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Trinity County News - Breakout

Dollar General updates Trinity Location to DG Market

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Trinity— Dollar General has recently remodeled and updated its store at 601 A S. Robb St. in Trinity to its DG Market format.

The new format provides area residents with an updated layout and new offerings, including an expanded selection of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, as well as the same categories, brands and products.

“We are excited to provide Trinity residents with our new DG Market format and look forward to welcoming customers to our recently remodeled location,” said Matthew Simonsen, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.

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County approves holidays, tables fee change

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Trinity Countyseal 200By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — While Trinity County commissioners approved the county holiday schedule for the coming year, one commissioner felt that the time off taken by county offices exceeded the approved amount.

At the Aug. 8 meeting of the court, Commissioner Neal Smith said that certain holiday closings, such as Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, ended up being multi-day affairs, and that the offices were not open for the public when they should be.

“Stealing is stealing,” he said. “We’re here for the public.”

County Attorney Colton Hay said there wasn’t much the county could do, as the court does not have any control over other elected officials.

“It’s up to the voters and how they see it,” he said.

In a separate matter, the county tabled a change to septic permit fees that are charged to some landowners.

In question was the 10-acre rule, which states that landowners with property that is larger than 10 acres are exempt from fees. County Judge Danny Martin pointed out that the contracted inspector still charges the county regardless of land size, which means the county is losing money.

Currently, the county charges $250 per inspection, but wanted to raise fees to $310 for residences and $410 for businesses, as well as doing away with the exemption.

In other business, the county:

•accepted a donation of cell phone boosters from Ronnie Janczak, which will be placed in vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office and constables;

•approved naming a road that branches off of Josserand Road as Bivens Road;

•set Oct. 21 as the fall Trash Clean-up Day, and Oct. 28 as tire removal day;

•approved county road and bridge fees;

•gave annual approval to the terms of Commissioners Court;

•set pay scales for district court bailiffs, court coordinators and reporters; and

•approved the tax rolls from the Trinity County Appraisal District.

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Trinity discusses sale of surplus items

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TRINITY — After two presentations over two months from auction services, the Trinity City Council decided to skip signing contracts and instead allow the respective department heads to decide how best to sell surplus items.

At the council’s regular meeting on Thursday, the council decided unanimously not to pursue using Trinity’s Asset Marketing Pros or the national firm of Public Surplus.

Council Member Bubba Smith said that while he prefers to use local firms for as much as possible, he was elected to make decisions that would be best for all city residents.

Council Member Scott Womack said that the Fire Department sold several surplus vehicles without using any service, and that the effort worked well. He said that there was no need for contracts, that department heads can get items declared surplus through the council, and then make their own decisions on how the items are sold.

In other business, the council:

•approved the installation of security cameras at the Public Works barn at a cost of $9,500;

•approved the repair of a streetlight on Hamilton Avenue; and

•approved the tax roll for the next fiscal year as provided by the Trinity County Appraisal District.

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Meetings, events ramp up in fall

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Julias TidbitsFrom all the Facebook pictures shown over the weekend, the back-to-school activities were a huge hit. By the time you receive this issue, school will be started, and it is at this point I must warn you to watch out for the yellow school buses.

You must stop whenever they stop or risk getting a hefty fine. I read somewhere that cameras are being installed on the old and new buses to record cars’ license plate numbers that are not stopping and obeying the school bus safety laws. These laws are to protect our children not criminals, so slow down and live a little.

•I am a decent person, but it is hard not to pray for rain and to not ask for a hurricane. Ten years ago, 95 degrees in late July or early August was a record breaker, but this heat wave everywhere now is ridiculous. Some people have complained about the new school schedule that has been changed to a four-day week, but if this temperature is going to become the norm, I say start school Oct. 1, and end on May 1, of each year. (Just kidding or not.)

•For these past few weeks, I have been listing different churches, schools, and organizational activities until the end of the year, but this week I will list only the next 60 days. For instance, Labor Day, Homecoming for TISD, Trinity Community Fair, VFW fundraisers, dinners, and city events. So here goes the hot times in Trinity town for this period.

•Aug. 14, Trinity FFA meeting 6:30 p.m. Cafeteria High School

•Aug. 19, Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church Youth Party at 5 p.m.

•Aug. 20, 11 a.m. Knights pancake breakfast

•Aug. 22, homecoming senior overalls and mums crafting time. Blanche K. Werner Public Library, 4:30-6 p.m. Bring your supplies and let them help you make your mum and/or senior overalls. Donations welcome. For more information, call Sophie at (936) 594-2087.

•Sept. 1, second annual Tailgate Party at Tiger Stadium — details later.

•Sept. 2, VFW Hall, noon Saturday, Eddie & Maxie Dance.

•Sept. 4, Monday, Labor Day Holiday.

•Sept. 5, Senior Sunrise, 6:30 a.m. at Tiger Stadium. Call Ms. Coleman for details and what items you can bring to this event.

•Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus will host their quarterly blood drive in the Brookshire Brothers Parking in Sept. I did not have a date and time before press time. Sorry.

•Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., Trinity County Memorial Post 6899 Auxiliary is hosting a fundraiser. The VFW fundraiser will be held at the VFW Hall located at 400 W. Caroline St. in the VFW Hall. This is a very important and necessary event to fund veterans’ bingo games which in turn benefit the veterans and their families. More details about this next week.

•The Trinity Community Fair Association is hosting the 74th annual fair and livestock show Sept. 21-23. The carnival opens on that Friday, and the TISD students have a holiday on that day to present their animals and school projects. For more information, contact Jolie Lane at (936) 662-5082.

•Oct. 15, Saturday, MHTCC Bingo and Fall Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 401 Prospect Drive. Bingo prizes include a $2,000 gift card for first, $1,000 gift card for second, a 65-inch TV for third, a $500 gift card for fourth and a 22-inch Blackstone griddle.

More details to be announced later, but for now, contact Melinda, at (832) 525-5536 for complete festival information.

•Saturday, Oct. 21, the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an East Texas District Meeting and Training session. For more information, contact Keith Johnson at (936) 662-3916.

•Also, on Saturday, Oct. 21, the SAAFE House 13th Annual Denim to Diamonds Purse Bingo will be held at the Trinity Community Center, located next to McDonalds, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. Please call Tammy Farkas at (936) 291-3529 for more information.

•Friday, October 27, is a teacher and student holiday.

•Tuesday, October 31, is Halloween Night & “Treats on the Street”.

•Watch this Space for Coca-Cola Enthusiasts, Open House TPCC Soon.

•I don’t know if Trinity Methodist Church is hosting a dinner with friends this month, but I will find out before next week.

•Now for some business news.

There is a new Trinity RX Pharmacy in town, located at the old Alco Shopping Center next to the DAIQ Shop. The office

hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The new pharmacy offers vaccinations, medication therapy management, free blood pressure screening, and 24-hour Pharma-


Consultation. For more information, call (936) 594-4837 or (936) 594-4834. There will be an open house on Monday, Aug. 13, around noon.

Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has invited Circuit Physical Therapy business to join the chamber and the Trinity Lions Club organization. They are very family and community orientated. They are located at 2210 S. Robb Street in the WA Shopping Center. For more information, please call Catherine or Nino at (936) 594-9224.

Trinity has another home health care business that services our area. However, their offices are located in Huntsville at 284 Interstate 45 South. Consider the Lilies Home Care Inc. can be reached at (936) 294-0900. The services offered for seniors are respite care, personal care assistance, sitters/companions, home health aides and live-ins.     

Service areas include Polk, San Jacinto, Madison, Harris, Walker, and Montgomerycounties.

•New businesses in town are the Vape Shop across from McDonald’s, Archies Smoke House on Madison Street, and the Wellness Center downtown on Robb Street. More changes are coming downtown. The Faithfully Southern Nutrition Shop has a new location in Hortman’s Country Store on Railroad Street.

Goodwill Industries seems to be flourishing, and the Family Dollar Store has a new re-surfaced parking lot. I hear that the Dollar Store near Higginbotham’s is going to have more food and produce items to sell, and Brookshire Brothers #23 is open now until 10 p.m. every day. See you in town.

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The Trinity ISD sports teams were introduced to their fans and parents during Meet the Tigers on Friday. Cheerleaders pumped up the enthusiasm, and the football squads joined hands while singing the school fight song. PHOTOS BY TONY FARKAS

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