This Week’s Front Page News

Health care reaching new ‘Heights’ in Diboll

The staff of Woodland Heights Primary Care at Diboll cut the ribbon to celebrate the clinic’s grand opening with members of the Diboll Business Association and other Diboll dignitaries. Holding the scissors is Josh Talbert, physician assistant for the clinic, which opened Sept. 2. A story was published in the Aug. 28 issue of The Diboll Free Press and can be found online at…. Read More

DVFD to use Keeler Grant  for equipment

The Diboll Volunteer Fire Department received $60,000 this year from the Thomas T. Keeler Grant Program. The funds will be used for the following items:
• Two X380 Thermal Imager cameras. These cameras will replace some that are 20 years old. They can be used by firefighters inside burning buildings to “see” through smoke. They can find hidden fires in walls and locate people by identifying a heat source. Consequently, they can also be used by law enforcement to help find lost people or criminals in hiding.
• Jaws of Life. This set will replace an old one that is no longer functional.
• Equipment to outfit the brush fire truck. The vehicle will be equipped with a lift to provide more clearance from the ground… Read More

Dateline Diboll for 9-18-14

SPJST dance is Sept. 19
The SPJST third Friday night dance will be Sept.19 at the SPJST Lodge, 197 Hughes Road in Lufkin. Dance is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for members and $7 for guests. This month’s band is Linda Kaye and the Kool Katz. They play Cajun, country, rock-and-roll and most anything you want. For more information call George Scogin at 936-875-2867. Also, bring a potluck dish for the food table.

PTSA fall mums
Diboll PTSA is currently taking orders for fall mums. The 10-inch pots come in bronze, yellow, red and pink/lavender. Each plant is $12. Deadline to order is Sept. 26 with delivery on Oct. 8. To place an order contact Jan Wilkerson at 936-829-4817 or

DISD trustees to meet a day later
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Diboll ISD Board of Trustees has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. instead of Monday, Sept. 29. The Communitywide Homecoming Pep Rally for the Diboll Lumberjacks is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29.
Church garage sale for youth
First United Methodist Church-Diboll is having a garage sale to benefit youth and YUMYs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27… Read More

Help wanted: Diboll’s volunteer fire department need for more firefighters critical

If you ever dreamed of being a firefighter when you grew up, now is your chance. The Diboll Volunteer Fire Department has the “Help Wanted” sign out.
According to DVFD Chief Darrell Roberts, Diboll is experiencing the same trend that volunteer fire departments are seeing nationwide: They are short-staffed.
“We especially need more people who can be available during daytime hours,” Roberts said. “It takes at least 10 people to fight a house fire, and some companies will no longer let volunteer firefighters leave work. This kind of policy makes it difficult for us to have enough responders.”
Very few qualifications are necessary for someone who is interested. Roberts said they need to fill out an application and pass a criminal background check, but that’s about all that is required.
“The applicant does need to discuss it with his or her family and be sure they are comfortable with the decision because firefighters… Read More

‘Exceptional Duty’

Steve Baker, Diboll Police Department’s interim chief, was about finished with the wording on a commendation for Officer Noe Aguilar’s accomplishments in the past year when he had to start over.
However, last week, Aguilar located and arrested a couple who could be responsible for a string of burglaries from here to Tyler. A report had come in about a car burglary, complete with a description of the vehicle in which the suspects drove away.
Aguilar noticed a similar vehicle at the Polk’s convenience store on the south end of Diboll.
“I saw the car parked at the gas pump without anyone pumping gas. And, they seemed to be parked too far from the pump to get gas,” Aguilar said. “As soon as the suspect saw me a move was made to get rid of the evidence. She said, ‘You can check my car,’ but I could see a purse in the trash can.”
Latoya Lee, 26, is still in Angelina County Jail on $5,000 bond for burglary of a vehicle, a state jail felony, and… Read More