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Steers, lambs highlight Thursday’s fair activities

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PHOTO BY TONY FARKAS | TCNS Contestants in the Continental Heifer show at the Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show on Thursday wait to be interviewed by judges.

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GROVETON — The Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show continued on Thursday with the Steer Show, the lamb group and Continental heifers.

Fair Board President Bill Wagner said there have been no complaints about the extended timeframe of the show; instead, people have expressed gratitude that the show is being put on at all, since it was missed last year.

“They’re happy to be doing it; they’re happy that there will actually be judging, since that wasn’t done last year,” he said.

The remaining schedule for the fair is:

Friday

8-10 a.m. Goats, hogs check-in

2 p.m. Goat show

5 p.m. Hog show

Saturday

5 p.m. Online and live auction

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Trinity County Fair kicks off early (VIDEO)

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031721 fair 2TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trey Page tends to his chickens prior to the Broiler Show during the Trinity County Fair and Livestock Sale on Wednesday March 10, 2021.

By Tony Farkas

GROVETON — After a year without, the Trinity County Fair & Youth Livestock Show kicked off Wednesday — with just a few changes.

Instead of a weekend affair, the shows have been spread out over four days to keep in compliance with CDC guidelines, said Fair Board President Bill Wagner.

On Wednesday, rabbits and chickens were checked in and judged; Thursday will see steers and lambs; Friday will be goats and swine; and Saturday will feature the livestock sale.

Even so, Wagner said the first day was going fine. In all, there are 146 entries: 15 steers, five lambs, 18 goats, 57 hogs, 11 heifers, 13 broilers and 27 fryers.

The remaining schedule for the week is:

Wednesday

1 p.m. Fryer show

4:30 p.m. Commercial heifers test and record book turn-in at the Groveton High School Ag Building.

Thursday

7:30 a.m. Steer sift

8-10 a.m. Heifers, lambs and steers check-in.

11 a.m. Heifer show

1 p.m. Lamb show

3 p.m. Steer show

Friday

8-10 a.m. Goats, hogs check-in

2 p.m. Goat show

5 p.m. Hog show

Saturday

5 p.m. Online and live auction

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Trinity City Council taking it to the streets

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trinity txFILE PHOTO Trinity, TX

By Tony Farkas

TRINITY — The Trinity City Council will be looking into some financing to resurface a few roads.

At its regular meeting on Thursday, the council authorized seeking $500,000 to chip seal roads.

Council Member Bubba Smith said that he had a problem with getting money without having a clear purpose; however, Mayor Wayne Huffman said the loan would not be signed until the city determined what roads were in most need of repair.

Huffman said there will be a work session at a later date to decide the order, and all council members will have input.

The Economic Development Board initially planned to loan the city the funds at 1.5 percent interest, but it was later determined that might not be legal. Huffman said then they will seek the funds from the bank, but will need to negotiate a lower interest rate than 4 percent.

During the public forum, Smith said he has been receiving complaints about certain properties that are cluttered with junk and have become eyesores, particularly a property near the intersection of Church and Elm streets.

Smith said the mess was bad enough that if anyone were to park in the roadway across the street, all traffic would be blocked.

Council Member Clegg DeWalt expressed frustration, saying he has tried for years to get something done.

However, Jones, who also serves as police chief, said that in the past when he went to enforce the city’s nuisance ordinances, he was stopped by the city council. He also said the resident of the house in question has been approached many times and nothing has come of it.

Jones also said that he would begin enforcing the ordinances, but it will need to be done across the board.

In other business, the council:

  • approved an order certifying that all city candidates were unopposed in the May 1 election;
  • approved an order cancelling the May 1 city election;
  • approved the annual Racial Profiling Report for the Police Department;
  • approved a request from the city’s Economic Development Board to loan $20,000 to the city for a July 4 celebration; and
  • approved an application for a $500,000 grant through the Texas Community Development Block Grant program for water system improvements.
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Trinity County now papers boats

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031821 boatsTONY FARKAS | TCNS Nancy Due Shanafelt, Trinity County tax assessor/collector, goes through paperwork and fee schedules regarding boat registration, which is a service the county will begin providing residents.

By Tony Farkas

GROVETON — Trinity County now has the ability to provide titles and registrations for all your boating needs.

County Tax Assessor/Collector Nancy Due Shanafelt said the county has gotten all necessary approvals and will now register and title boats and motors in the county. Previously, boat owners had to go to Lufkin or elsewhere to have that done.

“We have our login information, we have our forms printed out, and we even have the people waiting to register their boats,” she said. “But, we’re waiting on the stickers and supplies to be sent here from the state.”

Shanafelt said registration is required for any boat to be on a Texas waterway. The county will start registrations no later than April 1, but only in Groveton; the Trinity annex will be able to do registrations once the bugs are ironed out.

“I campaigned on staying open for lunch, which we’re on our second week of that; taking credit cards, which has been a hit; and the third was boat registration,” she said.

Shanafelt said that this will be the first time the county will provide the service.

“Anything for the people,” she said. “We can keep them here, and make a little money for the county.”

Registration fees are based on the length of the craft, varying from $32 for boats 16 feet or smaller, and $53 for craft from 16 to 26 feet; Shanafelt said the $32 fee will be the most common.

Additional fees include $22 for a replacement sticker, and $27 for a title.

“I think we have 1,300 boats in Trinity County, and they need to be registered every two years,” she said. “There’s a lot to it, but it’s a great service for the people of the county.”

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School Board to look at itself

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031121 trinity schools TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trinity ISD administration officials congratulate the Employees of the Month for February — Martha Farnsworth for professionals, Michelle Medlock for paraprofessionals and Craig Troutman for support.

TCNS staff

TRINITY — The Trinity ISD School Board will take a look in the mirror to help itself improve.

At the regular meeting on March 1, which was moved from Feb. 22 because of winter weather, the board received evaluation forms to fill out over the coming weeks.

Superintendent John Kaufman said that the board will fill out the forms to be turned in by March 23, which he will then compile and present at the next board meeting.

The idea behind the evaluation is to use it as a training tool, Kaufman said.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the filing for a waiver from the state for missed school days due to inclement weather;
  • approved a certification of unopposed candidates for the 2021 school board election, as well as an order cancelling the election;
  • approved moving the March School Board meeting to March 29; and
  • approved paying employees for the days the district was closed during the weather disaster.
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