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The Diboll Free Press 75c Keeping news on a first-name basis 2013, Issue No. 33 Dateline Diboll Meet the Jacks Meet the Jacks is at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the H.G. Temple campus gymnasium. All Lumberjacks and Lady Jacks fall sports will be introduced. Jack program ads on sale now Ads for the 2013 Diboll Lumberjack football program are now on sale. Prices are eighth page, $40; quarter page, $65; half page, $120; full page, $220. Deadline for submitting ads is Friday, c 16. Email your Aug. desired layout along with any digital photos to: sharon@easttex and rlowe@angelina Or, come to Meet the Jacks and place your order. For more information, email Robin Lowe at, or call 936-240-7078. Welcome to the Woodshed T-shirts supporting the Jacks will be available for order before and after Meet the Jacks, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Shirts are $12 each. For more info, see Page 8. Diboll, Texas: Proud home of James McClintock Diboll woman headed to prison for one year A former investigator for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission was sentenced to federal prison for theft violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Melva Darlene Blakemore, 62, of Diboll, Texas, pleaded guilty on March 26, 2013, to theft of federal funds and was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. Blakemore was also ordered to pay $27,208 in restitution. According to information presented in court, while employed as an investigator with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, part of Blakemore’s job duties entailed her contacting individuals to advise them they could be indicted and prosecuted for receiving overpayments of benefits from federally funded programs, such as the Sup See PRISON, P. 7 Thursday, August 15, 2013 Mart suspected of food-stamp fraud RICHARD NELSON A six-month-long fraud investigation came to a head Tuesday morning as the Diboll Police Department led a search of Diboll Food Mart on Tuesday morning, confiscating a dozen 8-liner machines, cash and an illegal substance. The main point of the investigation was food-stamp fraud, according to DPD Chief Ricky Conner. The search was conducted about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the store located at 500 N. Temple Drive. “We believe they were buying food stamp cards and reusing them,” Conner said. DPD was joined in the search, executed with warrants Tuesday, by officers from Texas Department of Public Safety Intel Division, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Control, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Attorney’s office. “We expect arrest warrants to be issued in the next few weeks,” Conner said. “We already had a strong case, but now we have an even stronger case.” Eyeball on Diboll 75 Let’s dance SPJST’s next dance is Friday, Aug. 16, to the music of Neal Warner and the Back Porch Band. Dances or every third Friday night of the month from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 197 Hughes Road, which is the old skating rink in Fuller Springs. The cost is $5 for members and $6 for guests. Bring a favorite finger food to enjoy while you dance and fellowship. Freed By Christ It is hard to believe that school is about to begin. We pray you have had a blessed summer. We are thankful God has ministered to you. Jesus Christ is always teaching us and preparing us for things to come. He wants us to learn and grow spiritually so we can be a powerful witness for Him. In Romans 15: 4 it says, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” God’s Bible says that we can find hope if we will learn from His Bible. The main teaching of the Bible is about your need for Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Accept all Jesus has done for you by placing all your faith in Him as your Savior and Lord. That commitment to Jesus today will save you for all eternity. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church Photo by Richard Nelson Diboll City Council members have received complaints about the large potholes near the carwash and Church’s Chicken along Highway 59. Diboll City Inspector Bryant McCollum says Johnny Johnson is the carwash owner and has claimed responsibility and will soon have them repaired. The Free Press will keep an eye on this situation through a new feature, “Eyeball on Diboll,” and will update readers. If you know of something that needs attention, alert The Free Press and we’ll attempt to bring it to the appropriate party’s attention. Email or call 936-829-3313. Diboll’s new priest hopes Tax rate to remain to ‘create a connection’ same for Diboll BURLON WILKERSON To get from South America to Diboll, one would generally not plan to go through New York. But that is the route Father Ariel Cortes has taken as his newest assignment has brought him here as priest for Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Cortes grew up in Colombia, South America, and studied for the priesthood in the city of Bogotá. Afterward he was assigned to a position in Buffalo, NY. A car accident caused him to have trouble with his back and require treatment by a chiropractor, and he chose to move to the warmer climate in Longview. After about a year, he was asked to move to Pittsburgh, Texas, to assist church members in the construction of a new building. He spent five years there and then was INDEX Classified.......................7 Local History,,,,.........................6 Neighborhoods...........2-3 Obituaries.........................3 Opinion.........................4 Puzzles.........................4 Religion......................5 936-829-4040 611 N. Temple Dr. Diboll, TX moved to Whitehouse to help resolve a financial debt situation in that congregation. “I’m just obedient,” Cortes said. “Wherever I’m asked to go is where I will go as long as I can spread the Good News and try to bring people to know the Lord.” He now has 16 years experience as a priest and plans to stay in Diboll as long as he is needed. He also carries the title of director of New Evangelism for the Diocese of Tyler, of which Diboll is the southernmost city. Cortes has several goals he wants to accomplish, but one of the tasks he has been assigned by his superiors is to implement a stronger Englishspeaking church in this community. One of the steps he has taken is to conduct Mass in English at 1:30 p.m. each Sunday while continuing the traditional morning service. So far, 60 to 70 people have been enjoying the new format. “I want to create a connection with everybody,” Cortes said. “Yes, I hope to help the Hispanic community feel strong in their faith, but I welcome a multicultural group. I’m very open to working with all kinds of people.” Because new evangelism is obviously a priority for Cortes, he has specific plans to help accomplish it. He has formed a youth group in the church and is getting positive response. He also intends to create various committees within the church to organize as the body of Christ with specific functions. In addition, he wants to help in community activities. Cortes’ personal interests all revolve around the church. “I just want to spend time with the Lord,” he said. “People sometimes invite me to differSee FATHER, P. 8 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 RICHARD NELSON Diboll City Council members approved a proposed tax rate of 56.74 cents per $100 property valuation for fiscal year 2013-2014 – the same rate as last year. However, the rate will bring in more tax revenue due to raises in appraisals. Public hearings on the city budget and tax rate will be held at 5:15 Aug. 22 and Sept. 9. Council will vote on the budget and rate Sept. 16. Council put the rubber stamp on several expenditures Monday during their regular August meeting. The newest expense was $37,750 for sand trap rehabilitation at Neches Pines Golf Course. Golf Course manager Jimmy Mettlen explained staff could have done the work, but it would have kept them from performing regular course maintenance duties. Sanders Golf of Cardova, Tenn., will do the work. The sand trap project follows cart path rehabilitation; a new irrigation system; and upgrades to fairways tee boxes and greens. The vast majority of the cost of the course upgrades has come from T.L.L. Temple Foundation and Keeler grants. Council members officially awarded the Old Orchard Park restroom project to Timberline Construction of Lufkin. A Keeler grant will pay for $80,000 of the project, and the city will pay $36,000. Council members also officially awarded Phase See CITY, P. 8 Make the move that makes the difference!

August 15, 2013

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