April 11, 2016


The Diboll Business Association is sponsoring a Ribbon Cutting today at 4:30, Thursday April 14th, at Miss McGillicuddy’s in Diboll. The shop is located in the building formally occupied by Simple Simon’s on Highway 59 (Temple Dr.) The owner of this unique shop is Mandy (Smith) Foley and the public is cordially invited to attend and welcome this new business to Diboll.

Pam Burnette and four Methodist churches, Burke, Diboll, Ryan Chapel and St. Paul’s are planning another “Tea Cake” ministry. Volunteers from these four churches take orders and bake tea cakes to sell and give the money to people in need. This time, it’s close to my heart because it is for Jessica Pouland who has lived with Cystic Fibrosis for all of her 25 years. She is the wife of my grandson Brandal and the mother of our first precious great-granddaughter, Addison Grace, who shares my birthday (she will be five on May 8 and my age is unimportant.) Anyway, Jessica is on a waiting list for a double lung transplant. The money made from selling tea cakes will be used after the transplant for extra expenses of having to live near the hospital for several weeks. The tea cakes are $5 a dozen and will be baked April 18-22. To place an order call Pam Burnette at 829-4631 or Diboll First Methodist Church at 829-4470 and Pam is always looking for people to help bake. May God continue to bless this special ministry.

It’s not hard to imagine that it takes a good golf outing to get Jim McClain to come back to Diboll to visit in his hometown. When he did this past weekend he brought three guys with him that love to play golf as much as he does. One of them was Mike Hicks who has been the golf pro at Pine Forest Golf Club in Bastrop for 2-1/2 years. Before that he was the golf pro at Baylor for 8 years and has also been at The Links at Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, NM; Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ and White Bluff Resort on Lake Whitney, TX. Mike loves golf but he was quick to let me know his passion is singing. He graduated in Music Education from Texas Tech University and enjoys singing in the praise band and sanctuary choir at First Methodist church in Bastrop where he recently had a solo in their Easter cantata, Living Hope.

Dr. “D.C.” Jason Trowbridge, Chiropractor has lived in Bastrop for the last 10 years. He met Jim while playing golf at Pine Forest Golf Club. I believe he was from San Angelo but while living in Atlanta GA attended the Masters Tournament every year from 1998 until 2001.

Don Lafayette, another golfer that came in with Jim, lives in Austin where he works for Premier Property Marketing Group what time he isn’t playing golf at Colovista Golf Club, a beautiful Texas Hill Country course. Don said he got his love of golfing playing on the Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin which was constructed by the Lions Clubs in 1928.

Lions Club International is starting a new chapter in Diboll. It’s not too late to become a charter member along with the 55 others of us who have committed to joining. Gary Gores is the president; Martha Chacon is treasurer; Marcy Boren is secretary and Jonathan Terrell is membership chairman. Other officers include Bobby Cheshire, Tracy and Jason Nicols, Sarah Thompson, Jan Wilkerson, Richard Nelson, Justin Barkley and John Ralph was elected “Tail Twister”. Contact any of these if you are interested in becoming a charter member of the Diboll Area Lions Club.

The Diboll PTSA is looking for sponsors for something new, GRAD Run 2016, a One mile fun run at the Diboll ISD track with different age groups. The last run will be just for 2016 graduating seniors who will be cheered on by spectators lining the track and a special surprise for them at the end. This event will be May 26th from 6 to 8PM and will benefit kids and teachers too! If you are interested in being a sponsor, contact Crystal Williams at 635 6607 or email her at crystal@mcwilliamsandson.com.

Lots of folks have been coming in for garden seeds, plants, fertilizer and potting soil. We have a good selection of bulk seeds and fresh bedding plants. Veteran gardeners deciding on what to plant included Keith Spencer, Fred Flournoy, Kenneth Capps, Charlie Mann, Marvin and Mae McKnight and many others. Donnie Jenkins came in excited about have a small raised bed on the patio and decided on tomatoes, okra and plants that were blooming.

Fran McClain came in for Colorado pinto beans and chow chow to take with her to the hill country to visit former Dibollians, Linda and Bill Fulmer in their beautiful home outside of Kerrville. Linda stills says she misses the people in Diboll.      Jake Havard was buying mixing oil to go in his trimmer. He said he trims the weeds for exercise!

The Pineywoods Beekeepers Association is sponsoring their 11th course that includes “hands-on” management skills and the option to acquire your own honey bee colony. The course involves three Saturdays, April 23 and April 30 from 10AM until 5PM at the AgriLife Extension Service in Lufkin and on May 21 at the association’s bee yard in Moffett. The price is $60. For more information call 936-632-2272 where you can also learn about the opportunity for youth, ages 12-19, to receive bee school training and mentoring from a PBA member. Applications are also available online at pineywoodsbeekeepers@gmail.com

There is still enough time to purchase a ticket to the Huntington Garden Club’s Scholarship Tea Party, April 23rd at 3PM in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. Admission is $15 and includes assorted delicate sandwiches, quiches, desserts and teas on beautifully decorated tables. There will be entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction. Call Othal Lowery for tickets and more information 422-5459

The Diboll ISD National Honor Society left a box here at Pouland’s to collect gently used and new children’s shoes. Please remember to help them with this worthy project.

Hummingbirds are arriving, we have some really beautiful and unique feeders as well as the nectar, so don’t forget to

Come see us…’round the table.