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Courtesy photo  A Beechcraft airplane made an emergency landing after suffering a power failure on Thursday on U.S. 59. During the landing, the plane struck a vehicle; however, no injuries were reported.

Plane crashes on highway

A Beechcraft airplane made an emergency landing after suffering a power failure on Thursday on U.S. 59. During the landing, the plane struck a vehicle; however, no injuries were reported. (Courtesy Photo) SJNT staff SAN JACINTO COUNTY — No injuries were…

Blaze destroys home

Trinity firefighters pour water on the roof of a home at 201 San Jacinto St. that caught fire on Nov. 24. Courtesy photos by Steven Jones By Tony [email protected] TRINITY — A single-family home was destroyed by fire early on Nov. 24. Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said the fire broke out in the home, occupied by Billie Newland…
Trinity firefighters pour water on the roof of a home at 201 San Jacinto St. that caught fire on Nov. 24. Courtesy photos by Steven Jones

Bodies of man, dog found in Rayburn

By Chris [email protected] Last week the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office announced that they recovered the bodies of a man and his dog from Lake Sam Rayburn. The announcement came from ACSO last Tuesday. The discovery was made on Sunday, Nov. 21, according to a news release from the agency. A vehicle was spotted by witnesses…
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Become a Texas Treasure if business is 50 or older

By Emily Banks [email protected] Polk County Publishing Company is making plans to lead the charge to bring recognition to businesses in its five-county region who qualify for the Texas Treasure business award, a special designation presented by the Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Treasure Business Award Program recognizes the…
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Livingston man charged with murder

From Enterprise Staff Drew Dylan Ponkonin, 22 of Livingston, was arrested and charged with murder in conjunction with a disturbance that occurred at the Pine Hill Apartments at 12:29 a.m. Saturday. The Livingston Police Department received a 911 call of a disturbance with shots fired and at least one subject possibly injured in the parking lot of…
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Lawsuit filed against Crockett-based childcare center

Exterior of the Treehouse Academy a daycare in Crockett, Texas (Alton Porter/Hcc Photo) By Chris [email protected] CROCKETT – A group of Houston County parents have filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County against a Crockett-based daycare center. The suit, which has 14 named plaintiffs, alleges that incidents of abuse took place within the…
Exterior of the Treehouse Academy a daycare in Crockett, Texas (Alton Porter/Hcc Photo)


B.A. Steinhagen Water stained; 61 degrees; 0.32 feet low. Low traffic on the lake due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so there is not a new report. Black bass are fair on crankbaits. Crappie are fair with minnows on the structure edges and above brush piles. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait. Houston County Water stained; 57 degrees; 0.06 feet…
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A mission of training

Healthcare professionals speak to DETCOG By Emily Banks [email protected] Shontel Minor, Director of Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East Piney Woods Region, and Dr. Courtney West, Associate Dean of Educational Affairs for Sam Houston State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, gave informative presentations during…
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Extreme weather could still threaten grid

The state’s power grid could still be at risk under extreme winter conditions, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, but should operate fine under normal conditions. The Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, issued Friday, said the grid can meet normal and even moderately challenging weather conditions but could break down if…
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Georgia-Pacific employees give thanks by giving back

Georgia-Pacific Corrigan Plywood employees are helping those in need by helping to fill more than 200 shopping bags with all the ingredients to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. Pictured (front row l to r) Sheriff Byron Lyons, Polk County; Anthony Carroll, Georgia-Pacific; Missy Murray, Polk County Sheriff’s Department; Lester Knight, Georgia-Pacific…
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A look at Christmas traditions

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Learning more than just play

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FromEditorsDesk TonyI’m sure that by now most of you know that football season, the regular part, has ended, and that our intrepid school kids have moved on to the next phase of school sports — basketball season.

Many will probably lament the season records, or not, but the one thing no one will lament is the benefits of organized sports.

At least at the high-school level.

For years, I was involved with Little League, as a coach and a board member, because more than anything, I wanted to give kids the same benefits I got during my time in “uniform.”

More than just baseball, I got improved hand-eye coordination, timing, strategy skills, team-building and teamwork skills and I was in a heck of a lot better shape that I am now, plus, I learned to play baseball. (I’ve even learned not to dine out anymore on those games where I was incredibly magnificent. Sort of.)

I also learned appreciation. 

I learned that coaches and board members and umpires and concession stand workers and even groundskeepers are volunteers who gave a lot of their time and talent to give me talent and training.

Since my time in the sport was while my dad was in the Air Force, and we were overseas, I learned that the space for fields wasn’t easy to come by, and that the generosity of people allowed us to play.

I learned to be patient and have fun, particularly when playing against a team from a different country.

Mostly, I learned that this, and all the other sports, couldn’t and wouldn’t exist without the efforts of all sorts of people coming together.

Much like sports from every level, including schools and even professional teams, and just like most things in life.

When I see or hear about things like Lebron James, one of the best players in the NBA, criticizing teams or using his celebrity as a sports hero to spout nonsense about social issues, I see it as a betrayal of those ideals that are defined by organized sports.

Even more so, this continued kneeling and disrespect for the country during the national anthem, particularly at the Olympic Games, is something that only shows us as whining, over-entitled narcissists.

Whatever happened to the joy of being part of something bigger than ourselves?

Some of the most exciting things I’ve seen, particularly this year, is how even with a losing record, players still stood up, gritted their collective teeth, and pushed through to the end of each game. And as anyone ever involved in sports will tell you, learning to lose the right way is equally as instructive as success.

Imagine the kind of city, and state, and country we would live in if that kind of dedication was applied in any and all endeavors. Progress would be so amazing, and the things we create would double as monuments to teamwork.

While all that hardware in the cases at the front of every school is impressive, what is equally as impressive is the amount of work that goes into each and every one, from the benchwarmers all the way to head coaches, school boards and, of course, parents and booster clubs.

From that point of view, everyone is a winner.

 Tony Farkas is editor of the Trinity County News-Standard. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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