September 14, 2015


How about those Diboll Lumberjacks, cheerleaders, band and Dazzlers!! We are very proud of you. It is sports season in Diboll!!! Please display your Lumberjack Flags in support of not only our football team but volleyball, band, and cross country. Show your support for our DISD students as they are working to make Diboll ISD the best school district around.

If you do not have a Lumberjack flag and you are a member of the Diboll Business Association, contact Jan Wilkerson at 829-4817 for your FREE flag. If you would like to purchase a flag—stop by Diboll Free Press or Pouland’s to pick one up. The cost is $10. GO LUMBERJACKS!!!!

If you’ve attended any of the Lumberjack’s football games, you have heard a loud train horn when the Lumberjacks score, make a first down, and recover the ball or anything exciting. The horn was designed by Jim Morrison, Coach Morrison’s dad. Jim and Sharon Morrison live in Vidor and never miss their son’s football games especially while their grandson Caleb played. The horn was retired after Caleb’s senior season in 2013 until this year when it was brought out of retirement for the Diboll Lumberjacks. The horn is actually 3 horns in one. Mr. Morrison proudly refers to them as the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe. The horn started out on a small pull cart then elevated to an upright mobile unit on wheels before being attached to a Kubota ATV with a custom red and black paint job along with custom red and black upholstered seats made from alligator and ostrich. It has made appearances throughout the years at various big time stadiums such as: McLane Stadium at Baylor University, NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) and the prestigious AT&T (otherwise known as Jerry World/Dallas Cowboys Stadium) for Coach Blake Morrison’s teams including the 2010 State Championship.

One former Diboll Lumberjack that was a tri-captain of the 1961 football team and also past mayor of Diboll celebrated his 71st birthday on the 10th of September. James Simms couldn’t remember which restaurant in Magnolia that his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Craig Parker, took him to for a steak dinner but he does remember that his wife, Kathy, was there along with his pal, 5-year-old grandson, Wiley. The group finished the celebration at the Parkers’ home with birthday cake and Blue Bell ice cream. A big hunter, James is excited and getting ready for deer season to open. He hunts on a lease near Ratcliff Lake. By the way, the other two captains on that ’61-62 football team were quarterback, Paul Murphy and a handsome 185# full back, John Ralph Pouland.
Someone else celebrated a 10th birthday on the 3rd of September. Her name is “Mia”, a French toy poodle whose mom is Gay Storch of Diboll. Mia insists that Gay take her for a ride in the car almost every day to get an ice cream cone.

I received the following news from Christene Boles. The ole Surgery crew from Memorial (now CHI St Luke’s) had a joyous reunion at Cheddars last Saturday. It was wonderful to get together with ex co-workers that felt like family when they worked together and enjoyed closeness as a team. This was the third get together in several years, which in these busy times is not often enough. Those attending were: Glenda Allen, Vicki Burnette, Olivia Ellington, Kathy Hessinger, Pat Strickland, Susan Schuller, Carolyn Cullum, Karrie Stanaland, Jessie Boston, Christene Boles, Lucy Price, Bobby Boles, Janet Kilgore and Kelly Boles.

Some of the residents that live on Brookwood Drive just north of Diboll are having to get accustomed to a landmark that is now gone. Leonard and Billie Robison purchased the property on the corner of Brookwood Drive and Highway 59 and removed the large “Flowers Body Shop” sign. Clyde Maxey told Leonard he has passed up the road he lives on looking for the colorful tall sign. He is not the only one that’s missed the turn. If you are interested, parts of the building are available to rent for small business or motor homes.

Enjoyed visiting with David May when he stopped by the round table. When I first met David he was working at Lufkin Federal Savings and Loan and he reminded me he had to help with my first real estate contract years ago. It was my uncle’s large tract of land near Hondo and coincidentally, joined David’s hunting lease. David also shared stories about other mutual friends we know; Grady Grimes and John Powers. “Sonny” Hubbard from Nacogdoches and former Big Tin Barn employee, also stopped by to check on a former classmate of his, Jack Jenkins.

Scott McDonald brought raffle tickets to Pouland’s for a Benelli pump shotgun. The proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Texas Forestry Museum and they are $5 each. Stop by and get one.

The Diboll PTSA and DISD have started a campaign on their Facebook pages of “Did You Know” facts about the school district. Look in the paper today for a Did You Know fact that I hope to have every week about someone who lives in Diboll and why they like living in Diboll. Diboll is a great place to live and in my opinion is the Best Little Town in Texas!!

October 10th at JR’s Barn in Diboll will be the place for the 30th reunion for the DHS graduating class of 1985. The advanced cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple; prices will be more at the door. So, don’t wait. For more information contact Clevette Mark at 936-526-9416, Faye Jones at 936-208-9225 or Jimmy “Rhinestone Cowboy” Tate at 936-635-4704.

Don’t forget September 22 at 6PM Angelina County 4-H will be hosting a 4-H Expo at the Angelina County Extension office. This is for anyone that is interested in having a 4-H project. For more information, call 632-8239.
Come see us…’round the table.