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The Diboll Free Press 75 Keeping news on a first-name basis c 2013, Issue No. 36 Dateline Diboll Lil Dazzlers LIL Dazzler signup is still going on for PreK-3 through 5th-grade. Get your Lil Dazzler signed up. Spots are filling up quickly. You may contact any DHS Dazzler or call 936-229-0675. Last Day to sign up is Sept.r 20. Sportsmen Bingo The first Sportsmen’s Bingo is Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll. Includes eight regular games and two blackouts. If your business would like to sponsor a game, contact Gary Martel at 936-8294718 no later than Monday, Sept. 9. This is a project of the Diboll Civic Club. Insurance made easy! Auto * Home * Life * Motorcycle * Boat * 4-Wheeler * Travel Trailer Free Quotes! In Diboll, next to Pouland’s 829-2633 * Biz Showcase Saturday, Sept. 21! See next issue for more details. Diboll, Texas: Proud home of Jakie Wilkerson Thursday, September 5, 2013 Safe and secure at school Upgraded security systems are now district-wide in Diboll BURLON WILKERSON As classes resume for students all over the nation, school security is on everyone’s mind. Diboll is no exception, and DISD trustees and administrators have taken specific steps to guarantee safety for all students. With the help of funds from the Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program, new cameras and monitoring systems have been put in place to ac- complish this goal. “We already had up-do-date systems at the new elementary/intermediate campus, and we updated the primary school equipment when we renovated that campus,” said Gary Martel, DISD Superintendent. “But, we needed an upgrade on the high school and junior high campuses.” Martel explained that these campuses had security cameras in place, but they were older, analog types. The new system incorporates web-based technology in which each camera has its own IP address. Thus, it can be accessed on a computer by administrators and public safety officials to immediately pinpoint, in real time, an area in ques- tion or during a crisis. “This way the police can monitor the campus at any time, and administrators can have access from home after hours,” Martel said. “If an incident were to ever occur, responders would know exactly where to go in any building.” The new cameras have much clearer focus than the old ones, he said. Because some of them cover a 360-degree area, and because the number has increased from 32 to 45 cameras, there are fewer blind spots on the campuses. The DISD Board of Trustees had already approved more than $200,000 for the security system See SECURITY, P. 3 A uniform look Tangled Threads T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll invites is organizing “Tangled Threads” for crafters of all ages. The program is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. All skill levels are welcomed. Please bring your own hooks, yarn, and supplies. “Tangled Threads” will on the second Tuesday of the month in the Community Room at the library. For more information call Mary Howell at 936-829-5497. Freed By Christ We pray you had a blessed Labor Day. School has started back up and cooler weather is on the way. How is your life going? What are you laboring for in your life? We labor to provide for our families. We work at having a good relationship. Are you trying to work your way into Heaven? You cannot do it. God’s Bible says in John 6:29, “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God; that you believe in Him whom He sent.’ ” It is only by accepting God’s grace, through Jesus Christ that you can live in Heaven forever. Jesus has already done all the work required by God. Jesus offers you His gift of salvation. Please lift up your prayer of repentance and acceptance today. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church INDEX Classified.......................6 Local History,,,,.........................6 Neighborhoods...........2-3 Opinion.........................4 Puzzles.........................4 Religion......................5 Spor ts.........................8 Above, the Diboll High School Marching Band shows off its new uniforms during a hot and muggy night Friday during the Lumberjack football game in Fairfield. The Fairfield band was a bit more comfortable in khaki’s and short-sleeves, but they didn’t look as good. Right, the DHS Dazzlers prepare to start their first routine of the season Friday in Fairfield. Photos by Richard Nelson Fewer people are ‘Messing with Texas’ Besides being one of the state’s most popular slogans, Don’t mess with Texas® also is proving to be effective as an anti-littering message. Established by the Texas Department of Transportation in 1986, Don’t mess with Texas® has helped reduce visible litter by 34 percent on TxDOT-maintained roadways between 2009 and 2013, according to TxDOT’s 2013 Texas Litter Survey. “We are extremely pleased that Texas drivers are heeding the Don’t mess with Texas message and prop- “T hese programs (Adopt-A-Highway, Keep Diboll Beautiful) have been around for a long time and we take a lot of pride in that.” erly disposing of their litter as opposed to tossing it out of their vehicles,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “Roadside trash is unsightly, entirely unnecessary and — in the case of cigarette butts — can be deadly and dangerous. A decrease in roadside litter is cer- -- Elvia Esteves-Garza Local coordinator tainly welcome news and speaks well of Texas drivers and the effectiveness of the Don’t mess with Texas campaign.” Considering an additional 1.1 million drivers have taken to Texas roadways during the survey period of 2009-2013, the 34-percent reduction in visible litter is even more impressive. According to the survey, the leading type of visible roadside litter was tire and rubber debris, followed by miscellaneous paper, plastic and beverage containers. The survey also revealed cigarette butts continue to comprise the largest portion of total litter at 31 percent. 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