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Up to my driveway in alligator

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Julias TidbitsWell, we finally got some rain. It has been bouncing all around us for a week now. Saturday was absolutely beautiful, and Sunday was off and on, but it was really cold Sunday morning.

I have had a lot of visitors in my driveway this week looking at Fred, who is quite large. Some even say there are two of them. Does this mean Ginger is back? I hope not.

•Now for Trinity Lions Club news. Wednesday at noon the Trinity Lions Club will meet at the Trinity Chamber Building to elect officers for the 2023-2024 term and it is hard to believe how time flies. My term is almost over, and our award ceremony will be held at the end of May when my tenure will be done.

To emphasize how time flies, here are a few of the projects the Lions club has participated in 2022 to now, and we still have a major event that will take place on May 20, at 10 a.m. at the TISD High School campus: It is a tornado drill. More details later.

We hosted two booths at the 2022 fair to raise money for the senior scholarship fund. We sponsored a giveaway at the Boys and Girls Club in October, and we sang at the TPCC Christmas Show in December. We participated in Founders’ Day ’s on Nov. 12, 2022, and the mayor of Trinity, Billy Goodwin, spoke at our January monthly meeting.

We helped decorate the Marin Center for their Valentines dinner, and we helped provide set up and refreshments for the meeting held for State Rep. Pete Sessions’ town hall meeting at the Community Center on Feb. 14.

•Also on Wednesday, don’t forget the Vietnam Veterans Dinner served free from 4-8 p.m. All others the cost is $10 a plate. The public is invited to attend.

•On Thursday, the Martin Senior Citizen Center director will meet with the East Texas Art Gallery to plan an art show to be held at the Westwood Shores Country Club on Nov. 11. Watch this space for details.

•Friday and Saturday is Westwood Shores Civic Club’s Annual Subdivision Sale starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. each day. Maps at the guard shack. For information, call (936) 594-3805 extension 4.

•On Saturday, VFW Post 6899 is hosting an Ed and Maxie Dance from noon-4 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Caroline Street. The cover charge is $12 a person. For more information call Dawn Bray at (936) 594-9467.

•Sunday is the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Fundraiser at the Trinity Fire Station. You can dine in or carry out. The same famous catfish, French fries, Cole slaw, hush puppies, and baked beans are the menu for the last 20 years. The cost is 10 dollars now and tickets are being sold like crazy. Call Keith Johnson for information, volunteering and tickets at (936) 662-6916.

Here are some happenings for the month of April at the Blanche K. Werner Public Library of Trinity: On April 6, at 4:30 p.m., an Easter Egg Hunt with a special appearance by the Easter Bunny; on April 14, at 3:30 p.m., reading with WALL’E (certified therapy dog); April 22 is Earth Day, and celebration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

•Good Friday is April 7 and the staff and students of TISD are out of school this day.

Also on Friday, April 7, River Pointe of Trinity Rehabilitation is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. They are located at 808 S. Robb St. (Highway 19 South) and the hunt is for ages 1–4-year-olds; 5-7-year-olds; and 8-10-year-olds.

Snow cones and popcorn, games, photos with the Easter Bunny, and prizes in each age group will be given away to all the children. The children who find the largest golden egg in each age group will receive a new bicycle. The smaller golden eggs found will receive an easter basket of goodies. Call (936) 594-7521 for more information.

The last information regarding Easter holiday events is the Easter Bunny and Bugs Bunny will be at Brookshire Brothers on April 8 from 11 a.m. until the candy runs out. See you there.

•On April 8, the VFW is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt for children of Trinity. The festivities will take place at the VFW Hall at 400 Caroline St.. The Easter bunny, photos, candy, prizes, and games will begin at 10 a.m. For the adults a silent auction, and a barbecue plate fundraiser for $10 for each person will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

•Another event being held on April 8, is a spaghetti dinner fundraiser hosted by Joe Werner Masonic Lodge with music by Lyle Stubbs and Nathan James. The cost of this event is $10 per person, and they are located at Highway 19 and Jefferson Street. The menu consists of spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. The public is invited to attend.

•April 9 is Easter Sunday.

•I may have given the wrong date for the Kalin Center’s Steak and Stomp Dinner, but the fundraiser is April 15 at the Manor House on Pine Crest Drive.

•If you have not attended the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus Fish Dinner, this is your last chance on Friday. Be there or be square.

•Sad News. Last year we celebrated the 90th birthday of Dr. Arthur T. Blackstock. He passed away at Trinity Rehabilitation Center Monday, and he will have a graveside service at the Cedar Grove Cemetery at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Funeral costs are still needed. If you want to donate to his cause, call Marilyn Barnes at (281) 782-8309.

•If you did not give blood during the two blood drives in Trinity, I am posting the next three drives that will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus in the Brookshire Brothers Parking lot for the rest of the year. They are June 11, Sept. 17, and Dec. 10.

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Groveton ranch wins medals in Brahman show

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Casaray Ranch, a local breeder of red Brahman, won awards at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Courtesy photoCasaray Ranch, a local breeder of red Brahman, won awards at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Courtesy photo

Special to the News-Standard

HOUSTON  A Groveton-area ranch won several champion and class awards during the recent 2023 ABBA International Brahman Show at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Mr Casaray HG Robert 117/2 was named Champion Bull Calf, and Mr Casaray HG Roberth 117/2 and Mr Casaray HG Bryce 126/2 were class winners.

There were three other animals took home second place class winners, and one brought home a third place.

In January 2022, Casaray Ranch moved to Highway 94 in Groveton.

Casaray Ranch is dedicated to the breeding of red Brahman cattle of high genetic value, and for more than 15 years founder and owner Cesar Castro, a veterinarian, had a vision of the genetic improvement of the breed and focused his studies on genetic crosses.

That foundation characterizes Casaray Ranch in its selection of specimens for new modern lineages of red Brahman. The ranch provides specialized services in animal reproduction of red Brahman, including breeding bulls, future donor females, pregnancies by embryo, replacement heifers, bulls and embryos of high genetic value, artificial insemination, preparation of cows to receive embryos, preparation of animals for export.

Casaray Ranch is an active member of the Venezuelan Association of Zebu Cattle Breeders since 2014, of the American Brahman Breeder Association since 2018, and of the Australia Brahman Breeder Association since 2022.

In those associations, genealogical registration is carried out through the control of the ancestry, offspring, genetic crosses and other characteristics of the animals of the Brahman breed, as well as the promotion of the breed and defense of farmers.

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District goes into recruiting season

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GROVETON — The Groveton ISD Board of Trustees authorized Superintendent Jim Dillard to execute contracts in order to fill open teaching positions in the district.

At its regular meeting on March 20, Dillard was given the power to execute contracts from April through August.

Dillard said the district has seven open positions in its campuses, so this gives him the opportunity to contract interested teachers as soon as possible. He said it made things easier, as this is the time of year all districts are looking to fill open spots.

“I don’t see the teacher shortage ending anytime soon, but until state starts to compensate teachers for what they’re worth, this will continue,” he said.

In a related matter, the board discussed teacher contracts, and approved all recommended renewals.

In a separate matter, the board discussed current enrollment, which Dillard said is holding steady, and even rising.

Dillard said that he is predicting between 700-800 students to be enrolled at the beginning of the next school year, since there are more enrollments and more interest in the district coming in each day.

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Enter stage ... right

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The Apple Springs One-Act Play troupe is advancing to bi-district after gaining several awards at a recent competition. Valeria Renero was named to the honor crew, and Samantha McMullen and Noah Thompson each received honorable mention for crew; Kameron Spencer and Marissa Hollis were named to All-star Cast; and Daniel Johnson was tabbed Best Performer. The next competition will be at Panola Junior College on Wednesday. Courtesy photo

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County Fair shows gains in participants, projects

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By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — First-year Fair President Joey Rowe said the 36th annual Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show, held Thursday-Saturday at the County Fairgrounds, was straight-up successful.

Rowe credited the success to the dedication and efforts of the volunteers.

“It’s overwhelming the amount of support we’ve gotten,” he said.

He said that in pretty much every area, from livestock entries to shop projects, participation had increased over last year.

Also, the annual livestock sale brought in $271,275.

Trinity County Crime Stoppers operated a pet adoption, and five animals received forever homes.

In the shows, Daniel Brister won Grand Champion steer, and Laney Peterson won Reserve Champion.

Grace Tullos won Grand Champion halter heifers, and Kayla Kembro won Reserve Champion.

Grace Tullos won Grand Champion goat, and Kort Arbuckle won Reserve Champion.

Kamillia LeBlanc won Grand Champion lamb, and Abbey Thornton won Reserve Champion.

Kaileigh Lopez won Grand Champion hog, and Peyton Noack won Reserve Champion.

Lyla Drake won Grand Champion fryers, and Adriana Soltosanti won Reserve Champion.

Hardy Brown won Grand Champion broilers, and Tristin Eddins won Reserve Champion.

Jasper Due won Grand Champion heifers, and Reed Hawkins won Reserve Champion.

Full results and photos will be in the March 30 edition of the Trinity County News-Standard.

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