This Week’s Front Page News

Back the Future
Rally emphasizes ‘commYOUnity’
The excitement of the first day of school will extend into Monday evening in Diboll as the local PTSA hosts its “Back the Future” event. Food, games and information booths will be located in the parking lot in front of the DISD Administration building from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
At the event, Mayor John McClain will declare school is officially… Read More

CrimeStoppers seeks info on kidnap suspect
David Dailey is the only at-large member of a group wanted in Diboll in connection with a kidnapping.
A Diboll Police Department investigation found that Daily, Shalena Nasha Faulk, Benny De-wayne Free, and Antone James-Leslie Hereaux kidnapped a man from his Diboll home and held him in another residence where they hit, kicked, and chocked him, and caused a dog to attack him.
Hereaux and Faulk were arrested August 16 on warrants… Read More

Local writer to sign first published book
Dortha Jackson welcomes the community from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, for a book-signing of her first published book, “Ain’t it Funny?”
“My love of writing started in grade school,” Jackson said. “It’s a good mode of self-expression. I tend to write in the highs and lows of my life. I’m an emo-tional writer. If something funny, happy, or sad hap-pens, I have to write it down to catch that emotion.”
“Ain’t it Funny?” does just that by collecting 20 short stories that are humorous, witty, and full of senti-ment and family values with a Christian flavor.
“I’ve always wanted to publish… Read More

Countdown to DD kickoff
Diboll Day luncheon set for Sept. 4; Queen candidates at work
Diboll Day 2014 is just three weeks from kickoff.
The month-long fundraising event that culminates with Diboll Day on Oct. 4 will kick off Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Lottie & Arthur Temple Civic Center with lunch and entertainment by the children of Katherine Sage Temple Child Care Center.  Lunch will be provided and the entry will be $5 a person.  During luncheon, the three queen candidates… Read More

Diboll tax rate increasing
Diboll City Council has set the 2014 property tax rate at 59 cents per $100 valuation – the first tax-rate hike in three years.
The rate, which council approved Monday, Aug. 18, will not be official until the council holds two public hearings – 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 – and then approves it at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8.
The rate is about 2.3 cents per $100 valuation over last year’s tax rate. The taxable value of the average Diboll private residence is $77,878, so the increase would mean about $22 more a year in… Read More