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The Diboll Insurance made easy! Free Press Auto * Home * Life * Motorcycle * Boat * 4-Wheeler * Travel Trailer Free Quotes! In Diboll, next to Pouland’s 829-2633 * ET Archery Lee plans practice range with 3D targets, Page 3 Keeping news on a first-name basis 2013, Issue No. 26 Dateline Diboll At the library Lufkin Zoo will be at your library Thursday, June 27, with animals to show and tell about their habitat. This free event is for cages 2-12. Make plans to join in the fun and keep reading. For more events, see Page 2. 75 FBC yard sale There will be an indoor yard sale with the Sonshine Kids operating a concession stand from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at First Baptist Church, 208 Devereaux St. Proceeds go toward support of kids camp. FUMC garage sale The Diboll First United Methodist Church Youth and YUMY Garage Sale is scheduled for June 29 from 8 a.m. to noon in the church fellowship hall. Donations are accepted now, and large donations will be accepted the week of the sale. All proceeds go toward the Youth and YUMY church camp funds and youth/children’s ministry. Diboll, Texas: Proud home of David Schochler ‘Wiz’ of a drum/bugle corps coming Genesis is coming to Diboll. No; not the one Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel helped make famous. This group comes from The Valley and is a drum and bugle corps. The group of boys and girls will stay at Diboll High School, practicing during the day, July 1-5. They will perform a free concert at Lumberjack Stadium on Friday, July 5. The will conduct a clinic Wednesday, July 3. This year’s show is “mOZaic,” designed and based around the fantastical “World of Oz” delivering to audiences an exciting new vision and exploration of Frank L. Baum’s original masterpieces. Excerpts will include the music of: * “The Wizard of OZ:” 1939 Theatrical Version; * “The Wizard of OZ:” 2010 Andrew Lloyd Webber Adaptation; * “The Wiz” (1978 motion picture); * Wicked (2003 Broadway production); See GENESIS, P. 3 Members of the Diboll High School Marching Band are all smiles at Disney Land where they marched in a parade earlier this month. The band and the school will host Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps next week, and the group will perform at Lumberjack Stadium on Friday, July 5. Connect 4 youth RICHARD NELSON Pre-K3 & PreK4 Registration for See DATELINE, P. 8 Freed By Christ INDEX Classified.......................7 Local History,,,,.........................6 Neighborhoods...........2-3 Opinion.........................4 Puzzles.........................4 Religion......................5 Spor ts.........................8 Board hires principal, extends super Pre-K registration We try to build a lot School’s out, summer is here. Some of you have a little more freedom now. Some of you have, or will, go on vacation. What about spiritual freedom? How much do you have? If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you are a slave to sin and the chains of sin have you bound. God’s Bible says in Galatians 5: 1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Jesus Christ has made it possible for you to be freed from the eternal penalty of sin. Jesus has made it possible for those “chains” of sin to be broken. Jesus, alone, can set your spirit free. Jesus wants you to enjoy spiritual freedom today. Turn to Jesus Christ and surrender your will and life to Him. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church Thursday, June 27, 2013 Photo by Richard Nelson An intense game of Connect 4 is under way at the Diboll Boys & Girls Club on Wednesday afternoon. Keeler Grant funds will provide mkore games, but also assistance with homework and other educational needs. Keeler Grant funds to aid Boys, Girls Club BURLON WILKERSON The sound of kids at play greets visitors at the Diboll Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Most of them aren’t aware they are developing skills for life by participating in the program. These students will soon benefit from a donation by the Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program of $40,000 to use for various expenses associated with youth activities. According to Jeff Woods, president and CEO of the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Deep East Texas, this money will be used to purchase materials for the after-school tutoring and homework sessions, arts and crafts supplies, game room items and athletic equipment. “The club helps keep youth off drugs and away from violence, cuts down on teen pregnancy rates, and discourages participation in gangs,” Woods said. “It provides them a safe, positive place to come yearround.” Woods also indicated 86 percent of the children served are designated as economically disadvantaged according to totals taken from the school free lunch program. Not only does the Boys’ and Girls’ Club help the children, but it also provides a place their children can See GRANT, P. 3 Diboll ISD Board of Trustees voted Monday to extend the contract of the superintendent and to hire a new high school principal. Andy Trekell will go to work July 1 as principal of Diboll High Trekell School. He has more than 20 years of administrative and teaching experience, most recently as superintendent of Hemphill ISD. He was superintendent of Etoile ISD before that. Trekell was selected from a pool of more than 25 qualified candidates who applied for the Diboll principal position. A more in-depth story on Trekell will be published in a future issue of The Free Press. DISD Superintendent Gary Martel’s contract was extended through 2016 and he was awarded a $4,500 raise. “I really appreciate the Board’s confidence in my leadership,” Martel said. “People say that this position is usually lucky to survive three years in most communities. The last five years have really flown by as your superintendent and we have worked tirelessly to improve our district in every area See BOARD, P. 3 Warrants issued for three accused of burglary The Diboll Police Department has issued warrants for a trio accused of burglary and criminal mischief at the RYR Laundry in Diboll. Detective Rodney Cheshire and Officer Miahael Teer responded to the business in the 900 block of North Temple about 8:15 a.m. May 7. Although only about $1,100 worth of damage was done to the business and equipment, the suspects were only able to steal $59 in cash and an undetermined amount of change. Three suspects were identified through evidence recovered from the scene, a helpful tip from Lufkin Crime Stoppers and cooperation between Lufkin, Diboll and Friendswood police departments. Tanner Joseph Weeks of Ore City, Gladdin Presley or Santa Fe and Lisa Evans of Santa Fe have been charged with burglary of a coin-operated machine and engaging in organized criminal activity, a state jail felony. 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