May 1, 2017


May 1 was Madison Powell’s 16th Birthday! Her parents are Neely and Gaylon Powell who said she started the morning by taking her driving test after college and once the nerves settled, she realized she is now a licensed driver so watch out for her!! Madison will be easy to spot because her license plates say MADSSS so report any craziness to mom and dad, lol! A group of friends and family met at Chili’s for an evening of celebrating. They were blessed with Madison’s grandparents, Melba and Joe Allen, Betty and Larry Powell as well as Connie Allen, the New family, Sally Pilcher, Dalton Powell and his sweet friend Vivian and Maddie’s’ best friends Blake Fisher, Hannah Morrison and Drew Richard. They had a great time and will round off her Sweet Sixteen at a Lake House party in early June with all of her best friends!

Mallory Dorman, proud daughter of Michael and Lorraine (Lazarine) Dorman, will be graduating from the School of Education at Texas A&M and is applying for teaching jobs in the Houston area. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Weston Reynolds of Huntington FFA on being elected President of the McGee Bend District FFA. That’s quite an honor! His proud parents are Delbert and Jennifer Reynolds. Congratulations also to Sharon Mayo a customer who exhibited the Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen at the recent Angelina County Youth Fair. She has been a member of the Blue Ribbon 4-H for five years. Sandra Renfro has been one of the leaders of that 4-H for many years. Rozaline Runnels won the coveted Senior Rabbit Showmanship Award. She is a member of the Zavalla 4-H. Congratulations to all who participated in the Youth Fair, you are ALL winners!

Another customer of ours, Trevor Powell, Diboll 4-H member and 3rd grader exhibited the Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen. If that wasn’t enough, he also had the Champion Breeding Rabbit Dutch Doe and the Champion and Reserve Dutch Buck. Looks like Trevor has learned a lot from being around his great grandpa, Frank Farrow and his great grandmother, Theresa Farrow who has earned lots of blue ribbons and trophies from exhibiting rabbits. Trevor’s dad Clay Powell won the Grand Champion meat Pen in 1999.His uncle Wade Powell won Grand Champion in 1997 and 1998. Trevor continues the legacy.

Hummingbirds have arrived and a few purple martins have finally found a home in our back yard. Hopefully, they will be hungry for mosquitoes. If you need a hummingbird feeder or nectar, Pouland’s has a nice selection of unique feeders. Sam Coleman purchased a new feeder. Don’t forget we also have caladium bulbs, a variety of roses including a beautiful Miranda Lambert rose, hanging baskets, and selections of vegetable and flower bedding plants. Don’t forget Mothers’ Day will soon be here; think of Pouland’s when you need a gift for her or a friend.

Thomas Lowther’s three sons surprised him with a gift of a cute baby Alpaca.  Family members had gathered at the Lowthers’ home to celebrate Adam’s birthday. Suddenly, Adam and his two brothers, Colin and Ben, told everyone to wait for the party to start until they returned. Thomas had a feeling they were up to something when they hooked up a trailer and drove away. It was a couple of hours before they returned with the darling solid black Al Paca they presented to their dad.  The Alpaca was accepted by all including 14 mature goats and 4 babies but the donkey was not happy about sharing any of his space.

Just a few of our customers who came in buying garden seeds were Rick Tilley, Winston Hooks, Billy Wayne Breazeale and all the way from the coastal area, R. W. Oaks, who farms on family land at the end of Mockingbird Lane in Diboll. R. W. came back the next day and bought his wife, Bethel (Lester), a rose bush. Choosing from the variety of roses we have for sale was Sue Johnson, Mark Hafernick, Mary Hendry and Nettie Mann.

Kim Chapman who drives all the way from Bullard to buy horse feed came in with her mother, JoNell Placker. In addition to horse feed, Kim also bought some of the gourmet food we carry, Chow Chow, and also bought a tomato plant. Rodney Lott, owner of the Eagle’s Nest Café in Zavalla, purchased some of Rocky Thompson’s “Rocky Rub Seasoning” that we proudly sell.

It was good to see and visit with Stacy Cooke who was in town visiting with his daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Jimmy Mettlen. Stacy enjoys the Anasazi Beans we sell. Retiree, Lisa Crager, is still enjoying the idea of being retired and bought one of the new beautiful Corinthian Wind Chimes we sell while her husband David was having new tires put on his tractor.

Former Diboll elementary classmate of ours, Denny Ashworth, drove from Texas City and brought his cousin, Danny Thomason, with him from Houston. J.R. cooked them some turnip greens and Andrea cooked cornbread and pinto beans. Others who enjoyed visiting with them was Bo Smith, Joe Paul Stovall, Don Hendrick, Richard Rainwater and Sherrel Fears who told them many stories from our past. Danny Thomason graduated from Lufkin and remembered Melba “Dee” (Elliott) Adams who was also eating lunch with us that day. Small World!

Charlotte (Morris) Carter invites everyone to stop by “His and Hers Trade Days” in Burke this weekend, May 6, for their 4th anniversary celebration.  They will have door prizes, Bluebell Ice Cream, and a big parking lot garage sale Saturday and Sunday.

If you receive The Diboll Free Press early today, Thursday. May 4, make plans to attend a National Day of Prayer service at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. The service will begin at noon with a meal sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance of Diboll followed by a time of prayer.

Have a great week and come see us…’round the table.