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New restaurant takes up old haunt

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032521 restaurant 1PHILLIP SCHMITTEN | TCNS CORRESPONDENT Maria Casas prepares some pico de gallo for the arriving customers.

By Philip Schmitten
TCNS correspondent

GROVETON — Very recently a new restaurant opened in Groveton; Habaneros is the name, and you can find it next door to Los Jalapenos Restaurant next to B&B Grocery.

The restaurant, formerly known as Wagon Wheel has some new owners, Edgar and Lori Abshire, and they serve up some excellent Tex-Mex food.

Manager and co-owner Lori Abshire sends out a big thank you to the residents of Groveton, who have been so wonderful with their support and patience while the new eatery gets settled.

“The folks here have been absolutely wonderful to us,” Lori said. “We plan on staying as long as Groveton will have us.”

The Abshires have been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years and bring their excellent venue to Groveton.

“We love the town and the people are so very friendly,” Lori said.

They offer seating for up to 70 and have a party room for those special occasions. Lori Abshire wants to thank Groveton for making them feel so welcome and look forward to many years of service.

“We have applied for a liquor license and are look forward to adding Margaritas to our menu real soon,” she said. “We are currently looking for local help as of now all of our staff comes from Lufkin and we would really like to hire some local talent.”

So, if you are in the mood for some fantastic Tex-Mex, look no further than Habaneros.

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Two injured in crash

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TRINITY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on SH 94, just west of Deaton Road.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 10 a.m., a 2009 Ford passenger car was traveling east, collided with a 2020 Dodge pickup that was traveling west.

Reports indicate the driver of the Ford drove over into the westbound lane and struck the Dodge on the driver side. The Ford then continued off the roadway, where it caught on fire.

The driver of the Ford, Diana Haddox, 52, of Groveton, was able to exit the vehicle. She was transported to a Conroe hospital by medical helicopter for treatment.

The driver of the Dodge, Alesha Turner, 35, of Diboll, was transported to Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin for treatment.

This crash remains under investigation. Additional information is not available at this time.

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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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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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