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30 years ago:Flappers win Hushpuppy Olympics

One Year Ago

Diboll High School athletic department host Lumberjack 5K and Fun Run. Top finisher in the men’s division is Robert Smith with a time of 16:40 and the top lady finisher is Jessica Mays with a time of 23:33.

Diboll ISD trustees vote to renovate two classrooms in the former kindergarten building into a reception area, principal’s office, nurse’s office and a media center/computer lab.

City of Diboll awards Lumberjack Drive rehabilitation’s project to Drewery Construction Company, which bid was just over $1 million.

Diboll Garden Club names Ruby Barber’s yard at 200 South Hendrick Street as Yard Beautiful in Diboll.

Shared Ministry of Angelina County United Methodist shares God’s love at the “Change the World” event. Local Methodist churches, Diboll First United Methodist Church, Burke Methodist Church, Ryan Chapel Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Lufkin host the event.

Five Years Ago

Angelina County residents and friends mourn the loss of longtime popular Free Press editor Gary Willmon who dies at age 51 after a long battle with Crohn’s Disease.

John Gullett retires after 20 years as manager of Atlas Roofing Company of Diboll and is given a surprise retirement reception by his employees.

Diboll High School senior football standout J.R. Youngblood receives $100,000 East Texas Baptist University football scholarship.

Diboll High School Bandsters raise $1,800 for working Sonic Band Day.

Trinity Missions of Diboll host promotional car wash while prospective customers tour facilities.

Mary Ingram, Diboll High School educational counselor receives the Ted Moore Champion for Students Award at the annual DHS Renaissance Academic Banquet.

Ten Years Ago

Diboll’s Steve Rodgers of Boy Scout Troop 128 attains Eagle Scout rankings.

Diboll High School’s Megan Paresa receives $500 scholarship from the Leadership Tomorrow Program.

Hudson Lady Hornets close in on state berth with 2-1 over Bridge City as standout pitcher Christie Worley throws no-hitter.

Texas Governor Rick Perry appoints Mike Waters to the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers, which licenses and regulates athletic trainers in Texas.

Twenty Angelina College students are initiated as charter members of the Rho Alpha Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, an international business honor society. Student Angela Jones is the charter president.

Twenty Years Ago

Demetrius Cunningham and Estela Morales are named 1993 Mr. and Miss Diboll High School.

Diboll City Council approves police reserve patrol program.

Diboll ISD trustees deny request by seniors who failed TAAS. Trustees unanimously adopt policy requiring all seniors to meet Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test in order to participate in graduation ceremonies.

Zavalla Mayor Opal Grant cuts ceremonial ribbon to officially open Cassels-Boykin Park as a county park at Lake Sam Rayburn. Angelina County assumes maintenance and upkeep of the park from the state.

Diboll’s Lakeview Baptist Church celebrates 41st anniversary.

Diboll High School seniors Emily Sloan and Chris Roberts receive the 1993 Diboll High School W.F. Pate Award (athletics/academics).

Thirty Years Ago

Annon Card, retired executive vice president of Texaco and president of Texaco Europe, is elected to the board of directors of RepublicBank of Lufkin.

Newly elected officers of the Diboll Band Boosters for 1983-1984 are Nora Bell Mullins, president; Alice Ellender, vice president of high school; Billie Lamb, vice president of junior high; Linda Maxey, secretary/treasurer; and Dee Hodsden, reporter.

Top students for the 1993 Diboll High School graduating class are valedictorian Karen Ingram and salutatorian Susan Beene.

Diboll High School Lady Jack track star Sylvia Mitchell receives scholarship to University of Texas-El Paso.

Time Inc. proposes Temple spinoff of its Temple-Eastex and Inland Container companies. Temple-Eastex chief executive officer will be Joe Denman and Inland chief executive officer will be Clinton James. The new company will be run by Clifford Grum.