was the guest speaker.  She is a college graduate from Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M and was presented a certificate of recognition for her accomplishments. Elliott Gordon, Mable Johnson, Earline Vinson and Joyce Bray also received plaques of recognition from the H. G. Temple Alumni Association. The Community Service Award was presented to representatives of OCDC and Team Sexy. These are two different groups of men and women who promote and organize an annual Mother’s Day Dinner. Throughout the year and at Christmas they also organize activities for the youth.

David Harold Curbow stopped by to buy fig preserves. I agreed with him when he said a lot of folks mistake him for his pastor, Ronnie Frankins. David was on his way to the Old Paper Mill club pasture in Polk County. Several guys who worked together enjoy gathering there including Larry Mills and son, Burt and Moody Smith, Jr. Clay Platt who has a cabin nearby and known as the “king of squirrel hunters” usually joins them  although he works for DEMCO in Diboll.

Glenda Tobias came in for chick starter for her nine new baby chicks. She and I discussed how neat it is to have backyard chickens and fresh eggs. I usually share with customers how I spoil my hens with Happy Hen Treats that we sell. Dwayne Sanford shared he received the best birthday gift from his kids for his February 10th birthday. Dwayne enjoys cooking outdoors and they gave him a stainless steel folding cook table. Dwayne and Stephanie have four grandbabies and one on the way.

I truly hate I missed seeing Billy Stanford when he came in for zipper cream pea seeds. He’s now retired from Brookshire Brothers after working there for 44 years. Lots of folks are getting seeds in hopes of being able to plant soon including Robert Hooks and E. W. Scarborough who plants enough Top Pick Purple Hulls to sell to the public. Clara and Ron Lemons from Livingston came in for green bean seeds. They canned 80 quarts of green beans in jars last year. Mr. Lemons bought a yellow 3-knife gift set, Old Timer Limited Edition 2016 and came back the next day and bought a brown set. The set includes:  Schrade “Pal”, “Dog Leg Jack” and “Slim”.

One of our customers from Zavalla, Rodney Lott and his mom are the new owners of the Eagles’ Nest café on the main street through town. He said the shrimp and “all-you-can-eat catfish” served on Friday nights will be worth the drive. They open early for breakfast and have a steam table at lunch and open late.

Don’t forget this Sunday afternoon, March 5th at 3PM, will be a free concert by our own East Texas Wind Symphony at the Diboll ISD Family Education Center, 299 S. Neil Pickett Dr.

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February 20, 2017


Mark your calendar for 3PM Sunday afternoon March 5th to attend a free concert of our own East Texas Wind Symphony at the theater located at the Diboll ISD Family Education Center. According to Michael Parrish, Director of Operations and founder of this group of thirty “more serious amateur musicians” have been practicing here in Diboll under the direction of David Smith. They will perform a military medley recognizing veterans from each division of the armed services and will also perform one of the 130 marches written by John Phillip Sousa. I learned that Red Skelton was not only a comedian but also a composer and the group will perform two of his marches; one will be the Kadiddlehopper March written for one of his comic characters. The musicians come from Cleveland, San Augustine and all in between including Evelyn (Carr) Walker who grew up in Diboll. You can contact Michael at 936-676-3095 for more information.

It was a pleasure talking with Colton Moreno, a senior at DHS, who recently earned his Eagle Scout award through Troup 136. Colton designed and built a 3×3 square metal box for people to deposit worn or damaged US flags for proper retirement. The bright red box is sitting on the grounds of the National Guard Amory on Tulane Street in Lufkin. This is the highest honor for a Boy Scout and only 4% earn this prestigious honor. A scout is required to have earned at least 21 badges but Colton had 36! His proud parents are Josh and Amanda (Williams) Moreno. Josh has been a customer of ours since he was raising show animals for the youth fair. Colton plans to attend Tulsa Welding School in Houston after graduating in May. Congratulations!!

Enjoyed visiting with James Bray affectionately known as “Spot” to his DHS classmates who graduated in 1980. James is quite proud of his daughter Chenice “CiCi” who also graduated from DHS and Prairie View A&M. CiCi completed the RN Nursing program and passed her state exam in December. She is presently working in a Houston hospital. Her younger sister, Keundra, is in her sophomore year at Prairie View A&M and although she doesn’t know exactly which career path she plans to take, she knows it won’t be nursing. These girls’ sweet grandmother, Joyce Bray, is also very proud of them. James is presently working for Casey Industrial in Corrigan who is installing the equipment for the new Roy O. Martin plant.

Also enjoyed visiting with Harold Gasaway who grew up in Brookland and later married Zenova Scott who graduated from DHS in 1969. Her parents were longtime Dibollians, O.C. and Zeola Scott. Harold and Zenova both graduated from Prairie View A&M; Zenova with a teaching degree and Harold with a degree in mechanical engineering. Zenova taught 2nd grade her entire career which included some time in Diboll ISD where she taught our son, Roho (Hileory Powell). Harold got a job working in Kansas City, MO where they spent most of their adult life raising two sons, Bryon and Brandon. They now have five grandchildren and continue to spend time in Diboll. They were in for the funeral of Zenova’s sister-in-law, Yvonne Scott, the widow of Bennie Scott.

Early Tuesday morning coffee drinkers usually include Thomas Anderson and Ed Domingue. During the conversation, Valentine’s Day was brought up. Although Dr. Domingue said he rarely shops “online” he responded to an ad to order roses and chocolates that could be delivered on the 14th. He requested the order to arrive at his home between 2 and 4PM knowing his wife Annette would be working in the gift shop at Woodlands Heights and he could be home to accept the package. 2-3-4PM came and no flowers; Annette arrived home and the couple went out to celebrate a special evening without the surprise gift of flowers. But when they returned home there was a package on top of the car that had arrived at 6:30PM. They both were pleasantly surprised that the long stem roses were fresh and came with a vase to put them in along with a very small box of chocolates!

It was good to visit with former DISD Ag teacher Larry Poe and his wife Judy when they stopped by on their way to The Woodlands to watch their grandson Grant compete in Lacrosse. They were quite proud of the fact that Grant has signed to attend Syracuse Orange. Larry had a good visit with a former student, Jerry Cobb who was in with his 9-year-old son, Easton.

Bo Smith from Corrigan came in with his wife Cathy who was carrying their 1-1/2 year old French bulldog “Harley”. It seems when Cathy first asked if she could get a French bulldog, Bo said, “Only if I get a Harley Davison motorcycle”. Cathy settled that by getting the dog and naming him “Harley” who has captured Bo’s heart and made him forget all about the motorcycle.

Kevin Clayton from Nacogdoches was the winner of the Savage .270 rifle given away at the Boys and Girls Club Black Tie Bingo last Saturday. Kevin has worked for the Boys & Girls Club for 18 years and was recently promoted to Area Director. He has fond memories of knowing and working with Sam Coleman through the Boys and Girls Club and now works with his son Ronnie Coleman who is chairman of the B&G board in Diboll. The bingo in Diboll this year was fantastic! The civic club was converted into a colorful circus tent with decorated tables and lots of balloons. An Illusionist, Ben Jackson, kept the crowd entertained with disappearing tea glasses and money that reappeared in the most unusual places. A large “thank you” to everyone that made the evening extra special! It gets better every year.

A couple of customers came in bragging: Raymond Lenderman brought in a 6-1/2# purple top turnip he raised and Jerry Goins was proud of the 20 eggs he gets almost every day from his hens. Buddy Shipp, Gary Jones and others have bought potatoes and anxiously awaiting a time to plant. Ginger Capps purchased one of the Circle E candles that we now have in the store.

Have a great week and don’t forget to come see us…’round the table.



February 13, 2017


The Diboll Business Association was proud of the response to the 4th Annual BEST OF 75941. Congratulations to each winner and let me thank everyone for the two awards Poulands’ The Everything Store received. Andrea received the Best Store Clerk. Personally, I think she is very deserving and has probably worked in her position longer than anyone, starting when she was a junior at DHS. She is a very hard worker, dependable, loyal, knowledgeable and reliable. We are very proud of her! The second award was for The Best Place to get a cup of (free) coffee. Anyone is welcome to not only enjoy a cup of hot coffee but sit and visit at the “round table”. Quite a few ladies enjoy coffee with the guys who seem to have more time to spend reminiscing about “the good old days.” We cordially invite any and every one to stop by and visit.

Andrea has started carrying the popular Circle E candles which have made nice Valentine gifts for some of our customers. Sam McDonald from Corrigan and his brother, Bob from Livingston, stopped by. Sam bought his wife Bonny a Bird of Paradise candle for Valentine’s Day. They have been married for 48 years. Sam retired as high school principal from Corrigan-Camden ISD about 15 years ago and remembers working with Jim Dunlap and Don Robbins. Sherry (Sprayberry) Hughes is the present superintendent and he was quick to say he taught her in high school and hired her as an English teacher after graduating from SFA. She later became a principal and a few years ago was selected as their superintendent. Bob McDonald enjoyed a Junior High teaching career in the Big Sandy ISD. Another customer bought his wife one the fragrant candles and shared that next year they will have been married 50 years.

Dennis Lenderman stopped by for a short break before joining his wife Karon for lunch.  He carried her some chocolate covered strawberries that Andrea had made. They had enjoyed dining out the evening before and Dennis had plans on Valentine’s Day to cook supper for their parents. His menu was grilled chicken and sautéed mixed vegetables. Their two granddaughters and their parents, Ashley and Raul Rios were driving to San Antonio for 14-year-old Kylie to participate in the Calf Scramble at the stock show. 10-year-old Kyna was going along to cheer for her sister. Perhaps Kylie can depend on her experience from catching a calf at this year’s Ft Worth stock show. We wish Kylie and also Gentrie Eldridge “good luck” in San San Antonio. Gentrie is also competing in the calf scramble and traveling with Sheila Eldridge. After the scramble, they had plans to spend the night with Jordan Eldridge in San Marcus.

John Ralph and I traveled all the way to Tyler to meet former DISD superintendent Bill Ward and his wife, Neita Fran, for lunch at Traditions. Bill and I enjoyed having liver and onions which is hard to find on most restaurant menus. After a good lunch we drove to “Valerosa” which is Neita Fran’s art gallery in Tyler’s Bergfeld shopping center. Neita Fran also had a gallery during the years they lived in New Mexico where she designed and sold custom made southwest jewelry. She has incorporated the jewelry into the Tyler gallery as well as art work from local artisans. They presently live in Neita Fran’s hometown of Arp in a gated area. Their home is for sale and Bill can hardly wait to build a new home on the range.

Gaylon Wallace enjoyed visiting at the round table with JR and Gary Gaylada from Slocum. They discussed trail rides, horses, mules, donkeys, wagons, dogs and just about everything else in between.

Sue and J. D. Johnson have celebrated recent birthdays. Sue’s birthday is February 7th and J. D.’s is the 10th. Sue’s nephew and wife, Bo and Cathy Haney, treated them to lunch at Ralph and KaCoo’s and presented Sue with a Pandora “Aunt” charm and a gift certificate to Boot City for J.D. Andrea gave them two packages of her homemade peanut brittle and J.D. said he thoroughly enjoyed eating both packages.

Lisa Crager was wearing a wide smile when she came in with her husband David. She had been retired about two hours and couldn’t have been happier. She took an early retirement even after working 41 years starting at Temple Industries. She worked two years while in high school. Her first job was working in the attic of the old commissary building adding labels to paint buckets filled with rich lighter. After graduation she worked in accounts payable with Lena Coody, Jewel Smith, Jimmy Nelson, Sue Johnson and others; for Spencer Knutson and Dennis Maynard in Forest Division; Environmental/Engineering with Gary Frost, Ben Crim, Linda (Poland) Syler, G. Wayne Hardy; Lumber mill for Darin Simpson; Safety with Jack Matthews; Minerals for Lowell Woods; Maintenance with Bill Fulmer and retired back in environment with Pat Miller. I probably missed some of this but David said she worked in every department except legal and sales! David and Lisa were leaving that afternoon to enjoy some R&R in Jermyn where they have family land they plan to build on.

  1. D. Johnson and Sue were still seated at the RT when Lisa shared her work experience at Temple, they all agreed it was a great place to work. Sue retired after 34 years and J. D. retired after 43 years. He also worked in several places including: sawmill, “fighting the bear”; treating plant; fiberboard with Ruben Saxton; sales; invoicing with Frank Smith and Jerry Hall and finally in “Personnel” with Vernon Burkhalter, Betty Baskette, Geraldine Pouland, Betty Barkley and Lucille Warner.

We also learned that Stacy Lucas is happy about retiring on the 17th and Ruby Gordon retired on the 10th after 50 years!! What loyalty. Congratulations and enjoy your retirement!!

Mark your calendars. The FISH truck will be in our parking lot on March 1st from noon until 1PM. It’s time to start stocking ponds.

Again, thank all for voting for us and don’t forget to stop by and visit us…’round the table.

February 6, 2017


Brenda (Minyard) Jones stays busy since retiring last October. Brenda worked 36 years for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Division for Blind Services. She is also very active in and supportive of her church. She is married to Gary Jones and they have two daughters: Misty lives in The Woodlands and has one daughter; Jennifer works for The Campbell Group and lives here with her husband, Aaron and their three sons: Ethan, Ben and Cooper. They also have one son, Jonathon who lives in Diboll. Since retiring, Brenda has had more time to attend the grandsons’ ballgames and their activities and also enjoys babysitting her granddaughter while her mom works out of town. Brenda says, “I am enjoying retirement and definitely recommend it.”

According to their newsletter, the youth at First Methodist in Diboll invite you, your friends and family to attend their church on February 19th.  Immediately following the morning worship everyone will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a Camp Fundraiser luncheon. Because camp funds keep going up every year and the youth have to pay their own way, they would greatly appreciate your help toward this special event.

Burlon and Jan Wilkerson recently drove to Canton to spend the night. The next morning they drove to Emory for the Eagle Festival.  It is a two day event celebrating all the eagles they have in the area. They attended a Birds of Prey show, listened to a local band, visited with vendors, and took a 3 hour bus tour to the nesting grounds.  They saw many nests, most were empty but they did get to see an eagle in a nest near the end of the tour which was very impressive. They made a stop at a local bakery ran by Mennonites, “The Cinnamon Bear”, and testified the sweets were wonderful.  That evening they ate catfish at a local restaurant before going back to Canton. On Sunday they made a side trip to Terrell to the Outlet Mall, then back through Tyler for a second stop of the week-end at “Andy’s Custard”. I learned that Andy’s Frozen Custard has always been fanatical about custard, and has served it with pride since 1986 and is the largest dessert only franchise in the world!

If you haven’t seen or heard it yet, you probably will… our Diboll policeman, Brandon Lovell in a photo with Lady GaGa. Brandon was working as a motorcycle policeman in Houston during the Super bowl. He was part of the escort team that brought celebrities to the stadium including the star of the half time performance, Lady GaGa who took time to pose for a picture with Brandon.

Betty Hendrick sent the following email.  Sometimes, a group of dear friends gets together for birthday celebrations—yes, they still celebrate and are grateful! The ladies at the Airport Café often ask who is being honored. Last week, however, Donnie (Weeks) Smith had never eaten one of those tasty burgers, so she and Polly Leavell came to get Donnie’s opinion—-it was sort of a comparison between those burgers and Ray’s in Lufkin and the gathered friends had a good time as they often do.  Those present were: JoAnn Rainwater, Nita Hurley, Ginger Capps, Donnie Smith, Polly Leavell, and Betty Hendrick.  As usual, the conversations were a lot of “Do you remember….” (and we are glad when we can!)  and shared laughter.  As the friends grow older, there are more notations about doctor visits, etc. but it was a good time had by all.

On another note:  Hannah Flynt, Billie Jean and Donald Capps’s granddaughter, will be competing in the State swim meet on February 18th.  She is the daughter of Sherri (Capps) and Tim Flynt.  They live in Huntington; she is a remarkable young lady as well as an excellent swimmer.  Good luck at the State meet!

          Pastor Kenny Hibbs and his wife Carrie were returning from a “Hot Hearts” Youth conference in Beaumont last week. Driving along near Woodville, Kenny’s phone rang and it was Gary Martel. They exchanged the usual greetings ‘how are ya’ and ‘where are ya’ and Gary replied, “I’m in the pickup in front of you”. They stopped and enjoyed a short visit. The Martels are having a great time keeping their grandbaby as much as possible.

          Coming to Diboll to eat at Los Jarritos was a group that call themselves the “Over 50’s”. John Ralph and I were invited to join this group several years ago and don’t really know why unless it was at the invitation of John and Fran McGilvra and we just kept meeting them month after month. Most of the group has ties to Hudson either living or graduating from there but they still let us join them. Anyway, twenty folks gathered Monday for delicious Mexican food that everyone loved. It was great to see Annette and Darrell Richardson come as they have not been since last fall. Pat Brown was another sweet lady that we were happy to see and she too has been “under the weather” for some time. Others included: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Nix; Jerry and Dorothy Collins; Bob and Jimmie Putnum; Fran McGilvra; Jerry and Geraldine Bishop; Rufus Dunn; Barbara Clark; Jean Lee and her sister, Jackie; Bob and Nell Horton and of course, John Ralph and myself.

          Come see us…’round the table.

January 30, 2017


It was a sad evening when I arrived home and discovered my pet rooster, Harold, met his fate underneath the tire of a stranger’s vehicle. John Ralph bought Harold and two beautiful hens for me from Harold Moore about four or five years ago. Needless to say I was hesitant to accept his gift because the only time I had been near a rooster, it spurred me! That was many years ago when we lived in Copestown. Anyway, Harold and his two lady friends that I named Thelma and Louise, came with their own high rise chicken coop which was moved into our backyard. Harold, Thelma and Louise are Silver Duckwing Bantams which are miniature members of the chicken family. It didn’t take too long for me to get comfortable with these three little ones and unafraid to hold them. We eventually let them have full range of the backyard.  They all got up early every day (early birds get the worm) and would come to our patio back door where Harold, though small in size, had a very loud “cock a doodle doo”. J.R. usually was already up and loved it when Harold’s crowing woke me. We eventually bought more “bannies”, roosters and larger hens that produced large brown eggs and sometimes adorable baby chicks that increased our flock. As we got more chickens, Harold had more and bigger responsibilities protecting and taking care of the ladies from roosters who were three times his size. They didn’t scare Harold! This LITTLE bully was my BIG pet. He would come when I called him, follow me around like a puppy and eat out of my hand when none of the others would. I shall miss him! He is survived by seven beautiful bantam ladies; eight larger hens and two relieved roosters.

Last Saturday morning, David Crager came in and picked up a cold biscuit from breakfast and smeared it with some of Terry Gipson’s homemade mayhaw jalapeno jelly. He ate, visited at the round table and left but later came back with his wife Lisa. David wanted Lisa to try the jalapeno jelly which she did and he’s hoping they will make their own later in the year. David was wearing his usual, overalls, but Lisa came in sporting a trendy black hat that David had bought her. The hat complimented her, her boots and jeans. That evening David and Lisa went to Ralph and Kacoo’s where they met her parents, Terry and Dale Grantham and her sister Marty and her daughter, Anna, from Jasper. Rayburn and Tina (Grantham) Hance were also there to proudly support and listen to their son, Marshall Hance, who was entertaining on the patio that night. Lisa shared that Marshall thoroughly enjoys being a full time musician after completing his education at SFA. He has a band and frequently entertains at two places in Nacogdoches and also in Dallas.

Andra (Willmon) Terburgh stopped by on her way back home after visiting with her mom, Billie Willmon in Diboll.  After graduating from DHS and AC Andra worked   at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler for 18 years. During this time folks realized she had a talent for decorating and planning parties. When the owner of Kiepersol Restaurant, Winery, Bed and Bath in Bullard, Pierre DeWitt, was looking for someone to help market his new winery, someone gave him a napkin with Andra’s name and number on it. He called, they met and she was hired. One day while working at Kiepersol she met the landscaper/horticulturist from South Africa. She said he was wearing a backpack sprayer with shorts and rubber boots and had beautiful blue eyes. Their first date was in January for her birthday and in June they were married in the private family chapel at Kiepersol.  Johan assisted Marnelle De Witt, the owners’ daughter and winemaker for a while until he opened his own landscaping business in Tyler. Andra is a full time interior designer in Tyler except when she is taking care of their 12-year-old daughter, Olivia and 11-year-old Simon. She’s still planning parties too. Simon’s birthday party was January 20th and she planned his party for 25 boys that included games, dinner and a traditional sheath birthday cake.

Darryl Stanley came in to get feed and proudly shared that his granddaughter, Kate Sabesta, entered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Art Contest through her school. Kate got a blue ribbon but missed by one place getting to exhibit it in Houston but all the art pieces are displayed at the Museum of East Texas.

Mrs. James Adams from Lufkin was so happy to hear about Vetericyn, a medicine she is hoping will heal her little 12-year-old dog, Susi, as well as it did Andrea’s fingers. Andrea believes in this product from using it on two of her fingers that were busted open from a chute while working cows. She keeps it handy all the time.

Thomas Lowther came in wearing a sling after having shoulder surgery a month ago. He and his wife Renee are the original designers of the tee shirt he was wearing that tied on the side. Believe it or not, this actually slowed Thomas down but only for a short time. Earnest Rast came in and was also moving slow after a successful back surgery.

Mark Hafernick who grew up in Czech area around Prasek’s below Houston brought us some thick cut noodles and chicken seasoning from the Czech Bakery and suggested we try them. He told us how his grandmother made chicken noodle soup and Andrea tried it one day. It was truly delicious, everyone enjoyed it. Mark’s mother lives near Prasek’s.

Skeeter Scarborough spent the weekend with his son, Marvin, at the 6S Ranch that he owns about 5 miles out of Lindale in the Sandflat community. The 130 acre 6S Ranch is a wedding venue and shooting range. This past weekend 26 teams competed in a Chili Cook-off to benefit a friend who lost his house in a tornado.

It’s not too late to order smoked Pork Butts that will benefit Kim Baker Vann. Call David Lawson 936-676-0692; Shon Laird 936-240-2478 or Les Bradshaw 936-645-6676.

Chad Ward would like for everyone to know he has Border collie puppies for sale, just in time for Valentine’s Day. They are black and white and red and white. His number is 936-635-9735.

Valentine’s Day is approaching. You have an opportunity to treat your sweetheart to an evening of dining by candlelight with great food and entertainment. The proceeds will benefit Project Graduation 2017. The event will be February 11th at 6PM in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church in Diboll. You can dine in or carry out and choose between Rib Eye Steak and Grilled Chicken Brest. $25 per person or $40 per couple. For reservations or more information, contact: Ladonna Garza 635-4468 or Allison Amason 414-0145.

Come see us…’round the table.

January 23, 2017


Young US Air Force serviceman, Stephen Badeaux, who is based in Japan wanted to spend some R&R in Australia. He invited his mom, Melissa (Mullins) Jones and his sister, Sara, to meet him in Australia. Sara is an accounting major at Lamar University and having studied about the Great Barrier Reef quickly decided it would be a good trip. A good friend of theirs from Teague, Linda Ward, also accepted the invitation to travel with the girls. The threesome left from Dallas and were met by Stephen in Sydney, Australia 17 hours later. They jumped in their rented vehicle with its snorkel, cattle guard and steering wheel on the wrong side and tried to adjust to driving on the opposite side of the street. They did not take the time to sightsee around Sydney but drove toward Cairns where they had a 3rd story apartment rented for the entire time.

With more than two weeks to explore Australia, one of the first adventures was a two hour train ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway which has been in operation for over a century. The train took them through lush regions, mountainous scenery and several waterfalls. The destination, Kuranda, is a beautiful village hidden by tropical rainforest. Fig trees line the main street while colorful parrots and butterflies flock among ferns and orchids. There are galleries, markets, boutiques and places where they tasted crocodile, kangaroo and emu. They returned via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a 90- minute experience that took them over and through the World Heritage Rainforest, allowing stops at two rainforest stations. During the entire trip they saw multitudes of waterfalls including Babinda Boulders, Crystal Cascades and Josephone Falls.

The group spent New Year’s Eve on the Cairns Esplanade which is a picturesque long stretch of boardwalk and shoreline in the heart of Cairns overlooking the Coral Sea with incredible sunsets. It also has parks, playgrounds, Lagoon and recreational facilities that are all free. One day was spent in a habitat observing kangaroos, tropical birds, wallabies and the popular Koalas bear which they petted. Linda enjoyed a tour of the living history of the Tjapukai Aboriginal people, the Australian indigenous people from Queensland’s far north and learned about the boomerang, didgeridoo and fire making. As a souvenir and because of his love to play guitar, Charlie Mullins received an Australian Didgeridoo which is the world’s oldest wind instrument made and used by the Aborigines. Another day was spent stepping back in time taking an umbrella tour of the Paronella Park with its recreated tropical gardens, remarkable architecture, wildlife and fresh local produce. They also enjoyed touring the Chillagoe Caves. During their stay, the group enjoyed eating lots of shrimp or fish n chips; hamburgers with beets (ugh!); French fries were called “hot chips” that had chicken salt on them. They also saw lots of acreage with sugar cane, bananas, different fruits and coffee beans.

The group took two different boat trips to the Great Barrier Reef to enjoy snorkeling in their “stinger” suits which were required to protect from the stings of the jelly ray fish. They witnessed a couple of swimmers that had to be air-lifted due to being stung. This group also noticed that sharks were swimming nearby but were told not to worry about them. (Must be “fake” news that I recently saw that swimmers were hospitalized due to sharks in this same area?). After two weeks of fun, everyone returned to their homes safely. Melissa is looking forward to July when Stephen will be living in England and is already planning another trip to visit him. Thank you for sharing your memories.

Donnie Kee stopped by the round table. He was going stir crazy staying in the house too much watching it rain. Delbert and Carolyn Ellison came in for fishing licenses to go fishing when the sun comes out. We are glad when customers bring us good stuff to eat. Recently, Mary Lou Havard’s daughter, Mary Beth Boatner, who lives in Lafayette brought us a Mardi Gras King cake as she has done for years. It was really good but having the “baby” taped to the cake plate is not as much fun as when it was baked inside the cake. The tradition was whoever found the baby had to bring the cake next time. A lot of times we get “left overs” and certainly proud that folks think of the round table. That was the case when Mike Gibson brought several cupcakes piled high with creamy colorfully icing left from a birthday celebration.  A grateful thank you to Bettye Greer who baked and brought us a delicious King Ranch Chicken Casserole “just because she wanted to.” Margie Bass is always bringing us something. Sometimes it cute creations she has made from Pinterest and sometimes it new recipes she tries. The Ham Sliders with Pepper jack cheese were a big hit. Thank you all and remember, we don’t, or haven’t yet, refused anything!

Vernon Glass frequents the round table pretty often. He came in after New Year’s Day and showed me part of his billfold where he carries a few black eye peas year round for good luck. Vernon was born in the logging camp at Fastrill. His mother died when he was two and his father, Doyle Winston Glass, married Corrine (Thames) Flowers; her children were: J. D. “Sonny”, Kenneth, Travis and Mollie Sue. They moved to Diboll where Doyle was the “company” plumber and later had two children: Sambo and Jerry Nell Glass and then there was always, Vernon. While going to school Vernon worked in and around several mechanics that influenced him. Some of them included: Benny Rector; Jack Vaught; Weldon Bowman; Harry Nivens; and Lee Estes. Vernon graduated from DHS in 1957 and worked 15 years as a machinist for DEMCO until the devastating fire when he went back to mechanicing in his own shop and earned a reputation for knowing how to work on Model T’s and Model A’s. He has lived in Pine Valley for 48 years where he continues to “mechanic” and farm 12 acres. He is presently rebuilding a 1955 Ford Flathead motor and can be seen driving around town in his 1929 T-model or his 1945 Ford pickup truck.

The Masonic Bodies of Districts 20-21A is hosting an important Fundraiser Event. They will be taking orders for Smoked Pork Butts that can be picked up on Saturday, February 11 at the Lufkin Lodge #669 at 508 N. John Redditt Drive between the hours of 9 AM and 1 PM. Fundraisers show how good folks in East Texas are compassionate and come together to help when there is a critical need. It is with a sad heart to let you know the proceeds will benefit Kim (Baker) Vann with her medical treatments and expenses incurred traveling to M.D. Anderson in Houston. Kim is the precious daughter and only child of Bobby and Rosemary Baker of Diboll. She and her husband Paul live in Wells where Kim has resigned from teaching. They have two young daughters, Kaylee and Krista. Previously, Kim taught music in the Diboll ISD for several years. PLEASE continue to keep this family in your prayers. To pre order, contact one of these gentlemen which all have a 936 area code: David Lawson. 676-0692; Shon Laird 240-2478 or Les Bradshaw, 645-6676. The cost is $30 each and this compassionate organization says “Thank You” in advance for your support.

Tell someone about the conference sponsored by the Diboll ISD Family Education Center that will be Friday, January 27 from 8:30 until 2:30. There will be several speakers and topics to choose from that will encourage strong families. A free breakfast and lunch, door prizes and the opening motivational speaker will be Melissa Radke. This beautiful center is located at 209 S. Neil Pickett Dr. in Diboll.

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas “ADAC” will benefit from the proceeds of the Oscar Brookshire Memorial Concert at the Pines Theater, February 2nd at 7PM. The concert will feature 2015 Grammy Award Winner, Mike Farris, a solo acoustic show. Tickets are $30 and available at

Come see us…round the table.

January 9, 2017


Los Jarritos is a very popular place to eat good Mexican food and visit with folks. The owners, Julie and Carlos Galvan, are very dedicated hard workers. So, I was glad to see that they closed the restaurant the day after Christmas. I learned later that December 26th is Carlos’ birthday and Julie had several family members come to their home and surprised Carlos with a steak dinner and large birthday cake. Two days later, the 28th, was Julie’s birthday and Carlos, after the restaurant closed that night, surprised Julie with a birthday cake at their home. Everyone insisted she blow out all 42 candles! Julie’s sister, Nancy, and her two daughters 19-year-old Aranza and 22-year-old Adriana have been visiting from Mexico for almost three weeks and they have all enjoyed too much eating and shopping. During this time, the family was invited by Brandon Belt and his wife to visit their new home in Hudson. (It was formerly owned by Shane Squyres and his wife and built by Melvin Linton, Jr., all of Beulah.) Although the water was cold the younger ones really enjoyed riding the paddleboat on the pond. Brandon and his wife Haylee are regular customers at Los Jarritos when he isn’t playing first baseman for the San Francisco Giants. Julie shared it took Nancy and her daughters almost 12 hours to get back home near Mexico City because of the people protesting the high fuel prices.

The Diboll ISD Family Education Center is excited about the upcoming “A Conference for Everyone!” It will be from 8:30 until 2:30 on Friday, January 27th. at the spacious Family Education Center on the former H.G. Temple campus. This conference is designed to unite and help make strong families. A few of the sessions will include: Dealing with Children’s Behavior; Bullying; Technology & Students; Fit & Healthy for Life; DISD Career Opportunities; Nutrition and Be Safe at Home. It will be worth it to hear the outstanding motivational speaker, Melissa Radke. There will be FREE Breakfast; FREE Lunch and Door Prizes. Other speakers include: Cathy Pavlic; Ashlei Rios; Shawna Neal; Jana Coulter; Donna Grimes; Joel Reddus; Beth Wilbanks and Dr. Laura Beth Cooper. Charlotte Morris Carter is the director of the Family Education Center and needs volunteers to help that day with directions, parking, serving, etc. She also can use donations for about 15 door prizes ASAP. If you can help, give her a call at 936-675-1310. The invitation says: Be motivated, be inspired, be encouraged, be blessed, be informed, BE HERE!

The week after Christmas, local sisters Fran (Miranda) Rodriguez and Carmen (Grumbles) Miranda traveled to San Jose, California, then on to Fremont to attend the funeral of their oldest sister, Sofia Miranda Torres. She was born in Fastrill, Texas and grew up in Diboll during the 40s.  She joined the U.S. army as a WAC during WWII and met her husband Leo at the naval base in Norfolk, VA. They married in 1945, later moving to Kingsville, Texas where he worked at the naval base in Corpus Christi. Then they were transferred to the naval base at Alameda, CA. Sofia loved coming back to Diboll to visit family before her health declined.  Her daughter, Susana Torres, also traveled to Fremont to attend her mother’s funeral.  For more information, Sofia’s complete obituary is published in this week’s paper.

One day recently my old key board was sitting on the round table when a couple came in and the lady asked if it was OK if she played it. She sat down and began to play and sing “Sweet Sweet Spirit”. We learned they are Denny and DeAnza Duron from the Shreveport Community Church where he is the pastor. Traveling with them was their daughter Destiny Deaz, her five-month-old baby and Ashley who was helping with the baby. They were on the way to Houston to fly to Japan to take part in an evangelical conference that also included Joyce Meyers and other speakers. Denny Duron preached his way through college at Louisiana Tech and later played two years for the World Football League until he met DeAnza. He continued to coach football and said their church has a Christian Academy. He was quick to share their football team played the Lufkin Panthers during the time Dez Bryant and Reggie McNeil were on the team and proudly added “Evangel Christian Academy was the only team to beat the Panthers that year.” We look forward to them stopping by again.

Charles and Becky Donahoe came in with a flat Saturday morning and we twisted their arm to eat breakfast at the round table. Actually, Becky was ready to try some of Andrea’s homemade biscuits, it was Charles that had to be convinced it was a good deal. That was one of the coldest days we had last weekend. Brent Hawkins came in and said they didn’t have electricity in Livingston as of 6AM that morning and no water in the barn with all their animals. Loree Olson, Don Hendrick and Donnie Stephens all came in at different times for Colorado pintos. Melvin Linton, Sr. had to come in to get a battery for his pickup.

Project Graduation is having a BINGO, January 21st at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. They still have a few $100 tickets left with the opportunity to win $10,000 cash. Tickets are available here at Pouland’s.

Come see us…’round the table.