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Eastview Ladies Day Out

Eastview Pentecostal Church at Loop 287 at Paul Avenue in Lufkin will host the annual Ladies Day Out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Gently used clothing for the entire family, school supplies and lunch are all free. First-come, first-served. For more information, contact Jan Wilkerson at 936829-4817 or janwpta@

Helping Outreach

Saturday is the day thecCivic Club and others are helping with the grocery pick-up and delivery for the Christian Outreach Center. Helpers need to meet at 8 a.m. at Brookshire Brothers. Once all the groceries are loaded, everyone will move to the Outreach Center to unload.


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Diboll, Texas: Proud home of George Honea

Thursday, August 1, 2013

G-P exec: No. 1 priority is ‘talent’ RICHARD NELSON

It took more than 18 months for Georgia-Pacific to finalize its purchase of the Temple-Inland Building Products from International Paper. The $710 acquisition became official on Friday, July 19. However, plans for operational integration are just now in the initial stages because the companies were still competitors, according to Mark Luetters, Georgia-Pacific’s executive vice president of Building Products. Luetters visited the Temple-Inland corporate offices in Diboll on Thursday, July 25, spending time


hese are what I would call flagship assets. You’ve got people who want to be in the building products business. You can expect to see a lot of investment in those assets. ... I think you will see increased production from these assets.”

-- Mark Luetters Georgia-Pacific, executive vice president

with employees, local government officials and media. “To say we’ve been able to make long-term plans and basically understand the capabilities of the different organizations would be an exaggeration,” he said in response to questions posed by local media representatives. “We’ve had a very limited

scope of topics we’ve been able to talk about until last week Friday (July 19). We still have a lot of long-term planning to do,” Luetters said. “In the immediate term, we’ll have a lot of employees here. We’ll have a lot of employees in this office, and we’ll continue to be a big presence here in this area from both a manufacturing and a professional

prospective.” Several times during the meeting, Luetters referred to the “talent” Georgia-Pacific acquired. “Our No. 1 priority is to maintain the talent that we were able to acquire in this acquisition. TempleInland is a lot more than just steel, land and buildings. The people here are fantastic. The assets that they’ve built are fantastic. They way they run them are fantastic,” he said. “We’ve very mindful of operating in a way that allows us to maintain not only the hard assets, but also the talent.” When pressed for answers about the future of Diboll employees, Luetters was non-committal, See SALE, P. 7

Summer fun, education


The Waymakers will perform at Beulah Congregational Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday. The church is located on FM 58 in Beulah. Fellowship and refreshments will follow.

Physicals, 2-a-days

All incoming 7th, 9th and 11th graders must have a physical before they can practice or participate in district sports. Forms are available at


Freed By Christ Jesus Christ is always faithful. You can always count on Him. Jesus’ compassion for you is so huge you cannot comprehend it. God’s Bible says in Lamentations 3: 2223, “Though the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” There is no one you can truly depend on except Jesus Christ. Humans are fallible. Sooner or later they will let you down. Jesus is always there for you if you will turn to Him and let Him have control. Jesus knows what is best, but He will not force you to let Him take over. That has to be your willful decision. Only then will you experience His mighty power and unconditional love. Jesus, alone, is your help and strength. Please surrender to Him today. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church


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Enviro-Math Summer Camp students start the week with team building activities. The students attending the camp were part of the Diboll Housing Authority’s summer program.

Keeler Grant funds help Envio-Math Camp continue BURLON WILKERSON

Fishing, canoeing, seining the pond, and making discoveries of what is in the water sound like typical summer activities for children in East Texas. Taking “fun” activities and giving them educational value has been the goal of the Diboll Family Education Center for the past 15 years. Because of a contribution from the Thomas T. Keeler Grant

program, 35 children from thirdthrough sixth-grade and 10 staff

members participated in the Enviro-Math Summer Camp at Pineywoods Conservation Center near Broaddus July 15-18. Attendees learned water safety, the importance of water, what kinds of organisms live in the water, and teamwork. Education Center Director Charlotte Morris explained that the grant was needed to fill the void left when they lost TempleInland sponsorship of the camp. “They sponsored us for 15 years,”

she said. “For many of the participants, this week is the only vacation they will have. Combining fun with education is something we did not want to lose.” Keeler grants are given to organizations that 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. They are made in See CAMP, P. 7

No raise in city tax rate expected; streets on mend RICHARD NELSON

Tax rolls from the Angelina County Tax Appraisal District arrived too late for Diboll city staff to provide council with a preliminary budget for a workshop on Monday, but City Manager Dennis McDuffie did have some good news. The budget for fiscal year

2013-14 should see no increase in the tax rate or water/ sewer rates, McDuffie said. Council also discussed Phase 2 of the street project. About $1.1 million in remains after Phase 1, which was the reconstruction of Lumberjack Drive. Portions of streets now included in Phase II are South First Street; Elm Street; Beech

Street; Persimmon Street; O’Hara Street; Pine Valley Road; C Street; B Street; 3rd Street; 2nd Street; Hines Street; MLK; and Arrington. Drewery Construction of Nacogdoches submitted the low bid on the projects and will be awarded the project at the next council meeting, Aug. 12, according to McDuffie.

Street repairs to North Hendricks are not via a grant and not part of the city’s Phase II project. Photo by Richard Nelson

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Families report enjoying their vacations This will be the shortest description of a vacation, but it’s the most I could get from Doug Baldree. Doug, Rita and Garvis Baldree went riding around for five days toward Alabama to visit friends; on to Kentucky to visit distilleries; then to Springfield, Mo., to see the Bass Pro Shop and back home. *** I had a lot better communication from Tommy and Angie Fenley about their recent trip. They were gone for five weeks to Billings, Mont., to visit with their son, Tommy Jr., his wife, Ali, and their two children, 10-year-old Ryan and 8-year-old Samantha. They spent several days and hours watching Ryan play his Little League baseball games. Ryan was so good he made the all-stars and was unable to go with the rest of the family into Yellowstone National Park where they spent three days and two nights in a remote forest ranger’s cabin. It was 30 miles to the closest of anything and only 50 yards away from bear signs. There was no electricity or running water and the bathroom was an old outhouse several yards from the cabin. When Angie felt the 3 a.m. “nature call,” she woke Tommy and had him go with her to the outhouse. It was rather chilly during the night with temperatures in the high 30s and their sleeping bags felt good. They woke up to the smell of Tommy cooking some of his famous breakfasts. During the day it was quiet with no one or anything to create much noise. One day was spent going across Bear Tooth Pass and enjoying a picnic lunch. Tommy and Angie both agreed this year’s camping was much better than last year’s when they returned to their campsite and discovered their tent had collapsed and everything they had was wet. ***

Jeff Vanover stopped by the store on his way back to Houston. Earlier in the summer he and his wife Lisa (McClain) had rented an RV touring bus to drive to Red Rock, Colo.; Victor, Idaho and Alta, Wyo. Driving the 40-foot “diesel pusher” all the way was not Jeff, but Lisa! *** Congratulations to April Fowler, daughter of Jennifer and Gary Horton, upon her graduation from ITT with a Computer Science degree. April lives in Houston with her husband, Joe, and 2-year-old daughter, Brooklynn. Her family celebrated the special event in Galveston. *** We want to congratulate and thank Eric Chandler for the bountiful garden he and his family have had this summer at their home in the Pine Valley area. He has shared cantaloupes and watermelon with friends, neighbors and the Round Table. *** It was good to have our Texas state representative, Trent Ashby, stop by and visit at the Round Table while he was in Diboll. Trent has just completed his first, and I might add very successful, first session of service for our district. He didn’t tell us but on the final day of the 83rd Legislative Session in Austin, Trent was voted by his peers as the Outstanding Republican Freshman of the Year. During his first year Trent Ashby passed six bills and served on

two powerful House committees. Although educators have been trying for years, this was the year it finally happened -- a bill that will reduce the excessive testing and exams for high school students. It will also change graduation requirements that will allow students more flexibility. We are proud of Trent Ashby and congratulate him on a job well done! *** More congratulatory news: Cody Wright, son of Lori (Burgess) and Chad Wright of Hudson finished his high school tie-down calf roping career as No. 10 in the U.S.! Making the 22-hour drive to Wyoming to watch him were his parents, his sister Cealy Kay (C.K.), and his two grandmothers, Judy Burgess and Tommie Wright and her niece Elaine (Byron), who drove the proud grandmothers. *** Leonard and Billie Robison drove to Pearland to deliver their great-grandsons, Logan and Luke McGowan, back home after spending a few days here in Diboll. The boys were near the ages of 4 and 6 and kept their great-grandparents on the run. *** Good friends, Joe Anthony and Joe Jr. Wilkerson came in one morning bringing a box of donuts for the round table and fresh tomatoes from the Anthony garden. The donuts were good, but the tomatoes were even better. Joe enjoyed visiting with Kathryn (Havard) Chuke who came in with Mary Lou Havard. Joe and Kathryn both attended Diboll High School and enjoyed reminiscing about the good ole days. *** JoAnn (Breazeale) Bencivenga came in for Colorado pinto beans and local honey. Sophia (Morris) Lenderman came in for seeds to plant a fall garden.

Summer’s almost over; time to get ready for school Summer Vacation is coming to a close and school will be starting at the end of the month. Here are some back-to-school tips for parents to do before school starts to get their children ready for the new school year: * Be sure your child is in good physical and mental health; schedule doctor and dental checkups early. * Review the material sent by the school as soon as it arrives. * Mark your calendar and make a note of important dates, especially back-to-school nights. * Make copies of all your child’s health and emergency information for reference. * Buy school supplies early. Try to get the supplies as early as possible and fill the backpacks a week or two before school starts. * Plan to re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines (especially breakfast) at least 1 week before school starts. * Turn off the TV and encourage your child to play quiet games, do puzzles, flash cards, color, or read as early morning activities instead of watching television. This will help ease your child into the learning process and school routine. * If your child is young or in a new school, visit the school with your child before school starts. * Minimize clothes shopping woes, buy only the essentials and check with your school to confirm dress code guidelines. * Designate and clear a place to do homework. * Select a spot to keep backpacks and lunch boxes. Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first week of school. (Resource: *** Last chance to sign up! 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-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

Parfaits a summer treat Here’s a great summertime dessert to top off a summer supper.

Blueberry Banana Parfaits

l pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 container Cool Whip (8 oz.) 1 pkg. (12 oz.) vanilla wafers 6 bananas, peeled and sliced 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries In large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger

until smooth. Stir in some of the cool whip, fold in remaining dessert topping Set aside this mixture. Place half the cookies in the bottom of a 13X9X2 inch baking pan. Top with half the banana slices. Spoon half the cream mixture in mounds on top of the layers in pan; spread to cover. Repeat layers. To with blueberries. Chill, covered up to 24 hours. Cut into squares and serve.

Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina

Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at or 936-829-4040.


News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library 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 936-8295497. 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. *** 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-toschool 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. *** Family at Movie Day at the Library on Friday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. Our theme for the summer is hunger, so we are asking you to bring one can of tomatoes, tomato sauce, Rotel tomatoes, or spaghetti sauce 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 936-8295497. 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!

*** The His & Hers Trade Days was the recipient of this month’s Diboll Business Association “Pack the House” last Friday evening. Ice cream and cookies were served to those that stopped by between 6 and 8 p.m. Jan Wilkerson serves as secretary of the Business Association, The Diboll Civic Club and The Design 4 Diboll Committee. She was one of the vendors selling her Tupperware items. With all she does and being so involved with her church, community, school and civic affairs, she managed to hand shell and put up 59 quarts of peas in the freezer! Phyllis Kirkland, who is the music teacher for all Diboll elementary students during the school year, was present at the trade days with her homemade jewelry and other blingy items. Her husband is gearing up to get involved with his homemade wood items. Dwayne and Eva Fairchild are new to the trade business, but were present with antique items -- one of which was an iron bed stead which John Ralph purchased. From Charlotte Morris’ collection I purchased two cigar boxes and a rolling pen and John Ralph added to his collection of meat grinders he bought from David Carter, the “His” part of the new trade business, His & Hers Trade Days. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin McKnight were there selling goodies for the Pine Grove Church. There were several other vendors selling their goods and everyone seem to enjoy the ice cream, especially Raymond Lenderman. * * * Enjoy your summer and don’t forget to come see us … ’round the table.

Bertha Mae Pavlic

Funeral services for Bertha Mae Pavlic, 83, of Diboll, were held Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Diboll with the Reverend Buster Grigg and the Reverend Kenny Hibbs officiating. Interment was in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Mrs. Pavlic was born August 15, 1929 in Silsbee, Texas to the late Zelma (Wilson) and Willie Neal Durdin. She went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Mrs. Pavlic was a retired office manager for Dr. Woody Ingram’s dental practice. She moved to Diboll more than 60 years ago with her husband and opened a grocery store, “Pavlic’s Supermarket,” and started a family, that she loved so dearly. Mrs. Pavlic was a member of the First Baptist Church of Diboll. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Carl Pavlic of Diboll; son and daughter-in-law, Carl Lynn and Cathy Pavlic of Diboll; daughter and son-in-law, Dianne Pavlic and Randy Theilig of Fulshear; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie Neal and Janet Pavlic of Lufkin; grandchildren, Ryan Neal Pavlic, Britton Loyd Pavlic, Clayton Grant Pavlic and wife Tyler, Jonathan David Theilig and wife Melissa, Chase Alan Pavlic and wife Elyce, and Carla Elizabeth Knight and husband Kason; great grandchildren, Aidan Chase Pavlic, Ashlee Nicol Pavlic, Knox Joseph Pavlic, Colton David Theilig, and Baby Knight who is due in February; as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mrs. Pavlic was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dewey Glenn Durdin. Pallbearers will be Randy Theilig, Neal Pavlic, Britton Pavlic, Clayton Pavlic, Jonathan Theilig and Kason Knight. Honorary pallbearers will be SSgt. Chase Pavlic and Dr. Woody Ingram. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Diboll, P.O. Box 627, Diboll, Texas 75941 or to The Joseph House, P.O. Box 150554, Lufkin, Texas 75915. The family received friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be added at www. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

Johnnie Francis Wallace

Funeral services for Johnnie Francis Wallace, 81, of Huntington, were held Monday, July 29, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Huntington. Interment was in the Sims/Rocky Hill Cemetery. Visitation was from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday afternoon at the funeral home. Mrs. Wallace was born April 5, 1932 in Ewing, Texas and died Friday, July 26, 2013 in a Lufkin hospital. Carroway Funeral Home, Huntington, directors

Tanya Ellison Mettlen

Funeral services for Tanya Ellison Mettlen, 34, of Burke, were held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Apostolic Church of Burke with Pastor Tommy Jackson, Reverend Wayne Clements, and Pastor Paul Mettlen, Sr. officiating. Interment was in the Ryan Chapel Cemetery. Tanya was born August 7, 1978 in Montgomery County, Texas and died Friday, July 26, 2013 at her residence. Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Paul Mettlen, Jr. of Burke; sons, Joel Aaron Mettlen and Jo-

seph Nathan Mettlen, both of Burke; parents, Larry and Aundrea Ellison of Burke; sister and brother-in-law, Misti and John Jones of Diboll; brother, Caleb Ellison of Burke and his girlfriend, Cristin Burton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pastor Paul Mettlen, Sr., and Debra Mettlen of Burke; sister-inlaw and brother-in-law Amy and Kevin Lawrence of Hudson; maternal grandmother, Idell Thomas of Livingston; paternal grandmother, Mildred Ellison of Livingston; grandmothers-in-law, Pauline Hopson of Burke and Christine Bass; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

Clarita Hampton

Funeral services for Clarita Hampton, 80, of Pollok were held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in the Gann Cemetery. Mrs. Hampton was born September 25, 1932 in Nacogdoches, Texas, and died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in a local hospital. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Billy Hampton of Pollok; daughter, Cindy Hampton Scheepstra of Hudson; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Rhonda Hampton and Frederick and Margaret Hampton, all of Pollok; seven grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

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Pine Tree Garden Club invites all to Round Top The ladies of the Pine Tree Garden Club are planning their annual fall trip and you are invited to go. This year’s destination is the Round Top Antiques Fair. The date is Thursday, Oct. 3. The fair has vendors from all over the world and offers antiques for your home and garden, silver, jewelry, linens, clothes, art and much more. The bus will leave 6:30 a.m. and after a full day of shopping, they will stop in Brenham to have dinner at Ernie’s American Bistro, arriving home around 10 p.m. If you are interested in going or just want more info, please call Gail Courtney at 634-3646. *** Nell Sessions fussed at AT&T so much like I did, that they sent her a Microcell to boost her cell phone signal. After her daughter hooked it up, they were sitting at her breakfast room table with no signal, then all of a sudden she got a text message, looked, and had full signal. This is the first time in two years that she had been able to use her I Phone other than to text. She wished me “Good luck with mine.” So far I have more bars than before since I have the microcell. I still think that AT&T could use some of their Jerry Jones Cowboy Stadium money to put a tower in Lufkin on our side of town. *** Ernest is the proud owner of an Al Meyer Ford Lariat F250 Diesel crew cab, four-wheel drive with back-up camera (so maybe he will quit backing into things) and leather, heated seats.

Thanks to Jesse, Israel and Ismael for painting the camper top and spraying the bed liner. Mike Ivins was his salesperson, and Ernest found out that Amber Lewis had been promoted to service manager. He spent a week dealing with all of them and came home with “Pearl” that has some brown trim. He says that he went wild because this “will be his last diese.l” I heard that on the last one. If he is happy, I am happy. Thanks to all of you Al Meyer personnel that put up with him to get his phone system and other technical things in order. *** Ann Watson and Tara Watson-Watkins recently went to New York and helped judge the New York State pageants. Tara judged the Miss New York Pageant, which is a preliminary to Miss America, and Ann judged the Teen New York Pageant which is a preliminary to America’s Outstanding Teen Title. They never got into the city, but instead were on Staten Island where the pageants were held at the beautiful St. George’s Theater. This year’s past Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, was chosen as Miss America 2013. Tara and Ann enjoyed getting to know Mallory, who will be giv-

ing up her Miss America title in September when the Miss America Pageant goes home to Atlantic City. Tune into ABC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and cheer on the new Miss Texas, Ivana Hall. *** Happy Birthday: Janet Read, Kelli Wayland, Bettye Platt, Cooper Castleberry, Mary Jule Tatum, Pat McCann, Bettie Ivie, Kelly Thomas, Olivia Spradley, Mack Coward, Little Bill Brandenburg, T. J. Wheat, Helen Forrest, Sharon Wark, Tiege Greening, Mona Hill, Lisa Griffin, Sherri Brandenburg, Tom Brose, Sam Johnson, Brandy Brandenburg, David Walker, Clayton Medford, Hudson Henderson, Nancy Reily, Kandis Brashear and twin Jordan Brashear and Hannah Arnold. *** Happy Anniversary: Donna and Jerry Hill, Pat and Keith Brittain, Joy and Arthur Brooks. *** Ernest and I had a date and went to see movie classic “Some Like It Hot” at the Pines on Saturday night. It was a cheap date since the tickets were $5 each and nothing was good on TV. We enjoyed Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon in the 1959 movie that was black and white. I learned that Autumn McDaniel is the new administrative assistant for the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau under Tara Watson-Watkins. The 2014 Pines Presents series will be announced in September. Their phone numbers are 633-

0359 or 633-0279 or email for more info or to get your name on the list for next season. “Elvis” is coming on Saturday, Sept. 14, to the Pines. Kraig Parker and the Royal Tribute Band will perform songs by Elvis. *** The Mary Hall Mantooth Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will be the hostesses for our District IV Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 10. One of the tours the group will take is the Texas Forestry Museum. I met the new Executive Director, Rachel Collins. She has many degrees. She and her husband Jason Collins will be working in Lufkin. He is at the City of Lufkin. I did not know that the building across from the Museum has a big library of books on Forestry and the sawmill towns in our area. Rachel had Summer Sylvans that morning. Their Treemendous Celebration will be Oct. 3. Sorry to see Mary Alice Cook leave the Director position. *** Alta Slack wanted her friends to know that she is a country girl now. She has moved into an apartment attached to daughter Sally and Terry Clifton’s home in Huntington. *** Let me hear your news. Catch you around town. Contact Janice Ann



Good gardening with help Trashing of wedding from friends and family dress a sign of the times Gladys and Cletus Russell have been gardening as long as I can remember and that turns into many years. Gladys reported they have had lots of tomatoes, corn and peas. Both of them are in their early-90s and still keep going like the “Pink Bunny,” but at least they do have help from their daugthters Nancy and Billy Ray Allen and Janice Brooks. *** I made another tomato run to Clayton and Helen Duren’s one morning and they had helpers. Jessica and Danielle Gillespie were busy working the pea-sheller. They had several bushels of peas yet to shell. I am amazed how many modern tools help make farming, plumbing, house-building and cooking much simpler than when we had to do so much of it. Jessica and Danielle are the granddaughters of Lloyd Gillespie, who went to school with us. They were certainly nice young ladies and Helen said they were hard workers, too. *** The Durens enjoyed attending longtime friend Charlie Mae Conner Herrington’s 85th birthday celebration. A host of her family and friends were also there for the fellowship. *** One of our classmates, Memphis Crawford, called one evening and we chatted for a while to catch up on the past 30 years. It had been that long since any of us had seen him. He started to school with us in the third grade and there are not many of us who are still around. Death has taken too many of our class. *** Pat Garrett was in College Station with her son and his family. Reilly, Danielle and Ryder Garrett are always happy to see her arrive, especially 3-yearold Ryder. Pat works at Lufkin ISD and will be startgin back to work in a few days. ***


Neal Denman was in Eddyville, Kent., at his cabin and one day he walked in to find a long, black snake stretched the length of his dining table. The snake slid off onto the floor and Neal held the door open and out went the snake. A couple of days later he went inside to find one of those striped lizards going crazy in the house. We always called them “blue racers” and I hate those things. I doubt I could have laid down and gone to sleep after finding all that in the house. Neal also spent several days in Dry Branch, Ga., with his daughter Rhonda nd Randy Meiers. *** Beamon and I visited at Highway Baptist Church Sunday and to me it was like having a reunion. There were so many friends and family to greet. Brother Lamar Denby is pastor and always so welcoming. Lynn, Sundra and Josh Denman were ever so happy to see us. Seems just a few years ago that Josh was just a baby and now he and Lori have two babies. I almost did not recognize Linda Crain Durham and Pat Hopson Anderson when they were not wearing their Carroway Funeral Home clothes. It had been a while since we had seen Steve Phillips, neighbors Lester and Othal Lowery, Ethel Havard, former classmates Margie and Jack Green and Jenny Harris Mosley, Gladys Harkness Mayes and daughter Jan Beasley, Pat turner Casper, Frances Denby, Virginia Duggan Sheffield, Sarah Lewis, Johnnie Sue Hill, Holly Denman Howard, Sue Bonner Kirkland and her son Dale, Letha Nell George and her daughter Theresa Marshall, Betty Grissett Truett, and Delton Smith. Beamon is always happy to see former coworkers Allen Forrest and his brother, Garvis and Wanda Hall Forrest.

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Every day we older folks see things happen that rarely happened when we were younger. At the doctor’s office one evening the waiting area was full when I went in. Every chair was filled with grownups and young children. I was the oldest person in the room. I signed in and prepared to stand when a man got up to give me his chair. Nothing would do but I sit down. I thanked him profusely. Not one kid offered to give up a seat, nor did a parent tell them to do so. Had that been me with Randy he would have sat in my lap or on the floor. Manners are too often not being taught at home. People rarely speak in the store and are shocked when I speak. As an afterthought, some speak when the surprise wears off. Many times an older man will hold a door open or let me enter first. Teaching children to be polite and courteous should be as automatic as breathing for parents. Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntington-area residents.

Watching a bride douse her wedding dress with a strongly inflammable liquid as she walked away from taking her wedding vows, I sat in disbelief. The fire ignited quickly, began to burn, and started to melt away a beautiful white dress that was still being worn. The woman then moved quickly toward the water that was nearby to stop the fire and save her life. Her appearance as she stepped out of the shallow waves said that the “trashing of her wedding dress” had been a success. I listened to the news commentator as he explained that this was a new fad. One bride had died in her burning dress as she sought the safety of the water and was drowned. I wondered, “Is this absolute lunacy?” Weddings used to be a matter of upmost sincerity and respect. “Are the wedding vows still a sign of sacred trust between two loving people?” The choices of weddings used to be much simpler. Decisions were made as to where the wedding would take place, who would perform the ceremony, how many people


Carolyn (Sue) Hendrick

would be invited, where would the honeymoon be, where would the newly joined couple live and so on. Marriage was considered a sacred bond that lasted through sickness and health and ended with death of one of the participants. Statistics show us that the normal marriage of yesterday is rarely experienced by anyone today. Divorce rates have been quoted by some as one out of every one marriage ends in divorce. Five years of marriage is seen as some kind of victory before the whole thing dissolves. Whether there are children or not doesn’t enter into the equation. The common line of thinking seems to be, oh well, if it doesn’t work out, we will just get a divorce and marry somebody else. Even more prevalent today is the situation of “living together.” Why bother with marriage? Or, change the rules altogether as to who can be considered legally married. It seems that only those that are legally unqualified to marry, due to

age or gender, may be the only ones fighting for the right. The wedding dress of the bride was a symbol of the beautiful celebration of two persons uniting in a common goal for life. They agreed to love and cherish one another and to be faithful in all of their days together for the duration of their lives. The death of either one was the only way that the promise was broken. The wedding dress was often seen as a prized object that might be worn by someone else in the family lineage as an honor. Is it any wonder that divorce rates equal marriage rates if no one cares enough to even wear the wedding dress until they change for their departure, or put it away safely as a symbol of the trust and promise they have just made? One has to wonder how much respect for the wedding itself has been given if the moment the vows are finished, the wedding dress is “trashed.” Sue Hendrick lived in Diboll for several years. Although she now resides in Lufkin, Diboll will always be her East Texas home.

Community-Wide Back-to-School Bash Sponsors – Diboll Civic Club, Diboll PTSA, Diboll First United Methodist Church You are invited to join us to sponsor this event! When: Saturday, Aug. 10th from 2-4 pm or until all supplies are gone Where: Diboll Primary Gym – Behind Brookshire Brothers Goal: Community Outreach – To provide needed school supplies to our local children. What is the Back-to-School Bash? Diboll primary and elementary aged students are invited to come participate in carnival games where the prize is a school supply, although smaller children are the target, no student is turned away. The booths are worked by volunteers from local churches, organizations, and/or businesses and there is no charge to participants. Your organization is invited to participate! Participants are asked to: • Collect various school supplies (pencils, markers, crayons, paper, etc.) • Possibly donate 1 complete set of school supplies for an Drop Box Locations assigned grade level as a door prize * DISD admin office • Collect new or gently used lunchboxes and backpacks * Commercial Bank of Texas • Come work a booth in shifts the day of the event * Brookshire Brothers • Monetary donations are always helpful! * First United Methodist. * Monetary donations can be If you or your organization would like to participate, please given to FUMC. contact Christie Stephens at ; Jan Wilkerson at ; or the First United Methodist Church office at 936-829-4470. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Legislation would prevent diversion of funds from transportation Another week has come and gone at your State Capitol without the passing of a transportation funding bill. While both chambers have passed their own version of the legislation, no compromise has been made to settle the differences between the two. Gov. Perry has threatened to call a third special session if no agreement is reached before the session ends on July 30. Hopefully, this won’t be necessary.

An attempt to end transportation funding diversions

In the past few regular legislative sessions, the Legislature has made a concerted effort to reduce so-called highway funding “diversions” — the use of transportation-related revenue to finance functions unrelated to roads. HB 16 would take a significant step toward recognizing that, as much as possible, revenue generated from vehicle-related taxes should be used to finance road construction and development. This bill, in conjunction with HJR 2, would dedicate an additional, much-needed funding stream for constructing and maintaining public roads. This would represent a sharp departure from relying on debt and toll roads as primary mechanisms for funding highways. The bill would also make use of expected increases in oil and gas severance tax remissions to offset any loss to the Available School Fund so that education funding is protected. The diversion of 25 percent of motor fuels taxes to the Available School Fund is among the largest and longest-standing diversions of highway funds that has yet to be addressed. This legislation would appropriately dedicate this substantial amount to maintaining and developing public, non-tolled roads, a purpose directly related to


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the chief source of motor fuels taxes. Using taxpayer dollars for purposes as closely related as possible to the reason for their collection is both a matter of good practice and being honest and transparent in our budgeting. The bottom line on these measures is that a diversion will be eliminated, education funding will be protected and the voters of our great state will have the opportunity to show that they want to take the first step in meeting our growing transportation needs.

Our state parks

Even though the summer has seemed eternal for legislators in Austin, there are only a few weeks left before school begins again. Along with making a trip to see your State Capitol, I want to encourage you to visit the variety of state parks that Texas has to offer before the summer ends. The beauty and majesty of our state are displayed nowhere better than in our more than 90 state parks. With this in mind, I continue to have constant dialogue with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Executive Director, Carter Smith, with whom I worked closely to secure additional funding for Fort Boggy State Park in Leon County. Director Smith and his executive team are planning a visit and a special event at Fort Boggy this Fall, and I look forward to welcoming them to our District. Additionally, plans for equestrian riding trials are underway at Mission Tejas State Park in Houston County. I will continue to work closely with Texas Parks and Wildlife to ensure that our state parks continue to thrive.


As always, my staff and I are available during the week at 936-634-2762 or 512-463-0508.


Summer Fun ACROSS

1. Website visitors 6. Had a meal 9. You, archaic 13. 1995 thriller starring Brad Pitt 14. Used in some salons 15. Some can be slippery 16. Naked protozoa 17. *Picnic crasher 18. Cliffside dwelling 19. *It lights the air

21. *Where many long to be in summer 23. Prompter’s line 24. “The Sun ___ Rises” 25. U.K. broadcaster 28. Delhi wrap 30. Large sea ducks 35. Place of origin 37. *It’s up? 39. Red Cross supply 40. Beige 41. High fidelity sound systems 43. As opposed to stereo 44. Tart

46. Poet Ogden ____ 47. Skunk’s defense 48. Edible corn part 50. Actress ____ Perlman 52. Compass reading 53. Sherlock Holmes’ assignment 55. Big time 57. *Summer nap spot 61. *Auto entertainment 65. Self-evident truth 66. *In high demand when heat hits 68. Île de la Cité locale 69. Twisted cotton thread

1. Colorado Springs military school 2. Rig or truck 3. “____ and anon” 4. Renaissance instrument resembling a violin 5. Blunders or bloopers 6. Like a game not at home 7. *Many covet this look 8. Glorify 9. ____ off or started playing, as in golf 10. *Most blockbusters feature at least one 11. Assortment 12. Singular of #1 Across 15. Regional dialect of a language 20. Keep on a short _____ 22. Don’t waste 24. Price of flight 25. *Most students are on this in summer 26. Italian bowling 27. Core remover 29. The Colosseum, e.g. 31. Audition tape 32. Eat away 33. Kind of sentence 34. *Roasting treat 36. Change direction 38. *Drop a line 42. See-through curtain 45. Enter or assume a certain state 49. Lake to Louis XIV 51. Rebels 54. Small boat 56. Deflect 57. Fit 58. Around which something rotates 59. Atomizer output 60. Marlyn Monroe distinction 61. Say you didn’t do it 62. Dublin’s home 63. One who’s __ __ a secret 64. Adopted son of Claudius 67. *You put its top down in summer

Five issues covered at Capitol As July approaches an end, the second special legislative session does as well. However, Governor Perry has indicated that unless a transportation finance deal is reached, he will call the Legislature back for a third special. And so our work continues... Five things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol are:

Rural hospital investigation

Gov. Perry recently announced that he has ordered a “deep and comprehensive look” at healthcare facilities owned by Dr. Tariq Mahmood of Cedar Hill, whose rural hospitals have been accused of safety violations and billing fraud. One of those hospitals is Shelby Medical Center in Center, Texas. In April, the federal government charged Mahmood with defrauding Medicare and Medicaid programs to the tune of $1.1 million, though he denies any wrongdoing. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s inspector general has been quoted regarding the coming investigation as saying that “We will likely pull records, pull files, have our nurses, auditors and investigators review those records, go on-site if appropriate, and interview staff. I think the state will get an aggressive and positive outcome from us looking into it.” I completely support this effort, not only to understand what happened in Mahmood’s facilities, but to prevent it from happening again.

Planned Parenthood settlement

Perhaps you heard last week that Planned Parenthood is planning to close three Texas clinics: Lufkin, Huntsville and Bryan. However, the news this week is that the organization has just


settled a $1.4 million Medicaid fraud lawsuit with the Texas Attorney General’s office. Planned Parenthood has agreed to pay the money back to the state after an investigation revealed that the entity’s Gulf Coast division, which serves parts of southeastern Texas, overbilled the statefederal Medicaid program. Specifically, the lawsuit states that Planned Parenthood billed the government for services and products that were not medically necessary, never actually rendered, and not covered by the Medicaid program. In response to the settlement, Attorney General Greg Abbott stated this week that the organization’s actions were “like taking health care money from those who need it most and sticking it in their own pockets. Actions like this harm the very people who need access to health care.”

Roller coaster regulation

I’m sure by now most of you have heard about the recent tragic accident at Six Flags in Arlington in which a woman was killed. Investigations are ongoing and we do not yet know the cause. However, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) regulates all such amusement rides and says there are a few things we can do to increase rider safety: “Look for the Sticker” A compliance sticker should be attached to each ride. “Look for the Sign” - A sign is required to inform the public how to report (on-site) an amusement ride that appears to be unsafe or to report an amusement ride operator that appears to be violating the law. The sign is to be posted at the principal entrance or at the ticket booths. Look for posted height/ weight restrictions for riders on certain rides. Finally, feel free to contact TDI with anything that

looks unsafe at 512-4636169.

War on feral hogs

In Texas, feral hogs are no laughing matter; they destroy wildlife, vegetation and personal property. It is estimated that they cause more than $50 million in annual damage to Texas agriculture across 240 of our state’s 254 counties. Thankfully, Texas Parks and Wildlife is now working with other government agencies toward a potentially significant solution: Sodium nitrite. This poison has been used to great effect against hogs in Australia, but is still federally prohibited in the U.S. Texas Parks and Wildlife’s current research challenge is to develop a bait/ sodium nitrite combination

that is lethal to hogs, as well as a feeder that is accessible to the pigs, but not to deer and other wildlife. For the sake of Texas agriculture producers, let us hope they are successful soon.

Audie Murphy: Continued

Finally, I want to give you a quick update on the Legislature’s attempt to honor Audie Murphy, World War II’s most decorated soldier, with the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor. Last week I let you know that the House had voted in favor of HCR 3, a resolution urging Gov. Perry to award the medal to Major Murphy posthumously. On Thursday of this week, I was proud to cast my vote to do the same. The measure passed the Senate unanimously.

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Priorities: God first, family second, all other stuff This weekend Mike and I got to be a part of a family retreat. God placed on Michael and Victoria’s heart to do just that. We all didn’t know exactly what a retreat would look like, but we had one. During the retreat, Michael talked about the importance of putting God first. He and Victoria were intentionally reinforcing a foundation on Jesus Christ for their children. Mike and I shared our own testimonies and what we wanted the grandkids to know about the importance of a life based on God. We talked about our childhood. We also made a visit to Nanna and Paw so that they could tell the kids some of their childhood stories. We had the opportunity to speak blessings over each and every one of

Teacher Mom with

Jan Allbritton the grandkids and their parents. It meant so much to me to see Michael and Victoria teaching the kids to put God first. They shared some of their own mistakes, and how they and their family can reach out to others for Christ. We also discussed what our values and character traits were that we wanted for our family. We poured into the grandkids some of the wisdom that we have gleaned from God and life.

None of us are perfect, but we are intentionally teaching the younger ones the ways to a successful Christian life. The family is coming up with a creed, a crest, and ideas for future retreats. We sat around the dining table and had discussions about traditional families and modern families. We talked about the good in both and how we could make for a better family unit. We made a point to include every child and got input from them. Michael said he got the idea from another friend, and he prays that it is an idea that will catch on with other families. We, as parents and grandparents, must be intentional in teaching our

kids about God, a relationship with Jesus, and how to not just survive in today’s world, but to thrive and prosper and be a light in a dark world. If we are not intentional, we can rest assured that the world will be intentional in trying to steal our children. We have to show by example how to forgive and extend mercy and grace to others around us. We may talk all day about it, but our kids will follow our example. They will walk in our footsteps. What was so exciting for me this weekend was that I was seeing prayers answered. I was seeing my own son leading his family in the footsteps of Jesus. He, in spite of his imperfect life, was pouring into these children wisdom, peace, love, joy, and mercy that

will make them to be world changers. I heard my grandkids talking about God and saying and doing things that let me know that they walk the walk. My other grandkids also give glory and credit to God for their talents and abilities. Kids don’t just get it that God is the reason that they have these talents and gifts. They have to be taught and reminded about being humble and giving credit to God. Kids have to have examples in you and me, the parents and grandparents. Kids don’t need perfect examples. They just need those who are willing to be open and honest and vulnerable and sincere to teach them about TEACHER cont’d p. 6

Focus more on God and less on earthly things “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” - Proverbs 4:25. This summer, I was going to do so much work around the house. I had several things planned at the same time. If you walked through my house this summer, you would see lots of little projects that I started but didn’t finish. It’s really hard to focus, especially with three little ones always there and in to every little thing. A few weeks ago, Ellie (the 3 yearold) came in to the kitchen when I was cleaning. I was determined to get rid of a lot of junk. I was going through bills, school stuff, and things that accumulated on our counter towards the end of the school year when everything was hectic. I was also adding to the grocery list as I remembered this and


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

that. She began rambling. Sometimes she talks about things that I have no idea about. I nod and smile a lot of the time. But this day, she wouldn’t have that. She began the “but mommy, but mommy, but mommy” phrase over and over. I assured her I was listening as I continued looking through the junk. She said, “No, mommy, look at

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

me with your eyes, with your beautiful eyes.” It was shock and cuteness rolled in to one. I turned and looked at her. My focus was totally on her. Of course she forgot what she was going to say, but she had my undivided attention and was happy about that. Now when she has something to tell me and wants me to focus, she says, “Look at me with your beautiful eyes.” I know it’s silly, but it’s a comment that I know she really wants me focused, even if it’s just to show me the lip gloss on her puckered lips. There is so much going on in our lives today. We are always busy, and most people (myself especially) do not give God the attention or focus that He wants us to give Him. Look at Him with your beautiful eyes. Praise Him with your beautiful voice. Serve Him

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


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

Church of Christ

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Redtown Missionary Hwy 7, Pollok 936-853-2064

Harmony Odell 2928 Knight Wood Rd. Huntington

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

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

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

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

with your words, love, and actions each day. Focus more on GOD and less on the earthly things. *** 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. *** The annual Back to School Bash is being planned now. This is a huge community-wide project that helps students in our district receive school supplies for the new school year. Collections of supplies are being taken now. Drop boxes for school supply donations are located at the following locations: DISD admin office, Commercial Bank of Texas, Brookshire

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

Brothers, and First United Methodist Church. Monetary donations can be given to FUMC Diboll. Volunteers are needed! If your organization would like to help, please contact the church office as soon as possible. *** 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!

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


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

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30 Years Ago: Katherina Trout attends Pilot convention One Year Ago

Winners in the 2012 Lumberjack Kickoff Classic Golf Tournament are Bobby Lee, Nancy Lee, Joey Hemphill and Matt Timmons. Timmons also had the longest drive. H.G. Temple Elementary School students participate in The First Tee National School Program, a program that promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Lazaro Robles will face Ray Anthony in the November election for the position as constable for Precinct 4 as Anthony defeats Mark Mclin, 525 votes to 296 votes. The East Texas Elite girls basketball team finishes second in the AllAmerican Sports Nationals played at the A T & T Center in San Antonio. Team members include Mia Williams, Destiny Oliphant, Shayla Hubbard, Shardnea Random, Kameri Mott, Tiffany Simmons, Ivy Massie, Danielle Gillespie, Darian Cross, Kristian Brown, Kyla Cunningham, Mya Ward and Coaches Gerald Mott, Andre Emmons and Johnny Mitchell. Cy Murphy, a member of the 10-year-old Diboll All-Star team, earned the Dixie Youth Baseball Nickel Club Award for recording five consecutive strikeouts at the South Regional Tournament in


integrity and character. My prayer this week is that our family retreat will encourage others to have a family retreat to reinforce their Christian belief and history. Please make a date with grandparents and great-grandparents and encourage them to tell their stories. They may just tell a story that you have

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Five Years Ago

Diboll Police Department sponsors benefit for dispatcher Sandy Gowen who has a rare form of cancer. Temple-Inland’s earnings up 7% in net income of $8 million second quarter of 2008. Dirt work begins in Old Orchard Park for the new amphitheater that is intended to be in place by Diboll Day in early October. Chauanta Jolly, Children’s Librarian at the T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll, dispenses award certificates to 113 participants that completed the summer reading program. American Legion Auxiliary Post 113 officers for 2008-09 are Rita Redd, president; Janet Pavlic, vice president; Linda Chudej, secretary/treasurer; Lucy Burris, sergeantat-arms; and Theresa Sabin, chaplain.

Ten Years Ago

Angelina County Commissioners approve $1.6 million for county airport upgrades. Dr. Bill Shelton of the not heard before. All there will enjoy the time together. It helps to draw family together. After all, isn’t that what is important? God first and family second, then all that other stuff that we call life. Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.

Lake Enhancement Task Force speaks at Chamber’s First Friday Luncheon stressing the importance that Lake Sam Rayburn will boost area economy. Diboll ISD trustees meet in special session and propose a tax rate cap of $1.555 per $100 valuation to fund upcoming school year. Local firefighters seek funds in the firefighter’s “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Newly open Boys & Girls Club of East Texas on Lufkin’s Angelina Street receives the Angelina Beautiful/Clean Award.

TwentyYears Ago

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Thirty Years Ago This Week

First United Methodist Church of Diboll host summer bazaar at its church fellowship hall. An assortment of arts/crafts, children’s clothing, homemade items and water colors are available. Volunteers helping out with the sales are Sharon Kimbrough, Lurlene Bloodworth, Jean Bloodworth, Becky Bailey, LeeAnn Bloodworth, Michael Oates, David Oates and Bruce Bloodworth.

ation Department’s MiniDiboll Police Sgt. Ver- Triathlon (1/2 mile swim/ man Perry will appeal his six mile bike race/3 ½ firing by Chief Danny Ray mile run) are Doug Glover, Joe Jones and Gerald for “insubordination.” Diboll ISD names Jim Ligon. Katherina Trout, PresHughes new band director. New band hall is now ident of the Diboll Pilot Club, attends the 62nd complete. Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow annual Pilot International Crawford of Diboll cel- Convention held in Honoebrate their 50th wedding lulu, Hawaii. anniversary with recepFAST FACTS: tion at Jim’s Restaurant Thirty Years Ago high in 2008 @ $10,000 per ounce in Diboll hosted by fam- • Set all-timeThe family • Current price is $1,250.00 of Horace ily and friends. • Part of the Platinum group & the rarest precious metal and Beth Stubblefield file rarer than gold, 3500 times rarer than silver, First place team mem- • 550 times 150 times rarer than Platinum Southern lawsuit against Thinly traded on the spot metals market daily bers in the Diboll Recre- ••Total production is less claiming than 30 Tonnes per year negliPacific

gence on the part of the railroad in the May 15 cartrain crash which killed the Diboll couple. 1993-94 Diboll Junior High School cheerleaders include Audra Harris, Teresa Stone, Erick Horace, Chasity Minyard, Ave Marie Rodriquez, Casey Yates and Taylore Sloan. Diboll native Joyce Burrous opens new florist business in the north end of Diboll. Joyce brings over 20 years experience with her.

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Welders working on the roof of the poultry slaughterhouse at Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Lufkin may have accidently touched off a blaze which gutted most of the interior of the building. Members of the Diboll Youth Softball Angels include Megan Paresa, Maddi Lucas, Katrina Hines, Angela Rast, Larissa Mitchell, Shaneka Martin, Alishe Fowler, Betty Aden and Coaches Debbie Mettlen and Johnny Rast.


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but cautiously optimistic. “You won’t see massive announcements coming out tomorrow or next week or the following week or anything along those lines. Is there going to be some coordination between Atlanta and Diboll? Absolutely. There is some overlap, but it’s not that big,” he said. “We’ve got to figure out how to manage those things. I’ve been very impressed with the talent of the people here that we’ve visited, and that positive feeling has grown.” “We’ve invested in the last seven years over $2 billion in either acquisitions in the building products base or investments in our own assets around expansions, around better quality and around new technology,” said Luetters, who has also served as GP’s president of wood products and senior vice president of fiber and energy. “Part of that has to do with whether the economy and whether housing starts and things like that drive demand for building products, continue to increase or not. Our plans are to continue to operate the assets — they are fantastic assets — and look for ways to make sure we maintain the talent that’s in the organization.” Georgia-Pacific now has 15 newly acquired manufacturing facilities

across eight states, and those facilities will operate under the Georgia-Pacific banner. “We’ll all be one company — Georgia-Pacific — just like our plants in Camden and Corrigan. There are areas where there’s not a lot of overlap — particle boards being an example where there’s a lot of branding that Temple has that I think we will continue to carry. There will be at least some recognition that it’s part of a Georgia-Pacific corporation.” East Texas now is the biggest cluster of operating assets and employees Georgia-Pacific has in the country. “Our two plywood plants in Camden and Corrigan are two of our best plywood plants in our system. The plants we have here in Diboll now are excellent plants, as well, so it’s critical for us. These are what I would call flagship assets. You’ve got people who want to be in the building products business,” he said. “You can expect to see a lot of investment in those assets. Surprises from the housing market notwithstanding, I think you will see increased production from these assets. We’ve got a big presence in the area in general, including Corrigan and Camden, and I think you will see us be a good corporate partner in the community.”

honor of Thomas T. Keeler and his wife Cora and in memory of his grandfather T.L.L. Temple and his mother Marquerite. Morris described several ways that the $20,000 total would be used. “Half of it will be used for new computers in our lab,” she said. “We needed to update in order to continue helping students who struggle with the traditional classroom setting or who need to just complete a credit or two to avoid dropping out of school.” Some of the funds will be used to purchase adult education materials. For example, there will be a new GED test in 2014, and new legislation is making it necessary to obtain new citizenship study materials. Other parts of the grant are being used on summer activities for kids such as the “Boredom Busters” held in June. About $5,000 of the money was earmarked specifically for the Enviro-Math Camp. Student participants were identified through the Family Education program, the Diboll

Housing Authority, and the school. “I enjoy putting on the camp each year,” Morris said. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day job for four days and three nights, but it’s wonderful to see how the kids respond and how they grow during the week. Some of these students attend for several years until they reach the age limit.” In addition to the staff, outside speakers and instructors come to the camp to work with the attendees. This summer Jason Burrous and Megan Baldree started the first day by dividing the campers into small groups to practice teamwork activities with “low” elements of the ropes challenge course. On the last day, students were given the opportunity to do the “high” elements such as the power pole and the zip line. They gained experience in overcoming fear and in supporting one another. Since the focus this year was on water, a game warden presented lessons on water safety before campers were al-

lowed to use canoes. Ray Lenderman from the Texas Parks and Wildlife taught how to cast and fish safely. Donna Work with the Texas Forest Service helped the campers seine the pond and identify the various life forms they caught. They also learned what kinds of organisms lived on the bottom of the pond, on the surface, in between the top and bottom, and around the perimeter. Frank Shockley from the Stephen F. Austin University Forestry Department taught about the “life” of a drop of water, and students drew a mural to illustrate the lesson. “This is a joint project with the Housing Authority,” Morris said. “Members of their staff participate, too. It’s gratifying to me to see their involvement and realize that we are educating kids and providing fun activities as well as developing mentors for them.” The camp not only helps educate the students, but it also helps build friendships and create fond memories forever.

DATELINE Cont’d the high school front office or online at Diboll Lumberjacks need to report at 4 p.m. Aug. 5. Practice will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

DHS volleyball

Volleyball practice for ninththrough 12th-graders will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Report to the Diboll

High School gym at 1:30 p.m.

Archeological society

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 on things pertaining to it. As always, the public is invited to attend. For more information, call Dickie Dixon at 936-3666029 You can e-mail Dickie at

Pre-K registration

Pre-K3 & Pre-K4 Registra-


Notice to Creditors

Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Virginia Lee Redd, Deceased, were issued on July 23, 2013, in Docket No. 133-13-PR, pending in the County Court at Law #1 of Angelina County, Texas, to: Myra Holly Coffman. The address of the Independent Executor is: 8630 FM 1987, Corrigan, TX, 75939. 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, TX, 75901, and it is the representative’s choice that claims be addressed in care of the Estate’s attorney, John Sloan. DATED the 24th day of July, 2013. John Sloan, Attorney for the Estate 305 East Frank Avenue Lufkin, Texas 75901 (936)6328282 State Bar No. 18505000 ATTORNEY FOR ESTATE

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STOKES, Deceased, were issued on July 26, 2013, in Docket No. 125-13-PR, pending in the County Court at Law #2 of Angelina County, Texas, to: RODNEY DOYLE STOKES. The registered agent and the address of the Independent Administrator is: JOHN SLOAN, 305 EAST FRANK AVENUE, LUFKIN, TEXAS 75901. 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, TX, 75901, and it is the representative’s choice that claims be addressed in care of the Estate’s attorney, John S l o a n . D AT E D the 26th day of July, 2013. John Sloan, Attourney for the Estate 305 East Frank Avenue Lufkin, Texas 75901 (936)6328282 State Bar No. 18505000 ATTORNEY FOR ESTATE

Notice to Creditors

Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary for the Estate of CYNTHIA ANN WOMACK, Deceased, were issued on July 26, 2013, in Docket No. 140-13-PR, pending in the County Court at

Law #2 of Angelina County, Texas, to: DAVID A. WOMACK. The address of the independent executor is: 211 DARCEILLE, LUFKIN, TEXAS, 75901. 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, TX, 75901, and it is the representative’s choice that claims be addressed in care of the Estate’s attorney, John Sloan. DATED the 26th day of July, 2013. John Sloan, Attorney for the Estate 305 East Frank Avenue Lufkin, Texas 75901 (936)6328282 State Bar No. 18505000 ATTORNEY FOR ESTATE

Notice to Creditors

Notice is hereby given that original Letters of Testamentary for the Estate of BILLY C. SESSIONS, Deceased, were issued on July 26, 2013, in Docket No. 127-13PR, pending in the County Court at Law #2 of Angelina County, Texas, to: MICHAEL JOE SESSIONS. The Independent Executor hereby gives notice all claims against the Estate may be presented to him by mailing the same to the address as follows: Michael Joe Sessions C/O Law Offices of Jason S. Armstrong, P.L.L.C., 104 West Lufkin Avenue, Lufkin, Texas, 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. DATED the 26th day of July,

tion 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.

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(shown above; order red or black). We are doing something different this year, this will be a pre-paid 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@

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Notice to Creditors

Notice is hereby given that original Letters Te s t a m e n t a r y for the Estate of William R. Taylor, Deceased, were issued on July 18, 2013, in Cause No. 09613PR, pending in the County Court at Law #2 of Angelina County, Texas, to: Pat Taylor.

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 described by law. c/o: Pat Taylor. 283 Robinson St, Raynham, Massachusetts, 02767 Dated the 19th day of July, 2013. Jerry N. Whiteker Attorney for Pat Taylor State Bar No.: 21361500 406 N. First Street

P.O. Box 1443 Lufkin, Texas 75902-1443 Telephone: (936)632-5551 Facsimile: (936)632-9550

Notice to Creditors

Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Naomi Greenville, Deceased, were issued on June 21, 2013, in Cause No. 112-13PR, pending in the County Court at Law of Angelina County, Texas, to: Dell M. Saw-

yer, Executor. 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. clo: J e f f Bates Guidry, Bates & Hoyt Attorneys LLP 118 E. Hospital Street, Suite 100 Nacogdoches, Texas 75961 DATED the 26th day of June, 2013. Jeff Bates


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