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Firefighters rescue man from Trinity River

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lifesavingEmergency personnel from five area agencies came together to rescue an elderly man who fell into the Trinity River on Friday night. Courtesy photo

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Trinity and Walker County firefighters rescued a man who fell into the Trinity River Friday night at the river bridge on Highway 19.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said that they received the call at about 7 p.m. Friday and responded with a rescue truck and 12 firefighters. Ventura EMS from Trinity and Walker County EMS sent ambulances and emergency personnel as well.

Johnson said that firefighters Greg Conner, Joey Paguga and Allen Ramsey arrived on scene first and pulled an elderly male out of the water. Later, a second elderly male at the scene began experiencing chest pains and was assisted with his medication by EMS personnel.

The two victims were not identified.

Johnson said the first victim fell because the bank collapsed when he got close to the water.

The Trinity VFD Polaris side-by-side was called to the scene and removed both patients to the boat ramp to be transported to Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Johnson said the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.

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One injured in two-car crash

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Trinity Fire & Rescue personnel assist law enforcement at an accident site. One person was injured in a two-car crash on Highway 19 Saturday evening. Courtesy photoTrinity Fire & Rescue personnel assist law enforcement at an accident site. One person was injured in a two-car crash on Highway 19 Saturday evening. Courtesy photo

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TRINITY — Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated a crash on state Highway 19 south of Trinity that occurred Saturday.

The investigation indicates that at approximately 6:47 p.m., a 2011 GMC Terrain was traveling north in the inside lane, while a 2011 Lincoln MKX was traveling north in the outside lane.

Trinity Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Keith Johnson said his department responded with 11 firefighters and two engines to the crash, as the northbound lanes were shut down for approximately 15 minutes for Ventura EMS to load patients. 

Reports indicated the driver of the GMC slowed down and traveled onto the left shoulder to enter the turnaround but changed her mind and attempted to re-enter the inside lane. As she attempted to enter the inside lane, another vehicle was traveling in it and the driver of the GMC swerved left to avoid striking it.

At this time, the driver lost control and entered the outside lane and struck the Lincoln on its left side, reports state.

The driver of the GMC, 62-year-old Brenda Faulk of Crockett, was transported to Huntsville Memorial for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Her passenger, 34-year-old Jasmine Faulk, was not injured.

The driver of the Lincoln, 72-year-old Timothy Price of Trinity, was not injured. His passengers, 95-year-old Jane Kempfe and James Price, were not injured.

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Groveton splits on the court

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112323 trinity basketballLady Indian Emma Alexander looks for a shot surrounded by Trinity players. Lady Tiger Mariah Lewis puts up a fast-break layout. Chanston Holland (No. 10) looks for room for the shot. Photos by Tony Farkas

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The Lady Indians traveled to the Wells Tournament this past weekend, losing two and winning one.

On Thursday, Groveton played Bullard and lost 59-17. Leading scorer was Kiki Smith with 8, followed Laney Peterson with 5 and Marie Gonzalez with 3.

On Friday against Zavalla, the Lady Indians won 43-38. Leading scorers were Smith with 27, Emma Alexander with 9 and Laney Peterson with 4.

On Saturday against Cushing, the team lost 36-19. Leading scorers were Smith and Peterson with 6 apiece, and Stormie Hensley with 5.

On Nov. 14, the Lady Indians downed county rival Trinity 46-18.

Top scorers for Groveton were Smith with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals; Peterson had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.


The Lady Tigers won one and lost three during the Shepherd Tournament last week.

Trinity lost to Dayton, Westfork, and Lufkin JV, but downed Goodrich 34-27.

Head Coach Ashley Sustaita said the team played two solid games and two not-so-good games.

Top players include Olivia Mills, Bree Davidson, Yazzmyne Thompson and Mariah Lewis.


During the Lady Bulldogs homecoming against Zavalla on Nov. 11, the girls lost 68-13. Kate Rogers scored 10 points and Taylor Barton scored 3 in the effort.

On Friday against Colmesneil, the Lady Bulldogs posted their first win of the season with a score of 39-24. Kate Rogers scored a career-high 29 points, while Malacie Bolton scored 7 points and Taylor Barton chipped in 3 points.



The Bulldogs lost a close match against Zavalla 68-65 on Nov. 11. Iain Kendrick led the Bulldogs with 27 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals; while Brayden Watson had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Wyatt Clede had 7 points, 12 rebounds and 1 assist. 

On Nov. 14, Centerville hosted Richards, losing 71-58. Kendrick had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist; Brayden Watson had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals; and Colton Brasuell had 12 points. 

The Bulldogs defeated Colmesneil 60-51 for their first win of the season on Friday.

Down 11 going into the fourth quarter, Centerville put together a 25-point run, 19 from Iain Kendrick, while holding Colmesneil to just 5 points.

Kendrick finished with a career-high 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals; Brasuell had 9 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals; Watson had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals; Clede had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. 

Apple Springs

The Eagles fell to Spurger 59-50 on Friday.


The Tigers lost their opening tilt against Grapeland on Friday 63-51.

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VFD battles house fire

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112323 house fireTrinity VFD firefighters battle a blaze in the Lakewood Subdivision in the early morning hours of Nov. 14. Courtesy photos

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A home in the Lakewood Subdivision of Trinity was damaged after a fire broke out in the early morning hours of Nov. 14.

Trinity Firefighters responded to the fire with four trucks and 14 firefighters, finding the fire was at the back of the residence. The 356 Volunteer Fire Department also responded to assist with water supply and manpower.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said the fire was under control in approximately 20 minutes with units staying on scene for 2 hours putting out hotspots.

The structure sustained major damage to the rear of the residence, however, no one was injured, and units were back in service at 7 a.m.

Because of the damage, the cause was undetermined.

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Three injured in two crashes

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112323 crash 2A 2022 Dodge Ram pickup overturned after attempting to make a curve on FM 3188. Courtesy photo

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Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers are investigating a crash on Farm-to-Market Road 3188, near the 680-mile marker, that occurred Wednesday.

Reports indicate that at approximately 8:40 p.m., a 2022 Dodge Ram pickup was traveling northwest, and the driver failed to negotiate a curve safely and traveled into the ditch, where he struck a tree and overturned, causing the driver to be ejected.

The driver, 45-year-old James Morroe of Trinity, was transported to Memorial Hermann for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation.

On Nov. 14, Trinity firefighters responded to a major accident on State Highway 19 and Roberts Place.

The two-vehicle collision sent both drivers to the hospital, and the southbound lanes of 19 were closed for approximately 35 minutes to remove the vehicles from the roadway.

Reports indicate that Melinda Hernandez, 54, was driving southbound on 19 when John Michael Zaleski, 19, pulled out in front of her vehicle.

Trinity Police Chief Daniel Kee said Zaleski may not have allowed enough time, and the two vehicles collided.

112323 crash 2The investigation is continuing.

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