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The Diboll

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Keeping news on a first-name basis


2013, Issue No. 32

Dateline Diboll

Pre-K registration

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

Retired educators

A salad luncheon for new Angelina Retired Teachers/School Personnel Assoc. members will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Southside Baptist Church. The association met May 21 at Southside Baptist Church. Officers for c 2013-2014 were installed by Gloria Bethany, president of District VII TRTA. New offices are Jan Peterson, president; Sue Baker, first vice president; Cherry Barnes, 2nd vice president; Betty Hendrick, secretary; and Cathy Blanks, treasurer.


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Diboll, Texas: Proud home of Douglas and Carolyn Abbott

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Road repair jams up on Hendricks Council during Monday’s regular meeting. Also, the change will have to be approved by the grantissuers. The street repair project was made possible through two grants – one of $224,766 through the Hurricane Ike/Dolly grant from the Texas General Land Office; and, another of $197,408 through the Texas Community Development Program from the Texas Department of Agriculture. “It’s better to correct this now instead of having to repair the road five years from now,” McDuffie said. He predicted the work should continue in about a week.


Work has come to a grinding halt on North Hendricks Street due to soil problems, according to City Manager Dennis McDuffie. “There’s a small area, about 200 square feet, that has bad soil,” McDuffie said. “They’re (Angelina Excavating Inc. are) going to have to scrape that soil off and replace it.” Workers discovered clay and clay makes for a bad road base, according to Dee Scarborough, Diboll Public Works director. The additional cost of $9,000 will have to be OK’d by City

Photo by Richard Nelson

Repairs have started on North Hendricks, but have been delayed another week or so.

Teachers developing

Go Hard

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 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

Freed By Christ

God has been very good to us this year. He has blessed us with rain. He has taken care of our community and businesses. He has protected us from storms. Even in the midst of heartaches, God’s goodness is manifest. In God’s Bible it says in Psalm 31: 19, “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!” God’s goodness has been shown to us by Jesus Christ. Jesus has paid our penalty of sin so we can have forgiveness of all our sin. All we have to do is place all our trust in Jesus Christ and let Him have control of our will and desires. God’s goodness will come to you if you will turn to Jesus Christ and let him show it to you. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church

Photo by Richard Nelson

Diboll educators are already back at work, spending this week in staff development. Students return to school on Monday, Aug. 26.

Trekell begins work as DHS next principal BURLON WILKERSON

When students return to classes for the fall term at Diboll High School, they will see a new face in the principal’s office. Andy Trekell took the reins as leader of the campus the first week in July and immediately began preparing for the new school year. “One of our biggest challenges is the current uncertainty in accountability,” he said. “The legis-

Trekell is certainly not a novice in the field of education. He is starting his 25th year as a public school educator in Texas. He grew up in San Augustine, and after high school graduation attended Blinn College and received a Bachelor’s degree in physical education from Texas A&M University. He was a science teacher and coach for 11 years in Killeen, Pearland, Aransas Pass, and Corrigan. After receiving his Master’s degree in Mid-Management from Stephen

F. Austin University, he served as assistant principal for a year and high school principal for five years at Corrigan-Camden. His most recent positions include five years as superintendent/ principal at Etoile, a little over a year as superintendent at Hemphill, and interim eighth grade assistant principal at Lufkin Middle School. “I had some great teachers in school, and I’ve been blessed to teach and coach with some good See PRINCIPAL, P. 8

Keeler Grant funds allow tax dollars to go further BURLON WILKERSON

Everybody is trying to stretch dollars as far as possible in today’s economy. And the City of Diboll is no exception. Thankfully, city money is going farther because of grants for several projects from the Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program. These funds are making it possible to construct a new restroom and install an electrical grid in Old Orchard Park, replace a foot bridge between the junior high and the Civic Center, repave golf cart paths at the golf course, and purchase new vehicles for the fire and police depart-


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lature recently passed House Bill 5 which will have a huge impact on education. But right now nobody is sure exactly what Trekell it means. I’m planning to attend workshops and to call some other educators to pinpoint some of the specifics.”

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ments. City Manager Dennis McDuffie explained how the city and its residents benefit from the grants.

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“We are very fortunate to have access to this money,” he said. “Most communities don’t have opportunities like this. Without these donations we would have a hard time completing these projects. And even if we did, they would have to be phased in over a much longer period of time.” The Keeler grants 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. They are given to organizations which 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. “These are one-time grants for specific items or projects,” said McDuffie. “But everybody in the community benefits. Since the city can use grant money in these areas, tax money can be applied to ‘public works’ projects like street repair, maintenance, and operating expenses.” The largest amount given to the city was the $100,000 earmarked for golf cart paths at Neches Pines Golf Course. The paving of the paths was the last stage in the recent upgrade of See GRANTS, P. 8

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Oaks happy to switch from fences to bird houses Saturday morning it was good to have Vernon “Red� Oaks come in with his grandson-in-law, Richard Hughes, to visit at the Round Table over a breakfast of scrambled eggs and biscuits. Richard said he had to twist Vernon’s arm to come because he is so accustomed to getting up early and heading toward his woodworking shop. After Vernon “Hook ‘em� Oaks married Ezzie (Williams) he worked for a very short time at the Creosote and Fiberboard plants before learning the fence-building business, which he did for several years leaving his footprints all over Angelina County. During those years his free time was spent coaching Little League, serving as referee and just about anything else that needed to be done, including serving as president of the Little League assisted by Juanita Amason and Ann Dover. According to Vernon “Red� Oaks his favorite spectator sport was basketball. Fran McGilvra was at the table and affirmed that by saying her basketball coach-husband, John McGilvra, always said Vernon and Shorty Pounds were his biggest supporters. At 58, “Red� Oaks had double by-pass surgery and decided it was time to get out of the fence building business. After recovering, Vernon had to have something to do. His friend, Curtis Howell, had brought him a couple of bird houses and Red thought he would try to build a bird house. He did OK and soon Travis Parish joined him. They would travel to Houston to locate old cedar fence boards to make their bird houses and decided they would carry some to Canton Trade Days. Eventually, they would build and take 650 birdhouses with them to Canton every month and most of the time, sold out. According to Travis’ calculations, they have completed and sold somewhere near 9,000! *** Had an email from Van Davison sharing that it was 62 years ago that he and Evelyn Walker were married in Diboll on July 26 at First United Methodist Church. They both attended the Baptist church, but on that date classmates Peggy Boren and Norman Milligan had already reserved the Baptist church for their wedding. Van says,�I was in the

Navy and because I couldn’t find the trousers to my white uniform and couldn’t fit into my civilian clothes, I had to wear my wool blues uniform. Boy was it hot in that un-air-conditioned church in July. After a small reception in the church fellowship hall, we headed out in our 1947 Chevrolet for New Orleans. On the way we stopped in Woodville for a hamburger and spent the night in Orange, Texas. We had a wonderful honeymoon in New Orleans on a slim budget.� Sixty-two years later, the big spender says, “I guess since we had a hamburger for dinner on that first night it would be fitting for us to have a hamburger tonight.� Van, I hope Evelyn lets you live to have a 63rd anniversary so you can treat her to a nicer dinner next year. *** Woody and Mary Ingram quietly celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on July 30. Woody and Mary both grew up in Center. Someone asked him how he decided to come to Diboll to open his dental practice. Woody said it was in 1966 the same year he graduated from dental school and got married that they were eating at The Pine Bough and visiting with the manager, Mrs. Byrd Davis. When she learned Woody was a dentist she said Diboll needs a dentist and got him in touch with Horace G. Stubblefield and the rest is history. That too was 47 years ago! Congratulations and thanks for making Diboll your home. *** Eleven-year-old Ellie Mann came in the store with her grandpa, Charlie Mann. Ellie is a member of the VooDoo select softball team. For those like me that don’t understand, “select� means they play ball year round and almost every weekend. She was also selected to be a member of the Diboll Dixie All Stars. Eule Mann is Ellie’s twin brother and he too

was a member of the Dixie All Stars but on a different team. Their parents are Chuck and Lisa Mann. Recently, the twins were both playing during the same week. Ellie in Bonham and Eule in Paris, 39 miles apart and the motel room was even further away in Sherman. Grandparents, Charlie and Nettie Mann, have faithfully followed Ellie and Eule wherever they play ball. Charlie said he and Nettie didn’t take a vacation this summer but were gone for one week, put a 1,000 miles on their car and didn’t go any further than Sherman! *** Ellie and Eule’s mom, Lisa Mann, provided me a list of the members of the All Stars. Boys Dixie All Stars, age 11 and under: Eule Mann; Nomar Flores; Irvin Hurtado; Hayden McLeroy; Keyshawn Whitfield; Trevor Webb; Christian Estrada; Jose Rodriquez; Adam Flores and Ethan Smith. Their coaches are: Chuck Mann, Aaron Smith and Larry Whitfield. Diboll Dixie All Stars Girls, 12 and under: Ellie Mann; Victoria Ritchie; Lexy Paulette; Tricia Parker; Lexi Windsor; Brianna Palomino; Alli Stewart; Cameron Reynolds; Kimberly Fenner; Samantha Tobias; Victoria Esteves and Hannah Selman. Coaches are Robert Fenner, Ruben Esteves and Louis Ritchie. Congratulations to all! * ** Andrea loves to cook and for quite sometime has been using a special recipe for “Charro� pinto beans which we all love. Last week while Andrea was out of town I met the lady who gave Andrea the recipe, Sandra Montalongo, manager of AAA Storage in Diboll. Sandra’s original recipe uses our Colorado pinto beans, bacon, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapenos and seasonings. People are learning about Sandra’s pinto beans and are calling her to make them for special occasions. *** Fred and Billie Walker, who closed and retired from their business, Walker’s Rustic Acres, came in the store for Billie’s first visit. Fred told us he was born in one of the TSE section houses in the logging camp of Fastrill. He said his dad worked for the railroad making 11 cents an hour and worked

70 hours a week. He was born in the record breaking hot summer of 1933 when their water had to be hauled from Diboll to Fastrill. Think about that when we reach to get a cool glass of water. *** Judge Ester Barger took time to make, bake and stop by on her way to work to bring the Round Table a pan of her still warm Snowflake homemade biscuits; they are s-oo good! Our thanks to Ester and also to Joe Gage for making us some of his homemade sausage bread and sharing it at the round table. *** Speaking of cooking, we met Louie Corman, a young man who grew up in Nacogdoches and is now a drilling manager. When he is not flying his Cessna 206 or working, you can usually find him around a BBQ pit cooking his favorite; beef ribs, brisket and sausage. When I asked him how he got started cooking he replied, “I started with liking to eatâ€?. He is a member of the S&S Pit Crew who has several members who have been featured on the Travel Channel in BBQ Cook-offs. This team is quite proud to be invited to cook at the “Royalâ€? in Kansas City this summer where 150 winning teams go to compete for the highest honor in BBQ cooking. Remember the name, Louie Corman, when you see a BBQ stand because he plans to open his own “Road Side BBQâ€? in the Nacogdoches area in the near future. *** It’s good to have Andrea back in the store after she and husband, Kevin Swor and daughter, Cheyenne, were in Corpus Christi for a week where Kevin presided as President over the convention of the VATAT, Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association of Texas. Andrea has about 20 VATAT cookbooks left to sell that benefit their scholarship fund. *** Stay cool and come see us ‌’round the table. Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at or 936-829-4040.

Read up on healthy lunches before school starts up again Kids going back to school means that they need a healthy, nutritious lunch to keep them going. A brown bag lunch can be a good thing if variety is used. Here are some menu suggestions for keeping it interesting: pizza wrap sandwiches; meatball rolls – a precooked meatball wrapped in a crescent roll dough; tuna macaroni salad; tomato soup; boiled eggs; cucumber sandwiches; peanut butter and apple slices; celery stuffed with cream cheese and topped with raisins; cereal party mix; ham and cheese rollups; fruit salad; fruited jello snack; trail mix; tortilla wrap with a chicken strip and provolone cheese. There are a lot more ideas online. Keep up the good food moms and dads. *** 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, Aug. 13, from 9:30 to 11:00 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. *** Join us for 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 936-829-5497. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. ***

News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library New Large Print Books: “The Temptation of Your Touch,� by Teresa Medeiros – Maximillian Burke has always prided himself on being the man every mother would want her daughter to marry. However, after his scoundrel of a brother makes off with Max’s bride, Max discovers it’s more satisfying to be a rogue than the perfect gentleman. Forced to flee London after a duel gone wrong, Max seeks refuge at Cadgwyck Manor on the lonely coast of Cornwall, a place as wild and savage as his current temper. The tumbledown manor comes complete with its own ghost but oddly enough, it’s not the White Lady of Cadgwyck who begins to haunt Max’s heated dreams, but the no-nonsense housekeeper. “The Woman From Paris,� by Santa Montefiore – When Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident, a beautiful young woman named Phaedra appears at his funeral claiming to be his illegitimate daughter. In his will, Lord Frampton has left the priceless Frampton suite of sapphires to this interloper, confirming her claim and outraging his three adult sons and his widow. Eventually Phaedra’s sweet nature thaws the frosty relationships. However, an attraction grows between Phaedra and the eldest son, David. It seems an impossible love – blocked by their blood connection and by the fury of one family member, who is determined to expose Phaedra as a fraud. “Dust and Glory,� by Michael Zimmer – When Jesse Ross was eighteen, he was forced to learn firsthand that a person’s life could be changed irrevocably by one deed – and that one act can set an endless chain of events into motion. That was something Jesse’s neighbor, Gray Fletcher, had experienced years before when he was with the Texas Rangers. Gray had joined to seek retaliation against marauding Indians who killed two of his children and took his wife captive. Now Jesse has killed a

Eggs are a devilish treat No barbecue, picnic or family gathering in Texas is complete without deviled eggs. So dust off that cut glass deviled egg plate that’s been way in the back of the kitchen cupboard and serve this classic at your next event.

Devilish Eggs

12 eggs 1/4 cup grated carrot 3 tablespoons minced pimiento-stuffed olives 2 TBSP. minced fresh chives 2 TBSP. chopped parsley 1/3 cup mayonnaise

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. cider vinegar 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/8 tsp. salt Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and cook 12 minutes. Rinse eggs under cold water. Peel off shells. Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Cut a paper thin

Union soldier to protect his family. His only hope to evade capture is to join other Missourians in Slaughter’s Rangers, an underground outfit. Gray trains Jesse and sends him off to join the Rangers. Revenge had not been enough to sustain Gray years before. How

long will revenge keep Jesse going? *** 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!

2013 Property Tax Rates in CITY OF DIBOLL This notice concerns the 2013 property tax rates for CITY OF DIBOLL. It presents information about three tax rates. Last year's tax rate is the actual tax rate the taxing unit used to determine property taxes last year. This year's effective tax rate would impose the same total taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years. This year's rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate the taxing unit can set before taxpayers start rollback procedures. In each case these rates are found by dividing the total amount of taxes by the tax base (the total value of taxable property) with adjustments as required by state law. The rates are given per $100 of property value. Last year's tax rate: Last year's operating taxes


Last year's debt taxes


Last year's total taxes


Last year's tax base


Last year's total tax rate This year's effective tax rate:


Last year's adjusted taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property)


á This year's adjusted tax base (after subtracting value of new property)


=This year's effective tax rate (Maximum rate unless unit publishes notices and holds hearings.) This year's rollback tax rate:


Last year's adjusted operating taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any transferred function, tax increment financing, state criminal justice mandate, and/or enhanced indigent healthcare expenditures)


á This year's adjusted tax base


=This year's effective operating rate


x 1.08=this year's maximum operating rate


+ This year's debt rate


= This year's total rollback rate


-Sales tax adjustment rate


=Rollback tax rate


Statement of Increase/Decrease If CITY OF DIBOLL adopts a 2013 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.561886 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2012 taxes by $6,241.

Schedule A - Unencumbered Fund Balance The following estimated balances will be left in the unit's property tax accounts at the end of the fiscal year. These balances are not encumbered by a corresponding debt obligation. Type of Property Tax Fund Balance General Fund


Schedule B - 2013 Debt Service The unit plans to pay the following amounts for long-term debts that are secured by property taxes. These amounts will be paid from property tax revenues (or additional sales tax revenues, if applicable). Principal or Contract Interest to be Other Amounts Description of Debt Payment to be Paid Paid from Total Payment to be Paid from Property Taxes Property Taxes 2012 Cert. of Obligation-





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Aggie Moms have Back-to-School Dinner, yell practice Barbara Corbett was surprised by her youngest son Stephen Corbett’s engagement to Emily Fredrick from Abbeville, La. They bumped into each other the first day of classes and met at LSU. Stephen went to Austin where Emily works and proposed. He called Barbara, who was at a Chi Omega Reunion in Marble Falls, to tell her about the engagement. Barbara went from Marble Falls into Austin and had lunch and dinner on Sunday with Emily. Stephen went to work in March for Lufkin Industries, now G.E., in the oil field division, and they will live in Lufkin. Barbara’s oldest son, Kenneth Corbett, is in Dallas and is a producer’s assistant for TV commercials that are produced in Dallas. *** The Lufkin Rotary Club is hosting Anna Baginski for the 47th anniversary of the Lufkin Rotary Club Student Exchange with the Beachy Head Rotary Club in Eastbourne, England. Kristi and Ricky Gay had her first and Kendall Gay took Anna to College Station and Texas A&M University to tour and see the George Bush Presidential Library. Her next family was going to be Wayne and Lisa Haglund. Guess she will be seeing orange there. *** Billie Willmon was treated for her birthday by daughter Maxine Bailey to lunch at Milagros Tea House with another daughter Lee Ann Willmon. *** Stephanie LaRue, the Panther football ticket lady, will be moving from the LISD Transportation building to sell weekly Panther football tickets and out-of- town games during football season at the new location which will be the ticket booth at the Tom Jack Lucas Auditorium at Lufkin High School. Mark this down if you are going to buy tickets after the season starts.

*** The Angelina County Aggie Mother’s Club had their annual Back-to-School Dinner and “Yell Practice” and introduction of new Freshmen to Texas A&M at a rib-eye dinner last Saturday. Dawne Allen and Tamara Lewis were the ticket-takers. Senior Yell Leaders Hunter Cook and his friend, Ryan Crawford, entertained the crowd with their hand signals. Julie Wood is the president for the upcoming year, Stephanie Cook was taking pictures; Julie Rhodes and Mary King were passing out 12th-man towels to the new freshmen. Mark Moore was the Aggie that graduated the earliest. Bob Inselmann was second. Rib-eye cooks were: Steve Porter, Craig Wood, John Rhodes, Randy George, Chris Caraway, Philip Goodwin, Todd Kassaw and Ronnie King. The Mother’s Club gave seven scholarships this year in the amount of $750 to Hunter Cook, Clark Dorman, Kendall King, Cole Caraway, Mylle Lewis, Stuart Hogue and Jack Ellis. Their Scholarship Bingo Fundraiser will be in the spring. Ellie Mooty, daughter Georgia Kinney and her daughter Katie were there recruiting the girls that were going through Rush. Katie is a Kappa Kappa Gamma. Tamara Lewis’ daughter Mylle Lewis is a Senior at Texas A&M and will graduate in May and be married in June. *** Melita McCall has moved to Central with Dawne and Don Allen. She is enjoying seeing grandsons Chase, who is a junior at Texas A&M with a major in Indus-

trial Engineering, and Colby, who will be a freshman at Angelina College. He was going to play baseball at a junior college and has to have the tommy john surgery on his pitching arm. *** Trish and Bob Inselmann’s daughter, Claire, is in Chile with a group from Trinity University who are studying with all of their classes in Spanish. Claire is a junior and is staying with a grandmother that is Jewish and speaks Spanish and Yiddish. Claire was going snow skiing since it is winter there. *** Happy birthday: Caleb McCusker, Ed Domingue, Trey Henderson, Bonnie Killam, Ryder Johnson, Julie Rhodes, LaNell Marsellos, Jimmy Tinkle, Polly Young, Hellen Revelle, Mitzi Hamaker, Samantha Hanks, Susan Latham, Norma Pearson, Bertha Miranda, Marley McCarty, Eron Horton, Louise Lindsey, Shirley Sparks, Jonna Jones, Debbie Brandenburg, Bill Brandenburg, Jr., Jenna Quarles. *** Happy Anniversary: Cecile and Tenney Braden, Opal and Pete Sumners, Janice Ann and Ernest Rowe, Kittie and Mike Davis, Tamesha and Paul Root, Guesna and Ardie Dixon, Patsy and Howard McGill, Glen and JonAnna Arnold. *** The Junior League of Lufkin with partnership with the First United Methodist Church and Buckner Children & Family Services hosted The Back-to-School Bonanza. Angelina Pediatrics and The Children’s Clinic updated immunizations free, and the Colgate bus Bright Smiles Bright Futures provided dental services provided by local dentists. There was vision and hearing screening and free backpacks for 2,000 students. There were 20 barbers and

hair stylist that cut hair free. Hilary Haglund Walker was the chair and Co-Chair was Tonja Childers. *** I received the Woodland Heights Medical Center Senior Circle News. The new director is Kim DeVore Ogden. She forgot to sign her last name but I did some detective work and found out that Chad is her husband and Carter is her 3-year-old son. Welcome back to Lufkin, Ogden family. *** Sonny Clement said that he had a “heart bump” and will start rehab at Woodland Heights. He is home and talking on the phone. June must be a good nurse because he sounded good on the telephone. *** I made the opening of Bella Salon and Boutique that was remodeled in the Angelina Hotel. Brenda Weaver is the owner with stylists Leah Garcia and Jessica Hearnsberger. Carrie Love is the massage therapist and Ashley Conlon does facials. Lynanne Alsbrooks does the permanent cosmetics and Amelia Commander is with Poise Boutique. Barbara Corbett works part time as a hostess and receptionist, and I was able to meet Stephen Corbett’s new fiancée Emily Fredrick and Stephen’s best friend since the second grade Wayne Ramsey. Darlene Henderson had a new hairdo, and I saw her son Jay Taylor. Bella has a full service of AVEDA products. LeeAnn Brookshire works part time as a hostess alternating with Barbara. *** Gene Rudd is having trouble with AT&T. He hopes that they solve their problem as they say by the end of August. *** Let me hear your news. Catch you around town. Contact Janice Ann



Scents bring back wonderful memories of school Isn’t it funny that a simple smell will bring back memories from years past? After retiring from teaching school for almost thirty years, my treasure chest of school memories is brimming. All it takes is the smell of an eraser or a freshly sharpened pencil to send my senses soaring through memory lane. The professional experiences I had as a teacher are wonderful to recall, but I also reminisce my own personal school day experiences. Even though my hoard of childhood school day memories holds great ones such as favorite teachers, best friends, and unforgettable school trips, none could be so indelible as the first day of school. Looking back to that brisk Septem-

ISN’T IT FUNNY? Dortha Jackson

ber morning in 1966, I remember it well. Anxiously shivering, my father of few words gently eased me down from the passenger seat of his powder blue Chevrolet Impala. He bent down in front of me and presented me with a gift: an ovalshaped chocolate brown neoprene coin purse that had white “X” marks across the slit. “This is for your milk money. See how you open it?” He squeezed both ends to reveal the shiny coins inside and ever so gently coaxed, “Don’t lose it. You will need it later.” I can recollect having so many questions, but I don’t recall saying a word. I kept wondering

if I would like my teacher and if she would like me. I hoped I would learn a lot of new things and make plenty of new friends. Squeezing my hand, my father led me down the sidewalk and into the front door. I nervously met my new teacher. She showed me to a desk that had my name on it, and I felt so special. Still holding tightly onto the gift from my father not having a clue what milk money was, I looked back and smiled at him as he waved goodbye and left the room. It truly was a learned day full of discoveries about friends, rules, recess, and yes, milk money. I felt so grown up and proud sitting in my own desk with my name on it. The rest of my first day of


Jeanette Gibson Rector

Services for Jeanette Gibson Rector, 86, of Diboll, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2013 in the Gipson Funeral Home chapel. Interment was in the Ryan Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Rector was born June 30, 1927 in Burke, Texas. She passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013 at her residence. Survivors include her daughter, Paula Murphy of Diboll; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and David Scarborough of Diboll; daughter-in-law, Lucy Rector of Diboll; grandchildren, Dean Miller, Laura Purvis, Sharon Morris, Richy Rector, Gary Rector, Melissa Long, Chuck Murphy and Jennifer Sims-Markiewicz; 19 great-grandchildren; 2 greatgreat grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home

He is survived by his wife Patricia; his daughter Amy and “future son-in-law” Tom; a granddaughter; two grandsons; and two sisters. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

Charles L. Walker

Memorial services for Charles L. Walker, 86, of Diboll were held Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Henderson Chapel of First United Methodist Church of Lufkin. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home. Mr. Walker was born October 20, 1926 in Hemphill, Texas, and died Friday,

August 2, 2013 in a local hospital. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Charlotte King Walker of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, An and Jack Sweeny of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Patty Walker of Alvin; he was lovingly “Bop” to his granddaughters and their spouses, Jennifer and Chris Hill and Sara and Charlie Hill and great-grandchildren Price, Walker, Lucy, Charlotte, Ella and Preston Hill; sister, Mary Francis “Fritz” Sedwick of Corpus Christi; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

school was the best day ever. As a teacher, each year, I prepared to welcome the new students and hoped that they would like me and I them. I hoped they would enjoy the subjects I taught and keep an open mind to learn new things. I hoped for a successful year. The first

day of school is definitely an expectant time for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and staff. It is chalked full of new people, ideas, experiences, and hope. Isn’t it funny that even after all of these years, it only takes the scent of Elmer’s Glue or a new box of Crayolas to bring

it all back again? Just a whiff, and before I know it I’m entering Trudie’s Kiddie Kollege holding my father’s hand and that football coin purse. Dortha Jackson grew up in the Diboll/Lufkin area and has recently returned with her husband, Steve, and their dog, Bear. She



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House begins 3rd special session; tax-free weekend begins Friday The legislative hourglass has been turned over again at your state capitol. The coffee pots have been refilled. Bags that never had a chance to be packed have been stuffed back into closets. And lawmakers who may have wondered what an entire summer in Austin would be like are getting the chance to find out. After the House failed to reach the 100-vote threshold we needed in order to pass a constitutional amendment regarding transportation funding, Governor Perry has called a third consecutive special session - something that hasn’t occurred since 2005. As with all special sessions, we are subject to the will of the Governor when it comes to what issue(s) to address. Transportation funding is the only item currently listed on the third special session call, although there is lots of speculation a Tuition Revenue Bond bill could be added in the coming days.

The road to better roads

Since the first special session at the end of May, which seems like a lifetime ago, I have given my support to several proposed transportation funding measures brought before the House. I have repeatedly, in these columns, said that the proposed legislation would certainly not solve our state’s transportation problems, but it would be a step in the right direction. I stand by that assessment, as the additional $900 million in funds that would have resulted from HJR2, would only cover approximately one fourth of the state’s transportation needs. In addition to this measure, I remain open to any new ideas that may be proposed during this new special session that addresses the fund-


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ing challenges for road construction and maintenance on the increasingly traveled roads of our great state. It is my hope that during this session the Legislature will be able to agree on, and pass, a measure that equates to a positive step for transportation-- no matter how big or small that step may be.

Let us hear your voice As we head, at some point, into the interim, several ad hoc committees will be established by the Speaker to study various issues that might need to be addressed by the Legislature during the upcoming 84th Session. In addition, many of the House committees will be researching areas and holding hearings as well. My office wants to hear from you, and get feedback on what issue that you would like to see addressed during the interim. I am here to represent you, and my staff is here to work for you, so feel free to let us know what is important to you. All matters can be emailed to my Legislative Director at Nick.Wade@house.state. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tax-Free Weekend

SB 485 past during the Regular Session and sets Aug. 9-11 as the dates of this year’s annual Sales Tax Holiday. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes. This is a great time for parents to save money on back-to-school items for their students.


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


The Sixties ACROSS

1. Coffee + chocolate 6. Drunkard’s sound? 9. What little piggy did 13. Makes eyes at 14. Under the weather 15. *”The Graduate” or “Easy Rider” 16. Un-written exams 17. Downhill equipment 18. Chilled 19. *1960s Activists and agitators 21. State of good health and fitness 23. Miner’s bounty

24. *Popular hairstyle 25. To eat a little at a time, as in hot soup 28. Layer 30. Devoid of reverence 35. Bookkeeping entry 37. *”The ____ of the Game” TV series 39. Denotes an accomplishment 40. Novice 41. Ivan and Nicholas, e.g. 43. Atmosphere 44. Relating to the ilium 46. On the cutting edge 47. *Ngo Dinh ____ 48. *”The Party’s Over” singer 50. Excellent

52. Get the picture 53. *”I read the ____ today oh boy” 55. African grazer 57. *Power plant 60. *Liverpool group, following “the” 64. Luau greeting 65. *”Posion ___” covered by the Stones and the Hollies 67. Beauty pageant wear 68. Short African 69. Butterfly catcher 70. Cupcake topper 71. Epic poem 72. “Fancy that!” 73. “Who ___?”

1. *Eagle’s landing spot 2. Fairytale beast 3. Bird’s foot 4. *Oscar winner “_____, Dolly!” 5. Declare with confidence 6. Middle Ages subj. 7. Kind of person 8. North face, e.g. 9. Refuses to 10. Bad to the bone 11. Cote d’Azur locale 12. Casual attire 15. *Detroit’s soul recorder 20. Deceive by a mock action 22. *The Sixties, e.g. 24. Large fleets 25. *Greensboro Woolworth’s event 26. Of service 27. Jeopardy 29. Comfort 31. *”Take a ____ off,” sang The Band in ‘68 32. Lady’s pocketbook 33. Loose rocks at base of mountain 34. State of dishonor 36. Extinct flightless birds 38. Therefore 42. “The Playboy of the Western World” author 45. *”I Love You More Today” singer Twitty 49. Adams ___ Beckham 51. Related on mother’s side 54. Twist before hanging on clothesline 56. Ancient city in Africa 57. Let heads or tails decide 58. *Woodstock’s had a dove on a guitar 59. Electrical resistance units 60. Eight bits 61. Animal den 62. European sea eagle 63. Droops 64. *”You damn dirty ___,” shouted Heston 66. V

Five reforms over last 7 months

While we made great progress towards a transportation funding deal over the last few weeks, the second special session ended Tuesday before the House and Senate came to a consensus. Gov. Perry called us back for a third special session beginning the same day to finish the job. At this point my weekly column will revert back to a monthly column and I am hopeful that when you hear from me again the first week of September, I will have good news to report regarding transportation! In this last column for the legislative session and first two special sessions, instead of telling you five things that happened just this week, I thought we could look back at five areas where the Legislature made reforms during the last seven months.

Balanced state budget with no new taxes

Unlike the federal government, the Texas Legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget each session. Not only did we accomplish this, but we were able to ensure that the budget grew less than the rate of inflation and population growth. This biennium’s budget, which accounts for the next two years in state spending, was able to restore funding to many areas which have suffered over the past two years. Among those areas, the budget improved funding levels for public schools, colleges, mental health services and the women’s health program. And unlike states that have


passes a test at least four weeks after the date of the failed test.

large deficits, we have more than $8 billion in our rainy day fund.

Cutting business taxes

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Reduced school standardized testing

Perhaps one of the most significant moments of this session was when Gov. Perry signed HB 5 into law. This bill cuts the number of standardized tests required for students to graduate from 15 to five. In addition, it enhances career and technical education programs in schools to give students more choice in their future career path. I have consistently heard from an overwhelming number of parents, teachers and school administrators that believe our kids are being over-tested. This bill, now a law, will allow teachers more time to teach, and will allow students more time to learn.

Requiring drug testing for unemployed benefits

Good news! Recent changes in federal law allow states to require drug-testing for claimants of unemployment insurance under certain circumstances. Therefore, this legislative session we passed a bill amending the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act by adding a drug-testing eligibility requirement for applicants to receive unemployment compensation benefits. \Claimants who refuse drug testing or fail such tests would be barred from receiving unemployment insurance benefits until the individual

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State Rep. Trent Ashby Austin Office

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State Sen. Robert Nichols

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Constable Ray Anthony

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Mayor John McClain City Manager Dennis McDuffie City Hall (water, garbage, sewer) Diboll Police Department Diboll Fire Department

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Just before the end of the regular session, the Legislature passed over $1.3 billion in business tax cuts which should go a long way in helping to sustain Texas’ great economic climate. This included a permanent franchise tax exemption for small businesses with revenue less than $1 million. For most other businesses, it’s a 2.5 percent rate reduction in fiscal year 2014 and a 5 percent reduction in fiscal year 2015. As a former manufacturer and business owner, I can tell you how helpful this is and how it helps to spur economic growth. As Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said, passing the franchise tax proposal “sends a clear message that we are committed to sustaining the country’s best climate for job creation.”

Funding for state water plan

Finally, I wanted to let you know that the

Legislature passed a bill and joint resolution this session to fund the State Water Plan. Specifically, HB 4 will create the State Water Implementation Fund of Texas (SWIFT) to provide a fund to finance projects in the State Water Plan. There seems to be a growing consensus that Texas must address the need for long-term water planning and projects. As increasing numbers of people move to our great state, there is a growing gap between the projected demand for water, and the amount of the resource available. SWIFT will put an emphasis on conservation, reuse and rural projects. HB 4 is paired with SJR 1, a constitutional amendment which will appear on November ballots to be voted up or down. The choice ultimately will belong to the citizens of Texas.

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Only God can fill the holes we have in our lives Christi and I had a new adventure this past week. We rented a booth at the Country Barn Flea Market out on 103E, and we had a good time. We got to see the vendor side of the flea market. We met a lot of interesting people there, both vendors and visitors alike. I had always wanted to do that, and so we did! We made a little bit of money and had a lot of fun. I saw folks that I had not seen in a while, and folks that I even went to high school with. The flea market is like the market place in the Bible. All kinds, all shapes, and all sizes came through. The good, the bad, and the ugly, I guess you could say that. However, I

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Jan Allbritton didn’t really see any ugly ones come through. After all, we are all God’s creations, and He doesn’t make junk. To minister in the market place took on a whole new meaning. I did manage to witness to a few, prayed with a few, and counseled with a few. I was thinking just this morning that if we hung up a sign saying “Anybody need prayer?” that we might get a few requests. Just a

thought! As Pastor Andy said Sunday morning, we are to be the church. We are to be a life-altering place. Isn’t our body the temple of God? If it is the temple of God, that makes it a church. If it is a church, then wherever we go, there is a church. If there is a church, then we should be ministering to others, even at a flea market. I know that this may sound silly, but I made it a point to wear a Christian shirt each day that I worked the booth. That way, others will know where I stand. I prayed with one lady for physical healing, and another for emotional healing. Working at the flea market I

came to this conclusion. Guys and gals, people all around us are hurting so desperately, and you and I have the answer. We have Jesus, and it is just unacceptable that we don’t share the cure to what ails them. A dear old-time friend just died from cirrhosis of the liver, and it just broke my heart. I just could not fathom why when he had the world by the tail. He had a beautiful, loving wife and two wonderful kids. He was highly educated with a great career and lovely home, but it wasn’t enough. He ended up losing it all to the mistress of alcohol. I was thinking about him and about a guy that was a good friend of my dad’s. This guy, his wife, and

four kids were very close to our family when we were growing up. He had a beautiful wife, a very successful business, four great kids, and he lost it all to that ugly mistress. Alcohol finally took his life also. When that guy died, my heart was broken, and to this day, he is the main reason I don’t drink. I was talking to God about these two men and that ugly mistress of alcohol, and I told Him that I just didn’t get it. God used Pastor Andy to remind me of what I had forgotten for a moment. You see, everybody is made with this God-shaped vacuum that only God can fill. We try to fill that TEACHER cont’d p. 6

Pray that God is a leading factor in young lives “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.” - 2 Timothy 4:3. This past weekend, the youth at church had a lock in. They spent Saturday night and didn’t go home until after church on Sunday. I would like to give a “shout out” to our new youth director, Daniel Rigsby. He did a great job, and the kids had a blast! On Saturday night, I dropped off my son, Jake, at the lock in around 7. He had a bag with video games, snacks, and drinks. He rode in the back of my car, so when he was getting out, I looked at him


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through the rear view mirror. The reflection I got of him was quite different than a few years ago, and it took me by surprise a bit. You see, Jake is quite grown up now. I didn’t have that little round face looking up at me from his car seat holding a Sippy cup anymore. I came to the realization, at this moment, that I

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had a full- fledged teenager – complete with a changed voice, facial hair, and even stinky feet! I now have a kid in high school! Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday I was in high school without a care in the world. Now I am a grownup with grownup responsibilities. I have a husband, a job, and two kids to take care of – along with a “well lived in” house to run. WOW! I know Jake is growing up – way too fast I might add. He has matured into a good hearted young man and for the most part, makes good choices in his life. He doesn’t know this, but I still go check on him at night. I go into his room, make sure his pillow hasn’t fallen on the floor and make sure he has plenty of covers. I look down at

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Church of Christ

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

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

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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

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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

him and smile. I often picture my little boy running, playing, and enjoying his childhood, but I am coming to understand that my baby is growing up. It is my prayer for him to find happiness in his life, to find a career that fulfills his dreams, and to find the spouse that God has for him. I pray he remembers the path that God wants him to take without succumbing to the temptations of the world around us. Life is confusing now. Things aren’t easily right and wrong anymore – according to society. Kids, young people, and even adults can be confused; conflicted on the true values of Christianity due to the “grey areas” we have now. I pray that Jake can see clearly- the clear vision of Jesus Christ. Jake is just

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

starting out in his journey to young adulthood and will face decisions, conflicts, success, and failure. I pray he is strong and will succeed in all areas in his life. Please pray for all our young people out there. Pray that God is the leading factor in their lives. Try to be the good role model and be there for the kids. They need good leaders. They need God. They need prayer. Join me today and pray for our kids. They are our future! *** The sixth annual Back to School Bash is here! On Saturday, Aug. 10 from 2-4 p.m., the bash will be up and running. Bring your kids to play games and win free school supplies. There is no charge and snacks will be provided. Thank SISTERS cont’d p. 6

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


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

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

30 Years Ago: Horton’s Texaco closes down One Year Ago

City of Diboll hires Bronco Tree Removal Company to remove dead trees from city property and rights-of-way. Diboll ISD participates in the Million Fathers March by asking all fathers to take their child to their classroom on the first day of school. Gospel music’s most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, perform concert at Herty Baptist Church in Lufkin. T.L.L.Temple Memorial Library in Diboll now excepting school supplies in lieu of library fines. Lufkin High School Class of 1972 plans 40th class reunion. Grads of Class 1972, Dee Thompson McDaniel and Ina Jane Thames, is spearheading the project.

Five Years Ago

Diboll City Manager Kenneth Williams accepts position of city manager for Buda, Texas. Diboll Boy Scout Troop 128 spends week-long camp at Hale Scout Reservation in Talihina, Oklahoma. Scouts attending include R.J. Hewitt, Tyler Rayburn, Thomas Sims, Tim Hewitt, Armando Flores, Travis Sims, Stephen Thomas, Cesar Auandano, Chance Maddox, Raymond Sims, Bill Wafer, Adam Lowther, Austin Dubose, Tyler


hole with wine, women, and song, but these things do not satisfy. For some reason, we feel that if we just keep doing the same old thing that it will fill that void. NOT!! Only God will fill that hole, and the sooner we realize that, the better. If you are struggling with drugs, alcohol, or whatever, give it to God, and let Him set you free. He will do that! I only wished that my two friends could have discovered that God was the only way to get free. He could have broken those chains of bondage. Last Sunday, we had our monthly baptism during the church worship service, and several of the Lufkin Dream Center residents were baptized. When they came up out of the water, they raised their arms to the sky in victory for they knew exactly where their help comes from. Praise God!!!

30 Years of Diboll Free Press Clippings A Public Service of The History Center Chandler, Tyler Dubose and Steve Rayburn. Green Bay Packer Jermichael Finley makes pro debut against Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field, catching 2 passes for 17 yards. Packers lose to Cincinnati, 20-17. Beulah Community Center & Volunteer Fire Department host building fundraiser. Grilled rib-eye sandwiches and hamburgers were main items on menu.

Ten Years Ago

Former Diboll High School Lumberjack standout Michael Homan, graduates from U.S. Marine Corps “Boot Camp” at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Diboll High School Lady Jack coaching staff this school term consists of Brandy Townley, Meredith Shaw, Donna James and Pam Bass. Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin host exhibits detailing the first crucial days of the search and recovery efforts of the space shuttle Columbia. Angelina County Historical Commission honor pioneer Hackney family If you are in a hard place, God is so close that He is breathing on you. Repent and cry out to Him. Seek Him. Chase after Him. Wait on Him to fix you and direct you. Be desperate for Him and pursue Him. Pursue means to run after someone. Pursue God. This week, I intend to be in hot pursuit of God, and I know that I will catch Him because He is chasing after me too. Wow! Now that is totally cool. Just think, God is chasing after us. If He is chasing after us, He must think that we are special. And, we are special because He sent His son to die for us. What a God! What a Savior! Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.

members. The Diboll High School Lady Jacks who advanced to the softball playoffs for the first time in school history last season have been honored with a championship sign to be attached to the scoreboard at the DHS softball field.

Twenty Years Ago

Members of the Diboll Youth League 10-12 year-olds Cardinals, who finished in first place and went undefeated are Holly Smith, Lacy Myers, Kiana James, Andrea Mark, Sonia Gonzales, Alicia Garrett, Casey Yates, Gloria Kilgore, Joanna Acevedo, Michelle Miller, Sharon Dunn, Julie Monrroy and Coaches Junior Hernandez and Theresa Michaud. Angelina County Commissioners approve KSA Engineers Inc. of Lufkin as the architectural firm to handle the preliminary work for the county’s new criminal justice & detention facility. T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll is awarded the Angelina Beautiful/Clean Award at the Chamber’s First Friday Luncheon.

Photo Courtesy of The History Center

Thirty Years Ago This Week

Bob McCurry, center, and Jesse Bradford, right, of Diboll receives area award to vocational-agriculture teachers who work with newspaper publicizing their local programs. The award is presented by the president of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association’s Kenneth Hughes of Caldwell. The award is presented at the annual awards program for the association in Austin. Former Diboll High School golfing great Bud Still is named South-East Conference Freshman of the Year. Still plays golf for the University of Arkansas. Lufkin Industries names Paul G. Perez as its new Human Resources director.

Thirty Years Ago

State Representative Billy Clemons pushes for state sales tax hike- claims broad relief for property owners. Horton’s Texaco Ser-


you to everyone who has sponsored this event. Our community pulls together each year to provide this service to Diboll kids. Thank you for supporting our kids - the future of Diboll! *** Second Sunday fellowship dinner – “Back to School with Jesus” is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Bring your favorite school cafeteria dish to share. *** Choir Practice resumes this week on Wednesday, Aug 7, after a restful summer break. ***

Sunday Aug. 18 – “Birthday Party.” Come celebrate the birthdays of our church family with a potluck luncheon and enjoy 12 different desserts - one for each month of the year! *** Have you met our new pastor? Dr. Keith Broyles and his wife, Cindy, are getting settled into their new home and our church. We welcomed them with open arms, and we have enjoyed getting to know them both. Please come by and say hello. Join us for a faith filled service Sunday mornings! ***


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Texas Education Agency Division of Career and Technical Education Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs Diboll ISD offers career and technical education programs in Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources, Architecture and Construction, Arts, Technology and Communication, Education and Training, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security, Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on Diboll ISD Policy. It is the policy of Diboll ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Three cheers for successful camp

Diboll High School’s varsity cheerleaders recently attended the NCA Cheerleading Camp at SFA and received the following awards: NCA National Bid; NCA Champion Chant Award; NCA S.P.O.T Award; the Spirit Stick Award; Superior ribbons at each evaluation. The following six cheerleaders were nominated for All American, Abbie Kettering; Meghan Wagner; Amanda Faircloth; Jordan Eldridge; Presley Havard and Katy Dubose. Varsity squad members, front row, from left, are Alexis Rios, Abbie Kettering, Jayden Springs; second row, Meghan Wagner, Amanda Faircloth, Jordan Eldridge and Mikayla Sudduth; third row, Mikayla Tolly, Presley Havard and Katy Dubose; and back row, Aubrie Arellano, Esmeralda Tamez and Chaney Wyatt-Chittum, sponsor The Diboll High school junior varsity cheer squad also attended the NCA Cheerleading Camp at SFA. They won NCA National Bid, Superior ribbon at evaluation; and the Spirit Stick. Emily Thompson was nominated for All American. JV cheerleaders attending camp, front row, from left, are Hollie Wilsie, Baylie Parker and Kallen Treadway; second row, Tara Dulaney, Ariela Padilla, Emily Thompson, Marissa Bacon and Susie Parker (not pictured).

It is the policy of Diboll ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Diboll ISD will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs. For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Jeannie McGaughey, at 1303 Lumberjack Drive Diboll Texas 75941,936-829-6950 ext 44109, and/or the §504 Coordinator, Marilyn Hankla, at 215 N Temple Diboll Texas 75941, 936-829-3100.

Notificación Publica de No Discriminación en Programas Vocacionales – Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs 1. El Distrito escolar de Diboll ofrece programas vocacionales en Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources, Architecture and Construction, Arts, Technology and Communication, Education and Training, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security, Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. La admisión a estos programas se basa en los policies del districto. 2. Es norma del distrito escolar de Diboll no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. 3. Es norma ded distrito escolar de Diboll no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. 4. El distrito escolar de Diboll tomará las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y vocacionales. 5. Para información sobre sus derechos ó procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, Jeannie McGaughey, en 1303 Lumberjack Drive, Diboll Texas 75941, 936-829-6950 ext 44109, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, Marilyn Hankla, en 215 N Temple Dibol

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Jacks at work

Diboll Lumberjacks have begun practicing for the 2013 season.

Meet the Jacks is Aug. 16 at the H.G. Temple campus gymnasium. The first scrimmage is Aug. 17 at home against Rusk. The second scrimmage is Aug. 22 at Cleveland. The first game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Fairfield. The first home game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, against Corrigan.

Lady Jacks getting ‘set’ for scrimmage

New Diboll Lady Jacks volleyball coach speaks to his incoming freshmen after their first practice. The first scrimmage is at 10 a.m. Friday at home against Shepherd. The second scrimmage is at 8 a.m. Saturday at home against Splendora. The Lady Jacks varsity plays its first tournament on Thursday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 17 at Woodville. The Lady Jacks also play Friday, Aug. 16, at home against Shepherd.

GRANT Cont’d

the course consisting primarily of a new irrigation system. Last year the Keeler Program contributed $200,000 to complement what the T.L.L. Temple Foundation had committed to the $1.2 million project. This year’s grant means the paths should be completed by the end of August. The first round of Keeler grants (last year) also designated $50,000 for construction of a new restroom facility in Old Orchard Park. The demolition of the old structure near the splash pad had eliminated facilities and shade for those using the area. However, when the city got a bid for new restrooms last year, the price was far above the amount of the grant Another $30,000 was contributed from this year’s round of grants, and the city has budgeted approximately an additional $30,000 to complete the project. “We’re trying to make it as vandal-proof as possible,” explained McDuffie. “It will be located between the splash pad and the ball park area to make it accommodate people more adequately from both locations.” The Diboll Police Department also benefited from a grant this year. They used their portion to purchase two new vehicles, and the city committed to buying another vehicle to upgrade the fleet. An additional vehicle purchase will be the result of $50,000 earmarked for the Diboll Volunteer Fire Department. McDuffie said this vehicle would be a small truck for fighting things like grass fires. The VFD will also be putting money into this item. When there are big events such

as the Tamale Festival or Diboll Day held in the park, the present electrical system cannot handle the demand. An electrical engineer is currently drawing up plans for a new grid that will serve the area where most of the booths and activities are located. “The existing breakers get overloaded,” said McDuffie. “This results in a disruption of power and the need for portable generators in some places. We want to create a ‘hub’ that will supply various parts of the park, and then we can turn certain sections on or off as need be.” A $30,000 grant will be used for this project. McDuffie said that this is the last item on the list as far as a timeline for completion is concerned and plans are to have it done in time for the Tamale Festival in May. The city and school district combined some grant funds to replace the foot bridge across the creek between the junior high and the Civic Center. A tree fell on the old structure recently, so with the $22,000 donated, a new and improved one was constructed. McDuffie said that many residents use the bridge either to access the walking trail or to move from one section of town to another without having to get on a street. Even though the Keeler Program provides the majority of the money for these projects, the city also usually contributes a portion to the total. “This shows commitment by the city,” said McDuffie. “Most foundations who give grants like to see buy-in from the receiving organization.” The city assumes the operation and maintenance of all the projects completed. But the grant program enhances the quality of life for the entire community.


teachers,” said Trekell. “We were put in cohorts during my mid-management program, and I was able to develop some wonderful relationships. I know that there are people all over the state I can call when I have questions.” Trekell’s family consists of his wife Dora, his 20-year-old son Lawton, his 16-year-old daughter Kayla, and his 10-year-old son Blaine. Dora is a Deaf Educator with Lufkin ISD. The family enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, and all outdoor activities, and the children are very involved in a variety of athletic activities as well as FFA. One of the things Trekell is looking forward to in Diboll is having the family all here together so that he does not have to constantly rush from place to place and try to make arrangements and connections to be involved in the children’s events. “Extracurricular activities at a school are important,” he said. “They go hand-in-hand with academics. The flex schedule we have can be useful for remediation, but it can also be used to help strengthen our UIL involvement.” Trekell would like to see Diboll contend for the UIL Lone Star Cup. Recognition in that area is determined by results of all extracurricular events. Points are awarded for winning teams and individuals in sports and academics. A well-rounded program is necessary for a school to receive the honor. The goal at DHS will be to win at everything with class and pride. Trekell stresses that he is accessible and approachable. “If someone has a problem or a concern, I hope they won’t air it somewhere else,” he said. “I believe that if we can discuss things we can make them work.” He feels that educators must treat all people as clients. “We’re providing a service,” he insisted. “The child is the most important person to the parents. We must be sure we reach every kid. Being mean is just not acceptable.” Trekell said there are two statements that he learned long ago which can have a great impact on one’s behavior. First: Attitude is everything. Second: If you’re having a bad day, fake it.

Phone scams continue for electric co-op members Sam Houston Electric Cooperative is warning their residential and commercial members of a reported a scam involving prepaid money cards. “The scammers are calling Cooperative members and claiming to be Sam Houston Electric Cooperative employees,” Keith Stapleton, Sam Houston EC chief communications officer, said. “These scams don’t seem to be going away. They’re preying primarily on the elderly, but they are also targeting businesses and anyone else who will answer the scammers’ phone calls.” The Cooperative’s members reported that the caller told them their account was delinquent and they needed to pay immediately or their electricity would be turned off—some were told they had only an hour while others

were told they had until 5:00pm to pay their balance. The caller then told the members to load money on a prepaid money card and call back with the money card’s number. Sam Houston EC asks that any member who receives a suspicious call ask the name of the caller and a phone number to call back on—then hang up and immediately report it to the Cooperative by calling 1-800-458-0381. Asking the caller for any information, like a name and phone number, may help authorities locate the source of this scam. “If anyone claiming to a Co-op employee calls and asks you for personal information, you can hang up and call our office directly. That way, you’ll know you’re speaking with a Co-op representative,” Stapleton said.

August 8, 2013  

Diboll Free Press

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