The Diboll Free Press Keeping news on a first-name basis 2013, Issue No. 28 Dateline Diboll Pre-K registration Pre-K3 & Pre-K4 Registration for 20132014 school year at Diboll Primary school continues throughout the summer! Registration packets can be picked up at Diboll ISD Administration Office. Packets should be completed and returned to Diboll ISD Administration Office. FUMC VBS Diboll First United Methodist Church will have vacation Bible school Saturday, July 13,cfrom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in Prek through fifth grade. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please call the church office. 75 Call for all your cleaning needs! * Fire, Smoke and Water Damage * Insurance Claims Welcome! * 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week! * Carpets, Furniture, Upholstery * Video-Assisted Air Duct Cleaning 936-634-6982 * 800-514-8712 Donate to Bash Back-to-School Bash details on Page 3. Diboll, Texas: Proud home of Lena Coody Thursday, July 11, 2013 Street repairs on right path RICHARD NELSON email@example.com Diboll motorists will be thrilled to hear City Council members have called a workshop later this month to discuss what streets will get a facelift. Diboll golfers will be even more thrilled to hear reconstruction on Neches Pines golf cart paths could begin as soon as Wednesday, July 10. Council awarded the bid for the project to Foster Paving of Lufkin during the Monday, July 11, meeting. The $92,137 project is funded through the Keeler Grant Program and could be concluded by the end of the month. Phase I was reconstruction of Lumberjack Drive and cost about $1.3 million, leaving about $1.2 million for Phase II. However, bids came in more than $100,000 over that amount. So, council members will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, July 29, to discuss which streets get the makeover. The streets being considered are South First Street; Elm Street; Beech Street; Cross Street; O’Hara Street; Pine Valley Road; C Street; B Street; 3rd Street; 2nd Street; Hines Street; MLK; OC Scott; Cypress; Lynn; Justice Clark; and Arrington. Council also tabled a decision on awarding a bid for Old Orchard Park restroom reconstruction, another project courtesy of a Keeler Grant. In other business, council members amended the alcohol policy at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. The new policy requires facility renters to contract with Enjoying the show SPJST dance See DATELINE, P. 8 Freed By Christ Pilot, passenger OK after emergency landing Photo by Richard Nelson Diboll residents as well as residents from surrounding communities enjoyed the free concert presented by Genesis, a drum and bugle corps from The Valley. Genesis was in Diboll for a little over a week, staying and practicing at Diboll High School. The band played several numbers from the various productions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The band leaders thanked the crowd at Lumberjack Stadium for its attendance. Diboll Civic Club members have discussed among themselves the chance to get the band back next year. A pilot and a teen escaped injury when the pilot had to make an emergency landing in a field off FM 1818 near Diboll on Wednesday afternoon, July 3. The 51-year-old pilot was flying from Brazoria County to the Angelina County Airport in a single-engine plane when the plane suffered a mechanical problem. Angelina County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety officers found the two after about an hour of searching the wooded area. DPD encourages citizens to be aware of distress scam The Diboll Police Department has received complaints about a swindle involving family members in distress or need. The perpetrators seem to know various details about their intended victims and the victim’s family. This is possibly done by gathering information through public information searches and social media. In the cases reported to the Diboll Police Department, the perpetrator contacts the intended victim and claims to be a relative. The perpetrator tells the victim they have been arrested or detained and they need the victim to send money to help them. Another person will then contact the victim pretending to be a bail bondsman, an attorney, or a lawenforcement official, the person then gives the victim details on how much money to send and where. In the cases reported to the Diboll Police Depart- ment, the victims were instructed to send money by Western Union to a location in South America. After receiving the money, the perpetrator would contact the victim again and try to extort more money, by claiming more fees, fines or possible charges for the release of the family member. This is not normally how business is conducted by law enforcement and if citizens should receive such a call, they should be suspicious. Some questions to ask would be what law-enforcement agency are they with, where are they located, and a contact phone See SCAMS, P. 8 First Bank & Trust celebrates 60 years this summer As First Bank & Trust East Texas celebrates its 60th anniversary during 2013, bank officials look back on a history that began in 1953 in Diboll when it was a sawmill town. What started as Diboll State Bank, which opened with deposits of less than $825,000, has now evolved into First Bank & Trust East INDEX Classified.......................8 Local History,,,,.........................6 Neighborhoods...........2-3 Opinion.........................4 Puzzles.........................4 Religion......................5 Spor ts.........................8 Diboll man dies in fiery car wreck A Diboll man died Friday morning, July 5, as he lost control of his car and struck a tree off Pine Valley Road, just inside Ryan’s Lake Hunting Club Shortly before the wreck, the Diboll Police Department received a call from a city employee about a reckless driver in that area. After the he Buick LeSabre hit the tree it burst into flames, and Deon Lamont Lackland, 39, was killed, according to a report by David Flowers, a Department of Public Safety trooper. Diboll Volunteer Fire Department responded and put out the fire. Lackland’s body was found in the back seat, causing investigators to surmise he was trying to escape the burning vehicle. SPJST, 30th anniversary dance, with music by Glenn Lenderman and Friends will be Friday, July 19, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the SPJST Lodge, 197 Hughes Road, which is the old skating rink, in Fuller Springs. This is the dance that all of the members get in free, and cost for guests is $6. Please bring finger food for the food table. For more information please call 936 875-2867. Do you know someone who wants, and will, care for you all the time no matter what the circumstances? Jesus Christ will if you will let Him. In 1 Peter 5: 6-7 it says, “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Jesus Christ knows all you are going through and struggling with in your life. You were not meant to go through life’s struggles alone. Jesus can help you with everything. No matter what you have done or what you’re mixed up in Jesus can give you a new start. He is the only one who can. Jesus loves you and wants to take care of you forever. All you have to do is accept all He has done for you through His life, death and resurrection. Jesus is new life for you. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church state-permitted beverage caterers, prohibiting “bringyour-own” parties. The Civic Center Board recommended the policy change to the 2005 policy that prohibited alcohol being served at events where minors were being honored. The new policy also requires a nonrefundable fee of $200 for events that serve alcohol. Civic Center Board members recommended the See COUNCIL, P. 8 936-829-4040 611 N. Temple Dr. Diboll, TX Texas, which has more than $740 million in deposits, a service area of 18 locations spread throughout East Texas and the 18th largest Trust Department in the State of Texas. “The bank has a long history of serving the communities in which we live and work,” said President and CEO Jay Shands. “We will continue our focus of personal customer service and contributing to the communities we serve.” The Diboll bank opened for business on June 18, 1953, with directors: Arthur Temp,le, W.D. Newsom, A. F. Perry, H.J. Shands Sr., George S. Smith, J.F. Burris, and H.W. Spencer. Shands, the grandfa- LAND SAKES ALIVE!! 23 beautiful acres with 3BR 2.5 B Brick home inside the city limits of Diboll. Lots of development and income potential or just graze it! 1443 Ryan Chapel Rd. www.poulandscom ther of today’s FB&T president, H.J. (Jay) Shands III, was the bank’s first president. Described in the original application for the bank’s charter, in 1953, Diboll was a community of 2,500. Southern Pine, the town’s largest employer, made lumber while Temple-White made broom handles. The town’s two oth- er principal employers were Temple Associates, a construction firm, and the Texas South-Eastern Railroad. Diboll had eleven grocery stores, five filling stations, five barber shops, eight restaurants, one movie theater, one hotel and eight churches. There were 700 homes. See BANK, P. 8 Make the move that makes the difference!