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2013, Issue No. 30
Vacation Bible school at Jubilee Baptist Church is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 2, for first- through sixthgraders. The church is located at 723 Dennis/ FM 1818 in Diboll. For more information, call 936-829-0465.
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Eastview Pentecostal Church at Loop 287 at Paul Avenue in Lufkin will host the annual Ladies Day Out from 10 a.m. to 2 c Saturday, Aug. 3. p.m. Gently used clothing for the entire family, school supplies and lunch are all free. Firstcome, first-served. For more information, contact Jan Wilkerson at 936-829-4817 or janwpta@consoli dated.net.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
All sales final
Temple-Inland now officially Georgia Pacific RICHARD NELSON
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Georgia-Pacific completed the acquisition of the Temple-Inland Building Products assets from International Paper Co. last week, after receiving clearance from the Department of Justice under the Hart-Scott-Rodino merger review process. The purchase price was $710 million. “With the sale final, we are eager to combine our assets into one building products business,” said Mark Luetters, executive vice
president of Building Products. “Temple-Inland brings high-quality assets with teams of talented employees, and we look forward to combining best practices so that we will continue to improve our ability to serve key customers. We highly value our employees and the communities where we operate, and we are committed to a smooth transition.” The acquisition includes 15 U.S. facilities – including those
in Diboll -- with more than 1,800 employees across eight states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Teams at these facilities manufacture the following building products: fiberboard, gypsum products, lumber, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard. Like many in Diboll, Diboll Mayor John McClain expressed nostalgia and optimism. See SALE, P. 3
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Gerland/ The History Center
The Temple-Inland flag flies over the corporate offices in Diboll for the final time Thursday, July 18.
All incoming 7th, 9th and 11th graders must have a physical before they can practice or participate in district sports. Forms are available at the high school front office or online at www. uiltexas.org. Also, two-a-days for football players begin Aug. 5. More information will be provided next week.
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Freed By Christ God’s “phone number” is JER. 33:03. It says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” There may be times you do not think God cares about you or wants to have anything to do with you. That is the furthest thing from the truth. God yearns to talk with you and help you. If you can’t hear Him or experience His help, it is because you have chosen to not listen or let Him help. What you are listening for might not be what you want to hear or what you are looking for might not be what He is showing you. Jesus always knows what is best. He will tell us what we need to hear from Him. Jesus will help us in the best way according to His will. Jesus will never ignore your call if you are sincere and trust Him with all your heart. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church
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Diboll Family Education Center hosted summer “Boredom Buster” activities in June. Students enjoyed making wooden plaques, painting with water colors, beading and decoupaging containers among other things. Phyllis Kirkland and Elva DeJesus assisted the students with their projects. Kirland is shown with Baylee Williams, Jose Garcia and Rolando Romero making a delicious “no-bake” treat at the Family Literacy Center. This program was made possible by a grant from the Thomas T. Keeler Grant and TLL Temple Foundation. All students in second through sixth grades were invited to participate for a small fee to assist in covering materials and personnel.
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Following years of parties, family gatherings, and business meetings, the Temple House on Hines Street lives on as the current location of Diboll Christian Outreach. It is a place where many local families can receive much-needed services every week. The recent award of a $20,000 Keeler grant will help ensure that the organization can continue to provide help to those who need it. “We serve about 90 families every week,” said DCO Director Kathy Rodgers.
“About half of those are elderly who need assistance in one way or another. We are primarily a food bank, but we do sometimes provide other services on occasion.” The Keeler money is being used to offset the expenses of keeping the building
functional. Necessary repairs often turn into big projects that cannot be anticipated in the regular budget and must be funded from other sources, Rodgers said. For instance, the gutters recently had to be repaired, but workers discovered some rotted boards that needed to be replaced as well. “The Temple House is the Outreach building,” Rodgers said. “But it is used often for other things by the community. In fact, it was used nearly every week last year for a total of 62 times overall. The Keeler donation helps us be able to continue this practice.” See OUTREACH, P. 7
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Remembering sawdust smells, cornbread whistle I have a good friend who is a professional oral story-teller. If the story is untrue, Glenda begins with “Once upon a time…”. If, however, the story is factual, she begins by saying, “Let me share a memory with you.” At least two newspapers headlined the final sale of Temple-Inland to Georgia Pacific; several folks with whom I spoke that week echoed their hearts’ voices: “Temple-Inland is no more, and that’s sad.” Especially for those who have proudly named Diboll (or “Dibble” as a lot of out-oftown people pronounce it) for their hometown, change might be especially tough.
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One quote I heard in Sunday school was, “Nobody really enjoys change except a baby!” So -- may I take a trip with memories and remind many of us that where we are today has been a journey of sawdust smells and a cornbread whistle, plus stops along the track that determined our life directions. Within the last few weeks, I have visited with families who helped make Diboll much more than a sleepy East Texas town. I spent a little time with Mrs. Hutto and her daughter, Rita
Kay, as they grieved the passing of a husband and father. How well I remember living around the corner from them and knowing that the Hutto house was well kept. Like many of the company houses we grew up in, their house was no prettier, but the pride which these and other families took with clean yards and porches always welcomed those who came; it was important then and should be now that neighbors cared for each other in remarkable ways. Perhaps it was sharing bounty from gardens, preparing food for grieving ones, teaching children respect and courage and seeing beyond the
years what those children could become. I drove down the street named for my dad and uncle, who like so many others, kept the company afloat on sawdust salaries. When part of the mill burned on a cold winter day, did they and others call a government agency and say “Where is help?” No. Diboll men and women, including executives, fought that fire. With a fierce independence through good and bad years, they had staying power. We hope Georgia Pacific honors that heritage! Bob Bowman really was the people’s historian. He not only wrote his own
obituary but credited his success to educators and other adults who saw journalistic potential. As many times as that “cornbread whistle” blew at 11:15 a.m., Bob and his wife, Doris, spread the word of places and people who rarely insisted on their few minutes of fame. They just did what everyday heroes always do; they showed up. Diboll still has those kinds of folks who try very hard to promote pride in civic, spiritual and educational areas. The company commissary (later to become the company offices) and the Antler Hotel lost the battle to termites and age, yet if you look carefully, you can
see the drug, department and grocery stores -- long before anyone ever built a mall. While the current company offices seem a bit vacant, perhaps sometime soon, the sounds of technology will share the stage with a company that appreciates the heritage set by the Temple family -- which, by the way, that “family” includes many who were not directly related but were the glue that held the town together. From the viewpoint of one who was so blessed to know and still know dear hearts and gentle people, I say “thank you” to Diboll and wish the new owners well in their endeavors.
Sam’s Satisfying Spicy Rub very satisfying for family
Successful summer of reading celebrated The Children’s Summer Reading Club Awards Party was held on Thursday, July 18. There were 90 children that finished their reading goal this summer. Each child received a certificate from the library and a reading medal provided by the Diboll Business Association. Lewis Ivey, who along with wife Shirley Ivey donated to the Summer Reading program, was on hand to help hand out the medals. Just for fun, balloon artist David McCullough aka Kornpop the Klown from Chandler was here to make balloon characters for the children to take home. Congratulations to the entire Children’s Summer Reading Club members! We are proud of you and your teachers will be proud of you, too. Keep reading! *** Teen Summer Reading Club celebrated the finish of a successful summer with refreshments and the movie “Beautiful Creatures” on Tuesday, July 16. There were 18 teens to complete their reading goal. Each were given a certificate and free food coupons to various restaurants. Drawings were held for prizes for the lucky participants during the party. Congratulations to all of you Teen Summer readers out there, and remember we do this every summer. *** Congratulations to Dionicio Guerrerro who won the grand prize drawing, a $25 gift card to Lowes, in the Adult Summer Reading Club drawing. Congratulations to Perla Romero who won the grand prize drawing, a $20 gift card to Wal-Mart, in the Teen Summer Reading Club drawing. Congratulations also to Irvin Hurtado who won a $50 gift card to Wal-Mart in a special drawing for those who read five or more books during the Teen Summer Reading Club. *** 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” on Tuesday, August 13, from 9:30-11 a.m. Bring your own project to work on while you chat and share tips with each other. *** Hey Teens, the library is hosting a back-to-school event just for you. Come to the library on Aug. 16 after Meet The Jacks and hang out with friends; watch a movie; and eat. This event is for teens ages 12-18 only. *** Our library is hosting Health For Life Texas -- free classes for people with Diabetes -- beginning Thursday, August 8, through Sept. 12, in the evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Sign up for a Diabetes Self-
Ronnie Turney, Fernanda Montoya and Taylor Roberts show their reading awards.
News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library Management Education class and learn how to take charge of your health. In these classes you will learn how to live a healthier life with diabetes: Find out how diabetes affects your body; make sense of your blood sugar numbers; meet others who have diabetes; have fun learning in a small group through games, activities and support conversations; and learn about diabetes through classes located in the community near your neighborhood. A trained instructor leads the class, which meets several times. Your class will be small – probably no more than 20 people. You will have plenty of time to ask questions and learn more from others in your class. To sign up, call Christie King at 936-634-6414 or the library at 936-829-5497. Be sure to mention the Library since these classes are held all over East Texas. These classes are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas. *** Enjoy fun for the whole family at Movie Day at the Library on Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. Our theme for the summer is hunger, so we are asking you to bring one package of cornbread mix or 1 package of Kool-aid drink mix per family, for admission, to be donated to 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. *** Summer library hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a great week!
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Sam’s Satisfying Spicy Rub
1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoons ground black pepper 1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon mustard powder 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoons ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano In a small non-porous bowl, combine al the above ingredients. Mix well and apply to beef, chicken or pork. Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina county.net.
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Shirley and Lewis Ivey of LSI Inc. and Richard Nelson of the Diboll Free Press pose with members of the Summer Reading Club during their awards party. The Iveys make an annual donation to the program and all three adults represent the Diboll Business Association, which also made a donation this year.
Every summer we let the grandchildren have an individual visit with us for a few days. They love being “the only one” and having us all to themselves. Their Dad, Mike, loves to grill and he is somewhat of an expert on rubs. So I came up with an activity that results in a gift to take back with them for Dad. Rub recipes typically consist of various spices and condiments that you have on hand already. So we get out the the measuring spoons and one bowl and I let them choose from several recipes I have found. The following was prepared by 9-year-old Sam and he choose the name
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Dave Fenley in Group 5 of ‘America’s Got Talent’ I heard the interview over Danny and Sean’s morning radio show with Dave Fenley about his making the second round in America’s Got Talent. I visited with his mom, Theta Fenley, and found out that she and Elton had gone to Oklahoma to hear him in the show with Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. This weekend he is in Michigan at the Wild Horses Festival with his band, Juke Box Mafia. Dave moved to Nashville in February and makes that his home. America’s Got Talent, from Radio City Music Hall, will run five weeks with 12 contestants each Tuesday and results on Wednesday. He will be in Group 5. We all have to watch and vote for him that week. *** We tried the Appleby Sand Mercantile Café out of Nacogdoches with Martha and Ray Carswell. They are not open on Saturday or Sunday, but have a buffet on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday night from 4:30 to 8 p.m. is their buffet with catfish, bbq chicken, chicken livers, (I think that I got a gizzard too), dumplings and a big assortment of vegetables and desserts. The address is 6530 FM 2609. They have catered several events in Lufkin and the food was good. *** Dorothy and George Temple had George Jr. and wife, Anna, visiting for the weekend. They went to the Pour House Grill and Garden on Raguet Street. This is where Dorothy and George went on their first date when it was the Alpha Chi Fraternity House for guys at Angelina College in the 1970s. Sunday,
George Jr. and Anna went to church with Dorothy Walker. George Jr. is in the master’s program at Texas A&M, studying International Engineering Distribution. He works for Graphic Solutions Group in Dallas as a strategic account representative. *** Jeff and Becca Chance attended a workrelated meeting for Jeff in San Antonio. I had called about Will Chance’s project Books That Benefit Inc. Will received a $5,000 grant from the Pineywoods Foundation and through Diana Hineman, librarian at the Lufkin Middle School Library and Scholastic, were able to buy one book and get one free, so he was able to purchase $10,000 in books. If you would like to donate children’s books to Will’s project, he can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 936-632-2888. I have a sack started since my grandchildren are almost grown. Now Will, who will be a senior at LHS, is at Harvard University in their Secondary School Program on the campus in Cambridge, Mass. He is taking Micro and Macro Economics. He will be there for seven weeks and receive 8 hours of college credit. ***
Happy Birthday: Kitty Bounds, Mary Carol Grimes, Reid Hensley, Jacob Hopper, William Fenley, Tina Turner, Chip Thompson, Caroline Deaton, Jay Rush, Sarah Beth Teutsch, Jesse Elbel, Lynda Crain, Daphene Clarke, Paige Wieser, Garry Ray, Patsy Hines, Johnny Lane, and twin Connie Kennedy, Jim Brody, Roy Knight. *** Happy Anniversary: Susan and Terry Morgan, Jan and Tommy Deaton, Shirley and Donald Baum, Bobbi and Ronnie Robinson, Stacey and Walter Willmann, Mary Leah and Don Duran, Heather and Harmon Moore celebrate their third anniversary. *** The Pineywoods Cattle Baron’s Committee will host two viewings of the Emmy award winning Biscuit Brothers at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the Pines Theater in Lufkin. The Biscuit Brothers is a half-hour Emmy-award winning television program produced in Austin. The show uses a mixture of live-action, puppetry, and animation to teach music and cultural communication through music to 3- to 7-yearolds and their families. The show features “Buford Biscuit,” “Dusty Biscuit,” “Buttermilk Biscuit,” “Tiny Scarecrow,” and “Old MacDonald.” Music icon Willie Nelson has contributed voice talent to the show, and the show often features numerous Austin musicians, nationally recognized United States performers, as well as internationally recognized artists. The purpose of the viewing is to introduce the community to the Biscuit Brothers,
as they will perform live in Lufkin on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Lil Wrangler event. This first-time event is for children of all ages, and features face painting, a live concert, and breakfast for all children in attendance. For more information, please contact Lorelle Coleman at 936-414-2007. *** Lufkin High School cheerleaders are selling purple hooded Lufkin rain ponchos for $15. Ponchos will be available starting July 29 during football ticket renewal and sales or contact a LHS cheerleader for information. They want their fans to be dry at every Lufkin event. Go Panthers! Renewal for football tickets to our four home games start Monday, July 29, and go through Friday, Aug. 2. Swap day will be after that and then new ticket sales. *** Last week Ernest and I had a hamburger lunch sponsored by the Hudson Highlights. I got my tickets from Julia Collmorgen and Meaghan Morgan and Robin Collmorgen who was their chauffer. This was their third annual fundraiser for their Drill Team at Hudson. I told them that I would like to come and see them perform. The hamburger meat was fresh-ground from Massingill’s Meat Market and hand-patted by the mothers. They were hoping to sell 400 tickets. *** Let me hear your news. Catch you around town. Contact Janice Ann email@example.com.
Some foods are simply misunderstood Just in time for the Isn’t it funny how some foods can be totally misunderstood? We are always talking about what is healthy and good, but do we really give some food a chance? It is no wonder when we see images of grown men running around disguised as fruit in an underwear commercial that we lose our sense of seriousness towards the grape and apple. And when we witness M&M’s always trying to crash parties only to be devoured by mutant chocolate-crazed females, it is no surprise that devout chocolate lovers are losing respect. Who should we blame for this- the food companies or the so-called marketing experts? I find this epidemic concerning. If we are losing respect for food groups such as fruit and chocolate, what is to become of the less loved artichoke and pomegranate? Upon exploration of the subject, I have discovered that there are many misunderstood foods. Take for example, escargot. By any standard it is lean and mean and
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considered a delicacy. But I can speak from experience that it is truly a ball of salty slime that should never have come out of its shell. True story- the morning after I lay tongue on the taste, I discovered tropical-sized live versions of the vile creatures slivering about outside my hotel room on the Hawaiian landscape. If the saline experience at dinner had not made up my mind, the virtual tentacle wiggling discovery sealed the deal to never hand-to-mouth another snail. If we do a little research into the media archives of misunderstood foods, we learn that hardly anyone can eat just one Lays Potato Chip. Another chip family, Doritos, will coax people, dogs, and goats to do just about anything. If Clydesdales playing football and frogs croaking “Bud-weis-er” appeals to you, then “this Bud’s for you.” And if you are a po-
lar bear or a person who would like to teach people to sing in perfect harmony, Coca Cola is your drink. After a brief investigation, the surmise is the most misunderstood food of all time is wheat. Many people have developed allergies to the new genetically modified strains and have been diagnosed with gluten intolerances and celiac disease. Don’t doctors understand how intelligent wheat can be? I have seen commercials showing wheat cereal giving people advice and actually driving tractors in the field. Any food that can do that surely is good for you. Another misunderstood food is pork. They say that eating sausage can bring sunshine into your day. If that is true, why worry about fat content or processing conditions? According to scientific studies, Sunshine (with limits) is known to increase endorphins and happiness, so that is a beneficial dietary component to add to your day. And if the reasoning of marketing is enough to
pass judgment on a food, then we have to empathize with that little Chihuahua when he says, “Yo Quiero (I want) Taco Bell.” On that note, before my split personality kicks into full swing, I definitely have to get ahold of a Snickers Bar. Watching commercials is unquestionably an entertaining way to learn about new “processed” foods, but they don’t really tell us about the health factor. Those teeny tiny FDA labels take a stab at that based on what is reported to them. How many foods do we eat today that we completely understand? I’ll keep the midnight oil burning and the research churning -- don’t worry. Try not to take any of this too seriously. It’s just food for thought. 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, TX.
SALE Cont’d “This purchase represents an end of an era,” said McClain, a Temple-Inland retiree. “Temple-Inland was a company that cared for its employees and the communities in which it operated. After working for them for over 40 years it is especially sad for me. However with that said, the deal is done and as mayor I plan to work with Georgia-Pacific and wish them success in managing this acquisition. It is important to the employees that all goes well in the transition and
The Temple-Inland logo will not be seen now that its sale to Georgia-Pacific has been finalized. in the future. From the city’s perspective we will do all we can to assist GP. Their success is important for the city and the citizens of Diboll.” Georgia Pacific donated
the Temple-Inland flag that flew at the Diboll corporate headquarters to The History Center on Thursday, TempleInland’s final day. “It’s symbolic of the last
vestige of the Temple business name here,” said Jonathan Gerland, The History Center’s director. Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.gp.com.
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Imagine all your guidebooks, maps and fitness goals combined into a single, reliable source that fits any type of activity you were in the mood for. That’s among the cool features of the newly launched Active Angelina website, a one stop shop for all things active in our community.The website—which went live this month—offers over a hundred opportunities for all types of active living, with more on the way. Users design their perfect outing by selecting options from a number of categories such as location, amenities and activity level. The website filters out a customized list of possible locations and adventures just for you or you and your family. “I encourage all of our residents and visitors to get outside, be physically active, and enjoy the incredible landscape we call home here in Lufkin and Angelina County” says Aaron Friar, Trails Coordinator for the City of Lufkin. The website also includes tons of information and resources on the health benefits of active
living including the role it plays in reducing risk for chronic health conditions. The “Be Healthy” section encourages everyone regardless of age and ability to make healthy choices and to include some activity into their daily routine. “This is the underlying role of the website,” says Rita Cromartie with the Angelina County & Cities Health District. “It’s important for residents to be able to link their desires to make healthy choices with the community resources available to fulfill them. The community as a whole greatly benefits from healthier citizens.” Active Angelina is a community based collaboration made possible with Transforming Texas funding to create a user friendly system connecting the community to physical activity resources so the healthy choice can be an easy choice. Active Angelina is a movement to promote active living and wellness for the residents of Angelina County. Contact the organization at http://www. activeangelina.com/resources/contactus
Pack the House! The July Diboll Business Association Packthe-House event will be this Friday, July 26, at His and Hers Trade Days on US 59 north in Burke. Come out between 6 and 8 p.m. and enjoy refreshments and visit with the vendors. The collection box for the Back-to-School Bash will be there. Anyone making a donation of cash or supplies that night will receive a discount from East Texas Tupperware.
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House Farm Bill includes good, bad and ugly On July 11, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Farm Bill that was, unfortunately, missing the nutrition title, which provides authority for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) and other nutrition programs for low-income families. Historically, an amendment introduced in the earlier Farm Bill debate by Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) to place meaningful limits on how much one farm operation can receive in federal farm program payments was retained. Rep. Fortenberry’s determined championing of farm program reform is laudable and a bright spot in what otherwise was a discouraging debate over farm, food and rural policy. Sadly, the House Farm Bill fails to hold crop insurance premium subsidies to the same standard as farm program payments, continuing to allow the nation’s largest farms and wealthiest farmers to continue to receive crop insurance premium subsidies every year on every acre regardless of price,
This week the House passed HJR 2 and HB 16, two bills that deal with transportation infrastructure funding. HJR 2 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would ultimately require voter approval, and HB 16 would become effective upon the Governor’s signature. Three different types of taxes are involved with these bills: oil and natural gas production taxes; motor fuels excise taxes; and certain motor vehicle sales, use, and excise taxes. Both pieces of legislation combined would generate about one-third of the $4 billion annually that TxDOT says is needed just to maintain current congestion levels on our highways. This legislation was amended by the Senate and will now be discussed in a conference committee. Though these bills are not a long-term fix to the challenge of meeting our transportation needs, I believe they are a step in the right direction. Both bills, if approved, represent a sharp departure from relying on debt and toll roads as primary mechanisms for funding highways over the last decade. Since 2001, Texas has relied on enhanced authority to issue bonds, borrowing from public and private interests, and on concessions payments from private comprehensive development agreements to build and maintain toll roads. These past approaches do very little to help us in rural Texas and will not by themselves meet the growing demands the state is placing on transporta-
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production or profitability, with no limits whatsoever. Moreover, the House Farm Bill fails to tie crop insurance to conservation compliance or to prevent the breaking of native grassland for crop production. It also fails to adequately invest in conservation and rural development, small business development in particular. Arguably, the ugliest facet of this Farm Bill process was the turn toward partisan rancor. In the end, every House Democrat voted against the bill and all but twelve Republicans voted in favor. The Farm Bill should reflect rural America’s priorities and not get bogged down in petty partisan politics. The Center for Rural Affairs was established in 1973 as an unaffiliated nonprofit corporation under IRS code 501(c)3. The Center for Rural Affairs was formed by rural Nebraskans concerned about family farms and rural communities, and we work to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities.
House discusses transportation needs It was a bit quieter at your Texas Capitol this past week as everyone turned their attention to transportation. Additionally, the House Appropriations Committee has readied a tuition revenue bond bill that the Governor has indicated he may add to the “call” before this second special session ends on July 30.
tion infrastructure. Rest assured that transportation will be a priority issue for the next legislative session, just as water was for the one that ended in May.
A resolution, HR 230, has been filed in the House seeking to impeach University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall. The bill, in addition to other grievances, contends that Regent Hall “may have obtained that office through misrepresentation of material facts regarding his experience and qualifications” and “may have abused that office by making numerous unreasonably burdensome, wasteful, and intrusive requests for information.” The House Select Committee on State Agency Operations had their first meeting this past week to discuss the process and how to move forward. I will keep you updated as developments occur on this topic, but it is interesting to note that should an impeachment occur, it would be the first time a university regent has been ousted in this manner.
On a sad note, East Texas lost one of its leading personalities this week with the passing of Bob Bowman. Mr. Bowman, 77, was an award-winning author, historian, folklorist and civic leader, whose work revolved around the history, beauty and brilliance of East Texas. He will be sorely missed. *** As always, my staff and I are available during the week at 936-634-2762 or 512-463-0508.
Kids’ Classics ACROSS
1. Hospital’s CAT and PET 6. Deadeye’s forte 9. Song “Sixteen ____” 13. Essay theme 14. Often precedes “bum” or “bunny” 15. Blender button 16. Swelling 17. *Princess fairy tale tormentor 18. In pieces 19. *Shooters and keep-
sies game 21. *Roald Dahl title character 23. It’s often served at Thanksgiving 24. Bad habit 25. As opposed to a hook or cross 28. Gauche or Droite in Paris 30. Store in a silo 35. Matured or cured 37. Short for returned 39. A hunter follows this 40. “Ta-ta!” in Italy 41. Self described “King of All Media” 43. Football great ____
Graham 44. Clumsy one 46. Black and white treat 47. Makes lacework, intertwines 48. Establishes 50. All excited 52. Get the picture 53. *Told to go away in nursery rhyme 55. Affirmative action 57. *Double Dutch action 61. Set the boundaries of 65. Biblical patriarch 66. Grassland 68. *Harry Potter antagonist 69. Bed on a ship
1. Kind of cell 2. Musical finale 3. Rich Little, e.g. 4. Not in my backyard, acr. 5. Relating to a musical scale 6. Nile reptiles 7. *He follows Mike on candy box 8. Dolphins’ home 9. South American Indian 10. Face-to-face exam 11. Egghead 12. ___ _ good example 15. Plate used to hold bread during Eucharist, pl. 20. Eastern V.I.P.’s 22. *Highest card in “War” 24. One who is celebrated on special holiday 25. *a.k.a. Knucklebones 26. Catlike 27. Knockout or dandy 29. Obama’s special power 31. *Dick and Jane’s dog 32. I to Greeks, pl. 33. Fishes with a wormlike filament for luring prey 34. Jagged, like a leaf’s edge 36. *Pencil-and-paper game 38. Fortune-telling coffee remnants 42. Nobody 45. Switzerland metropolis 49. What 49ers did 51. *Little ______ Books 54. Ice house 56. Sad song 57. Agree 58. Substance abuser 59. *Looney Tunes’ Marvin was from here 60. Goose liver dish 61. Cuckoo 62. Filly’s mother 63. Coffee choice 64. Marines’ toy recipients 67. Chow down
Five issues covered at Capitol As the world waited expectantly this week for the royal baby’s arrival, we have been waiting almost as expectantly inside the Capitol for a chance to address transportation funding. With less than two weeks left in the special session, we are finally focusing attention on this important issue. Five things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol are:
Texas vs. the Federal Government
You have probably heard about various lawsuits filed by our state against the federal government, but did you know we have 18 still currently pending? This is more than at almost any time in state history. Among those 18 are suits you may be familiar with such as Texas’ voter ID law and Texas’ redistricting maps. There are also challenges to a portion of Obamacare which requires employers to provide contraception health benefits to employees, and to the Dodd-Frank Act, which allows for the liquidation of large financial institutions. Of the 14 remaining pending lawsuits against the federal government, all in some way deal with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Possible new buildings for TX colleges
Tuition revenue bonds (TRBs) are something with which few Texans are familiar, but which are important to Texas universities and colleges. These special financial arrangements allow public universities to build new buildings with low financing costs covered by the state. They finance teaching and research facilities for engineering, medicine, and more. With a growing state economy and financing costs at historic lows, many expected the regular legislative session to produce sev-
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eral such bond opportunities for colleges across the state. However, the two legislative chambers could not come to an agreement on how much funding to authorize, and time ran out before any consensus could be reached. Now university leaders and many legislators are hoping Gov. Perry will add the topic to the second special session agenda. Institutions across the state stand to benefit, including Stephen F. Austin State University, Lamar State College - Orange, University of Texas, Texas A&M and more.
As the Texas summer continues to sizzle, so does a debate over how to provide electricity in future summers when the state’s growth will begin to test the limits of electric generation capacity. The simple fact is our electric supply will soon not be able to keep up with demand. Over the past year the Texas Public Utility Commission has discussed how to adjust regulations and incentivize construction of new power plants to help. One option would be to move to a system in which generators are paid to build and maintain excess capacity for peak energy use times. However, opponents argue this would basically amount to a subsidy for facilities that are rarely used and that those costs could ultimately be passed on to consumers. No doubt the debate will continue, and the fact remains that something will have to change in order to prevent sudden outages as our state continues to grow.
After the legislative session is over and the dust has settled, the state’s focus turns to implementation of passed bills. This cannot occur without a process called rulemak-
ing in which public input is sought by state agencies to help determine the best way to put bills into action.
A weekly publication called the Texas Register includes proposed rules and serves as the state’s journal of agency rulemaking. It can be accessed through the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/ texreg/index.shtml and is a great tool to help you stay involved and let your opinion be heard.
Most of us are familiar with Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in WWII who happened to hail from Kingston, Texas. He earned multiple medals for his valor on the battlefields of Europe, including the U.S. Medal of
Honor. However, despite this recognition and even having his portrait hanging in the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Legislature has never managed to award him the state’s highest military award. Thankfully, on Thursday we seem to have taken a step in that direction when the House passed HCR 3, a resolution urging Gov. Perry to award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Captain Murphy posthumously. The resolution makes its case by stating that Murphy “repeatedly risked his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers and to help advance their mission, and for his remarkable heroism he is most assuredly deserving of this state’s supreme military award.” I could not agree more.
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‘Compelled by Love’ will stir you in many ways We celebrated my dad’s 80th birthday Sunday afternoon with most of the out of town family and friends in attendance. I look at my dad and mom, and I see a lot of wisdom. I can distinctly remember when my grandparents died, and I told Mom and Dad that they were now the wise ones of the family. How does one get wise? I do realize that not everyone gains wisdom as they age, but most do. How do they get wise? Here is what I think. Life does that to them. The sorrows in life carve out such a big part that they come to the realization that most things in life are really not that important. I
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Jan Allbritton remember my ex-grandmother-inlaw telling me that life was too short to be mad. I totally agree with her. Wise folks realize that love is the important thing. Love is the only thing that changes anything. Love. Love. Love. When we are dealing with deep sorrow or disappointment, when doubt if God even knows we are here, when we feel like a failure, or
when we are fearful, God wants to whisper our name and tell us that the story isn’t over yet. A few chapters have yet to be written. What feels like a never-ending nightmare can turn into a beautiful dream if we allow God to step into it. God wants to fill us with hope where there is disappointment. He wants to strengthen our faith when we are filled with doubt. He wants to help us succeed when we think that we have failed. He wants to bathe us in peace where fear once tried to suffocate us. God just wants to breathe into us LIFE. The breath of God washes away all of the junk that is trying to destroy us.
We may feel that God cannot use us because we are not perfect. Well, who is? Who is, indeed? Only God is, and He chooses to use imperfect folks like you and me to share His perfect love with a world that is crying out for a solution. Jesus is all about healing, forgiveness, restoration, love, redemption, joy, and peace. God wants you and me to step into who we are in Him and be filled with faith. He wants to breathe into us life. He wants us to walk into our destiny. In John 1:6, it talks about John the Baptist. During Pastor Andy’s sermon, he took that Scripture, and
he told us to plug in our name. That resonated in my spirit, and so we are going to read this Scripture aloud and plug in our name, okay? “There came a man/woman who was sent from God, his/her name was ______ (Plug in your name.) He/she came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him/her all men might believe. He himself/she herself was not the light, he/she came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” I have been saying for forever that we are to be a light to the world, TEACHER cont’d p. 6
A good lesson: Trust God with all your worries “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” - Psalm 37: 3-6.
Last week, I was headed to Austin with my beautiful cousin, Meridith, to take her last test to become a certified beautician. I have been joking with her since she started beauty school that I would go with her to be her model and have a couple of days free from the kids. Mike could handle them. Well, she remembered, and we had it all planned out. On the way, we talked and caught up on a lot of things, but many of our conversations turned to God and faith. It was actually really cool, and it felt like He weaved Himself in and out of our conversations the whole time.
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I kind of got the feeling that Meridith was struggling with personal things in her heart about what God wanted of her. She is really good at the whole hair thing, so what was her deal? He wouldn’t bring her to it if he wasn’t going to bring her through it, right? She was just questioning things like we all do, and I’m sure the nervous-
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ness of the test played a big part. So there I was rambling on and making connections for her. About three and a half hours into our ride, we started talking about things we need to get from the store for this test. She said all I needed was my drivers license, and a sudden oh-nofreak-out moment took place. A flash black occurred where Mike took my license out of my wallet in Chicago... but did he put it back? We frantically searched my purse. Nothing! Meridith called the testing center and told the lady what our problem was. I had my school staff ID, and she told the lady that I was a teacher at a public school with my picture and name on this ID badge. The lady said we could use it. Mike faxed my license to the hotel just in case. No worries now. We’d be fine. I must say,
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Our Lady of Guadalupe 100 Maynard Rd., Diboll 936-829-3659 936-829-2690
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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
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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
I had the best sleep that night. There were no kids crying, no cold tiny feet kicking me, and no one asking for water all through the night. I had the bed to myself and passed out as poor Meridith stayed up late going through her supplies that she needed for the test. The next morning, we were rushing around using a GPS that didn’t like us, probably because Meridith kept saying it was stupid when we took wrong turns. We rushed to get her stuff bought, put in her testing baggies, check out of the hotel, and on our way to the testing center. She was good- a little stressed, but good. So she prayed. We called my mom to pray with her. She was fine. We went to check in. Luckily, her name was one of the first called for check in. I gave them my ID, and the rude lady at the desk said I would not be allowed to
St. Paul’s United 1505 S. John Redditt, Lufkin 936-634-7810
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be her model. She could take the test without a model or not take it at all. Oh the horror!!! Panic was all over Meridith’s face- fear, worry, and doubt. We jumped in the car, rushed to the store across the parking lot, and Meridith went in and bribed a girl that worked there with $50 to be her model. Meridith was in tears. She told me the girl would meet her there and ran over to the testing center. I never saw a girl walk out of the building over to the test site. I was in panic... Then I prayed. I prayed some more, and I prayed even more. With no girl in sight, I called my mom and we prayed. I called my sister, Mike, and my cousin, Jamie, and we prayed some more. I felt horrible. This was my only job, and I totally let Meridith down. There was a lot of water works while I waited. SISTERS cont’d p. 6
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30 Years Ago: Rowes have ‘Yard Beautiful’ One Year Ago
The 2012 Pineywoods Cattle Baron’s Gala committee selects caterer Eddie Deen and Company’s food that will host the annual gala at the Moore Farm. Todd & Linda Willis of Diboll announce the engagement of their daughter, Haleigh Willis, to Ryan Cook of Groesbeck, son of Randy and Kim Cook of Kosse. Diboll Housing Authority and Diboll Christian Outreach Center host semi-annual Indoor Picnic for Diboll senior citizens at the Lottie & Arthur Temple Civic Center. Bonzo Crunch, a professional clown, performs for the Children’s Summer Reading Program at the T.L.L.Temple Memorial Library in Diboll. There were 77 children in attendance. Dana Helton, certified yoga instructor, opens up studio at 210 Timberland Drive in Lufkin.
Five Years Ago
Diboll City Council after contentious debate and three votes, award contract to build an amphitheater in Old Orchard Park. Diboll High School Senior Mandi Lovett is the recipient of the Lufkin Junior League Scholarship. ESPN names Diboll High School Lady Jack basketball great Nikki Greene
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to its ESPN Top 100 Hoop Girlz and number 28 in the nation for girls basketball. The “Free Press” part of the Diboll Free Press turns 50 years old. In July 1958, the Diboll News-Bulletin changed its name to the Angelina County Free Press. Annie Sue Emmons and a group of residents of Willie Massey Street in southwest Diboll successfully protest the construction of new homes in their neighborhood to the Diboll city council.
Ten Years Ago
Angelina County officials state they plan to hire a county stockman or animal control officer to work cases of stray animals in rural areas of the county outside of city limits. Randy George, Lufkin community businessman and civic leader, is this year’s recipient of the Silver Spike Award for his outstanding service to the community. Zavalla Fire Department receives $52,406 Assistance to Firefighter Grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Temple-Inland’s Brian
TEACHER Cont’d a light on a hill that cannot hide its light. We are to die to ourselves. We are to die to our pride, our greed, our fear, our whatever that is holding us back, and Jesus will resurrect Himself in us. We will be dead men and women walking, and we will be walking in the love. Jesus is my Savior and my Hero. Next to Him, Heidi Baker is my heroine. She truly walks in love in Mozambique, and she really lives what she
Wilson is promoted to the position of marketing manager, Industrial Products. Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club honors Lufkin businessman Richard Donovan with the Evelyn Edens Award for River Protection.
Twenty Years Ago
Attending twirling camp at Diboll High School are April McClain, Necia Young, Angie Luce, Mandy Bowman and Michelle Cordell. Cheryl Schmidt Suiter, wife of Diboll Police Sergeant Wes Suiter and daughter of Charles & Carolyn Schmidt and Neal and Frances Stephens of Lufkin, receives her doctor of medicine degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Diboll ISD board of trustees names Cathie Cain as its new Diboll High School band director. Members of the Diboll Youth League (7-8) Rangers are Cody Gonzales, Adrian Perez, Ismael Terrazas, Juan Salas, David Sandoval, Clifford Jones, Edward Tovar, Joseph
believes. Her book, “Compelled by Love,” has stirred me in a way that I want to be used more and more by God in whatever way He chooses. If you can, read her book. It may well wreck you, and that is a really good thing indeed. To be wrecked by God for God. May you never be the same. Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.
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Thirty Years Ago This Week
Arnold Tompkins retires from Temple-White Company (handle factory) here after 22 years as sales manager and vice president. Gathering for a last party are Herb White Jr., Eddie Courtney, Robert Tompkins and Richard Hanes. In front are Nancy Casey, Mrs. Herb White Jr., and Shirley Sullivan. Hambrick and Coaches Randy Hambrick and Vernon “Red” Oaks. Diboll’s Nita Ramsey Hurley performs at Carnegie Concert Hall with Angelina Chambers Singers.
Thirty Years Ago
Bryan Faircloth of Diboll joins RepublicBank as mortgage loan officer. Winners in the 1983 Diboll Recreation Department’s Summer Program
Finally, a little over an hour later. Some of the models came out of the building. “Please go in the other building. Please go in the other building.” I whispered over and over as I watched these ladies go in different directions. More prayers going up. God was probably shaking his head at me, but I kept sending them up. YES! A girl finally walked over to the other building. Meridith had a model. God provided. And then I relaxed... a little. But Meridith looked so stressed out. I prayed some more that she would be able to concentrate. After a few more hours of waiting, the testers began
are JonAnna Bradford, Miss Diboll Recreation Department; Lulu Hamilton, Miss Personality; Celsa Reyes, Miss Smile; Brette Dunlap, Miss Talent; and Katherine Ledford, Miss Diboll Recreation Department runnerup. TV Cable of Diboll office in Diboll closes. Capital Cities Communications takes over cable system but you can pay your cable bill at Conner’s Western Auto Store. Diboll Garden Club se-
filing out. They all looked exhausted and not very happy. Meridith wasn’t smiling, and my heart sank. As she climbed into the car, she was looking at her paper and said, “I passed!” It was a huge relief. On the road again, I was a little upset that some stranger got my facial and manicure, but Meridith and I decided that God was testing her faith. The devil will always try to keep fear, worry, and doubt in your way. God wanted her to trust Him, and when she prayed during her test and let it go, He calmed her a little, and everything was good. He even gave her the sign. Since her mom’s passing,
lects the yard of Mr. & Mrs. Jack Rowe as “Yard Beautiful” in the northeast section of Diboll. Diboll Dixie Boys League Indians team consist of Dustin Ford, James Teal, Rolando Torres, Rogelio Reyes, Barry Morin, Hector Javier, Steven McClintock, Chad Conner, Ernesto Aguilar, Christopher Grant, Eric Teal, Eric Harrison, Lee Jay Lazarine and Coaches Leroy Lazarine and James McClintock.
on important days that Meridith has had, she has seen a rainbow appear in the sky. The beauty of a rainbow simply says that even after the roughest storm, things will get better. This is a very special sign to Meridith. She said it’s a sign from God and her mom, Susan, to let her know Susan’s watching and she’s proud. On the way home, the most beautiful rainbow appeared in front of us. It filled the sky from one side to the other. Meridith was very happy and at peace. We learned a really good lesson- TRUST GOD with all of your worries. Do you need to let a worry go to God today?
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Diboll FFA awarded for successes at state Dixie champs The 10u Diboll All-Stars were recently named the Dixie Youth AAA Ju-
nior state champions. July 6-10, they competed in the AAA South Junior Tournament in New Caney. After losing their first game to Fairfield, they fought to win the next six and were named the AAA Junior South Champion. July 19-20, they travelled to Longview to compete against the AAA Junior North champion, Sabine, in a best-of-three game tournament. Diboll won the first two games 11-9 and 7-5. Pictured , front row, from left, areTy Roman, Trent Webb, Dominic Morales, Ethan Jaraguchi, Rey Arellano Reed Quarles; back row, Garrison Cheshire, Jackson Grigg, Braden Fisher, Giovanni Robles, AB Palacio; Coaches: Josh Webb, Joey Arellano and Bobby Cheshire.
Grants from the Thomas T. 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 the grants must seek to enhance the educational, social, and physical qualities of life within the community in the areas of education, health, community and social services, cultural arts and the humanities. Rodgers listed several examples of activities that have been held at the house. “We’ve had civic meetings including Diboll Day groups, class reunions, business meetings, wedding and baby showers and birthday parties for adults,” she said. Meetings for commercial or political purposes and parties for children are not allowed. Diboll Christian Outreach operates
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Volleyball practice for ninth- through 12th-graders will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Report to the Diboll High School gym at 1:30 p.m.
Tony Souther will present a program on the Caddo Mounds facility west of Alto on Highway 21 to the Deep East Texas Archeological Society on Monday, Aug. 5, at the Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library on 213 E. Court Street in Newton, about 7 p.m.. At 6:30 p.m., guests and members of the society will enjoy refreshments and desserts furnished by ladies of the Society. Souther is the man in charge of the facility and is very knowledgeable
strictly on donations from individuals and churches in the community. Rodgers explained that funding does not come from the Temple family or the TempleInland corporation. “Some individuals and groups donate on a regular basis, while others hold special drives at certain times,” she said. One example is the annual postal worker food drive, where everything collected from Diboll addresses goes to DCO. Others are the school food drives and specific target collections conducted by churches such as those for cake mixes or eggs at certain times of the year. “We talk to everybody who comes in to try to determine just what their needs are,” Rodgers said. “We have some who come on a regular basis and some who just need a little temporary help getting over a rough time.” Diboll Christian Outreach is open every Thursday from 9:30 until 11 a.m.
Seven Diboll FFA members attended the 85th Texas FFA State Convention in Dallas earlier this month. Those attending were Tyler Allen, Dylan Allen, Chloe Presnall, Sarah Smith, Stephen Badeaux, Caleb Stewart and Cheyenne Swor. The students donated canned goods to be given to the North Texas Food Bank. Tyler Allen was chosen to be a reporter for the Convention Chronicle. The Convention Chronicle was the daily newsletter printed for members and guests attending the convention. He had three articles published in the paper. Tyler interviewed Todd Staples, Commissioner of Agriculture. This article was published on the web at texasffa.org. This was an honor to be selected and will look great on scholarship applications. The hours were long each day and the hard work paid off for getting
his articles printed in the paper and on the website. Swor was selected to serve her second year as a Foundation Ambassador for the convention. Ambassadors have long hours, also. Their job is to assist all the VIPs and convention sponsors like keeping up with their schedules. Cheyenne also attended the Stars Banquet on Wednesday and was honored on stage for being a state finalist for the Star Chapter FFA Degree in production. The chapter won the Golden Horizon Award. This is the highest award a chapter can receive at the state level. This award is based on overall participation of the chapter in all aspects of FFA: Career Developments Events, Leadership Development Events, Scholarships, District officers, speaking events, student awards, and exhibition of livestock. Tyler Allen, Swor and
sponsor Kevin Swor were all honored on stage at the final session of the convention. Tyler Allen was honored for the newspaper, Cheyenne Swor for ambassadors, and Kevin Swor for serving as the president of the VATAT. The Lone Star Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can earn. The Lone Star recipients were Tyler Allen, Smith, Badeaux, Eric Concha, and Dillon Mason. Lone Star Degree requirements are: • At least 2 years active membership; • Received chapter degree; • Have earned and productively invested at least $200, worked at least 200 hours in excess of scheduled class time in a supervised agricultural experience program; and • The combination of hours and dollars must exceed or equal 800.
The officers for the Diboll High School Christians in Action club are working hard to make this year a good one. CIA helps the community, but also help teens strengthen their relationship with Christ, said CIA president Hunter McLeroy. “Our biggest goal this year is to get out into the
community and show God’s love,” McLeroy said. “This past year we didn’t really have the funds to do bigger things. It is a newer club, so we are really trying to get going. We are looking to do wheelchair ramps this year and many other things.” CIA is asking for donations to make this year the
best. You can drop off donations at the Diboll Free Press with Christians In Action on the envelope. “We want to thank you for your support. It means a whole lot. As a new club that wants to do work in our community, we greatly appreciate your donations,” said Tyler Pickard, CIA secretary.
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Pre-K3 & Pre-K4 Registration for 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.
The Jackbackers would like for you to show your support by ordering one of these shirts (shown above;
order red or black). We are doing something different this year, this will be a prepaid order only sell. Cost will be $12 per shirt, a $2 charge will be added per size XXL - above. I know in the past we would sell them at meet the Jacks night, but we would like to see a sea of red on that night. For more information and an order form you can email me dgarcia.jackbackers@ hotmail.com.
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.
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Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of PEGGY SUE BORDENKIRCHER, Deceased, were issued on June 13, 2013, in Cause No. 101-13PR, pending in the County Court at Law No. Two, Angelina County, Texas, to: RON BORDENKIRCHER. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: Clyde M. Herrington 117 E. Lufkin Avenue Lufkin, Texas 75901 DATED the 11th day of July, 2013. Clyde M. Herrington Attorney at Law
117 E. Lufkin Avenue Lufkin, TX 75901 Telephone: (936) 6348466 Facsimile: (936) 639-1939 Clyde M. Herrington Attorney for Applicant State Bar No.: 09535500
Notice to Creditors
Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Billye Marie York, Deceased, were issued on July 11, 2013, in Docket No. 12313-PR, pending in the County Court at Law #2 of Angelina County, Texas, to: Lou Ray York Berry. The address of the Independent Executrix is: 2506 Woodstock Drive, Lufkin, TX 75904. 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 Sloan, 305 East Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901, and it is the representative’s
choice that claims be addressed in care of the Estate’s attorney, John Sloan. DATED the 16th day of July, 2013. John Sloan, Attorney for the Estate 305 East Frank Avenue Lufkin, Texas 75901 (936) 632-8282 State Bar No. 18505000 ATTORNEY FOR THE ESTATE
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