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FFA places in Area IX CDE contest

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Trinity FFA members competed in the Area IX CDE contests held at Sam Houston State University on April 2. Courtesy photoTrinity FFA members competed in the Area IX CDE contests held at Sam Houston State University on April 2. Courtesy photo

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HUNTSVILLE — Trinity FFA members placed well at the Area IX CDE contests held at Sam Houston State University on April 2.

The Livestock team of Kayla Kembro, Grace Tullos, Richard Johnson and Preston Riddle placed 19th, with Kembro placing seventh Overall Individual.

The Horse team took 38th place. Team members include Jace Gambill, Jaydon Bell and Camden Soliz.

The Floriculture of Kimberli Caceres, Marisol Lopez, Bianca Perez and Alexiz Delafuente took 22nd place.

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TISD Board OKs academy trip for CTE students

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By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — Four students in Trinity ISD’s welding program will be chosen to further their education at a special academy in Wyoming.

The district’s Board of Trustees OK’d the program at their March 25 meeting.

Superintendent Dr. John Kaufman said the Western Welding Academy has positions open by invitation only, and based on student essays evaluated by local teachers, four qualified students can get scholarships and industry certification at a top welding school.

In addition to the students, their teachers will be allowed to attend to hone their skills as well, Kaufman said.

The program is part of the Blue Collar Tour, which Trinity High School hosted in January and which showcases trades as an alternative to the standard college route.

In other business, the board:

•approved Interquest Canines drug dogs for inspection of cars, rooms and lockers on campus;

•approved renaming a course to Restaurant Food Management, which was needed to be sure it falls into the sequence of getting certification;

•approved instructional materials; and

•approved renewal of all administrator contracts.

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GISD students place in judging contest

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The Groveton FFA forestry and land judging teams competed recently at Davy Crocket National Forest, and will move to state competition on April 18. Courtesy photoThe Groveton FFA forestry and land judging teams competed recently at Davy Crocket National Forest, and will move to state competition on April 18. Courtesy photo

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GROVETON — Groveton FFA students competed in the Davy Crockett-Trinity NRCS Forestry and Land Judging contests held recently at Water’s Edge Encampment, winning several awards and sending teams to state.

The forestry team consisting of Tabytha, Megan, Kayleigh and Jarrett placed first, and the team consisting of Reed, Lucas, Malley, and Kutter placed second.

These two teams along with the forestry team consisting of Cooper, Reece, Karly, and Jett, will advance to the state forestry contest held in Nacogdoches on April 18.

Tabytha was the high point individual and scholarship recipient. The land judging team consisting of Ashlyn, McKenna, and Alina placed first. The land team consisting of Landree, Summer, and Carter placed second. The land team consisting of Tanner, Abby, and Brody placed third.

McKenna was the high point individual, and Brody was the recipient of the land judging scholarship.

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County contracts made with TDCJ

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GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners Court approved a contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to use inmates for general labor around the county.

At its regular meeting on March 16, Commissioner Tommy Park said TDCJ will provide six to eight inmates with a guard each week to pick up trash on county roads, cut trees, and assist with road repair and mowing.

Park suggested that each week, the inmates can rotate between the four Road and Bridge departments, and on the last day they can work around the Courthouse.

The county needed only to provide a vehicle for the TDCJ to transport the prisoners and the necessary tools to complete the required tasks. Additionally, the county will feed the workers lunch.

In a related matter, the court approved the purchase of a passenger van to be used for the inmate work crews.

In other business, the court:

•approved the canvass for the March 5 election;

•approved a contract between the Election Administrator and the Westwood Shores utility district for a bond election;

•approved budget amendments for the County Attorney’s Office to correct for the payment of payroll taxes;

•declared office equipment as salvage; and

•approved the application for the 2025 Texas Indigent Defense Improvement Grant.

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Groveton ISD cancels election

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A Groveton FCCLA member walks with an elementary school student after the two bought new shoes for the child as part of the Kicks for Kids events. Courtesy photosA Groveton FCCLA member walks with an elementary school student after the two bought new shoes for the child as part of the Kicks for Kids events. Courtesy photos

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GROVETON — The Groveton ISD Board of Trustees approved the cancellation of the May election as only two people filed for election for the two open positions.

Superintendent Jim Dillard said that at the regular meeting March 25, the election was vacated, and in the May meeting, the new members — Kurt Minter and Robyn Watts — will be sworn in to replace Board President Mark Folds, who is retiring, and board member Benny Abshier, who opted not to run.

The outgoing members’ terms expire in May.

Once the new members are sworn in, the board will reorganize and select a president, vice president and secretary.

In other business, the board:

•approved the renewal of contract employees;

•gave approval for Dillard to execute new employee contracts without board discussion; and

•approved the purchase of new intercom systems for both campuses. Dillard said  they are operating with old equipment, and some rooms don’t have the ability to communicate with front office. Also there are no external speakers to alert people outside of emergencies. The upgrades are expected to cost $60,000.

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