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The Diboll

Free Press Keeping news on a first-name basis

2013, Issue No. 24

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Diboll Free Press editor and publisher Richard Nelson has gotten feedback that s ocm e would like to read his opinions Nelson on some topics. He will attempt at least a semi-weekly column beginning next week. The topic: An inconsiderate society, with specific local examples. He didn’t want to take away from the graduates by publishing his column this week.


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

‘Sweet’ music ‘picked’ for park

Chris Wells to headline event in Old Orchard Park BURLON WILKERSON

Music will fill the air in Old Orchard Park on Friday, June 14, as the Diboll Civic Club presents “Music in the Park.” Three groups and a

soloist will present a free performance, and everybody is invited. “We’ve been tossing this idea around for a while now,” said Civic Club President Trey Wilkerson. “We finally decided to just jump

in and try it and see how the community would respond.” The plan is to present a variety of musical styles and performers in an outdoor setting utilizing the amphitheater at the city park. Audience members are urged to bring lawn chairs, purchase a soft drink and some popcorn, and enjoy a couple of hours of music.

“The bands are looking forward to playing, and we’re excited to be presenting something we think folks in Diboll will like,” said Gary Martel, one of the members of the organizing committee. “Of course, we hope it grows and develops into a big, regular event that attracts people from out of town too.” Sarah Blount will start

the evening at 6 p.m. by singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” The club felt this would be appropriate because June 14 is Flag Day nationwide. The first group to perform will be My Sweet Scarlett. This trio from Lufkin is considered an alternative/ grunge/indie rock band and See MIP, P. 7

Be a part of solution

Lumberjack Golf The Lumberjack Golf Classic tees off at 9 a.m. June 15 at Neches Pines Golf Course. The 4-man scramble is $240 per team. Prizes paid to to top 3 teams. Holein-one on No. 17 wins new car, sponsored by Al Meyer Ford. Other prizes are available to win. Contact Kevin Hurley, 936-366-2520; Shane Adair, 936-8294200; golf course, 936-829-5086.

Parental policy

The annual revision of the Diboll ISD Parent Involvement Policy will be held at noon Thursday June 13, at the Di-


Freed By Christ

It is hard to believe school is over. Jesus Christ has blessed and protected our schools this year. We thank God for all of the school workers. We thank Jesus Christ for watching over all the students and their families this year. This summer all these students will be home and around town. A lot of them will not have adult supervision. Please watch out for all of these children. We pray that all of these students will listen to Jesus Christ and not make any bad choices. God’s Bible says, “…whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” We pray for your parents and adults of these children. We pray for all these students as they go through this summer. Jesus Christ will always be there to help you if you will turn to Him. Please ask yourself, “What would Jesus Christ do”, before you do something. He will show you what to do or not do. Please don’t forget that Jesus loves you and wants you to let Him become your Savior and Lord. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church


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Photos by Richard Nelson

Above, the Diboll High School Class of 2013 sings the school song for the last time as a class at the end of graduation Friday, May 31, at Lumberjack Stadium. Below, Valedictorian Sunny Patel, left, and Salutatorian Zachary Hobbs address the graduates and the audience. Patel called out his workout partner Coach Bruce Bolden; and, Hobbs admitted he had to keep his speech “under hat.”

Valedictorian urges class to help fellow man The 114 graduating members of the Diboll High School Class of 2013 walked across the state Friday, May 31, at Lumberjack Stadium, receiving their diplomas. Just last week, the seniors were honored for their $1.2 million in scholarships earned this year. Valedictorian Shaunak “Sunny” Patel -- attending Texas Tech University -- and Salutatorian Zachary Hobbs -- attending the University of Texas -- delivered heart-felt speeches, followed by an address to the graduates from 2003 DHS grad Katrina Hines. Hines earned a degree from Texas A&M University and two master’s degrees from Prairie View A&M.

the students their diplomas, Maddox was recognized as the 5,000th student to earn a diploma from Diboll High School.

Patel’s address

DHS Class of 2013 honor graduates, in order of rank, are Patel, Hobbs, Jessica Skipper, Hollie Cole, Lorena Rangel, Cassidy

Keeler Grant of $555k funding 19 more projects Diboll Booster Club Inc. is pleased to announce the approval of grants totaling $555,378.00 made possible through the Keeler Grant Program. This grant is made in honor of Thomas T. Keeler; his wife, Cora T. Keeler; and in memory of his grandfather; T.L.L. Temple, and his mother, Marguerite Temple Payne. Recipients of the Keeler Grant Program are funded for the greater good of Diboll in promoting annual contributions to the Diboll Community. Recipients of the $555,378.00 funds include the following agencies:

City of Diboll - Golf Course Golf Cart Paths $100,000.00 City of Diboll - Old Orchard Park (Electrical Grid @ 3 Pavilions) $ 25,000.00 City of Diboll - Police Department – (2 vehicles) $ See KEELER, P. 4

Bradley, Michaela Wagner, Shelley Maddox, Edwin Hurtado, Kelsey Reeves and Michael Gaitan. As DISD trustees presented

Before I begin, would the real Coach Bolden please stand up? Coach, I just wanted to say that I didn’t skip my workouts today; I did Insanity; umm -- Max Cardio Conditioning, I know that is your favorite. Wow. This is a wonderful crowd. Thank you all for coming today to help the class of 2013 celebrate our graduation. I would like to begin by thanking my parents for everything they See GRAD, P. 7

Tee it up in PE

Dakota Bergeron and Kay Tolly are enjoying hitting some golf balls at the Neches Pines Golf Course during a chapter of the First Tee golf program. First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. H.G. Temple Elementary has incorporated this into its physical education program both in the fall and spring semester. For more on the program, read next week’s Diboll Free Press.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

RT visitors let all know they missed nice MD ceremony The Memorial Day ceremony held at the Garden of Memories was impressive from the many comments I’ve heard. Gipson Funeral Home is to be commended for providing the memorial. JoNell Placker shared that she attended and saw Bettye Greer, Ima Weisinger, Nell and Eliza Harty, John and Mable Powers and many others. The Boy Scout Troup #121 participated along with Glenn Lenderman who provided patriotic music for the special occasion. Lt. Col. Albert J. Charanza was the special speaker and “Taps” was played by Ricky Gay. Red, white and blue balloons were released by friends and family members. After the memorial service, hot dogs and soft drinks were served by Reidel Wilkerson and the ladies of the Homer Pentecostal Church. The reason for Memorial Day is often forgotten in the many other activities of a holiday weekend. We should never forget that the freedom we have in the United States is not free and has been bought through the lives of people serving in our military; many of whom who paid the ultimate sacrifice. “Thank You” to those who continue to serve today in our military to protect our great nation. *** Billie and Leonard Robison, along with longtime friends, Glendon and Gwen Sanders, got their RVs out and drove to Grapevine, where they parked them and caught a train. At 1 p.m. they boarded the Grapevine Vintage Railroad at the Cotton Belt Depot and traveled 20 miles and 130 years back in time. Almost 2 hours later they disembarked in the historical Fort Worth Stockyards and witnessed cowboys driving longhorn cattle through the streets. Because the passenger train has to wait for preferential freight trains on the tracks, there was little time to do much more than eat at Riskey’s BBQ and rebound at 4:15 p.m. for the trip back to Grapevine. From there, the Sanders

took their RV and traveled on to Waco for Glendon to see his alma mater’s new football stadium at Baylor University while the Robisons drove back to Diboll. *** The Diboll Business Association encourages anyone with a business in Diboll to meet with them every third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Temple Library. The membership continues to grow and one of the events that is sponsored by this organization is “Pack the House.” Each month a business is targeted and at a special date and time, members encourage the public to go to that business, look around and see what they have to offer. The object is to educate people with what Diboll businesses have to offer and encourage them to shop in Diboll. I am happy to report that Pouland’s “The Everything Store” was the selected business for the month of May. Last Friday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., many people took the time to come by and look around. Andrea had cooked a large pot of one of our most popular items, Colorado pinto beans. Samples were served to guests along with her delicious Mexican cornbread mini muffins. In addition to that, she had samples of most of the gourmet items we now sell. Mickey and Barbara Hollingsworth were glad they stopped by just to visit and enjoyed the food and seeing lots of friends. Woody Ingram and his grandson, Cooper Carlyle, enjoyed sampling and we learned that Cooper has a full summer schedule with Boy Scout camp, working in VBS at 2nd Baptist Church of Hous-

ton, attending Vanderbilt college for two weeks and staying in shape for track and discus. Sarah Morris of Sarah’s Gifts came by with her daughter, Charlotte, and David Carter. Charlotte and David have started a new venture in Burke, His and Hers Trade Days, which is the 4th weekend of every month. Jerry and Carol Harris from Henderson stopped by to restock their pantry with 10 pounds of Colorado pintos. Mayor John McClain and wife Fran came bringing delicious homemade cupcakes that were enjoyed by many. They went home with a supply of wasp spray. Janie and Pat McCann came to sample items and bought Chow Chow upon the high recommendation of friends, Robbie and Don Wier, who were also present. The McCanns also bought ribbon cane syrup. Others present that were enjoying tasting and visiting were J.D. and Sue Johnson; Lee and Debbie Woodward; Mike and Dianne Gibson; Richard Rainwater; Brenda Russell; Gary Martel; and Gary Gores. Burlon Wilkerson and his mother, Jakie Bob, both came and enjoyed visiting “old times” with Geraldine. During all the visiting and sampling Brandon Franks was buying a gun but took time to try the pinto beans. Other members of the Diboll Business Association that were present included: Richard Nelson of the Diboll Free Press; Jan Wilkerson of East TX Tupperware; Joe and Sue Baker of Baker Pest Control; Sandra Finley of Compro Tax; Gloria Parker of H&R Block; Lewis Ivy of LSI Cleaning and Floor Service; Trey Wilkerson of Wilkerson Financial and Scott Roberson, manager of Brookshire Bros. in Diboll. We truly appreciate everyone that took the time to come by and visit our store and hope you will come again. *** Nanree (Turner) Lewis called to let me know her mother, Loree Turner, passed away on May 28 in Mineral Wells. She was 93 and was buried in Henderson. Nanree

had been with her mother in Mineral Wells for about 2 years. Her brother, Don Jr. also lives there. Loree was the wife of Brother Don Turner. They moved to Diboll in the early 1950s as the pastor of First Baptist Church when it was located at the corner of 1st and Mill Streets in Copestown. They only lived here about 3 years, but it was during that time that Diboll First Baptist purchased the land on Devereaux Street and had the groundbreaking to begin construction for a new building. *** Congratulations to Roy Lee and Teresa Lyles who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 1. A big “thank you” to Joe Gage for baking and bringing his recipe for sausage bread to the early coffee drinkers at the round table; Frank Devereaux and Joe Donald Smith even joined in with the others. *** Ronnie Coleman came by to let our readers know The Boys and Girls Club will receive the proceeds from a Texas Hold ’em Tournament which will be held June 14 at The Boys & Girls Club in Diboll. $50 buy-in tickets are available here or call 936-560-6844 for more information. Registration begins at 5 p.m. *** That same Friday evening, June 14, will be the first “Music in the Park” in our beautiful Old Orchard Park beginning at 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by The Diboll Civic Club. Four different groups will perform along with other entertainment so, bring your family, friends and if you like, a comfortable lawn chair. Refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there! *** Come see us…’round the table. Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at sandra@ or 936-829-4040.

Summer Reading program has started for youth, adults The Reading has begun! Summer readers are still signing up and reading at the speed of light. We have our first winners in the weekly Adult and Teen drawings. Congratulations to Jan Wilkerson, our Adult Summer Reading Club winner. Congratulations also to Perla Romero, our Teen Summer Reading Club winner. It’s not too late to get signed up. The last day to register is June 15. Children’s Summer Reading Club will kick things off with outdoor fun and games on Friday, June 7, at 4 p.m. Come on out and join the fun! *** Movie Day was a hit with the movie “Hunger Games.” We collected about 25 cans of food for the Diboll Christian outreach. Thank you all for your generous giving and thank you all for coming and supporting this free library event. See you next Movie Day! *** Tangled Threads is like an old fashioned sewing circle where everyone brings their own needle crafting project to work on while chatting and sharing

News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library tips. Do you crochet, knit, or do any kind of portable craft? Join us for “Tangled Threads” on Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bring your own project to work on while you chat and share tips with each other. *** Hey tweens and teens! Learn all there is to know about Rocks & Minerals with Ann James on June 11 at 2 p.m. at your library. James is a member of the Pine Country Gem & Mineral Society of Jasper and is really knowledgeable about her subject. Hopefully she will be bringing some samples to show us. This program is for ages 10-18. Come join us for this fun, free, and educational event. *** Hey kids! Want to get up close and personal with some reptiles? Join us for Snake Encounters with Daryl Sprout on June 13 at 2 p.m. at your library. Sprout

will be showing 17 different snakes from around the world and teaching how to tell the difference between a non-poisonous and poisonous snake. He has a perfect 18-year safety record, and while a couple of his animals look venomous and a couple more act like dangerous vipers, all are just effective mimics. You get great excitement with zero risk. Come join us for this free children’s event! Don’t forget to bring a friend! *** Give a helping hand while you enjoy fun for the whole family at Movie Day at the library on Friday, June 28, at 6 p.m. Our theme for the summer is hunger, so we are asking you to bring one dessert mix (cookie mix, cake mix, frosting, pudding mix, jello, etc) per family for admission to be donated to Diboll Christian Outreach. Popcorn will be avail-

able. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and drinks to add to your fun. You may also bring pillows and blankets and sit on the floor to watch the movie. Come bring the family and join in the fun! Our movie license will not allow us to publicize the movie title so please call us for more information at 936-829-5497. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. *** New Large Print Books: “The Good House,” by Ann Leary – As a lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, Hildy Good knows pretty much everything about everyone. She’s a successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother – and an alcoholic. Her nights have become lonely since her daughters staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab. Now she’s in recovery. Feeling alone and unjustly persecuted, Hildy joins forces with Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town’s wealthy new-

comers. Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with harmless gossip and wine. When eccentric Frank Getchell tries to warn Hildy away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend. However, when a cluster of secrets becomes dangerously entwined, this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn. “Strand of Deception,” by Robin Caroll – When Gina Ford, the daughter of a prominent Tennessee politician, goes missing from the University of Memphis a week after another girl was murdered on the same campus. Police call in the FBI. Nick Hagar, Married to his job as Special Agent in Charge, is assigned to the case, and when Gina’s body is found, her father demands justice. Maddie Baxter is the forensic expert running DNA tests from the crime scene. When they come back without a match, Nick asks her to do a familial DNA run that yields a shocking result – the prime suspect is Adam Alexander, the very same guy who broke Maddie’s heart when she was in college. But do

scientific advancements tell the whole story? “Their Frontier Family,” by Lynn Cote – No one is more surprised than Sunny Adams when Noah Whitmore proposes. Sunny is a scarlet woman and an unwed mother – an outcast even in her small Quaker community. How could she even think about resisting Noah’s offer of a fresh start in a place where her scandalous past is unknown? In Sunny, Noah Whitmore, a former Union soldier, sees a woman whose lonliness matches his own. When they arrive in Wisconsin, he’ll see that she and her baby daughter want for nothing – except for the love that war burned out of his heart. How is it, then, that Sunny makes Noah hope once more? Is it possible for the unsuspecting couple who married for all the wrong reasons to create the home and the family neither had ever expected to find? *** Summer library hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a great week!

Bob: Open-faced Benefit set for Bobby Lovell’s heart surgery egg sandwich is ‘Marvelous’ Bob worked outside all Sunday afternoon and did not want anything heavy for supper, so I found this recipe that is kind of a breakfast dish. Turns out he declared it MARVELOUS! And I loved it because it was quick and easy. Tasty too!

Open-Faced Egg Sandwich

(Serves 1) 2 tsp. butter 2 eggs 1 slice sourdough bread, toasted Dijon mustard ½ avocado – peeled, pitted and sliced 2 TSP. grated Parmesan cheese Melt 2 teaspoons butter in a skillet over medium heat, add the eggs. Allow the

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger egg whites to cook until mostly firm before breaking the yolks, continue cooking until eggs are completely cooked and no longer runny, 2 to 3 minutes (I just flipped mine) Spread one side of toasted sourdough bread slice with Dijon mustard. Arrange avocado slices onto the mustard. Top avocado with the cooked eggs and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over eggs. Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina

A benefit for Bobby Lovell will held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at The Country Club on Highway 69. There will be an auction/raffle, 42 tournmaent, Texas Hold ’Em, hamburgers and fries and fun helping “an old man save his heart!” A couple of years ago, Bobby Lovell started having heart problems. These problems led him to Houston and Houston is sending him to Cleveland, Ohio, for heart and valve surgery. After lots of continuous bad news, he finally got the good news that we all prayed for. Being told, “Your heart is the worst we’ve ever seen,” turned into, “We can do the surgery,” with confidence of an excellent outcome! Lovell must have this surgery to continue living. He will go back to Ohio on June 18 and stay for about 10-15 days after. His wife, Caree’,

will be off work to be with him and with loss of wages. The purpose of the benefit is to show an overwhelming support for a man that would go out of his way to help anyone in any way that he could, and to raise money for their travel and medical expenses. Lovell has given his time and effort into this community. It’s time to give back! Bobby worked and retired from TempleInland after 37 years. During that time, he was also a deputy constable for Eddie Horton of Precinct 5 for 17 years. He worked at Zavalla Police Department for one year and was a reserve for our own Diboll Police Department for one year. He was also a volunteer firefighter for 2 years. After this life of excitement, it’s no wonder that his heart is worn out, right? Lovell is the father of Diboll PD Sgt. Brandon

Lovell, and father-inlaw to Toni Lovell. He also has a daughter and son-in-law, Chelsey and Hunter Barbe. He has two grandsons, a granddaughter, and a greatgrandson. Bobby and his wife, Caree’, need lots more years of life and love with these people. God has blessed Bobby Lovell with a good life thus far. Instead of giving up and shutting down, he keeps his spirits, faith and head held high. He has an amazing support system around him. With this surgery,

he will make it. “If you can come, we would love to have you. A room full of people that love Bobby is a good thing for his heart, and he would love to see you!” said Angie Abbott, a family friend. “As always, if you cannot attend, your prayers for Bobby and family, safe travels, and doctors’ hands would be appreciated enough. I definitely believe in the power of prayer! We can do this, ya’ll! Let’s return the favor and help this man after his years of helping others!”


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Congrats to Hudson softball team on title Congratulations to the Hudson High Girls Softball team that won their second trophy for being the best Class 3A team in the state. I wondered what the “5” and “7” were on their cheeks and called Patsy Hines. She did not know but sent her “scout” to find out. Ray Turner called one of the girls’ dads and found out that it was for 2 Corinthians, Chapter 5, Verse 7: “For we live by faith, not by sight,” which was their 2013 theme. We all were cheering them from the comfort of our chairs, and they almost gave me a heart attack. Those are a dedicated group of young women, and I am proud that the TV commentators said that they were from Lufkin but we all know that they are from Hudson. *** Nancy Moore showed me her passion vine blooms that are purple. Mine are blue and white. We were comparing vines last week. *** Atha Martin sent me a picture of a “painted bunting.” They are so very colorful and I am jealous that she has one and I have never seen one. *** Cooper Castleberry had back surgery to correct a ruptured disc that was affecting his sciatic nerve. Stig Peitersen did the surgery, and he had instant relief from pain. With a little therapy, he will be ready to referee football games in September. *** Stacey and Walter Willmann flew to San Francisco and saw Brandon Belt play baseball on Mother’s Day. Then they flew to Maui. It was a wonderful vacation. ***

Happy Birthday: Artis “Nannie” Morris, Donna Busler, Sally Allen, Luke Langston, Matt Murphy, Joan Pope, Clark Westerman, Rosemary Varsey, Jan Deaton, Forrest Robinson, Susan Bryan, Mark Davis, Verna Griffith, Linda Wall, Clark Thannisch, Hannah Herde, Shane Stafford. *** Jeffery and Brandy Dunn of Silsbee were married April 1. He is the son of Joyce and Joe Dunn, and Brandy is the daughter of Laura Hancock. *** Pat and Leon Levens, Sarah and Donald Trammel were in Colorado Springs for the graduation of their granddaughter Sarah Madeline Levens, daughter of Dr. Robert and Elisabeth Levens. Madeline graduated with honors from Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs. She was vice president of the Student Council and gave the opening speech for her graduating class. She will attend the University of Boulder at Boulder and major in International Business and minor in Spanish. The Levens’ oldest daughter, Lauren, is a junior at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, majoring in Elementary Education. Their third daughter, Audrey, is a freshman in high school. After graduation, all went to Estes Park to a Bed &Breakfast for several days.

They saw the play “Les Miserables” in Denver. A neat thing that Pat told me about was a Graduate Blessing and Dessert Celebration for Sarah. It was to encourage her to realize and continue to use the gifts that God has given her as she enters college and her career. The guests wrote explanations of how God had gifted them and how his gifts had been used in their lives. How they see Sarah has been gifted and how those gifts will impact her life as well as those who cross her path. *** Happy Anniversary: Joyce and Glenn Wallace, Rita and Lacy Breckenridge. *** A bridal shower was given for Michelle Schwartz, organist at First Christian Church, by the choir members. Michelle and Bruno Ribeiro will be married Aug. 3 in Chilton. *** Trent Hicks and Carrie Sellars were married Sunday, May 26, in the hospital room of Jack Hicks, who was Trent’s best man. Melissa, Lindsey, Juliet, Burtley and Carrie put together the wedding with help from Randy Green, Barbie, Joe Lowery for photographs and Mark Hicks to do the videoing. Carrie’s daughters Jenna, who is 9, and Annabelle, who is 6, were her attendants. Trent is the vice president of DI Central in Houston. All enjoyed the wedding cake and rose petals all over the room. It will be a memory for everyone! *** Savannah Bunn was getting help on her golf game from grandfather John McClain while Fran McClain and Ernest Rowe were visiting on the practice range at Neches Pines

Golf Course in Diboll. *** Descendants of Andrew Jackson Jumper and Margaret Esebell McVay Jumper met at the Old Jumper Homestead owned by Tex Parks and now by Donna Sue Parks for their 54th reunion on Sunday, June 2, with 37 attending. The family of Josephine Jumper Hibbard had no one in attendance. From the Helen Jumper Brasuell family were: Linda Jumper, Debra Verhoef, and Christopher Verhoef. From the Ola Jumper Parks family: were Donna Sue Parks, Amy Goodwin, Kingston Goodwin, Khaled, Malek and Tarek Zaher. From the Charlie Jumper family were: Patsy (Jumper) and Tommy Hines, Chuck Hines, Bob and Betty Jumper, Phillip Jumper, Brandy Jumper, Rusty and Sherry Jumper with grandsons Shane and Jordan from Granbury, Alvin and Jewel Anderson, Jack and Dana Jumper, Janice Ann and Ernest Rowe. No one from the Ollie Jumper Johnson family. From the Dee Jumper family: Clifton and Doylene Jumper, Belinda (Jumper) Hilliard, Joe and Joyce Jumper Dunn, Jeffery and Brandy Dunn of Silsbee, Donna and Scott Ross with Sydney and Bailey. The oldest family member was Clifton Jumper at 85. Bob Jumper was elected the president of the family reunion. *** Catch you around town. Contact Janice Ann Rowe at

Dorothy Pinner Oates always has a smile It was surprising that when I arrived at Brookshire Brothers Friday they did not have an APB out on me. I surely hope, in police talk, that means an all points bulletin, but I usually go to the store Monday, Wednesday and Friday and just go to get “milk and bread”. That equates to at least fifty dollars worth of something. It aggravates me to shop and get home with nothing to cook. Anyway Ted Ivy was talking to a woman whose back was to me and when I spoke to him she recognized my voice. I was so happy to see Dorothy Pinner Oates. She is a favorite person to


me. Always has a smile even at her saddest times. Ted checked out ahead of me and before I finished he was back in the store muttering about having forgotten the bread. That pleased me to know someone else is as forgetful as I am. If a list is not in my hand when I enter the store my mind goes totally blank of what I came for. Could be attributed to old age! *** Evidently Sunday due to the rain lots of folks got and gradu-

ation weekend our attendance at Chestnut Drive Baptist Church was unbelievably low. I must acknowledge that we have too many sick folks in our church but most likely all churches nowadays have more sick folks than we want with the high numbers of cancer patients. Any family that doesn’t have several with that awful disease in its group has to be very thankful every day. Don’t ever forget to pray and give thanks for something. We in this country have so much to be thankful for. *** Our son, Tim Scogin, has been here from Colorado

Springs, Colorado with his daughter, Kimberly, and her Amber and Tristan Childers of Kimball, Nebraska. All the great-grandchildren here close to us are almost teens so we have not been around two and five year olds in a while. They, along with Pat Garrett, and Leslie and Patrick Richards of Lufkin, were with us for supper. All of them enjoyed a cookout and swimming gettogether at the home of Reeva and Bruce Brumley in Hudson. Joining in the fun were Betty and Preston Westbrook, Johnny Garrett, and Brandi and Jackson Lankford,

Lufkin; Carole and Jim Giles, Tracy, Kenneth, Kennedy and Kameron Conway, Longview; Courtney, Joe Bob, Makenna and Collyn Joyce, Tyler. *** Bob and Lulla Adams of Lufkin made their way to Buena Vista, Colorado last month to see Karla, Chris, Cade, Cole and Ella Carroll. They were able to celebrate Cade and Cole’s birthday. It is impossible to think Cade is a teen and Cole is a year away from that coveted age. Kids seem to be babies now and a few minutes later they are ready to walk across some high school stage

to receive a diploma. Time flies when you are not looking! Bob and Lulla were not too far away from their second destination, which is Frontier Ranch. They volunteer, along with other adults from all over the United States, to get the ranch grounds and buildings ready for the inner city kids who will come for all the summer activities. As usual the weather was mixed with some snow and moisture along with cooler temperatures but at least no tornadoes! Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntington-area residents.

This is my rifle

Jay Shands, president and CEO of First Bank & Trust East Texas presents James Sims a 30.06 bolt-action deer rifle he can use during his retirement. The bank held a retirement reception Friday, May 24, in Diboll.

Diboll Garden Club finishes successful year, elects officers

In a shaded, beautifully decorated outdoor setting at the home of Mary Ingram on May 28, the Diboll Garden Club finished a successful year with a lovely luncheon provided by Marteres Tea Room. Assisting Ingram as co-hostesses were Clara Breazeale, Garvis Baldree, and guest Julia McKelvey. Pretty pink umbrellas, pearls and mirrors followed the theme later used for officer installation. President JoAnn Rainwater introduced Betty Adler and Meeting hostesses, from left, are Garvis Gloria Ogden as new members and also recognized Julia McK- Baldree, Mary Ingram, and Clara Breazeale. elvey as a guest of Mrs. Ingram. co-vice presidents in charge of Betty Hendrick installed the ofFollowing roll call, Betty Hen- programs. ficers for 2013-2015. These are drick read minutes of the April The question was raised as follows: JoAnn Rainwater, 23 meeting which were ap- whether members might be president; Kathy Sample and proved as read. The treasurer’s more amendable to serving as Gay Storch, co-vice presidents; report was delayed because of officers if the term was for one Carolyn Hutson, secretary; and Sue Beaty’s absence. Sympa- year instead of for two. After a Sue Beaty, treasurer. thy was expressed on her behalf brief discussion, it was decided Members in attendance for the passing away of her hus- to table this for a future time. were: Betty Adler, Garvis band, Jack. Before the new officer in- Baldree, Clara Breazeale, Peggy Appreciation was noted stallation, Rainwater thanked Burt, Ginger Capps, Joyce Carr, for those who participated in the current officers for their Dianne Gipson, Bettye Greer, the civic project judging Yard service to the club and commu- Betty Hendrick, Nita Hurley, Beautiful; following that, Fran nity and presented each a gift. In Carolyn Hutson, Mary Ingram, Rodriguez gave updates on turn, Dolly Whitaker presented Sophie Lenderman, Fran Mcill members or those recently Rainwater a gift on behalf of the Clain, Linda Miller, Gloria Neel, grieving. club. Gloria Ogden and Betty Gloria Ogden, Sandra Pouland, A sign-up sheet for hosting Hendrick were the recipients of JoAnn Rainwater, Fran Rodrinext year’s meetings, as well door prizes. guez, Kathy Sample, Chubby as ideas for future programs Using a theme of mirrors Slack, Gay Storch, Aline and trips, was distributed with and how they reflect who we Stovall, Ima Weisinger, Dolly encouragement to provide in- are and what an officer does Whitaker, Tellie Williams, and formation to the newly elected in service to the garden club, Billie Willmon.


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4 * KEELER Cont’d 54,600.00 City of Diboll - Bridge Repair (between Civic Center & Jr. High School) $ 22,000.00 City of Diboll - Baseball Complex – Restrooms – Repair & Update $ 30,000.00 City of Diboll - Earmarked for Volunteer Fire Department $ 50,000.00 Diboll ISD - High School Security Upgrade $ 66,956.50 Diboll ISD - Junior High School – Security Upgrade $ 32,000.00 Diboll ISD - Primary School – UV Shade for Playground $ 13,722.50 Diboll ISD/ Housing Authority – Covers for Bus Parking Areas $ 8,000.00 Diboll ISD/Family Literacy Program – Technology & Camp $ 20,000.00 Diboll Christian Outreach - Expenses for Temple House $ 20,000.00 The History Center – Digitized Media Project $ 7,910.00

Thursday, June 6, 2013 67. Dolphin home 68. Work the dough 69. Aggravate 70. Become established 71. Immeasurably long period 72. Busy flyer 73. Network of nerves

Diboll Historical Society – Reprint Diboll Days Booklets $ 4,000.00 Katherine Sage Temple Child Care Center – Playground Equipment & New Van $ 29,474.00 Keep Diboll Beautiful – Maintenance and Beautification Projects $ 17,500.00 Boys & Girls Club – Diboll – support / expenses for local program $ 40,000.00 Boys Scouts – Troop 128 – Diboll – purchase canoes for program $ 10,890.00 Diboll 4 H – replace tires & repair trailers $ 3,325.00 Should you have any questions or to obtain more information related to the Keeler Grant Program, please contact Diboll Booster Club via mail: P.O. Box 162, Diboll, Texas 75941 or email at The Free Press will publish more indepth stories on these projects throughout the summer.


DATELINE Cont’d boll Family Education Center. The public is invited to review the policy on the district website by following the Parents link on the home page and then District Parent Involvement Policy. Calls and emails are welcome to Charlotte Morris at 829-3744,

Lady Jacks Athletics Camps

The Lady Jacks Athletics Camp will be June 12-14 and feature volleyball (9 to 11 a.m.), basketball (noon to 2 p.m.) and softball (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.). All girls from fourth-grade through seventh-grade are invited. Fee is $15 for one camp or $25 for all three, includes camp T-shirt. For more information, contact Diboll HS girls AD Laura Jones at

Okla. tornado victims benefit

A benefit concert is being held for the recent Oklahoma victims on Saturday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Lufkin. The church is located at 8319 FM 2021. Featured groups that night will be the Damascus Road Gospel Band and the Calvary Boys Quartet and Trio. Admission is free and a love offering will be taken. For more information email: or call 205-542-4485.

Account set up for injured girl

Alyssa Lee, 5, was at Boykin Springs taking pictures with the family and fell off a bridge and landed on the rocks on her face. She was lifeflighted to Texas Children Hospital with a fractured

skull. She is home, but has a long road to recovery. At this time we have set up an account for her at the First Convenience Banks in the WalMarts the account is in the name of Linda Hook, account #439245341 or you may call the bank at 1-800-903-7490.


Lose weight with TOPS – Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Check out the local TOPS chapter at First United Methodist Church, 805 E. Denman Ave., Lufkin. Weigh-ins are at 8:30 a.m. Fridays and the meetings are at 9:05 a.m. Fridays. For more information, call Sylvia at 936-639-4017 or Beat at 936-876-4403. First visit is free. Check out www.

Tangled Threads

Do you like to crochet or knit, or any other portable crafting project? 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 936829-5497.


Famous Fathers ACROSS

1. CCCP 5. Slippery sort 8. New Mexico art community 12. Find new tenant 14. Turkish military leader 15. Oscar-winner Jessica 16. Kunta Kinte of “Roots”, e.g. 17. *Peyton or Eli to Archie

18. Eight performers 19. *”Married... with Children” dad 21. *”All in the Family” dad 23. For every 24. ____ or swim 25. *”Modern Family” dad 28. *Aaron Spelling’s daughter 30. Oxygen holder 35. 3rd and 5th in Manhattan, e.g. 37. Court of law opener 39. “_____ Circus” 40. Give a traffic ticket

41. Walkway 43. eBay offers 44. Twig of willow tree 46. Ticket leftover 47. Nose-in-the-air type 48. Home to Sarajevo 50. Seaward 52. Give it a go 53. Civil rights concern 55. Put two and two together 57. *Kiefer’s dad 60. *Pa to Laura Ingalls 64. Pertaining to the ear 65. Actress ___ Thompson

1. Sky bear 2. Auction off 3. Block of granite, e.g. 4. Increase rpms 5. “Piece of cake!” 6. I, to Claudius 7. Hawaiian veranda 8. It measures rpms 9. Not in favor of 10. Curved molding 11. Workout segment 13. Proclaimed true without proof 15. Make so one can’t get out 20. Be limp 22. DNA transmitter 24. Tropical naps 25. *Father of the twelve tribes of Israel 26. Dispatch boat 27. Abominable snowmen 29. Swedish shag rugs 31. Barbecued anatomy 32. Time on the job 33. Eagerness 34. *He played Cliff Huxtable on TV 36. “As ____ on TV” 38. *Greek father to all gods 42. African sorcery 45. Off-color 49. Afflict 51. *Presidential and Founding father 54. Wing it 56. Comparative of dry 57. Buggy terrain 58. Three-layer cookie 59. Indian bread 60. Devil’s ____ 61. Better than never? 62. Give off 63. Cosine’s buddy 64. *Jenna’s presidential dad, ___ “W” 66. “But I heard him exclaim, ____ he drove out of sight, Merry Christmas to all...”

What if there was no future?

Remember the witch in the Snow White story? She was always concerned with her image. Her magic mirror started a whole personal war when she asked, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” The mirror wishing to be totally politically correct answered that the witch was truly beautiful, but there was one who was the fairest of them all. Sadly, for the witch, she wasn’t the one. It was Snow White. Thus, a personal war began that involved dwarves, poison apples, a coma of endless sleep, and thankfully a prince who saved the day. What a difference a day can make. Image is seen as being the true driving force of everything. Popular thinking seems to be that women should be beautiful no matter how difficult it may be as the signs of aging begin to creep in. The saying, “beauty is more than skin deep,” seems to be forgotten. One might ask, “Does it matter whether a person is selfish or gracious?” What happened to grace and thoughtfulness as opposed to rudeness and self-serving? By the same token of thinking, it would seem that men should work out and obtain bulging muscles. Men should be so at-


Carolyn (Sue) Hendrick

tractive that they can sell salad dressing, or yogurt, with inviting smiles and attentive eyes. The days of taste and smell in food have passed on with the skill of home cooking. Some companies have gone for the cute looks of animals that seem to be smarter than their human actor counterparts. Smart little lizards take the limelight and ducks squawk their messages. Sometimes the animals are real images of beautiful horses pulling carriages or fish that jump across a span of water. It would seem that images sell. The question is, “do they over-ride the message.” I was thinking about this when I passed several road signs with definite messages. One proclaimed how much we are loved. Another said, “live like this is your last day because it may well be.” I wondered if the owners of this sign really meant to give the image of their establishment that the message gave me. On the positive side, we should enjoy every day of life as a gift. Seeing the glass half full instead of half empty effects our productivity, attitude toward simple things, our health and our


Thanks for the support

In the passing of our loved one, Mrs. Vera Jones, our family was deeply in agony and the world felt so empty without her. Then, you heard of our loss and oh, how you lifted us up. Our cup runneth over with so much of your love, calls, visits, food, cards, flowers, and most of all, your prayers were overwhelming. So, we want to thank you and may goodness and Mercy follow each of you. A special thank-you to Memorial Hospital & Staff

and Colonial Mortuary & Staff. Love and Prayers, The family of Mrs. Vera Jones

relationships with one another. If we look through glasses of negativity, we become anxious. Mole hills become mountains. Friends could become enemies. Families can be broken and we might become useless to ourselves and others. Our image changes like a beautiful budding flower that shrivels, dries and dies. The message on the sign left me with another thought. Somehow it sounded threatening. We all know that there are no guarantees in life. Some lives are short and others are long. The day it ends is only known by a higher power than ours. The image of that message seemed to be saying, “this is a warning- you might

not see tomorrow.” What a negative thought that was. The sad truth of the whole thing seemed to be that the message was sending an image of exclusiveness and selectiveness. Considering the use of the facility that displayed the sign, it seemed that a hopeful and loving message would have been much better. “What if there was no future?” The great thing for me is that I know better. The evidence is all around us. In this life or the next, there is absolute hope. It would seem that the message of that hope would be a great image. Sue Hendrick lived in Diboll for several years. Although she now resides in Lufkin, Diboll will always be her East Texas home.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013 * 5

We’re in a safe place with God; don’t run from Him We had a gully washer at our home Saturday night. We knew it was coming because Baby, the teacup Chihuahua, was barking and whimpering. Baby has learned to be deathly afraid of storms because our Jack Russell, Daisy, is seriously frightened of them. When Daisy hears thunder, she heads under the deck or somewhere near the barn. What gets us is that she has a nice, safe, dry home on the back

Teacher Mom with

Jan Allbritton porch, but most of the time, she runs from safety to what she thinks is safety. This morning, this little white dog was almost black. Wherever she decided to shelter must have been wet and

muddy. Exactly she did not want was what she got. She ran from a safe and dry place to a wet and hazardous place. The 2.3-pound Chihuahua gets to sleep in the utility room because she is so tiny that who knows what might happen if she were outside with predators prowling around. Like I said, she alerted us to the impending storm. I got up and brought her back

to bed with us. She slept by Mike for a while, and then she would come lay by me. The thunder and lightning would really upset her, and then she would come out from the safety of the cover to see what was going on. Then Baby would get more upset. Finally, I laid her on my tummy, and she curled up and went to sleep. I had both hands on her, and she knew that she was safe in my hands. I would protect her from

whatever was frightening her. You see, you and I are like my dogs, Daisy and Baby. We may face a tough circumstance and instead of staying in a safe place, we run from God. We think that we can work stuff out on our own. We don’t want to let down our pride and let anyone, even God, know that our life is messed up and that we need help. TEACHER cont’d p. 6

‘Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face’

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face always.” -Psalm 105:4. Several weeks ago, Mike was forced to do our grocery shopping. That’s one thing that I dread doing, and poor Mike always gets stuck doing the shopping. On this specific trip, I had asked Mike to pick up fast breakfast food for the kids to eat on the way to school. I didn’t give a specific item. This could be partly to blame for Mike’s shopping rage. The store is always jam packed with people standing in front of the things that you need and those people who stop to chat with friends blocking the whole isle. You could have several things happen in just a few minutes that would get your blood boiling in this place. As Mike was hunting for a nonspecific breakfast food with steam coming out of his ears, his eyes settled on the wall of pop tarts. Someone had taken post-it notes and placed


First Apostolic 158 FM 2108, Burke 936-829-2700

Assembly of God

Clawson Assembly 5569 N. U.S. Hwy. 69, Pollok 936-853-2727 First Assembly 100 E. Borden St., Diboll 936-829-4250 First Assembly 1700 N. Home St., Corrigan 936-398-2235 First Assembly 605 S. Hwy. 69, Huntington 936-635-4677 Glad Tidings Assembly 2511 E. Lufkin Ave., Lufkin 936-632-1517 Templo Emanuel Asemblea de Dios 305 Oak St., Diboll 936-639-4955


Burke Tidwell Rd., Burke 936-829-4455

Concord Missionary FM 2743 Rd., Zavalla 936-897-2494 Cornerstone Ryan Chapel Rd & FM 304, Diboll 936-829-4023 Fairview 3742 FM 2108, Lufkin 936-637-1466 First Baptist 208 Devereaux St., Diboll 936-829-5299 First 1034 E. Main St., Zavalla 936-897-2566

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them on several boxes. The note had Psalm 105:4, “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face always.” He lifted the box, and sitting right under it on the shelf was the same Bible verse on another post-it note. Mike calmed down a little, and the displeasures of the store didn’t bother him as much. *** On Sunday, we were blessed to hear a beautiful song performed by Deb Tilley. Before she sang, she mentioned how the

Huntington First 702 N. Main St., Huntington 936-422-4311 Johnson Missionary 26534 US Hwy 69 S., Zavalla 936-897-8147 Jubilee 723 Dennis, Diboll 936-829-0465 Lakewood 3497 State Hwy. 147, Zavalla 936-897-3075

older she gets, she realizes that she relies on God more and more for everything. She even made a comparison of how flowers droop with their petals down after a hard rain, but when the sun shines, they look up to the sky. Sometimes we are faced with many challenges that can feel like they are beating us down, but God has a plan to build us up. Look to Him always! *** Vacation Bible School is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in Pre-k through fifth grade. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please call the church office. * ** The 2nd Sunday Fellowship is scheduled for next week at 6 p.m. with our Playground Celebration. The community is invited to enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs, and more. Come and join the fun! *** Can you make a joyful noise?

Shiloh Baptist 100 Pine St., Diboll 936-829-4158 Solid Rock Missionary Baptist 16663 FM 2109, Zavalla 936-897-3099 Wakefield Baptist 3253 FM 357, Diboll 936-829-3988


Our Lady of Guadalupe 100 Maynard Rd., Diboll 936-829-3659 936-829-2690

Church of Christ

New Center Prospect 534 New Prospect Cemetery Rd., Pollok 936-853-3468

Church of Christ 100 Arrington, Diboll 936-829-3285

Oak Flat 3447 FM 2109, Huntington 936-876-2063

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal 919 S. John Redditt, Lufkin 936-639-1253

O’Quinn 7433 N. US Hwy 69, Pollok 936-853-2319 Primera Iglesia Bautista de Diboll 1113 N. Temple Dr., Diboll 936-465-8736 Pine Grove 5632 FM 1818, Diboll 936-829-3289 Pollok 1053 Paul Townsend, Pollok 936-853-2835



Allentown Congregational 2339 FM 843, Central area 936-671-2468 Beulah Congregational 12182 FM 58, Lufkin 936-829-3584 936-634-7840 Burke United 124 Blue Jay St., Burke 936-829-4491 Faith Community Ministries 8166 S. US Hwy 59, Diboll 936-829-4799

Prairie Chapel 308 Silva Rd., Diboll 936-212-0806

First United 401 S. Hines St., Diboll 936-829-4470

Prairie Grove Missionary 155 Prairie Grove Rd., Diboll 936-829-4586

Huntington United 458 S. Hwy 69, Huntington 936-422-4362

Redtown Missionary Hwy 7, Pollok 936-853-2064

Harmony Odell 2928 Knight Wood Rd. Huntington

Salem Missionary Baptist 965 Ralph Nerren Rd., Huntington 936-876-3211

Highway S. Main & Franklin Huntington 936-422-3652

Shawnee Prairie 14792 FM 1818, Huntington 936-422-3769

Perry Chapel CME 1114 Cypress St., Diboll 936-526-9685 Pine Valley Congregational 1472 FM 304, Diboll 936-829-1114 Ryan Chapel 555 FM 2497, Diboll 936-829-3818 Shady Chapel Hwy 147, Zavalla 936-897-9988

Deb Tilley performed “Flowers in the Rain” for the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Diboll.

The First United Methodist Choir is looking for you! Join them for practice on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. They perform each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Come and join the fun. *** First Untied Methodist Church has much to offer. Youth, 6th grade - 12th grades, meet on Wednesdays and Sundays. YUMYS, (PK4-5th grades) meet Sunday

St. Paul’s United 1505 S. John Redditt, Lufkin 936-634-7810


Lufkin First Church of the Nazarene 1604 S. Medford, Lufkin 936-634-9443

afternoons. Sunday school for all ages and groups begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Worship begins at 11 a.m. each Sunday. *** Come out and meet us; come and let us know what we can do to serve you. We want to welcome you into the family of God. Come join us as we worship our Lord. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!

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Abundant Life Church 434 W. Main St., Zavalla 936-897-9997 Diboll First United 708 Hendrix, Diboll 936-676-6738 New Life United 482 S. Gibson St., Huntington 936-876-9046 Ora United FM 2109, Huntington 936-897-2066 United Pentecostal 256 Colwell St., Zavalla 936-897-2856


Church of Christ Jesus 100 N. Beech St., Diboll 936-829-3276 Church of the Living God 1002 Cypress St., Diboll 936-829-4844 Faith Family Church 7020 S. US Hwy 59, Diboll 936-829-9673 Grace Gospel US Hwy 69, Zavalla 936-897-2218 Huntington Church of the Living God 1008 N. Main, Huntington 936-876-3953 James Chapel True Light Holiness 1803 FM 844, Huntington 936-876-3697 St. Thomas Spirit and Truth Ministries 803 S. Temple, Diboll

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

30 Years Ago: Still beats Oates in annual tourney One Year Ago

Dr. Graciela ReyesMcDonald, Diboll High School Class of 1996, speaks at DHS graduation services. Diboll City Council votes to establish a committee charged with promoting Diboll- Design 4 Diboll. Pilot Club of Diboll has new cookbook for sale. It is “Bon Appetite” and sells for $12. New Diboll ISD school years calendar calls for 180-instructional day calendar that will allow students to get out nine days early. There is a new mural in downtown Lufkin at Shepherd/Angelina streets. It is a painting of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

Five Years Ago

Top student at the 2008 Diboll High School class is valedictorian Rachael Oates. Diboll Boy Scout Troop 128 canoes 20-miles in Neches River. New members of the Angelina College Cheer Squad include Ashlee Haywood, Desiree Mitchell,Summer Hemphill, Rachel Ridings, Laci Phillips, Kylie Tyler, Paige Stone, Jordan Gray, Anna Todd, Kristen Smith, Samantha Fuller, Kalea Wilson and Sommer Short.


Others of us are like Baby, we run to God for safety and for Him to take care of things, but we cannot find rest. We are still so stressed out and worried that we can’t rest in His arms. Finally, God takes us and pulls us close and places both of His hands on us so that we know that we are not going to fall. We then realize that we don’t have to stick our head out to see what is going on in the situation. We just need

30 Years of Diboll Free Press Clippings A Public Service of The History Center Retiring physicians Dr. Waldo Gonzales, Dr. Edward Domingue and Dr. Mike Sabo are honored by Memorial Health System of East Texas for their years of service. Lady Jack Ashley Wilson is named to the AllDistrict 20-3A Softball First Team.

Ten Years Ago

Diboll Junior High School Principal Steve Clugton resigns to accept new post at Needville ISD. Angelina County Law Enforcement opens with needed bed space and accommodations for the staff. Diboll Primary School teacher Sandy Hendrick retires with 30 years of dedicated service. $2.1 million expansion on improvements for CasselsBoykin Park at Lake Sam Rayburn is implemented. DHS Athletic Director/ Head Football Coach Finis Vanover receives the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award from the East Texas Chapter of the Southwestern Football Officials Association.

to curl up in Daddy God’s lap and rest because He is taking care of things. In the midst of the storm, we can have peace because He is in control. Are you willing to let God handle the storms in your life? Are you willing to be at peace in all situations? We are going to weather storms, but it is easier to do so when we realize that God has everything under control, and that He will see us through to the end.

Twenty Years Ago

Diboll High School Class of 1993 graduates 90. Former DHS classmate of 1961 Andrew Kerr speaks at commencement service. Diboll, Lufkin & Zavalla all win Governor’s Achievement Awards. Finis Vanover hired to turn Diboll High School football program around. Making the 20-3A AllDistrict baseball team are Omar Flores (infield); Orlando Ordaz (catcher); Scott Milligan (first base); and Robert Garcia (infield). Angelina County Rodeo Queen candidate Jessica McCoy wins Little Miss Rodeo Queen and Western Wear titles. Jessica is the daughter of Wanda & David McCoy.

Thirty Years Ago

Jennifer Jones is the first bike winner in the Free Press annual subscription campaign. Newly elected 1983-84 Diboll Garden Club officers include Dee Hodsden, installing officer; Sophie Lenderman, president; Jean We just need to praise God for His protection and His love and His mercy and His grace that

Photo Courtesy of The History Center

Thirty Years Ago This Week

Diboll Postmaster Gerry Griffith, second from left, is officially sworn in as Diboll’s new postmaster in ceremonies held recently. Griffith, a veteran of 23 years with the U.S. Postal Service, has worked for the Diboll Post Office for the past six years, and becomes Diboll’s tenth postmaster since 1897. With Griffith (from left) are former Diboll Postmaster Gerald Kerr and Edythe Weeks and Lufkin Postmaster Joe Anthony, who performed the swearing-in-ceremony. Rowe, vice president; Judy Gartman, secretary; and Irene Paulsey, treasurer. Malcolm Still repeats as Diboll Memorial Day Golf Tournament champion with 3-shot lead over John Oates. Brent West, sixth-grade student at Diboll Temple Junior High School, wins

endures forever! Thanks, Daddy God, for Your protection in the storms of life.

Concerts in the Park SundayS 7-8:30 p.m. June 2 Under Pressure - Blues/R&B June 9 Comal Community - Pops/Polka June 16 Fiesta Noche en Seguin June 23 Tin Roof - ‘70s/’80s Classic Rock June 30 San Antonio Symphonic - Patriotic

mile run in the 12-year/ under division category in the yearly Hushpuppy Fun Run.


June 13-15

Watermelon Jubilee


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Thurs., June 13 Hillbilly Jug Band Friday, June 14 Turnpike Troubadours Stoney LaRue Sat., June 15 Stoney LaRue Jason Eady • Reckless Kelly Cody Canada & The Departed

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Florence (Flossy) Favre Eddins receives doctor of medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013 STUDENT Cont’d have done for me; they’ve enabled me to reach this stage in my life. Second, I’d like to thank my brother, aunt and beautiful sister-in-law for traveling 600 miles just to see me graduate. Last, but not least, I’d like to thank all of my friends that are here in attendance today. Now, I think I speak for everyone when I say this; And that is to give the biggest thanks to the entire Diboll High School staff and faculty. Neither I nor my classmates would be standing here before you today if it were not for the faculty members at our school. It was their responsibility to mold us into the young adults that we are today; it was their responsibility to prepare us to become the future of this country; and I must say that they have done an excellent job at it. I don’t think they get enough credit for the things they do; for all the extra hours they spend to ensure we are educated. They are our unsung heroes, so to speak. Would every single Diboll High School staff member in attendance today, please stand up? Ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a round of applause. This is a bittersweet farewell for me. It saddens me to leave behind my friends and family, yet embark on this new and exciting journey. Now, to my classmates. I want to say, “Congratulations, we made it.” In my younger years, I remember thinking I would never graduate; that it was so far away. But that day is today. Every one of us has the potential to become great; to fulfill our hearts’ desires and contribute to society as a whole. We live in the best time in the greatest country the world has ever known. Agriculture has the potential to feed up to 11 billion people on this planet; modern medicine has eradicated diseases like smallpox and polio; there are enough resources to ensure that every man, woman and child can have food, water and shelter; and free trade has given rise to the possibility of world peace. Do not be fooled, though; the world is still full of problems that are equally great; they are very real; they are dangerous; and they have, the potential to consume us — if we let them. The earth is rapidly warming; entire species are nearing extinction; people are starving; new diseases are running rampant; economies are faltering; fossil fuels are depleting; and so on. Now, the thing about problems, catas-

trophes, wars and calamities is that they do not account for the human element. They expect us to run; they expect us to hide; and they expect us to give up. But what they cannot account for is our ability, to rise and, defiantly, meet the challenge. History has shown us that we cannot only overcome adversity, but thrive on it. Classmates, I am proud to say that the solution is here and it is now. And it isn’t me, it isn’t Mr. Hobbs, or Dr. Hobbs as he will soon be known. A problem of extraordinary magnitude must be met by equally extraordinary people. The solution is us. We cannot do it alone. The great philosopher Aesop once proclaimed, “United We Stand or Divided We Fall.” This holds true today. Look at our country during the 1960s in the space race. Human ingenuity knows no bounds. We are obligated to help our fellow man; to increase the potential in his pursuit of happiness; to defend the weak and march towards the gates of hell if we must. So, I leave you, my class of 2013, asking the question, will you be a part of the solution?

Hobbs speech

I would like to begin by thanking the parents, staff, teachers, administrators, family, friends, fellow graduates, Mom, Dad, Brett, and everyone else who has made this night possible, because none of us would be here without all of you. But I am not here tonight for me. I am here for all of us. As much of a cynical and fat-headed person I am, there is no denying that this school and this community have made me who I am today. The support and ferocious passion for Diboll’s youth that I see every day in the community is something I can take with me and say this is not just mine, this is ours. This is our heart. And having said that, as I look out onto this sea of crimson tonight, two realizations come to mind. First of all, we made it. We have now made our first great step into the world, and every one of us deserves to be here tonight. The second, in a way, branches off of the first. This is it. As we sit here, twiddling our thumbs and tapping our toes in anxiety over this graduation, we begin to understand that tonight is, for the most part, the last time most of us will see each other again. So, instead of focusing on the sad bits, I’d like to reminisce on the beginnings of our time at Diboll High School.


Attorney for CoIndependent Executors.

Notice to Creditors

The State of Texas

Notice is hereby given that original letters testamentary for the Estate of MARY LYNNE HACKNEY, Deceased, were issued on May 31, 2013 in Cause No. 0109-13-PR, pending in the County Court at Law of Angelina County, Texas, to DONNA LYNNE SIMS and CLINTON PORTER HACKNEY. The post office address to which claims should be submitted is as follows: DONNA LYNNE SIMS and CLINTON PORTER HACKNEY, c/o Samuel D. Griffin, Jr., Attorney at Law, 211 E. Shepherd Ave, Suite 102, P.O. Box 150607, Lufkin, TX 75915-0607. All persons having claims against the Estate which is currently being administered are hereby notified to present them to the person at the address shown above within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. DATED the 31st day of May, 2013, (Signed) SAMUEL D. GRIFFIN, JR., Attorney at Law, 211 E. Shepherd Ave, Suite 102, P.O. Box 150607, Lufkin, Texas 75915-0607, Phone 936-6347624, Fax No. 936-634-7612,

TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED In the Estate of JANE CLAY MILLER, Cause No. 10413-PR, County Court at Law #2 In Angelina County, Texas. ROBERT ELMER MILLER filed in the County Court of Angelina County, Texas, on this the 17th day of May, 2013, the following: APPLICATION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AS MUNIMENT OF TITLE. Said application may be heard and acted on by said court no sooner than 10:00 o’clock a.m. on the first Monday next after the expiration of ten days from the date of posting of this citation, that expiration date being the 27TH DAY OF MAY, 2013. All persons interest in the above mentioned Muniment of Title are hereby cited to appear before said Honorable court at said above mentioned time and place by filing a written answer contesting such application should they desire to do so. The officer executing this citation shall post the copy of this citation at the Courthouse door of the County in which this proceeding is pending, or at the place in or near

said courthouse where public notices customarily are posted, for not less than ten (10) days before the return day thereof, exclusive of the date of posting and return the original copy of this citation to the Clerk stating in a written return thereon the time when and place where he posted such copy. Given under my hand and seal of said office in Lufkin, Texas, on this the 17th day of May, 2013. J o A n n Chastain, County Clerk Angelina County, Texas * 7

The heat of the midday August sun begins to fade on our backs as we enter the chilly unfamiliar hallways for the first time. We are all hurriedly rushed into the gym, confused, nervous, and perhaps still a bit sleepy. No one wanted to be lectured about the newfound challenges that high school would bring. No one wanted to spend their day meeting teachers. And no one wanted to be up before noon. But nevertheless, there was not a single calm fish in the building. I think we can all remember way back to Fish Camp 2009. The first time we entered the school that we would eventually call ours as a class, and as group. I can’t see anyone out there who won’t admit to being even a bit nervous before freshman orientation. At the time, it just seemed strange. It seemed like we were finally adults ready to take on this great big world. Nothing could stop us, that is, until we realized we weren’t the big kids on campus anymore. But think about it. It was weird at the time. Until freshman year, high school seemed like some far away dream that would never actually come true. It seemed like we would keep rising in grade levels but we were never in the “cool school.” Well it finally came, and it flew by faster than any of us would have ever expected. It came and went and now we must move on to bigger and better things, right? But I thought the saying was that “you’ll never have as much fun as you did in high school”? So how can things ever be better than the most fun you’ll ever have? The answer to this is something that most people forget when they leave high school. School is over, then you either go to college, join the military, or get a job. However, no matter how it plays out, everyone eventually settles down with their lives and wishes to go back to their high school glory days. The difference between now and then is later on; you have to work hard to make life worth all of the trouble. Think of it like this: what game is more rewarding? The one you win because it was easy, or the one you win because you give your best 100% of the time, practice until you know it is your sleep, and deserve because you are the more determined competitor? It’s obvious. The same applies to our futures. I know everyone in the graduation class can achieve anything they want if you all set your minds to it. Make yourselves better people every single day that you live and I promise you, the best times are far from over.

MIP Cont’d has been developing since 2010. They feature guitar, bass, and drums to back their vocals. In addition to playing the Lufkin/ Nacogdoches area, they have performed on several occasions in the Houston market. The next band calls themselves The Burke Pickers. All the members live in the Diboll and Burke vicinity, and they get together at someone’s home or sometimes at the old Burke school to play. “We perform at special events or parties and occasionally at nursing homes,” said Charlie Mann, the main vocalist for the group. “We’re not professional performers, but we enjoy playing and a lot of people seem to like our music.” The Burke Pickers feature primarily guitars and bass with the vocals, and they usually do old country and gospel music. Diboll native Chris Wells and his band will wrap up the evening. Wells began performing country music while he was in college and eventually moved from College Station to Nashville to pursue his music career. After a few years of writing and recording, he decided not to continue in the music business full time, choosing to go into law enforcement instead. He now lives in Willis. Recently, he has resumed performing and has done several shows including Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches. In fact, he is scheduled to be there again the week after he is in Diboll. “People can come to Music in the Park and hear a little bit of what they will get if they attend his show in Nacogdoches,” said Wilkerson. “And it won’t cost anything here.” Wells plans to bring a full band with guitars, bass, steel, and drums. “I thought I might simply do an acoustic set,” he said, “but when I started talking to some of the musicians, they said they would just come with me and give it the full treatment.” All of the groups are performing at no charge; therefore “tip jars” will be available so that attendees can contribute to help defray their expenses. Also, some of the groups will have products available for purchase that night. In case of inclement weather, organizers plan to move the event into the Diboll Civic Center. For more information, call 936-3667215 or 936-829-4817.

Deadline: Noon Monday 936-829-3313 *







FOR TERMINATION OF THE PARENTCHILD RELATIONSHIP AND ADOPTION OF GRANDCHILD at or before 10:00 o’clock a.m. on the Monday next after the expiration of 20 days after the date of

service hereof. The file number of said suit being cause number CV-0177112-09 filed on 09/27/12 in the County Court at Law #1 of Angelina County, Texas. The style of the case is:


GRANDCHILD accompanies this citation. The officer executing this writ shall promptly serve the same according to requirement of law, and the mandates hereof, and make due return as

the law directs. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said court at Lufkin, Texas, this the May 22, 2013. A T TEST: R e b a D. Squyres District Clerk Angelina County, Texas





RESPONDENT: “You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of 20 days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you.” TO: BECKY MONTES MOTHER of ZY’AARON SHEPHERD You are commanded to appear by filing a written answer to the ORIGINAL PETITION



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Lumberjacks fall short of goal

Diboll battles, but can’t close out regional series RICHARD NELSON

HOUSTON — So, so close. The Diboll Lumberjacks fell just short of their state-tournament bid, dropping two games to the Silsbee Tigers on Saturday afternoon, June 1, at Reckling Park on the Rice University campus. The Lumberjacks took the lead in the best-of-three Region III Class-3A series with a 5-3 victory Thursday night, May 30, at Cougar Field on the University of Houston campus. Heading into Saturday, they were just one win away from their first trip to the state tournament. Diboll lost 3-0 in Game 2 of the series, unable to come-frombehind as it had numerous times in the playoffs. In Game 3, the Lumberjacks again found themselves down – this time 1-0 in the second inning. And, just as things were looking up in the third -- with Gunner Hornton doubling, Isaac Hernandez walking and Tony Hernandez singling to load the bases -- Diboll couldn’t put runners across. Isaac Hernandez helped keep the Tigers at bay in the bottom of the third by throwing out a runner stealing second, and starting pitcher Alex Aguilar struck out his fifth batter. Diboll managed to take the lead in the fourth inning. Aguilar doubled to left and Alex Grimaldo singled him in to tie the score. Grimaldo stole second, and Horton singled him in for a 2-1 Diboll lead. Silsbee tied the game in the bottom of the inning, benefitting from a couple of errors. In the middle of those errors, though, shortstop Eric DeJesus made a diving stop of a grounder, checked the runner at third and fired to first for the second out. Silsbee took a 4-2 lead in the sixth on a two-run homer. Then, with on out, Dustin Fisher was brought to the mound and induced a double play. But, as they had all season, the Lumberjacks got back in the game in the seventh. Horton singled and Isaac Hernandez doubled. The Tigers weren’t taking any chances and brought their ace, Tyler Powell, in to pitch … for the third consecutive game in the series. It didn’t matter to Tony Hernandez, who singled in Horton; Isaac Hernandez tied the game, scoring on an error during the play. However, Powell got the next two batters on strikeouts. Silsbee’s first batter up tripled, and Grimaldo was brought in to try to stave off the loss, but the first batter he faced singled in the serieswinning run. Diboll also had its chances in Game 2, loading the bases with one out in the sixth inning. The Tigers brought Powell into the game and

Christian Speedy Palacio slides in for the goahead run in Game 1 of the Region III, Class 3-A game against Silsbee on Thursday night at University of Houston.

he got the Tigers out of the jam with a force out at home and a strikeout. DeJesus pitched well for Diboll, tossing a complete game, but was also hurt by errors. In the first game of the series on Friday, the Lumberjacks – down 3-1 -- scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for a 5-3 victory. Senior Sergio Castillo isn’t known as a long-ball hitter, but he picks his spots. His first came Photos by on Senior Night in a win over Robin Lowe Carthage that helped Diboll finish third in the district. His second came Friday night – a solo blast for an insurance run in the sixth. “I was just looking for a base hit,” Castillo said. “It felt amazing.” Then all he had to do was go back out onto the mound and close out another complete game. Following a Diboll fielding error, Castillo got a groundout to second base, a strikeout and a fly out to center field. Things looked a little bleak for Diboll in the early going, as Silsbee scored three unearned runs in the top of the second inning. However, Castillo came through in the next two innings, facing just six batters. “I was struggling at first. But, I was telling myself to keep my head up. We scored that run and I got my confidence up,” Castillo said. Diboll’s Jay Lowe hustles in to score his team’s first run in Game 1. Diboll got on the board in the fourth. Senior Jay Lowe battled through several fouls to reach first on a walk. He went to second on a ground out and hustled home from there on an Alex Aguilar single. Senior Alex Grimaldo walked and Castillo sac-bunted them each up a base. A strikeout stranded the runners, though. Silsbee threatened in the fifth via a rope to centerfield and a ground up the middle. However, a 6-4-3 (Eric DeJesus-to-Gunner Horton-to-Jay Lowe) double play ended the threat. Lowe led off the Diboll sixth with a single, sliding head first into the base to beat out the throw. Christian Palacio then walked and both runners advanced on a balk. Following a fly out, Grimaldo tied the game with a double down the third base line. Grimaldo stole second base and scored the gamewinner on a poorly thrown ball to The Diboll Lumberjacks were happy, but focused on the task ahead in this group photo third. taken after their Game 1 win.

MVP Riley Smith Players of Year Offensive Micah Ellison Defensive Eric DeJesus Newcomer Zayne Delay Coach Glenn Gimble

All-District 20-3A selections

Hudson Hudson Diboll Jasper Hudson

1st Team All-District (Diboll players) Pitcher Sergio Castillo

1st Base Infielder Outfielder

Jay Lowe Alex Aguilar Alex Grimaldo

2nd Team All-District (Diboll players) Infielder Gunner Horton Honorable Mention (Diboll players) Pitcher Dustin Fisher

Outfielder Outfielder Outfielder Outfielder Catcher Outfielder Utility Utility

Logan Gilbert Zach Joseph Alex Chavarria Tony Hernandez Isaac Hernandez Antonio Pantoja Michael Garcia Christian Palacio

Friday, June 14, 2013

Registration 5:00 PM 6:00 PM Sharp BOYS & GIRLS CLUB 200 South 1st St., Diboll, TX

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On to Texas College

Photo by Hunter McLeroy

Diboll’s Christen Simmons, seated, left, signs a letter of intent to play basketball at Texas College. Simmons, a four-year starter for the Ladyjacks, earned All-District honors each season. Pictured with her, sitting, is her mother, Felicia Simmons; and back, from left, are her father, Craig Simmons; Diboll head basketball coach Laura Jones; and mentor, Eric Hernandez. Simmons says she plans to major in Nursing.


June 6, 2013  

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