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2013, Issue No. 26
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Lufkin Zoo will be at your library Thursday, June 27, with animals to show and tell about their habitat. This free event is for cages 2-12. Make plans to join in the fun and keep reading. For more events, see Page 2.
FBC yard sale
There will be an indoor yard sale with the Sonshine Kids operating a concession stand from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at First Baptist Church, 208 Devereaux St. Proceeds go toward support of kids camp.
FUMC garage sale
The Diboll First United Methodist Church Youth and YUMY Garage Sale is scheduled for June 29 from 8 a.m. to noon in the church fellowship hall. Donations are accepted now, and large donations will be accepted the week of the sale. All proceeds go toward the Youth and YUMY church camp funds and youth/children’s ministry.
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‘Wiz’ of a drum/bugle corps coming Genesis is coming to Diboll. No; not the one Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel helped make famous. This group comes from The Valley and is a drum and bugle corps. The group of boys and girls will stay at Diboll High School, practicing during the day, July 1-5. They will perform a free concert at Lumberjack Stadium on Friday, July 5. The will conduct a clinic Wednesday, July 3. This year’s show is “mOZaic,” designed and based around the fantastical “World of Oz” delivering to audiences an exciting new vision and exploration of Frank L. Baum’s original masterpieces. Excerpts will include the music of: * “The Wizard of OZ:” 1939 Theatrical Version; * “The Wizard of OZ:” 2010 Andrew Lloyd Webber Adaptation; * “The Wiz” (1978 motion picture); * Wicked (2003 Broadway production); See GENESIS, P. 3
Members of the Diboll High School Marching Band are all smiles at Disney Land where they marched in a parade earlier this month. The band and the school will host Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps next week, and the group will perform at Lumberjack Stadium on Friday, July 5.
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We try to build a lot School’s out, summer is here. Some of you have a little more freedom now. Some of you have, or will, go on vacation. What about spiritual freedom? How much do you have? If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you are a slave to sin and the chains of sin have you bound. God’s Bible says in Galatians 5: 1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Jesus Christ has made it possible for you to be freed from the eternal penalty of sin. Jesus has made it possible for those “chains” of sin to be broken. Jesus, alone, can set your spirit free. Jesus wants you to enjoy spiritual freedom today. Turn to Jesus Christ and surrender your will and life to Him. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church
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An intense game of Connect 4 is under way at the Diboll Boys & Girls Club on Wednesday afternoon. Keeler Grant funds will provide mkore games, but also assistance with homework and other educational needs.
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The sound of kids at play greets visitors at the Diboll Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Most of them aren’t aware they are developing skills for life by participating in the program. These students will soon benefit from a donation by the Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program of $40,000 to use for various expenses associated with youth activities. According to Jeff Woods, president and CEO of the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Deep East Texas, this money will be used to purchase
materials for the after-school tutoring and homework sessions, arts and crafts supplies, game room items and athletic equipment.
“The club helps keep youth off drugs and away from violence, cuts down on teen pregnancy rates, and discourages participation in gangs,” Woods said. “It provides them a safe, positive place to come yearround.” Woods also indicated 86 percent of the children served are designated as economically disadvantaged according to totals taken from the school free lunch program. Not only does the Boys’ and Girls’ Club help the children, but it also provides a place their children can See GRANT, P. 3
Diboll ISD Board of Trustees voted Monday to extend the contract of the superintendent and to hire a new high school principal. Andy Trekell will go to work July 1 as principal of Diboll High Trekell School. He has more than 20 years of administrative and teaching experience, most recently as superintendent of Hemphill ISD. He was superintendent of Etoile ISD before that. Trekell was selected from a pool of more than 25 qualified candidates who applied for the Diboll principal position. A more in-depth story on Trekell will be published in a future issue of The Free Press. DISD Superintendent Gary Martel’s contract was extended through 2016 and he was awarded a $4,500 raise. “I really appreciate the Board’s confidence in my leadership,” Martel said. “People say that this position is usually lucky to survive three years in most communities. The last five years have really flown by as your superintendent and we have worked tirelessly to improve our district in every area See BOARD, P. 3
Warrants issued for three accused of burglary The Diboll Police Department has issued warrants for a trio accused of burglary and criminal mischief at the RYR Laundry in Diboll. Detective Rodney
Cheshire and Officer Miahael Teer responded to the business in the 900 block of North Temple about 8:15 a.m. May 7. Although only about $1,100 worth of damage
was done to the business and equipment, the suspects were only able to steal $59 in cash and an undetermined amount of change. Three suspects were identified through evidence
recovered from the scene, a helpful tip from Lufkin Crime Stoppers and cooperation between Lufkin, Diboll and Friendswood police departments. Tanner Joseph Weeks of Ore City,
Gladdin Presley or Santa Fe and Lisa Evans of Santa Fe have been charged with burglary of a coin-operated machine and engaging in organized criminal activity, a state jail felony.
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Lots of people stopping by for a visit to Round Table The members of Diboll First United Methodist Church and our city welcome a new family to Diboll. The Rev. Keith Broyles and his wife, Cindy, will arrive here July 1 and preach his first Sunday on July 7. A great big hearty “hello” and warm welcome to Diboll. *** We enjoyed visiting with former Dibollian Lamar Forque and his wife, Judy, from Surprise, Ariz., while they were in town visiting with his aunt and uncle, Emma Lee and Joe Donald Smith. Lamar spent his younger years in Diboll but attended high school in Washington. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy he returned to Diboll and worked at the fiberboard plant a short time before moving to Houston and eventually back to Kirkland, Wash. He traveled as a sales rep for a coin-operated vending machine business until his retirement in 2004 when they moved to Arizona. He and Judy have one daughter and two grandchildren. They are traveling with an RV and plan to be gone for about 3 months. His sister Delores lives in Derrington, Wash., where they raise buffalo. *** Last Friday night Lamar and Judy F o r q u e , John Ralph and I drove to Apple Sand Mercantile outside of Nacogdoches and enjoyed a delicious all-you-can-eat fried catfish supper. Angela and Kevin Bradford, the owners of this unique and very popular place, both have ties to Diboll. Angela is the daughter of Robert Moore. Kevin’s mother was Earlene (Donahoe) Bradford, and his grandmother was Maggie Donahoe. Angela has a heart for Diboll with fond memories. Their restaurant has wood ceilings and walls
of southern pine lumber. She always has a few antiques on display and would love to have a “Temple T-Wheel” if anyone knows where to find one. *** Brent Price owner of WRS Hydraulic Service in Crockett came in with Rocky Hoch for a first time visit to the store. They saw a picture of Willie P. Richardson on the wall and shared with us that he is responsible for sponsoring and promoting a CD for the gospel group, Cross Driven. Brent Price’s 23-year-old son, Brent Jr., and his 20-year-old daughter, Emily, are two of the members of this group along with Stephen Bobbitt and Lakin Smith. This group provides the gospel part of Dennis Ivy’s Texas Opry which is now in Lovelady. Rocky Hoch works with the WRS Hydraulic Service during the week and on weekends is a lay pastor at a cowboy church, Truly God’s Country. *** Willie P. Richardson was also in the store a few weeks ago, but I didn’t get to meet him. He gave us a promotional picture of himself in a red suit and hat as Willie P. Richardson, the Phone Prankster. He is from Nacogdoches and although politically incorrect, does clean, blue collar stand-up comedy and phone pranks in
addition to sponsoring upcoming vocal groups and producing his own brand of Cheese Catfish Punch Bait. He loves to catfish with his nephew “Butterbean” Taylor and we have a supply of his catfish bait for $10.95 a jar. *** Retired Ag teacher, Hulen “Cotton” George, from Martinsville stopped by on his way to the airport in Houston to fly to Gallup, N.M., where he will attend the Junior High National Rodeo Finals. This is just part of his duties serving as president of the National High School Rodeo Association. He must enjoy being around young people as he worked with them for 27 years in the Martinsville ISD. Cotton’s grandmother lived in Diboll and was affectionately known as “Momma George” in our school lunch room. *** If you go into the Diboll Post Office you will be served by the pleasant and efficient Hopi Walls because she is the ONLY person in the building. She does it all, so be patient if you should go in and not see her behind the front desk because she is probably in the back doing other jobs or maybe taking a restroom break. Hopi is a 1989 graduate of DHS and has been serving as postmaster, and every other job, for almost 8 years. *** My nephew and former Dibollian, Randy Cook, stopped by for a short visit. His wife is Lisa (Powell) Cook. They live in Henderson where she is the compliance officer for Texas Bank in Henderson. Lisa was attending a week-long bank conference in Chicago when Randy and their 16-year-old son, John Carl, joined her for a few days of sightseeing around
Chicago. One night was spent at Wrigley Field watching the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Cardinals. Lisa is never one to leave early, but all three of them were cold without coats in the 57-degree temperature and the Cubs were behind so Randy convinced them to leave. That was the unforgettable game that went 14 innings and the Cubs won by one run! *** J. T. Capps, owner of the Brisket House, came in. He told us he has closed the popular eating place because of personal health issues and hopes it will only be temporarily; and so do we and a lot of others. We pray for his speedy recovery. *** Mike Albritton came in for one of our unique “Coon” traps. Earlier he had trapped a coon and was bitten trying to get him out of the trap. Mike’s doctor insisted he take a series of rabies shots since the coon managed to get away. He hopes that won’t happen again. I shared with him the very day I read Jan’s column about a snake in their chicken yard that I encountered my first snake in my chickens’ nest. Let me assure you, “it’s no laughing matter.” *** We have finally found a supply of a popular item called Cowboy Candy, it’s delicious sweet jalapeno peppers to serve on peas or over cream cheese as a dip. Come on by and check it out and 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@poulands. com or 936-829-4040.
Comedian Franklin entertains crowd of 217 at library Magician/comedian Julian Franklin was a real hoot with his mind-reading rat during the Summer Reading Club event on June 20. Peals of laughter could be heard all over the library from the 217 kids, teens and adults in attendance. Franklin also added a little engineering in his program. He talked to the audience about simple machines and showed them how you can move a heavy object from one side of the room to the other using wheels. This was a fun and educational program for all who attended. *** Aaron Friar with the City of Lufkin Planning & Zoning Department spoke to the teens and tweens about geocaching, the modern day treasure hunt using a GPS. Using the laptop and projector he showed a short video on what geocaching is. Then, he put in the coordinates for the geocaching site he had hidden at the library and let the teens use his GPS to find it. The box they found contained sweatbands, pedometers, magnets, lip balm, and a booklet of lakes and trails in the area for each person. Normally you would not take what you find, but he had set it up especially for this program. There were 22 in attendance at this Teen Summer Reading Club Event. It was awesome to go outside and find a treasure!
News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library *** Congratulations to Suelemma De Blanc and Jax Kendrick, this week’s winners in the adult and teen Summer Reading Club drawings! They received $10 gift cards from Sonic and Wal-Mart. *** Just a reminder to all of the Summer Reading Club Members: Saturday, July 6, is the last day to record your books and turn in book rating forms. The last weekly drawings will be held on Monday, July 8. Awards parties are as follows: Adult awards, 3 to 5 p.m. July12; Teen awards and movie, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 16; and Children’s awards, 2 p.m. July 18. *** Lufkin Zoo will be at your library on Thursday, June 27, with animals to show and tell about their habitat. This free event is for ages 2-12. Make plans to join in the fun and keep reading. *** Hey teens and tweens! Do you like to do crafts? Come join us on Tuesday, July 2. We will be making worry stones. This is a free event and all supplies are provided. Don’t
forget to bring a friend! *** There will be a water slide for the Texas Summer Reading Club Members ONLY at 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, at your library. Permission slips are required and must be turned in by June 28. Don’t forget your lawn chair, towel and sunscreen. *** Tangled Threads is like an old fashioned sewing circle where everyone brings their own needle crafting project to work on while chatting and sharing tips. Do you crochet, knit, or do any kind of portable craft? Join us for “Tangled Threads” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9. Bring your own project to work on while you chat and share tips with each other. *** Give a helping hand while you enjoy fun for the whole family at Movie Day at the Library at 6 p.m. Friday, June 28. 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
Come on and go Hawaiian This is a chilled fluffy dessert that finishes off a summer meal very well. Leftovers taste just as good the next day and this dessert can also be covered and frozen for up to 1 month. The recipe makes two desserts so you can save one for later.
1 pkg. yellow cake mix 3 pkgs. (3.4 oz. each) INSTANT vanilla pudding mix 4 cups cold milk 1 1/2 tsp. coconut extract 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, well drained 1 large container whipped topping 2 cups flaked coconut, toasted Mix cake batter according to pkg. directions. Pour into 2 greased 13” X 9” cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cakes test done. Cool completely. In a large mixing bowl, combine pudding mixes, milk and coconut extract;
Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger beat for 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat well. Stir in pineapple. Spread over the cooled cakes. Top with whipped
cream; sprinkle with coconut. Chill for at least 2 hours. Recipe makes 24 servings. Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina county.net.
Julian Franklin entertains 217 children and adults with a mind-reading rat and some engineering feats. Diboll Christian Outreach. Popcorn will be available. 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. *** Library closing: The lia.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturbrary will be closed on Thurs- pendence Day. Summer library hours: day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. day, July 4, to celebrate IndeMonday through Friday, 9 Have a great week!
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Dorbec, classmates get together in NB Velincia Dobrec and girls from her 1978 Class at Levelland High School reconnected at a high school reunion a couple of years ago. They have met for a summer girls get together ever since. This year they rented a river side cabin in New Braunfels and floated the Guadalupe on Thursday, but a huge storm came up so they had to exit an hour into their float. The next day, Friday, it was still overcast so they went to San Marcos and shopped the factory outlets. Came back to eat lunch at the Gristmill and later that evening went to Gruene Hall to listen and dance to Larry Joe Taylor. Saturday, the weather was much better, and they were able to float the river. Plans for their next get together are in the summer, and they are making plans and talking about Ruidoso, N.M. They have already planned and committed to a cruise when they are 60 and are also talking about Las Vegas and New York. It is always so much fun when they get together and make memories. Tonette French Shipley, a nurse, still lives in Levelland; Susan Wright Hill, a nurse, lives in Lubbock; Dina Wyatt Hoffman, a teacher, lives in China Springs outside Waco, Lisa Claborn, an airline attendant for American Airlines, lives in Bedford. Tonette and Val have been best friends for 50 years. Her grandmother lived across the alley from Val’s grandmother in Levelland. They met when Val was 4 years old and she was 3 years old and have been best friends ever since.
*** Ernest and I have enjoyed watching the College World Series. I can still remember when C.V. and Voyl Berry would go to Omaha, Neb., every summer for the series and to see their daughter and family Bobbie Sue and Bill DeLoach. *** Father’s Day, Ernest and I ate at Outback with a gift card from one of the kids. We saw Paul and Louise Abney who were treated by Jeffrey Abney. We also saw Christine and Jim Richardson. *** Happy Birthday: Carol Hill, Vernadine Richardson, Imogene Stewart, Macy Turner, Tammy Ripley, Jean East, Runell Williams, Sarah Jane Thames, Mark Hicks, Karli Wilson, Lynne Haney, Don Reily, Bill Royle, Ruby Melacon, Mary Jo Taylor, Melissa Abeldt, Jim Gray, Shana Looney, Hanna Westerman, Baliee Karnowski. *** Happy Anniversary: Martha and Ray Carswell celebrate their 50th on June 29, Jill and Jon Carswell celebrate their 11th anni-
Thankful for turn lanes, other improvements to Huntington Anytime I have to turn left off Highway 69, which is the main drag through Huntington, I am thankful for such a safer way to turn on the highway. This addition to safer travel was the dream of the late Lamar Tinsley long before he was voted to be the mayor. When we moved here 38 years ago I served on a committee with Lamar, Boots Morehead, Dean McMullen and my Randy Birch to build a city park in Huntington. Lamar had two wishes on his list other than the park. He wanted to see a nursing home built and a turn lane for a long way through our town so “the old folks” would be safer. Believe me; at that time, we had a lot of old folks still driving who HAD to go to the post office and the bank. We, along with many other volunteers, did get the first city park built and in the meantime Lamar put TxDOT at the top of his list, and he did badger them until they turn land was in sight. The he talked Boots and Buddy Lowery into pouring a concrete street, which ran by the post office so folks could stay off Highway 69 if they really wanted to do that. I am thankful every time I use the turn lane; the side street (that name I cannot remember); and the nursing home, which is sued for more than folks realize. When Mother was there I was elated not to have to drive to Lufkin to visit her. People who think that there is not much to Huntington don’t realize how many good things have come about in the last 72 years – just from my viewpoint. *** The heat has already gotten to me and summer has barely crossed the horizon. I am quite ready for much cooler weather since I’m not inclined to be a hot-weather person anyway. Even if I was leaning toward moving to cooler year-round temperatures, it would be difficult to choose anywhere with good weather. My favorites are not tornadoes, floods, fires nor hail, so it would seem that this body will try to stay in air-conditioned buildings and cars. Yes, I have already been praying that the electricity will not take a hike anytime during the next hottest months. As always I am thankful humans are not in control of the weather because even the Power on High can’t please us all at one time. *** Randy was in Orlando,
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Fla., for his yearly meeting with the advisory board at Full Sail. He and one other workmate were in school there many years ago and he and Eileen lived in Altamonte Springs near the school. This time he was in a hotel in downtown Orlando, courtesy of Full Sail and in all the places he has toured in the world he can never remember staying in a hotel that had a 13th floor, but this one did and his room was 1313. Thank goodness he was not superstitious. One evening he called and I could hear thunder and he was watching the lightning strikes. Every day rain comes in that area and usually as soon it stops, out comes the sun like it never saw rain. On the flight down, Randy advertised for Full Sail. He also talked to a family that was on its way to Orlando from Kentucky. Surprisingly they were visiting family and not going to Disney World. The man of the group was interested in Randy’s work and travels but he was not a traveler and was having difficult just flying from Kentucky. He probably won’t be a frequent flyer. *** Earl Maxwell told me that if he had known the good Lord planned to leave him here this long he would have taken better care of himself. I wonder how many folks have had that thought later in life? *** Beamon and I enjoyed lunch to celebrate Father’s Day and say our goodbyes to Tim Scogin and Kim, Amber and Tristan Childers as they were leaving for Colorado and Nebraska. Tim had been watching the fires via television news since he lives very close at Colorado Springs. Others having a good time with us were Pat and Johnny Garrett, Leslie and Patrick Richards, Brandi, Doug, Blaire, Carly and Jackson Lankford and hosts Bettie and Preston Westbrook. Also present were Brad Reid of College Station, who was also honoring his dad, Lynn Reid, and his wife, Rebecca, of Lufkin. The Lankfords were with Ted and Charlene Lankford earlier. With blended families nowadays there have to be many celebrations to honor all concerned. Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntingtonarea residents.
versary on the same day. Others celebrating anniversaries are: Nelda and Howard Horton, Mahaley and Jerry Campbell. *** The Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Weekend will be Oct. 4-6 at Stephen F. Austin State University. They need addresses for alumni that maybe have married and moved out of the area. Bobbie Robinson has been coordinating addresses. If you are “lost,” please let me know or Bobbie Robinson. *** Ernest, Julie Jumper-Morris and I went to New Canaan, Conn., for the events that our grandchildren were having. Sarah, age 14, was promoted from eighth to ninth grade. George, age 17, had completed a nature trail project for his Eagle Scout badge. Isabelle, age 18, graduated with honors from New Canaan High School and will be attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts in the fall. Isabelle received athletic awards at a ceremony on the Patio of the Waveny Mansion that was the back drop for one of the soap operas. My girls will have to tell you which one. One day when we sailed, I was the Cap’n Nannie on the Herde’s new Concordia sail boat christened “Grace.” Ernest was the Windjammer when he spotted wind on the water. Hannah Herde left for UCLA on a research project that she started last summer in Paris, France, with Synchrotron SOLEIL that was sponsored by NASA Planetary At-
go while parents are at work. It is more affordable than day care or babysitters, yet offers the structure children need. Parents are charged $45 per year during the school term for each child to attend the after-school-hours sessions. During the summer, there is an additional charge of $45, which covers attendance from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday, breakfast and lunch. Obviously, these amounts do not come close to covering our costs,” Woods said. “We applied for the Keeler Grant because we are losing our funding from the Temple-Inland Corporate Foundation. We had to make up for that loss in order to continue providing services to the children of Diboll.” Grants from the Keeler Grant Program 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. Organizations selected to receive funds should seek to enhance the educational, social, and physical qualities of life within the community. Woods described how the Boys’ and Girls’ Club meets these criteria. “We help students with homework and tutoring after school,” he explained. “Consequently, they make higher grades and do better in school.” In addition, the club offers youth development opportunities as well as athletic games and activities to enhance children’s social skills. A recent visit to the facility found 20 to 30 young people participating in and obviously enjoying a variety of board and table games under the watchful eyes of several adults. Eric Hernandez is the director. Woods said that this year’s grant would be used for items that would be “used up” by the children over the course of time. “We’re hoping to renew the grant on an annual basis,” he said.
possible. I say ‘we’ because in Diboll I am able to truly work side-by-side with all of our school personnel and community members to make improvements each and every day.” The previous contract called for a $100 per month allowance for a cell phone, and that provision was eliminated. With that change, the superintendent now does not receive any perks beyond what other district employees receive, said Trey Wilkerson, DISD board president, adding that the net raise was just below 3 percent, comparable to what other district employees will receive. “The action on his contract at our June meeting shows that the Diboll Board of Trustees continues to believe that Gary Martel is the right person to fill the role of Diboll ISD superintendent,” Wilkerson said. “Mr. Martel has a great relationship with the board, the staff of the district, and the community. He loves Diboll and especially the kids of this district. Many positive things have been accomplished in Diboll thus far in his tenure, and we have confidence that this progress will continue.”
mospheres Program grant. There is more but I will not bore you. I really do not understand what she is researching but she is being paid and has never been to California. Sarah was announced as a Rear Commodore at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, Conn. She will be sailing her new racing Laser this summer and will be a junior instructor. Of course we ate our way around the trip with food at Le Pain Quotindien Bakery, Caroline’s Creperie, Chinese food and pizza from California Pizza Kitchen. Food and fellowship were on Saturday when we celebrated both Michael, who turned 50 in January, and Nancy, who will be 50 in July, birthdays with the family. Michael’s sister, Katie and husband Terry Rixman from Louisville, Ky., prepared the meal. Nieces and nephew Emma, Anna and Christian Dennis were with the family. This was a fantastic week with all four grandchildren: Hannah, who is 21, Isabelle, George and Sarah. This is something that we do not get to do enough. *** Catch you around town. Let me hear about our vacations. *** Let me hear about your vacations. Contact Janice Ann Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Texas Archery develops practice range BURLON WILKERSON email@example.com
Deer, bears, hogs, and other wild animals will soon populate the woods around the home of Bobby Lee. Of course, there is some comfort in the fact that these are just life-sized 3D replicas of the animals. Lee is installing them to develop a shooting range where local bow hunters can practice their skills in a natural environment. Lee plans to have the venue available to the public by the second week in July. Shooters with any kind of archery equipment including compound bows, crossbows, or even long bows can take advantage of the opportunity to improve their craft. “We’re building a woodland walk that will simulate shooting in an actual hunting habitat,” explained Lee. “We already have 10 targets, and we’re getting the trails ready now.” Rather than using two-dimensional paper targets, Lee’s 3D figures will be more realistic and give the hunters a better feel of a real hunt. Shooters will “stalk” and shoot the game from various distances along designated trails. According to Lee, there is not another facility like this in the East Texas area. Lee said that his interest in hunting was really spurred eight or ten years ago by the excitement that his son Thomas displayed. Bow hunters actually get to start hunting one month ahead of gun season. Because of this and because of the added challenge of hunting with a bow instead of a gun, there has recently been increased participation in the sport.
“We are a part of the Archery Shooters Association,” said Lee. “We plan to host local tournaments at our facility, and we hope it grows to the point where we can host an ASA certified tournament.” The Texas ASA Federation which is headquartered in Carthage holds tournaments all over the state. East Texas Archery will provide an easier opportunity for local enthusiasts to get involved. Lee says that he hopes usage of his range will justify increasing its size. He plans to expand from 10 targets to 20, and he also has room to install a regular target range if there is enough demand. “We will have a chronograph too,” said Lee. “This is a device that measures the arrow speed, which is necessary for an archer to accurately set his or her range sights on the bow.” Shooters of all ages will be able to use the range, but anyone under 15 must be supervised by an adult. Fees for adults will be $10 per day per person with unlimited shooting throughout the day. The cost to students, including college, will be $7 per day. Lee said that he will also consider offering memberships for those who want use the range often. “I’m not really considering this a business,” stated Lee. “I doubt if I make any profit. If I can just recover my costs for the targets and other materials necessary for building the range, I will be happy that I’ve provided a place for people to come out and have a good time.” East Texas Archery is located at 1325 FM 2497 between Diboll and Hwy 94. Lee can be reached by phone at 936-404-3636.
GENESIS Cont’d * “Pink Floyd;” * The Doors; * Dead Mau5; and * Skrillex; Founded in September 2009, Genesis set out to provide an opportunity for the youth of the Rio Grande Valley to participate on the “next level” of musical competition. In addition, Genesis was formed to help provide an alternative to the ever growing youth violence and sedentary lifestyle in the communities. After its initial auditions in November 2009, it was clear that this program would be successful and would draw more interest than just those within its current community. Members from all over Texas and as far away as Wisconsin, participated in its first season of activity in 2010. “One Night in the Valley” was a show fit for our inaugural season, with its latin jazz and latin roots, the show, and underdog new corps, was a crowd pleaser along our Mid West National Tour. The season was not only a huge success off the field, but the corps finished 9th at the DCI Open Class World Championships, a huge milestone for such a young organization. The 2011 season brought us our first ‘rebirth’ of ideas and “Big Top After Dark”
was a show in direct contrast of our 2012 season. Bringing new genres of music and visual ideas as well as increasing the members and staff and the result was a great success and growth for Genesis. Finishing 6th at the DCI Open Class World Championships and reaching new levels of expectations for all captions recognized by their peers, Genesis was voted “Most Improved Drum Corps” for
2011 which was the cap to a fantastic second season. Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote the existence and marketability of drum and bugle corps through social events, music, marching, and competitive performances. Check next week’s Free Press issue, website or Facebook page for more information.
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Vacations seem to always be an real adventure Isn’t it funny that Dorothy was right in the Wizard of Oz when she said, “there’s no place like home?” Vacations always remind us of this. No matter how much we plan a vacation to make it perfect, it seems to have a trek of its own when we embark. It’s nothing like the stability that home provides. Almost every vacation that my husband and I have taken has followed that path. I can count on the fact that no matter where we go or what we see, it will be an adventure beyond what we could imagine. There was a time we took the kids to the Northwest to see Mount Rushmore and almost ran out of gas so took a detour to Dodge City and barely got out. Or, there was another year when we wanted to share the wonders of the world with our children and headed to Niagara Falls only to find ourselves stranded in the smallest one-horse town you have ever seen. That time Jed Clampett’s twin brother met us and took us back to his office where we were barraged with about two and a half hours of fishing and hunting stories about him and a popular past president. We would not have believed it all, but he happened to have the pictures to prove it! Aside from those particular vacations with the children, the one that fondly stays in my mind is a vacation that Steve and I took by ourselves. We were in our midtwenties, had no children, and going to the tropical state of Hawaii. We had booked a tour that covered five islands stuffed with great food, hotels and beaches. This was going to be better than a honeymoon- the quintessential vacation. We were going to take a helicopter to see the breathtaking waterfalls near Wailuku River and scuba dive the waters in Oahu. We were going to visit Kilauea, an active volcano and walk the black sand beaches of Panaluu. We wanted to attend a real Hawaiian Luau and eat all the seafood we could during this two week excursion. It was going to be the best vacation ever and I was so excited! The first thing I had to do in order to prepare for our trip was earn my scuba diving license and become certified. I took lessons for several weeks then took a couple of lake dives to complete certification. My husband was already certified and was enthusiastic about going on a dive or two in Hawaii. He was also eager to take aerial photos of the water falls. We had so much to look forward to and were planning every small detail. Finally, we were ready. I had received my scuba license and we had booked the excursions as well as the luau. The only thing bothering me is that
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ISN’T IT FUNNY? Dortha Jackson
I wasn’t quite feeling up to par. I sure was hoping I wasn’t coming down with a virus. So to make sure, I paid a visit to my doctor. He ran the usual tests to find out what was bothering me. I was concerned about starting a new medication before the trip, but knew that I would have time for a round of antibiotics or something like that before we took off. When he entered the room and told me his prognosis, you could have probably pushed me over with a feather. I couldn’t believe my ears and started to cry. “I’m pregnant?” I must have asked two or three times. Finally, the doctor said, “You can ask it as many times as you want, and the answer will still be the same.” He had the usual big feisty grin on his face when he laughed and looked me in the eyes, “congratulations.” Tears of joy streamed down my face. The news seemed surreal and I was dazed. I couldn’t wait to tell my husband and see his face. It was the absolute best news that anyone had ever told me. It was a miracle! “Oh, no!” I thought suddenly as I caught my doctor before exiting the room. “We are flying to Hawaii in two weeks. Can I still go?” “You are just about to go into your second trimester so travelling should be alright, but no unnecessary chances.” “What does that mean?” I asked. He proceeded, “No scuba diving or flying in gliders or helicopters. It has too many risks. It is just not worth it.” “I see. Well, we will make do.” I knew my husband would be disappointed a little, but probably not too much after he heard the good news. As I predicted and heard him calling friends to boast, I suddenly realized that my vacation was about to change. My vacation was now going to be me sitting on the sidelines watching my husband vacation. I should have probably cancelled or postponed the trip if I could have but was so excited about our new arrival that the trip became a momentary breather for what lay ahead. All I could focus on now was that immediately following our trip; I had to get a baby’s room ready. There was a lot to do, and suddenly the vacation took a backseat to the most welcomed arrival of a new baby. Read Part two of “Going on a Vacation” next week. To be continued…. Dortha Jackson grew up in the Diboll/Lufkin area and has recently returned with her husband, Steve, and their dog, Bear. She spent the last thirty years as a music teacher and church musician in Laredo.
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nity 23. Be unwell 24. Boot 25. Triple ___ 28. Treble ____ 30. *Subject of Nathan’s contest 35. Turkey dance 37. German composer Carl ____ 39. *The whistle or crack of a firework 40. Dwarf buffalo 41. *”To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid _____” 43. Armor chest plate 44. Tear into shreds
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Gov. Perry announces vetoes In the days before air conditioning, legislators worked to wrap up session before the heat of summer. With Austin temperatures at almost 100 degrees this week, I can appreciate their desire to get out of town. Despite the climate control currently in the Texas Capitol, things heated up as the Legislature seeks to pass bills and finish the special session. Five things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol are:
Last Friday, Gov. Rick Perry announced his vetoes of bills from the 83rd Legislative Session. He rejected 26 bills. While the Legislature may in theory override a veto with a two-thirds vote, that vote is impossible if the Legislature is not in session. Because almost all legislation is finally passed in the last days of session, there are very few bills the Legislature could revive should the governor veto it. This makes the governor’s veto a very powerful tool because it can completely shut down legislation despite its passage by the Legislature.
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Last week I shared with you that SJR 2, a transportation funding bill which I authored, had been heard in the Senate Finance Committee. I am very pleased to report that it was voted unanimously out of committee and late on Tuesday night was voted unanimously out of the Senate. It is now expected to be heard in the House in the next few days. This resolution would ask voters to approve using part of the oil and gas severance tax for the state’s highway fund. Because it’s a constitutional amendment to be approved by voters, it must pass each chamber with a two-thirds majority. If successful, you will see it on the ballot this November.
School finance trial
In February, state district court Judge John Dietz issued an oral ruling in which he found the school finance system unconstitutional, both because of inadequate school funding and because
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of the way the state distributes money to districts. This week the judge announced there would be a new trial beginning in January to hear additional testimony in light of the significant education legislation passed this session. The legislature was actually able to restore $3.4 billion of education spending that was cut last session, as well as pass HB 5 to drastically reduce standardized testing. Both measures have now been signed by the governor. The new trial is expected to last around six weeks and will greatly affect the way schools all over the State of Texas are funded. This is of special interest to Senate District 3 in which the majority of school districts are funded at below the state average.
“And we stand with you and we do not forget, and we’ll be there even after the cameras leave.” These were the words of President Obama to the residents of West, Texas in the days shortly after their April disaster. However, that has not come to pass. In a letter dated
June 10 to Gov. Perry, FEMA said it had reviewed the state’s appeal for help, but that the explosion was “not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.” State officials are now in the process of appealing that decision and I proudly stand with them. If FEMA will not reconsider their decision, it is my hope that the President will exercise his ability to override it and provide West with funds to repair roads and sewer lines, and to rebuild schools.
The recent passage of SB 485 and subsequent signage by Gov. Perry means a change in dates for this year’s Sales Tax Holiday. Most of you are probably familiar with this tax-free weekend that exempts clothing, footwear, backpacks and other school supplies from the state sales tax. Though kids will be glad to remember that the start of school is still two months away, parents will know this opportunity for a little savings is still in existence- and coming a bit early this year August 9-11.
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Try to reach out to others ‘Unconditionally’ This past week has been a buzz of activity for three of our grandkids spent the week with us. Splash pads, dino museums, zoo visits, riding the Ranger, and playing outside were part of the things we did. This year, it was a little different because our oldest granddaughter, Kaytlin, has a beginner’s driving license. I got to help teach her how to drive. She was very timid at first, and we started driving up and down Nanna and Paw’s long driveway. She would circle the house and go back down the drive. We practiced stopping quickly and backing up. After she got up the courage, she
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Jan Allbritton drove a little on 1818 and CC Road. By the end of the week, she drove us to Bryan to meet her stepmom and siblings. She drove through towns and all. By that time, she was ready to drive almost anywhere. Kids do not get things by osmosis no more than Kaytlin watching me drive all the time. Yes, she could watch me and see what I did, but she had to have the opportunity to practice and
learn. Kids do not come to know Jesus just because you became a Christian when you were a kid. You went to church as a kid, and so you know something of Jesus. If you don’t take your kids to church, how will they know Him? They may know that you know Him, but do they know Him? Do they get the opportunity to learn about Jesus each week? Do you talk about your relationship with Him and how important He is in your life to your kids? If you don’t, they won’t know Him, more than likely. You and I cannot make a decision about Jesus for
anyone else, no matter how much we want to do so. Every person has to come to know Jesus personally. You must put forth the effort for your children to have this opportunity. You have to intentionally take them to church and teach them about God. Somewhere, we did not get the message across to young adults because so many are not taking their kiddos to church on Sunday. They are busy sleeping in, playing ball, or just chilling. Where did we go wrong? Could it be that we did not show them how important God is to us, or did we show them that God is not essential to us?
Did they not see a vibrant, alive, lifetransforming closeness to God in us? Did we fail to communicate the most important thing in life? We taught them that they need a good income and a nice house with two cars. We taught them that they needed every new-fangled gadget there is, and we taught them to try to keep up with the Joneses, and we totally missed our whole mission in life. We did not teach them that God is the most important thing. We did not teach them that showing the love of Christ to others is the only way to be. Many of our young adults do not go to church now because they have TEACHER cont’d p. 6
Always difficult to say goodbye to good friends “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” - Ecclesiastes 4:910.
Friendship – what a wonderful subject! Most people have friends. We have good friends, close friends, friends of friends, etc. Some friends we have for short time and some last a lifetime. I have a childhood friend, Stephanie, which I have literally known since birth. Our moms worked together, were expecting us at the same time, and our birthdays are a week apart. We also lived one house down from each other. We played together every day, it
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
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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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seemed, growing up. Although we do not see each other much now, we both know we will always be there for each other. Over the years, friends have come and gone. Some I am still close to and others I haven’t seen or spoken to in years. It is always hard to say good bye to a great friend. That is
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
what our church is doing now. This week, we say goodbye to our wonderful pastor, Rev. Becky Love. She is moving to Athens to be the pastor of FUMC Athens. She has been a blessing to us, our town, and our church. She has served our church for 6+ years, and I personally, have been blessed to have her support and friendship over her years at Diboll FUMC. Becky is excited about the move, but we all are sad to see her go. God bless you Becky! We love you, will always support you, and will continue to pray for your new appointment in Athens. With good bye to a great friend, we say hello to a new one! We are welcoming our new pastor, Dr. Keith Broyles. He is joining us from FUMC in Freeport, Texas, and he has served various appoint-
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
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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
ments around the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1991. We want to welcome Dr. Keith and his wife, Cindy, to Diboll FUMC. We can’t wait to form new friendships with our new pastor and his family. *** Youth and YUMY Garage Sale is scheduled for June 29 from 8 a.m. to noon in the church fellowship hall. Donations are accepted now, and large donations will be accepted the week of the sale. All proceeds go toward the Youth and YUMY church camp funds and youth/children’s ministry. *** 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
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
church office. ministry. *** The annual Back to School Bash is being planned now. This is a huge community-wide project that helps students in our district receive school supplies for the new school year. Collections of supplies are being taken now. Drop box will be located at DISD admin office. Monetary donations can be given to FUMC Diboll. Volunteers are needed! If your organization would like to help, please contact the church office as soon as possible. *** Can you make a joyful noise? The First United Methodist Choir is looking for you! Join them for practice on Wednesday evenings SISTERS cont’d p. 6
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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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30 Years Ago: Foursome reunites after 45 years One Year Ago
Carl & Bertha Pavlic check out Wall of Honor at the Admiral Chester Nimitz War in the Pacific Museum in Fredricksburg, Texas. The Pavlics place memorial photo with details of Carl’s U.S. Navy service during World War II on the wall. Diboll Day officials announce country singer Mark Chestnutt will perform free concert in Old Orchard Park. Mary Wells, Worthy Matron of Burke Chapter 1098 Eastern Star, presents Justin Taylor of Jasper with scholarship awarded by the chapter. Terry Johnson named Teacher of the Year at the annual Diboll High School Renaissance Academic Banquet. Sam Houston State Electric Cooperative crews have taken down 90,000 dead/ dangerous trees along power line right-of-ways.
Five Years Ago
Fred Mitchell out polls Gary Mike Smith in the June run-off non-election for a seat on the Diboll City Council. Texas Governor Rick Perry appoints Thomas Gann, David King, Alfred Chavira and Julie Powell to the Angelina/Neches River Authority board of directors. Newly elected Diboll Pilot Club officers include Hellen Schmidt, president; Nina Neyland, director; Geneva Ard, president-elect; Billie Lamb, 1st vice president;
30 Years of Diboll Free Press Clippings A Public Service of The History Center Barbara Nash, recording secretary; Charlotte Weeks, director; Johnnye Devereaux, corresponding secretary; Sue Beaty, treasurer; and Billie Willmon, chairman of directors. Vandals are active in Old Orchard Park and Wall of Fame Memorial with spray paint markings. Diboll students making the 2008 Angelina College Dean’s List (3.5 gpa) are Ida Aguilar, Maria Carrillo, Casey Cubstead, Donna Ferguson, Samantha Fuller, Jimmy Kee, Donne Lee, Marcus Lopez, Erica Reyes, Natalie Solis and Stephen Wells.
Ten Years Ago
Wesley McClain shoots a 44 and wins playoff to capture first place in the Golf USA Classic boys’ 10-12 division held at Lufkin Country Club. Longtime “Get Hooked on Fishing” executive Paul Hinton retires after 17 years of events & memories. Angelina County secures funds for War on Terror- Lufkin nets $277,504 while rest of county receives $125,111. Former Diboll Lumberjack standout Jeff Vanover, senior linebacker for Rice
not been exposed to a Jesus encounter. You get a Jesus encounter when you step into a spirit-filled church. What is a spirit-filled church? That place is where you immediately fill the presence of God. You feel the unconditional love. You don’t feel judged, and you are welcomed by others just as you are. I cannot speak for every church, but I do know that several of these kind of churches do exist. There are some in every town, but you have to look for them. In my opinion, you should look for-
University Owls, is on first team selected to All-Texas College Team by Texas Football Magazine. Local history enthusiast Barley Lenderman travels to Tombstone, Arizona with special attention concerning legendary Boot Hill Cemetery.
Twenty Years Ago
Diboll City Council approves deputy constables to ride patrol in city police vehicles. Diboll High School Senior Sophie Castillo receives $500 Diboll Pilot Club Scholarship. Diboll Youth Baseball honors longtime coach/volunteer Bo Smith at end of your banquet held at Arthur & Lottie Temple Civic Center. The six finalists for Diboll High School principal position are James Porter, Gary Campbell, John Whittemore, Dale Bohannon, Carlton Tucker and Bob Lovelady. The second annual Diboll High School Runnin’ Jacks Basketball Camp host 60 participants and is directed by Coach Mike Williams. Top campers this session is Jana McGaughey and Cody Wilbanks.
ward to the church services every week because you cannot wait to see what God is going to do. When you go to church, you should worship God and feel filled-up to make it through the week. The Wednesday night service is your fill-up in the middle of the week. When you are not in church, you should be telling others about Jesus, and if necessary, use words. That means your lifestyle should be enough to let others realize that you are different, and that you have something that they want. What they
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Thirty Years Ago This Week
Sunday’s Juneteenth celebration in Walter Allen Park was engineered by Albert Delco, E.C. Williams, J.C. Mathis and James Rhone. Williams and the Diboll Hope Club sponsored the event. Williams is a Houston businessman and Diboll club owner who said he wanted Juneteenth revived in honor of his father, Robert Williams and others who once put great emphasis on the day for community activities. Over 1,000 people attended this year’s celebration, enjoying the soft drinks and barbeque.
Thirty Years Ago
Newly elected Lufkin Pilot Club officers are Mary Llarente, president; Mary Stevens, vice president; Linda Dorsett, corresponding secretary; Lois Strickland, treasurer; Donna Strickland, recording secretary; Molly Massingill, installation officer; Hazel Olson, Gloria Kaemmerling, Billye York, Gloria Shultz, and Betty
want would be Jesus. Mike and I watched a movie, “Unconditional”, and it reminded me that we are to reach out to others unconditionally and show them love. LOVE doesn’t cost money, and there is enough to go around. How about showing a little love this week? A little compassion? Who knows what a difference you might make? Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.
Lacey directors. Diboll students participating in the vocational agriculture Texas Forest Resource Short Course are Don Rast, LaJahna Maxey, Traci Adkison, Donnie Kilgore, Monte Newberry, Terry Beasley, Keith Dover and Jared Grumbles. Marine Pvt. Carl Burchfield, son of Betty and Carl Burchfield of Lufkin, completes infantry combat training course at Camp Pendle-
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 afternoons. Sunday school for all ages
ton, California. Boles Food Market #10 opens in the Judson Shopping Center in Lufkin. Getting together for the first time in 45 years at Diboll Municipal Golf Course are Hershel Ramsey of Garrison, Anon Card of Lufkin, Robert Ramsey of Diboll and J.B. McConnico of Diboll. The four haven’t visited with each other since their high school days. 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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OBITUARIES Ronnie Casburn of Diboll; three granddaughters and spouses; three greatgranddaughters; as well as numerous other relatives. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.
Ella Mae Gilbert Burrous
Funeral services for Ella Mae Gilbert Bourrous, 83, of Pollok, will be held Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Mrs. Bourrous was born January 6, 1930 in Angelina County, Texas. She died Monday, June 24, 2013 at her residence. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, G. P. “Jerry” Bourrous of Pollok; daughter, Lucretia Bourrous of Pollok; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and
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Memorial services for Carolyn Redditt Henderson, 82, of Lufkin, were held Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
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Mrs. Henderson was born November 16, 1930 in Lufkin. She died Friday, June 21, 2013 at PineCrest Retirement Community. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Chip and Debra Henderson of San Antonio, Dave Henderson of Lufkin, Mark and Amy Henderson of Lufkin, Kelly and Robert Parrott of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Christy and Everett Johnson of Huntington; 20 grandchildren; six great Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.
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Sealed bid proposals addressed to Mr. Dennis McDuffie, City Manager - City of Diboll, City Hall, 400 Kenley Street, Diboll, Texas 75941, will be received until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 for furnishing all labor, supplies and supervision necessary for construction in accordance with plans and specifications for the: City of Diboll Bond Street Improvements Phase II The contract will include rehabilitation and reconstruction of approximately 30,200 linear feet of streets in Diboll, including full reconstruction, chip seal, overlay, road milling, drainage improvements and required appurtenances complete in place. BIDS will be opened and publicly read aloud at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Diboll City Hall, 400 Kenley Street, Diboll, Texas 75941. No faxed bids will be accepted. P L A N S AND SPECIFICATIONS may be examined without charge at Diboll City Hall. Contract documents including bid proposal forms, plan sheets, and specifications for the Project may be viewed and downloaded free of charge (with the option to purchase hard copies) at www. civcastusa. com on or after June 19, 2013. Scanned plans and specifica-
tions (PDF format) are available on CD for a non-refundable price of $25.00 from KSA Engineers, Inc. 107 West Lufkin Avenue; Suite 200, Lufkin, Texas 75904, Telephone: 936-6376061. Printed copies of the Contract Documents may also be viewed at the Engineer’s office. Please submit questions for this project 72 hours prior to bid opening through www. civcastusa.com in the Q&A portal. Addenda issued will be posted on the www.civcastusa.com. You will be notified of addenda automatically through email if you downloaded your plans and specifications via civcastusa. com. A CERTIFIED OR CASHIER’S CHECK, or an acceptable bid bond in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total bid shall accompany each bid as a guaranty that, if awarded the contract, the bidder will promptly enter into contract with the City of Diboll and furnish bonds on the forms provided. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER OR BIDDERS will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond, each in the amount of the contract, written by a responsible surety company authorized to do business in the State of Texas, and satisfactory to the Owner as required by Article 5160, V.A.T.C.S. BIDDERS ARE expected to inspect the site of the work and to inform themselves of all local conditions. Time of substantial completion shall be 150 calendar days including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal
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Sealed bid proposals addressed to Mr. Dennis McDuffie, City Manager - City of Diboll, City Hall, 400 Kenley Street, Diboll, Texas 75941, will be received until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 for furnishing all labor, supplies and supervision necessary for construction in accordance with plans and specifications for the: City of Diboll Old Orchard Park Restroom The contract will include construction of a restroom facility with a square footage of approximately 760 S.F. and appurtenances. BIDS will be opened and publicly read aloud at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Diboll City Hall, 400 Kenley Street, Diboll, Texas 75941. No faxed bids will be accepted. P L A N S AND SPECIFICATIONS may be examined without charge at Diboll City Hall. Contract documents including bid proposal forms, plan sheets, and specifications for the Project may be viewed FOR RENT
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and downloaded free of charge (with the option to purchase hard copies) at www. civcastusa. com on or after June 19, 2013. Scanned plans and specifications (PDF format) are available on CD for a non-refundable price of $25.00 from KSA Engineers, Inc. 107 West Lufkin Avenue; Suite 200, Lufkin, Texas 75904, Telephone: 936-6376061. Printed copies of the Contract Documents may also be viewed at the Engineer’s office. Please submit questions for this project 72 hours prior to bid opening through www. civcastusa.com in the Q&A portal. Addenda issued will be posted on the www.civcastusa.com. You will be notified of addenda automatically through email if you downloaded your plans and specifications via civcastusa. com. A CERTIFIED OR CASHIER’S CHECK, or
an acceptable bid bond in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total bid shall accompany each bid as a guaranty that, if awarded the contract, the bidder will promptly enter into contract with the City of Diboll and furnish bonds on the forms provided. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER OR BIDDERS will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond, each in the amount of the contract, written by a responsible surety company authorized to do business in the State of Texas, and satisfactory to the Owner as required by Article 5160, V.A.T.C.S. BIDDERS ARE expected to inspect the site of the work and to inform themselves of all local conditions. Time of substantial completion shall be 120 calendar days including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. BIDDERS WILL be allowed
to modify or withdraw bids prior to the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids. No bid received after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids will be accepted or opened. No bid may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids for at least 90 calendar days. IN CASE of ambiguity or lack of clearness stating the price in the bids, the City of Diboll reserves the right to consider the most advantageous construction thereof, or to reject the bid. The City of Diboll reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informality in the bids. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN EMPLOYMENT: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order No. 11246, as amended by
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Diboll ISD is requesting quotes for custodial supplies for the 20132014 school year. To request a packet, contact Katherina Crager, Business Manager, (936) 829-6185. Quotes must be received by 11:00 am on July 16, 2013. Sealed quotes marked with “Custodial Quote 13-14” can be mailed to, PO Box 550, Diboll, TX 75941 or hand delivered at 215 North Temple, Diboll.
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Iron Jacks and future Iron Jacks
Sophomore Kevin Hurley, left, Jack of the Week, works out Tuesday morning at the Lumberjack weightroom, participating in the Iron Jack Program. Diboll Junior High athletes, below, can also participate. The free program is run by DHS coaches from 8 to 10 a.m. through July 25.
Lumberjack tourney - 1st
First place in the annual Lumberjack golf tournament held earlier this month at Neches Pines Golf Course went to Bobby Lee, Bo Smith, Doby Dear and Ricky Connor.
Lumberjack tourney - 2nd
Second place in the annual Lumberjack golf tournament held earlier this month at Neches Pines Golf Course went to Bud Still, Spencer Hubbard, Todd Stevens and Scott Butler.
Lumberjack tourney - 3rd
Third place in the annual Lumberjack golf tournament held earlier this month at Neches Pines Golf Course went to Van Gay, Wayne Chance, Doc Taylor and Rob Wells.
Closest to the hole
Golfers with tee shots closest to the hole in the annual Lumberjack golf tournament held earlier this month at Neches Pines Golf Course were Bobby Lee and Doby Dear.
Larry Baker had the longest drive in the annual Lumberjack golf tournament held earlier this month at Neches Pines Golf Course.
DATELINE Cont’d 2013-2014 school year at Diboll Primary school continues throughout the summer! Registration packets can be picked up at Diboll ISD Administration Office. Packets should be completed and returned to Diboll ISD Administration Office.
Diboll First United Methodist Church will have vacation Bible school Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in Prek through fifth grade. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please call the church office.
Vacation Bible school at First Baptist Church is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 1012 for ages Pre-K3 through sixth-grade. The church bus will run 30 minutes prior to VBS. Pickup sites are: Housing Authority parking lot and LBJ Drive at
the activity center. Any questions, call Jessica Grigg at 936-2400038.
Wakefield Baptist Church, 3253 FM 357, between Diboll/ and Corrigan, is having its vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 21-25. Parents Night is 7 p.m. Friday, July 26. “Full Armor of God” is the theme; all ages teens and adult classes - welcome. Nursery provided.
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. tops.org.
Fam-Ed Center celebrates end of year An end of year celebration ceremony was held June 6 at the Diboll Family Education Center. “We have had a very good and busy year so we wanted to recognize our students for their many accomplishments,” Director Charlotte Morris said. The children in the preschool class entertained their parents, family, and friends by singing several of the songs they have learned this year. Their teacher, Karen Barkley, gave each child a certificate of attendance. Bea Suarez, the ESL teacher, recognized her students for their progress in English learning as well as attendance, persistence, and citizenship attainment. Becky Baer, the GED teacher, recognized the eleven students who have already earned their GED certificate this year as well as the students who are making progress towards attaining their GED certificate. The Diboll Family Education Center provides English as a Second Language and GED preparation classes. Child care is provided for the parents of non-school age children to give them a good start when they begin school. Classes will resume in September, if you are interested in knowing more about the classes please call 8296013 for GED or 829-3890 for ESL classes.
Becky Baer, GED teacher, presents GED certifi-cates to Olga Huitron, Christina Mikeska, Salina Kimball and Mary Pineda.
Toddlers receive their attendance certificates from their teacher, Karen Barkley. Bea Suarez, the ESL teacher, with Maria Cuevas and Sheny Chavez, two of the ESL students who were recognized for their accomplishments this year.
Archeological Society meets Monday, July 1 “Using the General Land Office Land Grant Database” is Dickie Dixon’s topic next Monday evening, July 1, when he speaks to the Deep East Texas Archeological Society at about 7:00 P.M. in the Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library located on 213 East Court Street in Newton, Texas. At about 6:30 P.M. guests and members of the Society will enjoy re-freshments and desserts, then there will be a short business meeting, and then Dickie will
speak. The land grant database of the General Land Office contains lands granted by the State of Texas and Spanish and Mexican land grants, sometimes in a PDF file. The GLO contains doc-uments pertaining to lands the first time they were granted to individuals or entities in the State. Details pertaining to these land grants are useful to historians, surveyors, landmen, and genea-logists. Handouts will show the audience exactly how to access and use this database
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