April 14, 2014


GOOD NEWS!! Diboll is getting TWO more new businesses! Tammy Holder came in to get keys made and we learned that she has already opened Salon 829  and plans to also open in June, Tree House Academy, a day care center. Salon 829 is open for business for haircuts, etc. for both men and women. It’s also a boutique with clothes and jewelry and located at 101 Thompson in Diboll. For us older folks, that’s where Dr. Eddins and Dr. Hoot had their doctor’s offices. Recently, the WIC office was located there. Behind that building where Temple’s “Personnel/sales” offices were located will be the new day care. The owner, Tammy Holder, is taking applications for teachers, cooks, etc. You can call her at 936-414-2215. Tammy is married to Anthony Holder who has been the pastor of New Life Church on 103W for 17 years. Tammy and Anthony also have plans for an Outreach ministry in Diboll. Welcome them to Diboll!

Laurel Hendrick celebrated her birthday with family last Saturday night at J.R’s Barn. They reported the food was great and her guests enjoyed live music and playing washers.  Her guests were: Don and Sandy Hendrick; Jennifer Hendrick; Lindsey, Earl and Aiden Morris and daughter Jayla Finley; J.R. and Alaryca Youngblood and daughter Brynn Maxwell; Pat and Janie McCann; Allison Amason; Mike and Dianne Gibson; Judy and Stephanie Cook; Josh Yarbrough and Sam Hester.  Jordan Eldridge and her date Stephen Baird, Katie Dubose and her date Hank Carbrow stopped by to say “happy birthday” to Laurel on their way to the Diboll Prom.  The girls looked beautiful in their full length dresses. Sandy took lots of pictures of her family then lost her camera.  If anyone finds it please call her at 829 4377 or 936 465 7414.

The music that guests heard at JR’s Barn last week end was the talented Brandon Lee, originally from Bowlegs, OK but now lives here in Diboll with his wife and 3 daughters. His wife, Resy is the Property Manager for the Diboll Mobile Home Park; 19-year-old Alie works for Subway in Diboll; 16-year-old Celestia is a student at DHS and 14-year-old Katelyn is in Junior High.

Brandon Lee is the stage name for Brandon Pipkin who has been singing since the age of 12. At 14 he picked up his first guitar and wrote his first 3-chord song. Soon after that he played at the Creek County Jamboree when the Skinner Brothers’, Garth Brooks’ first band, took him under their wings and he began making money doing what he loved. He has been a member of bands that opened shows for Tammy Cochran, Joe Nichols, Keith Urban and Neil McCoy at the Country Fever; playing at one time in front of 30,000. His last band, Lariat, had a great five years until the untimely death of their lead guitar player, Neil Hartman. After that, the group was devastated and unable to go on and each member went in different directions. Last Friday night Brandon was re-united with the drummer of Lariet when John Carr drove from Dallas to surprise him. The drummer didn’t have a set of drums but made rhythm using makeshift wooden boxes and a single cymbal. The two were incredible together. Brandon Lee will be singing on regular bases at JR’s Barn, the new restaurant serving catfish, shrimp and crawfish every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Give them a call for more information, 829-4141.

Jessica Skipper, 2013 DHS graduate attending Texas A&M, has a passion to become a medical doctor.  She says, “I have been on a search to find some kind of mission trip for future doctors that would allow me to really get a lot of “hands on” experience. I found an organization that takes Aggies to Kenya for a summer medical mission trip. They basically give us the chance to job shadow a doctor in Kenya and work alongside him or her. We will be able to perform minor surgeries, assist in delivering babies, give vaccines and do really anything that the doctor would do. After a lot of prayer, I jumped in wholeheartedly and booked my airline ticket.”

Jessica will be going to the village of Wagusu in the Bondo district.  The people there are so poverty stricken. They have so little medical supplies and so many people that need medical attention. Jessica was very active in her church, school and community and wants to ask people in Diboll and the surrounding area to help gather plenty of medical supplies to take with her to the people of Kenya. She has been in touch with Operation Africa, which is the organization in Kenya that makes all the arrangements for this medical-mission trip. They have sent her a list of things that are so desperately needed.  Justin Barkley at the Temple Library has the list and has offered to collect any donations at the Library in Diboll, while Jessica is at Texas A&M. She is really hoping that the community will respond to this and help out in a big way. Jessica is also trying to raise money to fund her trip to Africa and has set up a web page; it is gofundme.com. just type in “An Aggie’s Dream” to find her page.

Diboll PTSA will host a candidate forum on Monday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafetorium of the H. G. Temple Schools.  Both candidates for the run-off election for county commissioner have been invited.  All four candidates for Diboll School Board have been invited to attend. Each candidate will be speaking and there will be a “Question and Answer” time provided.  Invite your friends to come out for this event.    It’s getting closer to the date for Operation Clean Sweep on April 26th  Fran McClain needs more helpers and volunteers to have everything in place for the big day.  If anyone can help in the following areas, please leave her a FB message, call 829-2779 or email — franmc@consolidated.net  1) Power wash one house prior to the 26th.  2) Help tape poly over windows of one house on the 24th. 3) Help remove roof shingles on the 26th  4) Help with sign-in, ( a sit down job) at the Diboll Housing Authority on the 26th but will need to be there by 7:30 AM. Please share this with others and “Thank you” to those of you that have already volunteered your time or made a donation!!!!

Patsy Colbert’s grandfather “Daddy Dutch” said, “If it thunders in February there will be a cold spell in April within 3 to 4 days of that date. It thundered February 11th. Patsy wrote it on her calendar as she does year after year and it hasn’t failed yet to be true. Surely, this is our last cold spell! I’m ready for spring and warmer weather.

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