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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

Drew Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Grand Champion Rabbit, and also the showmanship award.
Drew Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Grand Champion Rabbit, and also the showmanship award.
Hunter Rollo of Trinity 4-H had Grand Champion Goat.
Hunter Rollo of Trinity 4-H had Grand Champion Goat.
Morgan Cotrone of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Lamb
Morgan Cotrone of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Lamb
Kayla Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Steer, and also a showmanship award.
Kayla Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Steer, and also a showmanship award.
Summer Ogden of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Pig.
Summer Ogden of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Pig.
The Queen Cake was sold by newly selected Trinity Community Fair Queen Zoey Gray of Trinity FFA.
The Queen Cake was sold by newly selected Trinity Community Fair Queen Zoey Gray of Trinity FFA.
Allie Ancira of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Rabbit.
Allie Ancira of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Rabbit.
Chelsea Loftin of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Goat.
Chelsea Loftin of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Goat.
Morgan Cotrone of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Lamb.
Morgan Cotrone of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Lamb.
Kayla Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Steer, and also a showmanship award.
Kayla Kembro of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Steer, and also a showmanship award.
Summer Ogden of Trinity 4-H had Reserve Champion Pig.
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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County forms jail committee

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Trinity Countyseal 200By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The county is taking the first steps toward possibly building a new jail.

At its regular meeting on Sept. 28, the Trinity County Commissioners’ Court approved a committee to do research and bring recommendations back to the court regarding the jail. The panel consists of four people from public — one from each County Precinct — as well as the District and County attorneys, Sheriff Woody Wallace, and two members of the court.

Sam Shanafelt, Ricky Hortman, Julie Merchant and Don Hamilton will serve on the committee, and the court members nominated were Neal Smith and Steven Truss. 

County Judge Doug Page said the county has spent $400,000 this year to house inmates out of county.

In other business, the county:

  • approved a raise in per diem meal rates from $46 per day to $59 per day — $13 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $26 for dinner;
  • approved a tax rate which is the same as last year — $0.5846 per $100 valuation;
  • approved the county auditor salary;
  • approved an agreement with Pablo and Valerie Gomez for the county to get on private land to address public drainage issues;
  • approved personnel action forms;
  • approved budget amendments end of the year tidying up before the audit;
  • approved old office equipment as surplus items, and sent to a company in Tyler for recycling;
  • approved the annual copier lease agreements; and
  • delayed any action regarding a video recording system for commissioners court meetings.
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