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Looking ahead to fall events

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Julias TidbitsLiberty Christian Center, Dorcas Wills Baptist Church, and the Methodist Church of Trinity hosted their Vacation Bible School programs this week, and there are just a couple left to be fulfilled in August. Can you believe August is almost here and school starts in less than three weeks.

I had someone ask me about school supplies and clothes for their children today, and it took me a few minutes to realize time was flying past, and they needed these articles in less than three weeks.

I remember how expensive it was to clothe two boys even though they could wear the same shirts, but the Levis and shoes were never shared and were so expensive. The sneakers that everybody had to wear were $100 each pair, and heavens to Betsy that my boys could wear anything but Air Jordans.

I saw the new application, financial responsibilities, and parental guidelines that must be addressed to attend the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity for the coming school year, and it was overwhelming. This is a result of the change in the number of days to be attended by students in the school week for TISD. For more information, please Call David LaVasseur at (936) 594-0778.

•I do not know how successful the fundraiser for the cheerleaders and football youth league Saturday was, but there were a lot of cars, and it looked like everyone was having a good time despite the heat. Of course, with water spraying everywhere it was probably a lot cooler, and children love getting wet when they are not dressed for it.

•I have great news for people who would like to know more about how to maintain their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and gardens, especially during this heat and year-round. The AgriLife Extension Agent, Stacye Tullos, is offering a Trinity County Master Gardener Program for the County of Trinity.

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and gardens; and they are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people, according to information from the Texas Master Gardener Program-Texas A&M site.

The program offers a minimum of 50 hours of instruction that covers topics including lawn care, ornamental trees and shrubs, insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening; home fruit production, garden flowers; and water conservation.

The training is offered at various times during the year at various locations across the state. The County Extension office in Groveton, at (936) 642-1421 will give you specific locations, dates, and times.

We are very fortunate to have a Master Gardener, Larry Grant, who will gladly tell you about the program and its objectives. Please contact Larry at (936) 662-1502 if you would like to help, volunteer, or become a Master Gardener through the AgriLife Extension Agency.

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer development program offered by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve the quality of life through horticultural projects.

Program objectives are implemented through the training and “employing” local volunteers, known as Master Gardeners (like Larry), who aid the AgriLife Extension Agent by conducting school garden projects, answering telephone requests for horticultural information, maintain and establishing demonstration gardens; working with special audiences in the community; and designing and implanting community improvement projects, as well as coordination Master Gardener projects.

If you would like to become a Master Gardener of Texas, please contact Stayce Tullos at (936) 642-1421, Larry Grant at (936) 662-1502, or Dan Barnes at (936) 662-3067 for more information and where to get you 50 hours of training.

•Now for some information I know you want to have regarding the official 2023 flag flying days left to fly your flag at your home, business, or school. Only nine days left in this year to fly your flag officially and they are:

—Sept. 1, VJ Day,

—Sept. 4, Labor Day,

—Sept. 11, Patriot Day

—Oct. 9, Columbus Day,

—Nov. 7, Election Day

—Nov. 11, Election Day

—Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day

—Dec. 7, Pearl Harbo Day

—Dec. 25, Christmas Day

•I am listing some of the next major events for Trinity community and will expound on some of these activities next week.

—Prayer in the Park, July 29, Trinity Community Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

—Trinity Community Fair Association, Sept. 29-30, 8-10 p.m.

—Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 16-31, Methodist Church vacant lot

—Oct. 21, SAAFE House Purse Bingo, Trinity Community Center

—Oct. 28, Trinity County Veterans Wall of Honor at Scheelbillie’s

—Oct. 31, Halloween Night, Elm and Caroline streets

See you at these events.

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County hears more budget requests

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The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Program poses for a group photograph.The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Program poses for a group photograph.

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — Several departments sought to improve pay disparities and request raises be put into the county budget during recent budget hearings.

At the July 11 Trinity County Commissioners Court meeting, both the precincts’ constables and justices of the peace sought to get increases in pay to levels approaching other similar positions in the county.

For instance, Constable Brian McMullen told commissioners that the base pay for his position is $23,712, which is lower than the national poverty level.

Additionally, his duties are almost identical to a deputy sheriff, which is $34,000 per year for entry level officers.

McMullen requested that constable pay be increased 8.4 percent, roughly $2,000 apiece.

For the JPs, Precinct 1 JP Mary Wallace requested that pay for that office be made commensurate with other county elected officials. Currently, the position pays $32,850 annually, while other officials, such as the commissioners and the county clerk and tax assessor/collector, are paid $46,029.

Wallace said that at the current pay level, the JPs are being paid less that some clerks working for the county.

She also asked that because of current workloads and backlogs, the clerks for each JP need to be made full-time employees instead of part-time.

All departments requested increases in postage to compensate for hikes in postal rates.

In a separate matter, the county delayed action on contracting ambulance service for the Groveton area.

County Judge Danny Martin said that of the three firms that submitted proposals at a county meeting, only two had submitted contracts for review, and he wanted to delay a decision for two weeks until the third came in and County Attorney Colton Hay had a chance to review them.

Commissioner Tommy Park expressed concern that the county was allowing bids to come in after the original three had been presented, which was illegal; since the matter was a contract concern, he said that half of his precinct has no ambulance service, and if one firm didn’t send one in, that’s not the county’s concern.

Park voted against tabling the measure, which passed 4-1.

In other business, the county:

•approved personnel action forms;

•appointed Nancy Shanafelt as designated representative to the Deep East Texas Rural Transportation Planning Organization; and

•approved an agreement with Lubbock County for public defender services in capital cases.

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Trinity VFD aids Riverside

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A home in Riverside burned to the ground on Thursday, and firefighters from several area departments, including Trinity, assisted in battling the blaze. COURTESY PHOTOA home in Riverside burned to the ground on Thursday, and firefighters from several area departments, including Trinity, assisted in battling the blaze. COURTESY PHOTOSpecial to the News-Standard

RIVERSIDE — Trinity Fire and Rescue assisted with a house fire reported Thursday in Riverside.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said the department was notified at approximately 2 a.m. July 12 about the fire in the Deep River Subdivision in Walker County.

When firefighters arrived the home, which appeared to be vacant, was fully involved.

Firefighters from Riverside Fire Department, Crabb’s Prairie Fire Department, and Trinity Fire Department worked together to extinguish the fire.

The home was a total loss, and no injuries were reported, Johnson said.

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More summer fun added at the library

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SummerReading STOCK

The library has a considerable number of activities happening this July. We have brought back our Tuesday story time.

This month, Ms. Deb will be reading stories and making cranes, elephant masks and sock puppets. After an exciting trip abroad, Ms. Jo’Lee Tarkon has returned to lead Thursday’s storytime. As always, she will be reading and making fun crafts; she also will have a special story time detailing her adventures in Hungary and Scotland.

We will have game-day Saturdays with family games from 11 a.m.-noon and Chess Club from noon- 1p.m.

Our children’s programs are fully funded by donations and fundraising events. All donations of craft supplies are welcome. Throughout the year, we use a large quantity of glue, markers, paint, and construction paper. Volunteers are an integral part of story time and our library as a whole.

We have two permanent volunteers who read to the children, and Ms. Jo’Lee who facilitates our Saturday game days. Children and families are welcome to come play games every Saturday from 11 a.m.-noon.

At noon, she leads a Chess Club. We have children as young as 4 who join us to play chess. We can always use volunteers to help prepare for our story times. These people would cut and sort items for our crafts. Sometimes, there are more children than volunteers, staff, or parents so, we could always use more adult hands.

As you are cleaning out your closets, garages, etc., please keep the library in mind for donations. We accept book donations of all kinds but are more in need of large print books.

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or donate, please call us at (936) 594-2087, or email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Summer events flying by like fire

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Julias TidbitsWell, we have almost reached the middle of the 2023 year, and the fun in the sun has just begun. The scorching hot is on the way, and it is hard to believe the beautiful greenery everywhere will soon turn to orange, yellow, or brown foliage.

As I report the activities scheduled to happen in Trinity County during July and August, I am thankful to reminisce toward the future and look for cooler weather. For instance, the Trinity Community Fair is held at the end of September, and we start looking for the fall season and October events shortly thereafter.

•The Trinity Community Fair Association will hold its fair on Sept. 29-30. This is our 75th fair celebration. This week applications for the vendors were online, also with new rules attached. The price is still the same, $75 a booth each day. For more information, contact Kim Wheelless at (936) 661-1568.

•I did check to see if the “Treats on the Street” was still scheduled for Oct. 31, and it is. The Trinity Police Department sponsors this event, and we still have lots of time to get ready for this Halloween occasion; you need tons of candy for the Trinity children.

•Don’t’ forget. Vacation Bible School programs abound this month. I listed them last month and last week, but this week I am listing two activities for free school supplies. Remember TISD school starts on Aug. 8, and free supplies are given away in July.

Two events that are offering free backpacks and school supplies are happening on the same day, which is  July 29.

One event is Prayer in the Park, sponsored by the ROTC organization to be held at the Trinity Community Center located next door to McDonald’s from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free food, music, school supplies, booths, games, and speeches are the enjoyment for the day. For more information, please call Karen Dixon at (936) 581-6531.

The second event for the TISD students to receive free school supplies is the School Supply Drive being held by the Lone Star MBC on July 29 starting at 11 a.m. until all supplies are gone. Supplies are for children, Pre-K through eighth grades only. The church is located at 502 W. Main. For more information, please call Pastor Isaac DeBose at (936) 355-1967.

•Correction Please. This week the schedule for the Martin Senior Service Center has a correction that needs to be made on the Friday menu. Friday is our fish and chicken nugget luncheon, with French Fries, fried okra, salad, dessert, and a drink for $6 each person, but no taco salad. No Taco Salad, on Friday, July 14.

More new adventures scheduled this month are:

•The Port Adventure Community on Highway FM 356 is sponsoring a subdivision two-day garage sale on Friday and Saturday. The event starts at 7 a.m. and ends at noon each day. The public is invited to attend.

•Trinity Youth Cheer & Football League is hosting a fundraiser to support the Trinity children and their youth games. The League is sponsoring a car wash and a bake sale on July 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Trinity Church of Christ, located behind the Trinity Fire Department’s Downtown Fire Station. Please support your Trinity youth programs.

•On Monday, the Trinity Historical Society’s quarterly meeting will be held at the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Building on Stadium Street at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

•On July 22, VFW Post 6899 is hosting a dance from 8 p.m.-midnight featuring the Double Shot Band. For more information, please contact Kim Tullos at (936) 661-1568.

•Don’t forget to bring your children to the Blanche K. Werner Public Library every Tuesday and Thursday of the week for story hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The library staff has so many fun activities and crafts each week for the children’s enjoyment, so please call (936) 594-2087 to see what the summer fun is each week.

New August activities to report currently are:

•First Methodist Church of Trinity is hosting a free movie night in the church fellowship hall, located at 131 N. Elm St., starting at 7 p.m. The movie is entitled “On a Wing and a Prayer.” Light refreshments are available. Donations are welcome. The public is welcome to attend.

•On Aug. 5, Trinity Church of Christ is hosting their Vacation Bible School Program starting at 8 a.m. The “Moo-ve on Over” class starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Lunch and light refreshments will be served during the day. The church is located across from the Old Red Schoolhouse or next to the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department on Jefferson Street. The public is invited to attend.

On Aug. 5, VFW’s afternoon dance sponsored by Maxie, and Eddie, featuring Country Classic music, which is being provided by the Joey Ward Band, and starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m. The cover charge is $12 per person and includes dinner. The public is invited to attend. They are located at 400 Caroline St. For more information, please call Dawn Bray at (936) 594-9467.

•On Aug. 19, in the Groveton High School gym, there is a Cancer benefit for Weston Due, which starts at 6 p.m. The Groveton event, “Poppin Pajama Purse Bingo” cost $40 each person and tables can be purchased for $360. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the night. Please contact Hydee Drake at (936) 661-4140, or Danielle Parker at (936) 435-4332 to purchase tickets, donate, or help.

•The Haley Burk Scholarship Foundation is concerned with the homeless situation in Trinity regarding our youth. I was unaware that there are children living in cars and on the streets in Trinity and was shocked to find out their parents are not concerned about their health, wealth, education or welfare.

Consequently, the Haley Burk Scholarship Foundation has decided to help these children by supplying everyday needs, such as deodorant, combs, brushes, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc., on each TISD campus. They are pleased to announce this new helping hand will be known as “Haley’s Closet” and the supplies will be located at every campus manned by Shane Pringle.

For more information, please call Shane at (936) 662-8180. You can donate items by mailing them or shipping items to 351 E. Caroline St., or you can also make donations and leave them at Dulce Vida Hair Salon located at 103 E. Main St.

•This week I saw on Facebook where the Fair on the Square in Huntsville has begun to advertise their event for the first Saturday in October. The Huntsville Chamber of Commerce hosts the Fair on the Square Oct. 7, and if you want more information, call (936) 295-8110. This year marks their 49th Fair.

See you around Trinity when the temperature goes down.

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