30 Years Ago: Dixie Cook retires after 35 years

One Year Ago
Diboll Police Officers Noe DeJesus and Noe Aguilar team up to deliver baby on house call located on Lindsey Street. Coincidentally, the birth time was the same as the house address.
Mark Kettering, Diboll Junior High School principal, is selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as a Region VII Outstanding Principal of the Year.
2012 Diboll Day Queen Candidates include Isabella Tamez, Audrey Tamez, Emily Parish and Courtney Shivers.
The District 20-3A Executive Committee amends the district’s Policy & Procedures Manual, requiring “All UIL events will require a parent/guardian to accompany their child (5th grade and below) to the event and remain with them until the event is complete”.
City of Diboll’s new digital sign will be located between City Hall and the police/fire facility and tell passers-by of upcoming important events.

Five Years Ago
Diboll girls basketball players meet WNBA all-time great Theresa Weatherspoon while attending camp in Houston. Players making the trip include Ashley Henderson, Karah Phipps, Chasity Walker, Kenechi Udechime. Brittany Forney, Kristen Simmons, Paige James, Kendall Mitchell, Kayla Deason, Sasha Lewis and Naya Bryant.
Declining attendance is primarily responsible for Diboll school district facing more than $500,000 budget for the upcoming year states district financial director/assistant superintendent Kevin Mathis.
Margie Harrell is honored with surprise party marking her 40th anniversary with the Diboll Housing Authority.
Hellen Schmidt, president of the Diboll Pilot Club attends the Pilot International-Pilot International Foundation annual convention hosted in Phoenix, Arizona.
Aspen Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aspen Pipeline has scheduled a September groundbreaking for its 50 megawatt renewable energy wood biomass burning facility in Lufkin.
Ten Years Ago
Angelina College purchase 72-acre tract of land on FM 819 to college campus. Trustees approve $1, 125,000 purchase price.
Costly error ($678,000) by Capital Appraisals of Austin prompts Angelina County Appraisal District to hire new industrial appraisal firm, T.Y. Pickett Associates.
The new 2003 TXU Communications’ phone directory for Lufkin-Nacogdoches features red, white and blue theme and a Lone Star belt buckle on the front cover.
Students from Kovenant Kids Day Care of Lufkin visits The History Center.
Dr. Karen McBee is named new Angelina College Fine Arts directors.
Elender Sellman and her crew at Diboll’s Subway Sandwich Shop put together a 150-foot long sandwich to promote the upcoming Jacks football season.

Twenty Years Ago
Employee of the Month at the Diboll Detention Facility is Food Service Manager Scott Ballenger and Officer of the Month is Tex Daniels, security officer for first shift.
Temple-Inland announce the election of Herbert A. Sklena to the company’s board of directors, increasing the number of directors to 10.
Members of the Diboll T-Ball Rangers include Hannah Bowman, Rachel Bowman, Elizabeth Ray, Amy Allen, Jonathan Toney, Brittee Neyland, Johnny Hernandez, Russell Sloma, Juan Zapata, Carlos Delfuente, Francisco Morado, Kristi Homan, Dillon Tobias and Randy Hawthorne.
William B. Howes is elected CEO/Chairman of Inland Container Corporation.
School gets under way with 1,927 enrolled for classes in Diboll ISD on first day.

Thirty Years Ago
The Good Girls of the Diboll Dixie Youth League this year consist of Donna Mark, Lucy Lopez, Sharon Canada, Missy Cavasas, Patricia Alexander, Kelly Hicks, Mary Guerra, Charlotte Grant, Lenora Levine, Shelia Johnson, Brenda Kee, Pam Fenley and Gwendy Hicks.
Over 70 Lumberjacks report for grid season. Veteran quarterback Clay Dubose will lead the team.
Diboll High School volleyball standout Deidra Johnson receives scholarship to play at Lee College in Baytown.
Newly elected officers of the Burke Masonic Lodge #833 A.F. & A. M. are Harrison Weeks, Tiler; John Everett, Senior Deacon; J.T. McDonald, Senior Warden; Russ Swetland, Worship Master; Richad Williams, Junior Warden; Melvin Ivy, Secretary; John Rector, Chaplain; Jim Dunlap, Junior Steward; jack Harris, Installing Marshal; Thomas McBroom, Junior Deacon; Bill Carrier, Treasurer; Eugene Baker, Senior Steward; and Hal Greer, Installing Secretary.
Tiffany Porter, seven-month-old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Porter of Diboll, wins the title of Imperial Miss America Photogenic 1983.

Photo Courtesy of The History Center Thirty Years Ago This Week Miss Dixie Cook is honored at a reception at Diboll’s Temple Junior High School by Principal James Porter and school staff. Miss “Dixie” retires from the classroom after 35 years of dedicated teaching to “her kids.”

Photo Courtesy of The History Center
Thirty Years Ago This Week
Miss Dixie Cook is honored at a reception at Diboll’s Temple Junior High School by Principal James Porter and school staff. Miss “Dixie” retires from the classroom after 35 years of dedicated teaching to “her kids.”