May 15, 2017


Diboll has a new business that is now up and running and open for business.  MILLENIA WATER & ICE. The owners are Steve and Dortha Jackson of Diboll who own the office complex on Weber Street located behind Commercial Bank in Diboll where MILLENIA is also located (between Wilkerson Financial and Brenda Platt’s Cuts & More). The water is purified by reverse osmosis and is pure and clean. It’s perfect for drinking, cooking, camping, fish tanks, pets and ER situations. I stopped by and purchased two gallons to make coffee and received a free cup of coffee with my purchase. What a difference it made in my coffee pot the next morning! Future plans include 3 & 5 gallon bottles, cooler rentals and delivery. They are open Monday-Friday 8AM until 4PM. Their vivacious and outgoing daughter-in-law, Cortney, waited on me which fits their slogan, “Our Family Serving Yours”. For more information, call 936-526-2506. By the way, this is the same family that owns the colorful and popular “Tropical Toucan” truck that serves many flavors of shaved ice.

Walter Key from San Augustine, his brother Francis and wife Jane from Tomball, are moving their new business to Diboll. It’s so new they haven’t officially found a name; I suggested “Storage Treasures” since they will be selling items from storage containers they have purchased; furniture, jewelry, home décor, pictures, some antiques and much more. Whatever the name will be it will be located north of Diboll on highway 59 at the intersection of Brookwood in the building that was formally the “Rusty Cactus” and “Flowers Body Shop”. Walter plans to be open by this Saturday, May 20th from 10AM until 6PM. They are already a member of the Diboll Business Association which will have an official ribbon cutting later. Walter lives in San Augustine where he served as Superintendent of the school district. While in Diboll he was anxious to eat at Los Jarritos because he knew Julie and Carlos and their two children when they lived in San Augustine. Did you catch that Walter’s brother’s name is Francis? His full name is Francis Scott Key, Jr. and his son is the third. You may know that another Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Daniel Phipps of Diboll came in bringing several old plaques that he and other workers found while cleaning out an old building at Lufkin Industries. Daniel has worked for 37 years in the Power Transmissions department formally Lufkin Industries. He wanted to know if we knew or could deliver the keepsakes. One plaque was from the 1993 Angelina County Youth Fair when LI purchased a steer exhibited by Lindsay Syler who must have been about 10 years old at the time. When I told Daniel that Lindsay is now a wife, veterinarian and owner of the newest state-of-the-art animal clinic in East Texas, he wanted to personally deliver the plaque to her .Nikki Capps’ picture was on another award. She was the daughter of Eugene and Phyllis Capps of Diboll but now a wife and mother who lives in Corrigan. I told him we could see that she receives her plaque as well as two other awards: 1997 & 98 that both went to Miranda Whitten who lived in Huntington at that time. Her parents, Mike and Linda Whitten now live in the Burke area.

Thomas Anderson visits the round table on a weekly basis but made an extra visit last week to bring us a homemade syrup cake that he baked. It really was very good and the whipped cream he also brought added even more flavor. Thank you Thomas. Buck Murrah from Slocum stopped by on his way home from Houston and enjoyed remembering “the good ole days” growing up in East Texas. Otis Ray Posey brought us fresh squash from his garden. He has lots of tomatoes planted so we’re hoping he’ll share of them later. Thank you for the squash. I have a new recipe from Lena Coody for squash casserole that we all love. Gary Gores was in buying “Rocky’s Rub”, a seasoning that is good on everything. Hal Hubbard was in with a flat on his 4-wheeler. It was urgent to get it fixed because his one-year-old grandson, Jacen, loves to ride on the 4-wheeler.

The Malcolm Still Memorial Golf Tournament will be June 3rd & 4th at Neches Pines Golf Course. All proceeds will go toward a golf scholarship for a student. For more information contact Chad Ogden 936-414-0936 or call 829-5086.

The following is what you get when people don’t send me local news. This is educational in that it’s the meaning of a new word. NOMOPHOBIA. Noun. 1) The fear of being without a working cellphone. 2) A near-debilitating side effect of today’s constantly connected culture. Usage: According to a survey conducted by a digital security firm, 66% (probably millennials and younger people) suffer from varying degrees of nomophobia. A term that means no mobile phone; the symptoms of this cellular attachment include constantly checking one’s device and zealous monitoring of battery life.

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