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House, Senate representation stable

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House ProposedHouse ProposedBy Tony Farkas
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AUSTIN — While San Jacinto County retains its representation in the Texas Legislature, population changes in the state means changes to district boundaries.

Rep. Trent Ashby of Lufkin still has House District 57, and Sen. Robert Nichols still represents the county from Senate District 3. However, the borders of those districts will look different, should the Legislature approve the plans.

Ashby’s district as it stands now is comprised Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine and Trinity counties. Under the proposed plan, the district will be redesignated 9; Leon County will become part of a recast District 13, and Madison County will become part of District 12, currently represented by Kyle Kacal.

In his column of Oct. 7, Ashby said that while he was pleased and excited about the new House district, but was disappointed not to keep Leon and Madison counties after months of advocating for them. 

He also said that he intends to run for re-election in the new district. 

“For now, the proposed map will go through the public hearing process and be subject to amendments, both in committee and on the House floor, before we know for certain the makeup of our legislative districts for the next decade,” he said.

On the Senate side, District 3 is currently comprised of 18 counties, of which San Jacinto is one, and part of Montgomery County. The proposed plan will move Houston County into a neighboring district, and swapping with District 4 the part of Montgomery County for a portion of Jefferson County.

There are 31 Senate Districts in Texas, and based on the 2020 Census, each district must have a population of as near 940,178 people as possible. For the House, there are 150 districts, and each district must have a population of as near 194,303 people as possible.

According to the Texas Legislative Council redistricting website, the federal constitution calls for redistricting of congressional seats according to population following a Census. Reapportionment is the allocation of a set number of districts among established units of government. 

On April 26, 2021, the United States Census Bureau reported results of congressional reapportionment from the 2020 Census. According to these results, Texas will add two new congressional districts for a total of 38 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 118th Congress.

Senate ProposedSenate ProposedThat redistricting will continue down to any entity, such as city, county or school board, that elects representatives based on districts.

Before elections are held under the new districts in counties that are split under the newly adopted plans, counties and the SBOE must change their voting precinct boundaries to conform with the new district lines.

The state constitution requires a candidate for state legislative office to have resided for at least one year before the general election in the district the candidate seeks to represent.

Redistricting bills follow the same path through the legislature as other legislation. Congressional and State Board of Education (SBOE) district bills may be introduced in either or both chambers; senate and house redistricting bills traditionally originate only in their respective chambers. Following final adoption by both chambers, each redistricting bill is presented to the governor for approval. The governor may sign the bill into law, allow it to take effect without a signature, or veto it. If the house or senate redistricting bill fails to pass or is vetoed and the veto is not overridden by the legislature during the first regular session after the census data is released, the Legislative Redistricting Board (LRB) is required to meet. If the congressional or SBOE bill fails to pass or is vetoed and the veto is not overridden, the governor may call a special session to consider the matter.

Enacted redistricting plans or those adopted by the LRB are filed with the Texas secretary of state. The plans adopted, in most cases, become effective for the following primary and general elections, subject to any judicial action if a lawsuit challenging a plan is filed.

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Officials to swap offices

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Trinity Countyseal 200By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — An office swap proposal for officials of Trinity County met with some opposition Friday, but ultimately was approved by the Trinity County Commissioners Court.

County Clerk Shasta Bergman and her team, as well as the voluminous records the office is required to keep, will be moved to an office in the annex across the street, one currently occupied by Elections Administrator Priscilla Rasbeary and 911 Addressing Coordinator Jolynn Wars.

Elections and 911 Addressing will in turn be placed in the office on the second floor of the courthouse, currently occupied by the County Clerk.

The reason for the moves is the files and record books the Clerk is required by law to keep, namely dealing with real estate, are heavy and causing weight stress on the courthouse’s second floor.

The offices in the annex are on the ground floor.

The motion passed, with Commissioner Tommy Park voting against it.

In other business, the county:

  • Appointed Lawrence Adamick as Precinct 1 Constable, replacing Jeremy Alexander, who resigned during a previous court meeting citing pay;
  • proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month;
  • proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month;
  • gave annual approval to the county’s investment policy;
  • approved budget amendments that will finalize spending for the previous fiscal year;
  • approved the sale of a 2021 Mack truck through the company’s buy-back provision for Precinct 1, and early buy-back of a 2022 Mack truck for Precinct 4;
  • approved bids on tax resale properties;
  • approved leasing three vehicles for Sheriff’s Office; and
  • hired Southern Style Home Investors to replace flooring at the Groveton Community Center.
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Tigers participate in Lufkin meet

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Trinity Lady Tiger Ava Morrison (center) takes off in the crowd during the Lufkin Coke Classic Invitational cross country meet. (Courtesy Photo)Trinity Lady Tiger Ava Morrison (center) takes off in the crowd during the Lufkin Coke Classic Invitational cross country meet. (Courtesy Photo)

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LUFKIN — Lady Tiger Ava Morrison logged the best time and place in the Lufkin Coke Classic Invitational on Oct. 6.

Morrison posted a time of 14:12 on the day.

Coke Classic results

Trinity Boys

Varsity

87, Esteban Ruiz, 21:53.3; 92, Nicholas Parras, 22:18.3

Junior varsity

64, Christian Moreno, 23:19.6; 67, Preston Riddle, 23:27.8; 75, Misael Acosta, 24:26.5; 84, Gabriel Lopez, 26:14.8; 94, Christian Lopez, 28:36.6; 98, David Mckendree, 30:30.9; 99, Cash Allen, 30:31.7; 103, Benjamin Kaufman, 32:48.5

Junior High

43, John Parrish, 14:26.6; 63, Austin Beasley, 15:03.1; 106, Daniel Sanchez, 16:36.6; 135, Alex Sanchez, 17:56.8; 168, Jose' Lopez, 21:42.9; 169, Michael Ramirez, 22:59.5

Trinity Girls

Varsity

9, Ava Morrison, 14:12.0; 48, Alyssa Cerda, 16:29.6; 54, Lilian Uresti, 16:56.1; 80, Zoey Gray, 18:28.0

Junior High

29, Skylar Knight, 16:11.3; 140, Abril Manzaneras, 21:24.6

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Groveton schools extend staff benefits

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GROVETON — Groveton ISD staff will still have time available to them if necessary to take off because of a positive COVID test.

Superintendent Jim Dillard said the board passed a resolution to extend the employee emergency sick leave that covers employees for COVID days. 

“The government had extended it to Sept. 30, but the board will continue it through the remainder of the school year,” he said.

The policy covers employees for 10 days if they or a child in their immediate family has to be out because of a positive COVID test. Documentation must be provided to the district justifying the leave.

Additionally, Dillard said the number of staff and students being out because of COVID dropped significantly from the beginning of the year, when the district was closed. 

There are two cases in staff members at the elementary school, and none at the other campuses, Dillard said. There are students that have tested positive at the other campuses, but only a few. 

In other business, the board:

  • approved a stipend for teachers and administrators that complete a reading academy;
  • approved legislative updates to the school policy;
  • approved candidates for the appraisal districts for Houston and Trinity counties; and
  • discussed a stipend for teachers, to be paid through ESSER grants, to help spur retention.
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Trinity Community Fair - Fair-ly excellent (Gallery & Winners)

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Fun was had by children of all ages on the midway during the Trinity Community Fair. )Photos by Tony Farkas/TCNS)Fun was had by children of all ages on the midway during the Trinity Community Fair. )Photos by Tony Farkas/TCNS)

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY —Another fair, another rousing success, and another exciting time for the youth of Trinity.

The Trinity Community Fair, held Friday and Saturday, was a great success, said Misty Coleman, PR person for the fair association.

Coleman said the success is not possible without the community and the sponsors that always give back.

The auction Saturday night totaled $84,415.

2021 Trinity Community Fair Results

Parade 

First Place: Trinity FFA and Trinity 4-H

2nd Place: Trinity PeeWee Cheer 

Third Place: The Haley Burk Memorial Foundation

grand bunny
Drew Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Grand Champion Rabbit, and also the showmanship award.
grand goat
Hunter Rollo of Trinity 4-H had Grand Champion Goat.
grand lamb
Morgan Cotrone of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Lamb
grand steer
Kayla Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Steer, and also a showmanship award.
grand swine
Summer Ogden of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Pig.
Queencake
The Queen Cake was sold by newly selected Trinity Community Fair Queen Zoey Gray of Trinity FFA.
reserve bunny
Allie Ancira of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Rabbit.
reserve goat
Chelsea Loftin of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Goat.
reserve lamb
Morgan Cotrone of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Lamb.
reserve steer
Kayla Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Steer, and also a showmanship award.
reserve swine
Summer Ogden of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Pig.
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Steer Show 

Grand Champion: Haden Coleman

Reserve Champion and Showmanship: Kayla Kembro

Third place: Grace Tullos

Fourth place: Hunter Ogden

Heifer Show 

Grand Champion Heifer: Kayla Kembro

Reserve Champion Heifer: Grace Tullos

Junior Showmanship: Drew Kembro

Senior Showmanship: Grace Tullos

Goat Show 

Grand Champion: Hunter Rollo

Reserve Champion and Showmanship: Chelsea Loftin

Third place: Cason Beasley

Trinity Community Fair Queen Zoey Gray of Trinity FFATrinity Community Fair Queen Zoey Gray of Trinity FFALamb Show 

Grand Champion and Showmanship: Anneliese Beasley

Reserve Champion: Morgan Cotrone

Third Place: Shelby Walters

Fryer Show

Grand Champion and Showmanship: Drew Kembro

Reserve Champion: Allie Ancira

Third: Cole Hortman

Fourth: Gracie Robb

Fifth: Brooke Allen

Swine Show

Grand Champion: Zoey Grey

Reserve Champion: Summer Ogden

Third: Cade Mauldin

Fourth and Showmanship: Alivia Wallace

Fifth: Trace Coleman

Sixth: Aaron Brooks

Shop Projects

Grand Champion: Roberto Urbina: Kentucky stick chairs

Reserve Champion: Robbie McDonald: Deer Feeder

Division Winner

Outside Home: Roberto Urbina: Kentucky stick chairs

Wildlife: Robbie McDonald: Deer feeder

Livestock: Drew Kembro: Feed Trough 

Inside Home: Trey Peters and Davian Alfaro: Coffee Table

Reserve Divison

Wildlife: Paul Hollingsworth: Deer Skinner

Allie Ancira: Deer Feeder

Outside Home

Preston Riddle: Smoker

Kaitlynn Medcalf: Cornhole Boards

Inside Home

Jaydon Fulcher: Wavy Flag

Dylan Knight: End Table Set

Elias Daniel: Texas Flag

Creek Copley and Ja'Nelle Townsend: Nightstands

Top Senior hand: Haden Coleman

Top Junior hand: Hunter Rollo

The Trinity Community Fair Livestock Auction get under way in Trinity with the sale of the Grand Champion Steer.The Trinity Community Fair Livestock Auction get under way in Trinity with the sale of the Grand Champion Steer.

City Council Member Bubba Smith tosses candy to the crowd during the Trinity Community Fair Parade.City Council Member Bubba Smith tosses candy to the crowd during the Trinity Community Fair Parade.

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