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The Diboll Free Press 75 Keeping news on a first-name basis c 2013, Issue No. 38 Dateline Diboll Lil Dazzlers LIL Dazzler sign-up is still going on for PreK3 through 5th-grade. Get your Lil Dazzler signed up. Spots are filling up quickly. You may contact any DHS Dazzler or call 936-2290675. Last Day to sign up is Sept. 20. SPJST Dance The SPJST dance will be Friday, Sept. 20 from 7:30 - 10:30 pm., with Glenn Lenderman entertaining. The cost is $5 for members and $6 for guest. The address is 197 Hughes Road, the old skating rink in Fuller Springs. We have a very good dance floor. Please bring your favorite finger food for the food table. For more information, please call 875-2867. Diboll, Texas: Proud home of Nita Hurley Make the Move that Makes the Difference 611 N. Temple Dr. Diboll, TX 75941 936-829-4040 Cell: 936-635-1300 Biz Showcase Saturday, Sept. 21! See Page 4 for details. Thursday, September 19, 2013 City tax rate, budget set RICHARD NELSON No Diboll citizens spoke at either of two public hearings on the tax rate, not did anyone attend Monday’s City Council meeting and speak out. So, given the green light by no public complaints or concerns, City Council passed the 2013-14 budget and tax rate. The tax rate is the same as last year’s 56.7425 cents per $100 property valuation; however, because property values have increased the tax rate will bring in more revenue for the city. With the average value of a Diboll residence at $78,220, tax on that property will increase about $14 this year. The $5.1 million budget includes a 2 percent raise for city employees and a 2 percent bonus in November. It also includes a ¾-ton truck for the Water Department, a half-ton truck for the Street and Parks Department; and a dump truck for the Sewer Department. “It was great not to need to raise water and sewer rates this year,” said City Manager Dennis McDuffie. “We had to do that over the last four to five years. This year there is enough revenue from that side of the budget to not have to raise the rates. We are also buying new equipment for the City departments that have not been able to buy new equipment for several years.” Nita Hurley Day! Fiestas Patrias Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 100 Maynard St., in Diboll, is celebrating Fiestas Patrias, beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, beginning with a Mass in Spanish. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. there will be music, vendors, religious articles, food, volleyball and soccer tournaments. From noon to 1:30 p.m. is Loteria in the Hall. An English Mash will begin at 1:30 p.m. Other activities include the Mexican National Anthem Singing Competition, Chaplet of Mercy, Coronation of Candidates for Fiestas Patrias Queen and Folk Dances. See DATELINE, P. 6 Freed By Christ In God’s Bible ProverbHow is life treating you? You probably are struggling with many different things. How are you going to handle them? How are you going to straighten everything out? The truth is you cannot. Only Jesus Christ can. In Isaiah 61: 1, it says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Jesus Christ is the only One who can do all these things in your life and more. Please let Jesus come into your heart and be your Savior and Lord. We continue to pray for you. Please let us know how we can help you. Our phone number is 829-5299. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church INDEX Classified.......................6 Local History,,,,.........................6 Neighborhoods...........2-3 Opinion.........................4 Puzzles.........................4 Religion......................5 Spor ts.........................7 Photos by Richard Nelson Fellow church members, friends and family honored Nita Hurley on Sunday for 50 years of serving as choir cirector of Diboll’s First United Methodist Church. Mayor John McClain proclaimed Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, as “Nita Hurley Day in the City Diboll.” However, it was business as usual for Hurley, who still led the choir, left photo. Right photo, Terry Carlton presents Hurley with a framed copy of the mayoral proclamation. For more, see Sandra Pouland’s column on Page 2. Scouts can now go up a creek with Keeler Grant BURLON WILKERSON Boy Scouts of America activities are designed to reinforce the motto, “Be Prepared.” To meet this goal, leaders try to see that kids have opportunities to do things they wouldn’t have a chance to experience if they were not part of the organization. Members of the Diboll troop are now better able to do this thanks to a Keeler grant for new canoes. The donation of $10,890 provided for the purchase of 10 three-person aluminum canoes. These canoes will be used by the troop in a variety of water activities and in developing life-saving skills. They will also be useful as the Scouts work toward earning certain merit badges in the program. Sam Hankla, the troop committee chairman, explained why the new canoes were needed. “Our old canoes were some that were owned by the families of our kids,” he said. “Honestly, some of them were not in very good shape, and we simply needed some that the Scouts could call their own.” He said that the members can now take pride in ownership and can experience the responsibilities and rewards that come with caring for property. “Scouting teaches leadership skills,” said Hankla. “The kids have assigned tasks and leadership positions which are designed to help them develop into more productive citizens. At the same time, many of the activities expose them to things they might use for a career.” According to Hankla, this broadening of experience is one of the key facets of scouting. For example, some of the kids have never even been camping, much less gone canoeing, before joining scouts. Their participation allows them to do many new things. Grants from the Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program go to organizations which seek to enhance the educational, social, and physical qualities of life within the community in the areas of education, health, community and social services, cultural arts, and the humanities. They are made in honor of Thomas T. Keeler and his wife Cora and in memory of his grandfather T.L.L. Temple and his mother Marquerite Temple Payne. The Diboll Boy Scout troop, under the direction of Scoutmaster Raymond Sims, is one of the most active ones in the area. In addition to their activities within the group, they also perform a great deal of community service. They help transport canned goods for the Christian Information and Service Center, they perform flag ceremonies and march in parades, and they participate in National Forest and city-wide trashoff events. “We want our scouts to be a positive presence in the community,” Hankla said. Photos by Richard Nelson Eyeball on Diboll Eyeball on Diboll reports Johnny Johnson has lived up to his promise to fill in the potholes in front of his carwash on Highway 59. A readers has suggested someone needs to mow, edge and fix the fences along Lumberjack Drive, one of Diboll’s most driven streets. The photo above shows just one section of fence in need of repair. The city has begun mowing several areas in need, delayed until the recently purchased mower, above, was delivered. 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. 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

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