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911 addressing continues

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911Special to the News-Standard

GROVETON — Changes, confirmations and assignments of addresses in Trinity County continues.

The work is slow, but thorough. 911 Addressing coordinator Jolynn Wars has been working in the city of Trinity the last couple of months, readdressing streets that are improperly addressed, to comply with NENA standards of addressing.

When you receive your address confirmation letter, please follow the instructions on the enclosed flyers for getting your 911 address number posted properly and with the correct-size numbers.

The city of Trinity passed an ordinance in May of 2021, and the city of Groveton passed one in November 2021, requiring residents’ compliance with 911 addressing. If you have any questions about the proper way to post your number or the size requirements for the numbers, please reach out to your respective City Hall for a copy of the ordinance.

The county has not yet passed an ordinance that requires address numbers to be posted for locations outside of these two cities, but it would be most beneficial to you as the resident as well as assisting with deliveries and most importantly first responders of Trinity County if you would post your 911 address properly as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Wars at (936) 642-3904 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The office hours are Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and it is located at 162 W First St., second floor of the courthouse.

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Fun at the fair - Back in the swing of things

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By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The fair was back to normal, and based on results, the county was ready for it.

Fair Board president Bill Wagner said attendance this year was above normal, which is good, considering that for the last two years it was down due to COVID.

“It’s the first time in two years we’ve had the full fair,” he said.

He also said that every aspect of the fair did good, from the attendance, to the concession stands, and even participation in the events.

That include even the shop projects; Wagner said there were more than 150 entries, which is most they’ve ever had. 

Even though there were only 6 entries in the steer competition, Wagner said it’s his hope that they will be back up to the 20 or more as in years past.

“Thank you to the public for your support,” he said. “Thanks to all the volunteers, the students and the teachers; it takes an army to put this on, but this county comes together and does it.”

Proceeds from the Livestock Sale were not immediately available. For More Photos and Fair Results Click Here.

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Giving the gift of sight

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By Philip Schmitten
TCNS correspondent

GROVETON — Recently, the Groveton Lions Club was host to the District 2S-1 SPOT Vision Team, consisting of volunteers from Lufkin, Jasper, Orange Beaumont and Port Arthur Lions clubs. 

Together the teams provided free eye screening for adults without any eye insurance. There were 12 visitors to the clinic, which was held in the Groveton Senior Citizens Center, and the group was able to send 10 very happy folks out the door with new glasses at no charge.

The SPOT Pediavision Program also does grade school eye testing here in Groveton ISD and surrounding communities free of charge. In case of a need the club will refer a student to the proper treatment.

The Groveton Lions Club is made up of concerned and dedicated people who strive together to help make Groveton a better place to live, work and play. We are always looking for new members and welcome visitors to our meetings held the first and third Thursdays at noon in the Senior Citizens Center. We hope to hear you roar.

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County takes small steps on jail issue

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Trinity Countyseal 200By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners Court last week heard presentations regarding design and construction of a possible new county jail.

Two firms that primarily work on county jail construction — Burns Architecture and Southwest Architects — spoke at length at the March 8 meeting about each firms past accomplishments and what each firm would do for the county should it decide to build a jail.

County Judge Doug Page said that two additional firms will give presentations at the March 22 meeting.

Cost for the services are expected to run around $40,000 for concept and planning.

The county will take no action until after all presentations have been given.

In other business, the county:

•approved a work-based learning agreement with Texas WorkForce Solutions, which will give the county part-time help for its offices and commissioners at no charge;

•approved repair on the generator for the main Courthouse;

•approved canvass of votes, and briefly discussed upgrading equipment;

•set April 12 as a public hearing at 4/12 for nuisance property in several county subdivisions;

•tabled a discussion about America Rescue Plan Act funds;

•approved a pauper funeral payment for Roger Pollard; and

•approved a renewal with the Affordable Care Act reporting and tracking service.

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Trinity County Fair to kick off

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Tabytha Gipson and Trixe, Grave Davis and Daisy, along with Jill Watts and Ruben, exercise their pigs to help get them ready for the Trinity County Fair, set to kick off Friday. Courtesy photo by Philip SchmittenTabytha Gipson and Trixe, Grave Davis and Daisy, along with Jill Watts and Ruben, exercise their pigs to help get them ready for the Trinity County Fair, set to kick off Friday. Courtesy photo by Philip Schmitten

Special to the News-Standard

GROVETON — The Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show starts Friday.

However, on Thursday all shop projects must be turned in, and steers will be weighed and sifted in the afternoon.

The fair, always the third weekend in March at the Y in Groveton, will feature the animal and other projects completed by students from Apple Springs, Centerville, Groveton and Trinity schools. 

The fair barn, the volunteers, and the competitors have all chipped in to prepare, a worthy endeavor to support the youth of Trinity County, according to organizer and Board President Bill Wagner. 

“The kids have worked very hard in raising their animals and building their projects and we all need to show them we care and are very proud of them for their efforts,” he said. “Whether they win a belt buckle or come in last, they all need our support.”

The Pet Show will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19. Any child that wants to participate in the pet show must be there by 10:30 a.m. to register and must be under the age of 8 years old and bring their pet. 

Also on Saturday, the Awards Presentation will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the live auction at 5:30 p.m. All buyers and add-ons are welcome. 

There will be food vendors selling barbecue, hamburgers, sausage on a stick, breakfast burritos, funnel cakes, drinks and more.

For information, call Show Secretary Laura Worsham Anderson at (936) 465-0110 or Bill Wagner at (713) 501-6733.

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