April 10, 2017


Special anniversary greetings to Joe Donald and Emma Lee Smith who celebrated 69 years of marriage on April 4th. Joe Donald’s 88th birthday was March 31st. At the time they married in 1948, Joe Donald had just turned 19 and Emma Lee was working and living at the legendary Antler Hotel in Diboll. They had someone drive them to Burke to get married, came back to Diboll, went to the picture show and walked back across the street to the Antler Hotel.

Junious and Dorothy (Tims) Weisinger celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary also on April 4. They were married in 1952 in the Burke Methodist church parlor. They had dated for seven years since Dorothy was 13 years old. Junious was 28 when they married and they spent their honeymoon in Hot Springs. Junious worked at the foundry but loved working on cars and got his experience from Harry Nivens who got his experience from Lee Estes. Because Junious always knew he wanted to one day have his own garage, he saved his wages and they lived off what Dorothy made working at Holder’s Grocery and living next door in a house they rented from Mrs. Viney Allen. They eventually bought their first home for $3,500 and opened a shop on highway 59 in 1956. While Junious did the mechanic work Dorothy did everything else from gathering parts to assistant mechanic. She became so good that Junious said Dorothy could diagnose a faulty fuel pump from listening when a car drove in the shop. They continued to work together for almost 40 years until they retired and closed the garage in 1995. They have two children; Jerry and his sister, Julie Horton.

And there is still another wedding anniversary for special longtime friends, Kenneth and Ginger (Taylor) Capps who celebrated 55 years of marriage on April 6th. They grew up in Diboll and raised their family here that has grown from three children to eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

Diboll’s First Responders were treated to a hamburger cookout provided by Trinity Nursing & Rehab of Diboll. Chief cooks were Director of Rehab, Jason Burson and his assistant, Barry Spencer. The Business Office Manager, Sara, organized and helped along with the Administrator, known only as “Sam” who worked with William who is a reserve fire fighter and over Maintenance plus many others. The workers hand patted 40 lbs. of hamburger meat and furnished all the trimmings.

William Weeks is a first grade teacher at Hudson’s Peavy primary campus. He was explaining to Andrea they are studying the life cycle of a chicken’s egg. Every class room has an incubator with a scope that allows the students to view inside the egg. Each student is excited and gets to turn the eggs and check the temperature. They have also planted potatoes that can be observed through the container to watch it grow. Wish I could be a fly on the wall the day all those baby chicks hatch, hopefully it will be during the day at school when the students are there to watch. I get excited watching my own two setting hens who just recently hatched out a total of 14 bantam chicks. They are about the size of a golf ball and come out of their shell ready to see their world.

Jim McClain was in town after watching his son Wes “make the cut” to qualify for the Shell Houston Open golf tournament. Wes’ whole family, his parents, Jim and Judy and sister Allison, followed Wesley through 54 holes. Jim shared that the driving average on 11 holes was 307 yards; Wes’ average was 317 yards. Wes was to play in Houma, Louisiana before leaving in two weeks to play in British Columbia, Victoria, Canada. While Jim was visiting at the round table, Harold Maxwell came in and suddenly their entire conversation was ‘golfing’ including stories about the upcoming prestigious Masters’ tournament in Augusta, Georgia. In the meantime, we want to wish Wesley the best of luck in his golfing career!!

Rozalinn Runnels was selected earlier this year as one of only twenty state SAY WHAT!  Ambassadors. SAY WHAT! is an acronym standing for Students Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco. Her selection process involved lengthy applications, recommendations, YouTube presentations, and conference interviews. She was chosen by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University for this honor. She attended training with the other state ambassadors last fall in Spicewood, TX. She has assisted in leading action conferences in Henderson and Corpus Christi TX. She will also be traveling to San Antonio and Conroe, TX this summer as she helps bring awareness of the dangers of tobacco use to youth across the state. Rozalinn is a freshman at Zavalla High School.

Just a few more days and the Fish Truck from Arkansas will be in Pouland’s parking lot between 12:15 – 1PM. April 26th is the day.

Time is running out if you plan to attend the reunion of the Diboll High School Class of 1977. They will be having their 40th Reunion April 22 at Behannon’s Warehouse in Lufkin.  They invite all of their classmates and any who would like to visit with them for this event.  The meal will be served about 5:30 and there will be someone there any time from 2pm until about 11pm.  Any wishing to join for the meal needs to RSVP to Charlotte Morris Carter at 936-675-1310.  The cost per meal is $20/ea. It will be catered by the Red Tulip Bistro. The 1977 classmates are chipping in on the building rental. Any teachers of this fun group are invited and their meal will be covered by their favorite group of students. The dress is casual!

Saturday April 22, is the time for the annual Angelina County Trail Ride. Bring your horse and sack lunch and meet in Old Orchard Park in Diboll at 8:30 AM. The ride will end at the Angelina County Expo Center. For more information contact Jim Hightower 632-5313 or Kenneth Wilson 632-2026

The Diboll Pilot Club encourages you to participate in their fundraiser that will be next week on Tuesday, April 18th. All you have to do is EAT at the Whataburger near Walmart between 5 and 8PM and tell them you are there to help the Diboll Pilot Club. It’s that easy!

A BIG Thank You to everyone who participated and helped with another successful Operation Clean Sweep. Diboll is so fortunate to have so many citizens who give freely of their time and talents.

Don’t forget to come by and see all the different gifts items in addition to feed and farm supplies we carry at Pouland’s.

Come see us…’round the table.