September 19, 2016


Another BIG accomplishment for Diboll!  A state-of-the-art science building at Diboll High School has been completed. The staff and administration cordially invites the public to tour the new facility at an Open House on Monday, September 26 at 5:30 PM.

We are past the half way mark of fun(d) raising activities for Diboll Day which everyone around here knows is October 1st.  The three teams this year are working very hard and have come up with different and new ideas for raising money. The bingo games have always been a successful crowd pleaser and there are only two left:  Saturday, September 24th and Tuesday, September 27th. These are both at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. There will be a Sportsman Extravaganza this Thursday also at the Civic Center. Don’t forget to go by First Bank & Trust and check out the many items at the Silent Auction. The Finale will be at the bank 5-6PM on Tuesday, the 26th. And you certainly don’t want to miss Margie’s Country Dinner (only $8 a plate) at the last luncheon on Thursday the 27th at the Civic Center.

One of the new activities this year that JR and I attended was a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Temple Library. We were seated at a table of eight and each of us was a different member of the Clarington family attending a reunion in which the patriarch, Malachai Stout, was smothered to death. Clues were given for everyone to determine who did it. John Ralph was Uncle Edwin Stout who couldn’t remember anything. I was Sabrina Stout, Malachai’s granddaughter; Marilyn Hankla was my father, Mortimer and my mother, Monica, was Mary Hendry. Scarlet Sabo was an in-law. Mary Rinker was Penelope Clarington, Malachai’s daughter and her mother, Glennda Rinker, did a marvelous job portraying was Grandma Winifred Stout who turned out to be the culprit.  10-year-old Caleb Rice, a cousin of queen candidate Tristan had fun being the butler, Sebastian Seward. Glennda Rinker and her daughter Mary attend church with Mary Hendry at Ryan’s Chapel. Mary Rinker works at CHI St. Luke’s Memorial and Mary Hendry works for DISD as well as Scarlet Sabo whose mother is Marilyn Hankla who  works at Pineywoods Academy. Margie Harrell prepared the delicious chicken and spaghetti dinner and the awesome delicate desserts were catered by Kay Tilly. It was a great evening. Melinda Dover told us Project Celebration is planning another “Mystery Dinner” early in 2017.

Andrea and I enjoyed visiting with Patsy Hopper when she came in for Moonshine syrup that makes wonderful pecan pies. We remember working with Patsy when she was the manager of the Lufkin Credit Bureau. She is married to Dennis and both of them are now retired. They just recently returned from a trip with friends, Phil and Diane Perkins, to Williamstown, Kentucky where they were most impressed with the life-size recreation of Noah’s Ark.  Even though Noah’s ark didn’t have elevators, Patsy recommended using the elevators to go up and walk down. The ark is built based on dimensions in the Bible and inside are museum-style exhibits: displays of Noah’s family along with rows of cages containing animal replicas, including dinosaurs. This foursome also enjoyed and recommends touring the Creation Museum only 30 miles away in Petersburg, Kentucky.

Mickey and Barbara Hollingsworth visited at the RT. Mickey brought us Burtis Boles’ recipe for chili baked in the oven. He said it supposedly won the Texas State Chili Cook off. Mickey and Barbara joined John Ralph and I for their first time to eat at the popular Los Jarritos Mexican Restaurant. Barbara and I listened to Mickey and JR rehash their many Colorado hunting trips. The Hollingsworths praised the good food and hopefully will return.

The annual PTSA Mum Sale has started. The mums will come in 12-inch pots and in bronze, yellow, red, or pink/lavender.  The cost is $13 per plant and you will have to read your paper today because the deadline to order is September 22.  Plants will be delivered to the elementary School on October 5.  Contact Jan Wilkerson at 635-4044 and let her know how many you need!

Kitty Bounds sent the following news from Gipson’s: September 27th is our next monthly LIFT (Living Information for Today) Group Meeting at Gipson Funeral Home at noon. The group is for widows and widowers who are interested in social, educational and entertainment with a free lunch included. If you are interested in coming for the first time, please call 634-4411 to put your name on the list.  One of our own group is going to entertain us with his guitar this month.

This Saturday, September 24, is the Angelina County Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale at the Farmers’ Market. Go early, they usually sell out!

Financial Advisor, Trey Wilkerson, of East Texas Investment Services in Diboll sends out a monthly newsletter. In September he begins his letter, “Anyone who calls me or stops by the office for the rest of this month might find me a bit more frazzled than usual…for a good reason, its Diboll Day time!” He continues with, “You probably already know that I love my hometown and Diboll Day is one of those things that makes this place special. I know I’m biased but I think Diboll Day is special. It’s focused on community and on unifying to provide for our neighbors and our future.”

Thank you Trey and I just want to add that I wholeheartedly agree with you. If you need information about what’s going on until the big day, go to By the way Trey has a number of souvenirs and mementos from past Diboll Days on display in his office, go by and check them out. His office is located at 105 Weber next to Commercial Bank in Diboll.

Come see us…’round the table.