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The Diboll Free Press Keeping news on a first-name basis 2013, Issue No. 29 Dateline Diboll SPJST dance 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 8752867. Physicals, c days Insurance made easy! Auto * Home * Life * Motorcycle * Boat * 4-Wheeler * Travel Trailer Free Quotes! In Diboll, next to Pouland’s 829-2633 * Historian Bob Bowman dies See Page 3. Diboll, Texas: Proud home of Joey Acker Thursday, July 18, 2013 Arrests made in local crimes RICHARD NELSON The Diboll Police Department has cleared two crimes from earlier this summer. All three suspected of the May burglary and criminal mischief at the RYR Laundry in Diboll have been arrested. Tanner Joseph Weeks of Ore City was arrested July 2 in Harris County. Gladdin Presley of Santa Fe and Lisa Evans of Santa Fe were arrested Tuesday, July 16, in Galveston County. They are charged with engaging in or- ganized criminal activity , a state jail felony, because the theft involved three or more people. About $1,100 in damage was done to the business and equipment, but also about $59 in cash and an undetermined amount of change was stolen. The trio also are suspected of committing a similar crime at a carwash in Friendswood. Three young adults have been arrested for the graffiti back in June at the youth baseball fields in Old Orchard Park and at Diboll Ju- nior High. Preston Brown, 17, Ke’undra Bray, 17, and Xavier Levine, 17, face state-jail felony charges because school property was defaced. Levine is a 2013 Diboll High School graduate. The other two have not graduated. Pushing the limit 2-a- 75All incoming 7th, 9th and 11th graders must have a physical before they can practice or participate in district sports. Forms are available at the high school front office or online at www. Also, two-a-days for football players begin Aug. 5. More information will be provided next week. Wakefield VBS Wakefield Baptist Church, 3253 FM 357, between Diboll and Corrigan, is having its vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 21-26. Parents Night is 7 p.m. Friday, July 26. “Full Armor of God” is the theme; For 3-year- See DATELINE, P. 6 Freed By Christ In God’s Bible it says in 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9, “We are hardpressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” You and others you know are struggling with hardships in your life and the life of your loved ones. There are things in your life that are not fair and you do not understand. You see no hope or purpose in all the things that are happening. Who can you turn to - to help you when there seems to be no help. JESUS CHRIST can help. Jesus knows all the things you are dealing with and He has all you need to get through all the situations. Jesus will help you if you will let Him. He is not going to force you to turn to Him. Jesus is the only one who can truly help and be there for you no matter what. He is waiting for you to invite Him into your life. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church INDEX Classified.......................6 Local History,,,,.........................6 Neighborhoods...........2-3 Opinion.........................4 Puzzles.........................4 Religion......................5 Spor ts.........................3 Photo by Richard Nelson These runners may not have been exceeding the speed limit, but they were moving at a pretty fast clip on the way back to the high school Wednesday morning. Evergreens popping up around city BURLON WILKERSON Diboll’s history has always been tied to trees. And lately, new trees have been sprouting around town. But these are a little different. They’re made of metal. The idea for the trees came from the Design 4 Diboll committee, a group of citizens appointed by Mayor John McClain. The mission of this group is to promote the town and to make marketing recommendations to the city council. “This is what is called a ‘branding tool’ for our city,” explained Jan Wilkerson, secretary of the D4D committee. “They are patterned on the same concept as the 650-pound concrete tomatoes in Jacksonville.” Because Jacksonville is known for its tomatoes, businesses and individuals display the huge sculptures to show pride and solidarity in their city. They are painted and/or decorated in any way the owners desire, but they all symbolize community spirit. “It was just natural to use a pine tree to represent Diboll,” said Wilkerson. “From its very beginning, our town was built around the lumber industry with the company that came to be Temple-Inland originally called Southern Pine Lumber Company. And of course, the pineywoods are a constant attraction to outsiders.” Committee member and DISD Superintendent Gary Martel worked with the high school agriculture department on designing and building a prototype of the tree. The final product is approximately 5 feet tall and can be free-standing when staked to the ground, “planted” in a big pot, or secured to a post or wall. “They are cut from a solid piece of quarter-inch sheet metal,” said Martel. “Our Ag department has the ability to program the design into a computer and have it cut precisely with a plasma cutter.” Martel went on to say that this is a good project for the students to apply the skills they learn in metalworking class and contribute to the community at the same time. The project also allows for some money to be added to the FFA scholarship fund. “We charge $100 per tree basically in order to recover See TREES, P. 6 These 5-foot tall trees are a branding tool for the city. Grant funds will provide needed shade at splash pad BURLON WILKERSON It’s summertime in Texas. And that means people will do just about anything to stay cool. For many residents of Diboll, particularly children, the Splash Pad in Old Orchard Park is the destination of choice. But since there is no cover to provide shade, even the pad itself can get pretty hot, not to mention the danger of overexposure to the sun. That will all soon change as the result of a $17,500 donation from the Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program. “When the restroom building was torn down, that eliminated all covered areas as well as seating for anyone using the facility or watching over children that were there,” said City Finance Director Elvia Garza. “The majority of this money will be used to build canopies over the splash See SHADE, P. 6 Providing East Texas cleaning needs for more than 14 years! • Commercial, residential disaster restoration services • Janitorial and commercial specialty cleaning • Commercial, residential carpet cleaning, fabric cleaning and hard surface floor care • Health care facility cleaning • 24 HOURS A DAY; 7 DAYS A WEEK! 936-634-6982 • 800-514-8712

July 18, 2013

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