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2013, Issue No. 27

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Pre-K registration

Pre-K3 & Pre-K4 Registration for 20132014 school year at Diboll Primary school continues throughout thecsummer! 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.


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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Uncommon valor Diboll native Lacox, police partner earn award for bravery during shooting ANDREA SALAZAR

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College Station Police investigators Travis Lacox and his partner Andrew Murph had gone their separate ways for lunch on the afternoon of Aug. 13, 2012. They hadn’t spoken for an hour before hearing about an officer down at an ongoing shooting on Fidelity Street, but somehow arrived at the scene

at the same time. “We both got contacted regarding what was happening and responded separately but arrived at the same place and same time without speaking to each other,” Murph said recalling the “horrifying incident.” “Later on, we took that as divine intervention that my partner shows up at the same place and same time,” he said. The shooting that day

took the lives of bystander Chris Northcliffe and Brazos County Pct. 1 Constable Brian Bachmann, who had arrived at a Fidelity Street house to deliver to the occupant, Thomas Caffall, a notice that an eviction hearing had been scheduled. Several other officers and a civilian were also injured by Caffall. Without much cover, Lacox and Murph put an end See VALOR, P. 3

Photo courtesy of Chris Jones (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, CLEAT)

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Commissioner James Oakley Presents Travis Lacox with his award for valor.

Band marches on

Vacation Bible school at First Baptist Church is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 1012 for ages Pre-K3


Freed By Christ

July 4 is the day we celebrate America’s independence and freedom. We thank Jesus Christ for making it possible and bringing it to us. We thank the men and women who have served and died, protecting our freedom. Freedom is something that we can take for granted. Too many times we do not appreciate something until it is gone. We are truly blessed to be able to have this freedom in America. Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to have spiritual freedom. Through His life, death and resurrection He has offered you forgiveness of sin, everlasting life and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The only way to be set free from the penalty of sin and eternal separation from God is to accept salvation from Jesus Christ. God’s Bible says in John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Please turn to Christ Jesus as your Savior and Lord and enjoy His freedom for all eternity. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church


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The Genesis drum and bugle corps is staying at Diboll High School and practicing this week and will perform a free concert at Lumberjack Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5. 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.

Diboll man accused of possession of controlled substance

It’s OK for primary school children to take a nap … not so much for adults near the school. Diboll Police Department officers Mike Ramsey and Michael Teer and Sgt. Steve Baker responded about 5:40 p.m. Friday, June 21, to a call from a concerned citizen about the

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welfare of a person in his car at the intersection of Weeks and Hendricks -- near Diboll Primary School. Upon their arrival, they found Harold Everette Kelley Jr., 37, of Diboll, passed out in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle and Kelley’s person, officers located about 7.7 grams

of methamphetamines and various other narcotics. Kelley resisted being taken into custody and attempted to flee on foot. After a short foot chase, officers apprehended Kelly and he was taken into custody and transported to the Angelina County Jail. Kelley was charged with

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possession of a controlled substance in a Drug Free Zone, a first-degree felony. According to jail records, Kelley is out on a $7,500 bond. Records also indicate Kelley was arrested Jan. 31 for DWI-third or more and possession of a controlled substance.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Greer and Baldree back from another trip They’re back! My two retired lady friends, Bettye Greer and Garvis Baldree, have gone on another trip and returned home safely. A couple of weeks ago they headed north and made their first stop in the Texas panhandle in the town of Groom, 42 miles east of Amarillo. This small town with a population of 587 souls has two landmarks. One is a leaning water tower, a popular target for cameras, and it also serves as a tourist information center. The second landmark, a 190-foot tall free-standing cross, can be seen from 20 miles away. Ten million people pass by it every year and Bettye and Garvis were two of the estimated 1,000 people that stop each day. This 19-story cross took 100 welders 8 months to complete. There are 19 “stations” of bronze statues depicting the life of Jesus Christ and an empty tomb that visitors can go inside. This Cross is open 24/7 and there is no charge to visit or spend the night. It was Garvis and Bettye’s first time to visit “the faces” at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. If you can’t remember the four presidents whose faces were dynamited and carved into the side of a mountain, they are: George Washington whose nose is 21 feet long (all the others noses are 20 feet long); Thomas Jefferson; Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Not too far from there they visited the World’s largest mountain carving now in progress, a memorial to the spirit of Crazy Horse. With his left hand thrown out pointing in answer to the derisive question asked by a white man, “Where are your lands now?” he replied, “My land are where my dead lie buried”. In 1891, Red Cloud, Lakota said, “They made us many promises, more than I can remember, they never kept but one; they promised to take our land and they took it.” Bettye and Garvis also visited the historic Boot Hill in

Deadwood, South Dakota, and took the walking tour of Mt. Moriah Cemetery which is the final resting place of famous residents such as “Wild Bill” Hickok and Calamity Jane In Northeastern Wyoming, they visited our nation’s first national monument, Devils Tower, designated in 1906 by President Teddy Roosevelt. It is a natural wonder and perhaps best remembered for the award-winning 1978 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. In Yellowstone National Park they saw herds of buffalo, elk and moose and enjoyed their stay at the Lake Hotel. In the Grand Tetons National Park they enjoyed their stay at Jackson Lake Lodge where they took a cruise across Jackson Lake and around Elk Island. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, they took the time to eat at John Ralph’s favorite place, “Bubba’s” and also attended Sunday services at the First Baptist Church. My thanks to Bettye and Garvis for sharing notes from their trip as we have never been to South Dakota… yet, but it’s on my bucket list. *** Wayne and Amy Ward and their daughters, Paige and Macy and their grandparents, Ken and Pam St.Ama, spent a week vacationing to Florida. They spent one night in Destin and 5 nights in the Orangeleaf Resort while spending four days at Disney World. They were excited that Paige was selected to have a part in “Beauty and the Beast.” Magic Kingdom seemed to be the

favorite of this group and especially the nightly fireworks. *** Joe Hargis came in for fishing licenses in hopes of going to the gulf to fish for red snapper. Wanda Strauss brought her sister, Donna Montgomery, to visit the store. Donna is from Bakersville, CA and certainly enjoyed being entertained and visiting beautiful East Texas. She left here with pinto beans, seasoning, an ulu knife and other goodies to serve as souvenirs and reminders of her trip to Texas. *** Ben Beaty, a DHS graduate, is attending SFA and plans to graduate in 2014 with a combination, History and Marketing degrees. He is already putting into practice his marketing ingenuity. As a member of SFA’s Paintball team “Speed Ball” and his experience working in sporting goods, got an idea in 2011 and with $300 started an online internet business he named Armistice Sports. He retails paint ball equipment, skateboards and casual clothing for athletes involved in extreme action sports. He came in the store to pick up a small part he had ordered that was imprinted with his logo, Armistice Sports, that will allow him to build his own AR-15 rifle. Ben is a young entrepreneur, check out his impressive website at *** We have been blessed with so many friends and customers bringing us good stuff to eat from their gardens and kitchens. May McKnight brought new potatoes from their good potato crop this year. Roy Lyles brought lots of squash and okra. Earl Hutson and Ray Paulsey shared delicious tomatoes. Margie Bass brought us blueberry jelly and also an eggplant casserole and her own homemade hot salsa. One day Mrs.

Enriqueta Martin brought us a lunch of burritos, rice and hot sauce. Everything has been so good and we truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. *** On Saturday, July 13, there will be two events in Corrigan to benefit Justin Grimes, a young man with cystic fibrosis who has been approved for a lung transplant. The money raised from these events will go toward his medical expenses. From 10 a.m. until the food is gone, there will be a Fish Fry and Silent Auction on July 13 at Brookshire Brothers in Corrigan. Beginning at noon there will be a softball tournament, double elimination co-ed 6 boys/4 girls; entry fee is $150 per team. For information, contact Tiffany Reed 936-671-2191; Kim Grimes 903-641-8007 or Susan Grimes 512-626-7670. A bank account (#1120751258) has been set up at Bancorp South, 2918 Brentwood Dr. in Lufkin, 75901. *** A new family has moved to Diboll. Dr. Keith Broyles and his wife Cindy arrived on Monday and will preach his first sermon as pastor of the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 7. Also moving to Diboll is Brad and Amber Pesek and their 16-month-old daughter, Madelyn. Both are new employees of DISD. Amber will be teaching junior high math and Brad will be teaching math at the high school. They are the daughter and son-in-law of Brother Kenny and Carrie Hibbs, pastor of Diboll First Baptist Church. Give them all a warm, hearty welcome to Diboll!! *** From 1776 to now July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. As you celebrate the holiday take time to be thankful for our Freedom because it cost a lot!! Come see us … ’round the table.

Nearly 200 enjoy library visitor from Ellen Trout Zoo There were 189 in attendance at the Summer Reading Club zoo program on June 27 at the library. Charlotte Henley, the science director at the Ellen Trout Zoo, presented a power point on animals and reptiles that burrow. She also brought a pine snake named Pineapple, an alligator named Charlie, and a rabbit named Brenda. The kids learned that alligators are not green, but black and white so that they can blend into their surroundings. This was a very informative program and, we would like to thank Ellen Trout Zoo for doing this program. *** “Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United

News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.” (Source: *** Movie Day was a blast on June 28 with 48 in attendance to see “Wreck It Ralph.” Don’t miss the next Movie Day at your library! *** George Avery head of the Anthropology and Archeology Lab at SFA spoke to the Teen Summer Reading Club about archeology on June 25. He told them that archeology is more than just digging for artifacts; it is the study of people and how they lived. His slide show was of an actual dig in Nacogdoches, Texas and the artifacts that they found. We learned that some of the tools that they use to dig with are ordinary shovels, trowels, screened boxes, and sometimes a track hoe. The artifacts that they found are being cataloged and researched at SFA. While you have to have a Masters degree to become a professional ar-

cheologist, anyone can be an amateur archeologist. Happy digging! *** Congratulations to Gloria Purser and Caitlin Woods – 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: This 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: for adult awards, July12, from 3 to 5 p.m.; for teen awards and movie, July 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.; and for children’s awards, July 18, at 2 p.m. *** There will be a water slide for the Texas Summer Reading Club members only on Friday, July 5, at 2 p.m. at your library. Don’t forget your lawn

Charlotte Henley of the Ellen Trout Zoo presents a program to almost 200 Summer Reading Club members. chair, towel and sunscreen. family at Movie Day at the Our movie license will not al*** library on Friday, July 26, at low us to publicize the movie Tangled Threads is like 6 p.m. Our theme for the sum- title so please call us for more an old fashioned sewing circle mer is hunger, so we are ask- information at 936-829-5497. where everyone brings their ing you to bring one package Children under 12 must be own needle crafting project of cornbread mix or 1 pack- accompanied by a parent or to work on while chatting and age of Kool-aid drink mix per guardian. sharing tips. Do you crochet, family, for admission, to be *** knit, or do any kind of porta- donated to Diboll Christian Library closing: The lible craft? Join us for “Tangled Outreach. Popcorn will be brary will be closed on ThursThreads” on Tuesday, July 9, available. We encourage you day, July 4, to celebrate Indefrom 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bring to bring your own snacks and pendence Day. your own project to work on drinks to add to your fun. You Summer library hours: while you chat and share tips may also bring pillows and Monday through Friday, 9 with each other. blankets and sit on the floor to a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Satur*** watch the movie. Come bring day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fun for the whole the family and join in the fun! Have a great week!

Does traffic mean better economy? Getting crabby with the heat We happened to be in Lufkin Thursday and Friday and I wasn’t real sure whether or not folks were starting early to celebrate for the entire week for July 4th. Traffic, especially on Highway 69, was going both north and south, and there were lots of vehicles moving at a fast pace, like people were in a hurry to start with their holiday plans. I’m thinking the economy must be better because there are scads of folks either already vacationing or they have plans to do so. Seems to be more than usual. *** Neal Denman was in Kentucky to attend the Hall reunion. He has a cabin near Eddyville and reported very cool temperatures in the late evenings. *** Rita Morehead was at her post at Memorial Hospital over, what I call, the “holding pen”. You progress to a big waiting room to wait to get x-rays, blood work or whatever else you need. I tried to imagine how many steps Rita makes in a shift. Too many for me to count. *** Peggy Cotton and her husband, whom I had not met, were shopping for something to take to a church function. Dell Forrest Morehead was checking out books at McMullen Memorial Library and said


she reads lots of books. That is an enjoyment that a person can easily get addicted to, especially during these hottest days. *** It had been years since I had been to Clayton and Helen Pittman Duren’s house. They shared a pasture fence with us when we lived down on FM 2109 when their four girls were very young. The little girls were Tina, Jeannette and Lynnette, who were twins, and Julie, who was the baby. They were darling dolls with great big eyes and always had smiles on their faces. For years Clayton and Helen have had truck patches or small gardens and they have lots of produce to sell. Since Beamon has not been able to plant tomatoes I drove out to find him some “fresh tomatoes”. That was a continual wish when I would dare to buy one of those awful cold storage things labeled tomatoes. I don’t eat them so I finally made a vow not to bring any more store bought carbon copies that he would not eat. I was sorry I did not stop and get Melba Duran to go with me because they wanted to hire me to pick purple hull

peas. I would have had to hog tie Melba to get her in the pea patch. We have already picked peas, tomatoes, corn, beans, dug potatoes, picked squash and pulled up onions just like they are trying to do now. There was quite a breeze blowing when I was out there, and I parked in the shade, and then sweated way too much just picking out Beamon’s tomatoes from the table where they keep them. I did enjoy visiting with them for the few minutes they had to spare from picking everything and shelling peas. Melba, my sister and brother and I were the peas shellers as we knew nothing about modern machines that will extract those peas. Beamon was happy as could be to get some great tasting tomatoes. *** Onnie Dee Crawford was laid to rest at the age of 86. She was born to the late Dewitt and Bessie Barron Arnold and lived in Huntington most of her life. She managed the restaurant at the Lufkin Livestock Exchange for 15 years. She was of the Baptist faith and was married to the late James Taylor Crawford. Sisters and brothers preceding her in death were Opal Carrell, Othie Schoubroek, Willie VanSchoubroek, Linnie Pearl Harrison, Mamie Louise Oats, Weldon, Frank and John-

ny Arnold. Her survivors are Peggy and Bennett Ray McMullen, Centralia; sons and daughterin-law, Bobby and Martha Crawford, Lufkin, and James Morrow Crawford, Huntington. She is survived by grandchildren and other relatives. During my sophomore year in high school I was allowed to go to Alexandria, Louisiana with James and Onnie Dee one night. James drove a cattle truck that he owned and there were cows to pick up at the auction barn over there. Don’t forget that this was a great adventure since we never went very much. James owned a gasoline rig and it took us the first part of the night to get over there, get the cows loaded, and start back. We stopped OFTEN for James to check the cows to see if any had gotten down in the bottom of the trailer. It was a long night but I told them that someday I intended to marry a truck driver. They both laughed at me and my wishful dreaming. It took me several years but I found Beamon and he wanted to drive an eighteen wheeler. That dream lasted 46 years, but he finally can no longer drive one of the big rigs, but he did see some country and Randy and I were able to see much of that country side with him.

When the temperatures rise we like to eat light. This recipe is great for a light summer supper. Serve it with a garden salad or some mixed fruit.

Crab Quiche

1/2 cup mayonaisse 2 TBSP all-purpose flour 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup milk 2 cans (6 oz. each) flaked crabmeat, drained 1/3 cup chopped green onions 1 TBSP finely chopped parsley 2 cups (8 oz. shredded) Swiss cheese 1 unbaked pastry shell ( 9 inch) In a mixing bowl combine mayonnaise, flour, eggs and milk. Stir in crab, onion,

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger parsley and cheese. Spoon into the pastry shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serves 6-8. Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina

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Hometown Travelers return from Ireland Linda Ellis celebrated her birthday in Dallas with daughter Amanda and son Matt Ellis. They toured the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of SMU and toured the Ross Perot Museum of Nature and Science that opened in December. For her birthday meal they enjoyed Trulocks for their seafood and had birthday cake. Linda was also treated to the Spa. *** The Hometown Travelers of Huntington State Bank just returned from a two week tour of Northern Ireland and Scotland. While in Scotland, they visited Glasgo Cathedral, cruised Loch Lomond, rode the Jacobite Steam Train thru the area known as Harry Potter Land and ferried to the Isle of Skye. They toured many of the grandest of castles including Sterling Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Iverarary Castle, where they personally met the 13th Duke and Duchess of Argyll who live on the third floor of the castle, visited the Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre, and ended with Jamies Scottish Dinner that included entertainment, music, song and dance complete with a four-course Scottish Banquet fit for a king. From here they traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, enjoying the incredible views of the giants Causeway, (often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world) and visited the New Titanic Museum erected on the exact location that the real Titanic was built. Did a walking tour of Derry, the last walled city to be built in Ireland. They enjoyed a night at the Solis Lough Eske Castle on Lough Eske, visited the largest Stone Age cemetery in Europe. On to Galway City for a two night stay. They visited Aran Island

where the heartier walkers climbed the mount to visit Dun Aengus Fort, one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Western Europe. The last day of the journey ended with a visit to the monastic ruins of Clonmacnoise, founded by St. Ciaran in 548 and a visit to Trim Caste where many movies including Braveheart were filmed. They flew home from Dublin, Republic of Ireland. There were 34 travelers and those from Lufkin were: Dot Brookshire, Joann Bonner, Charlene Cortines, Sallyann Davis, Bob and Sue Morgan, Jewel Nolan, Gene and Ann Stewart, Judy Winger and Patsy Weaver, Tour Escort. Also joining the travel club were Janelle and Ray Ashley from Nacogdoches. Janelle retired as the president of Worcester State University in Massachusetts after 8 years. They moved back to Nacogdoches. *** Tom Gann has a book of Lufkin Lions Club member’s portraits from 1937. He is trying to identify them. Lufkin hosted the State Lions Club Convention that year and a group also went to the International Convention in Chicago. I helped him identify some of the 83 that are in the book. There are still more that we could not identify. He wants to make an

index of the names and has a telephone book from 1937 that he hopes to help him identify some of the pictures. If you know any one that might be able to help, contact Tom. Joe Denman’s dad was a charter member and he thinks that he can identify those that we cannot. *** Happy Birthday: Gary Hendrick, Ann Minitrea, Mary Leah Duran, Ruby Melacon, Joy Brooks, Maya Corley, Doris Tatum, Kathy Sample, Carol Moore, Linda Little, Cash Ramsey, Terry Morgan, Nancy Herde, Joan Meyer, Krista Guzman, David Davis, Evelyn Roach, Mary Margaret Fenley, Jim Pluss. *** Jacob Kelly, grandson of Martha Kelly of Lufkin and the son of Ronnie and Kim Kelly of Pollok, graduated from Central High School in May. He was on the National Honor Society for two years, Homecoming King Candidate, First Team All-District as a centerfielder in 2012, Who’s Who. He has signed to play baseball at Labette Community College in Parsons, KS. As a graduation present, he was able to go watch Dustin Pedroia, second baseman for the Boston Red Sox, play in Massachusetts. *** We received our Panther season football ticket renewal notice. Season ticket renewals will be July 29 to August 2. Renewal notices will be mailed July 10. Mark your calendar so you do not forget to pick up your tickets. We have only four home games this year. Go Panthers!!!! *** Patti Smithhart wrote: “Honey time is

here!!! Claude has been working very hard to get his honey ready for the market. You can buy it at Lufkin Printing...1030 N. First St... Lufkin. And you is the best around. FYI..last year Claude’s honey was sold out by October. This year’s harvest is somewhat smaller, so don’t delay.” Local honey is good for our allergies!!!! *** Shirley and Dale Hunter wanted to know what we were going to do about the heat???? I said stay inside or suffer since we are in East Texas with the humidity. *** Martha and Ray Carswell celebrated their 50th anniversary with a party at the First Christian Church. Her brides’ maids were Sarah Austin, Ellen Winn and Carol Zrubek who were all at the party. Ray’s late sister Nancy was the other attendant. The groomsmen attending were: Phillip Largent, Jerry Berghauser and Thomas Shipp. The fourth groomsman was the late Robert Austin. Jon and Jill Carswell had Martha’s wedding dress on display with pictures from past and present. Geneva Ard, who was a sub teacher in Diboll, was at the party along with many, many friends and relatives. Congratulations to Martha and Ray. *** Catch you around town. Let me hear about our vacations. *** Let me hear about your vacations. Contact Janice Ann Rowe at

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SJR-1 calls for transportation funding Within minutes of a second special session being called yesterday, Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) filed SJR 1 for a constitutional amendment to dedicate 50 percent of all oil and gas severance taxes currently transferred to the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) to the state highway fund. “I am thankful for Governor Perry’s leadership in calling this session to address such an important issue,” said Nichols. “Our state’s economy depends upon having a safe and reliable road system.” According to estimates from the comptroller’s office, SJR 1 could de-

posit as much as $900 million a year into the state highway fund. The resolution stipulates that the funds could only be used for constructing, maintaining and acquiring rights-of-way for nontolled, public roadways. However, it is also careful to ensure a healthy balance is left in the ESF before transportation dollars are ever removed from the funding stream. “We continue to face a serious crisis in transportation,” said Nichols. “Our state’s population is increasing exponentially; our system is aging; traffic continues to rise; and funding for congestion relief will be at a 10-year low

in a short two years. The state is also paying millions of dollars a year in debt service for transportation related debt. SJR 1 will go a long way in helping to resolve these problems.” Because SJR 1 is a constitutional amendment, it must pass each chamber with a two-thirds majority. If successful, citizens will then see it on the ballot this November. Nichols, a former Texas transportation commissioner, currently serves as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He has been working on Texas transportation issues in various capacities since 1997.

Sam Houston co-op earns awards Sam Houston Electric Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2013 “Spotlight on Excellence” national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Sam Houston EC received awards of excellence for projects including the Co-op’s employee newsletter, “The Wire”; the 2012 Board of Directors Election Ballot; the 2011 Annual Report to Members; a contact information note cube; and an individual print advertisement. The Co-op also received an award of merit for a feature story from the pages of Texas Co-op Power magazine. Sam Houston Electric Cooperative chief communications officer Keith Stapleton, communications specialist Mary Kate Scott and communications specialist Lesa Teer produced the award-winning projects. “The judges noted that electric cooperatives are being challenged to communicate to the people they serve in more ways than ever before,” said Carol Crabtree, administrator of Spotlight on Excellence. “Printed newsletters, news

releases, websites, social media, videos and information in bills are all more important than ever to keep members updated.” A special luncheon honored the award recipients during the Connect ‘13 Conference held in Orlando, Fla., on May 15. Winning entries were displayed during the event. The annual Spotlight awards competition recognizes the top-rated communication and marketing efforts by electric cooperatives and related organizations. Participants in the awards competition competed with electric cooperatives of similar sizes in 19 categories. Electric cooperative communicators and marketing professionals submitted more than 740 entries in the Spotlight on Excellence program, now in its 25th year. Faculty members from the University of Missouri – Columbia, University of South Carolina and Ohio University Scripps-Howard School of Journalism judged the entries. The Council of Rural Electric Communicators was organized in 1982, and seeks to advance the recognition, education and professionalism of electric cooperative communicators

Sam Houston Electric Cooperative chief communications officer Keith Stapleton, communications specialist Mary Kate Scott and communications specialist Lesa Teer were recently recognized in the 2013 “Spotlight on Excellence” national awards program, bringing home six awards. and their affiliated organi- Cooperative Services Corzations. It is a volunteer as- poration and Federated sociation working on behalf Rural Electric Insurance of more than 4,000 electric Exchange. cooperative communicators Sam Houston EC reacross the United States. ceived its charter May 16, The National Rural 1939, and has been providElectric Cooperative As- ing electricity to East Texas sociation, the service orga- ever since. The Cooperative nization representing the was founded by a handful of national interests of co- farmers and rural residents operative electric utilities, who dreamed of bringing coordinates the Council’s “power to the people.” In activities. Other national the early 1940s, there were organizations supporting just over 600 Co-op memthe work of the Council are bers. Today, Sam Houston the National Rural Utili- EC serves 52,000 members ties Cooperative Finance and 69,000 meters across Corporation, the National parts of 10 counties.

Real troopers volunteer with Rendezvous

Diboll Boy Scout Troop 128 volunteered at the 16th annual Neches River Rendezvous. Participants were Amanda,Colton,and Dalton Moreno,Alicia and Halston Havard,Randall and Randon Bradfield,Bill,B.J.,and Caleb Wafer,Matt,Allison and Parker Amason. Not pictured is Josh Moreno.

VALOR Cont’d to the gunfire, which Murph called “the worst tragedy we’ve ever experienced with our department,” by firing at Caffall. Both officers, who have been with the police department for a combined 26 years, were honored for their actions with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Achievement Award for Valor Thursday in Austin, the highest award in law enforcement in Texas. TCOLE has been honoring law enforcement officers in 2,602 agencies across the state since 1990. This year, 21 peace officers, jailers and custodial officers received awards for exceeding “the normal expectations of job performance through acts of professional achievement, public service or valor,” according to the commission’s website. Lacox is a 2001 graduate of Diboll High School. He is the son of Gary and Colleen Lacox and grandson of Helen Lacox. “It’s well-deserved,” said Donna Bachmann, wife of Brian Bachmann. “They’re true heroes, and I couldn’t be more pleased that they’re being honored.” “A lot more people would have been killed if they had not done what they did,” she added. College Station Assistant Police Chief Brandy Norris

nominated the duo in December because they “truly proved that they wear their badges honorably and selflessly.” “All innocents injured or killed were all dear people to somebody in this world,” Norris said. “For Travis and Andy to go in and do what needed to be done with no consideration for themselves speaks volumes to who they are.” But Lacox and Murph don’t want their shiny new medals and letters from state legislators to overshadow the lives lost that day. “Through all this, I don’t want it to be covered up that innocents lost their lives,” Lacox said. “It was a really tragic day in our community that we hopefully don’t have to go through again. It’s fortunate ... that we get very good training for when things like this happen.” As the community continues to deal with the aftermath of that August shooting, Norris expressed her pride in Murph and Lacox’s actions for the safety of others. “I’ve told them both that it was nothing short of a miracle, and I have complete faith that God was with them that day,” Norris said. “They were where they needed to be because God knew someone had to be there to protect the community.” On July 1, Lacox received a promotion to the rank of sergeant.

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Members of the youth Basic Spanish Class taught by Ray D. Fenley Sr. have fun their last day of class this summer. Students were Kiara Menefee, Nevaeh Freeman, Muzainie Shepherd, Kristiana Smith, Kajah Phyllips, Kajah Phyllips, Jonnea Nobles, parent Sherece Shepherd and Wesley Finley, instructor’s helper An five-session adults class begins July 25. For more information about Conversational Spanish, call Fenley at 936-526-0062.

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Vacations will bring unexpected, whether far away or near home Isn’t it funny that no matter how much planning you do in advance, a vacation will take on a character of its own? Our Hawaiian vacation certainly did, especially since we had the surprise news of expecting our first child only two weeks before bon voyage. I loved the way the Hawaiian people were so laid back and greeted you with flower lays upon arrival. There were orchids everywhere- in the natural vegetation, on the table, and even inside glasses of iced tea. The native foods were delectable: pineapples, macadamia nuts, fresh seafood, and more. We had such a good time in Hawaii when we went on the tours meeting new people and seeing the beautiful Hawaiian landscape. Steve was able to accommodate my delicate condition by changing some of the more active excursions to lighter ones. We went snorkeling instead of diving and long walks on the different beaches of the islands. Steve took the helicopter ride and captured some awesome photos of the waterfalls. Ironically, the most tragic effect my pregnancy took on the time we were in Hawaii was the fact that my morning sickness kicked into full bloom. Smells and motion were not kind. The windy road to the volcano was a real challenge and as much as I normally love seafood, I could not even be in the same room with it because of the smell. We laugh now (twenty seven years later), but it was nauseating at the time. During our much awaited authentic luau with poi and pork pulled from the ground, my cheeks and insides were as green as the banana leaves that enveloped the food. I had to excuse myself from the table multiple times, and could not eat any of the delicious Hawaiian delicacies. I don’t know why, but the only thing that appealed to me that last week of the trip was a Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s. There I was in the seafood capital of the nation and could not stomach a morsel! The crowning glory to our Hawaiian vacation was when we went to our final dinner at a posh restaurant with huge glass windows peering out onto the moon lit ocean. You could see the moon’s reflection on the surging water with the black outlines of palm trees in front of the dim light. The surf was calm that evening as well as the breeze, and the sky was clear with many tiny stars twinkling. I looked at my husband and then out to the sea. Taking a big relaxing breath and exhaling it, I asked, “Isn’t this wonderful? It is just perfect.” He answered just as relaxed, “Yes…just like home.” I could not believe he said that. “I can’t believe you think this


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is just like home,” I responded. He reiterated securely, “well, it is.” I took a sharp breath and quickly pounced, “Well if I had known you thought that way, I could have saved us the expense and trouble of flying 4000 miles as well as the effort to coordinate the trip, the extra excursions, and everything else.” He laughed and laughed. “Oh don’t get upset,” he said with a calming soft voice, “It is beautiful and I’m glad we came. Now, each time we sit on the back porch, we can remember it.” I was stunned. To me, the rhythmic roar of the Pacific surf and the smell of salt in the air could not be mistaken. “How could he possibly think this is just like home?” I thought for a moment, and then it struck me. We can see palm trees from our back porch. In a simple way, he was making a point that we were content and happy just like we are after a good dinner sitting on the back porch. Aside from the rush of the waves, the smell of the ocean, and the fact that I didn’t have to cook for two weeks, my husband had a point. Although our trip was a success and I was glad that we went, I was just as glad to see home again. When going on a vacation, things will always happen that are unexpected which can either add to or detract from the amount of fun and relaxation one might have. It’s ironic but true that even though the intent of a vacation is to rest, we usually come back exhausted. Pictures can sometimes be great like the ones we took in Hawaii of the fern grotto, the waterfalls and the black sand beach. Or they can be the kind you want to hide like my motion sick face on the bus ride to the volcanoes or the luau where I am trying to smile but look like I’m about to launch my lunch. Isn’t it funny that the best vacations are not the ones that cost the most or the ones where every meal is catered to the highest fashion or the scenery is like a picture? Thanks to the wisdom of my husband, I can truly say that my mind has been opened. The best vacations are the ones that can be shared with a loved one for a few minutes, a few hours or a day. It doesn’t even have to be in a faraway land or for an extended period of time. The best vacations don’t have to be any further than our own back yard. 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.


Manias & Phobias ACROSS

1. L on clothes 6. Chicken _ __ king 9. Russia’s 1917 abdicator 13. Bake an egg 14. Used for styling 15. Actress _____ Hunter 16. Interior decoration 17. Where bug is snug? 18. Fill with optimism 19. *______phobia, fear of large things 21. *______mania, obsession for washing oneself

23. Chester White’s home 24. Get what you sow 25. One who plays for pay 28. Crowning point 30. Dog stand staple 35. Hit the road 37. Salespeople 39. Half of diameters 40. To, archaic 41. Muslim Supreme Being 43. Wettish 44. Not quite adults 46. Like acne-prone skin 47. *One with oniomania, does it often at stores 48. Comes clean 50. Edible mushrooms

52. Lenon’s wife 53. King of India 55. Caribou kin 57. *______phobia, fear of the moon 60. *______phobia, fear of thunder 63. Annoy 64. Adams ___ Beckham 66. Popular garden flower 68. Small cap 69. Length of existence 70. Spooky 71. Foul substance 72. Goes with skip and a jump 73. Buttonholes, e.g.

1. It was dropped in the 60’s 2. Attention-getter 3. George W.’s Secretary of State 4. Rum cut with water, pl. 5. Misprints 6. *____mania, intense desire to be alone 7. Romanian money 8. Pond buildup 9. Cough syrup balsam 10. Fence part 11. Type of sax 12. It’s sometimes marbled 15. Assistant 20. Exercise wear material 22. Keep out 24. Not an original 25. It’s a planet no more 26. Extend subscription 27. Many times 29. *____phobia, hatred or fear of music 31. Boys 32. Sun Valley location 33. Neil or Paul, e.g. 34. *_____mania, obsession with horses 36. A bunch 38. Welcomed by shoppers 42. *_____mania, severe form of mania 45. Borrower’s warranty 49. Go for the gold 51. North and South faces 54. Biblical story of _____ and the whale 56. Show of respect 57. Tiresias in “Oedipus Rex,” e.g. 58. Biblical twin 59. Extend credit 60. City sound 61. Reality TV’s Spelling 62. “I’m __ __!” 63. British broadcaster 65. *___mania, self-worship 67. Da or oui

Second special session begins In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character wakes up again and again only to find he is stuck living the same day until he finally gets the day right. With Governor Perry now announcing a second special session shortly after the first special session which was shortly after the regular session, I think the entire legislature is beginning to feel like we are stuck in groundhog day! Five things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol are:

First special session ends; Second begins

Tuesday marked the end of the first special legislative session. However, of the four issues Gov. Perry had charged the legislature to address (redistricting, transportation funding, pro-life issues and criminal sentences for 17-year-olds who commit felonies), only redistricting had been resolved. Therefore, on Thursday the governor announced a second special session to begin on July 1. The sole purpose will be to address the three issues from the first special which went uncompleted, and just as with all special sessions, this one could last up to 30 days. I will keep you updated as we progress.


A filibuster to remember

An interesting (and historic) thing happened Tuesday as we wound down the first special. Sen. Wendy Davis of Ft. Worth spoke on the floor continuously for more than 12 hours in what we refer to as a filibuster. A filibuster is a type of parliamentary procedure where debate is extended, allowing a member to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a specific bill. In Sen. Davis’ case, she was attempting to prevent a vote on pro-life legislation. While Sen. Davis has received a lot of attention for this action, she certainly isn’t the first to do so. Interestingly, the record for longest filibuster was set by Texas State Sen. Bill Meier in 1977 with an unbelievable 43 hours speaking continuously on the Senate floor. This was an especially impressive feat considering Senate rules dictate you can’t eat, drink, or leave the area around your desk while speaking (including to go to the restroom!). Unfortunately for Sen. Meier, the bill he was protesting against passed as soon as he sat down.

UT Regent to be investigated

On Tuesday as Sen. Davis’

Who to Call

filibuster occurred in the Senate, House Speaker Joe Straus authorized a special committee to investigate allegations of misconduct by UT Regent Wallace Hall, and the overall roles of all gubernatorial appointees. This is the latest installment in an ongoing drama between the UT Board of Regents, UT President Bill Powers and the legislature in which many claim Hall and other regents are on a ‘witch hunt’ to oust President Powers and restructure leadership at the university. The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations will investigate Hall and possibly recommend impeachment for not disclosing litigation and bankruptcies on his initial application to be appointed regent. The committee will have subpoena power, as well as the ability to investigate other gubernatorial appointees.

Voter ID on its way

The Supreme Court of the United States announced an opinion this week which will affect Texas in a big way. In Shelby County vs. Holder, the court struck down a central section of the Voting Rights Act, essentially allowing Texas and eight other states to alter their own election laws as they

want, rather than having those laws first “pre-cleared” by the Department of Justice. This means that the Texas voter ID law, passed in 2011 but blocked by the Department of Justice, will immediately go into effect. In fact, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has already begun to issue free IDs to voters who don’t have an approved form of ID such as a driver’s license, concealed handgun license, passport or military ID. To apply for one, simply visit your local DPS office.

John Adams, fireworks and the Fourth of July

“It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other...” These were the words of John Adams in regards to celebrating our nation’s independence day. As a child, “illuminations”, also known as fireworks, were always one of my favorite ways to mark the holiday. In fact, the truth is I still have not quite been able to outgrow my fascination with them! I hope that however you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July this year, you do so safely with family and close friends.

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Accountable for what we do, word and deed Do you remember reading in the Bible how God uses people, people just like you and me? He picks someone that everyone else thinks is a nobody and turns them into a somebody by the power of His Spirit. In the Bible as in the times of today, a big problem arises. Then God raises someone up. That someone takes action, and then miracles happen. Those are the words of Pastor Cathy, but they describe it quite well. We can even put it on our level. A big problem arises in the family. God picks one of the family to rise up. That person does so, and

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Jan Allbritton steps out in faith. Then, God works miracles in the family. I have seen this happen time and again in our family. I would imagine you have too. Well, we have a big problem in America. We have accepted lies as truth. We are making major decisions that are moving our society further away from God’s truth. As Christians, we are to preach

the gospel to every person, We are to teach them and make them into disciples. We, as Christians, are the most persecuted group in the world. We are an easy target. We are called Haters when we do not hate. We preach the Truth, but in love. We love the person, not what has hold on them. Christianity is not a dirty word. WE are called haters because we are not tolerant. We don’t tolerate sin. If the Bible says it is sin, it is sin. WE don’t condemn those who are in sin for we are not the judge, but we love them. We love them and pray for them. We are to extend grace, but we

are also to tell the truth. The Truth as it is in the Bible. Yes, I love you, God loves you, but He doesn’t want you living in sin. The Bible is our divine moral compass, and we have to let the Bible be our true north. It has to be our plumbline. WE cannot continue to just sit around and wring our hands and say, “Oh, woe is me, the sky is falling!” We have got to get up and do something. We have got to take action. There is so much junk going on in our country alone. I am seeing things on television that folks are buying into. It is stuff that is far harder to swallow than Christianity,

and folks are being suckered right in. If you watch TV shows, you can see that everyone has a different right and wrong, and they are told that they are gods. There is a lot of spirituality on TV but it is not of God. When is enough? When is the time to take action? Right now. This very hour. When you see something that is wrong, you need to speak up about it. Report it or tell the person that what they are doing is wrong. We have got to take a stand. If you are TEACHER cont’d p. 6

Being kind to one another could include ‘Bash’ “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you.” - Ephesians 4:32.

Maybe we were super weird, but Christie and I used to love going through our brand new school supplies. I can remember sitting crisscross on my bedroom floor surrounded by pencils, markers, erasers, folders, and binders. We would carefully open packages, write our names neatly on everything, and organize it all in our backpacks again and again before the first day of school. Maybe it was the smell of newness, maybe it was the fresh, crisp neatness of it all, or maybe we really were freaks. Either way, we were ready! We had been given the tools we needed to conquer the


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

Sisters in Grace Tina Trout Terrell and Christie Trout Stephens

task. It was exciting. For many parents, it’s hard to give their children any tools to start the new school year. Last year, my bank account was very sad after preparing for the first day of school, and I only had 2 little ones. This year, I will be buying for three...Three little children that grow like weeds.

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

Factoring in shoes and clothes with the school supplies can really be stressful. There have always been organizations that donate school supplies to those in need. However, there are many families left out of this help because they don’t qualify for the assistance. Now, let me brag just a bit on my sister. My lovely sister, Christie Stephens, is a teacher to the really young ones. Those teachers have huge hearts, and they have a huge list of supplies needed too. My eyes got huge when I saw what all I had to buy, but after seeing and hearing about the things that they do with these supplies, I wish I could afford to buy them so much more. The teachers need our help to give the students the tools to learn. That being said, Christie saw a need, and she did something about it!

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

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

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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

The Southern Plainsmen deliver an amazing message on Sunday.

A few years ago, she started the Back to School Bash for our church. Her idea was to allow ANYONE enrolled in Diboll schools to come play carnival games to win a school supply. She even had supply lists posted so that parents could check off what they got. It started with our church members donating supplies, and Christie got in touch with PTSA who donated backpacks.

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

The event was a big success. There were so many thank-yous and great things said around town. The thank you from the mother with tears in her eyes showed Christie that this was a way to show God’s love and help others in need. She has coordinated this event every year since then. Over the years, other churches and organizations have become inSISTERS 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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Thursday, July 4, 2013

30 Years Ago: Old bank to be sub-courthouse One Year Ago

Diboll ISD trustees vote to change the six-week grading period to nine weeks. Diboll City Council appoints Dr. Russell “Woody” Ingram to the Place 5 seat vacated by new Mayor John McClain. City of Diboll receives $555,694 grant from T.L.L Temple Foundation’s Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program. Kevin Hurley replaces Brian Kruk as new head Lumberjack basketball coach as Kruk resigns to take coaching position with Pineywoods Academy. Angelina College names Matt Mattson as its new Lady Runner softball head coach.

Five Years Ago

Diboll ISD names Tom Sheppard to athletic director/ head football coach. Diboll’s Deer Trace subdivision host expansion ceremonies with new 26-lot addition. Diboll’s 9 and under baseball all- stars capture Nacogdoches tournament. Team members include Gaston Torres, Ricky Padilla, Kyle Guevara, Jonathan Dewberry, Ryan Howard, Jared Davis, Matthew Moreno, Kotie McClendon, Chandler Reece, Alden Cruz, Dylan Murphy and Coaches Rafael Guevara and Chuck Murphy. Texas Conservation Alliance honors Richard and Bonnie Donovan for their accomplishments of protecting wildlife and wildlife habitats

30 Years of Diboll Free Press Clippings A Public Service of The History Center in East Texas. This week’s Free Press features Texas Historical Marker of the old sawmill town of Emporia just south of Diboll. The town was located on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway route.

Ten Years Ago

Diboll ISD’s Billie Robinson retires as district’s financial officer. Jim Batten joins Diboll ISD ranks as the new director of finances. Jack C. Sweeny, president of Temple-Inland Forest Products Corporation, is named to First Bank & Trust East Texas board of directors. Diboll Police Department secures $718 grant from U.S. Department of Justice to be used to purchase 5 bulletproof vests. Longtime Diboll resident Myrtle Rushing celebrates 100th birthday with reception at The History Center hosted by family and friends. Diboll’s 10 and under girls softball team captures 3rd place at the Texas ASA State Championship Fast Pitch Softball Tournament held at Texas City. Team members include Marisa Salazar, Natalie Chargolla, Ariel Bonilla, Amanda Jordan, Sarah Morado, Jeanette

Mireles, Angela Williams, Tiffani Mott, Cheniece Bray, Christy Mijares, Jacie Cook and Coaches Manuel Chargolla, Dwayne Jordan and Beto Morado.

Twenty Years Ago

Diboll ISD board member John Ralph Pouland resigns his position as a trustee to allow the district to employ his son-in-law. Cotton Patch Café, a highly successful home-style restaurant is coming to Lufkin with construction beginning next month. Diboll Rotary Club golfers brave rain to raise $2,500 for Rotary projects. First place team winners are Larry Diggs, Ken Whitten, Burce Bradford and Travis Allen. Diboll ISD board of trustees named Dr. Gary Ward as its new superintendent of schools. Diboll First Baptist Church softballers captures 4th place at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Church League tournament held in Wichita Falls. Team members include Robert Compean, Kevin Hurley, Greg Spivey, Bobby Murry, Jay Wyatt, David Robinson, Bo Smith, Bill Brown, Mickey Murry, Ricky Stephens, Glen Arnold and Jeff

Photo Courtesy of The History Center

Thirty Years Ago This Week

The K.D. Jennings home in the Pine Valley community near Diboll was destroyed late Friday afternoon. The Jennings were away from home and the fire was reported by neighbors. Diboll Volunteer Fire Department could do little to save the home by the time they arrived. A fund has been established at Home Savings & Loan Association to assist the Jennings family. Robinson.

Thirty Years Ago

Jennifer Bowman uses her commission’s check for selling Free Press subscriptions to purchase a special small bike with training wheels. Angelina County Commissioners considers vote to purchase the old Diboll State Bank building for use as a sub-courthouse facility.

TEACHER Cont’d afraid, it is okay. Just ask Jesus to do it through you. He will. We need to build walls of prayer around our families. We need to build walls of prayer around our city. We need to build walls of prayer around our county. We need to build walls of prayer around our state, and Governor Perry. We need to build walls of prayer around our nation. God has chosen to work through us. Fragile as we are, He has done that. Therefore, we who believe in Him need to do what He has asked us to do. Being a Christian was never about sitting on a pew. It has always been about telling others about Him. It has always been about being a man or a woman of integrity.

SISTERS Cont’d If what you are doing, you would not do if Jesus was standing right there, then don’t do it! Jesus is right there. He knows your every thought and deed. Greed and money will not get you into Heaven. You may go to church every Sunday, but if you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you are not saved. If you are saved, you will treat others as Jesus would treat them. If you are not treating others as Jesus would treat them, perhaps a reality check is in order. We are accountable for what we do in word and in deed. Every single solitary deed is written down, and we will have a face-to-face chat about it with Jesus. I, for one, want to keep

volved to help our Diboll community. I am so proud of my sister for taking on this project. It has turned in to a huge help for the people of our community. People like Christie take on activities like this because it is heavy on their hearts. They care about others. They want to help. However, activities like this cannot be done by a few. WE NEED YOUR HELP! The annual Back to School Bash is coming up! We need other community churches and organizations to commit to helping by donating school supplies and by volunteering. Please consider helping our community make a difference in the lives of our children. Drop box will be located at DISD admin office. Monetary donations can be given to FUMC Diboll. If your organization would like to help, please contact the church office at 829-4470 as soon as possible. *** Youth and YUMY Garage Sale was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came out to support us. We made a profit of a

my lists of sins very short, so I confess often. We all make mistakes, but we need to ask for forgiveness, and start over again. Do you need to ask for forgiveness from someone? Do you need to make something right? Do you need to start praying a little more? Are you being called to rise up and stand in the gap for our nation? Is your entire church being called to cry out to God and be the hand of Jesus in our community? Pastor Andy said that this generation is a high risk generation. What are you gonna do to change that? Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.

Student Council for 198394 are Greg Krull, president; Peggy Lewis, vice president; Andra Willmon, secretary; Clevette Mark, reporter; Michelle Schmidt, treasurer; Carolyn Miller, representative; Jenny Shadix, chaplain; and Lorraine Lazarine, parliamentarian. Temple Associates receive construction contract from Firestone Tire & Rubber Company’s new EPDM single-ply roofing plant to be built in Diboll.

little over $600. This will be used to send our kids to youth camp. Thank you! *** Can you make a joyful noise? 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 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!

Lufkin Industries up to $6.8 mil in scholarships

DATELINE Cont’d 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 936-240-0038.

Twenty-six seniors graduating from East Texas schools received scholarships during the 2013 Lufkin Industries Scholarship night held May 16, and three current college students received renewed scholarships. Since 1965, the Lufkin Industries Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $6.865 million in scholarships to children of the company’s employees. Graduating Seniors this year each received an $8,000 scholarship from the Foundation, and the current college student scholarships were $2,000 each. The scholarships are partially funded through vending machine sales at Lufkin. All students are the dependent children of Lufkin employees.

Wakefield VBS

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.

Top photo, 2013 Lufkin Industries Foundation Scholarship recipients. Front row, from left:Brooke Johnson, Central; Maggie Doyle, Groveton; Ebonie Williams, Lufkin; Natalie Miller, Lufkin; Jacqueline Bryant, Lufkin; Hayley Foster, Lufkin; and Hannah Bennett, Lufkin. Back row, from left: Carlos Castro, Lufkin; Brandon Morgan, Hudson; Jonah Campbell, Lufkin; Jonathan Leubner, Central; and Christian Murrey, Hudson.


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Lower photo, 2013 Lufkin Industries Foundation Scholarship recipients. Front row, from left: Moriah Phillips, Lufkin; Kelsey Reeves, Diboll; Hannah Shepherd, Diboll; Briana Stokley, Huntington; Emily Tyler, Lufkin; Chelsea Roebuck, Zavalla; Audrey Staten, Zavalla; and Cori Roach, University of Arkansas. Back row, from left, Mackenzie Rhodes, Hudson; Zari Brown, Nacogdoches; Hanna Cain, Big Sandy; Chris Reynolds, Hudson; Alyssa Santana, Angelina College; Austin Whitaker, school not reported; Jarvis Shepherd, Diboll; Amanda Rosales, Lufkin; and Desiderio Ramirez, Lufkin.

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The City of Diboll will accept sealed proposals for audit services until 5:00pm, July 10, 2013. Proposals received after this time will not be considered. Proposals will be acknowledged on July 11, 2013 at 11:00am. All persons are invited to attend the acknowledgement at the City of Diboll, 400 Kenley, Diboll, TX. Envelopes containing the proposals should be clearly marked “RFP for Audit Services,” and should be mailed to the attention of Elvia Esteves-Garza,

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Notice to Creditors

Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Pok Sik Lewis, Deceased, were issued on May 10, 2013, in Docket No. 092-13-PR, pending in the County Court at Law #2 of Angelina County, Texas, to: Kum An Griffin. The address of the Independent Executrix is: 9919 Kirkdale Drive, Houston, TX 77089. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them within the time and in the manner described by law. Claims may be presented in care of John

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Diboll player shows talent

Diboll’s Nia Mitchell is part of the Alodia Eclipse Girls basketball team have played in 11 tournaments this year with eight tournament wins and three second place finishes. The girls are fifth- and sixth-graders that are playing up in age division against older girls. Recently they were runners-up in the S21 Nike Spring Championship in Houston. Team members, front row, from left, are Nia Mitchell (Diboll), McKenna Long (Tomball), Gracie Hawkins (Madisonville), Hannah Hawkins (Madisonville) and Lilly Myers (Cypress); back row, Lexi Reyes (Edna), Bre Bookman (Coldspring), Anyia Cottrell (Lufkin), Assistant Coach Taylor Schippers (Butler University point guard), Kyra Boyd (Houston) and, Cassidy Howard (Klein).

Photos by Richard Nelson

Taking advantage of the weather

Sammy Scott, left, and Cielance Bailey, above, Diboll High School seniors, take adavantage of some unseasonably cool weather Tuesday morning to get some offseason work in. The two are participating in the Iron Jack program run by DHS coaches from 8 to 10 a.m. through July 25 at the Diboll High School weightroom.

Out for a run

Liz Compion, a DHS junior, and Regan Hurley, a DHS senior, get some track work in later in the morning of Tuesday, July 2. Hurley runs cross country and track, and Compion says she is considering getting back into sports.

Jacks coming up

Daniel Zarzoa, a DHS freshman gets prepared for his first high school season with some time in the weightroom as part of the Iron Jack program.

July 4, 2013