November 2015

November 30, 2015


Susie (Capps) Jones grew up in Diboll and graduated from DHS and now teaches in the Central. ISD. She shared with me that Central High School has two campus wide community service days in their calendar year to provide opportunities and engage their students in activities that promote service to others. They have one day in the fall before Thanksgiving break and one day in the spring around the Easter break when students load buses with club sponsors and teachers and go out to various locations to serve and “give back”. She stated, “CHS Superintendent, Dr. Allan Garner and CHS Principal Justin Risner see the importance of teaching their students about serving others and supporting communities.”

Because Susie’s mom, Billie Jean Capps, is a longtime volunteer at Diboll Christian Outreach, Susie was well aware of the need for peanut butter and encouraged her students to help meet that need by collecting jars and traveling to Christian Outreach. They “served” by distributing and helping clients to their cars with their bags of groceries. This was their third year to come to Diboll Christian Outreach and they set a new record by collecting 364 jars of peanut butter. CHS student groups who served this year were: College Leadership, GEAR UP, AVID and NHS

During the Thanksgiving holiday, lots of folks enjoyed good food and visiting with family because someone spent time in the kitchen preparing a meal. Billie and Leonard Robison shared their home and a traditional meal with 16 guests that included: his sister, Erna Adams from Texarkana; son Leonard, Jr., Camille and her mother, Wanda Rickaway. Grandsons: Michael and his girlfriend and soon-to-be fiancée, Allison from Dallas; Jacob McGowan and family from Pearland; and great-grands, Liberty, Logan and Luke. Also longtime good missionary friends now retired and living in Ft. Worth, Johnny and Lahoma Loar. Joe Miranda also enjoyed the meal that included some of Chef Leonard’s smoked pork loin.

Mike and Renée Waters enjoyed the day in their home with their children and family that included Renee’s parents Titter and Harold Hogan from Newton and his sister Benny Ruth from San Antonio. Mike’s parents, Bill and Sylvia Waters from Lufkin. Their son Doug, soon-to-be UT graduate, came home from Austin. Doug is the senior student manager for the baseball team. When he graduates Doug will have three class rings: a regular class ring; one for athletics and one for the Big 12 Conference Baseball Champion. Also present was 2-1/2 year old granddaughter, Alli Christmas, who everyone enjoyed, brought her parents, Chelsea and Jarrod Christmas.

J.D. and Sue Johnson spent Thanksgiving with her sister and family, Mollie and Brax Haney. From J. D.’s memory, those present included Rocky and Tammy Haney and her mother, Louise; their son, Grant and his sister, Jordan and friend. Chuck Haney was also present. Sue contributed a corn casserole and J.D.’s favorite fruit salad to the traditional meal of turkey and dressing, chicken and dumplings, peas, sweet potatoes, desserts and more. As tradition has it, they watched football in the afternoon.

Enjoying a traditional meal in the home of Kent and Lisa Havard were her parents, Travis and Karon McLinn and Kent’s sister, Carla Waggoner, her two sons, Hunter and Jacob. Johnny McShands and his parents from Huntington. Kent’s Uncle John and Sissy Havard from Lufkin and their daughter, Amy; Robin and Brian McFarland and daughter Ryan from Georgetown. Kent and Lisa’s two daughters were also present: Cheslea who works for the City of Lufkin and Kirby and her friend, Caesar from College Station. Kirby moved to College Station when she was promoted to Office Manager at Ashley Furniture.

Gordon and Rita Craft enjoyed having their three sons and families at their home in Diboll. Brian and his wife Christine live in Dallas where he works in the corporate offices of CVS; their two sons are Jacob and Zachary. James and Lori Lee; James is the chaplain for Harbor Hospice and Lori Lee teaches in Hudson. Kevin and Mary; Kevin works for Consolidated and Mary also teaches in Hudson; their two sons are Collin and Nolan. On Friday several members of the Craft family gathered at Kevin’s home and enjoyed making homemade pork and venison sausage.

Of the folks I visited with at the round table, Marvin “Shorty” and Jeanene Hale had company that came further than anyone else. Their son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Kristi came from Nampa, Idaho with their two children; Mason, age 13 and Kali, age 10. Marvin and Jeanene picked up Craig’s family at the Houston airport on a Sunday morning in time to attend the Sawyer family reunion at 2PM at the Sheldon’s Barn on FM 2108 (Lois Sheldon and Jeanene are sisters). About 65 relatives enjoyed BBQ and all the trimmings. The next few days the grandchildren enjoyed roaming in the country side of the Hales’ home on Rayburn Lake. Living in the city, Jeanene said the kids get excited about seeing a lizard. One day was spent at the Kurth Zoo where they practically had “hands on” visit with the hippo and monkeys. At their insistent request, Marvin and Jeanene rode the train with everyone and due to engine issues, had to walk back to the depot. Craig had two things to do on his “bucket list” and that was to eat at Schlotzsky’s and Dean’s in Huntington. They also took time to visit his 90-year-old grandmother, Geraldine “Jerry” Spivey, who lives with her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Tanya Spivey. On Saturday, it was all over except for the flight back to Idaho.

Check out the TLL Temple website or read in their column about the Kid’s Paint Party on December 11th, 6-8PM. Sounds very interesting!
Come see us…’round the table.

November 23, 2015


Although she grew up in Florida and calls Diboll home, Linda Cordell is partial to the state of Georgia as that is where her husband Hal grew up; in Hartwell, Georgia. That’s why she knows our pecans are so good because they come from Georgia also. When she came in I learned she and Hal have returned home after being away for 3-1/2 weeks. Their plans were to visit their daughter and family in Oceanside, CA. but upon the recommendation from a friend, Buford Abeldt, and having the extra time they decided to go by way of Glacier National Park in Wyoming to experience the “Going-to-the-Sun Road”. One of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park, this scenic 50 mile-two lane road is an engineering marvel through the park’s interior that provides stunning views of mountain peaks, high valley, wildflowers and wildlife and some of the best sights in northwest Montana. Traveling down the coast of Oregon they arrived in Oceanside, CA where they were anxious to see their six-year-old granddaughter, Ellison, and her mom and dad, Michele and Nick McDonald.( “Ellison” is Hal’s middle name and goes back five generations.) Linda and Hal enjoyed a restful week visiting with family. During that time all the neighbors gathered in the street and had a Thanksgiving meal. Linda made cornbread dressing and now they are all ready for Hal to bring the Texas cook back to CA. It was a good trip and the two took the quickest way home to Diboll.

Diboll’s former mayor and retired banker, James Simms, said last year he hunted over a month before he saw a legal deer and on December 30th got a nice 10 point but that was last year. He has a theory about his deer hunting that takes into consideration (as most hunters) the size, symmetry or uniqueness of horns. This year on the third day of the season James decided to consider “uniqueness” and brought home a deer with a brow tine that was “knife-like”. He has several more days of hunting in hopes of finding the perfect rack.

Johnnie Simpson came in for pecans and enjoyed visiting at the round table with JoNell Placker and others. Johnnie recently was invited by her DHS classmate, Othal Lowery to a chauffeured trip to Shreveport to spend some time at Margaritaville. Several other ladies from Huntington enjoyed the trip and left the driving to DeShae Franks.

Five-year-old Allison Martz stole the show and won the hearts of everyone at the round table when she came in with her granddaddy, Gary and her dad, Kevin. She has a younger sister, two-year-old Taylor. Driving from Ft. Worth, Kevin and his wife Lindsay and the girls arrived for Thanksgiving several days early to enjoy spending time together. Allison and her granddaddy had a list of things to do during the week. One of them was to come to the feed store and go on to Neches Pines golf course. Finding pretty colored leaves, riding the golf cart and feeding the fish at granddaddy and GG’s were other things to do. Kevin graduated from Texas A&M and works at BNSF Railroad doing logistics. His wife Lindsay was born in Alaska, grew up in Katy and graduated from Rice; they met in Houston. Kevin’s sister, Stacy, was to arrive on Wednesday from College Station to spend Thanksgiving with the family.

Enjoyed visiting with Faye Bergquist when she came in with her daughter, Glenna Santo, to buy pecans. They both live in Brookhollow and Peggy Lankford is Faye’s sister-in-law. Faye graduated from SFA and taught Home Economics wherever her husband worked starting paper mills in Longview, Austin, Houston, Alabama and Tennessee. It’s always good to visit with friends, Wanda and Fred Matzenbacher, and Jim and Sharon Kennedy when they come for pecans. Other in buying pecans included Linda and Mack Coward, Karen Poole, George and Susan Turner, Marie Dear, Ed Hance, Jake Havard, Morris Smith, Geneva Ard, Patti Block Shockley, Kathy McMillen, Brenda Rye and Sandy Carlisle.

Jerry Sue Williams, owner of Vintage N Vogue Salon and Resale on Frank Street in Lufkin, came in for pecans. She has been established in Lufkin for more than 30 years and also sells antiques. Her daughter, Dana Williams, is also a hair stylist. Her son, Darin, is a retired US Air Force officer who lives in the Washington DC area and her son, David Vincent Williams, is a singer and songwriter who lives in Nashville. David was awarded Best Song of the Year in 2002 for writing “I’m Moving On” recorded by Rascal Flatts.

Small Business Saturday is November 28th one day after Black Friday which is one day after Thanksgiving. The purpose is to encourage people to shop locally with small business owners. Our plans for Small Business Saturday at Poulands will be to have a “tasting” of the several Gourmet Food items we sell. Some of these include jam, jelly, pickled foods, salsa and chow chow. We hope you will take the time and stop by and taste but come early because we do close at noon.

Please come and bring a friend to a Benefit Bingo for Jessica Fisher Pouland Tuesday, December 1st at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. Games begin at 7PM, doors will open at 6PM and concessions will be available. Ten games and one blackout for $1 per card. There will be gift cards for Christmas shopping and most anyone would love to have the Ruger 1022 rifle donated by Carl Ferguson. Jessica has cystic fibrosis and is waiting to receive a double lung transplant. Proceeds from the bingo will go toward her expenses. More than anything she needs your prayers.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thes 5:16
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and come see us…’round the table.

November 16, 2015


A special HELLO to Betty Jo Flowers who faithfully reads the Diboll Free Press. Betty lives in Huntington with her daughter, Teresa Green. Betty sent a message by Teresa to let us know how much she misses living in Diboll. Betty and her husband, lived in the Lake View area for about 50 years; after he died she sold their home and moved to Huntington. Betty said she really misses her home, her friends and living in Diboll. I assure you Betty that you are also missed. God bless you.
Aline Stovall celebrated her 94th birthday on November 10th. Visiting with her and her son, Joe Paul Stovall, were her nephew Lee Matthews from Austin and his sister and husband, Emily and Bill Sinclar from Cypress. Lee and Joe Paul both graduated in 1962; Lee from Lufkin and Joe Paul from Diboll. As a lawyer Lee worked with several state departments including the Water Quality Board. Lee and Emily’s parents were Haynes and Jewel Matthews who lived in Lufkin and at one time after retiring moved to South Meadows here in Diboll.

Rodney and Cathy Lott and children from Zavalla were excited about traveling to College Station last Friday to spend an exciting weekend in and around Texas A&M. Sophomore Kaitlyn Lum from Zavalla was to be their host and event planner for the weekend. Plans included attending the Midnight Yell Practice and early Saturday morning Step-off. Kaitlyn had 12 seats reserved for the game.

With the arrival of our fresh pecans from Georgia, it is always good to renew acquaintances with those who make their annual pecan pilgrimage to Pouland’s. True to character, Carolyn Salas and Peggy Simmons were some of the first to come purchase pecans. A short time later came Dorothy Hughey, Jeanette Rodriques and Jean Fox. Betty Huizer and Joe Sosa are also good pecan customers. Andrea always enjoys visiting with two of her husband’s (Kevin Swor), former teachers; Eloise Richardson his 2nd grade and Dorothy Owen, 5th grade teacher, both taught him at Slack elementary. Others who came in for pecans include Sally Selman and her neighbor, Betty Johnson; and Rebecca Holton.

Pam Boles came for pecans just in time to use them in a recipe for pecan pie cobbler to serve that evening at Calvary Baptist at a dinner to honor the veterans in their church. Darla (Smith) Thomason co-ordinates the Wednesday evening meals with lots of help from other volunteers.

Maxine Holcomb, Pat Brown and Barbara Clark came in together. These three ladies from Hudson had been to lunch at Restoration Bar in the restored Angelina Hotel to celebrate Barbara’s birthday. The day before JoAnn Rainwater also celebrated a late birthday with a delicious lunch at the Restoration Bar with longtime friends, Ginger Capps, Nita Hurley, myself and her sister, Betty Hendrick.

Jeanetta Stewart and Edna Killion came for pecans on Friday the 13th, which was Jeanetta’s birthday. On the way here Jeanetta was driving while Edna read all her birthday greetings on Facebook.

Jeanene and Newt Courtney came in for pecans and left with a recipe for peanut/pecan brittle. Newt had eaten a sample of Andrea’s microwave pecan brittle and was ready to go home and make more for himself since Jeanene doesn’t eat sweets. The recipe came from LaVerne (Weeks) Ross from Silsbee who brings this sweet delicacy every month to the Super Seniors luncheon at First Baptist.

Driving all the way from Wells, not just for pecans but also to eat at Los Jarritos, was Bobbye Bourrous and friend, Rosalie Grayson. Ms. Grayson has two daughters in Lufkin; Kim Davis who was Realtor of the Year and Lynanne Alsbrooks who has Permanent Cosmetics by Nan located in Bella’s Salon. When they walked out the door, Bobbye was ready to order #39 from the menu at Los Jarritos.

Jim and Ladeen Pluss went to see the new James Bond movie Spectre before driving to Diboll for pecans. They highly recommend the movie as well as Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies.

Marty Harris and Pam Martinez stopped by to get pecans on their way home from Houston. Tina (Wolf) Jowell was already in the store and really enjoyed visiting with Pam and Marty. Pam reported that her husband Richard is back at work at Oncor but retirement is on his mind.

Pecan buyers making multiply trips to Poulands whether it’s because they need more pecans or just enjoying visiting at the round table or both, include Ray Henson, Thomas Moore, Jerry Hill and Andy Jordan. With everyone interested in pecans, it was good to have Letha Grandgeorge remind us that we still sell pinto beans.

Congratulations to Weston Reynolds son of Delbert and Jennifer Reynolds. Weston won First Place in Junior Creed Speaking at the McGee Bend District. He is very involved as a freshman at Huntington ISD where he serves as president of his class.

Hope you read Burlon Wilkerson’s article in the Diboll Free Press about DEMCO celebrating their 50th year of manufacturing. Our congratulations to Charles and Carolyn Schmidt for being chosen Angelina County’s Small Business of the Year by the Texas Forest Country Partnership.

A big heartfelt “Thank you” to all who ate at El Chico’s last Monday evening on behalf of Jessica Pouland’s fund-raiser. It was awesome, almost 200 people participated. Debbie Robison, Jessica’s grandmother, who organized this event said El Chico’s manager was overwhelmed by the support for Jessica. Proceeds will go toward her expenses when she receives a double lung transplant. Plans are in the process for a Benefit Bingo on December 1st at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. One hundred dollar raffle tickets are being sold with the chance of winning $10,000 cash. Only 200 tickets will be sold. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Teresa Pouland at Vintage Blooms, 829-5556.
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November 9, 2015


Gary Martz stopped by the round table one morning and we learned they have experienced another great trip. Gary’s theory since retiring is “If you are not on a trip you need to be planning one”. His wife, Cathy, graciously wrote the following about their trip. Gary, Cathy, and Stacey Martz traveled to Paris and London in September. After an all night flight from Houston, they arrived in Paris at 7:30 am. After checking in to their hotel near the Arc du Triomphe, they headed out to see some of the main attractions of Paris. Having only 3 ½ days in the city, they tried to see as much as they could in a short period of time. They did a lot of walking, really enjoying the architecture of Paris, and used the metro (subway) to get to most places. Attractions they visited included the Eiffel Tower (both during the day and at night when it is lit up for a short period of time), the Palace of Versailles and its gardens, the Louvre, Notre-Dame and its bell tower, Sainte-Chapelle with the very beautiful and oldest stained glass in Paris, and the Conciergerie – the prison where Marie Antoinette was held. They were very surprised to see a military patrol made up of 3 armed (with machine guns) men in camo at every major tourist attraction in Paris. They were most impressed with the age of everything in Paris and the beautiful craftsmanship that went in to the buildings built in 1600s and before. They thoroughly enjoyed the many sidewalk cafes and parks in the city.

They traveled to London via the train beneath the English Channel for their 2 ½ day visit in that city. They took a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city to get an overall view of London. They enjoyed the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, high tea at the Dukes Hotel, the London Tower with the royal jewels, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum and the Churchill War Rooms, an underground office complex used in World War II.

Stacey returned home and Gary and Cathy traveled by train to Glasgow, Scotland where they began a 2 week bus tour of Scotland and Ireland. Their guide on the Scotland portion of the trip was a retired college history professor. He gave a very interesting talk throughout the beautiful countryside of Scotland with its many castles and battlefields. They visited at least one castle a day – all of them very different – and saw the ruins of many more scattered around the country. The highlight of the trip for Gary was a visit to the famous St. Andrews golf course. A 2 hour ferry ride took them to Belfast, Northern Ireland and its Titanic museum. They continued on to Dublin and spent the rest of the week traveling through the southwestern part of Ireland. They saw the Blarney stone, the Ring of Kerry with its coastline views and the Cliffs of Moher, 700 foot cliffs along the Atlantic Ocean. The Irish countryside was beautiful with its patchwork of small fields separated by rock fences covered with vines and shrubbery. “Leprechaun and fairy woods” were pointed out along the roads. The Irish government actually spent millions of dollars to redesign a highway project so that it would not cross a “fairy wood”! After a final night in Dublin, they flew back to Houston via London.

JR & I visited with Mike and Linda Whitten at Cracker Barrel one evening. They had three pretty young girls with them. One was their granddaughter, Emma Whitten, from Woodville and two exchange students; 16-year-old Omaima Boumrit from Italy and 17-year-old Tamara Lauth from Germany. Omaima speaks Arabic, French, Spanish, English, German and of course, Italian and plans to be an International Translator. Tamara speaks French and Spanish and her native German and hopes to become a surgeon. They are attending Lufkin ISD and have a long list of things they want to do while in America. Mike and Linda have already impressed the girls with a trip to Houston to see the Astros play and they have plans to take them to the beach, New Braunfels, Mardi Gras, Kemah Boardwalk, a rodeo and alligator farm. During spring break they have plans to sightsee in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. I really couldn’t tell who was having more fun; the girls or Mike and Linda.

Don’t forget The Diboll Business Association’s Christmas Cash Give Away. From any participating Diboll merchant, pick up the attractive entry form, sign your name to individual cards and drop the tickets at the corresponding sponsoring business before December 1st. First Place is $300; Second is $200 and Third is $100 plus many additional prizes. Remember to shop in Diboll!

I have written about many fundraisers that benefit worthy causes. There are several coming and this time it affects my family. Jessica (Fisher) Pouland is married to our grandson, Brandal Pouland and they are parents of our precious 4-year-old Addison Grace. Jessica was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Her whole life has been a struggle to breathe. She takes countless medications and spends weeks in hospitals. Jessica is on a waiting list for a double lung transplant that could be at any time. The proceeds from the fund raisers will be to help with expenses not covered by insurance.

El Chico has graciously agreed to help with Jessica’s CFearless campaign by donating 10% of their dinner sales next Monday evening, November 16th between 5 and 9PM IF we can have at least 100 guests “sign in” and notify the hostess they are there to support Jessica Pouland. We encourage you to attend and tell someone about it. Let me say “thank you” in advance for helping. There is also a raffle in progress with a chance to win $10,000 CASH. Only 200 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Tickets are available here at Pouland’s and also at Vintage Blooms in JR’s Barn. Please mark your calendars for a Benefit Bingo that will be at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center on December 1. A $15.00 ticket will entitle anyone to a chicken and spaghetti dinner, 10 games of bingo and 1 blackout game. Again, we appreciate your help and covet your prayers for Jessica.

Don’t forget to THANK a Veteran and come see us…’round the table.

November 2, 2015


By the time you read this, we should have received a shipment of PECANS so get your recipes out and get ready. We would love for you to share your favorite recipe or ways you serve pecans.
Longtime teller at First Bank & Trust Diboll, Linda Miller, shared two of her grandchildren were lucky hunters last weekend. Clayton Wigley, son of Danny and Courtney Wigley, got a nice 12-point buck in Tyler County. Her 9-year-old granddaughter, Ainsley Stuck, came in the store last weekend with her dad, Jason Stuck, to purchase hunting licenses with plans to hunt on family land several hours from home. Ainsley was excited about going and really excited to become a veteran deer hunter.

Enjoyed visiting with Rick Rasbeary when he came in the store. Rick and his wife Sheila live at Westwood Shores in Trinity where he enjoys golfing. In the working world, Rick is a Division Manager at TDCJ, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and is responsible for managing 14 garment factories in Texas. They make all the uniforms for the inmates and staff. Rick has been with TDCJ for 23 years and plans to retire in 3-1/2 years. While he was here, Andrea found an old picture in one of her albums of “Rickey Rasbeary, Grand Champion Steer, Groveton, 1987” Rick Rasbeary brought us up to date on his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Torree and 1-1/2 year old Ben. Little Ben’s proud grandparents are Ben and Lena Rasbeary. Ryan, Torree (who has completed her Master’s degree from SFA) and Ben moved from Nacogdoches in August to Lumberton where Ryan is the assistance varsity baseball coach. While living in Nacogdoches Ryan coached football and softball in Cushing where he was proud that the girls’ softball team made it to the quarterfinals.

We met one of our new Diboll policemen, Eli Lenderman, when he came in the store. Of course we had to ask our usual questions. Where are you from? Who are your parents? Where did you grow up?, etc. Well, he grew up in Central and we asked if he remembered Fran McGilvra who taught at Central for many years. His reply was “yes” and “she was a stickler on cursive writing”. Fran’s handwriting is perfect! Did you know, as I understand it, that students in public schools are only taught about 2-3 weeks how to write “cursive”?

Ronnie Coleman stopped by on his way home from visiting with his mother, Shirley Coleman, who is a short term resident of Larkspur. Shirley fell and is taking rehab for a couple of weeks. Her husband, Sam Coleman, spends all day with Shirley and Ronnie goes every day. Ronnie asked everyone to pray for his mother’s recovery.

Kenneth and Ann Ashworth stopped by the roundtable to visit. Kenneth grew up in Diboll and married a sweet Irish girl he met in Brooklyn, NY while in the Navy and eventually they moved to Ireland where they are serving as missionaries. Kenneth and Ann had lunch with the Super Seniors of Diboll First Baptist where he was happy to see and know that Bettye Greer remembered him from DHS. We all still agree that her husband, Bill Greer, a Biology teacher and later principal at DHS, was very respected by his students and had few discipline problems, if any.

Another former DHS student who graduated in1957, Royce Grimes and his lovely wife Kathy, stopped at the round table to visit. Royce’s niece, Vicky Shoemaker from Hudson, was with them. Vicky’s mother, Carolyn (Grimes) Jones, is Royce’s sister who graduated in 1958. Royce is a faithful fan of the Diboll Lumberjacks and Texas Longhorns. The trip from their home in Virginia Beach, VA was planned so they could fly into Houston in time to watch the Lumberjacks play in Shepherd. Royce wouldn’t tell me but the girls did, that he was quarterback of the Diboll Lumberjacks in 1957. His nickname was “Spoke” given to him by his classmates; Claude Edward Welch, Joe Anthony, Jimmy McCall and John Hannah. They always told Royce he wasn’t big enough to be a wheel, he was just a spoke; these are friends?

I learned while visiting with Vicky Shoemaker at the round table that she is married to Delwin who owns A&B Body shop and their two sons work with their dad in the business; Dwayne is married to Lacy who teaches at Hudson and Dustin is married to Mikki who is an accounting professor at SFA. As we were visiting, Vicky’s daughter, Ashley Courtney, came in to meet her mom, Kathy and Royce to go to lunch. She and her husband John Courtney who is the high school principal at Hudson, have purchased the former Pumpkin Patch Daycare in Burke. They plan to change the name to Building Blocks Academy. Oh, I also learned that Gladys Mettlen from Diboll is “aunt” to Vicky and Ashley.

Fran and John McClain have had guests visiting with them from Alabama. Katharine and Gerald Nichols from Hoover and Ann and Joe Pridgen from Monroeville. The guys enjoyed playing golf while the ladies visited and did a little shopping that included stopping at Pouland’s. J. T. and Maudine Frisby from Lufkin came in to buy Colorado pinto beans.

Four good friends, JoNell Placker, Mary Lou Havard, Bess Andrews and Kathreen Chuke, all enjoyed a drive to Wells to eat lunch at DeLeon’s. They were pleasantly surprised when they learned that Bobby Jones paid for their lunch. Arriving in Diboll they stopped at the round table just in time to have a piece of Andrea’s warm pumpkin pie crunch for dessert. Leonard Robison was sitting at the table and hesitantly tried a piece of the pumpkin crunch. He has only eaten pumpkin pie a total of two times but admitted Andrea’s was good.

We have a new cookbook for sale here at Pouland’s. The Livingston FFA Booster Club Cookbook is full of good recipes for $10. Cookbooks are always a nice gift.
Don’t forget to come see us…’round the table.