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The Diboll

Free Press

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dateline Diboll

Civic Club to meet Tuesdady

Diboll Civic Club meets Tuesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the T.L.L. Temple Library. Several projects will be discussed. A date will be set for the next “Music in the Park” event for next spring. Invite your neighbors to attend the meeting with you.

Lil Dazzlers

Lil Dazzler sigups is still going on... For $40 you will get a T-shirt, pom-poms, and a hairbow, picture with the DHS Diboll Dazzlers and picture in the Free Press. For more information contact 936-229-0675.

Black Tie Bingo

Boys & Girls Club of Diboll presents its third annual Black Tie Bingo at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center Friday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. for fun-filled games and Southern charm. This event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Diboll which serves nearly 150 boys and girls in daily after school and summer programs. Black Tie Bingo will feature eight “high stakes” bingo games, dinner and desserts, silent auction, live auction, raffle, music and more! One hundred percent of the net proceeds of this event will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Diboll. Several sponsorhsip levels are available. For more information, call 936-560-6844 or by email

Freed By Christ Summer is just about over. School has started and routines have begun once again. We pray you have had a blessed summer. We pray that Jesus Christ will watch over and protect our schools. We thank Jesus for blessing our community and area. God’s Bible says in Daniel 2: 21, “And God changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings, He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” God is in complete control of all the things that happen around us. He wants you to let Him show you what these things are about. The only way you can see what He has for you is by knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Jesus is waiting for your response to His invitation. Please say yes to Jesus today. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church


Classified........................A6 Local History,,,,........................B4 Neighborhoods...........A5,B2 Obituaries.........................B4 Opinion.........................A6 Religion.........................B3 Sports.........................A Section * B3

School days ... school days Hey students, Keeler Grant has you covered BURLON WILKERSON

Most people agree that a first impression is a lasting impression. And this is just as true for students in school as it is in any other area. Therefore, Diboll ISD administrators have teamed up with the Diboll Housing Authority to help get students’ school day started on a pleasant note. With the help of a Keeler grant, covered areas have been constructed at two locations where large numbers of students wait for the school bus each morning. One is on South First Street near the Hous-

ing Authority office, and the other is at the midway point of LBJ Street. Installation of the covers is the result of conversations with citizens at various meetings where concern was expressed about children having to wait outdoors in bad weather for the school bus,

Photo by Richard Nelson

Students will be able to take advantage of the new coverings at their bus stop on South First Street. The coverings were made possible by a Keeler Grant. Early arrivals at the bus stop on the second day of school, from left, are J.C. Rios, Jakari Hadnot, Matthew Clevenger, Mikaya McDonald, Demarion Glenn, Alexis Padilla and Trina Jackson. according to DISD Superintendent Gary Martel. “As I talked with people in the community about

possible school improvements, many of them spoke about the need for some kind of shelter for the kids,”

he said. “When we started thinking about it, we realized that if we could make See COVERS, P. B2

Diboll dads part of Million Father March

Far right, parents John and Jodi Jordan hustle to keep up with students Kade and Jaxon Jordan as they head to their first day of school on Monday at H.G. Temple Elementary.

Right, second-graderChloe Chittum walks her dad, Chad Chittum to her first class of the year. One of the best ways that a parent can show support for their child and for the school is to become involved. To help get parents, and especially men on campus, Diboll ISD participated again this year in the “Million Father March.” All parents/guardian(s) were encouraged to walk their child to class on the first day of school. Photos by Richard Nelson

Wilkerson piddling with reporting these days

When school bells ring this fall, it will be the first time in 56 years that Burlon Wilkerson has not been in a classroom somewhere. Just because he has retired from Angelina College, doesn’t mean he will be idle. Wilkerson started working Wilkerson as a free lance feature writer for the Diboll Free Press in May. He also plans to operate “Wilkerson Piddlin’ Service,” doing odd jobs around town. “I am very fortunate, as are the Free Press readers, to have someone as capable as Burlon Wilkerson writing for the paper,” said Richard Nelson, Free Press publisher. “I enjoy reading his stories; he has a way of writing that keeps you interested. “I also love the challenge of finding at least one thing to correct in each article. I’m not often successful,” Nelson

Visit with Wilkerson at Pack the House

Come to Pack The House at the Free Press office on Thursday evening and receive a 3-foot x 5-foot Lumberjacks banner, shown above, with a $26 annual subscription. Also receive two Renaissance Festival tickets for a Sunday of your choice -- a $52 value. said with a laugh. For the next 12 years Wilkerson Wilkerson started school in Houston was involved with FFA, UIL and all in January 1957, but his family moved sorts of academic endeavors in the Diback to their hometown of Diboll six boll schools. In 1969 he graduated as weeks later. Since Diboll did not have a valedictorian of his class. That fall he split-year program, he had to wait until started school at Stephen F. Austin State the fall to begin first grade. University in Nacogdoches with a ma-

The Diboll Business Association’s monthly Pack the House will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Free Press office, 101 Weber. There will be ice cream, cake and a chance to visit with Burlon Wilkerson and other staff members. There also will be drawings for Renaissance Festival tickets and Cowboys media guides from the last Landry year and first Jerry Jones year. jor in Public Speaking. Wilkerson never intended to become a teacher. He thought being a See WILKERSON, P. B4

Diboll sales tax revenue continues to climb

Sales tax revenue is up all across the state, but not many have shown a 27 percent increase over last year as Diboll has. State sales tax revenue in July was $2.2 billion, up 7.3 percent compared to July 2012. Diboll’s sales tax revenue was $73,454 up 53.42 percent over July 2012. That increase takes Diboll to $424,333, which is a 27.2 percent increase over what the 2012 payments to date – more than $90,000.

“Texas sales tax revenue has increased for 40 consecutive months,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “The retail trade sector bolstered the latest growth in monthly revenue, and collections from the construction and the oil and natural gas sectors continued to show strength.” Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations total-


Net pmt this mo

Burke 2,972 Diboll 73,454 Hudson 21,265 Huntington 40,648 Lufkin 1,268,404 Zavalla 11,207 County Ttl 1,417,953

Net pmt Percent 2013 pmts prior year change to date

2012 pmts Percent to date change

3,207 47,877 27,477 41,990 1,244,948 9,008 1,374,509

21,033 17.92% 333,534 27.22% 189,088 -23.80% 219,068 -1.74% 8,773,057 4.72% 58,565 13.36% 9,594,348 4.87%

ing $671 million, up 6.2 percent compared to August 2012.

-7.33% 53.42% -22.60% -3.19% 1.88% 24.40% 3.16%

24,803 424,333 144,069 215,250 9,187,303 66,393 10,062,153

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in June as well as

April, May and June sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Have an idea for an event at the library? Let the staff know This time of the year is planning time for the library, and we are busy searching for new ideas for events to have at the library in 2014. As a community library we are interested in providing what our community needs. In order to accomplish this we need to know what those needs are. If you have an idea for a program or event that you think would be good for our community we would like to know. You can send an email to, call us at 936-829-5497, or come by and talk to us. We would love to hear from you. Check us out on Facebook for programs and events coming up this fall. *** 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 a.m. The next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 10. Bring a project to work on and share tips and patterns as you work. *** Bring the whole family and join us for the Family Story Hour with professional storyteller Tom Taylor at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Taylor is a former high school, junior college and university educator (before becoming a professional actor). He has written some 800plus stories, songs, poems and ballads, in addition to seven children’s books. In 2012, Taylor was part of a Christian storytelling tour of Israel. He strives to create the most effective possible combination of stories, music and poetry to provide affirmation, encouragement, laughter, understanding, insight and inspiration for his audience. There will be something for everyone to enjoy as he shares his repertoire of folk tales, Texas lore, tall tales and more.


News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library As always our events are free to the community. For more information call 936-829-5497. *** Family Movie Day at the library begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. 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 936829-5497. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. *** New Adult Books: “Mistress of the Sun,” by Sandra Gulland – Set against the magnificent decadence of the seventeenth-century French court, Mistress of the Sun begins when the eccentric young Louise falls in love with a wild white stallion and uses ancient dark magic to tame him. This one desperate action of her youth shadows her throughout her life, changing it in ways she could never imagine. Unmarriageable, and too poor to join a convent, Louise enters the court of the Sun King as a maid of honor, where the King is captivated by her athleticism and her striking grace. As their love unfolds, Louise bears Louis four children, is made a duchess, and reigns unrivaled as his official mistress until dangerous intrigue threatens her position at court, her place in Louis’s heart, and even her life. “The Heist,” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Gold-

their day start and end better, it would help enhance their education.” Martel carried the idea to Housing Authority Director Marge Harrell, who agreed with the concept and helped write the request for a grant from the Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program. With the $8,000 donation, the two canopies were built during the summer and were ready for use when classes resumed. Grants from the program are made in honor of Thomas T. Keeler and his wife Cora and in memory of his grandfather T.L.L. Temple and his mother Marquerite Temple Payne. To be eligible, recipients should demonstrate a mission which seeks 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. After the grant was approved, Gallup’s Aluminum contracted to do the installa-

berg – FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is that of Nicolas Fox – an international crook she wants in more ways than one. Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman, even one who aims to lock him up. “Tapestry of Fortunes,” by Elizabeth Berg – In this beautifully written novel, leaving home brings revelations, reunions, and unexpected turns that affirm the inner truths of women’s lives. “Maybe Freud didn’t know the answer to what women want, but Elizabeth Berg certainly does,” said USA Today. Elizabeth Berg has crafted a novel rich in understanding of women’s longings, loves, and abiding friendships, which weave together into a tapestry of fortunes that connects us all. *** 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!

tion with direction from Housing Authority Maintenance Supervisor John Smith. The structures were permanently set in concrete and finished off with suitable capping and flashing. “We wanted them to look nice,” Martel said. “We didn’t want to just throw up something that would look trashy or not last. And we tried to place them in a way to maximize safety for loading and unloading.” Diboll ISD has a total of 19 bus routes that transport approximately 900 students each day. Four of these routes include stops at one location within the city limits to pick up large groups of students. The stop at the South First location involves 150 to 200 students, and there are 50 to 60 at the LBJ location. “This is just another thing that was done for the greater good of Diboll,” Martel said. “We feel that it improves an area of the community, and in this case, helps a large group of kids.”

Snow biscuits a treat I have been treating some of my readers to hot biscuits and have had requests for the recipe. Here it is again courtesy of Mrs. Lillie Moore of Huntington. Thanks again, Lillie….the Snow Biscuits are becoming quite popular down here in Diboll. These are super easy, the first time I made them they turned out great! You can’t mess them up!

Snow Biscuits

2 cups flour ¾ cup very warm water 1 pkg. active dry yeast ¼ cup oil 2 tablespoons sugar

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger

1 tsp. salt Keep all ingredients warm. Dissolve yeast in water, add sugar and mix. Add oil, sift together the flour and salt, add to liquid. Stir and place on floured board. Knead only until not sticky. Roll out dough on a floured board to about ½” thick and cut out with biscuit cutter. Put in oiled pan. Let rise 30 minutes in a warm place. Bake at 425 degrees until

light brown….about 12 minutes. Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina

Rehab reunion

Trinity Mission of Diboll held its first rehab reunion on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Some in attendance were Charles Bailey, Maxine Jones, Claude Hamilton, Ceresta Garrett and Ola Faye White. T-shirts were presented to shoe in attendance, celebrating their participation and success in therapy while staying at Trinity Mission of Diboll.

Carter, Peterson marry; Miller, Perkins set date Barbara and Dan Carter’s son, Adam Carter, married Bethany Petersen on Aug. 10. They met at UT dental school in Houston where she was also a student. She is from Montana and grew up with Glacier National Park as her childhood backyard. Of course, she wanted to get married there so they did... at Many Glacier Lodge. It was absolutely the most incredible setting imaginable! The historic lodge was built in 1913 and is amazing, but the scenery there takes your breath away! The ceremony was outside and the weather was perfect. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and are now practicing dentistry in Austin. Family and friends attending were: parents, Barbara and Dan Carter; Jennifer and Ryan Deaton with their Caroline, Charlie and Charlotte; Jason and Nicole Carter with their Claire and 2-monthold Anna; Carolyn Bell with her Kate and Cody Loverine and their 2-monthold Alli, Kay Carter with her Dana and Cody, Janie and James Slack; Barbara and Wayne Corley; Barb Flournoy; Marcia Rutherford; Jan and Tommy Deaton; Blake and his lovely wife Jayne Anne Deaton; Helena and Jimmy Smith of The Resort at Artesian Lakes near Cleveland; and William and Kate Tamminga. After the wedding, Dan and Barbara spent the week with most of their family at Gentry River Ranch near Whitefish, MT recovering! It was all wonderful. *** Prebble and J.L. Beaird would like to tell all of their friends in Lufkin that they have moved to Woodway, near Waco. They moved near their children and grandchildren. Mark and family live in Woodway and Carrie lives in Plano, which is closer. They are enjoying new friends, but miss everyone in Lufkin. *** Joy Coble and her friend since birth, Martha Tannery Jones, have been visiting. Martha is 5 months older than Joy and lives in Conroe. They called their high school friend, Alma Ruth Shofner, who lives in Nacogdoches, to meet them at Mar Teres Tea Room for lunch. Martha writes children’s historical fiction books, and she is in Lufkin doing research with Tom Gann for a new book about Chief Bowles, who was a friend of Sam Houston and the last Cherokee Chief in Texas. *** I saw the video of Josh Miller’s proposal on Aug. 8 to Cheyenne Perkins, who is the daughter of Stacy and Missi Perkins. Stacy is the senior worship pastor at Harmony Hill. Josh is the son of Lee and Kenla Miller, who run MSGPR. Josh is a senior at SFA and will be going to med school next year, and Cheyenne is studying nursing at SFA and AC. Josh directs the TV for the Lufkin Panther football games for MSGPR, and Cheyenne is the manager at Katie’s. The wedding is planned for June 14, 2014, at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. *** Happy Birthday: Patress Schaeffer, Cathy Kettering, Jerry Whiteker, Jamie Zayler, Jim Carswell, Jane Horn, Mary King, Debra Brown. Shelby Jumper, Iva Johnson, Cooper McCusker, Carol Looney, Jewel Stevens, Doris Harkness, Anne Fenley, Beth Hopson, Nancy Hicks, Herbert Cross, Carl Lively. *** Happy Anniversary: Phyllis and Bill

Royle, Jody and Jimmy Tinkle, Bettie and Ray Scott, Mary Jule and Joseph Tatum, Nancy and Thomas Moore, Sue and Don Jones, JoAnn and Gene Nerren, Jeannene and Newt Courtney, Nancy and Michael Herde. *** Ernest and I left Lufkin for the airport at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, so I could go to Fairfax, Va., and see my son, Charlie Jumper. We were almost to Corrigan and had a flat tire. We called Good Sam Road Side Assistance and the help would have to come from Al Meyer Ford. Two “angels” with Biskamp Electric, Matt Keely and Randall Massey, were on their way to work and stopped and changed our tire before we could get help and we were on the road in 20 minutes. I made my flight, except the flight in Houston had to have the tire changed on the US Airways plane, and we were an hour late leaving Houston. That made me miss my flight out of Charlotte, N.C., that was to go into Dulles. I know that this is more than you probably want to know. At any rate, I did get a flight out at 5:50 p.m. into Reagan National arriving at 7:15 p.m. Charlie and friend Judy Lindsay were at baggage claim for me. Friday, we were up and went to Fort Belvoir hospital for his radiation at 9 a.m. He was finished by 9:20. They put a mask-like mesh over his head and shoulders so he cannot move and they give the radiation on both sides. His incision is on the right side. He looks good other than a big scar on that right side of his neck. He has lost 9 pounds and is trying to eat and gain it back. Nothing tastes good because of the radiation on his taste buds and tongue. After his treatment, Christine Loudolph drove us to IHOP and he had eggs, grits and sausage. He does not eat much at a time but can eat. He is taking three cans of protein through his feeding tube each day to help his weight gain. He sleeps well and with the pain patch has not had too much pain. Sunday, we drove 6 hours to Cary, N.C., near Raleigh, to see Tyler pitch in the USA Baseball 16U Capital Region baseball game. There are major league scouts there watching the players. Tyler was the designated hitter on Friday and had three at-bats and three hits. He scored two runs. I think that Charlie felt better because he wanted to go to see Tyler. There were college scouts at the games. I went up to one from Duke University and told him that I did not want him to pick my grandson because I wanted him to come to play in Texas. He asked who my grandson was and I told him that I was not going to tell him. He just laughed. The scouts that I saw were from Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Clemson. This was at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. *** Let me hear your news. Catch you around town. Contact Janice Ann




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More men should step up and be mentors I have always found King David fascinating because he was a man after God’s own heart. He was a warrior and a worshiper. How can you be both? How can you be full of love, and yet full of war? Let’s think about that? David grew up in a time where you protected what was yours. He was a shepherd as a kid. Remember he played the harp to soothe the sheep, and he killed the lion and the bear to protect the sheep. You and I are to be like that. We are to be full of love and mercy and grace where it is needed. We are to protect those that are in our care.

Teacher Mom with

Jan Allbritton We are to protect the innocent, the weak, the elderly, and the sick. That group can include our children, our grandchildren, our parents, and our fellow citizens. In the physical, men are predisposed to take care of the “weaker” sex, but sometimes there is no man to care for you and your little ones. Therefore, the female parent has to be the warrior.

It is really hard for a female to do the part of the male because the family unit is based on both dad and mom in the family unit. When the dad is absent, the mom has to try and fill those shoes. Most of the single moms I know do the best that they can. However, it is really hard for a female to teach a boy how to be a man. Truly! We can try and tell them what it is like, but we cannot teach them to have a male warrior’s heart. As a mom, I know that I kinda hold back because I am protective. Mike and I have many women with sons who come to us for help with rebellious sons. The sons just

need a male mentor to teach them how to show respect and all of the stuff to being a godly man. The problem is this. There is a scarcity of godly men who can take the time to mentor these young men. These guys need someone to teach them to fish, to hunt, to build a birdhouse, to change the oil in a car, to fix a leaky faucet, and all of the stuff that guys just seem to know. I sincerely believe that if more men would step up and take the time to mentor some of these guys that we would see less in prison or in gangs. You don’t have to be the same race or color as the kid. These

guys are just starving for male attention. I know that guys are less prone to give of their time in this way, but somebody has got to step up. A whole generation is crying out for the DADDY kind of attention, and the mommas cannot fill the plate. And, they should not be expected to do so. If you don’t have kids anymore and are retired, please consider reaching out to some kids. I know that you have raised your kids. I know that you deserve a break. I know, I know, I know, but let me ask you this, “ Did Jesus stop givTEACHER cont’d p. B4

Back-to-school time a time to start fresh “When God began to create the heavens and the earth -- the earth was without shape or form.” - Genesis 1:1-2.

It’s here! The new school year quickly crept up on us! Here at the Terrell house, there are a variety of emotions. Mike’s jealousy is almost over, and he is happy that we will all have to get up and actually do things since he’s had to all summer. I am sad and very confused about where my summer went; however, I’m really excited to see what’s in store with a new group of students. Emma, now in 2nd grade, is very excited and even claims she’s looking forward to homework. Eli is anxious to be around friends and wants nothing to do with homework. And


First Apostolic 158 FM 2108, Burke 936-829-2700

Assembly of God

Clawson Assembly 5569 N. U.S. Hwy. 69, Pollok 936-853-2727 First Assembly 100 E. Borden St., Diboll 936-829-4250 First Assembly 1700 N. Home St., Corrigan 936-398-2235 First Assembly 605 S. Hwy. 69, Huntington 936-635-4677 Glad Tidings Assembly 2511 E. Lufkin Ave., Lufkin 936-632-1517 Templo Emanuel Asemblea de Dios 305 Oak St., Diboll 936-639-4955


Burke Tidwell Rd., Burke 936-829-4455

Concord Missionary FM 2743 Rd., Zavalla 936-897-2494 Cornerstone Ryan Chapel Rd & FM 304, Diboll 936-829-4023 Fairview 3742 FM 2108, Lufkin 936-637-1466 First Baptist 208 Devereaux St., Diboll 936-829-5299 First 1034 E. Main St., Zavalla 936-897-2566

Sisters in Grace Tina Trout Terrell and Christie Trout Stephens

then there’s Ellie. She will be starting school for the first time. When her Nana asked her if she could be good at school, Ellie said she didn’t think she could and she probably shouldn’t go to big school. (If you’d like to send some extra prayers for the teachers of the Terrell children,

Huntington First 702 N. Main St., Huntington 936-422-4311 Johnson Missionary 26534 US Hwy 69 S., Zavalla 936-897-8147 Jubilee 723 Dennis, Diboll 936-829-0465 Lakewood 3497 State Hwy. 147, Zavalla 936-897-3075

First United Methodist Church kicked off the new school year with the Blessing of the Backpacks as they prayed over all of the students returning to school. they will probably need them.) Meet year, I was like ‘HEY,’ but this year It’s the same in the classroom. the Teacher night went well. The I’m like, ‘WHAT’S UP?’” really The teachers look at the new students kids LOVE their teachers already! makes me laugh. It does seem true like they are freshly clean sponges It’s sure to be a great year. to the kids. Emma said last year she ready to soak up all of the knowledge I absolutely love the Back to wanted to be more girly, even though that they are going to give. They’re School commercials that have taken she never did. This year she wants to blank slates with endless possibiliover the television lately. The one be “cool and comfy” in her tee’s and ties! As you go throughout the new with the little girl looking in the mir- jeans. It’s a new year, and you can school year, or if you just want to ror and saying something like, “Last try a new you if you want. SISTERS cont’d p. B4

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


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

Church of Christ

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Redtown Missionary Hwy 7, Pollok 936-853-2064

Harmony Odell 2928 Knight Wood Rd. Huntington

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

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

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

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

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

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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 29, 2013

30 Years Ago: Train cars derail in Burke One Year Ago

2012 Diboll High School cheerleaders consist of Isabella Tamez, Audrey Tamez, Michaela Wagner, Katy Dubose, Anahi Blee, Abbie Kettering, Jordan Eldridge, Alexis Rios, Mikayla Sudduth, Jayden Springs, Meghan Wagner and Michaela Tolley. The 2012 Diboll Day grand prize this year is a beautiful, exciting fire-engine red Chevrolet Camero. Eastview Pentecostal Church in Lufkin host 9th annual Autumn Praises Women’s Conference. First day school numbers at Diboll ISD comes in at 1,919, up 43 students from the same time last year of 1,876. Diboll ISD administration to review/study feasibility of adding a Building Trades Program for the 20132014 school year. 2012 Girls/Boys Cross Country track team members at Diboll High School are Rachel Martinez, Ariela Gonzales, Ivy Acevedo, Jayden Springs, Madison Neyland, Breahno Cordova, Jose Flores, Andrew Hernandez, Hector Lopez, Stephen Badeaux, T. J. Garcia, Omar Solis, Juan Garcia, Fil Escobido, Brandon Hunziker, Jose Garcia, Caleb Stewart, Leo Rodriquez and Antonio Encarnacion.

30 Years of Diboll Free Press Clippings A Public Service of The History Center

cut down summer time vandalism. Diboll and Temple-Inland is losing longtime couple, Linda and Bill Fulmer, as both are recent retirees and will be moving to new home in Kerrville, Texas. Fifty-three kids attend the Lufkin Junior League’s Camp Get Fit. The program is developed to teaching youngsters about health, nutrition and fitness. 8th grade Back to School Shootout basketball champs are Jada Larue, Paige James, Kristen Simmons, Qwen Walls, Naya Bryant, Kayle Deason, Brittany Forney, Ashley Henderson, Jasmine Bray, Kendall Mitchell and Head Coach Eric Hernandez. Temple-Inland Building Products Division donates $1,000 for sponsorship of the 2008 Temple Cup Invitational Golf Tournament held at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin.

Ten Years Ago

Diboll Police Chief Kent Havard presents city council a draft of a juvenile curfew ordinance that is needed to

The seventh annual KSWP/KAVN Radio Fan Fair is huge success, collecting 400 fans and 22 air conditioners to be distributed to needy. On a split vote, the Angelina County Commissioners Court approve $13.9 million county budget for 2004 and



Five Years Ago

ing? Did He stop teaching? Does He think that you can just coast now? Does He think that you should just not get involved?” I believe that Jesus wants us to reach out to others as long as we are still kicking. I believe that every day we should be doing what we can to help others come to know Jesus. I believe that we are to try to make other people’s lives just a little bit easier. Anytime that I am really tired and just want to kick back and be selfish, IF I will go ahead and reach out to someone else, I will end up getting blessed even more than the person I am ministering to. The followers of Christ are not supposed to be sitting around on our blessed assurances and getting fat. We are to be about our Father’s business and that is the business of serving others. This week, ask yourself how you can serve others around you. Ask yourself how you can help those less fortunate. Ask yourself how you can help mentor some kid who is crying out for the attention of a father figure. I think that you just might be the answer to some mom’s prayer for a man to help her son become the man he needs to be and not just another gangsta. Think about it. Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.


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forest ranger would be the ideal job. Family members encouraged him to at least get his teaching degree while in college “just in case.” While doing his student teaching under Frank Latimer at Lufkin High School, he learned of a job opening in Diboll for a speech teacher. “Frank Latimer pretty much made me apply for the job, and since he determined whether I passed my student teaching or not, I decided I had better listen to him,” Wilkerson said. In May 1973, he was hired by Diboll ISD to begin his career in the fall. Over the next 26 years Wilkerson taught speech, English, journalism and drama. He was UIL coach for all the speaking events, including debate and extemporaneous speaking, as well as one-act play and journalism. Coaching UIL was one of the highlights of his teaching career, he said. Many of his students placed not only in district but at region and state over the years. During the heyday of academic UIL at Diboll High School, Wilkerson served as the UIL coordinator for the district. In 1990 Wilkerson was approached by high school Principal Bobby Baker about starting an Academic Decathlon team This was new to both Wilkerson and the school. That first year was interesting as the team members went to their first regional meet. They won very few medals, but suddenly the students had the “fever” to compete and do well. In 1995 the team placed second in the state. The following year they were third in the state. Individual team members regularly brought home first-place medals in the 10 events. Following vacation in 1994, Wilkerson returned home to a telephone message from Superintendent Gary Campbell that said, “What do you think about our hosting the state Academic Decathlon meet here in Diboll next year?” With Wilkerson shaking his head and saying “No,” the next message was, “I didn’t hear back from you, so I went ahead and told them we would do it.” For the next six months Wilkerson not only taught classes, coached UIL, coordinated UIL, and coached the local Academic Decathlon team, but he also organized more than 200 volunteers to host the state competition. For weeks,

okayed a 3.6% tax hike to fund it. Lufkin Fire Department receives $225,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to purchase new fire- fighting equipment. Lufkin’s Pinewood Park Learning Center’s Summer Reading Program winners include Cristoshovi Rogers, Brittanee Lewis, Jacorey Jackson and Zachery Jackson. Jay Shands and Trey Denman of First Bank & Trust East Texas in Diboll receives first of the new library cards at of the T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library. First Bank & Trust East Texas funded the change-over from paper to plastic cards.

Twenty Years Ago

Diboll City Council votes unanimously to accept the bid of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas for health insurance coverage for city employees. Jacks bow to Tatum in football scrimmage, 4-1. Running backs look good but Diboll shut out through the air. Jim Scheibner wins Championship Flight of the Annual Members Club Championship Golf Tournament held at Neches Pine in Diboll. Scheibner finishes tied with John Oats and Malcolm Still but wins playoff. Diboll, Lufkin and Hun-

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Thirty Years Ago This Week

The Good Girls softball team of the Diboll Youth League this year includes (front row) Donna Mark, Lucy Lopez, Sharon Canada, Missy Cavasas and Patti Alexander. Standing are Coach Gwendy Hicks, Kelly Hicks, Mary Guerra, Charlotte Grant, Lenora Levine, Pam Fenley, Sheila Johnson and Coach Brenda Kee. tington are featured in the premier issue of Nick Wolda’s East Texas Sports Magazine. Temple-Inland Forest Products Fiber Division announces the promotion of Jeff Adams to process improvement manager and Jack Phillips as logistics manager.

Thirty Years Ago

Fifteen railcars of a Southern Pacific freight train derail at Burke due to an unusual amount of slack in the train. Central administrative

mill. The downtime is due to a need for maintenance work and inventory adjustment at the mill. Newly elected officers of the Diboll Lions Club include James Porter, president; Leroy Lazarine, 1st vice president; Jerry Gartman, 2nd vice president; David King, treasurer; and Don Hendrick, tail twister. A bridal shower for Melinda Wheeler, bride-elect of Richard Albrecht, Jr. is hosted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Don Robbins.


Wilkerson’s wife, Jan, would prepare dinner and bring the food and their kids to the school at night in order to eat with him. All the hard work paid off. The community responded overwhelmingly, and that is the year his team placed second. In addition, he had state winners in UIL that year. While at Diboll, Wilkerson and his wife became very involved with the Renaissance program and the Academic Banquet that is still held each year. He also served as an officer of Diboll PTSA for many years. Following graduation of his youngest daughter in 1999 and the election of his son to the board of trustees for Diboll ISD, Wilkerson resigned from Diboll and took a job with Hudson ISD for two years. In 1997 Wilkerson started working as an adjunct in speech for Angelina College. He taught nights and summers both in Lufkin and off campus in Trinity, Livingston and Woodville. In the spring of 2001 he found a notice in his college mailbox about a fulltime opening for an instructor of speech at AC. He applied and was hired to begin the fall semester. For the past 12 years Wilkerson has taught on the college level. “It is totally different than high school,” he said. “For the most part our students are here because they want to be and can see the benefits of education. I’ve really enjoyed interacting with this age and maturity level.” Wilkerson finished his teaching career at the end of the summer session. He plans to spend time with his grandchildren, read all the books he can, and hopefully do some traveling without being tied to a school schedule. The Wilkersons’ daughter will be moving to Germany next spring, and a trip to visit her is already being planned. After 40 years teaching in the local community, Wilkerson constantly comes in contact with former students. In fact, he has taught the children of some of those students. “No matter what they become after school, they’ve told me my classes helped prepare them for real life,” he said. “Even if they didn’t like the class, I think they conclude I’m doing what I can for their benefit.”

staff at the Diboll school system this year is composed of Lucy Rector, tax office director; Joyce Carr, bookkeeper; Ruby Smith, secretary to the superintendent; Dixie McDuffie, director of cafeterias; Ervin Dubose, director of special programs; James Dunlap, business manager; Fran Lavergne, curriculum supervisor; Nancy Miller, school nurse; and Don Robbins, superintendent. St. Regis Corporation schedules production downtime at its Lufkin newsprint

Mandi Shae Clark

Graveside services for Mandi Shae Clark, 25, of Burke, were held Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ryan Chapel Cemetery with Fritzi Glover Strowmatt officiating. Mandi was born August 5, 1988 in Houston, Texas, and died Friday, August 23, 2013 in a Tyler hospital. Mandi was not expected to make it through the weekend that she was born, and at the most, not more than six months. God blessed us with twenty-five more years. Mandi touched lives, and she grew our family with the many healthcare professionals that cared for

her. Mandi made sure that she and her nurses loved the movie “Major Payne” over and over and over. Mandi had resided in Burke all of her life and attended Lufkin First Assembly. Survivors include her parents, Wayne and Cindi Clark of Burke; a number of aunts, uncles and cousins; and a host of friends. Mandi was preceded in death by her older sister, Brandi Clark; a baby brother; special uncle, Robert Hardee; grandparents, James and Betty Welch, Coy Clark, Erma and L.B. Neyland, Lois Shoemaker, and Elvin Hardee; and special grandma, Louise Stewart. Pallbearers were Jessica Jones, Jessica Gossett, C.C. Ayers, Brenda Ramos, Cyndi Poindexter, Auroa Mireles, Kaytlyn Johnson, Dina Tristan, and Lindsay Burks. Honorary pallbearer will be Ceciley Bridges. The family extends a special thanks to her wonderful doctor, Dr. Taskar, and her staff.


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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the History Center of Diboll, 102 N. Temple Dr., Diboll, Texas 75941; or to Ryan Chapel Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 423, Diboll, Texas 75941. Memories and condolences may be added at www. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

Eunice E. Redd Pruitt

Services for Eunice E. Redd Pruitt, 98, of Huntington, were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Pruitt was born December 29, 1914 in Angelina County. She passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 in a local hospital. Survivors include her brother, Garland Redd of Sandpoint, Idaho; sister, Ouida Westberry of Pineville, Louisiana; and a number of other relatives and friends. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

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