This Week’s Front Page News

Diboll ranked among best towns

People looking to “explore the best towns to raise a family” need look no further than Diboll. At least that’s what Niche ranks the city.
Niche (on the web at was founded as College Prowler in August 2002 by Luke Skurman, a student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. The company has expanded to include rankings of cities, towns and schools. Towns, according to Niche, exclude suburbs and cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Diboll was the only Angelina County city ranked in the top 100 that range from Boerne at No. 1 to Hempstead at No. 100.
“I’m not sure how significant this survey is but it’s always good to get free publicity on how great a city we have,” Diboll Mayor John McClain said. “Hopefully people will see this survey and come visit or move to Diboll. As I have said in the past we are the best kept… Read More

Many feast on fest faire

Despite three huge obstacles – rain, rain, and more rain – the eighth annual Tamale Fest was fun for everyone who came to enjoy the day Saturday, May 16, at Old Orchard Park.
“The rain did not keep away the vendors or the crowds,” said Loretta Christmas, event organizer. “I think the weather played in our favor for the festival attendance. Everyone was so tired of the rain that once they saw the sun they came out to enjoy the day!”
An estimated 5,000 people attended Tamale Fest.
Roxana Martinez won across the board in the Tamale Cooking Contest. Judges rated each entry on appearance, taste, and texture. Martinez won first place each in the Chicken category, the Pork category, and the Other category.
“This is the best job I’ve ever had,” said tamale judge Brandon Worsham.
Rodney Cheshire was equally happy to be a tamale judge, saying, “We’re doing this again next week, right?”
Nine contestants in the Tamale Eating Contest battled it out to see… Read More

Home break-in could be another job of ‘panty burglar’

Diboll detectives say a recent home break-in could be the work of the so-called “panty burglar.”
The resident of the house on A.S. Davis Lane reported the break-in Saturday, saying it could have happened when no one was home — any time between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning.
“This is consistent with what’s happened in other burglaries involving the so-called panty burglar,” Sgt. Norman Williams of the Diboll Police Department told The Lufkin Daily News. “It wasn’t exactly the same, but there were some similarities. So, just to be safe, we got everybody together.”
There have been about 20 similar cases in the Diboll/Beulah/Burke area in which homes have been broken into and women’s or girls’ underwear taken.
Other agencies working the cases include Lufkin PD, the… Read More

Diboll FFA winding down year

The Diboll FFA brought its competition season to an end through its annual awards banquet.
The banquet started with the officers opening the banquet up for business. The current and incoming officers then served guests a catfish dinner catered by JR’s Barn. Guests were able to enjoy a slide presentation of pictures taken over the school year while they ate.
Officers handed out awards, 35 students received at least one award some receiving up to 10 awards. Awards included those based on their record books which students keep throughout the year as well as scholarships.
The FFA chapter also handed out its Honorary Chapter Award, which is given to a member of the community for hard work and dedication to the chapter during the 2014 -15 school year. This years Honorary Chapter Award went to Brian Frankens. Frankens went above and beyond to help the Ag Mechanics team with projects as well as hauled projects to the Angelina County Fair.
After all awards were handed out the… Read More

Freed by Christ 5-21-15

Memorial Day is almost here. We thank Jesus Christ for all our Military Service
people who gave their lives for our country and people in other countries as well. Please remember the families of these fallen soldiers. We pray for all of them.
God knows your grief. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. Please let Him minister to you. God’s Bible says in 1 Peter 5: 7, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Take time to thank these families for what their loved ones have… Read More

Dateline Diboll 5-21-15

Senior Movie Day
“Senior Movie Day” features a free movie on the big screen in the library’s community room once a month.Join us on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. for “Steel Magnolias”. The library will serve free popcorn and lemonade, though guests are welcome to bring their own snacks as well. Bring a friend and join us, hope to see you here. Call 936-829-5497 or more information.

Pork butts
Smoked pork butts can be purchased just in time for Memorial Day weekend, as a fundraiser for Fiestas Patrias Queen candidate Analia Hernandez. They are $25 each and must be prepaid. Order at 936-414-3266. Pick-up is from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Ryan Chapel Homecoming
Ryan Chapel Cemetery Association will still have its annual Homecoming at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 7. Church services will be held on the grounds at… Read More