Hendrick section open; lightning strikes

Finally! The short strip of Hendrick Street behind our store and Henry’s Donut shop is back in service. I am so programed and didn’t realize just how many times I use that alternate route from the main highway. I know every log truck driver that crosses the scales will be even more happy the work is completed. After weighing in, log trucks were being rerouted back onto Highway 59 all the way through town to the southern- most red light, turning right on our little Loop 210, back toward the post office to the nearest railroad crossing. Anyway, maybe things are back to normal.

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Several days ago during the last thunderstorm at the corner of Hendrick Street and Loop 210, Dr. Ingram’s dental office was struck by lightning. It’s a blessing no one was talking on the telephone because a bolt of electricity went through the phone lines destroying the phone system, every TV set and every computer in the office and even the sprinkler system in the yard. If that wasn’t enough damage, a few days before, thieves cut into the building’s main water line (in the front yard during the day) and stole the brass fittings leaving water spraying in the air. Through all of this I never saw or heard Dr. Woody lose his temper or show excessive frustration, only grateful that no one was hurt. During the same storm and on the other end of town, Lewis and Shirley Ivey’s home got a big jolt, knocking out their telephones, computers and a squirrel.

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Speaking of hurt, please remember Bettie Havard, who has worked here for almost 30 years. Returning from lunch on Monday, she survived being rear-ended at the light near City Hall by an 18-wheel tanker truck. That evening she was flown to Houston with multiple injuries and is waiting for surgery on her back. Please pray for her, Randy, Wayne and their families.

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Lots of folks have been in getting new hunting and fishing licenses, including James Simms, Trey Denman, Bill Eldridge, Don Dietz, Jay Shands, Todd Kellam, Fox and Mona Adams, Tom Harris, Richard Hughes, J.D and Sue Johnson, Lewis Ivey, Bubba Nevills, Randy Nerren, Bob Davis, Jason Cook, Kenneth and Jeff Capps, Brian Gowin, John Wallace, Tic Toc McClintock, Bobby Chandler Jr., Charlie Mann, Donnie and Darlene Stephens, Eddie and Carolyn Smith and many others.

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With the end of summer and school beginning, we had lots of grandparents coming in with their grandchildren. Katty Simms came in with 3-year-old Wiley Parker, who enjoyed drinking a “real” glass bottled Coke. Mark Kettering and his 2-year-old grandson, Keegan, came in for deer corn. Roy Lee Lyles and grandson, Cameron, came in for licenses. R.V. Swor was in with grandchildren Kade and Pressley Griffith; they live in Alto where their dad teaches Ag and both stay busy showing Angus heifers. Josh David from Chester was in with grandsons Cutter Lowe, 4-year-old Henry David and his brother, Gus, who celebrated his 7th birthday in August. They all had an exciting afternoon visiting the new dinosaur museum. Dianne Gipson received news from her grandson, Zachary Tate, and his wife, Brittani, that are expecting twins in April. They live in Huntsville where both work and attend Sam Houston State University. Carolyn Smith shared that her 20-year-old granddaughter, Sarah Smith, has been here “taking care” of Carolyn. Sarah applied online for a job in New Milford, Penn., and got it. She will be working for “A Million Books” store and will be much closer to her parents, Deanie and Renee Smith.

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Johnny Mitchell came in to pick up feed for nephew Desmond Mitchell’s two hogs, which are named “Bacon” and “Sausage.” Johnny Mitchell, along with head coach Andre Emmons, just recently returned from San Antonio where their select girls basketball team placed second out of 60 other teams. Congratulations to all members of the “East Texas Elite” team.

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Johnnie Mae Dixon stops in often. On Saturday when she came in she was excited about her Sunday meal. Beverly Garr had cooked her some turnips and greens; she bought syrup and strawberry preserves and had plans to cook herself four pieces of hot water cornbread to go with the greens. She was praising Susie and Gary Martel, who had come to her house and picked up some large limbs and promised to cut down more.

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Henrietta Martin, one of our faithful customers, cooked us a delicious meal of steak strips cooked with onions and peppers, red beans and homemade tortillas. Our thanks to her and also to Fran McGilvra, who cooked a delicious lunch for us that included a chicken casserole, macaroni, corn and cheese dish, English peas salad, cornbread and French bread. That was Fran’s first big project in the kitchen since she broke her hip and she almost overdid it. Our sincere thanks to these two good cooks for spoiling us.

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Phil and Beverly Hall from Colorado Springs came in with their daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Kenny Hibbs, pastor of Diboll First Baptist Church. Phil Hall is also a retired minister who refuses to retire. They travel around in their almost-new motorhome and just returned from “gate watching” in the Texas valley.

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Allison Amason has relocated to Vintage Blooms, currently in part of J.R.’s Barn. It is open now. Old and new customers are welcome and can park on the “Diboll side” and have easy access to the new shop. Call Allison at 936-414-0145. Vintage Blooms is the new name and vision of Teresa Pouland, who plans to convert the party barn in January into a florist-gift shop and Antique Mall. Any interested antique vendors can call 936-829-5556.

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Congratulations to Barley Lenderman for receiving the Golden Trowel Award from the Homer Masonic Lodge. Approximately 50 guests were present for the special occasion including his parents, Sofie and Raymond Lenderman, and his brothers, Ray and Dennis. Barley has served as past Master of the Homer and Burke Lodges.

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The Diboll Civic Club is having a Sportsman’s Bingo Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. Prizes will include several $100 gift cards and the grand prize is a .270 bolt-action rifle. Bingo in Diboll is always fun. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; games will begin at 6:30 p.m.; and Project Celebration will provide concessions.

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Do you need dried corn stalks for fall decorating, call Fred or Cecilia Flournoy at 936-829-3818.

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Come see us…’round the table.

 

Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at sandra@poulands.com or 936-829-4040.