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2013, Issue No. 41

Dateline Diboll

Halloween Fun Fest

Halloween Fun Fest will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Lottie & Arthur Temple Civic Center. The community is asked to donate a bag of candy toward this event. The city encourages all businesses in Diboll to participate either with a booth to pass out candy or by donating money to buy the candy or collect candy at your establishments.

Scarecrow Decorating

Join T.L.L. Temple Library and the Diboll PTSA for a fun-time in October. The Library and PTSA will host a “Pumpkin Patch” for all students through second grade. Stories, face painting, and fun activities are planned for those attending. As part of the fun, a scarecrow decorating contest is being held. All local businesses and organizations are invited to participate. Scarecrows will be displayed in the Library from Oct.21 until Oct. 31. Scarecrows can be picked up from the library on Nov. 1 for display at your business location during the month of November.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bringing course to ‘fore’ front Neches Pine work nearing completion BURLON WILKERSON

Improvements to Diboll’s Neches Pines Golf Course are nearing completion as city and course officials attempt to make it more attractive to golfers from all over this part of the state. Some of the projects include an irrigation system, new cart paths and bridges, new grass and sod on the fairways, and work on the sand traps. The irrigation system was the highest priority and the biggest expense, said Course Manager/Pro Jimmy Mettlen. The part of the course that is now Holes 10 through 18 was built in 1968, while current Holes 1 through 9 were added in 1991. The irrigation systems installed when each part was built were still in use and not able to meet the need. “Usually a system will last 25 to 30 years,” Mettlen said. “We have been having problems, particularly with the older system because it is about 45 years old. And with the

Photos by Burlon Wilkerson

Pack the Course!

The Diboll Business Association’s monthly Pack the House event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Neches Pines Golf Course. drought that we have experienced, we just couldn’t keep everything going adequately.” Because of “streamlined” bud-

gets over the last few years, course supervisors were put in a situation of just maintaining, but not improving. For instance, Mettlen explained

Above, a golfer drives across a refurbished bridge at Neches Pines Golf Course. Left, work has begun on the Neches Pines sand traps. they were watering the greens and the tee boxes, but not the fairways. They were doing what they could to just keep the grass alive, he said. “We applied for a Temple Foundation grant to do the upgrades,” Mettlen said. “Some of their people came to look at the course, and they agreed that they wanted to do See GOLF, P. 4

Orchard Park facilities installed


Freed By Christ

Pray for our government. Pray for our nation. Our world is in turmoil. Our government is in turmoil. Our government is made up of human beings that are not perfect. None of us are perfect. Jesus Christ has been very gracious, merciful and patient with our nation. Prayerfully our nation will turn back to God. God will give our government leaders wisdom and guidance if they will listen and obey. One day Jesus Christ will set up His kingdom for all born-again believers to enjoy. We will not have to worry about that government having to shut down. Isaiah 9:6 in God’s Bible, says, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Jesus Christ wants to be your perfect King for all eternity. Please turn to Him today. -- Bro. Kenny Hibbs, First Baptist Church


Classified.......................6 Local History,,,,.........................6 Neighborhoods...........2-3 Obituaries.........................7 Opinion.........................4 Puzzles.........................4 Religion......................5 Spor ts.........................8

Photo by Richard Nelson

Alex Moreno of Allen Tucker Construction of Lufkin works Wednesday on the walls of the new restroom facility at Old Orchard Park’s splash pad. Timberline Construction of Lufkin is running the project, which is made possible through a Keeler Grant from the Temple Foundation.

Diboll students train as peer educators More than 300 FCCLA members and advisors – including six from Diboll -- from across Texas were at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel last week, being trained as a peer educators. Local Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter officers Karina Jacobo, Ale Aguilar, Sabra Modisette, Jennifer Campbell, Matt Steel and Giovannie Licea of Central High School, as well as Alyssa Silvas, Anahi Blee, Shardnea Rayson, Tiffany Simmons, Eron Santoyo and Marcos Diaz of Diboll High School attended trainings in the following areas:

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Central and Diboll students attend an FCCLA conference to learn how to be peer educators.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Round Table enjoying lots of different dishes Free Press publisher Richard Nelson and his fiancé, Kathy Hulstine, and his parents, George and Betty Nelson, traveled a couple weekends ago to Serbin for the annual Wendish Fest. Serbin, in the Giddings-La Grange area, is where the first Lutheran church in Texas was formed. After an English service, followed by a German service, festival-goers enjoyed music, museum and church tours, noodle-making and sausage-stuffing demonstrations, great food and even beer. Kathy, a Baptist most of her life, whispered in child-like wonderment, “They’re drinking beer on the church grounds?” To which, Richard replied, “Yes, that’s why we need to start going to Lutheran churches!” The Wends were a Slavic people who left Germany in the mid-1800s for the religious freedom to be found in America. They were not German, but eventually the German and Wendish settlers mixed together in the Serbin area. Richard said one of the things he will always remember learning as a child was that the Wendish women wore black wedding dresses to signify the hardships they were about to endure. He says Kathy is considering a black wedding dress! Richard brought some of the Wendish handmade noodles and shared them last week with the Round Table. He and Kathy couldn’t get them to taste quite as good as they did at the festival, but Andrea did her best and jazzed them up some. *** Andrea was in the cooking mode last week and made lots of folks happy with her good food. On Monday, she cooked spaghetti and meatballs, made a green salad, garlic toast and birthday cake. Those celebrating birthdays (some belated) included Teresa Pouland, Sept. 15; Brandon Pouland, Sept. 29; Fran McGilvra, Sept. 21; and Marcia Jones, Sept. 30. Tuesday, Oct. 1, was Andrew Bass’s birthday. His grandmother, Marjorie Bass, made Andrew’s birthday very special by cooking and bringing to the RT beans and rice; broccoli cornbread, tortilla roll-ups and pecan pie. Andrea added meatloaf and

cream potatoes. Wednesday, Oct. 2, was Mary Lou Havard’s birthday. Her daughters, Debbie Cole of Austin and Mary Beth Boatner of Lafayette, brought their mother to the RT where Andrea had cooked Navy beans and hot water cornbread. For dessert she baked a cast iron skillet apple pie and served it warm with plenty of Blue Bell ice cream. It will be interesting to see what we can do for Andrea on her birthday, Oct. 9. She said she wasn’t coming to work that day, but we’ll see. *** Eric Hernandez came by Saturday to buy hay for his daughter’s birthday party. Analia was celebrating her sixth birthday with friends and family at their home. She wanted to “camp out” and have smores and hot dogs and that’s what Eric and Veronica were preparing to do at Camp What’s-ama-call it in the backyard. *** It was really good to visit with the Bunch sisters. Elaine Pinkerton and Mary Alice Shivers. and also Suzy (Fox) Stewart when they decided to take a road trip to Diboll. It was even better knowing that they were not in town for a funeral but just to visit with old friends. These three grew up on Park Street behind the library and couldn’t believe they got lost and turned around while driving around town. We had lots of good laughs and hated to see them leave. *** Jonathan Whitaker, who grew up in Wells, came in to get a truck flat repaired and we learned he is a retired bull rider. The late David Wisner was his mentor, trainer and the “guru of bull riding.” Jonathan worked closely with David, who raised bucking bulls and more times than not,

when a new bull arrived, it was Jonathan who was the first cowboy to get on him. “Zorro” was Wisner’s first famous bull, along with “Up Draft.” “Down Draft” and “Widow Maker.” After David Wisner’s tragic death, the present owner of Widow Maker changed the name to David’s Dream in honor of David. Jonathan has had several broken bones and breathes with only one lung due to injuries he received while riding bulls. He attributes his successful bull riding career to David Wisner and in his opinion thinks David Wisner should be inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. *** Late one Sunday afternoon I went outside to check on my animals; quail, peacocks ducks and chickens. I heard an extremely loud noise coming from the place where we process deer and hogs and discovered it was Ray Lenderman trying to load his ATV on a trailer. With him were his dad, Raymond, and our neighbor, Earnest Rast, and a couple of other guys. I realized they were cleaning up from processing something that had a pile of white hide. Raymond was excited and told me that Ray had killed a hog earlier in the day that field dressed 536 pounds and was solid white. The guys were certain that the hog would have weighed more than 600 pounds on foot. Ray Lenderman, the youngest son of Raymond and Sophie Lenderman of Diboll, comes from a family of hunters. He now lives in Jasper where he enjoys his job as a fisheries technician with the Texas Parks and Wildlife. Even before archery season opened, Ray saw huge tracks at one of his corn feeders and though it was as large as a cow’s track he was pretty sure it belonged to a hog. He saw the monster the day before deer season opened and said it looked like a cow standing there. The next day after several hours in his ladder stand the white hog suddenly appeared at Ray’s feeder. After waiting for a good shot Ray’s broadhead penetrated its target and only ran about 30 yards. You’ve already read the rest of the story except that the

large white trophy provided plenty of bacon, ribs, steak and roast and Ray shared with friends and family. He said the tenderloins were almost five feet long and the 100 pounds of trimmings were given away to make hot tamales. *** Lots of folks were in getting hunting and fishing licenses. Some of them included: Loree Olson, Calvin McClure, Tim Tindell, Clifford Conner, Joel and Nathan Mettlen, Tim Bryon, Clarence Bass, Deena Houston, Jimmy Trout, Doug and Rita Baldree, Sophie & Raymond Lenderman, Angelina Havard, Larry Ellison, Omar Flores, Rayborn Horton, Scott Eldridge, Larry Welch, Lee Woodward, Gordon Craft, C. W. Loftin, And Parish, W. G. Treadway and Jose Solis. Others included: Jack and Cleo Mason, Aaron, Ethan & Ben Smith, Jim McClain, Bill Yates, Bubba Thompson, Jeff Stifle, Jimmy McCall, Curtis Howell, John McClain, John Bonner, Jerry Griffith, Bruce Thompson, Rick Havard Jr. Young, Rodney Cheshire, Jose Mott, Richard Weeks, Melvin and Frances Thompson. When Mauderie Conner presented her old licenses to get new ones printed, there were no tags missing from last year. She said that was the first time in a number of years she didn’t kill a deer and she was completely out of sausage, ground meat and venison steaks. It’s amazing that Mauderie drives her jeep to the hunting club and still hunts by herself. She is 87, but please don’t tell her you read that in this column. *** Abney’s Fish Truck will be coming to The Everything Store on Wednesday, Oct. 16, between noon and 1 p.m. if you need fish to stock your pond or lake. Check out their website at *** 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 sandra@ or 936-829-4040.

Teen Read Week has plenty to offer at the library T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library celebrates Seek the Unknown® for Teen Read Week ™! The library will celebrate Teen Read Week™ (Oct.13-19) with a special Teen Zombie Party on Oct. 11 aimed at encouraging teens around the area to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Seek the Unknown @ your library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it! Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users. In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. As many have learned unsurprisingly, the library is a great place to start. “Teen Read Week™ is a great opportunity to educate teens and their families about all the free services the library can offer while also encouraging teens to explore all the different resources and services it provides. Moreover, according to Teen Coordinator, Nelda Porter, strong reading skills are more critical than ever because it can translate into better performance at school. This is why it is important to show them that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free. Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week™ at home, as well. The Library offers these ideas: • Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books. • Set aside time each night for the family to read. • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward. • Share your favorite book with your teen. • Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA’s Booklists and Book

News from... T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library Awards page, yalsa/booklists. • Join a book discussion group at the school or public library. Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. For more information, visit *** The Zombies are coming! In honor of Teen Read Week, the library is hosting a Teen Zombie Party for ages 12-18 on Friday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come as a zombie or as your favorite zombie hunter. Enjoy free food, free games and a free zombie flick. That’s right! It is all free. Just come bring a friend and have fun! *** Just in time for the haunting month of October! The library will host a Ghost Story Concert on Saturday, Oct.19, 2013 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with Master Storyteller Gary Whitaker. Whitaker has been performing professionally since 1997. His diverse talents and interest afford him a huge variety of materials that he enjoys bringing to his audiences. This storyteller’s favorite stories to tell are ghost stories whether it is to little kids, youth or adults. The ghost stories will make you laugh and moan, as suddenly everything around you becomes suspect. He is a favorite with the Tejas Storytelling Festival in Denton, where he has performed almost annually for the last 6 years at the TSA Ghost Story Concert. Visit his website at This free concert is not just for kids! Come bring your family and friends and see Whitaker tell stories at the Ghost Story Storytelling Concert! *** Family Movie Day at

the Library is Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade will be available. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and drinks to add to your fun. You may also bring pillows and blankets and sit on the floor to watch the movie. Come bring the family and join in the fun! Our movie license will not allow us to publicize the movie title so please call us for more information at 936-829-5497. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. *** New Teen Books: “If We Survive,” by Andrew Klavan – High schooler Will Peterson and three friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor, secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their energy and kindness. However, in one sudden moment, everything went horribly wrong. A revolution swept the country. Now, guns and terror are everywhere – and Americans are being targeted as the first to die. Will and his friends have got to get out fast. But streets full of killers…hills patrolled by armies and a jungle rife with danger stand between them and the border. Their one hope of escape lies with a veteran warrior who has lost his faith and may betray them at any moment. Their one dream is to reach freedom and safety and home. “How to Save a Life,” by Sara Zarr – Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends – everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one. Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted – to be raised by

a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she

ever find someone to car for her, too? As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy – or as difficult – as it seems.

*** Fall Library Hours: Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a great week!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013


Lufkin’s Bistro enjoyed by more than 800 Marc Lishewski and Dr. Brent Campbell successfully completed the 12th annual Escape From Alcatraz Swim on Sunday, Sept. 29, in San Francisco. The swim is an event put on by the South End Rowing Club (circa 1873 origination). Most, who have been to San Francisco, have seen Alcatraz Island via the ferry ride. In this case, the ferry took about 600 swimmers out to the island in the morning during rather calm conditions … if one likes fog, overcast, choppy, dark green, 58-degree water. They jumped off the boat promptly at 9 a.m. and swam across San Francisco Bay to the Aquatic Cove finish. Plenty of safety boats, kayaks, etc. accompanied them and others across. ABC News Worldwide noted the race in the nightly news because three blind swimmers made it across as well. The swim took Lishewski and Campbell about 45 minutes, and they can’t wait to do it next year! *** The Lufkin’s Bistro was a huge success. More than 800 people enjoyed the food and beverages served from the Brookshire Brother’s wineries and the food was from our local restaurants. Helping volunteer to set up under the direction of Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau were: Angelina College basketball team, AC baseball team, AC women’s basketball team, AC softball team, Lufkin High School Student Council, LHS Cheerleaders and LHS Panther Pride. City employees from Solid Waste, Street, and Parks and Recreation departments, LCVB board members and city officials also were on hand to put up and take down everything. The event was sponsored by Brookshire Brothers, A-1 Party Rentals, Kwik Kopy and the Main Event. Autumn McDaniel, administrative assistant for LCVB, was helping keep things moving while Tara was on a scooter wheeling up and down the two blocks checking tables. We sat with Charlotte and Dale Ander-

son, Martha and Ray Carswell, Dianne and Mike Gibson and visited with many First Christian Church friends. *** I found out from Mark and Cassie Hicks that Brenda and Kaylee Sullivan are moving The Pink Leopard Boutique from their present small location to the corner of the Hotel Angelina where we thought Thompson’s was going. Mark says they will be able to move Nov. 1. Mona Hill with Milagros Tea House will move her food products into the Pink Leopard Boutique spot and have a downtown location with her Italian gelato. *** Dana Windsor Helton has moved her KB Yoga & More into the old Lee’s Jewelry location at 105 South First. She will have yoga classes during the week and painting parties. Check her out at or facebook KBYoga. Phone is 936-526-4795. She is trying to bet me to take Yoga lessons. Patress Schaeffer was at the shop during the Bistro. All of the shops were open, and people were checking out their merchandise in these downtown shops. *** Amy Poland Preyer and her 4- month-old baby, Robert “Bobby” Douglas Preyer, from Colorado were honored at a Sip and See at the home of Jan Deaton. Other hostesses were: Sheila Telford, Terri Zeleskey, Ann Caskey, Mary Jo Gorden, Jane Wagnon, Barbara Carter, Sylvia Ricks, Anne Halter, Lisa Haglund, Jane Johnson, Joann Roquemore, Kathy Sample, Cissy McCarroll, Louise Maxwell, Martha Bates, Ellen Hollis, Ann Watson and Christi Stage. Grandmother Linda Poland was all smiles about “Cinco”

which is what she calls Bobby since he is the fifth Robert in the Poland family. *** Jeannie Poland McCusker is the 10th grade counselor at Lufkin High School. *** If you did not go to the LHS Theatre Department’s “Rumors” by Neil Simon, you missed a real treat. Mark Keith, director, and Debbie Garrett, technical director, did a super job on the play. The only one that I knew was Kate Peterson, daughter of Barbara and Leonard Peterson and granddaughter of Dot Brookshire. They were at the Thursday night performance where Patsy Hines and I enjoyed many laughs at this comedy. Lois and Bob Chambers sat behind us, and I could hear them laughing too. *** Ernest and I enjoyed the fried catfish at Cotton Patch on Friday and saw Sue Morgan eating catfish and Bob Morgan with the veggie plate. *** Pat Brown had a letdown because we had no football game to listen to or go to see. I called her that the Panthers were playing on the cable channel 15 and it was the A&M Consolidated game against our Panthers. We won half time. Pat has not had swarms of humming birds like last year. *** Happy Birthday: Donna Parish, Stanley New, Jason Carr, Shane Greenville, Claude Smithhart, Jeffrey Todd, Phil Parr, Carolyn New, Dolly Hudgins, Jake Wood, Clinton Teutsch, Robin Reynolds, Brenda Lowery, Charles Kent, Dave Bowley, Andrea Friesen, Oscar Dillahunty, Frank Stevenson, Katherine Saunders, Suzy Harkness, Holly PerkinsMeyers, Agnes Hutson, Edward McFarland, Jason Carter, Laurie Brown, Fred Hutson, Mary Samford, Nancy Horn, Kimberly Graham. *** Happy Anniversary: Sue and Max Rolf ***

Mabelyne McKnight celebrated her 91st birthday with a luncheon at the PineCrest with her birthday group: Mary Nell Taylor, Daphene Clarke, Jetta Westerholm, Gloria Arnold, Linda Ellis, Mimi McKnight from Austin, Mona Woods from Houston, daughter Linda Thomasson and granddaughter Stephanie Husband from Washington D.C. The second birthday celebration started at 3 p.m. at the new home of Tammy Head on Saddle Ridge. Tammy and Mabelyne have the same birthday date, Sept. 29. Those enjoying the $800 birthday cake were Carol Byrd from Jacksonville and Shirley Baum. From there, they went to the family farm between Palestine and Tyler where the men were cooking for them. Tom McKnight cooked brisket and it was enjoyed by Vickie and George Fowler from Dallas, Wendell Thomasson, Wes Thomasson and Ty Thomasson who made up the 15 that attended. On Sunday morning, Mimi cooked filet of dove for Sunday brunch with biscuits and gravy for a surprise for Mabelyne. Tom McKnight bought the $800 birthday cake at a fund raiser in the hill country. They enjoyed it all week end. *** Wanda Wesch hosted an open house at Mama Tried last week and had a crowd getting things for Christmas. *** Jim and Mary Jane West attended his River Boat Patrol group reunion in Branson, Missouri. This was their third time to get together from their patrol days in Vietnam. Jim’s boat had more representation at the reunion. There were 6 Navy seamen per boat that was 50 feet long. They were the Mine Division 113 Vietnam that swept for mines in the water ways. Shows in Branson that they enjoyed were the Dixie Stampede and Joseph. *** Catch you around town. Contact Janice Ann Rowe at

Huntington’s late ’50s classes enjoy reunions Beamon and I were in Dr. Terry Well’s office to get our flu and pneumonia shots and were lucky enough to visit with everybody who works there. Joyce Edwards, Casey Kennidy, Cheryl Wells, Valli Jones, Frances Felts and Lulla Adams were getting us prepared to ward off unwanted germs during the winter. *** Frances Felts and her daughter Karen had just returned from a trip to Mississippi where they had lots of fun. They toured several of the old plantation houses and planned to ride in a hot air balloon but got sidetracked before they lifted off. They also had great plans for Natchitoches but all good ideas are often ditched. However, the girls are still working on their “bucket list.” In spite of plans backfiring there were lots of laughs and fun. *** Lulla and bob Adams were off to Colorado to see their grandchildren Cade, Cole and Ella Carroll and their parents Karla and Chris. Cade was supposed to be playing junior high football but a broken arm just before the season began kept him off the field. He found plenty of ways to help the team and the family cheered for the entire team. Cade’s cast will come


off just about time for him to play basketball, and he is excited. *** Cletus and Gladys Russell, their daughters Nancy and Billy Ray Allen and Janice Brooks made their annual trip to Kansas to visit folks and enjoy the Labor Day picnic family members host. Gladys reported the folks around Salina and Ellsworth really were suffering from the drought this year. She was disappointed the Colorado peaches had not done well due to fires and too much rain so none were on board with them on their trip home. *** The Huntington High School classes of 1956, 1957 and 1958 enjoyed getting together at Golden Corral last month and from all accounts they did have a good tiem. Joe and Marie Belk were present as he was the agriculture teacher those years and was a sponsor for all the classes. Betty Truett was a guest as she was secretary to the superintendent. The 1956 class members and spouses at the reunion were Kent and Dillie McGaughey, Nell Forrest Settle and husband Alvin,

Paulette Wooley Forrest, Buel and Wanda Puryear, all of Lufkin; Timothy Griffith, Thomas Barbara Lowery, Charles and Clara Lovett, Dell Forrest Morehead, Billy and Ann Porter, Gay Nell Walker and Delvin Terry, all of Huntington. The 1957 class members and spouses at the reunion were Jesse and Jerene Walker, Lufkin; Earl and Henri Thompson, League City; George Russell, Willis Point; Ralph and Garleatha Adams Nerren, Joyce Denman Webb and daughter Teresa Moore, Melvin and Mary Russell Taylor, Joe and Janice Murray Wilroy, Cora Sue Gilbert Stone, all of Huntington; and Billy Flurry, Zavalla. The 1958 class members and spouses at the reunion were Herb and Belinda Vanglahn, Bill Havard, all of Lufkin; Wayne and Dixie Nerren, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Don Yeates, Buffalo; Wanda Nell Curry Conner, Hallsville; Billy and Vivian Page, Jerry and Frances LaSalle, Virginia Scaff Summers, LaWanna Durham Gainer, Frankie Kimmey Terry, Beatrice Lowery Massoth, Johnny and Wanda Bonner and Melody Stone, all of Huntington. *** A few of our 1959 class got together at Dean’sand

had a great time eating and visiting. Class members and spouses there were Rex and Betty Ivy, Jenny Harris Mosely, Melba May Duran, Margie and Jack Green, Memphis Crawford and Beamon and I. A group of girls and their sponsors evidently had been playing in a tournament of

some kind and stopped to eat. The school was from Woodville and Beamon and I were sincerely glad that it wasn’t su spending our Saturday on a school bus for some extracurricular activity. We pulled late night and weekend duty when I taught school at Woodville and Kountze. The girls were very quiet and

mannerly and I always like to see young folks who are like that. Lots of folks came and went at Dean’s while we talked and laughed, having a great time. A few of us can make a loud noise! Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntingtonarea residents.


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Recipe good for fall smells Nothing says fall liked baked apples… is a great recipe that I guarantee will have your house smelling wonderful!

Honey-Spice Baked Apples

6 large Golden Delicious, Ida Red or Rome apples ¼ cup chopped walnuts ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 2 TBSP. butter, softened ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup dark rum ¼ cup honey 1 TBSP. lemon juice 1 TBSP. crystallized ginger, minced Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove core from apples without cutting through to bottom, making a cavity about 1 inch wide. Using vegetable peeler, peel apples halfway down. In a small bowl, combine

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger walnuts, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Stir until blended. Stuff mixture into apple cavities. Spoon ½ tsp. rum over filling in each apple. Place apples in a 20 inch pie plate. In a small bowl, combine remaining rum, honey, lemon juice,

and ginger. Whisk until blended. Drizzle over and around apples. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until apples are tender when pierced with a knife, basting with pan juices a few times. Let cool and serve warm or at room temperature. Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

October is Principals Month

Students, parents, teachers, and other members of the Diboll ISD community are encouraged to take some time to show your appreciation for your favorite campus principal as DISD recognizes October as “Principals Month.” The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, joined by their Texas state affiliate organizations, have designated the month of October as a time to recognize the contributions of school principals. Texas Governor Rick Perry also recently proclaimed October 2013 as “Principals Month” within the state. Principals Month recognizes campus principals as school leaders entrusted with our nation’s most valuable resource, our students. It recognizes that principals are more than just caretakers of their schools. Principals are expected to be educational leaders, disciplinarians, community builders, spokesmen, budget analysts and guardians of policy mandates and initiatives. They set the academic tone for their schools and work collaboratively with teachers to maintain high curriculum standards, develop mission statements and set performance objectives. As a community member please be sure to take some time to let our principals know you appreciate them and thank them for all the work they do to provide exceptional

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educational opportunities for our students. What makes a great principal? Principals vary in strategy, temperament, and leadership style, but the great ones have four characteristics in common: • Great principals take responsibility for school success. • Great principals lead teaching and learning. • Great principals hire, develop and retain excellent teachers. • Great principals build a strong school community.

Diboll ISD Campus Leadership for 20132014:

Primary Campus: Diana Moore Principal / Tammy Joseph Instructional Specialist H.G. Temple Elementary: Melinda Dover Principal / Zach Crawford Assistant Principal H.G. Temple Intermediate: Nikki Miller Principal / LaMona Coleman Assistant Principal Diboll Junior High: Mark Kettering Principal / Lara Kelley Assistant Principal Diboll High School: Andy Trekell Principal / Shanna Powers Assistant Principal “On behalf of Diboll ISD and the Diboll ISD Board of Trustees I want to say “ THANK YOU” for your commitment to the students and staff of Diboll ISD.”

Who to Call

State Rep. Trent Ashby Austin Office

936 634-2762 512 463-0508

State Sen. Robert Nichols

936 699-4988

Constable Ray Anthony

936 829-2547

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

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Theme: NURSERY RHYMES ACROSS 1. Abandon 6. *”One, ___, Buckle My Shoe” 9. Not as much 13. Convex molding 14. *”Have ___ any wool?” 15. Fancy home 16. Chocolate substitute 17. Boy toy 18. Permeate 19. *Like jumping Jack 21. *Jack Horner’s spot 23. *Blackbird dessert 24. Bad impression

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what they could to make it attractive. With the infusion of those funds, we’ve been able to make some positive changes.” Even though the irrigation issue was important, more than just water was needed to completely upgrade the course. The bridges for the cart paths were about 23 years old and had to be refurbished. A significant portion of the cart paths themselves needed repaving; new grass and sod were needed in the fairways; and the sand traps needed reworking. Of these projects, the bridge work has been completed; the cart paths are about 75 percent complete; about one-third of the grass and sod is done; and the sand traps should be finished within a couple of weeks, depending on weather, Mettlen said. The work on the irrigation system took about six months. “It’s tough to do all this and still stay open, but we’ve done it,” Mettlen said. “We’ve also hired two additional employees for a

25. *”He ___ in his thumb, and pulled out a plum” 28. “A ____ of Two Cities” 30. Josey Wales, e.g. 35. Aphrodite’s son 37. Email folder 39. “Fear of Flying” author, ____ Jong 40. Swing seat? 41. Levy of 1/10th of something 43. Bypass 44. Painter’s helper 46. Mystery writer, ____ Paretsky 47. Ready to serve 48. Relating to nose 50. Gang’s domain

total of five. And one of the most significant additions is Clayton Cree, who is now the golf course superintendent.” Mettlen also said that when all the projects are done, he plans to offer some discount packages and other promotions to attract new members. He acknowledged there is a need for more advertising, especially signage, but he emphasized that the most effective form of publicity is word-of-mouth. “We want people to have a good experience, to tell others about it, and to come back,” Mettlen said. “We know that we have a big responsibility to the city, the foundation, and the citizens. There are people who live here simply because of the proximity of the golf course, and we want to be a big part of attracting others. To do that, we must have a topnotch facility.” The Diboll Business Association will spotlight the golf course for its “Pack the House” event Oct. 29 to give everyone an opportunity to see what it has to offer.

PEER Cont’d

1. Elmer to Bugs 2. “Terrible” czar 3. Reality TV star Spelling 4. Walk clumsily 5. Middle-earth dweller 6. *Nursery rhymes audience, sing. 7. *Wednesday’s child is full of this 8. “An _____ of prevention...” 9. Trace or outline 10. Hamburg river 11. Insult 12. Self-addressed envelope 15. Moral excellence 20. Minimal 22. Lennon’s lady 24. With tooth-like projections 25. *He couldn’t keep his wife 26. Dickens’s Heep 27. Bodies 29. Luau souvenirs 31. Walked on 32. Prom rides 33. Raspberry or blackberry drupelets 34. *Jack and Jill’s quest 36. Witnessed 38. “Through” in a text? 42. Ahead of time 45. Rule-governed 49. Tell tall tale 51. *He went to Gloucester 54. Respectable and quiet 56. Sandy color 57. Fork part 58. Arm bone 59. Roman goat-like deity 60. Part of colliery 61. Falls behind 62. “____ at last!” 63. It has pads and claws 65. Cowboy Rogers 67. Product of creativity

learn to make a difference in the civic life of their communities and develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference; they will learn the importance of being engaged in the decision making process in their communities Teen Safe Driving -- educating to help teens and parent understand the importance of teen safe driving and the consequences and distracted driving Professionals in each of these areas worked with the students on content and Rhett Laubach, motivational speaker, worded with the peer educators so that they understand the value of giving back to their communities. Students returned from the training as Peer Educators and were charged with collaborating with local school and community resource people, conducting local action projects and tracking results. Each student will train other students and/or adults in their school districts on one of these districts on one of these topics. Last year, the 325 stu-

dents attending, reached over 38,000 peers in their local training seminars. FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA has 18,000 members in Texas; there are over 180,000 members nationwide. FCCLA in unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities. For more information on how to partner with either FCCLA chapter to offer these trainings, call Jennifer Garcia at Diboll High School, 936-829-5626 or by email to

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Make sure connection to Him is a strong one Let’s say that you have two identical puppies. You feed one only a tiny little bit, and you feed the other one a good amount. Which one grows faster? The one that you feed the most, of course. You and I know that this is true, but yet we don’t always apply that to our spiritual lives. In each and every one of us there is a battle of good and evil. The way that the winner is determined is by the one that we feed the most. How do we feed them? Well, by what we put into our body and soul and our spirit. If I allow hatred or unforgiveness or any negative emotion to permeate my soul, it will affect everything because my soul is my mind, my will, and my emotions. If I allow these to run amuck, I am a mess.

Teacher Mom with

Jan Allbritton You see, I am only human. Every human has weaknesses and is flawed.My weakness may not be your weakness, but your weakness may not be my weakness. I don’t have a problem with chasing women or drinking or cussing, but I might have a problem with eating too much or worrying or being fearful. As Pastor Andy said, if we are left to our own devices, we will self-destruct. It is in our basic nature to think me, me, me, and that it is all about me. FYI - It is not all about me.

I have to bow daily to the King of my life. I have to die to self daily. King David is one of my absolute favorite people in the Bible. He was a worshiper for he loved God, he was a warrior and won many battles, he was a leader, and he was a king. In spite of being all of these good things, King David messed up big time. He didn’t go out to war with his troops as he should have and stayed at home. He went out one night and saw a woman bathing on her rooftop. He thought that she was beautiful and wanted to know who she was. His servants told him that she was married, but King David did not care. He sent for her, slept with her, and got her pregnant. As if that

wasn’t enough, David sent for her husband and tried to get him to go home to his wife so that he would think the baby was his. When the husband would not go home due to his loyalty to his comrades, King David had the husband sent to the front of the battle and killed. This amazing man of God had let lying, adultery, and murder slip into his life. He committed one sin after another trying to cover up his first sin. If this amazing man of God who had a heart after God’s own heart could mess up, do you think that we could mess up? We are all vulnerable and not perfect. We must depend on God, and we need God. We cannot make it without Him. WE must be willing to humble ourselves before God and let Him lead our lives. If

we want to walk in the Spirit, we have got to follow God. In 1 Peter 5:6, it says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.” In Matthew 11:29, Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon us for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. To me that means that I am yoked with Jesus and where He walks, I walk. If I am yoked with Him, I will not have an easy time trying to move away from Him. His yoke will keep me on the right path. By yoke, I mean connected to Jesus. I have to be so connected to Him that I will not stray from where He wants me to be. I have to daily make sure TEACHER cont’d p. 6

Make time to celebrate with those you love

“You have been faithful in handling this small amount...Let’s celebrate together.” - Matthew 25:21.

It’s party time! Christie and Jessie both celebrated their birthdays in September. They have such busy lives that they had to wait until this weekend to party. Christie let Jessie pick a couple of friends to take to Build-a-Bear Workshop in Houston. Because she invited Emma, I decided to crash the party and go too. I really don’t get to spend as much time with my sister as I’d like. We’re both swamped with our own little families and our jobs. It’s also hard just to do things for yourself


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 Harmony Odell 2928 Knight Wood Rd. Huntington Highway S. Main & Franklin Huntington 936-422-3652

Sisters in Grace Tina Trout Terrell and Christie Trout Stephens

right now, so this little trip was exciting. What a treat! After getting to Houston, we enjoyed an amazing dinner where the girls drank water

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

out of wine glasses to be fancy. The waiter just giggled at them. At the hotel, the girls went for a late night swim in the indoor pool, and then we cuddled into our beds. Christie and I had a bed each to ourselves while the girls slept on a pull out bed in front of the television. It was great! Maybe a little too great because Christie said I snored loudly all night. The next morning, we got up and had breakfast in the hotel dining room. The staff was extremely nice, and the food was delicious. Next, we were off to the mall. The girls were excited. We went to The Galleria, and it’s been years since Christie and I had been there. We

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 Salem Missionary Baptist 965 Ralph Nerren Rd., Huntington 936-876-3211 Shawnee Prairie 14792 FM 1818, Huntington 936-422-3769

Perry Chapel CME 1114 Cypress St., Diboll 936-526-9685

were a little excited too. We ooohed and ahhhed over things in the windows that we’d never be able to afford (and some things we’d never buy even if we could afford them). Our most important stop was Builda-Bear. The girls picked and created the cutest stuffed animals ever. The lady that helped make them was so wonderful. I got teary-eyed hearing her explain how special this toy was as the girls held the tiny hearts in their hands and made special wishes on them before placing them in the stuffed animal. That was a celebration in itself. I love that I got to celebrate with Christie and Jessie. Fun and celebra-

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

Worship, Family, Community, Faith We are here to worship at Diboll SISTERS cont’d p. 6

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


Church of Christ Jesus 100 N. Beech St., Diboll 936-829-3276 Church of the Living God 1002 Cypress St., Diboll 936-829-4844 Faith Family Church 7020 S. US Hwy 59, Diboll 936-829-9673 Grace Gospel US Hwy 69, Zavalla 936-897-2218 Huntington Church of the Living God 1008 N. Main, Huntington 936-876-3953

Pine Valley Congregational 1472 FM 304, Diboll 936-829-1114

James Chapel True Light Holiness 1803 FM 844, Huntington 936-876-3697

Ryan Chapel 555 FM 2497, Diboll 936-829-3818

St. Thomas Spirit and Truth Ministries 803 S. Temple, Diboll

Shady Chapel Hwy 147, Zavalla

tions are important parts of Christian faith because it’s encouraging and uplifting and helps us see the good in life. Make time to celebrate with those that you love! *** Why join us? Are you looking for a sense of belonging? Are you craving a connection to faith but cannot find where you truly belong? Come give us a try. First United Methodist Church, Diboll, has much to offer!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

30 Years Ago: Denise Capps is Homecoming Queen One Year Ago

Emily Parish is the 2012 Diboll Day Queen as she raised $54,629 and the other queen candidates raised helped raise the total to $168,128. Diboll City Council approved a grant that will pay for resurfacing of Hendrick Street. This street will also be used as an evacuation route. Tanika Bray is named Diboll High School 2012 Homecoming Queen. Turnovers continue to plague Diboll as the Tatum Eagles spoil the Lumberjack’s homecoming with a 38-6 win. Diboll PTSA (Parents, Teachers, Students Association) Community Birthday Calendars are now on sale for $5.

Five Years Ago

Former Diboll High School and Stephen F. Austin State University basketball great Kevin Hurley is inducted in to the SFASU’s Sports Hall of Fame. Ashley Wilson is the 2008 Diboll Day Queen. The queen candidates raised $118,619.64. Thomas Lee, Diboll sixth-grader wins the Pepsi NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition held in Lufkin for his age group (10-11) and will advance to the regional competition in Longview. Tyra Stewart is crowned 2008 Diboll High School

30 Years of Diboll Free Press Clippings A Public Service of The History Center Homecoming Queen. Jacks Wac Nac! The Diboll Lumberjacks celebrate their historic 30-14 victory over the Nacogdoches Dragons in front of record-setting crowd that brought in over $12,000 in gate receipts. City of Diboll receives $100,000 grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation to purchase additional generators to be used in the well fields.

Ten Years Ago

Defense Department ok’s PAC-3 funding. Lufkin’s Lockheed-Martin plant will continue missile construction. The 2003-2004 Diboll High School Drug Free AllStars include Scarlett Hankla, Abby Anthony, Cameron Hunter, Jonathan Hones, Heather Warren, Denise Ward, Megan Baldree, Stephanie Abbott, Trey McWilliams and Trey Brown. Diboll’s Pink Pearl ERacers are currently the no. 1 American Cancer Society Relay for Life team in Texas. Team members include Tammy Droste, Lewis Ivey, David Droste, JoAnn Grigson, Vernon Ivey, Jimmie Beth Palomera, Fran

Mayo, James Mayo Susan Wells, Susan Schinke, Sandra Minton, Alton ‘Mutt’ Minton, Stacy Minton and Lisa Crager. Woodland Heights Medical Center show case its new state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Department, the first of its kind between Tyler and Houston. John and Elaine Smith of Diboll celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with reception hosted by their daughters and surrounded by family and friends.

Twenty Years Ago

Dr. Gary Campbell, principal at Diboll High School is named to succeed Bill Ward as the next superintendent of schools for Diboll ISD. Longtime narcotic investigator Hershel Erwin is named to head the new police academy which will begin in January at Angelina College. Sarah Knutson, daughter of Linda & Chris Knutson, wins the title “MiniForest Festival Queen” at the Texas Forest Festival. Members of the Diboll Garden Club donate two benches and bird feeder to the South Meadows Nurs-


FUMC! Worship is at the heart of our services providing a personal, spiritual connection through song; Bible based services, and connection to like believers. Family - We are part of the family of God, but we are also a close knit church family as well. We love, support, and grow in Christ together. Community The congregation supports our church community, but also the community of Diboll. Our goal is to be the “hands and feet of Jesus Christ” in Diboll. We partner with community organizations and other local congregations to make Diboll a wonderful place to be. Faith - Our church is so lucky to have a support system of faith. Our members have a strong connection to the Lord and offer faith based prayer and support.

Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss Diboll ISD’s State Financial Accountability Rating Diboll Independent School District will hold a public meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2013, in the Board Room of the District Administration Office, 215 N. Temple Drive, Diboll, Texas. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Diboll ISD’s FIRST rating on the State’s Financial Accountability System. FOR RENT

Thirty Years Ago This Week

Members of the cast of the Angelina College production of “Cinderella” include Aleck Bridwell, Connie Rudd, James Odom, Andra Allen, JoVina Harris, Stacy Smith and in front, Gina Hefner. ing Home in Diboll. Connie Courtney is the president of the Diboll Garden Club. Crockett High School Bulldogs prove too tough for Jacks as Diboll is beaten by the score of 40-6 in football action. Number 10 ranked Longview hands Lufkin a 23-7 defeat in district opener.

Thirty Years Ago

Denise Capps is the 1983 Diboll High School Homecoming Queen.

we have something for you. We offer couples classes, women’s, men’s, and children’s Sunday school along with Youth each week. Sunday school begins at 10:00am each Sunday morning. Join us for coffee fellowship at 9:30am in the fellowship hall.

Communion is the first Sunday of each month with altar prayer at First United Methodist Church.

Sunday School

We have a class for every age and every way! From the very young to the young at heart,

Children and Youth Ministry U.M.Y.F., United Methodist Youth Fellowship, is a time of connection and fellowship for young adults grades 6-12. Youth meet Wednesdays at 6:30 and Sunday evenings at 3:30. The Young United Methodist Youth, Y.U.M.Y.’s, meet weekly at 3:305:30 on Sundays. YUMY’s provides worship for children grades PK4-5th grade.

Music and Choir

Can you make a joyful


Photo Courtesy of The History Center

Members of the 198384 Diboll High School Flag Corps are Andra Willmon, G.G. Denman, Robin Squyres, Peggie Lewis and Autumn Capps. American Legion Post Commander Howard Walker continues his efforts to identify members of the military who gave their lives during World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War. Housing and Urban Development sees no

noise? Then the FUMC Diboll choir wants you! The Chancel Choir is under the exquisite direction of Nita Hurley. Practices are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm. Seasonal cantatas are held for Lent and Advent Seasons. The FUMC choir proudly participates in the local, Diboll Community Choir events.


We want to welcome you with open arms. We want to make you feel at home with us. Please join us and allow us to serve you. All are welcome brothers and sisters in Christ. Come home to Him. Let us know what we can do to serve you. *** Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!

danger in asbestos use in Diboll’s public housing. Angelina County officials learn that the county may have to purchase another 4-8 acres of land adjacent to the county airport if a planned future runway extension is constructed. Lufkin Music Club celebrates its 60th anniversary with reception in the home of Mrs. Virginia Douglas. Linda Dorsett is this year’s president of the Lufkin Music Club.


that my connection is a close one. I have to be willing to die to my own desires, and ask Him to resurrect Himself in me.In other words, when I want to gripe and complain about stuff, I have to give that to Him. I have to temper my words. I have to make sure that what I am saying is uplifting to others. When I want to gossip, I am to shut my mouth. When I want to be ugly to someone, I am to show kindness. I am to be the hands, feet, and mouth of Christ to those around me. I am to put their feelings ahead of mine. I am to be humble and have a servant’s heart. Now, let’s get real. I cannot do all of this stuff unless Jesus is controlling me because I get tired and crabby just like everyone else. However, when I get that way, I have to ask God to change my attitude because I am to be His witness. I am to be His witness out in the world and in my own home to those that I love. Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.

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Name: Halle Rice Grade: 5th Daughter of: Jeremy and Shelby Rice Favorite Color: pink Favorite Dance Tune: It’s A Beautiful Day When I’m not dancing, I like to: cheer and dance!

Dazzlers of the Week

Week of 9-20 Brianna Bussey, a sophomore, is this weeks Dazzler of the Week. Brianna’s interest in college is Texas A&M. Her favorite class is Algebra, favorite song is We Can’t Stop, favorite movie is Titanic. Her favorite thing to do on the weekend is working out. Brianna describes herself as nice, crazy, and funny. Week of 9-27 Peyton Morgan, a freshman, is this week Dazzler of the Week. Peyton’s interest in college is LSU. Her favorite class is math, favorite song is Wild by Jessie J, and favorite movie is Safe Haven. Her favorite thing to do on the weekend is to go eat out with friends. Peyton describes herself as bubbly, caring, and outgoing. Week of 10-4 Celeste Monrroy, a sophomore, is this week Dazzler of the Week. Celeste’s interest in college is SFA. Her favorite class is Art, favorite song is Just Hold on We’re Going Home, and favorite movie is The Notebook. Her favorite thing to do on the weekend is dancing and hanging out with friends. Celeste describes herself as fun, loud, and outgoing.

Judging for first, second, and third place will be held on Oct. 21. Winning scarecrows will be able to wear their ribbons while on display. All organizations, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to participate. This is great advertisement at almost no cost. Have your Scarecrow reflect your business or organization. Stands are available for $5 each. to order or for more information, call Jan Wilkerson at 936-829-4817 or email her at

of used Scout stuff such as shirts, shorts, patches, belts, neck ties and camping equipment is appreciated. For more information, call Matt Haggard at 936-209-6989.

Baying event

The SPJST is having its regular third Friday night dance, Oct. 18 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the SPJST Lodge, 197 Hughes Road in Lufkin. Music will be provided by Nathan Ham and the Back Porch Band. This will be a Halloween Dance, and you can come in costume or regular clothes, but a $25 gift card to Outback will be given for the best costume. Please bring your favorite finger food for the food table.

A baying competition benefitting Taylor Franklin will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Corrigan rodeo arena. Taylor, 11, a Diboll Intermediate Scholl student, has an inoperable heart condition. He is the son of Trance and Daisy Fenner. He has been in a Houston hospital for extended periods the last few months. He is home now, but faces several trips a week to Houston for doctor appointments. There will be several competitions – Puppy Bay, Old & Young, One Dog, Two Dog, and Two Dog/Two Dog/ Two Hog – and entry fee is $15 per dog. There will be trophies for all events. Admission is $5 per person, and children under 10 are free. There will be a trail ride from Woodlake to the rodeo arena, beginning at 9 a.m., for $5 a horse. There will also be a pig chase and His Little Farm Petting Zoo, both for children. For more information call Larry Welch at 936-225-0017 or Terry Mason at 936-635-0518.

Scouts in need

Tiger Cub and Cub Scouts in Groveton are in need of uniforms and accessories for their needy troop members. Any donations

Rev. R.G. ‘Bud’ Davis Jr.

Funeral services for Rev. R.G. “Bud” Davis, Jr., 73, of Lufkin will be held Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Campground Tabernacle. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery. Rev. Davis was born October 11, 1939 in Diboll, and died Monday, October 7, 2013

Potato lunch

Burke Chapter 1098, Order of the Eastern Star, is having a Baked Potato Lunch fundraiser for $5 on Friday, Oct. 18. They will deliver up to a 10-mile radius. To order or for more information, call Sue Johnson at 936-829-5973 or 936-676-7467.

SPJST dance

Southern Plainsmen

Wakefield Baptist Church will have the Southern Plainsmen at its Singing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The church is located at 3253 FM 357 between Corrigan and Diboll. Call 936-398-2003 for more information.

Parent conference

The 6th annual Parent Conference, “Conscious Discipline for Parents … Creating Safe, Connected, Problem-Solving Homes,” will be from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Region 7 Education Service Center in Kilgore. The DISD Family Education Center will be taking a bus.! For more information on registration for this free conference, contact Carlye


in Nacogdoches. He was a lifetime resident of Lufkin. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Maxine Davis of Lufkin; daughters and sonsin-law, Donna and Randy Seamans of Rockwall, Lori and Greg Coon of Lufkin and Melody and Patrick Smith of Huntington; four grandsons; and numerous other relatives.

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

Mary Alice Bell Conner

Funeral services for Mary Alice Bell Conner, 71, of Diboll, were held Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in the Faith Family Church. Interment will was in the Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan.

Morris at 936-829-6021 or email camorris@dibollisd. com.

Culinary Arts showcases

Diboll High School’s Culinary Arts cooking classes will host the next set of showcases in the fall of 2013. The dates are Oct. 14, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. The Diboll High School Culinary Arts Class works Diboll Family Literacy Center to share their talents and teach others how to make fun, family-friendly treats, tablescapes and decorations, etc. The classes will be held at the Diboll ISD Culinary Arts Lab at the High School Room C6 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $25 per person or $65 for all three classes, which includes everything needed for the evening. It is a great parent/child activity and fun for other adults who just enjoyed visiting and making the treats together. The Registration form is posted at, and then go to Departments, Adult Education/ Family Literacy/Community Service Classes. You may mail the form in with payment or you may call or email your reservation and bring your payment the evening of the event. Mailing address is Diboll Family Education Center; 299 S .Neil Pickett; Diboll, Texas 75941. E-mail reservations to Carlye Morris at or Jennifer Garcia at

4-H drawing

Diboll 4-H is having a drawing for a $300 Visa gift card. Chances are $1 each or six for $5. Prize to be awarded Nov. 15. Funds raised will benefit Diboll 4-H scholarships and 4-H programs.

Mrs. Conner was born November 9, 1941 in Camden, Texas. She died Sunday, October 6, 2013 at her residence in Diboll. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Jane Stewart and husband Tim Stewart; three grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

Alaina Lovelady, Logan Houl, Cash Morris

Ryan Wilkerson

DISD Primary & Elementary Menus

Hadley Bergeron

Big Day Curriculum

Students in Ms. Amy Shea’s PreK-4 class at Diboll Primary learn Math concepts integrated throughout the Scholastic Big Day Curriculum on a daily basis to prepare them for Kindergarten. They continue their study of measurement this week by measuring classroom objects.




Breakfast Waffles

Breakfast Sausage Kolache

Breakfast Donut

Breakfast Honeybun

Lunch BBQ Sandwich Baked Beans Romaine Salad Fruit Cocktail

Lunch Oven Fried Chicken Whole Grain Roll Fresh Salad Green Beans Apple Slices

Lunch Burger Sliders Burger Salad Seasoned Fries Grapefruit

Lunch Frito Pie Carrot Veggie Dippers Steamed Broccoli Fresh Cantaloupe


Friday Breakfast Pancake & Sausage on a Stick Lunch Crispy Tacos Mexicali Corn Pinto Beans Watermelon

Daily Breakfast Offerings: Cereal & Toast, PBJ Sandwich; Fruit or Juice; Variety of Milk Daily Lunch Offerings: Chef Salad, Sandwiches, Variety of Milk

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Jacks fall to Tatum, head to district The Lumberjacks’ first win will have to wait for district play after they rounded out the non-district slate with a 48-0 loss on the road to the Tatum Eagles on Friday night. Tatum entered the night having allowed only a total of 13 points through their first four games. When the teams took the field, the Eagles showed exactly why they have put up such impressive numbers. Diboll was held to a total of 58 yards on the night as Dez Shelby was held to 29 yards on 18 carries. Kevin Hurley completed 5-of-14 passing for 22 yards. But as good as the Tatum defense was, the offense also showed it was no slouch as Jaylen Shans ran for 110 yards and a touchdown. J.D. Taylor threw for 74 yards and one score on 6-of-12 passing, and Martin Williams finished with three receptions for 69 yards. Demetrius Hill started the scoring for Tatum as he scored on a three-yard run. That lead grew to 14-0 on a 29-yard touchdown pass

Sports Briefs District football Carthage Jasper Huntington Diboll Center

5-1 2-2 1-4 0-6 0-6

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Last week

Madisonville 56, Huntington 8 Tatum 48, Diboll 0 Carthage 44, Rusk 7 Jasper 49, Bridge City 7 Corrigan-Camden 35, Center 33

This week

Diboll at Center Carthage at Huntington Jasper at College Station

District volleyball Carthage Huntington Center Diboll Jasper

4-0 3-1 2-2 1-3 0-4

Diboll plays Center at 5 p.m. Friday. Diboll plays Huntington at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lady Jacks v’ball get district win

After starting 0-3 in district with 2 matches against Carthage and a tight game against Huntington, The Diboll Lady Jacks volleyball team is back on the winning track after defeating Jasper 3-1 on Tuesday in Jasper. Game scores were 24-26, 29-27, 2523, 25-18. “This was a big game for us to get in the win column in district. Friday we play Center which is currently in third at 2-2 in district,” said Ron Holton, Diboll head coach. Standouts against Jasper were: Kameri Mott 3 aces, 9 kills, 14 digs Mia Williams 7 kills, 14 digs, 1 ace, 1 block Shayla Hubbard 4 aces, 2 kills, 18 assists

Diboll Youth Basketball

Diboll Youth Basketball is holding early registration sign-up for ages 5 to 14 until Nov. 10 at $30 per player. After then sign-up fee will be $50 per player. Parents can register their players at the Boys and Girls Club in Diboll or by contacting Gerald Mott at 936-4149092, Eric Hernandez at 936-414-1141, Eryn Garcia at 936-465-6677 or Damitra Burrell at 936-671-9352.

from Taylor to Williams. Tatum then used a 27-point second quarter to end any hopes of a Diboll comeback. Chaston Brooks started the furious quarter with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown. Taylor added a fouryard run before Devin Boyd scored from three yards out. Shans closed out the first-half scoring with a oneyard run that made it 41-0. The Eagles then wrapped up their scoring with a 40yard touchdown from Brooks to Williams that made the final 48-0. Dibol begins district play this week on the road against Center, which also fell to 0-6 as it dropped a 35-33 heartbreaker to an undefeated Corrigan-Camden team on the road Friday night. Center was able to erase a late double-digit lead when Caiden Rainbolt hit Octavious Evans for an eight-yard score with 25 seconds remaining in the game. But the Roughriders’ try for two that would have forced overtime was stopped, leaving Center with a heartbreaking loss. The Roughriders had plenty of positives, especially on the offensive side. Rainbolt led the offense with 244 yards and three touchdowns. Evans had a huge game at receiver with 244 yards and a touchdown on 13 reception. Devin Whitaker did plenty with his five carries, running for 105 yards. Both Diboll and Center will look to get into the win column when the games mean the most as they square off in Center on Friday night. With four of the five teams in District 20-3A advancing to the playoffs, any win could potentially lead to a playoff berth. In last year’s matchup in Diboll, the Roughriders won 38-0.

Photos by Anthony Delco

Diboll senior Ceilance Bailey blocks a Tatum field goal attempt during Friday’s loss. Bailey is the Lumberjack of the Week. on a Jailyn Smith-to-Donald Roundtree 14-yard score. The Mustangs added two final scores on Curtis touchdown runs of 1 and 66 yards before Jeremiah Robertson scored on a one-yard run and scored the two-point conversion in the final seconds. Carthage bounced back from its first loss of the season with a dominating 44-7 win over the Rusk Eagles on Homecomign night. Senior Blake Bogenschutz threw for five touchdown passes in the first half in becoming the all-time Carthage leader. He was 13-of-20 passing for 252 yards and five touchdowns. He has now thrown for 87 touchdowns in his Carthage career. Tee Goree had four receptions for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Jakeldric Jackson had four catches for 42 yards. Carthage led 44-0 late in the first half before easing up later in the game.

Juan Gonzales (No. 13) leads the way for Dez Shelby to pick up some yardage after a handoff from quarterback Kevin Hurley (No. 12).

Carthage (5-1) at Huntington (1-4) Last week: Carthage 44, Rusk 7; Madison- Jasper (2-2) ville 56, Huntington 8. Last week: Jasper 49, After a brutal non-district slate in which Carthage Bridge City 7 only dropped one game, the This week: at College Bulldogs will get to work Station (5-1) on the district schedule in what looks like a mismatch against the Huntington Red Devils. Since winning the first game of the season, the Red Devils have dropped four straight contests, including Friday’s 56-8 loss to the Madisonville Mustangs. In that game, Huntington’s top offensive threat was Taylor Evans, who had 49 yards on 17 carries. The Red Devils were held to 117 total yards while committing five turnovers on the night. Madisonville was led by Antwoine Curtis, who finished with 167 yards and three touchdowns on his 15 carries. The Mustangs struck early and often as Curtis scored on a four-yard run before Brent McCloud returned a punt 37 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0. Madisonville added a Grant Smith two-yard touchdown run that made it 21-0 after a quarter. The Mustangs continued to add to that lead on a 41yard run by Smith that made it 28-0 at the half. Madisonville added three third-quarter touchdowns with Jailyn Smith hitting Grant Smith for a 30yard touchdown less than a minute into the second half. The Bustangs went up 42-0

After two weeks off, including one that was unexpected due to the weather, the Bulldogs took out some frustrations with a convincing 49-7 win over Bridge City. Jasper QB Randy Spikes was the team’s leading rusher with 126 yards on six carries in the first half alone. Meanwhile, Jasper held Bridge Cit’s Chase Shugart to 97 yards on 8-of-21 passing. Jasper got on the board early and often. After a paif of early scores, Shawn Jones took a short pass from Steven Walker and ran 68 yards into the end zone that made the score 21-0. The Bulldogs got another touchdown after a 14-play, 99-yard drive when Spikes hit Jamarcus Reed on a 12-yard score. In the opening half, Jasper QBs Walker and Spikes combined for 173 yards through the air while the ground game picked up 164 yards. Next up for Jasper is a matchup with a 5-1 College Station squad. College Station, a team in its second year of varsity competition has raced out to a 5-1 start to the season. College Station bounced back from its first loss of the season, a 43-37 setback to Gonzales, by routing Northland Christian, 35-6. -- Cody Havard

Let your spirit fly! Lumberjack flags just $10! (Flags are 5-foot x 3-foot)

Show your Diboll athletes and their opponents that you support the Lumberjacks by flying your flag on game days all year long! Purchase a flag at: Brookshire Brothers (Diboll) Diboll Free Press Pouland’s The Everything Store

October 10, 2013  
October 10, 2013