This Week’s Front Page News


Dateline Diboll for 10-23-14

Mulligan Stew

Burke Baptist Church will have its annual Mulligan Stew supper at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Come and enjoy good food, fellowship and music by the Burke Pickers.

Scarecrow Contest

Diboll PTSA is sponsoring a Scarecrow Decorating Contest. All scarecrows will be kept at the business that builds them. They can be displayed outside of the business or inside in an area that allow public viewing. Non store-front businesses, individuals, churches, and organizations will have their scarecrows displayed around town.

Scarecrows can be any size and decorated in any manner. Outside scarecrows should be weather proof. All scarecrows must be complete and on display no later than noon Oct. 27.

Awards will be given to first, second and third places.

To enter, call 936-829-4817 or… Read More

Freed by Christ 10-23-14

Victory is sweet. We enjoy winning. In this world it seems victory is usually short lived. Things of this world are temporary. Where can we find a victory that will last – last for-ever? It is only through Jesus Christ that we can find the ultimate victory that will last forever.

In Romans 8: 37, in God’s Bible it says, “Yet in all these things we are more than con-querors through Him who loved us.” How can a person have victory in the midst of in-justice or tragedy? Only through Jesus Christ. How can you have victory through death? Only through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the victory giver. You desire victory. Why not accept the victory Christ Jesus has for you today? No one or nothing will be able to take that victory… Read More

Setting themselves up

Heading into the season the Diboll Lady Jacks knew they were going to make the volleyball playoffs. It wasn’t an ego thing since four teams make the playoffs in each sport and there are only four teams in the Lady Jacks’ district.

However, the Lady Jacks haven’t coasted. They are undefeated in district play with two games to go, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday against the Lady Devils in Huntington.

The Lady Jacks made it interesting against Jasper (1-6) on Tuesday night, starting out slow and losing two of the first three games, 25-27, 25-23, 16-25. However, they final pulled tings togeth-er by winning the final two games, 25-22 and 15-11.

Having aces were Tiffany Simmons with 6, and Sydney Hurley with 2. Kill-leaders for the Lady Jacks were Mia Williams, 6; Sydney Hurley, 5; Kyla Cunningham, 5; Tiffany Simmons, 4; Shardnea Rayson, 4; and Kameri Mott, 3. Shayla Hubbard and Simmons led the team in assists, while Destiny Hubbard added 17 digs. Cunningham added 10 blocks.

Win vs. Center

On Saturday the Lady Jacks defeated Center to take their district record to 6-0. The scores were… Read More

No weak links in this chain

Diboll High School students spread out their Spirit Chain during the pep rally on Friday afternoon, Oct. 17. Each class sold links for 10 cents each, and the class that raised the most money got to donate their money and the other classes’ money to the charity of its choice. The seniors raised the more than half the total raised of $1,334.57, and donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. See photos here.

Nov. 4 Election Early-voting locales

■ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Monday through Oct. 31, Angelina County Courthouse Annex, 606 E. Lufkin Ave., Lufkin

■ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 25, Angelina County Courthouse Annex

■ Noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 26, Angelina County Courthouse Annex

■ 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 27-30, Diboll Sub-Courthouse, 211 N. Temple St., Diboll

■ 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 27-30, Huntington Sub-Courthouse 205 S. Gibson St., Huntington

■ 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 27-30, Zavalla Sub-Courthouse, 134 Warren St., Zavalla

Hard work is customary in upholstery biz

Hard work and frugality have paid off for Baltazar Lara. He started Diboll Custom Upholstery in 2005 from nothing and with no customers and has grown the business so that it attracts clients from all over the state and employs four full-time workers.

Lara specializes in doing upholstery on cars. He is sought out especially by classic car owners and has people come from as far away as Austin, Dallas and Louisiana. Car dealerships also bring vehicles to him.

However, Lara can work on anything that involves upholstery. This includes boats, furniture, purses, pillows, gym benches and church pews.

“Probably the most unusual job I’ve done was an airplane headliner (the overhead of the cockpit),” he said.

Lara had worked in the upholstery business for 25 years in California prior to moving to Diboll. He said that the cost of living in California was very high and regulations and restrictions made it difficult to do business there.

“California was expensive,” Lara said. “And it was very crowded. It was even hard to have parking places for customers when you owned a business… Read More

Work was just a pest for the Bakers; now have retirement under control

Waging war against pests has been Joe Baker’s primary concern for over 35 years. But he has chosen to let others carry on the battle after he sold Baker Pest Control and retired in September.

Baker got into the pest-control business while he was still in high school. His uncle start-ed a company in Houston, and Baker worked for him. After his uncle suffered a serious on-the-job injury, the company was passed to a son-in-law and eventually sold to one of the employees.

Even though Baker had continued with the company between stints at college and other jobs, by 1976 he and his wife, Sue, were ready to get out of Houston to rear their sons. They chose Diboll partially because one of Sue’s cousins lived here.

“We looked at several small towns, but they all seemed to be shutting down at that time,” she said. “We’ve enjoyed being here ever since then.”

There have been a lot of changes in the pest control business during Baker’s career. Many of them involved new regulations, while others concerned application methods and phi-losophies of how to… Read More