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Dateline Diboll for 11-13-14

Bring Dad to School

Diboll PTSA is hosting “Bring A Dad to School Day” at the H.G. Temple Elementary and Intermediate campuses on Friday, Nov. 14, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins and friends are invited to share breakfast and visit classrooms. Byron Coleman will be the guest speaker following the classroom visits. The PTSA will furnish donuts and coffee or guests may purchase a breakfast from the school cafeteria. Door prizes will be given. Mothers are welcome to attend also.

Fall Clean-up

Diboll Beautiful Clean and the city of Diboll are doing the annual Fall Clean-up on Nov. 15. Anyone interested can call Elvia Esteves-Garza at 936-829-4757.

Youth hoops

Diboll Youth Basketball is holding sign-ups for boys and girls ages 5-13 wanting to play the 2015 season. Sign-ups are being taken at the Boys and Girls Club in Diboll from now through Dec. 5 with the draft being held Dec. 7. Cost is $50 for one child and $30 for any additional sibling living in the same household.

Youth hoops meeting

Diboll Youth Basketball will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Boys n Girls Club for parents, anyone wanting to coach a team and anyone wishing to join the DYB Committee. Contact league President Gerald Mott at 936-526-1599 or Eric Hernandez at 936-414-1141 for more information.

Op Christmas Child

Crimson Christian Academy is serving as a Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child. Drop off your Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes filled with gifts for a boy or girl from Nov. 17-24. The hours of operation are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday, they will be open from 10 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The school is located at Faith Family Church in Burke, and you may use the side door to drop off your boxes. For more information, go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/ or call the school at 936-639-1222.

Fruit, PB fundraisers

Diboll FFA is selling fruit. If you would like to place an order, call 936-829-4803 or see any FFA member. The Diboll National Honor Society is having a peanut butter drive. If you would like to donate, the peanut butter can be delivered to Diboll High School or take to Pouland’s Feed Store. This is a community service project for the honor society and all donations will be given to Diboll Christian Outreach.

Christmas Blessings

It is not too late to give monetary donations to the Christmas Blessings program that provides Christmas gifts to children in Diboll. Donations can be taken to First United Methodist Church at 401 Hines Street or taken to Trey Wilkerson, president of the Diboll Civic Club, at 105 Weber St. during office hours. For more information, call Bessie Furgurson at 936-829-4217 or Delana Hendrick at 936-635-2812.

Poinsettias

Diboll PTSA is now taking orders for Christmas poinsettias. The 6-inch pots come in red, pink, white, and marble. Cost is $10 each. Deadline to order is Nov. 20. Orders may be called to 936-829-4817.

Ladies Bingo

Ladies’ Bingo is at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17. Lunch will be served. To volunteer to help with the food contact Fran McClain at 936-829-4817. To donate prize for the Bingo contact Jan Wilkerson at 936-829-487.

Thanks Dinner

Eastview Pentecostal Church will host its annual “Thanks Dinner” on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The church is located at Loop 287 and Paul Avenue in Lufkin. The community is invited to come out and share this free meal with friends.

Decorate the park

The Civic Club invites individuals, clubs, churches, and other organizations to help decorate Old Orchard Park for Christmas. Lighted displays are being sought that will brighten up the park during the month of December. Complete guidelines are listed below. Join the fun and take part in this endeavor. For more information, contact Lee Woodward at leegwoodard@hotmail.com.

Poinsettias

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Angelina County Genealogical Society will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the Community Meeting Room at the Kurth Memorial Library, 706 S. Raguet St., Lufkin. The speaker is ACGS president Hershel (Dickie) Dixon Jr. of Lufkin. His topic will be “Visiting Deed Records in a County Clerk’s Office.” His presentation is expected to give directions on how to find ancestors in deed records of any era and to explain the meanings behind the various types of deed records.

Free individual genealogical research help is available on the 3rd Monday of each month (except January and December) from 1-4 p.m. in the Ora McMullen Genealogy Room, Kurth Memorial Library, 706 Raguet Street, Lufkin, Texas 75904, 1-936-630-0563, provided by members of the Angelina County Genealogical Society. The contact person for obtaining further information is Mrs. Cindy McMullen, genealogy department librarian. E-mailing or calling ahead for an appointment is strongly advised to assure individual help from a society volunteer. cmcmullen@cityoflufkin.com or 1-936-630-0563. Additional information about the ACGS August 18th meeting and ACGS activities can be obtained by calling the Ora McMullen Genealogy Room at 1-936-630-0563 or by doing a web search for the society’s web page at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txacgs.

Literacy Luncheon

The annual Literacy Luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Family Education Center. The meal, catered by JR’s Barn, is $22 for individual seats and two seats for $40. A table of six is $120 and a table of eight is $150. More details coming soon.

Christmas Blessings

There are many children in Diboll who may not have a Christmas gift beneath their tree this year. You can help provide a Christmas blessing by adopting a family in need as part of the Christmas Blessings project. To adopt a family, call Bessie Furgurson at 936-829-4217 or Delana Hendrick at 936-635-2812. Deliver the gifts unwrapped to Diboll First United Methodist Church or to the office of Trey Wilkerson no later than Dec. 7 to be distributed. If you do not feel that adopting a family is right for you, but you still want to help, cash donations are always gratefully accepted. Be sure to indicate in the check memo line “Christmas Blessings.” Cash donations may be mailed to Diboll FUMC, P.O. Box 412 Diboll, TX 75941 or to Diboll Civic Club, Attn: Trey Wilkerson, 105 Weber, Suite A, Diboll, TX 75941.

G&T nominations

Nominations for placement in the Advanced Academic Services Gifted and Talented Program at Diboll ISD for students in Kindergarten through 11th grade are now open until Dec. 15. Letters announcing the opening of nominations have been sent home with students. If you did not receive a letter of if you have questions about the program, call Diane Pennington, Gifted and Talented coordinator, at 936-829-6900 or email her at dpennington@dibollisd.org.

Tangled Threads

T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll invites is organizing “Tangled Threads” for crafters of all ages. The program is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. All skill levels are welcomed. Please bring your own hooks, yarn, and supplies. “Tangled Threads” will on the second Tuesday of the month in the Community Room. For more information call Mary Howell at 936-829-5497.

Try TOPS

Lose weight with TOPS – Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Check out the local TOPS chapter at First United Methodist Church, 805 E. Denman Ave., Lufkin. Weigh-ins are at 8:30 a.m. Fridays and the meetings are at 9:05 a.m. Fridays. For more information, call Sylvia at 936-639-4017. First visit is free. Check out www.tops.org.

Three inducted into Lumberjack Wall of Honor

The Diboll Jack Backers added three more sports heroes to the Wall of Honor on Friday, Oct. 31, before the Lumberjack home football game against Shepherd. Those inducted were Cedric Vinson, Ta’Mesha Millier and Tom Farley.

Vinson was an outstanding Diboll athlete who was named twice to the all-state football and basketball team. He shattered the season record for most touchdowns in a season and was the only quarter-back to lead Diboll High School to a perfect 10-win season. He earned a football scholarship to Southern Methodist University.

Millier was an all-state track star that gathered many gold medals in her track career at Diboll High School. She is the only track athlete to qualify for the state track tournament in five events, with her specialty being the relays, hurdles, long jump and triple jump. She received a full scholarship in track to the Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.

Farley has been the epitome of the Jack Backer of Diboll High School athletes for more than 40 years. He was dedicated in taking care of the fields the Jacks played ball on — Pop Jordan Baseball Field and Lumberjack Stadium. His dedication included not just taking care of the field, but working the chains at the football games, lining the football field, selling tickets, mowing the fields, painting the fences/bleachers, working concession stands — anything that would enhance the athletic programs at DHS. Farley was a former president of the DHS Jack Backers, is current vice president of the Jack Backers Club, Diboll Youth Baseball honoree on their Wall of Honor and 2010 Lottie Temple Award for his continuous service to the town and school. Farley was also an outstanding all-sports standout at Diboll High School.

Ambulance chasers: DPD officers nab man who stole Nac emergency vehicle

Diboll police officers have had a busy week, arresting two for drug drug offenses and another for stealing an ambulance.

 Ambulance theft

Diboll officers received information about 4 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, about an ambulance being stolen from Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Officer Michael Ramsey located the vehicle traveling south on Highway 59 through Diboll. After Officer Lazaro Robles arrived for backup, Ramsey initiated a felony stop.

The driver, Derwin Wayne Armstrong, 55, from Center, refused to pull over and continued south at about 80 mph.

As the chase continued, Corrigan and Polk County officers assisted, and Robles returned to Diboll. The pursuit continued through Corrigan and reached the Seven Oaks area. At that point, Ramsey left the chase to Polk County officers, who were able to spread spikes across the road and disable the vehicle.

Armstrong was taken into custody. Both Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Diboll Police Department have charged him with evading arrest, in addition to the charges he faces out of Nacogdoches.

Possession, resisting

Officer Lazaro Robles stopped a vehicle Saturday, Nov. 8, for driving in a reckless manner, unsafe speed and a defective tail lamp. The vehicle pulled into a resident’s driveway in the 300 block of Neil Pickett. After pulling over, the driver, Donnie Lamont Wilson, 35, of Diboll, rolled up the car windows and locked the doors.

After numerous commands to exit the vehicle, Wilson began reaching into his pants and into the glove box, causing concern that he may be attempting to retrieve a weapon, according to reports. Officers then broke out the driver’s side window, and pulled Wilson, who resisted, from the car and placed him under arrest.

During an inventory of Wilson’s car officers located 27.5 grams of cocaine. Robles was joined in the stop by DPD Officer Michael Ramsey. Assisting agencies who arrived to help control a large crowd gathering near the officers were Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, Constable Ray Anthony, Lufkin DPS and Lufkin Police Department.

Possession, warrants

Diboll officers responded to a disturbance call Wednesday, Nov. 5, and ended up arresting a man for possession of methamphetamine.

Noe Aguilar and Noe DeJesus arrived at a residence in the 600 block of Box Factory Road to find Rene Gerardo Maldonado, 38, of Diboll attempting to see his ex-wife. They discovered the man had outstanding felony warrants out of the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office.

After taking him into custody, the officers located a meth pipe in his pocket and 25.1 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Freed by Christ

Thank you for being a creation of Almighty God. Thank you for being a productive member of our community. Thank you for your smile and words of encouragement. Thank you for being a good parent. Thank you for being an obedient child. Thank you for being a hard worker. Thank you for taking care of your loved ones. Thank you for doing the hard things, the not-so-popular things and the things nobody else will do. God sees all you do. Jesus knows how tired you are. He knows you are really trying hard.

You were not made to try and do all these things on your own. That is why Jesus Christ came and died for you. He is alive today, waiting to help you if you will just turn completely to Him. God’s Bible says in Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

– Bro. Kenny Hibbs,

First Baptist Church

Program offers blessings at Christmas time

For many Diboll families, Christmas Blessings is exactly what the name implies: a blessing at this time of year. The program started as a charity effort of the Diboll Police Department several years ago and was recently administered by some area churches. It is now being sponsored by the Diboll Civic Club.

One of the recipients recently agreed to an interview to describe how her family has benefitted from the program. For this article, she will be called “Susan” (not her real name) in order to protect her privacy.

“I got involved in Christmas Blessings three years ago,” Susan said. “I was needing some help about this time of the year, and I went to Christian Information and Service Center at the Temple house. I also helped them by doing some translating for some of their clients. They gave me a flyer describing Christmas Blessings.”

Susan has a son and a daughter who are both younger than 13 years, the cutoff point for Christmas Blessings. She had previously had a bad experience with one of the big organizations in the county. She said that sometimes her children didn’t get anything, or they received old, used things that really didn’t fit their age. She indicated that the staff at CISC and the Christmas Blessings coordinators are much friendlier and seem to care more than some of the people she has dealt with before.

“Last year both of my children got a jacket and a complete set of clothes even including socks,” Susan said. “In addition, they received several toys that were suitable for them and that they really liked.”

When parents go to pick up the gifts, they are asked not to bring the children so they won’t know before Christmas what they are getting. Susan wraps the presents and uses some for regular gifts and some “from Santa.” Wherever her family is on Christmas, she leaves the “Santa” gifts in the car and has someone set them on the porch “since we don’t have a chimney.”

“I always explain to the kids where the clothes come from,” said Susan as tears came to her eyes. “I want to let them know that there are people in the community who care enough to help others.”

The benefits that this family receives do not end with them. They also get involved in giving back to the community by volunteering at various agencies. Some of these include the Humane Society, the Pregnancy Help Center, T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library, the Diboll schools, and Diboll Youth Baseball.

“Sometimes people ask me why I do all this if I don’t get paid for it,” Susan said. “I tell them it’s just what I do. My parents always tried to help the homeless when we would visit Mexico when I was a child, and they instilled this attitude in me.”

She does not own a vehicle, so she gets friends to give her rides, takes the trolley, or bor-rows vehicles to get to the places that can use her help.

“I want my children to know that we might not have much, but we can do something for others. You don’t have to have money or influence; you just have to have desire.”

Susan has lived in Diboll practically all her life. She has associate’s degrees in Accounting and Business. Her health has prevented her from continuing her education, but it is improving, and her goal is to earn a degree in Human Services.

Anyone who wants to contribute to Christmas Blessings or pledge gifts for a family can contact either the staff at Diboll CISC, Bessie Furgurson the coordinator, or Trey Wilkerson the Civic Club president.

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