January 26, 2015


Today’s paper will be the last issue with the Best of 75941 entry form. This is the second year that the Diboll Business Association and The Diboll Free Press has sponsored this interesting event. Look for the entry form in the Diboll Free Press, cut it out and fill in the blanks; it’s that simple! Some of the categories include Best teacher(s); pastor; day care worker; city employee; elected official; waitperson; teller; hair stylist; insurance agent; store clerk; food(s); and others. The deadline to submit is February 2nd. Mail or drop your entry form by The Diboll Free Press, 101 Weber, Diboll. Remember, it’s all about folks in Diboll. The winners will be recognized at a reception on Thursday, February 12 at the TLL Temple Memorial Library, the best library in town!

Remember also to patronize our local businesses. Members of the Diboll Business Association pay dues and work hard to encourage you to shop locally.

Last week I was out driving during one cold very rainy day when to my surprise the wind shield wiper on the passenger side of my car suddenly detached itself from the blade and disappeared. After the shock and realizing how thankful I was that it was not on the driver’s side, I decided to drive straight to Diboll Motors and get Mike Shivers to help me.  Arriving at his shop I realized my inspection sticker would expire the last day of the month. While Mike took care of my car I went inside and visited with his wife Rhonda, daughter and son-in-law, Kim and David Mettlen. Rhonda has a new business in their home in Burke, Southern Pines Boutique, which she promotes on Face Book. She has very fashionable outfits for sale in her home and on FB. Her shop is open to the public on Saturdays from 10AM until 3PM.  Rhonda and Kim were explaining to me the benefit and simplicity of marketing using FB when Mike came in and said my car was ready. It all happened so quickly while getting a FB tutorial. Diboll Motors is a member of the Diboll Business Association so please remember them and shop locally. Oh yes, don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE Southern Pines Boutique on Face Book and while you are on FB, please do the same for Pouland Real Estate.

I twisted Trey Wilkerson’s arm for the following information about their 10th wedding anniversary. Trey and Michele Wilkerson returned this week from celebrating their 10th anniversary with a cruise on the Carnival Triumph.  This was their first cruise, and so the whole experience was new to them.  Trey especially enjoyed the fact that he could eat as much as he wanted, and set out to make sure he got his money back just in food. The five day cruise from Galveston called on the ports of Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.  While in Cozumel, the Wilkersons visited a Mayan Living History exhibit, and also took a tour that showed how tequila is made.  In Progreso, they visited the Dzibilchaltun Mayan ruins, and dipped their feet in the sinkhole that the Mayan nobility used for rituals.  At both ports, Trey and Michele enjoyed shopping and visiting with the local people.  They brought back nearly a full suitcase loaded with souvenirs for their children, Annabeth and Ryan.  And, of course, Trey found some local food to try, including seasoned chicken wrapped in banana leaves and baked, then served with corn tortillas.  On the ship, they were impressed with the elaborate shows performed every night. Being the musician that he is, Trey was especially impressed by the quality of the musicians that played to accompany the musical productions. All in all, it was great anniversary trip.

Trey is president of the Diboll ISD and it was by chance that the Diboll Dazzlers Drill team was on this same cruise to perform. Trey and Michele rearranged their dinner time one night to take in the Dazzlers’ performance. Despite the ship going through some rough waters, the girls did a great job and really represented Diboll well.

Fran McGilvra’s two sons came in to be with her during a recent procedure on her back. Neil, from Claremont, California and Chris, from Phoenix, Arizona. They stayed with her during the recovery. At home, Chris did most of the cooking and Neil entertained them with his sense of humor (check him out on Face book). Since they grew up in Diboll, they always enjoy coming back home. Both graduated from DHS and were involved in sports. Chris, being the golfer and Neil, a basketball player for his dad, John McGilvra, deceased. Fran has recovered real well and is back at the Round Table here at Pouland’s as regular coffee drinker.

Valentine’s Day conveniently falls on a Saturday this year making it convenient for you guys to treat your valentine to a special banquet on February 14th sponsored by DHS Project Graduation. You are invited to join in an evening of “Dining Delight by Candlelight”. Each table will be set and themed “One of a kind”. Come ready to be dazzled and enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment. Dine in or Carry out, $25.00 for one or $40 for a couple. Your choice of Rib Eye or Chicken Breast and go home with a tantalizing dessert from the Dessert Auction at 8 PM. The banquet will be held in the fellowship building of Diboll First Baptist church located at 208 Devereaux. The time is 6:30 and to make reservations, please contact Lacy Chandler at 676-3236 or Andrea Swor at 829-4040.

The following Saturday, February 21st is another fun event to be held at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. Beginning at 6PM will be the Fourth Annual Black Tie Bingo benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Diboll. “Heart to Heart Vegas Style” is the theme with an evening filled with good food, live and silent auctions, games and of course, bingo. For more information call the Boys & Girls Club office at 936-560-6844 or locally, Patsy Colbert at 829-3543. “Black Tie” describes the upscale event not a requirement to attend. Just learned there will be a $20 discount on individual tickets that are sold before February 5th. Make that telephone call and save $20. It’ll be a fun evening.

Stay warm and dry and come see us when you can…at the roundtable.