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ronmental studies and some rights-of-way already have been purchased. It is expected that the Diboll Relief Route will include overpasses at any county roads, with the only access mid-route perhaps being at FM 1818. Diboll Mayor John McClain and Diboll City Manager Dennis McDuffie have been members of the I-69 committee. “I think it will help (Diboll’s economy),” McClain said. “We will have the opportunity to acquire land and develop new business along the interstate.”



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Back in the late 1990s, a study was conducted to ascertain the best alternate route for evacuations going north on Highway 59 in the Diboll area. After about 15 years of meetings and planning sessions, the members of the I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Committee gave presented their recommendations to Texas Department of Transportation officials. And, the results of that study haven’t changed. The I-69 project will travel

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T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll invites is organizing “Tangled Threads” for crafters of all ages. The program is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. All skill levels are welcomed. Please bring your own hooks, yarn, and supplies. “Tangled Threads” will on the second Tuesday of the month in the Community Room at the library. For more information call Mary Howell at 936-829-5497.

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We thank Almighty God for the abundant rain He has been sending to our area. Other parts of our state are real dry. God has been very gracious and merciful to us. In God’s Bible it says in Job 5:10, “He gives rain on the earth and sends water on the fields.” God blesses us every day through His unconditional love, amazing grace and abundant mercy. God knows our needs before we do. He provides for us, protects us and reveals Himself to us. Through His Son, Jesus Christ, God has blessed us with the only way of everlasting life in Heaven. Jesus Christ will forgive you of all your sin if you will let Him be your Savior and Lord. Jesus Christ is the blessing giver and He wants you to be the one who receives His blessing for all eternity. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church

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Diboll Lumberjack fans got to “Meet the Jacks” on Friday, Aug. 16, at the H.G. Temple gymnasium. Among those introduced were theband, cheerleaders, Dazzlers and volleyball, cross country and football teams. The Temple gym was used because the stands at the gymnasium are in the process of being replaced. Next week, the Free Press will publish its annual Fall Sports Section.

Students head back to school Monday for ‘commitment’ Its hard to beleive we start another year of school in just a few short days. Where did the summer go? I know parents are excited about getting their children back in school and getting them back into some sort of structured daily regime. The class of 2014 is preparing for graduation and they have had many great things happen in their years of

SUPERINTENDENT’S CORNER Gary Martel school. I hope you join me as we support them and their parents as they begin their senior year which is an important leg of the journey called “LIFE”. Equal-

ly important to us are those little first year “newbies” that start school and begin the journey as a future Lady Jack or Lumberjack and everyone in between. We recently received our results on the initial STAAR test results. We are extremely proud of our students and staff on the overall performance of this initial assessment. We thank everyone

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Joe Jr. celebrates 80th at the Round Table Joe Wilkerson Jr. was proud to celebrate his 80th birthday on Aug. 19. On that day Andrea made him chicken and dumplings for lunch and banana pudding for dessert. Sharing the good food and fellowship with him was his wife, Ella Wayne, longtime friends Joe and Sissy Anthony, James Simms and Geraldine Pouland. Besides all of us, Mary Lou Havard and Kathryn Chuke also enjoyed the good meal. On Sunday Joe Jr. was treated to Ralph & Kacoo’s. While there, he visited with Joe Bruce Lowery, who was named after Joe Jr. His mother, Othal (Russell) Lowery and her brother PeeWee Russell, were all good friends growing up in Diboll. Othal was so appreciative of how Joe Jr. helped care for her dad, Paul Hogue, when he was sick, that she told him if she ever had a son she would name him after Joe Jr. Sunday was only the third time the two Joes have met. Joe Jr. and longtime friend, Joe Anthony, are always bringing donuts and Ella Wayne’s homemade cookies to the round table where they tell lots of stories. Earlier in the week, Joe Anthony made a statement that the building he attended second and third grades in at Diboll was later his and Sissy’s first home. Those of you who are old enough should remember the large square building built up high off the ground near a low, round concrete water fountain with several spigots. Several teachers taught in that building. Some that we could remember were Claire Clifton, Lela Wyatt, Mary Jane Christian, Marie Caskey, Earlene Donahoe and others. Anyway, some of the old buildings were eventually moved to build a new school (that school is presently in the process of being torn down). Lawrence Snelson bought two of the old school buildings about 1957-58 and moved them up the old Diboll highway (Hendrick Street) and converted them into duplexes. Joe said after he and Sissy married in 1956 they moved into one of the duplexes. Others we could remember that lived there at one time or another were: Billy Fred and Judy Carrier; Terry and Dale Grantham; Billy Frank and Glenda Jones; Donald and Billie Jean Capps and Bert and Sara Lindsey. Joe and Sissy soon had three young children and Joe worked long and hard to

provide for them. As a young boy he lost the vision in his left eye and couldn’t be hired at the foundry so he found jobs at Natural Gas Pipeline, the Fiberboard plant, the furniture plant and his friend, Joe Jr. Wilkerson, got him a job at T.L. Smith Concrete Mixers. On Aug. 28, 1960, Diboll Postmaster B.F. Hines hired Joe to work part-time at the Diboll post office. Later Joe was hired part time at the Lufkin post office where he would go into work at 1 a.m. and work until someone said, “Go home.” He may or may not have slept some before going to a second, and sometimes third, job. In 1966 he was finally made a full time employee of the US Post Office and eleven years later in July of 1977, was appointed postmaster. On Aug. 28, 1992, exactly 32 years from the date Mr. Hines hired him part-time in Diboll, Joe Anthony retired and now all he does, is tell stories, hunt, fish and grow some of the best tomatoes in the county! *** Congratulations to one of our younger customers, Timber Wright, from Chester. She is a senior at Chester High School and has been very involved raising and showing animals most of her life. When she can, she loves to work with her Uncle Jake David, who is a veterinarian. And he loves being involved and supporting her as she travels year-round exhibiting animals. Recently she attended the Beef Master National show in College Station and exhibited the champion calf and also placed third in Showmanship. Earlier at another show in Bellville, she was an American Champion Division winner. Timber has a room full of banners and belt buckles and we hope she adds many more honors during her senior year. *** Aug. 15 was the first day that the new 2013-14 hunting and fishing licenses were

Back-to-School party a hit; next up, Movie Night Our Teen Back-toSchool Party was a hit with 50 in attendance on Friday, Aug. 16 after Meet the Jacks. Teens enjoyed playing the Wii in the Joe Elliott and Joe Sample Memorial Garden area, while some just visited with friends. The main attraction was the movie Pitch Perfect shown on the big screen in the Ellen and Buddy Temple Community Room. We served hotdogs courtesy of Diboll Brookshire Brothers, chips and salsa courtesy of Café Del Rio in Lufkin, cokes courtesy of Lufkin Coca Cola and water courtesy of Lufkin Pepsi Cola. Dessert was courtesy of Fran McClain and Kathy Sample; thank you ladies for the delicious brownies and cookies. Everyone had such a good time that we will probably do this again in the near future. Check out our Facebook page for what’s going on at your library. *** We have a special treat planned for the whole family on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. Professional storyteller Tom Taylor will be at the library for the Family Story Hour. There will be something for everyone to enjoy as Taylor shares his repertoire of folk tales, Texas lore, tall tales and more. As always our events are free to the community. *** Join us for Movie Day at the Library this Friday, August 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

News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library 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. *** Ladies if you do any kind of portable needle craft and would like to fellowship with others who do; join us for Tangled Threads on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am. The next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 10. Bring a project to work on and share tips and patterns as you work. *** Books to Movies: “City of Bones” -- Book one of the young adult series, “The Mortal Instruments,” by Cassandra Clare, comes out in theaters this week. *** New Young Adult Books: “Rot & Ruin,” by Jonathan Maberry – In the zombie-infested world Benny has grown up in, teenagers must work once they turn fifteen or they’ll lose their food rations. Benney isn’t interested in taking on the family business, but he reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer with his boring big brother, Tom. He expects a dull job, whacking zombies for cash. What he discovers is a vocation that will teach him what it really means to be human. As his worldview is challenged again and again by the lessons he learns from Tom, Benny is forced to confront another horrifying reality: Sometimes the terrible monsters are human. “The Dead-Tossed Waves,” by Carrie Ryan –

A companion book to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She’s content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she’s ever known, and all she needs for happiness. But life after the Return is never safe, and there are threats even the Barrier can’t hold back. Gabry’s mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don’t stay buried. Now, Gabry’s world is crumbling. “Beautiful Redemption,” by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – A Beautiful Creatures novel. Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. When Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves. *** Library closing: The library will be closed on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Monday, Sept.2, for the Labor Day Holiday. 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!

available to purchase. Some of the first to buy their licenses were: Warner, Amanda and Walker Camp; Dr. Woody Ingram; Mark Hafernick; Clyde Maxey; Glen McDaniel; Barley Lenderman; and John Zeagler. *** Enjoyed visiting with Mike and Jean (Greer) McCollum while they were in Diboll staying with her mom, Bettye Greer, and visiting with her brother, James Greer and his family, in Center. Mike has been retired for several years and the only major decision he has to make is when and where he wants to hunt or fish. They have a home in Georgia and a retreat in Florida near the beautiful beaches of Marco. *** Sue Johnson, Associate Matron of the Burke Eastern Star, traveled with Ruby Havard, Worthy Matron from the Zavalla Chapter, and Carolyn Black, organist, from the Huntington Chapter to Arlington to attend the 131st session of the Grand Chapter of Texas Order of the Eastern Star. Arriving the next day from the Burke Chapter were Suzanne Fitts, Mary Wells and Venita Smith. All of these ladies were delegates representing their chapters and voting on important matters. From what Sue said, it was all work and no play. *** Sue also shared with us about her little brother’s accident. Her little brother is Bo Smith from Corrigan. Bo has been a cowboy all his life, riding bulls and roping calves and has had numerous injuries including a broken collarbone, a severed thumb and lots of bruises. Bo suffered his worst injury last week when an 11-year-old horse for unknown reasons started bucking with Bo in the saddle. As a result Bo was seriously injured and has several long screws pinning his hips and bones back into place and was severely warned by his doctor not to put ANY weight on his feet. For at least eight weeks Bo will be in a wheel chair or recliner. He’s tough but it’s hard for a cowboy to sit and do nothing so remember him in your prayers. *** Jay Wyatt stopped by. We learned that J.J. Wyatt has stepped out of his father’s

footsteps of marketing and into his grandfather’s (Coach Joe Wyatt) and is now coaching varsity football and teaching chemistry for the Texas City Stingarees. Jay and Kaye plan to attend the first scrimmage on Friday night. The Texas City Stingarees are picked to win their district and predicted to be No. 8 in 4A state finals. Go J.J.! *** Jesse Windsor and his wife Debbie (Young) stopped by on their way to the airport to pick up his youngest son, Robert. Jesse and Debbie live in Central and will spend some time in their other home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Jesse said Diboll has really changed since he left as a young man in the US Army. He has since retired from the Army and also from the State of Missouri and moved back to his roots. His parents were longtime Dibollians, Leonard and Miram Windsor. Jesse was proud his daughter, Tina Cox (Mrs. Mike) will be teaching second grade in Diboll ISD. *** Leonard and Billie Robison brought Leonard’s sister, Erna Adams from Texarkana, to visit at the round table. They had been to The History Center where Erna blew the whistle on the old steam engine. Being from Texarkana Erna remembered Mrs. Katherine Sage Temple, mother of Arthur Temple, Jr. *** Ken Jones stopped by for Colorado pinto beans for his longtime friends, Terry White and Randy Pike, who live in North Carolina. Gerald Griffith came in with his grandson, 6-year-old Hunter Griffith who will be in the first grade at Hudson this year. *** Congratulations to our former Mayor and First Lady, James and Katty Simms, on their 46th wedding anniversary, Aug. 19. *** Get ready for school to begin soon 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.

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase The CITY OF DIBOLL will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 0.99 percent (percentage by which proposed tax rate exceeds lower of rollback tax rate or effective tax calculated under Chapter 26, Tax Code). Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. The first public hearing will be held on September 3, 2013 at 5:15 p.m at Diboll City Hall Council Rm, 400 Kenley, Diboll, TX. The second public hearing will be held on September 9, 2013 at 5:15 p.m at Diboll City Hall Council Rm, 400 Kenley, Diboll, TX. The members of the governing body voted on the proposal to consider the tax increase as follows: Don Hendrick Daniel Lopez Robert Lewis


Lewis Ivey Veronica Hernandez

AGAINST: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

Tom Farely

The average taxable value of a residence homestead in CITY OF DIBOLL last year was $75,782. Based on last year's tax rate of $0.567425 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed last year on the average home was $430.01. The average taxable value of a residence homestead in CITY OF DIBOLL this year is $78,220. If the governing body adopts the effective tax rate for this year of $0.561886 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $439.51. If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.567425 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $443.84. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearings and express their views.

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Cardiologists celebrate 25 years at Woodland Heights I laughed and told Mary King and Kim Ogden that I hoped no one needed a cardiologist while we were all celebrating 25 years of Cardiac Excellence at Woodland Heights Medical Center at Crown Colony because they were at the party. The first heart surgery was in 1988. Dr. Bachireddy’s wife Aruna Bachireddy had a balloon framed from that big event in 1987 when the cardiac center was founded at Woodland Heights Medical Center. Jack Blake from Davenport, Iowa was Dr. Ross Kyger’s aortic valve replacement patient. He is 89 years old and was at the reception. He is the father of Jan Cathcart and father in law of Dr. C.H. Cathcart. I learned that Ken Smith, Dr. Cathcart, Dr. Bachireddy and Dr. Chandra went to Houston to meet Dr. Kyger who planned to move to Nacogdoches. They convinced him to come to Lufkin and it all started. Casey Robertson, CEO, welcomed the crowd. Doctors Bachrieddy and David Sees, cardiothoracic surgeon, gave a brief talk on what was in the past, present and future for Woodland Heights Medical Center. I met Rohit Kedia, MD who is an EP cardiologist. Also I met Musa Khan, MD who is a cardiologist and his wife Dr. Ghazala Kahn who is a pediatrician. I laughed and told both of them that I hoped I did not need either of them. As I was leaving, I met Dr. Kevin Hudson and wife Pam. We sat beside Dr. Roy Guse. Dr. Angela Hafernick has opened her practice with her dad Dr. James Caskey. They have remodeled and added room for Angela at the office on Gene Samford Drive. We were in good company! ***

Rhea Brown is having a fundraiser for Angels of Joy Home on Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31. She will feature her mother “Geneva’s fish plates,” potato salad, honey baked beans, bread and dessert for $9 per plate. You need to call in your order at 936-229-2791, and they can be picked up at 1412 Lakeview St. behind Dr. Dallas Pierre’s office on Kurth Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Rhea also has her famous “Geneva’s finger print cookies” for sale. They are 12 per bag for $4. She is also making tea cakes that are larger, and they are 5 cookies for $2. All of the money goes toward helping children to succeed. *** Anna and Josh Saxton are the proud parents of Layla Marie Saxton, born July 26. Her sister Lane is learning how to take care of Layla. Josh and Anna are living in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where Josh is a diplomat with the U.S. Embassy. Grandparents are Julie and Buddy Zeagler, Steve and Kelli Wayland, Deb Osborne and James Saxton, Great-grandmother is Jean Wayland and great grandfather Bob Conn. *** I had to call Nancy Sloan and find out who the cute little girls were that were having a “tea party” at Mar Teres Tea Room. It was Callie Hicks with Caroline and Macy

Impromptu family reunion at Brookshire Brothers As I was doing errands early my Uncle Neal Denman followed me into the store and as I checked out cousin Frank Clark came in. We probably ought to stage a family reunion in the coffee room there in Brookshire Brothers. A man stopped me to ask if I ever canned meat. I haven’t but Mother always canned beef when we were younger. There’s nothing tastier than round steak or roast beef that is put into jars and pressured and when you open a jar of it there is nothing that tastes quite as good. The best part is the meat is done. It make for getting the meal on the table faster. The man and I figured out how he should fix several different kinds of meat and some of it was wild game he had in the freezer. The nearest thing to wild game we ever ate was our dad Delbert and a friend, Prentis Junge, had hogs in the woods as did lots of other folks and they would catch several of them, bring them home and we fattened them on yellow corn until they were big enough to butcher about the time of the first cold spell. *** For nearly 30 years Randy has been in the music business, He was recalling some things and places he had been last week that I had forgotten about. He turned in his resignation to the sound

Michael Eugene Read


company he has been working with for many years and is in pursuit of something different. He’ll be “on the road again” as Willie Nelson has said but he will be working for Allegro Fine Foods. He will travel some of the same highways but the venues will be different. His specific duties will be chef, pitmaster and salesman for the company that sales allegro marinades, their own barbeque sauce, Blues Hog barbeque sauce and lots of other products. Team Allegro(Randy and Eileen have been associated with them for about 10 years but just part-time and volunteers. Selling anything that he believes in is Randy’s cup to tea. We are excited as they should spend more time in Texas and hopefully we will see more of them. *** Jeff Swearingen and has a nice visit and I asked about his dad Bill Swearingen who has worked for Gipson Funeral Home for many years. Mr. Swearingen doesn’t work nearly as many hours as he once did. Jeff said that his dad’s first job was working in a funeral home as a young boy doing whatever the owners needed him to do. That evolved into a lifetime career and I’m sure he might

not even be able to count the number of grieving families he has comforted. I also asked about Keith Swearingen who is one of Jeff’s brothers who works for Texas State Bank. Jeff owns Huntington Lube and he is truly a nice person to do business with. *** Nell and Lorrie Addington and Alta Sharry spent the day with long time friend Billie Phelps who has moved from Lufkin to be near family in Dayton. *** In the future I will have serious issues with Mike who takes our groceries at our Brookshire Brothers. The guys always ask if I need a large or small basket to gather milk and break. This day Mike said I should fill the big one up. I had enough of “milk and break” plus all that other stuff to fill the trunk of my car! Wasn’t that awful for Mike to encourage my spending habit? Seriously we have great sackers and I am thankful for them. *** Jack Carnley was looking for something in the store and I chatted with Marjorie Lovett Clark whom I had not seen in a long time. Garleatha Adams Nerren was gathering her items quickly. Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntington-area residents.


Funeral services for Michael Eugene Read, 65, of Huntington will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin. Interment will be in the Fielder Cemetery. Mr. Read was born August 12, 1948 in Lufkin, Texas, and died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at his residence. Survivors include his

mother, Joyce (Colbert) Read of Huntington; sister, Joy Havard of Huntington; and numerous other relatives. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

Frances Gibson Kelley

Graveside services for Frances Gibson Kelley, 87, of Zavalla (formerly of Lufkin), were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 15, 2013 in the Whitehouse Cemetery. Mrs. Kelley was born April

23, 1926. She passed away Monday, August 12, 2013 in a local nursing facility. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Murray of Lufkin, Sarah and Cleon Wilson of Lufkin, Barbara Kelley of Houston, and Delois “Tooter” and William C. “Bill” Richardson of Zavalla; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members.

who were dressed in matching dresses, nail polish and jewelry. The girls enjoyed their peanut butter croissant and their little pots of tea while Callie and Nancy visited. * ** Nancy and John Sloan spent several days in Galveston where John had a seminar. Their three daughters and families were all able to be together and their four grandchildren enjoyed the Schlitterbahn and Moody Gardens. *** Mark your calendar and sign up for the 3rd annual Paul Perez Memorial Golf Tournament for Saturday, Sept. 14, at Neches Pines Golf Course in Diboll. The proceeds benefit St. Patrick Catholic School. For more information contact the school at 936639-2776. Cost is $100 per player or $380 for a team of four. *** Mary Goodwin, Julia Collmorgen and I were at Cheddar’s and met JonAnna and Glen Arnold who were celebrating their anniversary. *** Happy Birthday: Debbie Todd, Adam Huggins, Bonnie Allen, Reed Porterfield, Andrew Hines, Otto Brittain, Keith Hanks, Jerry Huffman, Geneva Newsom, Peggy Metteauer, Marie Carnes, Karen Jumper, Millicent Irish, Lisa Heath, Jaime Hensley, Jordan Nutt, Rick Meredith, Suzanne Miller. Joan Hanger, Tristian Day. *** Happy Anniversary: Jeannie and Mark Cook, Janice and David Davis, Melissa and Buford Abeldt, Ladeen and Jim Pluss, Martha and George Chandler, Carlyn and Dun-

can Garner. *** Nancy and Leon Manning hosted an open house so Anna Baginski, Lufkin Rotary Exchange Student from England, could tell her host families goodbye. Attending were: Sally and Don Muhlbach, Cindy and Kayla Tierney, Ariel and Lance Beus with children Kendall Ann and Ryan. The Mannings had taken Anna to a cattle auction in Nacogdoches. Others had taken her to the beach and entertained her in the three weeks that she was here. We enjoyed a tour of the Manning’s new home on Kiawah Court in Crown Colony. Nancy had everything in place and had only been in for six weeks. Anna slept in the “Joe Byrd” bed that Nancy and Leon bought at the estate sale. *** Mark your calendar for the Recycle Day at the City of Lufkin Waste Department Recycle Center. It will be Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will take car batteries, small engine batteries, televisions, electronics and computer equipment. They will take eight tires free and after that it will be an additional $2 per tire. No off road tires will be taken and semi-truck tires will be $5. Amanda Anderson wants people to take advantage of this offer. Also, when you receive your new telephone directory, do not forget to recycle the old ones. *** Let me hear your news. Catch you around town. Contact Janice Ann



Crossing guard an important position Isn’t it funny that we don’t give much thought to those who give of their time to make our school zones safe? Yet, so much rests on the decisions they make and their ability to react quickly to a dangerous situation. Parents might be thinking about getting to work on time or the busy day ahead. Students may be preoccupied with homework assignments or if everyone will like what they are wearing or how their hair looks. I find it puzzling why we don’t place more prominence on such an important position, but in the rush of the moment, we usually do not give much consideration to the person directing traffic. When my son was in middle school (several years ago), there was an older man that would volunteer each morning and afternoon to assure the children’s safety in crossing the street. He was a friendly sort of guy who got to know the parents and the parents got to know him. After my son had been in that school for about two and a half years, the man fell ill and

ISN’T IT FUNNY? Dortha Jackson

was no longer able to stand at the school’s entrance and greet the cars as they would arrive and bid them farewell as they would leave. I was so touched by the warmth of his giving nature that it inspired me to write this poem. I would like to share it with you now. It is in honor of those who give of their time to assure a safe environment in the drop-off and pick-up zones of our schools. A sincere thank you, crosswalk guards!

A Smile And A Wave

An Ode to a Crosswalk Guard “Hello, Hello!” The day begins With the hustle and bustle each morning transcends. No matter the elements, they all you must brave. Still we are greeted with kindness- a smile and a wave. Shuffling lunch boxes, papers, pencils, and pens, Cars speeding through

crosswalks make no amends. Jacket half off, fumbling backpack and books, A child races the bell but never looks. You jump to the rescue armed with sign in hand. “Stop” it reads. All pause to that command. With a sigh of relief, we watch from our seat Children scrambling to school, teachers and friends to meet. Parents applaud you with esteemed appreciation As you lead their children safely to their learned destination. When we dare to glance back to that crosswalk intersection, You leave us all an impressionable reflection. With a mission to accomplish and the day to save, You give one last present- a smile and a wave. Dortha Jackson grew up in the Diboll/Lufkin area and has recently returned with her husband, Steve, and their dog, Bear. She spent the last thirty years as a music teacher and church musician in Laredo.

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Chile con queso dip

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Makes: 2 cups 1 TBSP olive oil ½ small onion, minced 4 ½ oz. can chopped green chiles 1 garlic clove, crushed thru a press 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 cup light cream 2 TBSP. cornstarch 1 ¼ cups shredded Cheddar cheese ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 large plum tomato, seeded and finely chopped ½ tsp. Tabasco sauce

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger Tortilla chips and raw vegetables for dipping In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cool, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add chiles, garlic, and cumin. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl, whisk cream and cornstarch until smooth. Add to saucepan and cook, stirring until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Gradually add cheddar and monterey jack cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in tomato and Tabasco sauce.

Cook, stirring until heated through, about 2 minutes. Do not allow mixture to simmer, as cheese will separate. Serve at once with tortilla chips and vegetables for dipping. Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina

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Learn about bills before elections Now that the string of special sessions has come to an end, I’ll be writing my column on a bi-weekly basis. But my priority will be to pack as much information into each column as I can, so that you stay informed about the new state laws that will affect us, as well as other pertinent issues that affect our District. I thought we would start this week with a look at some of the proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot this November.

Proposed Amendments

HJR 62: Military Widow Exemption The surviving spouses of service members killed in action are as deserving of a residence homestead property tax exemption as the surviving spouses of totally disabled service members, who were extended such an exemption just two years ago. Existing benefits for military widows and widowers can be inadequate, particularly for a single parent having to adjust to the loss of a husband or wife and to an uncertain future. HJR 79: Shrinking Government This proposed amendment would afford an opportunity to shrink state government by eliminating an obsolete governmental office and simplifying an ever-expanding state constitution. It was the recommendation of the Sunset Advisory Commission that the obsolete and inefficient State Medical Education Board be abolished, along with its attendant fund. The goals and objectives of the SMEB can be met by more effective means, while the elimination of this board and its fund would help cut waste and promote fiscal responsibility. SJR1: The State Water Plan It’s no secret that this is the big one. Water has been a priority of the 83rd Legislature from day one, and this proposed amendment is a critical one. The current ongoing drought, coupled with the water needs of the state’s growing population, has raised the specter of devastating shortages in the state’s water supply, making it of paramount importance that the state invest in water infrastructure to ensure Texas’ continued prosperity. If the state’s growing water needs are not addressed, we stands to suffer from the loss of over a million jobs, billions



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of dollars in lost income, reduced economic activity and decreased tax revenues in the coming years. SJR1 is the financing method from which key projects from the state water plan will be funded and in no way does it affect our current water rights laws. The amendment calls for $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to be used, with a built in percentage of that money going only to rural areas, making sure water-related projects in rural Texas are treated fairly. With more than $436 million worth of projects in the state water plan that will directly benefit our district, it is imperative that we work to secure this funding and continue to strengthen East Texas water infrastructure. A complete list of the proposed amendments for 2013 and analysis of each can be found at www.hro. A Bill and Some Change: SB 181 There were more than 1,500 bills passed in the House and Senate this year. During the interim, I will pick some to highlight and explain how these new laws will impact Texans. Thanks to Senate Bill 181, motorists will be able to pull up proof of insurance on their phones to show officers. Over half of the United States already have such a measure in place, and this an opportunity to make use of technology and make life a little simpler for many Texas motorists. Traffic stops will occur the same as before, but instead of the driver handing the officer a paper copy of the insurance card, the officer can note the pertinent data off of the mobile device. The impact of the new law on Texas drivers and law enforcement is convenience and efficiency, which also means less time for law enforcement officers standing in a dangerous positions on the side of the road. Of course, whether the insurance is presented on paper or electronically, the officer will still run it through a verification database; so if somebody tries to counterfeit an electronic proof of insurance, they will be subject to that verification and they will still be caught.


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1. He had no cause? 6. Also 9. Captain ____ 13. Napoleon’s stay on St. Helena, e.g. 14. Aggravate 15. It killed the radio star?

COMMITMENT Cont’d joyed the summer and all of that time off. I sometimes look quizzingly at the person who asked, but I also understand how hard it is to understand school work calendars and the difference between a teacher’s contract and other district workers. The summer is one of the busiest times for most school districts in Texas as they prepare for the upcoming school year. We have a number of employees who work during the summer months who are considered 12 month or 226 day employees. They do get some vacation time in the summer and it is much deserved. These employees are responsible for the day to day operations of the district, closing out the previous school year, and planning and preparing for the next school year. A great big thank you should go out to our campus secretaries and administrators ,student services, business office, operations department, transportation department, custodial, and food service departments and family literacy staff because they have worked extremely hard to get our district ready for the 2013-2014 school year. Many of them are the 12 month employees who go unnoticed in all of the hustle and bustle of a school year. They again did a wonderful job this summer and I am proud to work beside each of them! As we say in East Texas ‘the hay is in the barn’ and we are ready for the new year to start. Let me just bullet a few of the exciting things that we have been working on this summer: ● “ C O M M I T MENTS” -The school board and our administrative team had three “goal setting” meetings to clarify the expectations for our district and instructional staff as we move into the 20132014 school year. These goals are basically our new “Commitments” and you can view them on our district website. It really opened the door for dialogue about what is important to our Diboll people and what they want a Diboll graduate to be ready for in this ever changing world. Exciting opportunities await our students! I hope each student seizes the wonderful opportunities that await them. ● Professional Development “PEAK Training”- Each year our teachers are required to attend 7 days of professional development as part of their 187 day contract. This year we changed the professional development calendar to have 5 days of professional development (PEAK Training) in early August. PEAK stands for “Performance Excellence for All Kids! Believe me it was different and exciting! It was a GREAT week of fun, interactive and motivating professional development for all of our administrators and teaching staff! The theme was: Our Kids are Worth Whatever it Takes! Our teachers took part in hundreds of strategies that they could take back to the classroom to help our students become successful. I hope your child will come home talking about excit-

16. Serving of parsley 17. Actress ___ Thompson 18. More ill 19. Trying experience 21. *”Geographia” author 23. *Mouth to a river, e.g. 24. Call someone 25. PC “brain” 28. Stupor 30. *Gobi or Kalahari, e.g. 35. Os in XOXO

ing and most of all “different things” that teachers are doing to improve the instruction and most of all the relationship they have with each other. Many of our staff believe it is one of the best professional development programs we have offered in many years! Stay tuned because we are all in and committed as a district! ● High School Facility Upgrades- Each campus had regular maintenance work completed this summer but the majority of our commitment this year was at the High School.The board facility committee made a commitment to the HS campus this summer and in response we completed the following projects: 23 classrooms were repainted and the carpet replaced with VCT tile. The main hall bathrooms and some auxiliary bathrooms were renovated as they are over 20 years old and even though they have held up well it was time to change partitions, upgrade lighting, and do some cosmetic work. We still have some planned touch ups to do in other bathrooms as we go into the year but they are minor and will be done in house. The HS Library and Band Hall carpet was replaced, the fire alarm system was checked and upgraded, new updated digital security cameras were added and secure access points on multiple outside doors were added to help control access to the campus. Gym bleachers were replaced because they too were over 20 years old and had become a maintenance and safety issue, especially for our elderly sports fans. The bleacher project should be completed by mid September and should really enhance the experience our fans and visitors see in our HS gym. ● Safety and Security -Our Diboll ISD Police Chief Jason Burrous started the new process of meeting each summer with some of our local first responders and hosted the department meetings at our campuses to familiarize them with our buildings and have mock drills to be better prepared for situations that could occur. Our district police chief has made a commitment to collaborate with our fire department, city police and all law enforcement entities on drills and trainings for this upcoming year and beyond. We made a commitment to be “proactive” and not “reactive” as we update our emergency plans each year. ● District Finances - The Diboll ISD Board of Trustees commitment to putting money in quality instruction was evident with the board unanimously approving raises for our teaching and professional staff. This keeps us financially competitive as we hire new staff each year and keep the ones we have. A quality instructor in any program is the number one reason for student success. Diboll ISD was again awarded the highest rating of “Superior Achievement” for our financial diligence and planning based on the State of Texas “FIRST”report which is short for Financial Integrity Rating

Thursday, August 22, 2013 37. Livens up 39. Pang 40. *Capri, e.g. 41. Anklebone 43. Shamu 44. Nigerian money 46. Dharma teacher 47. Chinese restaurant staple, pl. 48. Founder of Scholasticism 50. Winningest Super Bowl coach 52. Marble ___ 53. First in baseball, e.g. 55. Distress signal 57. *Tallest mountain 61. *Deepest lake 64. Japanese-American 65. American Gas Association 67. Like unspoken agreement 69. Garment enlarger 70. Octopus’ defense 71. Olden day anesthetic 72. It shows ownership 73. Poe’s “The Murders in the ___ Morgue” 74. High-pitched


1. Hi-___ 2. Montreal baseballer 3. Ethiopean currency 4. Omit or suppress 5. *On a map 6. Cash cache 7. Bonanza find 8. Similar to giraffe but smaller

System of Texas. We will continue to make sound financial decisions that keep our district moving forward. ● Legislative ChangesHB 5 created a number of educational changes that we have had to deal with this summer. We are committed to communicating these changes to our staff and parents, and how these changes affect our students. We support the changes and will do everything in our power to make them understandable. Please discuss these changes with your child’s principal and also call me or send me an email if you have questions. ● New Staff Positions Created: Our board was very supportive and committed to adding new positions which we feel will help our students and parents. We added a second counselor at the high school especially with all of the new legislative changes and requirements. High school parents and students will now have Mrs. Carol Mettlen and Mrs. Candice Hardin to help them through the HS process. We added a full time TECHNOLOGY Director in Mr. Robbie Young from Taylor ISD. Mr. Young brings years of educational technology experience to our district. This is the first time Diboll ISD has had a full time position in Technology and we already see the progress this position will help us make as we continue helping our students in this digital age. Our new Assistant Superintendent, (Daniel Lopez) is no stranger to our district and will be instrumental in helping us move forward with our instructional programs. Daniel knows our students and parents and is committed to their success. ● City/School Col-

9. Tarantino’s “____ Bill” 10. Not in action 11. Believe 12. Nemo’s forgetful friend 15. Shrinking ______ 20. To modify a book into a screenplay, e.g. 22. Slight amount 24. Get off an airplane 25. *Most populous country 26. South Korean port 27. a.k.a. Tangelos 29. Eagerness 31. “____ me the money!” 32. It may get you to first base 33. *_____ Mountains 34. Flirt 36. Bone-dry 38. Form of wrestling 42. Chip dip 45. Even though 49. No ___ 51. Hang around 54. Up or down step 56. Type of edible ray 57. “National Velvet” author ____ Bagnold 58. *Tropical rainforests contain ninety percent of the world’s ____ species 59. “___ quam videri” or “To be, rather than to seem (to be)” 60. Instrument type 61. To be very hot 62. Yearn or pine 63. Told an untruth 66. Bearded antelope 68. Give it a go

laborations - Last and certainly not least, is the high level of communication we currently have with our city leadership and community committees. The Diboll Civic Club, Diboll Business Association, Design 4 Diboll Committee, Keeler Grant Committee, and Diboll Booster Club have all been part of our continued success and we are proud to be a part of the exciting things each one brings to our community! The city and school have always had a very good relationship but over the last year I have seen a renewed commitment and “CAN DO ATTITUDE” in making our community a place where people want to live. Thank you Mayor McClain, Diboll City Council, City Manager Dennis McDuffie, Police Chief Rick Conner, and all of the city departments for your commitment to our school district. These are just a few of the things that make me feel so blessed to work with each of you as we make a commitment to the children of Diboll. I leave you with a couple of quotes as we start the 2013-2014 school year: “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses - only results.” ― Kenneth H. Blanchard “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” ― Peter F. Drucker Thanks for your commitment and support! GO JACKS!

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A Prayer: Oh God, heal, rescue the children When it seems that the gates of Hell are coming against you, I want you to remember one thing:”MY God, My God is greater than any trash that Satan can throw against you. OUR God is greater than anything,I mean anything, that can come against us. God is greater than death. He has victory over death and the grave. If we know Jesus, we need not fear death for it is but a stepping stone into the rest of our eternal life.God is greater than trauma. Whatever kind of trauma tries to destroy you, God is greater. God is greater than your spouse walking out on you. God is greater than being passed over for a job promotion. God is greater than

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Jan Allbritton facing a sickness or major surgery. He is the great Healer. God is greater than teen pregnancy. He will walk you through that.God is greater than your teen being rebellious and doing drugs. He can heal them and bring them back. God is greater than abuse. He is greater than physical abuse. He is greater than verbal abuse. He is greater than sexual abuse.I get it

that you and I don’t understand why things like rape and violence and child abuse happen. I get sick and cry when I think of such things. I want to crawl into a corner and be fearful of the horrible things like that for a moment, and then I get mad. I get filled with righteous indignation, and I come out of that corner fighting. I cannot beat up all of the abusers, but I can do spiritual warfare, and war I do. I know how to pray, and pray I will. Satan thinks that he can whip us by hurting innocent ones with his evil designs, but I say, “NO MORE!”I will stand by silent no more. I will stand up and be counted. I will war against the heavenlies

that bring about such evil that is perpetrated on the weak, the innocent, and the defenseless. I decree and declare that the sleeping giants are awakened to the atrocities that are happening around them, and that they will rise up and and stand up and be counted. How do you stand up and be counted? First and foremost, you get on your knees and cry out to God to send His angels to protect the innocent. Pray that He will expose the lies of the enemy, and those pawns that are being used to harm others will be caught and brought to justice. Then you ask God what He would have you do. He will give you a plan, and then you do what God wants you to

do. It will be a course of action. He may tell you to get involved with CASA, a child advocacy group, or foster parenting. He may tell you minister to those in disadvantaged areas or the homeless. He might even tell you to go to the prisons and be a spiritual dad to a fatherless young man. God might ask you and your spouse to minister to the younger couple down the road with a bunch of kids. He might just open your eyes to the many around you who are crying out for hope. You might even be the road to healing for someone else. God may use you to show others the love of Christ.Jesus is at the center of it all, TEACHER cont’d p. 6

employed right now if praying were my job. Luckily, He’d be the most awesome boss and keep giving me chances every time I messed up. Life gets kind of crazy sometimes, and it even seems like there’s too much to handle. When I have that closer relationship with God, things just seem to get calm so easily. It’s these phases where I’ve pushed Him away that are more difficult to handle. However, He sends little reminders, like that post, to get me closer to Him. When school starts, the kids and I have made praying in the car on our way to school a habit. We pray at meal times, when we see or hear bad news, when we’re scared, or even when we’re an-

Speaker Herman Strauss addressed the gathering of the East Texas Emmaus group hosted by Diboll First United Methodist Church. gry. Now that summer has taken of our dog, JoJo, who passed over, we’ve gotten out of some of away a while ago. The kids were those habits. Just this week, the sad, so we prayed. We then talked kids and I were looking through about when to pray. Anytime and old pictures. There was a picture SISTERS cont’d p. 6

God wants us to talk to him every day “Pray without ceasing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:17..

Once upon a time for me, summer consisted of LOTS of sleeping, fun with friends and family, and no worries. Some how, I turned into a grown up with real responsibilities. No more sleeping late and way too many worries. I have gone to bed very late every night, and I’ve tried so hard to mark things off of an enormous to-do list this summer. My life has become busy... a little too busy. As I surfed through Pinterest (that’s what I do in my down time or to make myself sleepy), I came across a post that said, “If Prayer were your job, would you still be employed?” Ouch! It hurt pretty bad when


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I looked at my life lately. I seem to go through these phases where I talk to God very often, and then He suddenly becomes like someone who’s not around much to talk to. Oh, I know He’s always here, but I pushed Him off to the side as I went about my everyday life. I would very possibly be un-

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

30 Years Ago: Campbell’s ranks Diboll No. 9 One Year Ago

Diboll High School #9 state-ranked Lady Jacks volleyball team members include Paige Morgan, Chassity Walker, Karah Phipps, Emily Parish, Cristina Ramos, Shuntel Foster, Tanika Bray, Lexxus Hamilton and Kyla Cunningham. Diboll High School members of the Dazzlers Dance/Drill Team consist of Tarryn Oliver, Hunter Mercer, Ashley Coleman, Christina Serratos, Chassity Walker, Whitney Moran, Cassandra Meza, Comeshia Robertson, Amanda Faircloth, Celeste Monrroy, Olicia Spikes, Zariah Vinson, Romie Castillega, Brianna Bussey, Brittney Barkley, Clarissa Padilla, Kaitlin Perez, Jazlynn Mark, Alexis Gordon and Ke’Undra Bray. Diboll Parks & Recreation Board members consist of Baldemar Gaitan, Earl Hudson, Mark Kettering, Jim McClain, J.R. Williams and Tom Farley (alternate). Diboll Beautiful/Clean Board members this term are Sam Glass, Peggy Burt, Ginger Capps, Margie Harrell, Sandy Hendrick, Fran McClain, Jesurita Menz, Tillie Williams and Billie Willmon. The Naranjo Museum of Natural History in Lufkin will host grand opening September 8.

Five Years Ago

East Texas Water Planning Group (Region I) approves amendment to the 2006 regional water plan to


30 Years of Diboll Free Press Clippings A Public Service of The History Center allow City of Diboll to use additional water from the Yegua Aquifer in Angelina County. Diboll’s own Dylan Murphy wins the 9-10 –yearold division of the Homerun Derby held as part of opening ceremonies in the Dixie State Tournament hosted in Carthage, Texas. City of Diboll approves creation of cat shelter to be housed on Largent Street just north of the city. Temple-Inland’s Building Products Division donates $1,000 to The Coalition to assist in drug free prevention programs. The 2007- 2008 provisional class of the Junior League of Lufkin held its annual “Backpack Drive of School Supplies” for area kids. League members include Sharon Kruk, Michelle Combs, Michelle Briley, Carla Davidson, Rachelle Frankens and Misty Croley.

Ten Years Ago

Diboll High School’s Vo-Ag Instructor Kevin Swor, is named to State VoAg Teachers Board. Angelina Arts Alliance names Lynne Booker as interim director. Matthew Oates of Diboll places 8th in the Coca-Cola Houston Golf Association

and He wants you to be a part of His centerpiece. He wants you to reach one person for Him. That one may be a kid, a teen, a man or woman, or an elderly person. You just might be part of the answer to a prayer that one of them prayed for help. Isn’t that cool? Remember God hears prayers, but He also our murmuring and complaining. Nix the griping and become a beacon of hope for the hurting and the helpless. As Pastor Jeremy stated, Jesus goes to the extreme to find the one lost one. Jesus is reckless with His mercy and His grace. If Jesus can be reckless with His mercy and His grace, do you think that we should be also? Model your life after Jesus, and tell your

Tournament of Champions. Jenna Quarles, daughter of Free Press sports editor, Edwin & Donna Quarles, celebrates first birthday with party hosted by family and friends. New Diboll ISD enrollment climbs by 80 students from last year’s numbers. Classic Diboll postcards are now available at The History Center. Scenes of the old Antler Hotel, railroad engines #13 & #20, Pine Bough Restaurant, old Southern Pine Lumber Company commissary and the old Timberland Theatre can be purchased.

Twenty Years Ago

Diboll strongman Ricardo Morales comes home with the gold medal- first in World Cup Power LiftingBench Press Championship held in Dallas. The new concession stand is completed and in place at Lumberjack Stadium. Four Dibollians graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University- Melissa Kennedy (MA, English); Edwin Quarles (BA, Journalism); SHerill Rast (BS, Geology); and Wendy Willis (BBA, Accounting). Former Dibollian Mary Mathews is named new manager of Perry Brothers

new friends that if God reveals it, He wants to heal it. And that He does. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man cometh unto the Father but through Him. I am adding a prayer from a prayer warrior friend of mine:”OH God, heal the children! Rescue them from the shame the enemy would try to put on them. God, I sing Psalm 18 and Psalm 91 over them in the Spirit at this time, in the name of Jesus. Part the sea and carry them through this to the other side of peace and victory and freedom from all things they have been dealing with, in Your mighty name. Amen! Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.

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Thirty Years Ago This Week

Marvin Baker extends his farm to include delicious varieties. Gentleman farmer Marvin Baker of Diboll, long known throughout Angelina County and beyond for his fine peas and okra, finds himself a new cash crop this year that may earn him the name “Watermelon Man of Angelina County.” Store in Diboll. Construction to begin at Central ISD’s new $922,000 state-of-the-art high school gymnasium and will take about 300 days to be completed says CISD Superintendent Bobby Baker.

Thirty Years Ago

Officials of TempleEastex and United Paperworkers International Union (AFL-CIO) Locals 801 and 825 announce joint acceptance of a three-year agree-


everywhere were the answers. God wants us to talk to Him and grow closer in our relationship with Him. How often did you talk to God today? *** 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 Sun-

ment affecting approximately 800 employees at the company’s Evadale operation. A new Educational Excellence Program to reward outstanding teachers in the Diboll ISD will be implemented for the first time beginning this school year. Movies showing at local theaters include National Lampoon’s Vacation starring Chevy Chase at the Angelina Twin and Smokey and the Bandit III starring Burt Reynolds at Town Square 4

Cinema. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine ranks Diboll #9 in Class 3A standings. Temple-Eastex Inc. board of directors names Phillip Leach as vice president/Law for the corporation. Miss Emily Gordon Shelton, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William B. Shelton of Lufkin, weds George J. Watts, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Watts of San Antonio in the First Baptist Church of Lufkin.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 * 7

Lady Jacks avenge tourney loss

Far left, Diboll Lady Jack Shonna Clay rares back to serve one of many points. She finished with 2 aces. Left, Kameri Mott digs a ball as Kyla Cunningham and Lexus Hamilton ready for assistance.


Photos by Richard Nelson

Woodville began creeping back into the game, but Hamilton put an end to that with the biggest kill of the night to give Diboll a 17-13 lead. From there the two teams traded points. After two Woodville errors, Diboll finished it off with an Adams dink to an open spot in the defense. Standouts for the Lady Jacks

were Hamilton with 4 aces, 16 kils and 14 digs, Clay with 2 aces, 7 kills, 2 blocks and 6 digs, Hurley with 2 aces, 5 kills and 5 big blocks, and Shayla Hubbard with 23 assists. The Lady Jacks will be in action Thursday, Aug. 22, for the Madisonville tournament with pool play beginning at 11 a.m. They will have another home match Friday,

sale and it turned out awesome! With all the support and donation the Dazzlers had a very successful day. The Dazzlers would like to say “thank you” to their community for its support, which encourages them to push themselves and to strive harder in all that they do.

Dazzling success Diboll High School Dazzlers had their line camp with the MA dance in-

structors from July 29 through Aug. 2. The girls had to learn six dances as well as their competition dance, which they will perform and compete at the Texas Forest Festival this September. The girls’ hard work and dedication earned them two Superior plaques and Superior ribbons for Team Grand Champion and Outstanding Home Routine. There were a total of 27 awards won by individuals -- 12 Rising Stars ribbons, 10 All American ribbons, and five Honor Mmedals that were giving out to some of the girls.

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Jacks season tickets

Diboll ISD has started selling Reserve Seat tickets. Seats from the previous season will be held until 3 pm on Monday, Aug. 26. At that time all reserve seating will be available. Tickets will be handled at the Administration office.

Cunningham is Lady Jack of Week

Kyla Cunningham, a senior v o l leyball player, is the Diboll HS Booster Club’s Lady Jack of the Week. She plays at the libero position.

Vball schedule

Aug. 22, 24 - Madisonville Touranment, varsity only. Aug. 23 - vs. Cayuga, Home, all 3, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27vs. New Caney, Home, all 3, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Subvarsity vs. Woodville

The White team played a great match against Woodville, but came up a little short and lost in two games. Peyton Morgan had a great game passing the ball. The Red team had a grueling

three-game match and came up ahead in Game 3. They won Game 1 (25-21); lost Game 2 (24-26); and won Game 3 (25-13) Standouts for the Red team were Liz Martinez with 3 aces, Tiffany Simmons with 3 aces, 3 kills and 7 assists, Shardnea Rayson with 4 aces, Darbie Parks with 4 kills, Mya Ward with 5 kills and Chloe Presnall with 4 kills.

Lowe, DeJesus are all-state

Dazzling support The Diboll High School Dazzlers had a fundraiser, car wash/turkey leg

Sports Briefs

Aug. 23, against Cayuga, which is ranked second in the state. Subvarsity matches begin at 4:30 p.m.

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The Diboll Lumberjacks had a great run through the 2013 baseball playoffs, falling just one win short of a trip to the state tournament. Two reasons for that success were recognized recently by being named to the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writer’s Assoc. Class 3A All-State baseball team. Graduating senior Jay Lowe earned the honor for his play at first base, and

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senior-to-be Eric Dejesus earned the honor for his play at shortstop. Lowe will continue his baseball career at Texas College. Hudson was represented by two players on


The Diboll Lady Jacks took revenge against Woodville on Tuesday, defeating the only team they lost to in last weekend’s Woodville Tournament. Diboll (7-2), playing on its home court, defeated Woodville (3-5) in four games – 25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18. The Lady Jacks never trailed until until Game 4, Woodville’s only win. Several errors and some miscommunication between players led Diboll Coach Ron Holton to call a timeout. Unfortunately, it didn’t get the Lady Jacks back into the game. Two more miscommunications let the ball drop for Woodville points, and a rotation violation erased a Shonna Clay ace that extended Woodville’s lead to 22-12. Diboll did get it going from there, with Reagan Hurley, Chassidy Adams and Lexxus Hamilton all recording kills. Hamilton turned in three kills during the run and Hurley and Adams contributed a double-block. However, it was too little too late. That was the only real rough patch of the match for the Lady Jacks, who came out firing in Game 4. They jumped out to an 8-3 lead and then doubled up Woodville 14-7 off four service points by Clay – the last one an ace.

the third team -- senior pitcher Riley Smith and senior third baseman Micah Ellison. La Grange pitcher/ third baseman Logan Vinklarek was the state’s Player of the Year. He went 9-2 with a 1.71 ERA and batted .366 with 32 RBIs, helping La Grange to the state title. La Grange’s Brad Harbors, who retired after the season, is the Coach of the Year.

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