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The Diboll Free Press 75 c Wall of Honor This Friday. See Dateline Diboll for details. Keeping news on a first-name basis 2013, Issue No. 42 Dateline Diboll Wall of Honor Friday night Diboll ISD will proudly induct Jeff Vanover, Josh Stifle and Jonathan Terrell into the Lumberjack Stadium Wall of Honor. There will be a reception for all individuals beginning at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the stadium. The public is welcome to attend. The inductees will be introduced at 6:55 p.m. at Lumberjack Stadium. Halloween Fun Fest Halloween Fun Fest will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Lottie & Arthur Temple Civic Center. The community is asked to donate a bag of candy toward this event. The city encourages all businesses in Diboll to participate either with a booth to pass out candy or by donating money to buy the candy or collect candy at your establishments. Diboll, Texas: Proud home of Shirley Terrell Thursday, October 17, 2013 Are tamales better with beer? Council considers alcohol sales at city festivals RICHARD NELSON Diboll City Council on Monday broached the subject of allowing alcohol sales at certain city events, such as May’s annual Tamale Fest, October’s biannual Diboll Day and March’s first Crawfish Boil. Council took no action in order to gauge the feelings of the community. Alcohol sale and consumption is prohibited on city-owned property, except at Neches Pines Golf Course. “The concept in allowing these events is to increase attendance and revenue,” said City Manager Dennis McDuffie. If an ordinance was approved, it would allow for only one vendor to sell alcohol at an event, and there would be a specific area designated for the sale and consumption. No alcohol would be allowed outside that area, such as a “beer garden.” Festival patrons would not be allowed to wander through the festival with alcohol. “The Forest Festival (in Lufkin) did this last year and it was very successful,” said Kathy Sample, president of the Civic Center Board. There didn’t seem to be any trouble, and it is a good source of income for the festival.” City Attorney Jimmy Cassels re- minded council of the last time the issue was brought before the council. “It was an extremely volatile issue, as general and mundane as it looks,” he said. “My suggestion is to let this filter through the community before you take action.” The Rev. Kenny Hibbs of First Baptist Church offered his thoughts. “I have seen so many lives destroyed from alcohol,” Hibbs said. “I don’t want anything to cause God to turn his back on us.” In other business, Council discussed renovations to the City Hall and Diboll Police and Fire Department buildings. A leading option is to build a five-bay metal building for the fire department behind the current building. The current bays would be closed-in for police department use, which would double the squad room size and include an interview room. The current building was built in 1977 when Diboll had four officers; there are 19 now, said Ricky Conner, Diboll police chief. The plan calls for City Hall to add-on a new council chambers and to renovate the current council chambers into offices. “The city needs room to grow, to have a more efficient work environment,” McDuffie said. “The fire department and police department are practically on top of each other.” Cost of the project is estimated at $500 ,000to $600,000 Diehard Diboll fans Photo by Richard Nelson DHS Principal Andy Trekell congratulates Omar Solis for his NHRP honor. Potato lunch Burke Chapter 1098, Order of the Eastern Star, is having a Baked Potato Lunch fundraiser for $5 on Friday, Oct. 18. They will deliver up to a 10-mile radius. To order or for more information, call Sue Johnson at 936-8295973 or 936-6767467. Recognized Diboll senior earns honor from Hispanic program RICHARD NELSON See DATELINE, P. 7 Freed By Christ God’s Bible says in Hebrews 11: 1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” What or in whom have you put your faith in? Have you put your faith in material things? All those material things will pass away if they haven’t already. Besides, the more material things you accumulate the more you want. The things in this life will never satisfy the longing in your heart. Your spirit and your being long to have a relationship with your Creator, Almighty God. The only way to fill that longing is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. The day time is getting shorter and so is your time to have Jesus save you. Please let Jesus take care of your eternity today. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church INDEX Classified.......................6 Local History,,,,.........................6 Neighborhoods...........2-3 Obituaries.........................4 Opinion.........................4 Puzzles.........................4 Religion......................5 Sports.........................7-8 Photo by Richard Nelson This group of Diboll Lady Jack volleyball fans make up about 95 percent of the fan base on hand in Center to cheer Diboll on to a district win. From left, they are Robin Mott, Alexia Mott, Nariah Evans, Gerald Mott, Bertha Young and Brenda Hubbard. Never to young or old to get educated BURLON WILKERSON There is more going on than meets the eye at the Diboll Family Education Center. Although it is considered part of Diboll ISD, programs and activities for all ages from infants to adults are in place for anyone who wants to take advantage of them. Adult education under the direction of Becky Baer is one facet of services offered. These services include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and General Education Development (GED). All of these programs are designed to facilitate transition into college or jobs/careers as well as school and community involvement. “In the past we have also offered adult computer literacy classes,” said Center Director Charlotte Morris. “If we have enough requests, we could do so again. Our current approach is to help people find particular web sites that provide the information or training they desire and then let them work individually at their own pace.” English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also under the Adult Education umbrella. ESL classes are designed to achieve the same goals as the other Adult Education classes. In addition, immigrants have the opportunity to prepare for and apply for citizenship. Baer is assisted in this area by Gloria Valdez, and Angelina College is in the process of hiring more part-time help for morning classes. “The college is the fiscal agent for our Adult Education, and we’ve worked with them since the beginning of our program,” explained Morris. “GED and ESL hours become part of the college data, which in turn can affect funding.” This entire section of the Center is under the oversight of Deep East Texas Workforce Solutions. Consequently, there are certain federal and state performance measures which must be met in order to continue its operation. On the opposite end of the age spectrum, the Center provides Early Childhood Education. Karen Barkley oversees care for children of the adult students. As the children grow beyond infancy, the staff pulls the older group out for specific educational activities in anticipation of their enrollment in public school. Twice a month during the school year, the Lumberjack Express goes to two day-care facilities. The Express is a school bus which has been converted into a mobile library. On each trip a volunteer reads to the children, and day care personnel can borrow material if they desire. “Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA) provide a tie-in between Early Childhood and Adult Education,” said Morris. “Through the Family Literacy Grant, we bring parents and children ages 1-7 together once a week to work and study in order to help parents see how to help their children.” Carlye Morris oversees the ILA, and her duties also include directing parent involvement throughout the school district. She provides training for volunteers and mentors and does documentation for the federal Title I program. This documentation involves record-keeping of volunteer hours, parent/school compacts at the lower grades, and the parent involvement policy for the district. For high school ages, the Center is the site of Lumberjack Academy. This is a computer-based educational system See EDUCATION, P. 4 Diboll High School senior Omar Solis was recently honored as a member of the National Hispanic Recognition Program. The program recognized about 5,300 Hispanic/Latino students selected from a pool of more than 259,000 who took the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT. Solis scored a 198 on his PSAT last year, and the national benchmark for the test is 147. Although the honor does not include a monetary award, being listed as a National Hispanic Scholar may give students an opportunity to hear from colleges that are particularly interested in communicating with prospective students of Hispanic heritage, according to the program’s Web site. Solis plans to attend Texas A&M and major in Mechanical Engineering. “I think A&M offers like $14,000 over four years,” Solis said of what the NHRP recognition could mean in terms of scholarship dollars. Solis plays soccer and runs cross country. He also competes in Academic Decathlon. He is National Honor Society reporter, a SMASH officer and a Spanish Club member. Last year he was named to NASA’s Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program. He is the son of Maria and Esteban Solis.

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