30 Years Ago: James Bray rushes for 157 yards

One Year Ago

Diboll High School cross country team wins Apple Springs Invitational Track Meet. Varsity team members include Omar Solis, Caleb Stewart, Ariel Encarnacion, Hector Lopez, Andrew Hernandez, Jose Flores and Stephen Badeaux.

Angelina Arts Alliance names Tracy Pinkerton as its new managing director.

Longtime Angelina County Airport cafeteria dessert specialist Gayle Whitworth retires with reception hosted by fellow employees.

Diboll High School agricultural science teacher Kevin Swor is elected to serve as president for 2012-2013 Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas.

Lady Jacks’ volleyball team starts week as #10 in state, wins 6 of 7 matches in the Woodville tournament, places second and drops to #18. The Lady Jacks current record is 21 wins and 6 losses.


Five Years Ago

Nine area residents, most of them from Diboll have been indicted on charges related to illegal gasoline purchases made last year using a credit card stolen from Diboll ISD.

Diboll City Council appoints Diboll Police Chief Kent Havard and Diboll City Financial Director Elvia Esteves-Garza as interim co-city managers while the city council seeks a replacement of departing City Manager Kenneth Williams.

Diboll High School’s Amanda Drake, cross-country sensation finishes first at the Stephen F. Austin State University Meet beating out the other 82 runners.

Jacks defeat Silsbee Tigers, 27-24 in hurricane-delayed game. Jacks held Silsbee to 200 total yards of offense.

Diboll and Lufkin dodged a real bullet this past week as Hurricane Gustav decides to visit Louisiana instead of the Texas coast.


Ten Years Ago

Mexico officials release East Texas murder suspect Alvaro Rodarte. Texas officials vow to continue push for capture. Rodarte is wanted in the murder of Angelina County Sheriff Deputy Don Willmon in 1979.

Tyler Junior College Alumni Association honors Jack Cook Sweeny as an “Outstanding Alumni”. Sweeny was an outstanding basketball sensation for the Apaches at TJC and is currently the president/CEO of Temple-Inland Forest Products Corporation.

Diboll City Council approves new tax hike- 19.13 cents per $100 valuation to fund the City of Diboll

In honor of nearly 35 years in ministry and over 17 years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Diboll, C.G. “Buster” and Judy Griggs celebrates retirement with reception hosted by family and friends. Jacks top Splendora in opener, 17-13. Diboll quarterback Luis Rios throws for 200 yards as Diboll builds early lead and holds on to win.

Diboll Church of Christ welcomes new minister Mack, wife Nancy Christian and children Tyler, Colleen, Reagan and Austin.


Twenty Years Ago

Ribbon cutting ceremony is held to officially open Diboll’s newest business, Diboll Glass in its new location at 1501 North Temple Drive, across from the Road Runner. Proud owners are Nina and Sonny Neyland.

Woodland Heights Medical Center names Dr. Don McBride as its new chief executive officer.

Angelina County Historical Society members trek to Lindsey Springs area to research its origin and history. Members making the trip are Stephen Bailey, Becky Bailey, Mark Martin, Doug Warner, Franklin Weeks, Charles Young and Jess Scarborough.

Livingston Lions romp past the Lumberjacks, 38-6 in football action. Livingston team mounts 477 yards offensively.

Texas State Comptroller John Sharp visits with State Representative Billy Clemons and Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice board member Rufus Duncan at First Friday luncheon.

Thirty Years Ago

Diboll High School cheerleaders this year include Lacy Yates, Jenny Shadix, Ursula Younger, Debra Scott, Deanne Ray, Stephanie Joshua, Nelda Scott and Donya Taylor.

Jimmy McClain and Malcolm Still win 14th annual Labor Day Golf Tournament with a 54-hole score of 204.

Jack running back James Bray rushes for 157 yards on 26 carries as Diboll romp past Livingston Lions, 19-6.

Contractor’s Supply and Arthur “Buddy” Temple III donates 52-foot houseboat to Stephen F. Austin State University as a floating classroom for the School of Forestry and the Piney Woods Conservation Center.

Hudson ISD to develop outdoor classroom that will be accessible to all grade levels and subjects.