Log in

Top Stories        News         Sports

Trinity County News - Breakout

Early voting to begin Monday

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Vote GraphicBy Tony Farkas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Two constitutional amendments dealing with property taxes will be on the ballot of the May 7 election, along with any contested city and school board races for each county.

Proposition 1 will benefit individuals with an over-65 or disabled exemption on their property.

According to information released by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, if an individual currently has an over-65/disabled exemption on their home, the proposal will provide a reduction on school district property taxes.

There are 1.8 million over-65 exemptions and 180,000 disabled exemptions in the state; on average these households will see a $110 reduction the first year and $125 reduction in the second year, and the reduction will continue to grow each year.

This amendment will become effective as of Jan. 1, 2023, if it passes.

Proposition 2 will increase the homestead exemption by $15,000.

If this amendment passes the state homestead exemption on home values for school district taxes will increase from $25,000 to $40,000. On average, the 5.67 million homesteads in Texas will see a $175 savings in their school district tax bill at the current average statewide school property tax rate.

This amendment will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2022, if it passes, so homeowners will see the savings when they receive their property tax bill this fall.

Early voting locations for the state measures include Groveton VFD, 249 W. Front St., Groveton; Trinity City Hall, 101 W. Main St., Trinity; and Apple Springs VFD, 14755 Highway 94.

Other races in Trinity County include:

• Trinity: For the city of Trinity, three people have filed for the mayor spot — incumbent Mayor Wayne Huffman, current Mayor Pro Tem Billy Goodin, and Jimmy McCasland.

For Council Member Position 1, incumbent member Clegg DeWalt faces Willie Evans Jr.; for Council Member Position 2, incumbent Bubba Smith faces Martha Gray; and for Council Member Position 3, incumbent Chris Dennis faces off with Scott Womack.

Early voting runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays from April 25-May 3 at City Hall, 101 W. Madison St., in Trinity.

For Trinity ISD, School Board President Kevin Searcy, along with incumbent board members Maggie Trevino and Monty Andrew Huffman, face opposition from JoMichelle Mauldin, Khristopher Scarcliff, Don Fisher and Michael “Bubba” Schanfish.

The three candidates with the most votes will be seated on the board.

Early voting runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays from April 25-May 3 at the School Administration Building, 101 W. Jefferson St. 

Groveton

Eight people have filed for the three Council Member at Large positions up for election this year.

Three of the hopefuls are incumbents — Mayor Pro Tem Ralph Bennett, the current, Steven Casper and Joe Don Kennedy are joined on the ballot by Camille Simmons, Chris McFarland, Nathan Galloway, Darnell Donovan and David Robison.

Since the positions are at large, the top three vote-getters will be placed on the council.

Early voting runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays from April 25-May 3 at City Hall, 115 W. Front St.

  • Hits: 278

Senior center faces crisis

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Martin Senior Service CenterBy Tony Farkas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TRINITY — Martin Senior Center is facing a funding crisis, and sought help from the Trinity City Council to the tune of $2,500 per month.

Center Director David Kester said the center is becoming more active, and has 30 years of wear and tear that needs to be updated.

Additionally, they need to expand their offices, as there is more seniors using the center, and they are trying to develop more activities for seniors

“We’re struggling with money, as inflation has hit us as it has hit everyone else,” he said.

Even though the center is serving roughly 21,000 meals a year, Kester said the community will have to be more involved if they are to continue providing services. 

Additionally, the center needs funding agencies, such as the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, to be timely with payments, as money owed by DETCOG to the center is typically 60 to 90 days past due. Because of that, Kester told the council that there were no funds to make this week’s payroll.

However, the council voted to table the matter for later discussion.

In a separate matter, the council discussed street repair within the city, and identified 14 streets that require immediate intention.

The council had appointed Ronnie Waters of Waters Construction to survey the city streets to create a list for the project.

Since the critical jobs have been identified, the city now will solicit bids for the repair work.

In other business, the council:

 • approved Joyce Baker as voting clerk for the May 7 city election, and City Manager Steven Jones as election judge;

• approved researching the best plans for replacing police and Public Works vehicles;

• discussed renovations at the basketball/tennis courts; and

•approved Economic Development Board recommendations for a loan to George McMichael and awnings installation at Chica’s coffee house amounting to $37,000.

  • Hits: 234

County denies payment to EMS

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Trinity County Commissioners (from left) Tommy Park, Neal Smith, Judge Doug Page, Mike Loftin and Steven Truss stand with Renee Murphy and Rana Wingo of the SAAFE House after the county proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Photo by Tony FarkasTrinity County Commissioners (from left) Tommy Park, Neal Smith, Judge Doug Page, Mike Loftin and Steven Truss stand with Renee Murphy and Rana Wingo of the SAAFE House after the county proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners’ Court emphatically denied payment to Groveton EMS over ambulance calls to the jail.

The county received a bill from the EMS for call where the inmate patient refused transport.

Commissioner Neal Smith interjected that since the county pays Groveton EMS $1,500 a month, the bill should be denied.

“If an inmate has a scratch, he needs to come over and check on it,” Smith said. “I move that we do not pay this today, next week or next year.”

The county, as well as the city of Groveton, entered into a contract with Groveton EMS in November 2020 for a $1,500 monthly subsidy. That contract was the basis of the denial of other claims submitted in the previous years as well.

In other business, the county:

• approved official bonds for Keith Johnson, recently appointed as Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, and Kayla Mott;

 •proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month;

• approved the joint election to be held May 7 for constitutional amendments and local races;

• approved a replat on a lot in the Twin Oaks Subdivision;

• approved changing the name of Lee 2 Road to Massey Road;

•approved the abatement of nuisance properties in the Deer Run, Pinecrest Hideaway, Westwood Shores and Trinity Cove subdivisions;

•approved budget amendments;

•approved policy revisions to the county’s computer and internet policies;

•designated County Judge Doug Page as authorized official for a body camera grant program;

•approved seeking bids for an expansion for the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace office;

•accepted a $1,000 donation from the Republican Women of Trinity County for community center improvements;

•approved bids on tax resale property;

•approved a fee for removal of a tree on Mockingbird Lane;

•approved seeking bids for construction of new maintenance facilities; and

•tabled action on a decision to hire an architectural firm in connection with a county jail project.

  • Hits: 884

Donation great for genealogy

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

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.

  • Hits: 252

Trinity rakes in new funds

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Trinity City SignBy Tny Farkas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

  • Hits: 230