September 25, 2017


John and Lynette Monk were married August 30th, 1957. Lynette’s birthday was two months before on June 27th when the eye of Hurricane Audrey came over her home in Sulfur, LA. John was in his senior year at LSU and attending Bougaloosa Forestry Camp. He knew the storm was brewing but back then there was no weather channels or cell phones. He stood in line at a pay phone to call and check on Lynette. She was OK but the whole town was caught off guard causing total devastation and loss of many lives. John didn’t waste any time in setting a date two months later to get married on August 30th. 60 years later, they had plans to celebrate their wedding anniversary at their favorite French restaurant in Humble, Chez Nous but another devastating hurricane Harvey prevented that from happening. They are still waiting to enjoy that special celebration but it may be after the hurricane season is over. Congratulations to the John and Lynette Monk!

One never knows where Wayne and Cindy Clark will be one week to the next. They have just returned from a quick trip to Las Vegas with their friend Kathy McKnight, to see best-selling female artist in history on the Caesars Palace stage for a powerful set featuring all her greatest hits. Céline Dion’s Colosseum show has been called “the show of shows and “Las Vegas’ biggest act since Elvis.” Céline Dion has won five GRAMMY Awards, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, two Academy Awards for the title songs “Beauty and the Beast” and “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic and many other awards. These three from Diboll were certainly impressed with her show. Since the purpose of their trip was mainly to see Celine Dion they didn’t leave much time for sightseeing or anything else. They spent two nights in the Four Queens and enjoyed the nightly show on Fremont Street and a tour of Hoover Dam the next day. Wayne was disappointed the elevators at the dam were not working that go down into the bottom where the huge turbines are.  Having worked in a plant he would not have believed the dam’s basement was clean enough to eat off the floor.

Lisa Dotson who has worked at Temple (now GP) for 33 years came in to pick up insecticide for her dad, Darryl Richardson, who also was a longtime employee there. Lisa and Greg Dotson are first time grandparents and she just happened to have a few photos of Gregory Logan Dotson who has beautiful red hair and was born on September 11th in Waco, Texas. He weighed 8 lbs. and 12 ozs and was wearing a Baylor Bear shirt in one photo. They have already determined the baby will be called Logan. His parents are Blake and Amanda Dotson of Waco. Greg is already wanting to move to Waco. Blake graduated from Baylor and continues to live there and work for United Health Care while Amanda is fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom. Logan’s aunt is Alyssa Dotson who is in her senior year of pre Physical Therapy at Texas State University in San Marcus. Proud great-grandparents are Annette and Darryl Richardson.

We had an interesting visit with Danny Vinson who now lives in New London. Danny said he “finally” stopped to see the Everything Store after passing it for so many years. He thought it was a place that sold Poland chainsaws. Danny was in the US Coast Guard for 22 years and played professionally in the CG band while living in New London, Connecticut. He moved to New London, Texas and is the 5th generation to live on the old home place. He presently travels to colleges to teach students, most of whom are aspiring band directors, how to play the euphonium. He travels to University of Houston to teach two days a week but he also teaches at Blinn College, Kilgore Junior College, UT at Tyler and other places.

Tommy and Lynn Marie Bryan also made their first trip to Pouland’s. They are the new owners of the Swap Shop on KRBA 1340 AM radio where you can buy, sell or swap. The popular radio show originated in 1953. Tommy and Lynn Marie purchased the show about six months ago. They previously owned Bryan’s BBQ and were featured on Robert Irvine’s “Restaurant Impossible” show but sold the property later. They have had other ventures but said The Swap Shop has been the most fun. The couple has been married for 28 years and love to interact “on the air” between 10:30 and noon, Monday through Friday. Lynn Marie grew up in Lufkin where she was head cheerleader, FFA Sweetheart and involved in lots of pageants. She met Tommy at a fund raiser and they were married three months later. Check out their FB page Bryans Swap Shop Group.

Logging contractor and 1989 DHS graduate, Clint Ramsey, stopped by to leave a flyer about The Gypsy Horse Show Association’s regional fall show October 13-15 at the Henderson Expo Center. A typical horse show with halter classes, trail classes, English and Hunter Pleasure, Driving classes, Freestyle Riding, Costume, Ranch Riding classes and much more. The Gypsy Horse was bred and developed many generations ago by the Romany Travelers of Wales, England and Ireland. The Gypsies desired a small draft horse colorful enough to match their caravans. These horses are easily recognizable by their long, flowing manes and tails, and the abundance of feather on their legs. “Three extraordinary days of showing some of the most beautiful horses in the world!” Clint and his wife, Jenny, own several of these horses some of which are for sale. Their two oldest children Colton and Cara are married and have made Clint and Jenny grandparents four times. Schooled at home are 11-year-old Tucker; 16-year-old Gabe; 15-year-old Delaney and 13-year-old Lucy will be participating in the horse show. The Ramseys live in Timpson.

Precious Lewin Colwell is in his second week of Preschool 4 and insisted his mother Brooke bring him to see John Ralph at Pouland’s. Clay and Brooke are thankful he likes school. Dalton Havard came in to get a lawnmower tire repaired for his grandmother, Kaythryn Havard. Gary Gores was in getting new tires. Tommy Fenley is anxious for winter to get here and wished he lived in Alaska. In the meantime, he plans to go fishing and came in for his new license. Others doing the same were: Lewis Ivey; Chad, Caleb and Allee Stewart; Ray Lenderman; Amanda, Josh and Dalton Moreno; Clyde Maxey; Tic Toc McClintock; Sherrill Fears; J.D. and Sue Johnson Korye Stewart; Cloyce Evans; David Thelen; Robert Ramsey and son Cash.

Don’t forget Pouland’s can be your Deer Hunter Headquarters with guns, ammo, feeders, seed for deer plots; corn, peanut flavored rice bran and of course, 2017-18 hunting & fishing licenses.

The coffee pot is always on so come see us…’round the table