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Parker Ridge Cemetery receives Historic Texas Cemetery designation

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GROVETON — The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently designated Parker Ridge Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery.

The distinction means the cemetery has been legally recorded through the THC’s Cemetery Preservation Program, an important step in ensuring its preservation.

The designation is reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years old and documented through the Historic Texas Cemetery designation process to record their historic association and significance.

“Cemeteries are important keys in the history of Texas. Designation as a Historic Texas Cemetery helps increase public awareness of these important cultural resources,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Knowledge and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of a historic cemetery.”

Craig Callahan sponsored the application for this historic cemetery. There are now 18 historically designated cemeteries in Trinity County. Cemeteries hold valuable historic information and are often the last reminders of early settlements’ historical events, religious beliefs, lifestyles, and genealogy.

While the Historic Texas Cemetery designation encourages cemetery preservation, it cannot guarantee that a historic cemetery will avoid destruction. Threats to historic cemeteries include urban expansion and development, vandalism, grazing animals, and long-term deterioration from weather and uncontrolled vegetation.

For more information, contact the Trinity County Historical Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The THC developed the Historic Texas Cemetery designation to address the destruction of historic cemeteries and the illegal removal of cemetery fixtures. Any individual or organization is eligible to submit an application for this designation.

For additional information regarding Historic Texas Cemetery designation, or to receive an application, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about historic cemetery preservation, visit www.thc.texas.gov/cemetery.

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Smoke detectors being offered

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TRINITY — The Trinity Volunteer Fire Department is offering smoke detectors or services free of charge to every Trinity family.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said that the department has 60 detectors for homes without them, and will have them installed if homeowners are unable to do so.

Should the homes have detectors, the Fire Department urges they be tested for working condition. If homeowners are unable or unaware of the procedure, firefighters will be able to help. Additionally, the batteries in the detectors need to be changed twice a year.

Assisting the Fire Department is Higginbotham Brothers, All-Around Electric and Elliot Electric.

To get a detector, or to seek assistance, contact (936) 594-2505.

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Giving $10 can make a difference

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LUFKIN — Brookshire Brothers, a Lufkin, Texas-based employee-owned grocery chain, is offering a simple way to make an impact in the community against food insecurity.

For just $10, Brookshire Brothers customers can purchase a Brown Bag of Hope containing enough shelf-stable products to feed a family of four.

“Our stores then redistribute the bags to local schools, nonprofits, and others within our communities. Together, we have a chance to offer a helping hand this holiday season and provide hope and support to those who need it most,” said Brookshire Brothers Public Relations & Corporate Responsibility Manager Melissa Crager.

For more information about the Brown Bag of Hope program, visit BrookshireBrothers.com/brown-bag-hope or ask your local store cashier.

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Trinity County schools subject to audit

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112822 corrected school audit

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The junior high/high school campus is relatively safe from intruders based on an audit conducted recently by ESC Region 6.

Superintendent Jim Dillard informed the Groveton ISD School Board at the regular meeting on Thursday that when the audit was done, and as soon as they were on campus, they were stopped by administration.

He told the board that ESC Region 6 will hold an audit at a later date for the elementary school campus.

The audit was part of an ongoing focus on school security, and schools across the state are complying with new requirements from the state, which include audits.

Dillard said there will be new ones coming from the next session of the Legislature.

In other business, the board:

•recognized the efforts of the girls’ cross country team in reaching the state tournament;

•discussed the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas rating, which was the highest score of 100, or superior; and

•discussed the method of evaluation of the superintendent, whose contract is up for review in December.

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Holiday season stirs nostalgia

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Julias TidbitsWe have lived nearly another year. I always wanted to live until 2026, never thinking how old I would be, and it is almost 2023. Why 2026? Because Jacklyn Kennedy Onassis was going to allow her memoirs to be published about her thoughts on the assassination of her husband, JFK.

Will that still happen? I don’t think so. She has been dead a long time. Her son, John, his wife, and his wife’s sister were killed in an unfortunate plane crash, and no one cares about the truth anymore, except maybe us 80-year-olds.

The older sister Caroline has not been in the national news for a long time nor any of the old family group. Fame is fleeting. My thoughts of that family came to mind when the Governor of Florida sent all those immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, and I wondered what they thought about that. Still no comments from the Kennedys.

The Christmas season is almost upon us. The stores started putting up Christmas items before Halloween was over, and now it is time for the festivals and donations for the less-fortunate. I am pleased to report on some of these events, but the first event I want to announce is the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Christmas Show.

The event will be held in the First National Bank’s parking lot on East Main Street on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The flyers went out this weekend to announce the activities of the festival, and the Little Miss Snowflake Contest details. If the weather is bad, we will go inside the Trinity Community Center for the vendor booths and activities. Watch this space for changes.

The age of Little Miss Snowflake contestants has been changed. The ages now for contestants is 9-13 years old. The sponsors for this event are Becky Hamilton Girouard and Chey Dilda. Registration packets can be picked up at the Vida Hair Studio located at 103 E. Main Street in downtown Trinity. Registration Deadline is Nov. 28. For more information, please call Becky at (936) 661-5743 or Chey at (936) 661-1846.

Martin Senior Citizen Center is hosting the Little Miss Snowflake event on Thursday night, Dec. 1, which is located at 400 Walker Street. The contestants will be interviewed and entertained with games and refreshments. The event will start at 6 p.m. The contest winners will be announced and crowned at the Christmas Show on Friday, 7 p.m. on the stage in the Bank parking lot on Dec. 2.

We will have the Tree Lighting Ceremony again this year and that will be held at 7 p.m. in the park after the lighted parade is over. The parade starts at 6 p.m., so please line up at 5 p.m. for judging. The THS marching Band and the THS Color Guard will lead the parade.

This year’s theme for the parade is “150 Years of Christmas Past.” For more information, please call Matt Budsize, who is the parade chairman, at (936) 661-4572. Santa is coming to town and the River Pointe Rehabilitation Health Center is decorating Santa’s float. Thank you so much for this endeavor, as this is a huge undertaking to decorate a 24-foot float.

We will line up at 103 Stadium St. beside McDonalds, proceed down Highway 19 North to the second red light downtown, turn left on (West Highway 94) or Caroline Street; proceed to Elm Street, turn left again headed toward West Main Street to the Trinity Volunteer Fire Station for disbursement, then back to the park for the tree lighting ceremony.

We are always happy that our local residents volunteer to make the Christmas Show a major event in Trinity. We will hear the Trinity Lions Club members, wives, and friends sing Christmas carols, Kelly Hartsfield sings her vast repertoire, the Sam Houston College Jazz Ensemble will be playing, Danny Cleveland will perform on stage, and the Trinity Tabernacle Pentecostal Church Choir and their Children’s Choir along with their puppet show will perform. Your children will love this show.

New this year will be a “Movie in the Park” sponsored by the Haley Burke Foundation starting after the Tree Lighting Ceremony is over. The movie will be announced later with more details and activities. I smell popcorn for sure.

We will also have s’mores for the children and a cornhole tournament before the parade. So, watch this space for details. The prices and drawings will be published next week as donations are being solicited now as we speak, to ensure people have fun and win prizes or money for their Christmas enjoyment or needs.

Of course, the best part of the Christmas show is the food vendors and the arts and craft people who set up each year to provide you with good food, and wonderful gift items. This year we already have more than 60 booth spaces filled, and more calls are coming to me at (936) 537-8171 for applications. If you did not attend Founders Day and get the next booth space free, you can still sign up for a space for only 15 dollars or two spaces for $25.

Trinity is awesome in providing food, clothes, toys, and gifts to families in need through various organizations and churches. We have very generous citizens year-round, not just at Christmas. Some special occasions are listed here.

•The Rollo Insurance Group is hosting a winter coat drive from Nov. 21-Dec. 12, and items requested are hats, mittens, scarves, boots, gloves, and socks as well as coats. Locations for items to be dropped off are Rollo Insurance Agency, Lovelady State Bank, River of Life, and First National Bank. For more information, please call Leslie Kelly West at (936) 594-3587.

•The Elf Station of Trinity located in Mickey’s House had already started collecting items for the Elf Station Celebration. Toy donations, gifts, and money donations are appreciated and need to be dropped off at 105 W. Main St. For more information, please call Sheran Casey at (936) 581- 1474.

•The Circle of Brothers Motorcycle group is collecting toys for the Trinity area children again this year. Drop off boxes are located around town, so please call Tim Kriner at (281) 793-3025 for more information.

•The Martin Senior Citizen Center will be closed Thursday and Friday for inside meals, so their employees have a Thanksgiving break with their families. Shut-ins will be served as usual.

•Liberty Christian Center Food Bank will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

•Brookshire Brothers will be open on Thursday, Nov. 24, until 2 p.m. so their employees can be with their families.

I have more events to report happening during the month of Dec., but I will report on them in my next issue.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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