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County wins award for commitment to safety

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Trinity Countyseal 200By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON —For having no time lost for safety reasons in 2022, Trinity County received an award from the Texas Association of Counties.

The award was presented to the Trinity County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting on March 14.

The award states the county committed to safety practices that reduced worker’s compensation costs, saving tax dollars.

In other business, the county:

•approved a bid of $98,736 from Waters Construction for chip seal work in the Creekside subdivision, but tabled a second bid for work on Lake L Drive. Commissioner Mike Loftin said the road was too sandy, and the specs of the bid needed to be altered;

•tabled a pauper funeral request to gain more information;

•appointed County Judge Danny Martin as the authorized official for the county on block grants;

•approved the addition of Netta and Foley streets to the 911 addressing map;

•approved a new contract with Local Government Solutions for software for the Justice of the Peace offices. JP Mary Wallace said the current software, Intech, is “awful” and there is trouble getting tech support. The cost for the new software will be $2,030 per month;

•approved the purchase of new shelving for the District Clerk’s Office at a cost of $21,805; and

•approved an agreement between Loftin and property owners to use private property to address drainage issues on county roads.

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Steer project finals

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FFA members Lucas, Reed, Rylie, Hannah, Kutter, Jasper, and Jett started the HLSR Junior Commercial Steer project back in August, and it officially ended at the Choice Auction held recently. Out of 144 contestants, Lucas was a top 8 finalist, Kutter was Junior Rookie of the year and first-place overall junior exhibitor, and Jett was the third place overall junior exhibitor. Courtesy photo

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City leaves police chief position unfilled

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Trinity City SignBy Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — The Trinity City Council voted on Thursday to extend its search for a police chief.

After a lengthy closed session during the council’s regular meeting on Thursday, the council voted unanimously to not offer the position to Interim Chief John Raiford, who has been serving as chief for the last five months after former City Manager and Police Chief Steven Jones left the position.

Mayor Billy Goodin said that the council found Raiford would not be a good fit, and chose to look elsewhere.

Raiford said later that he is no longer serving as interim.

In another matter related to the police department, the council voted to amend its regulation regarding wrecker service in cases regarding impounds or seizures of vehicles picked up in Trinity.

The new regulations require any wrecker service to place these vehicles in a lot in Trinity, as well as requiring wreckers to respond to calls in a reasonable amount of time.

The rules were changed since a wrecker service from Groveton was added to the police department rotation, and when a vehicle was picked up by that service, it was taken to Groveton, making it difficult for people living in Trinity to reclaim.

Vehicle picked up after crashes or for other reasons are not subject to the new rules.

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Animals bring the melancholy

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Julias TidbitsToday is not a good day for me. I had to say goodbye to my pet cat Cream. He was born in 2003 or 2004. He was having kidney failure. Animals become just like family, and you are devastated when they pass. No more pets for me, please.

My son came to visit yesterday, Monday, and brought me worst news. Fred is back. He lies sunning in the pond next to my driveway, and I wonder if the alligator is really Fred or Ginger. Anyway, the animal is really big, and I don’t agree with the Game Warden that we should have to live with alligators in a subdivision.

With the weather warming up to a balmy 80 degrees, I am sure I will see more of Fred in the coming weeks.

Next week is spring break for most schools and the students will have many wonderful places to go with their parents. My twins are going to San Francisco with their parents. I have never been to San Francisco, but to Los Angeles and Disneyland, yes.

•The Haley Burk Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser was held Saturday at the Trinity baseball fields on Stadium Street, and I did not get to attend. However, I am sure it was a huge success, and I will report on their benefit in the next issue.

•Next week is the Trinity County Fair and Livestock Show in Groveton. The event starts on March 17, with a parade on Saturday, and the auction of animals on Saturday night. Friday, March 17, is also St. Patrick’s Day. If you would like to contribute to the students’ projects and the auction, please contact George Gallagher at (936) 594-1234 to contribute to his buyer’s group.

•This past weekend there was several rummage sales for two churches, and I was told that both were very successful. On March 31 and April 1, Westwood Shores Subdivision will host its annual rummage sale for the spring. They have two subdivision sales each year: one in the spring and one in the fall.

The sale is held on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The Westwood Shores POA Civic Club sets up tables at the front of the subdivision by the mailboxes and the club members bring their wares to sell there instead of at their homes.

For families that need help with household goods, medicine, food, and other items, you still have the option of visiting the Little House and the Good Samaritan House for assistance. The Little House managed by the First Methodist Church of Trinity and is open on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The Good Samaritan House is open on Wednesday and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon each week.

•Next Tuesday, March 14, First Methodist Church of Trinity is hosting an event at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 131 N. Elm St., for women of all denominations. The guest speaker is Karen Altom, founder and publisher of Postcards Magazine. The message is “We are going to talk about nothing.” For more information, please contact Laura at (936) 594-3826.

•Two blood drives are scheduled for next week and I do not understand why they are back-to-back. One drive is on Saturday at the VFW Hall located at 400 Caroline St. and the other one is on Sunday sponsored by the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church-Knights of Columbus organization. I appreciate what both organizations do for our community, but different times and dates might get more donors.

For years the Most Holy Catholic Church has scheduled blood drives every quarter in the parking lot of Brookshire Brothers hosted by the big Carter Blood Bank Mobile. On March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the whole community and surrounding communities will benefit from this blood drive. There is always a need, so please give if you can.

On March 18, the Blood Drive at the VFW Post 6899 is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and to schedule a time to give, please call Marilyn Barnes at (281) 782-8309.

•Don’t forget, the Martin Senior Citizen Center is open for lunch Monday through Friday at noon at 400 Walker St. and sells barbecue on Saturdays at the old Alcoa Parking from noon to 4 p.m. They have the best jalapeno poppers ever and run out of them every Saturday.

During the week people enjoy games, dominos, bingo, and other activities while fellowshipping with their neighbors. The center has planned many activities for 2023, so come join the fun and see what we have in store for you for this year. For more information, call Brenda at (936) 594-2625.

•Details for April and May are filling up fast so don’t be left out on the Trinity Community Calendar Schedule, call me. It’s almost Easter time, and decorations are bountiful in all the restaurants, dollar stores, grocery stores, business store fronts, and churches and schools.

•I believe the two rehabilitation centers will have Easter egg hunts for their residents and families and the VFW Post 6899 usually has an Easter egg hunt. Watch this space for new information when it comes in.

•Don’t forget to eat at the Most Holy Catholic Church on Fridays for Lent. The fish dinners are served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Each plate is $12 for adults, and $5 for the children’s plates. The Knights of Columbus host this event to benefit their senior scholarships and teen charities. The fellowship hall is located at 401 N. Prospect Drive.

Good Friday is April 7, and Easter Sunday is April 9. Fifty-one years ago, it snowed on April 1, 1972. Thirty-five years ago, it snowed on April 1, 2007. No snow this year, please, on April 1. We already froze in February of this year.

•Saturday, April 22, is the Trinity ISD junior/senior prom to be held at the Manor House on Pinecrest Road.

•I have not heard any plans about the TCFA Annual Crawfish boil for 2023. It is usually the Friday before Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 14.

•I was surprised to learn the last day of TISD school year is May 25, and that graduation day is May 27. Graduation has been held in June for the last couple of years.

The ceremony location was not changed and is still being held at the Sam Houston Civic Center in Huntsville in the afternoon. Another date not scheduled yet is the 2023 scholarship and awards program for the graduating seniors and other students.

I am going to have to get out more and bring you up to date news. I am getting stale. See you downtown.

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County Fair Coming To The Y

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By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON The wood shavings are being laid, the grounds are tidied up, and the participants are prepping the animals for the 2023 Trinity County Fair and Livestock Show.

The event will take place at the County Fairgrounds at U.S. 287 and State Highway 94 on March 16-18.

Shop projects will be checked in March 16 from 8-11 a.m., and steers will be weighed and sifted between 4 and 5 p.m.

On March 17, all other animals will be checked in starting a 7 a.m. Competition, starting with broilers, will run from noon to 7 p.m.

March 18 will see the Home Economics projects, the commercial heifer, steer and halter heifers shows, and will end with the awards presentation at 4:30 p.m. and the livestock sale at 5 p.m.

For more information contact Joey Rowe, President, at (936) 581-1006; Chad Arbuckle, Vice-President, at (936) 852-3395; Rebecca Cockrell, Secretary, at (936) 707-3946; and Lisa Sharp, Treasurer, at (936) 676-3656.

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