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2010, Issue No. 51                               75 Cents                       Diboll, Texas: Proud home of Margie Rush                                                     Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Dateline                                                                            sees spike in revenue return
                                                    T-I ‘Build Team’ enjoys CityNovember sales tax allocation percent increase for a spike of about $250.
                                                    work on the ‘Makeover’ ber state salesfor the city of Diboll. Novem- and 33 percent increases year-to-date, re-
                                                                            from the state jumped 40 percent over last Burke and Hudson are showing 10 percent
    Visit Santa                                          Jim Brody was excited
                                                                                           tax collections and December spectively.
                                                                                                                           sales tax allocations to local governments            Angelina County as a whole dropped
      Today                                         telling us about his involve-                                          represent sales that occurred in October.         1.12 percent in its allocation for Novem-
      First Bank and                                ment in the “Extreme Home                                                   There were no immediate reasons city         ber, receiving about $11,000 less than the
   Trust is hosting Santa                           Makeover” near Salado. The                                             officials could point to for the dramatic in-     same period last year. Year-to-date, the
   Claus from 9 to 11                               home was built for a 22-year-                                          crease, except that the allocations have been     county is down 1.79 percent, or about
   a.m. and from 1 to 3                             old Fort Hood soldier engaged                                          drastically up and down over the last part of     $236,000.
   p.m. today, Wednes-                              to be married until a gunman       weeks prior and was hit four
                                                                                       times with a near fatal gunshot     this year. Year-to-date, Diboll is 2.36 percent       “Sales tax revenue has now grown
   day, Dec. 22, at the                             fired more than 100 rounds                                             above last year, a total of about $10,000.        for eight consecutive months compared to
                                                    at soldiers and civilians at the   to the head. His fiancée, Jessica
   bank. Cookis will be                                                                Hansen, put her college degree           “In the budget we plan for it (alloca-       year-ago levels, with recent gains above the
   served in the lobby.                             base. Thirteen people were                                             tions) to be flat,” Diboll City Manager Den-      5 percent mark,” said Susan Combs, Texas
                                                    killed, and SSG Patrick Zei-       on hold to be by his side and
                                                                                       aid in his recovery.                nis McDuffie said. “So, a 2 percent increase      comptroller of Public Accounts. “Novem-
                                                    gler was one of the 32 who
   Benefit account                                                                                                         is good news.”                                    ber’s monthly gain showed growth in a
        There has been a                            were wounded. SSG Zeigler                                                   Hudson also had a big jump for No-           range of sectors like manufacturing, the oil
                                                    had just returned from Iraq two         TABLE cont’d p. 2
   benefit account set up                                                                                                  vember, showing a 40.27 percent increase          and natural gas industry, retail trade and res-
   on behalf of Julia “Polka”                                                                                              for about $5,000. Burke showed a 22.26            taurants.”
   Stephens at the Temple

                                                              ‘Be Buddies, not Bullies’
   Inland Federal Credit
   Union in Diboll. Money
   collected will be used to
   offset medical expens-
   es. Donations may be
   dropped off in person at
   the credit union or mailed
   to 109 N. Temple, Diboll,                        Officers help
   Texas 75941. Cash or
   checks will be accepted
   and need to be labeled
   “Julia Stephens Benefit
                                                    youth resolve
   Car auction
                                                    against bullying
   fund-raiser                                           Two police officers who have
        Many Boys and                               made it their mission to educate
   Girls Clubs are looking                          youth to live a safe, drug-free
   for car donations in any                         lifestyle presented their program,
   condition. Cars are sold                         “Be Buddies, Not Bullies,” at
   at auction and the funds                         school-wide assemblies on Dece.
   generated help support                           14 at Temple Elementary School
   their many programs.                             and Diboll Primary School.
   People wishing to do-                                 Officers Christopher Bianez
   nate or find out more                            and Lindy Privett of the Plano Po-
   information should call                          lice Department, founders of the
   800-246-0493.                                    Strengthen Our Youth Foundation,
                                                    Inc., believe that effective youth
           Bible                                    programs must not only inform,
                                                    but must also entertain. And to that
           Verse                                    extent, they had the students’ full
                                                    attention. Using a combination of
             Luke 2:6-7                             martial arts and trampoline stunts,
    ““While they were there,                        the officers integrated tips on the
    the time came for the                           ABC’s of a bully-free school with
    baby to be born, and                            exciting demonstrations combin-
    she gave birth to her                           ing skill and humor.
    firstborn, a son. She                                The “Be Buddies, Not Bul-
    wrapped him in cloths                           lies” program encourages students
    and placed him in a                             to treat each other with kindness
    manger, because there                           and respect, and reinforces that         Above, Diboll Primary School staff and students pose for
    was no guest room                               everyone has a responsibility in         a photo as Christopher Bianez flies above.
    available for them.”                            keeping his or her school safe.          Left, Lindy Privett demonstrates some martial arts moves
                                                    Students learn that although stop-       with a cane.
                                                    ping bullying may not always be          The two demonstrated their respective talents last week
                                                    easy, it is important to 1) have an
                                                                                             at both the primary school and Temple Elementary
                                                    attitude of respect toward others,
                                                    2) exhibit the behavior of a buddy       School, while instructing the students about the dangers
                                                    and not a bully, and 3) make a           of bullying.
                                                    commitment to not bully others or        it is to give back to the commu-        “Choices and Consequences,”
                                                    allow themselves to be bullied.          nities where they operate, began        and “The Wonder of You.” To-
                                                         The program was presented           funding this program in 2006.           gether they have over three de-
                                                    courtesy of a grant provided by               The two officers present a         cades combined law enforcement
                                                    EnCana Oil & Gas USA, a key              variety of youth-focused top-           and public speaking experience,
                                                    natural gas producer in East Texas       ics through SOYF, including             and over the past five years have
                                                    with offices in Pollok, Fairfield and    “Stranger Danger,” “ABC’s of            shared their programs with over
   Hines earns                                      Ridge. EnCana, whose philosophy          Bully-Free,” “ABC’s of Fitness,”        250,000 students.
   master’s with
       Katirna L. Hines, a
  2003 graduate of Diboll
  High School and a 2007
                                                 Christmas returns through song
                                                         BETTY HENDRICK                     the daughters-in-law of Noah and         energy.”                                     had reluctantly agreed.
  graduate of Texas A&M                                 Special to The Free Press           reliving that familiar story on the           Quite    frankly,     M’Lisa’s              When word quickly spread
  University with a Bach-                                                                   stage.                                   Christmas spirit was on the down-            through the community that their
  elor of Science Degree                              Weary to the bone….spirit                 Because she had extended             hill slide. She, like so many of us,         “celebrity” resident was coming
  in Psychology, gradu-                           saturated through the skin….that          herself so much, M’Lisa declined         tried to pack far too much activity          home and would sing, interest
  ated Saturday, Dec.                             description fit M’Lisa Montgom-           to try out for the awe-inspiring         into the holiday season, and she             in the Christmas Eve service in-
  18, from Prairie View                           ery as she slowly descended the           “Miracle of Christmas.” “What            had really lost her focus. Most              creased greatly! Many of those
  A&M University with                             stairs of her apartment in Bran-          I really wish is that I had not          of the events were fun, but after            who had known M’Lisa all her life
  a Master of Arts Degree                         son, Missouri, where for several          agreed to sing ‘O, Holy Night’           awhile, the melody which usually             agreed Christmas was complete
  in counseling with hon-                         months, she had acted or sung in a        at the Civic Center! I would love        sprang from her heart and through            when she sang that traditional
  ors.                                            couple of the family shows which          simply to drive through the win-         her voice, had faded to a whisper.           hymn. Perhaps that sense of duty
       Hines is the daugh-                        attract hundreds of tourists each         try, bleak Ozark Mountains, slip         Yet, when the music director, a              was drawing her back to that fa-
  ter of Isaac and Vergie                         season.                                   into Brookwood, visit with fam-          friend since childhood, had called           miliar place, so on she traveled.
  Hines of Diboll.                                    Her current favorite was step-        ily and friends for a few days and       about bringing back a tradition
                                                  ping into the character of one of         begin the new year with renewed          started when M’Lisa was 13, she                       SONG cont’d p. 2

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