Five Years Ago
Diboll High School cheerleaders prepare for this upcoming competitive football season. The 2011-2012 squad includes Abbie Kettering, Audrey Tamez, Kirby Havard, Kiera Sudds and Michaela Wagner.
About 275 senior citizens enjoyed the 17th Annual Senior Indoor Picnic held at the Lottie & Arthur Tem-ple Civic Center and hosted by the Diboll Christian Outreach and Diboll Housing Authority.
Temple-Inland rejects bid by International Paper Company to purchase Temple-Inland saying bid “gross-ly under valued and not in the best interest of the share holders.”
Diboll still leads county this year in sales tax allocation percentage with 20.76% ($103,000) over the same period from last year’s)
Plans are in the makings for Diboll Day 2012 to be a special year for the school as it will celebrate 90th anniversary.
Ten Years Ago
Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas breaks ground for new swim center at 909 South Angelina Street in Lufkin.
Dr. Baker Pattillo, vice president of University Affairs, is appointed interim president of Stephen F. Austin State University.
Storyteller Dorothy McMahon of Houston entertained the Texas Summer Reading Club at the T.L.L. Tem-ple Memorial Library in Diboll.
Diboll Boy Scout Troop 128 makes summer trip to the Grand Canyon area. Troops include Adam Lowther, Tyler Dubose, Austin Dubose, B.J. Wafer, Braydon Gaard, Thomas Sims, Derek LaCovara, Stephen Thomas, Colin Lowther, Tim Rodgers, and Scout Master Raymond Sims, Bill Wafer, Tom Slandaritz & Wayne Dubose.
The Chamber of Commerce and board of Angelina Beautiful/Clean announced the appointment of Lisa Griffin as its new executive director.
Twenty Years Ago
Neches Pines Golf Course in Diboll receives July Beautification Award from Angelina Beautiful/Clean Awards Committee.
Diboll City Council tables any action for their final approval of streets and Phase IV of the Deer Trace Subdivision and called a special meeting for next week to discuss the project with engineers.
Geneva Jordan, incoming president of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8933 in Diboll, receives the gavel from out-going president Wanda Clark. Other newly elected officers include Lois Hurd, senior vice presi-dent; Jeanette Jordan, junior vice president; Sherry Votaw, treasurer; Margueriette Kessinger, conduc-tress; Blanche Rogers, chaplain; Sennie Conner, guard; and Peggy Swor, Joyce Crager & Wanda Clark, di-rectors.
First Bank & Trust East Texas acquire First State Bank of Jasper.
Cindi Carole Morris of Diboll weds Hunter Everett Griffith of Lufkin in ceremony at First Baptist Church of Diboll with Rev. A.S. Davis officiating the event.
Thirty Years Ago
Paul & Jane Shepherd each won a bicycle in The Free Press summer subscription campaign. Proud par-ents are Mr. & Mrs. Mark Shepherd of Diboll.
The appointment of Carol Riggs as director of the Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin is announced by Ron Huffman, executive vice president of the Texas Forestry Association.
Diboll VFW Post Commander Carl Halsell and Marvin Hunt inspect the two acres off FM 1818 to be cleared for a new post headquarters. The land was graciously donated by Temple-Eastex.
Lufkin City Council discusses the possibility of designating non-smoking areas for the new city hall build-ing and to study other city ordinances and come up with a proposed smoking ordinance.
Bernard Crump, a package driver for United Parcel Service, receives recognition by the company for completing five years driving without an accident.
Forty Years Ago
Jeffrey Byron Holberg will officially become Diboll’s new city manager on August 2.
Newly elected officers of the Diboll Rotary Club are incoming president, Howard Daniel; Nathan Ed-wards, vice president; Roger “Pete” Smart, secretary; Richard Hendrick, treasurer; Bill Oates, John Sloan, Don Robbins, John Orynawka, directors; and Ray Paulsey, immediate past president.
Diboll City Council to advertise for bids on the construction of the new police and fire station, or public safety building as it is being called.
Diboll’s Almeda Weeks had a hand in the Lufkin National Bank time capsule as she donated the Masonic Bible of her father, Henry Saxton, which contains the family history, to the time capsule.
Diboll High School Future Farmers of America Chapter President David Weeks and members Lanny Wilkerson, Michael Hicks and Ricky Kee along with Chapter Advisors Bob McCurry and Jessie Bradford attend the 48th State FFA Convention in Dallas.