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Centerville ISD OKs calendar

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CENTERVILLE — The Bulldogs will continue with the four-day week after ISD board members approved the 2022-23 calendar.

The calendar has 156 days of instruction for students, and the day begins at 7:20 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Students will be off most Fridays, but there are seven Fridays where students must attend.

Teachers, however, will attend for 170 days, using the extra time for planning and training.

In other business, the board:

•a pproved the hire of Sara Connor as an elementary science and math teacher for the 2022-23 school year; and

• approved payment of the bills for the month of May.

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Lifelong accomplishments

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 The newly elected officers for Trinity FFA are (back row, from left) Leo Ruiz, senior advisor; Cole Odom, sentinel; and Trenton Foley, secretary; and (front row, from left) Brooke Arnold, treasurer; Zoey Hawkey, president; Kayla Kembro, vice president; and Kaitlynn Medcalf, reporter. The newly elected officers for Trinity FFA are (back row, from left) Leo Ruiz, senior advisor; Cole Odom, sentinel; and Trenton Foley, secretary; and (front row, from left) Brooke Arnold, treasurer; Zoey Hawkey, president; Kayla Kembro, vice president; and Kaitlynn Medcalf, reporter.

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TRINITY — The Trinity ISD FFA held its annual banquet Thursday, honoring its members for their achievements during the last school year.

Additionally, new leadership council members were installed.

Trinity Pedersen-Coe, FFA leader, said the event allows us to honor the outstanding members of the FFA.

“Numerous people have contributed to the success of our chapter and helped us achieve our goals that were set at the beginning of the year,” she said. “From proficiency winners, top career leadership development events, championship shop projects and road trips across the state.

“As the night continues, you’ll see that Trinity is a force to be reckoned with,” she said. “We’ve gained so much in this organization. Hard work, teamwork, time management, new experiences and lifelong friendships are just a few things we’ve gained from this wonderful organization.”

The newly elected officers for Trinity FFA are Zoey Hawkey, president; Kayla Kembro, vice president; Trenton Foley, secretary; Brooke Arnold, treasurer; Cole Odom, sentinel; Leo Ruiz, senior advisor; and Kaitlynn Medcalf, reporter.

Top 5 Members for the year were Kayla Kembro, Avah Morrison, Zoe Hawkey, Haden Coleman and Allie Ancira. Top 5 Members for the year were Kayla Kembro, Avah Morrison, Zoe Hawkey, Haden Coleman and Allie Ancira.

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Crawfish, community and fundraising

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Young John Jackson (above) has little trouble with the spice. Photo by Tony Farkas

Special to the News-Standard

TRINITY — The fifth annual Trinity Community Fair Scholarship Boil was once again a success. 

Organizer Tally Jo Stout said they were 90 tables strong thanks to the amazing support of Trinity community and the surround communities. 

All profits go to scholarships awarded by the Trinity Community Fair to exhibitors during the fair, which is held in the fall. 

With the help of Big E-Z Crawfish and Oyster Bar, more than 4,500 pounds of crawfish were served, she said. Additionally, beverages were made possible by the graciou3s donations of Stevenson Beer Distributing and Faust Distributing Co. 

The Trinity Community Fair Board appreciates the community and the many volunteers for making the event a success, she said.

Total proceeds were not immediately available.

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Changing of the guard

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Outgoing Trinity Mayor Wayne Huffman (right) was presented a plaque in appreciation of his years of service to the city. See related photos on page 5A.  PHOTO BY TONY FARKASOutgoing Trinity Mayor Wayne Huffman (right) was presented a plaque in appreciation of his years of service to the city. See related photos on page 5A. PHOTO BY TONY FARKAS

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — It was a changing of the guard on Thursday as long-time Mayor Wayne Huffman stepped down, having lost his re-election bid to Mayor Pro Tem Billy Goodin.

Huffman has served the city of Trinity in various capacities for 52 years.

Additionally, Council Member Chris Dennis, who was called the third-longest-serving civil servant, stepped down in favor of his successor, Scott Womack.

Only Huffman and Justice of the Peace Lyle Stubbs have served longer.

The two were presented with awards for their service.

Council members Bubba Smith and Clegg DeWalt were sworn in again, having won their respective re-election bids.

In a separate matter, the city discussed vehicle purchases to replace the aging vehicles at both the police and public works departments.

City Manager Steven Jones, who was tasked to research the matter, said because the city has the funds available, it should purchase four patrol cars and send the current police vehicles for use by city employees.

Jones said the Public Works Department needs two new ¾-ton pickups to haul heavy equipment.

Smith questioned the need for four police vehicles, since there were only two police officers, and why the vehicles needed to be new when they can be purchased from the Texas Forest Service used, much like Trinity County has done.

Goodin said he would like to see benefits and costs broken down in a report, as well as how the vehicles will be used. 

In the end, no action was taken.

In other business, the council:

• approved the canvass of the May 7 city election;

• approve policy changes regarding the American Rescue Plan Act;

• proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month;

• approved signatories for the 2021 Texas CDBG grant;

• appointed Lyle Stubbs as Municipal Judge; and

• appointed Billy Coleman as a member of the Economic Development Board.

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FFA team excels at welding event

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Travis Thorne, Ashton Dain, Ty Havard, Payson Dickinson and Anthony Commiato received accolades and certification during competition.  Courtesy photoTravis Thorne, Ashton Dain, Ty Havard, Payson Dickinson and Anthony Commiato received accolades and certification during competition. Courtesy photoSpecial to the News-Standard

VIDOR — Centerville ISD FFA students won first through fourth place in safety, as well as other awards, at the fourth annual Vidor Welding Certification Event on April 21.

Centerville fielded five students for the event, which is part of the Texas High School Welding Series.

Students perform basic welding, cutting, underwater welding and Safety/Tool identification, and are ranked for skill and for certification.

There were a total of 460 students entered in the contest, and out of 460 students, Centerville had the top four spots in the safety/tool id test.

Travis Thorne won first and received a $1,000 scholarship from Elite Welding School. Second place was Ashton Dain, third place was Ty Havard, and fourth place was Payson Dickinson. 

In the oxy fuel cutting division, Thorne placed fifth place overall. 

There were 179 students hoping to receive Level 1 certifications, and of those, Anthony Commiato placed fourth and Payson Dickinson placed fifth and receiving their Level 1 certifications, as well as Ty Havard. 

Thorne came home with his Level 2 Certification along with an additional $1,500 in scholarships. Travis will be graduating in May.

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