This Week’s Front Page News

Dateline Diboll for 9-11-14

DPD no longer unlocking cars
Diboll Police Department is no longer providing the service of unlocking vehicles, due to liability issues. People who lock their keys in their vehicle will now have to call a wrecker or a locksmith.

Clinic grand opening
The grand opening and ribbon-cutting for Woodland Heights Primary Care at Diboll is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16. Tour the office, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments. Address is 202 S. Temple.

SPJST dance is Sept. 19
The SPJST third Friday night dance will be Sept.19 at… Read More

Badge of Bravery

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz presented Travis Lacox and Andy Murph the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery last week – the first from Texas to receive the honor.
The two men are College Station police officers, and Lacox is from Diboll.
“On behalf of the United States Congress, on behalf of the state of Texas, and on behalf of a grateful community, thank you,” said Sen. Cruz.
The Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery was created in 2008 and honors excep-tionally courageous acts in the line of duty by federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The medals are awarded annually by the U.S. Attorney General and are presented by the recip-ients’ Congressional representative.
Investigators Andrew Murph and Travis Lacox responded to a call… Read More

City adopts tax rate, budget

After two public hearings on the tax rate, people finally spoke at the Sept. 8 Diboll City Council meeting. They just didn’t speak about the tax rate.
Council members adopted a $5.2 million budget for fiscal year 2015 and also adopted the 2-cent tax rate hike to support it. The increase to 59 cents per $100 property valuation means about a $22 increase for the average homeowner in Diboll.
However, that is not what was on Pastor Kenny Hibbs mind as he addressed council. The First Baptist Church pastor spoke against alcohol being sold at Neches Pines Golf Course. The council approved beer sales at the August meeting.
Hibbs expressed his concern about how alcohol can negatively affect people’s lives and also gave a specific example of alcohol not mixing with the… Read More

Spikers continue winning ways

The Diboll Lady Jacks followed a nail-biting 5-game home win over Athens on Friday, Sept. 5, with an easy 3-game home sweep of Onalaska on Tuesday.
Diboll won the first game against Athens, 26-24, and then Athens evened it up with a 25-21 win. Diboll came back with a 25-21 victory, and Athens staved off the loss with a 25-22 win. Diboll won the fifth game 15-12.
Clutch serving helped close out the Lady Jacks’ first two wins. Shardnea Rayson served the final six points with two aces and another serve that was shanked. Mia Williams got the winning kill in Game 1 on a set from Rayson. In Game 3, Sydney Hurley served out the win with three aces. Kyla Cunningham put it away with a block.
Hurley served six aces to lead her team to an 11-2 start in the fifth game… Read More

Memorial becomes CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial

Memorial Health System of East Texas announced last week its name change following its recent affiliation with the national organization Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and its Houston-based network now known as CHI St. Luke’s Health. The new name for Memorial is CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial.
Ownership of the four-hospital Memorial system was transferred to CHI on June 1st of this year. CHI acquired the six-hospital organization formerly known as St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in July 2013. As part of CHI’s new brand strategy and identity to link its facilities across the nation, the Houston system was rebranded as CHI St. Luke’s Health earlier this year.
Beginning today, all of Memorial’s facilities and operations in East Texas will also come under the same brand, CHI St. Luke’s Health. Keeping Memorial… Read More

Lumberjacks fall to 0-2, hit road

The Diboll Lumberjacks fell to 0-2 with a 42-7 home loss to the Athens Hornets on Friday night at Lumberjack Stadium.
The Lumberjacks will play their first away game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Crockett.
Deverick Thompson finished off Diboll’s only scoring drive with a 1-yard run with 8 seconds left in the first half.
It also was the Lumberjacks’ longest drive, 79 yards on 13 plays, including four first downs. Thompson ran five times on the drive for 29 yards. The biggest play was a 32-yard pass play from quarterback Kevin Hurley to JaMarcus Polk to the 1 yard line.
Diboll’s chances were limited in the first half by an interception and two fumbles.
“Athens is a good team, and we needed to play a perfect game to win. The turnovers hurt us,” said Blake Morrison, Diboll head coach. “But, the defense… Read More