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Trinity County Treasurer Arrested

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By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — A Trinity County elected official was arrested Friday for an outstanding warrant.

County Treasurer Bob Dockens was arrested on a warrant for a Nov. 11, 2020, traffic citation that was issued in Corrigan.

The charge was for passing a stationary emergency vehicle.

Police reports indicate that Dockens did not show for a scheduled court date on the citation, and an arrest warrant was issued on May 18.

The Corrigan Police Department contacted the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office while doing a warrant sweep, and Dockens was arrested by Trinity County Constable Mark Cole.

Sheriff Woody Wallace said his office was notified Friday morning, but since Dockens was attending a meeting of the Trinity County Commissioners’ Court, he was allowed to finish the meeting and then quietly left with officers for booking.

Wallace said that it was his understanding is that someone in Dockens family took care of the charges in Corrigan; the Sheriff’s Office was notified later Friday that Dockens could be released.

Dockens did not immediately return calls for comment.

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Groveton Council changes police chief pay

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By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Groveton City Council approved a pay range for its police chief, but it took prodding from Interim Police Chief Daniel Kee to get his pay adjusted to the new rate.

Mayor Tommy Walton suggested a rate of $18 per hour for a new hire, and then after a year of service the rate would be raised to $20.

Walton also said that the council intends to seek applications for another 30 days before making any decision on replacing John Raiford, who resigned in May. Additionally, the city plans to allow any new chief to fill the open position, leaving the city’s law enforcement at one full-time officer and reserves.

However, Interim Chief Daniel Kee asked about the rate he is being paid, which is not $18; he also said that his 10 years of working for the city should mean his pay should be raised to $20 per hour.

He also questioned why the city decided to extend its search without discussing it with him.

“I’ve been back there cleaning up the office, and no one asked me about another month,” Kee said. “There’s people working for the city making more than that and not getting shot at.”

After a back-and-forth discussion between Kee and Council Member Steve Casper on his tenure, the council approved raising Kee’s pay to $18 per hour.

In other business, the council:

  • approved a resolution to purchase a pumper truck and other assorted equipment for the Groveton Volunteer Fire Department, using grant funds the city will apply for;
  • discussed using local vendor Williams Wrecker Service for the city’s needs;
  • approved continuing the city’s compensation amount for the mayor;
  • re-appointed Council Member Ralph Bennett, who was absent, to his current position of Mayor Pro Tem; and
  • approved a measure to begin the process of spending $28,963 to stock a new fire truck for the GVFD, expected to arrive in 2022.
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Groveton ISD discusses grant funds

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By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Groveton ISD Board of Trustees discussed a third round of grants for the district at its regular meeting June 26.

Assistant Superintendent Jim Dillard said the money needed to be spent on certain items, which include $219,000 in funds for construction of items involving social support for students.

The funds are being released under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief grants, part of the American Rescue Plan.

He also said a survey sent out into the community had 59 responses, and showed there was a need for technology updates and instructional materials.

A survey of the staff showed a desire to pay the teachers more money and building repairs.

Additionally, new technology would be a benefit, he said, as well as hiring two additional counselors to have one assigned to each campus.

Dillard said that at the time, no plans have been made for using the money.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the district’s quarterly investment report;
  • approved the evaluation of the district’s gifted and talented program, which showed that there were challenges dealing with the pandemic; and
  • accepted a bid of $375 from Kayvu LLC for the purchase of an acre of school property.
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Trinity ISD Board discusses academic performance

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By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — As with many school districts this year, Trinity found that while most STAAR test scores came in as expected, there were some areas that were surprising.

Superintendent John Kaufman said that overall he and the principals were happy with the scores, but did say they’re not where they should be.

The scores were discussed at the June 26 meeting of the Trinity ISD board.

The Elementary grades did well generally, he said; third grade was at 65 percent meets or masters in math, and at about 47 percent meets or masters in reading. Also, one grade in Middle School was struggling in math, and the High School was able to come out at 2018-19 levels, the last year tracked because of COVID-19.

Kaufman said he attributes the scores to the pandemic, as remote learning is not as effective as it could be, and unforeseen closures, such as the week before Christmas, the week of the winter storm, and starting school late because of weather. 

“We had some obstacles that all contributed,” he said. “Overall, I think we did OK. We have a way to go, but as a district, we’re moving on the right track.”

In a separate matter, the board discussed ESSER grants, of which the district will receive $1.2 million in Round 2, and $3.3 million for Round 3.

Kaufman said the district will focus on mental health needs by increasing counseling services, and district improvements, such as removing carpet from classrooms, fixing roads, and hiring additional teachers and custodial work.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the district appraisal calendar;
  • approved using Collier Construction for constructing additional parking for football field at a cost of $143,000. The new parking will be at the practice field;
  • renewed the employee-only high-deductible teacher retirement system insurance, which school pays in full;
  • approved contracts with the regional ESC;
  • extended the depository contract for two years with First National Bank; and
  • approved hiring new teachers, including Katie Cook, RN; Cassie Campbell, High School science; Megan Pless, eighth-grade English language arts; Mary McMillan, fourth grade; Kerri Campbell, third grade; and Robyn Copley, seventh-grade math; and Mental Health Interventionist Charles Kibble.
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Trinity County to see two Independence Day celebrations

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The cities of Trinity and Groveton will hold individual celebrations for the Fourth of July — Trinity’s on Saturday and Groveton’s on Sunday.

Both will have events that will make for a great afternoons.

On July 3, Trinity will host a barbecue cook-off, a car show, games for kids of all ages, music and vendors, culminating with a fireworks show when the sun goes down.

The third annual Car Show, hosted by the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 103 Stadium St. The inaugural Beat the Heat BBQ Cook-Off, being held at the Trinity Community Center, 604 S. Robb St., kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Organizer Steven Jones said he is actively seeking tasters for the judges. He can be reached at (936) 662-2319

The IBCA-sponsored event boasts a $20,000 guaranteed cash payout for a $250 entry fee. The deadline for entries and payments is July 2.

The also will be games, bouncy houses, music, entertainment and vendors, as well as fireworks.

For information for the cook-off, volunteering to taste or online registration, go to www.cityoftrinity.com, or call Jones at (936) 662-2319 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cook-Off Schedule

Friday, July 2

3-6 p.m. Tray pickup

6 p.m. Head cooks meeting

7 p.m. Chef’s Choice turn-in

8 p.m. Margarita turn-in

Saturday, July 3

10 a.m. Bloody Mary turn-in

11 a.m. Bean turn-in

Noon Chicken turn-in — two (2) separate 1/2 fully jointed chicken halves (to include breast, wing, thigh and drumstick.)

1:30 p.m. Pork spareribs (9 individual pieces)

2:30 p.m. Kid's Que meat pick up

3 p.m. Brisket (9 slices)

3:30 p.m. Kid's Que turn-in

Awards for both Kid's Que and IBCA BBQ time to be determined.

Then on Sunday, the Groveton Lions Club is hosting July 4th celebrations, beginning at 3 p.m. at the "Y" intersection of Highway 287 and State Highway 94.

The annual Trinity County Fourth of July Celebration-Deep East Texas Style will have vendors, food, live music, a classic car show, and a huge fireworks extravaganza.

Everything kicks off with a parade through Groveton at 2 p.m., and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. 

There is no registration fee for the parade; participants need to be at the Groveton High School stadium parking lot at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The fireworks extravaganza will begin at 9 p.m. 

Sponsors for the event are still welcome, and will be given their name on signs, banners, T-shirts and more.

For more information, contact Rodney Langley at (936) 222-2703.

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