Five Years Ago
Current and former Diboll High School students address school board weighing in on proposed budget cuts to the district’s agriculture programs.
More than 100 people gathered at Lufkin City Hall to celebrate the U.S. Navy SEALs’ successful killing of terrorist Osama bin laden.
Rev. Becky Love and Diboll First United Methodist Church seek donations for those who have suffered recent tornado storms in Mississippi.
Members of the Diboll High School Lumberjacks gives their Moms an early Mother’s Day present after escaping Pop Jordan Field with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Kirbyville Wildcats propelling Diboll to the playoffs.
Diboll native Keith Whitworth is one of seven candidates running for one of three spots on the Diboll ISD Board of Trustees.
Ten Years Ago
Diboll City Council accepts bid from Cox Construction to rebuild Dogwood Ridge, the entrance drive to the Deer Trace subdivision, to be $400,000-plus tab for the work.
Diboll Free Press launches new website- www.dibollfreepress.com.
Lisa Jeffrey will be the new principal at Temple Elementary School next year, succeeding Becky Donahoe who resigned effective at the end of this year.
Trinity Mission Health & Rehab announce 28-bed expansion.
Diboll High School freshman all-sport athlete Nikki Green takes third place in the regional relays’ high jump event with a leap of 5’0”.
Twenty Years Ago
Collin Stoops wins championship at the Lone Star Golf Tour’s Neches Pines Open and a check for $7,000.
Diboll’s annual Operation Clean-Sweep renovation efforts to spruce up Diboll come up with over 300 volunteers this year.
Gene & Debbie Hazell of Huntington announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Donna Marie, to Edwin Lee Quarles, son of Martha and Haywood Quarles of Diboll. The wedding will take place June 1 at Diboll’s First Baptist Churchc.
Patti Menz and Erica S. Perez will be the only two students who will represent Diboll High School at the University Interscholastic League state competition May 3-4 in Austin as they win second and third place poetry interpretation at the regional tournament.
Dr. Russell ‘Woody’ Ingram runs for 11th consecutive term on the Diboll City Council.
Thirty Years Ago
More than 175 people from the Wells area, including several from Diboll, Ryan Chapel and Lufkin participates in a Bible Reading Marathon at the historic old Primitive Baptist Church in Wells. This special reading took 82 hours and 25 minutes.
A girls basketball team, including a limited varsity schedule for the 1986-1987 school term is approved by Diboll ISD trustees.
Stephen F. Austin State University President Dr. William R. Johnson announce the forestry facility now under construction at Lake Sam Rayburn will be officially named, “Temple-Eastex Forestry Laboratory.”
Diboll Memorial VFW Post #8933 officers for the upcoming year to include Carl Halsell, commander; C.C. Conner, Service Commander; Ray Rector, Senior Vice Commander; Floyd Rast, Adjutant; Marvin Hunt, Quartermaster; Ben Baily, Chaplain; A.A. Thacker, surgeon; Melvin Abbott, Service Officer; Zusle , Rush, Judge Advocate; and Johnnie Simms, installation officer.
Delores Gossett Davenport and husband Billy Davenport are the proud owners of the new Jungle Hut Video located in Diboll’s The Village Shopping Center.
Forty Years Ago
State Representative Buddy Temple swept past Dr. William T. Jackson of Lufkin to win a third term in the House of Representatives in the Democratic primary.
Five Diboll ISD teachers will retire at the end of the current school year. Teachers include Willis Massey (assistant Principal at Diboll High School); Robert T. Ramsey (former high school principal and currently the driver’s education teacher); Louise Massey (first grade); Claire Clifton (2nd grade); and Pauline Collins (fourth grade).
The Diboll Booster Club has allocated funds for the summer baseball leagues and voted to charge deposits on uniforms in an effort to cut down on uniform purchases.
Alpha ETA Alpha Sorority presents the sorority’s Lady of the Year Award to Mrs. C.H. (Marjorie) Shepherd and the Girl of the Year Award to Mrs. Leroy (Georgia) Lazarine.
Newly elected 1976-1977 Diboll Garden Club officers include Louise McKinney (president); Rhoda Faye Chandler (vice president); Irene Paulsey, treasury; and Nan Miller, secretary.