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Firefighters keep edge on

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LIVINGSTON — Members of the Trinity Fire Department participated in the annual fire training school held at the Livingston Fire Training Field Saturday.

Attending the training were Allen Ramsey and Lamar Blake in pump maintenance class; T.J. Bullion and Ed Bullion trained in pumper operations; Cody Mauldin and Bubba Blair worked on wildland firefighting. Matt Budzise received training in highway safety; and Alex McKnight was trained in field rotations — actual firefighting techniques involving house fires, propane emergencies, oil bulk storage fires and forcible entry.

Serving as instructors at the house fire project were Richard Harrelson, Kevin Searcy, Truman Withers and Keith Johnson.

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Temperatures warm, and so do events

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Julias TidbitsEvery weekend just keeps getting better and better. Feb. 10 was the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity’s Valentine Dinner and Dance. It was a beautiful affair decorated by Ambria Hargrave Dagle and Jason Jordan. Hearts, fresh flowers, and candlelight was the theme for the evening along with music provided by Danny Cleveland.

I do not know the amount that this fundraiser made at this time, but I will let you know how successful if was next week. People were beautiful in their attire, the food was outstanding, and a fun time was had by all.

T.J. Allbright and his crew had the most wonderful steaks prepared for the guests, and Matt Warren, who is one of the best chefs in the county, had asparagus, twice-baked potatoes, and shrimp salad ready for 200 people to partake of in perfect timing. Four hours of fun and camaraderie was the order of the evening. Thank you, Trinity, for your continued support for this organization’s community youth.

•By the time you read this article, Valentine’s Day will be over, but not forgotten. The dedicated staff at Martin Senior Citizen Center also decorated and hosted the most wonderful Sweetheart Luncheon you would ever want to eat, and I cannot wait to see the pictures of this event on face book.

Another event that was a huge success was the father/daughter dance at Lansbury Elementary School hosted by the Senior Class Prom Committee and their sponsor, Kim Holmes. They raised $2,400 for the prom students and their dates to be held in the spring. Donations are welcomed by everyone for this student activity.

•Here is a list of events for the Veterans of Trinity for the rest of February and one in March. Trinity VFW Post 6899 is located at 400 Caroline St., and the “Cantina” is open daily from 4-10 p.m. except for each Tuesday of the month.

On Feb. 18 there was a “free” breakfast for Veterans from 8-10 a.m. at the VFW Hall. Families and friends can eat, but donations are accepted and appreciated. This is a monthly event. Veterans are also served dinner once a month.

On Saturday, a Mardi Gras Party will be held from noon to midnight with door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and food available for $10 a plate. It’s BYOB, and they will be serving Louisiana Gumbo with meal.

On March 18, along with the free monthly Veterans breakfast, the VFW Post will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free snacks and a gift card will be available to veterans.

Daily meals are available for $5 every day except Tuesday. Kitchen opens from 5-8:30 p.m.

•We are almost through February, and Easter is on the way. I listed some of the special days associated with this religious holiday last week, and I am always amused by the funny names attached to this event.

For instance, Fat Tuesday. Is there a skinny Tuesday? Ash Wednesday. Is there a pine Wednesday? Good Friday, is there a bad Friday? Also, Easter Sunday is the only holiday that always falls on Sunday. All the other holidays fall on Monday or the day of the week each one lands on in that month. However, you can always count on Thanksgiving Day to fall on the fourth Thursday of November of every year.

•March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and the Groveton County Fair starts with activities and awards culminating on March 18 in the evening with the livestock sales held that day also.

•I received the Knights of Columbus Fish Fries starting at the End of February following Ash Wednesday, which is Wednesday.

The first Lenten Fish fry is scheduled for Friday, and the last scheduled Fish Fry is March 31. Each Fish Fry starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. and is held in the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church fellowship hall on Highway 19 North in Trinity.

You may dine in or take out. The public is invited to attend, and the adult plate is $12 and the children’s plates are $5. the Knights of Columbus sponsor these Fish Fries and they benefit the Trinity High School Seniors and other charities. For more information call the church at (936) 594-6664.

•The Trinity Good Samaritan House Inc., located off Elm Street, is open on Wednesday and Thursday each week from 9 a.m.-noon and provides clothes, food, and medicine to families in need through this facility, or by making donations to other facilities that help Trinity citizens in need.

In December, this charitable organization sent 25 bags and containers of items to Kentucky to the victims of the latest winter tornados. Also in December, The Good Samaritan House donated $1,000 to Loaves and Fishes (a Food Pantry), and donated $1,000 to Martin Senior Citizen Center for the daily meal delivery for 61 elderly or handicapped shut-ins in our community.

GSH donated 100 tiny baby clothes to the Trinity Tabernacle Church to help needy new mothers, and the Good Samaritan House during the year 2022, gave 786 clothing items to 56 adults, and 16 children as well as contributing $2,000 to the Christmas Basket Program of Trinity. Steve Richardson, and Nellie Mosher do an outstanding job operating this facility. Please tell them thank you whenever you can. They deserve a pat on the back for their continued hard work, and they and their staff are some of the Community’s best volunteer care givers in our Trinity County.

•TISD has another holiday for the students in February on Monday, and the TISD teachers have a staff development day on that Monday also.

•On March 1, the Trinity Lions Club will meet Wednesday at noon at the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Building on Stadium Street. The public is invited to attend.

Last week the Texas Lions Club Hall of Fame Governor Bubba Hirsch attended our meeting, and we had the Mayor of Trinity, Billy Goodin, speak about the progress of his first term. Watch this space for our next speaker.

Basketball, soccer and extracurricular activities abound on the Trinity High School campus. A career day was held, and several fundraisers will take place this month for student projects, clubs, and awards programs. The prom is coming up shortly and “Princess Project” makes dresses available for girls who need financial help with their attire for this event. For more information about “Princess Project” call Karen Dixon at (936) 581-6531.

•I ate barbecue Saturday at the Old Timers Stand in front of the Old Alco Store. It sure was good. I was unhappy because I went back to get their Jalapeno Pepper Poppers and they were sold out. Phooey. Next time I will order more of them first. See you at the center.

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GISD offers STAAR tutoring

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GROVETON — Groveton Junior High School is offering after-school STAAR tutorials for grades 6-8.

Tutorials will be from 7:15-7:55 a.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m. and are designed to improve student performance related to STAAR objectives and enhance a student’s chances of success on each exam.

This program is optional and will require students to be picked up or brought to school early, and transportation will the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Students will be allowed to bring a small, healthy snack.

Planned tutoring dates are Feb.20, March 13 and 20, and April 3, 10 and 17.

Any child that would benefit from additional instruction in a tested area time should take advantage of this program. The goal of this program is to offer students the necessary skills and strategies to master the STAAR test.

If you have any questions, contact Todd Moore at (936) 642-1473 or email the grade-level teacher.

The schedule includes:

•Before school

Eighth-grade US History, K. Parker, Room HS 6

•After school

Eighth-grade Science, B. Loftin, Room HS 11

Eighth-grade RLA, M, Parker, Room JH 2

Eighth-grade Math, K. Yates, Room JH 1

Seventh-grade RLA, J. Bowling, Room JH 3

Seventh-grade Math, K. Taylor, Room JH 4

Sixth-grade Math, J. Seamans, Room JH 10

Sixth-grade RLA, R. Arbuckle, Room JH 7

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Sessions holds chat session

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U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions points out members of his staff to the people assembled at a Feb. 14 town hall meeting. Photo by Tony FarkasU.S. Rep. Pete Sessions points out members of his staff to the people assembled at a Feb. 14 town hall meeting. Photo by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, now representing Trinity County in Washington, D.C., stopped in Trinity on Feb. 14 for an impromptu meet-and-greet town hall.

Sessions, a Republican from Waco, covers the newly created 17th Congressional District, extends from Round Rock and Waco to Nacogdoches.

He told the crowd that he cares about them, and that they were important to the community, state and even the country. He also called for everyone to work together to help the country solve its many problems.

“I am an experienced member of Congress, and I believe I understand a lot about how Congress works,” Sessions said. “I also believe in telling the truth. We have to understand what the truth is, handle that truth, and do good with it.”

He said that inflation bill was $3.5 trillion of money we don’t have, but will require the country to pay interest on.

Those attending asked questions regard numerous topics, include Medicare Advantage, inflation, ineffective government, water system upgrades, rural health care, broadband internet service, mental health care, and even election integrity.

Sessions also touched on the closing of Inspiration Village, which was closed this month because state regulations made it too expensive to continue. He said he talked with state officials and Trinity representatives about it.

He did say that he and his office will work the needs of the county into his work.

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County handles grant-related business

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The Trinity County Commissioners Court declared the month of February as Black History Month. Courtesy photoThe Trinity County Commissioners Court declared the month of February as Black History Month. Courtesy photo

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — Trinity County Commissioners Court members took steps to combat a growing stray animal problem at its regular meeting on Feb. 14.

County Judge Danny Martin said the commission gave its blessing for a new animal control position, to be administered by the jail staff. He also said that $61,000 has been allocated for the position to be paid over the course of two years.

Additionally, the county will begin upgrading shelter facilities, as $6,000 of American Recovery Plan Act grant funds have been set aside.

Martin said he intends to reinstitute vouchers for spaying/neutering in Groveton as well as Trinity.

“I’m glad to get something for animals,” he said. “We’ve got quite a big stray animal problem in the county.”

In a separate matter, the county approved an application for a grant for rifle-resistant body armor, which is reportedly stronger than standard armor.

Martin said that since weapons and ammunition have become stronger, Sheriff’s deputies need additional protection.

In other business, the county:

•approved renewal of the tracking system used for the Affordable Care Act;

•approved surplus and salvage items;

•set a trash cleanup day for March 14; and

•discussed outgoing elected official auditors, which Martin said will be done sometime in March.

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