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Taking the next step

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060321 groveton gradCourtesy photo | Martha Mericle Groveton ISD seniors celebrate their commencement with the traditional tossing of the mortarboards at the High School graduation on Friday.

By Tony Farkas

GROVETON — The Groveton High School on Friday celebrated the first post-pandemic graduation in style, and said farewell to 63 seniors with righteous pomp and circumstance.

Family and friends cheered and hollered in the red-bedecked gymnasium, as the event was moved from the stadium due to weather, and the excitement was palatable.

After a recitation of negativity that many students may feel, Valedictorian Emily Ecord said that students can be so focused on reaching the final goal that they lose sight of the importance of the individual moments.

“It undermines the value you have in yourself, and the value you have in each of your peers,” she said. “Those moments make up your life.”

Ecord also thanked the many people that have helped her find those moments throughout her high-school career.

Salutatorian Cole Sullivan congratulated his fellow classmates in the best way possible, by evoking Dr. Seuss.

“He teaches us life lessons — friendships, bonds, achievements, the hiccups, the failures, successes and relations,” he said. “Even though most people think of the ugly hairy cat in the red-and-white striped hat, Dr. Seuss went way beyond that.”

Sullivan listed the five “simple” life lessons that he and his classmates could use from now on:

  • “Today, you are you, that’s truer than true. There is no one alive that is you-er than you.”
  • “Why fit in when you are born to stand out.”
  • “You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
  • “Be who you are, and say what you think, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
  • “Today, I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.”
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Schools to create grant plan

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GROVETON — The Groveton ISD Board will schedule a public hearing on how to best spend a $2.19 million grant, and will appoint a committee to brainstorm possibilities.

Superintendent Don Hamilton said that the Texas Association of School Boards put out a resolution on the ESSER III grant, which requires publication of the districts use of funds; Groveton decided to do it as a board agenda item that will allow public comment.

“We’re looking at $2.19 million, broken into two parts,” Hamilton said. “The first will be 2/3, or $1.43 million, and the second part will be 1/3, or $727,000. We’re working on how to spend that money.”

Hamilton said that incoming superintendent Jim Dillard will assemble a committee to decide how to best utilize those funds, which will be presented at the public hearing.

“We’re looking at the grant requirements, what is allowed, and what will be the best fit,” he said. “We have until late July to get application in.”

In other business, the board:

  • accepted the resignation of James Price, who is retiring, and Hunter Hartman, who is moving to a different district’
  • approved the hiring of Rebecca Huff as assistant superintendent and Angela Richey and Britton Stovall as teachers;
  • approved an amendment to the budget to pay for property near the school that purchased earlier in the year. The land is to be used for future expansion; and
  • discussed the Health Advisory Committee Report.
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FFA honors participants

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american ffa degreeCOURTESY PHOTO American FFA Degree recipients are Jace Stout and Mallory Stout.

Special to the News-Standard

TRINITY — Trinity FFA held its end of the year banquet May 20 at the Trinity Community Center.

Ag teacher Tristan Pedersen said that with the challenges that this year brought, the members stepped up and did not let it slow them down, going above and beyond to make this one of the greatest years yet.

The 2021-2022 Trinity FFA officers installed at the banquet are President Haden Coleman, Vice President Zoe Hawkey, Secretary Allie Ancira, Treasurer Kayla Kembro, Reporter Graci Robb and Sentinel Alivia Wallace.

Awards

Chip Hart Top Hand Award — Haden Coleman

Honorary FFA Members — Brittaney Cassidy and Shaun Stout

Outstanding Service Award — Mike Burk

Star Greenhand — Kayla Kembro

Star Chapter — Allie Ancira

Star Lonestar — Haden Coleman

Top Junior FFA Member — Preston Riddle

Beef Proficiency — Haden Coleman

Goat Proficiency — Eryn Eaton

Sheep Proficiency — Kaitlynn Medcalf

Swine Proficiency — Zoey Gray

Small Animal Management Proficiency — Peyton Robb

Junior FFA Members — Samantha Dilda, Preston Riddle, Trace Coleman

Greenhand Degree Recipients — Christanea Cunningham, Emalee Ellis, Zoe Hawkey, Alyssa Juniel, Kayla Kembro, Graci Robb, Samantha Short, Gunner Smith

Chapter Degree Recipients — Brooke Allen, Allie Ancira, Robbie McDonald

American FFA Degree Recipients — Jace Stout, Mallory Stout

Top Seller — Kayla Kembro

Top 5 FFA Members — Eryn Eaton, Haden Coleman, Peyton Robb, Zoey Grey, Shelby Walters

2021 Trinity FFA CDE Teams

Horse Evaluation — Haden Coleman, Peyton Robb, Graci Robb

Livestock Judging — Haden Coleman, Alivia Wallace, Kayla Kembro, Eryn Eaton

Veterinary Science — Haden Coleman, Zoey Grey, Zoe Hawkey, Allie Ancira

Senior Members — Peyton Robb, Eryn Eaton, Kyndal Corbin

2021 Student Teacher Recognition — Ms. Heather Stenson from SHSU

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County to investigate insurance options

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GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners’ Court delayed action on renewing its health benefits with the Texas Association of Counties to allow questions about plan availability are answered.

County Attorney Colton Hay had asked if there was a second option that could be offered that had a higher deductible but lower premiums, to be offered to people who would prefer that type of plan.

County Treasurer Bob Dockens said there was, but there also was a danger of the county losing its grandfathered position on health care plans, which will mean much higher premium costs.

Dockens will schedule a discussion with the county’s TAC representative to get clarification on options and county’s grandfathered status.

In other business, the county:

  • approved a hiring recommendation from the county’s Internship Committee;
  • approved the purchase of a new recording system for 911;
  • approved the countywide transition to Microsoft 365 for the county’s email needs;
  • approved the purchase of several vehicles for Precinct 4 from the Texas Forest Service;
  • approved the hiring of a structural engineer to evaluate the needs for a new maintenance building;
  • approved a resolution regarding 1115 Medicaid waivers.
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City to seek answers to police dilemma

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060321 city 1TONY FARKAS | TCNS City Judge Angelia Evans swears in Tommy Walton as mayor of the City of Groveton. Walton won the post in the May 1 election.

By Tony Farkas

GROVETON — The Groveton City Council delayed action on changing the salary of the police chief, in light of the fact that the city has to replace John Raiford, who resigned May 14.

Mayor Tommy Walton said the resignation was effective immediately. Daniel Kee was appointed interim chief at an emergency meeting on May 14.

“He did not leave on bad terms,” Walton said. “It was time; he stopped attending meetings, and his reports reflected no activity, and I think he just got tired.”

The city is budgeted for two officers, and currently is using reserve officers and Kee for patrol until hiring is done. Walton said sheriff covers for the city as well.

At its regular meeting on May 24, Walton said he was considering $18 to $20 per hour for a pay scale; however, Council Member Joe Don Kennedy asked to delay any action because the matter needed more discussion, and the city at this time did not have a chief.

Council Member Autumn Dial said that she has been investigating the matter, and Groveton is about $10,000 under pay scales offered by towns of similar size.

Walton said in order to hire a chief, there needed to be some sort of plan in place.

Kee warned the commission that the call volume after hours is pretty high, and that would be a detriment to hiring someone.

“You can’t salary someone and call them out 24 hours a day,” Kee said. “Salary is based on a 40- to 50-hour week, and 3 in the morning isn’t salary time. You need to pare down your expectations.”

Kee also said the city needed to decide who will hire a replacement officer — the city or the newly hired chief.

“It appears you’re tabling this to discuss the issues,” Kee said. “I encourage you to please discuss it to the fullest. I’m in limbo in the meantime.”

In a separate matter, Maretha Lawrence asked the council to be more aware of some of the things it does, as an event during the city election could be construed as racist.

Lawrence said that during the vote, there were two black women serving as election judges at the city polling station, and someone made a point of saying that should not be allowed to happen.

“I started not to say anything, but I felt it was a racist statement,” she said. “To me, that was saying you can’t trust two black people.”

Walton said that the statement that was made was not meant to be racial, but was a request for equal representation in election judges.

Lawrence said she expected the council to address it, and not change out one of the election judges for a white person, which was the damaging action.

“There’s nothing that can be done about it now, but I want to put that out there so next time it can be addressed properly,” she said.

In other business, the council:

  • approved a $8,641 payment to Inframark for water and sewer operations;
  • discussed the flooding issue on West First Street due to the large amount of rain received;
  • delayed action on paying $28,963 to stock a fire truck for the Groveton Fire Department, expected to arrive in 2022;
  • delayed action of approval of changes to the city’s weed ordinance; and
  • re-appointed Angelia Evans as city judge.
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