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City continues shoring up water system

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060222 shoring water systemJustice of the Peace Richard Steptoe administered oaths of office to recently re-elected council member Ralph Bennett. Photo by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Texas Water Development Board has approved the final engineering feasibility report for a new well to service the city.

Mayor Tommy Walton said the city will move on to drilling test wells once it secures the property, which currently is owned by Trinity County.

The property is east of the pond at the Y.

Additionally, the city is in the process of signing an engineering agreement with SPI, Schaumburg and Polk Inc. of Tyler to begin dredging the sewer plant.

Walton said the initial depth readings on sludge shows the city still is in compliance.

Mike Brown of Inframark presented the monthly operations of sewer and water, and the council approved payment of bill of $13,293.41. The city has been changing water meters that have monitored more than of 1 million gallons.

Brown also presented the 2022 Drinking Water Quality Report that shows all parameters that are tested by the state are in compliance.

In other business, the city:

• discussed the monthly report from the police department, which showed 23 calls for service, 74 traffic stops, 43 verbal warnings, eight written warnings, three reports, 13 citations, four arrests, and two warrant services.

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County to rebid construction project

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060222 county construction bid

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GROVETON — A plan to construct a new maintenance facility has been delayed after Trinity County Commissioners rejected all bids.

County Judge Doug Page said that during the May 24 Commissioners’ Court meeting, the three bids submitted were rejected.

However, Page said that those bids were for a simple building which would be finished, including electrical and plumbing, by county personnel. Commissioners instead opted to rebid for turnkey job, since the county was using American Recovery Plan Act funds for the job.

In other business, the county:
• accepted bids from McWilliams and Sons for replacing air conditioning at the County Community Center and the Ag Life Complex;
• approved the signature of warranty deeds on land for the city of Groveton to drill a water well at the Y;
• approved the sale of a Caterpillar motor grader to Marion County;
• approved the resurfacing and stabilization of the road base on Lake L Drive;
• accepted a donation of dirt from Allen Due for Precinct 1;
• tabled action on enacting burn ban;
• approved personnel action forms;
• approved budget amendments; and
• approve contract with Windstream for location identification for individual county offices.

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Closing a chapter

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060222 trinity grad 2It’s celebration time for the Trinity High School seniors. Photos by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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HUNTSVILLE — “Superintendent Dr. John Kaufman and members of the Trinity ISD Board of Trustees, as principal of Trinity High School, I hereby declare that these students have met all state and local requirements for graduation.”

Brittaney Cassidy sent the 80 graduates of Trinity High School on their way to the future with her words during the graduation ceremony on Saturday at Sam Houston State University.

To make that journey, Salutatorian Zoey Gray said that all of the teachers, coaches and parents in the lives of the students have given them the moral compass needed to move on in our lives.

“We have put so much time, work and effort into getting to this point in our lives,” she said. “Education is not preparation for life, but life itself.”

Gray also encouraged the class to live life as it’s happening, not as it has happened.

“I pray that all of you get to live the life you’ve worked so hard for, and never regress,” she said.

Valedictorian Andrea Hickman said the journey and opportunities they create for themselves after school are what matter most.

“If there is one thing we can agree on, high school was one heck of a ride, so I commend everyone for sticking it through and making it to the final destination,” she said. “Tomorrow, we’ll be challenged on a different scale.

“Many will say make a difference in the world, but my advice is to not lose yourself on the way,” Hickman said. “Make a difference in your life, too.”

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11 make the final walk

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The graduates of Centerville gather for the traditional mortar board toss. Photo by Tony FarkasThe graduates of Centerville gather for the traditional mortar board toss. Photo by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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CENTERVILLE — Superintendent Mark Brown echoed the sentiment of the community and school when he told the 11 Centerville high-school graduates “Good job, guys.”

He also admonished the gathered eighth-grade graduates to be prepared, because the next four years will fly by and they’ll be in front.

Brown said the graduates will face numerous challenges in their lives and will fail — a lot — but the essence of success is picking yourself up, dusting off, and continuing on.

Salutatorian Devin Capps thanked the numerous people in his life, such as parents, family, friends and of course teachers and administrators in Centerville that helped him and his classmates through high school.

Clarissa Ashworth, valedictorian, said, “Today, we acknowledge and give recognition to the people we’ve met, the lessons we’ve learned, the tears we’ve cried and the laughter and the memories we’ve shared throughout our years at Centerville.

“Today, we show the world we are ready to take on the next stage of our lives,” she said.

Scholarships awarded during the ceremony include:

• Hailey Fuller, WBT&S Scholarship, $500

• Travis Thorne, Calvary Temple Scholarship, $500; Texas Farm Bureau Scholarship, $500; Texas High School Welding Series Scholarship, $500; Shirley Allen Scholarship, $500

• Clarissa Ashworth, Trinity County 4-H Scholarship, $500; W.E. “Buck” Gibson Scholarship, $2,000; Trinity County Fair Pageant Scholarship, $1,000; Texas Farm Bureau Scholarship, $500; Eastern Star Masonic Lodge Scholarship, $1,000

• Logan Whittlesey, Trinity County Republican Party Scholarship, $500; James Lanier Gibson Scholarship, $1,000; Lynn Ray Smith Scholarship, $1,000

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Criticism team takes state honors

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The Literary Criticism team were honored at the annual ceremony at Groveton High School. Photo by Tony FarkasThe Literary Criticism team were honored at the annual ceremony at Groveton High School. Photo by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Groveton Literary Criticism Team took first place this year at the UIL competition held in early May.

Coach Jeremy Gentry said the team studies literary history of English and American authors, literary movements and anything you would learn in a college-level literature class.

Of the four competing members, three won individual medals — Kassie Plotts won first place, Kayley McCrory second and Rebecca Langley took fifth. The fourth team member, Braxton Luna, won seventh place.

The combined effort launched the team into the state championship.

Gentry said the team remained undefeated through every level of contests, which consists of a multiple-choice test with 65 questions in four parts. 

Kassie, a fan of William Shakespeare, said that throughout this year’s events, they were given three books — “MacBeth,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Sonnets from the Portuguese.” Aside from answering questions, the team also had to analyze poetry for the literary devices that were used.

Rebecca said her favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Conrad, which help her not only win second place two years running, but she was the lone Groveton student that participated in the 2021 state meet.

The lone fantasy enthusiast, Braxton, enjoys J.R.R. Tolkien and Patrick Rothfuss; and Kayley McCrory enjoys Neal Shusterman.

In chorus, though, the team all said being state champions felt great.

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