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Donation great for genealogy

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GrovetonLibrary GraphicThe library received a book donated by the Descendants of Abraham Tegarden. The book includes all of the known spelling of the surnames of people who descended from Abraham Tegarden and his family. 

The origin of the name is a suburb of the city of Solingen, Germany. That name is Theegarten (Google Earth 51.17620,7.11113). The English spelling was created from German when the family arrived in Philadelphia on Sept. 1, 1736. The families then scattered across the frontier and over time the names began to change along family lines. 

The book shows how each individual is connected with an ahnentafel numbering system to the Abraham family. Surname spellings include: Teagarden, Tegarden, Teegarden, Teegarten, Teegardin, Teeguarden, Tegarden and there may be other spellings not yet found. There are many other surnames of families that are connected in the book. Your librarian has been in the process of additions to our genealogy and this will be a special addition. 

Joseph Oswin Teagarden wrote a collection of memories. Joseph was born April 6, 1861, in Sumpter, Trinity County, Texas, and died Sept. 6, 1954, in Dallas. His father was a homeopathic physician in Sumpter and several of Joseph’s older brothers were long-time friends and schoolmates of John Wesley Hardin. 

Joseph’s brothers had rescued John Wesley after a gunfight and brought him to Sumpter to save his life. All of this is also described in the John Wesley Hardin book. This is of great interest to our Trinity County history. We are very thankful to the Tegarden Family for this addition to our library and this will be added to the genealogical section of the library.

•Thank you to everyone who has donated either by purchasing used books or dropping change into the jars around town. We added $71.09 to our new library building fund these past two weeks. This brings our total to $1,845.40. Please put your change in the donation jars at McClain’s Hardware, Monica’s on Main Resale, One Stop Grocery and Pizza, Pruitt’s Auto, and Susie Q’s. Thank you to these businesses for their support. Thank you to everyone who drops their pennies in the jars.

•Texas Workforce Solutions will be at the library on Tuesday April 19 from 1 to 4 pm. If you or someone you know needs help with employment issues, please reserve these dates to talk with the representative. 

Story time will be at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14. Please bring your children and grandchildren to hear an Easter story. There will be a few surprises. The library will be closed on Friday, April 15 to celebrate Good Friday. 

The Children’s Summer Reading Program will be from June 1 thru July 29. Our theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. This program will be available for 4 to 12 years old. If anyone would like to come and read to the children, please call the library. We have a few reading times open for the summer.

The library offers copy services and fax services and Notary Public services.

If you are aware of any person that is homebound and cannot get to the library but would like to have books to read, please call the library. We will work on a time for delivery and pickup of books if someone shows interest. This is your library. Please let me know how I can be of service to you. 

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Story time is at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. ESL class is at 2 p.m. Friday

The library phone number is (936) 642-2483, and the location is in the rock building just east of the courthouse.


Cathy Czajkowski is director of the Groveton Public Library.

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Trinity rakes in new funds

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Trinity City SignBy Tny Farkas
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TRINITY — The city of Trinity is continuing to shore up its water system.

City Manager Steven Jones said the city was notified at the beginning of the month that the Texas Department of Agriculture has awarded $350,000 from the 2021 Texas Community Development Block Grant program.

The funds require a 10 percent match from the city, he said.

The grant, which was offered for specific infrastructure needs, will be used for water line replacement and installation on Walker, San Jacinto, Maple and Madison streets. 

Jones said those streets were specifically chosen because they are on the ground water storage system, which is separate from 2/3 of the city. When the storage runs dry, the customers lose pressure since they are not serviced by any water towers, which creates water pressure within a system.

The grant funds will be used to replace existing water lines as well as completely connect the area to the rest of the city, making one system city-wide, he said.

Jones also said that grants are project-specific when offered by government, and the city applied to GLO specifically for this work. 

The next step in the process will be to begin passing necessary ordinances to begin work, seeking engineers and letting bids.

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Food bank office opens

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Areia Bacon, hub manager for the Trinity County office of the Trinity River Food Bank, shows what items are available while preparing to receive a shipment from the distribution center. Photo by Tony FarkasAreia Bacon, hub manager for the Trinity County office of the Trinity River Food Bank, shows what items are available while preparing to receive a shipment from the distribution center. Photo by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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COLDSPRING — Help is here in Trinity County.

The newest food bank in Texas, Trinity River Food Bank serves four counties in Texas — Walker, San Jacinto, Trinity and Liberty — under the umbrella of the Houston Food Bank.

Christine Shippey, president and CEO of Trinity River Food Bank, said the reason the bank set up in SJ is that we have partners in the county, but we feel there needs to be more.

“We feel that we can distribute the food here and get the benefits going because there’s a lot of people that don’t know what benefits are available to them,” she said.

Shippey said these are the four hardest counties to serve for the Houston Food Bank because there is very high food insecurity and very low income; the average monthly income in Texas is $3,000 per month, but in this area it’s closer to $1,200 a month.

“There’s no stability in having food for families on a regular basis, and there are food deserts all over the area,” she said. “We are working with our partners and have created a hub that benefits everyone.”

Areia Bacon, director of operations for the Trinity County hub, said anyone can get help at the food bank as long as they meet the criteria. 

People can either present a card or fill out an application, from there, they will get an appointment. Visits are limited to twice a month.

At each visit, people can get 90 pounds of food per family, and the food that’s available covers the nutritional gamut — dairy, dry goods, grains, meat, breads and fresh produce. Shipments come from the warehouse on Mondays.

The bank is open four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays, and there is a system to help people skip the long lines by making appointments online or calling and talking to a case manager.

Shippey said it’s more about food for their customers; they want to help the whole person and the whole situation to bring sustainability to families. 

“We don’t just hand out food, we offer wraparound services,” Shippey said. “We do referrals to medical clinics, indigent health care, GED programs, ESL, food stamps, job referrals; if there is a resource out there to help people, we’ll connect the two.”

Trinity River Food Bank is a partner distribution organization food bank and has been working with the Houston Food Bank through the Covenant with Christ International Organization since 2017. It became Texas’ 22 food bank in 2022.

The bank will open a new 13,900 square foot distribution center in Cleveland for the four counties it serves in July, and then in the fall it will start augmenting school programs in the four counties, and then taking food trucks into the food deserts.

•Trinity River Food Bank is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 714 Robb St. in Trinity. For information or an application, call (936) 594-3702 or visit the website at www.trinityriverfoodbank.org.

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Board makes calendar changes

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Groveton ISD logo 250By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Groveton ISD School Board made changes to its calendar on March 28, both to comply with state attendance requirements and to prepare students for the 2022-23 calendar.

Superintendent Jim Dillard said 5 minutes were added to each day of the remainder of this semester’s calendar because the state requires 75,600 minutes of attendance per school year, and because of several closures, Groveton wouldn’t be in compliance for this year.

School now will start at 7:55 a.m.

“In August we closed for COVID, and when we came back from Christmas break had to close for two days again, which exhausted all the down time we had built into our calendar,” he said. “Then having to start late for weather recently meant we were going to be 120 minutes short.”

Dillard said that adding a day to the calendar for makeup would have meant reorganizing the calendar, either by changing graduation or spring break; by adding minutes, nothing changes. 

In addition to putting the district’s attendance back in compliance, the change will help prepare students for a new calendar for 2022-23.

“It’s a hybrid calendar,” Dillard said. “Other districts in the area have moved to a 4-day schedule. The fall semester will be normal; we’ll go to a 4-day week in January, with students getting most Fridays off.”

Dillard said he is not convinced that a 4-day week is what Groveton needs, as recent surveys put out by the schools show a lot of people against it, but that school staff was for the change.

“There’s mixed opinions around here about Groveton adopting that,” he said.

Additionally, to adopt a 4-day week, school day has to be longer to meet the minute requirements, although how those minutes are made is up to district. The remainder of this year, as well as the calendar next year will help students get accustomed to the new routine.

Dillard said that next year, the fall semester will be as most semesters; then in the spring, students will be off most Fridays.

“We adopted this to see if we wanted to move to this type of calendar, so we can compare the semesters,” Dillard said. “This will answer questions, such as attendance and testing and things of that nature. We’re in uncharted territory. That’s not to say we won’t change back, but time will tell.”

In other business, the board:

•discussed school attendance, which is at 754 and hasn’t changed from month to month; 

•opted to not purchase a new school bus;

•gave permission to Dillard to execute personnel contracts for the next few months; and

•approved teacher contracts and resignations.

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Local fair proceeds exceptional

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Special to the News-Standard

GROVETON — The 2022 Trinity County Fair & Youth Livestock Show was a great success, bringing in almost a quarter million dollars in sales. 

Board President Bill Wagner said there were 127 animal projects and six Sweetheart cakes that sold in the live auction for $224,980, and the total add-ons were approximately $58,108. Additionally, there was a total of 122 shop and other projects that sold for $31,995. 

Wagner said it takes a lot of time, hard work and money to prepare animals for the fair, and there were some very nice projects exhibited and sold. 

The concession sales for this year were $ 17,852.68. Wagner said tThe concession committee and volunteers worked very hard and long hours cooking and preparing the food and drinks.

“A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers that work so hard for many hours to get ready for the fair and auction,” he said. “Without all of these people the fair would not be possible. The biggest thank you goes out to all of those individuals, businesses and buyers groups that came and bid and bought projects at the auction. The officers and fair board members appreciate the support shown to the youth of Trinity County.” 

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