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Founders’ Day finally here

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Julias TidbitsSaturday, Nov. 12, is the Trinity City’s Founders Day Celebration at the Trinity Community Center starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. The Food Vendors and Craft Show open their booths at 10 a.m. and will be here all day for your enjoyment.

Children’s music and activities will please every child inside and outside the Community Center from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Trinity Tabernacle Pentecostal Church Children’s Choir will perform at 11 a.m. on the Pavilion next to the playground area. Included in this performance is a children’s puppet show.

At noon the Blanche K. Werner Public Library of Trinity is hosting a Children’s Corner with stories, crafts, and projects for the younger children to have hands on fun. This event is taking place in the Annex Room inside the Community Center. This event is free.

The Time Capsule Ceremony is taking place at 1 p.m. and the reception with punch and cake follows this event. Local music begins at 3 p.m. and will continues into the late afternoon. Memory Pictures of this 150-year-old celebration will be taken by Shelly Chavez from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Kelly Hartsfield will perform at 3 p.m. followed by Mr. and Mrs. Quan, Lyle Stubbs, and Danny Cleveland. Other singers from the audience will be asked to participate and come up on the traveling stage handmade by Danny Cleveland if they are brave enough.

Last week when I announced that the VFW Post 6899 would be selling red poppies at the Founders Day venue, I made a horrible mistake. The veterans do not sell these items, but they are given out. People usually give donations to support our local Trinity Veterans Post 6899. The red poppies are purchased by our VFW to support the disabled veterans who make these flowers to support their families.

The Sesquicentennial Historic Committee will be setting up 150 years of information and Trinity pictures for you to enjoy on Saturday, Nov. 12. At this time if you have an item or picture you would like to put in the Time Capsule to be buried on Saturday at 1 p.m., you need to bring your artifact to the Trinity Community Center on Wednesday by 6 p.m. to secure a spot in the capsule.

To all the organizations or churches who would like to display their accomplishments of the past, we will set up Friday, Nov. 11, and we will help you with your area. Remember we have tables and chairs for you to use inside the Trinity Community, but you must bring your own to set up outside the Community Center.

We are pleased to announce that the following people will be representing their community at this event:

•First United Methodist Church,

•Dorcus Wills Memorial Baptist Church

•Glendale Methodist Church,

•Trinity Lions Club,

•VFW Post 6899,

•Trinity Community Fair Association

•TISD Students,

•Trinity Historic Society,

•Trinity County Crime Stoppers

•SAAFE House

Many other organizations will represent their members around town at their locations. Listed below is the schedule of events at this time, so come out and support your City’s Founders Day.

If you would like to display an old car, refurbished truck, motorcycle, or wagon, please be at the Trinity Community Center at 9 a.m. Saturday to display your entry. All car show entries will receive a free lunch, and certificate of this event. The event is free to all car show participants.

City of Trinity Founders Day

Nov. 12

List of events at the Trinity Community Center


•10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Trinity Sesquicentennial Historic Exhibit

•10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food and Arts and Craft Booths Open

•10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity Car Show exhibitors

•11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Trinity Tabernacle Pentecostal Church

•Children’s Choir and Puppet Show

•Noon to 4 p.m. Children’s Corner in the Annex Room Presented by the Blanche K. Werner Public Library of Trinity

Afternoon Program

•1 p.m. Time Capsule Ceremony in front of Trinity Community Center’s Welcome Area

•1 p.m. Pictures inside Trinity Community Center

•2 p.m. Time Capsule Reception in TCC Exhibit Hall

•3 p.m. Music by Kelly Hartsfield

•4 p.m. Music by the Barbershop Quartet

•5 p.m. Music by Danny Cleveland

Special Events: Trinity Volunteer Fire Department Open House, 10 a.m.; Veterans Appreciation Banquet at Burning Hope Church, 4 p.m.

•It is with a heavy heart I learned this morning that our Mayor Billy Goodin and his family have suffered a tragic loss this weekend. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. They need our love and thoughtfulness now.

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Trinity SHSU alum honored

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Special to the News-Times

HUNTSVILLE — Six Sam Houston State University alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions, communities and alma mater were recently recognized as the 2022 recipients of the SHSU Distinguished Alumni awards, Outstanding Young Alumnus award and Alumni Service awards.

Bearkats honored during the Distinguished Alumni Gala on Oct. 7 include Distinguished Alumni Troy Finner, Kyle Lehne and Jill Sharp Vaughan; Outstanding Young Alumna Constance Jones Simmons; and Service Award recipients Kelly DeHay and Mary Ellen Thornton.

Service Awards

Mary Ellen Thornton
(’64, ’68), Trinity

Mary Ellen Thornton’s career as an educator has made an impact on students. She also served as assistant director of information at Houston Baptist University. Her experience includes secondary teacher, department chair, English supervisor dean of instruction and principal in Houston ISD.

She received the Houston ISD District 11 Principal of the Year Award. Additionally, she served a principal in Leverett’s Chapel and Kilgore ISDs and as a department chair and associate professor of English at Lon Morris College. Thornton is a Life Member of the SHSU Alumni Association.

Kelly DeHay
(class of ’74), Houston

Kelly DeHay, a Houston-area real estate agent, has been a longtime advocate for higher education and humanitarian work throughout his community. He is passionate about giving back in areas such as affordable housing, community and the arts.

His generosity has supported Avenue CDC Affordable Housing, Houston Food Bank, Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels, The Women’s Home, Hermann Park Conservancy, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Rothko Chapel and the Menil Drawing Institute, among many other organizations. DeHay and his partner Rod Danielson are Joint Life Endowed Members of the SHSU Alumni Association.

Distinguished Alumni

Troy Finner
(class of ’89), Houston

Troy Finner’s HPD career has spanned more than three decades, beginning in 1990 as a patrol officer. As he moved up the ranks, he began performing duties that included outreach with at-risk youths in high-crime areas, serving as a liaison to the mayor’s office and working with internal affairs command.

In 2021, Finner was named HPD Chief of Police, serving the fourth largest city in the United States. A leader from the front line during major events, civil unrest and protests, Finner embraces the use of technology and data-driven analysis in the reduction of crime. Finner is a Life Member of the SHSU Alumni Association.

Kyle Lehne
(class of ’94), Houston

Kyle Lehne serves as chief business development officer and director of emergency response for Houston-based Sun Coast Resources, Inc.

Lehne has provided award-winning sales leadership and led the company through several emergency response initiatives to ensure first-responders, hospitals and other critical services had the fuel needed. Lehne is a Life Endowed Member of the SHSU Alumni Association.

Jill Sharp Vaughan
(class of ’82) Montgomery

Jill Sharp Vaughan serves as the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking in the SHSU College of Business Administration. Prior to this role, Jill served as executive vice president and Southwest Regional Credit Executive for Zions Bancorporation.

With Klein Bank and Trust, she served as executive vice president with oversight of the Montgomery County commercial lending market. After the bank merged with Amegy Bank of Texas, Vaughan served as EVP for regional commercial lending within Harris and Montgomery Counties. Vaughan and her husband David are Joint Life Members of the SHSU Alumni Association.

Outstanding Young Alumni Constance Jones Simmons (class of ’04), Miami, Fla.

Constance Jones Simmons is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning TV personality serving as morning news anchor with NBC 6 WTVJ in Miami, Florida. She served as anchor and reporter at Miami station WPLG-TV and worked at WLRN National Public Radio in South Florida.

Through her broadcast career she has reported on many life‐changing events, like the 2010 Haiti earthquake, President Barack Obama’s election, the BP Gulf oil spill, along with devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and ice storms.

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Leaders of the pride

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111022 lions

The local Groveton Lions Club was joined recently by some important visitors from District Headquarters. Pictured here are (from left) Elected Director of the Texas Lions Camp, Shirley Peterson; 1st Vice Governor 21-S Lions District Jerald Peterson; and Groveton Lions Club President David Robison all share a handshake at the recent meeting. Jerald spoke to the large group and the current programs going on at the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville. Vice Governor Peterson spoke on continuing progress through community service. Courtesy photo by philip schmitten

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150 years strong

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city newAn aerial view of the downtown area of Trinity shows the major churches, businesses and the railway. Courtesy photo

The town of Trinity is 150 years old this month, and the city is hosting a big celebration Saturday at the Community Center.

The City Council would like to invite you to Founders’ Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be events, booths, exhibits, games, crafts and live music.

The Trinity Historical Society will have exhibits inside the hall at the Community Center along with other residents whose ancestors played an integral part in this area. This group is responsible for getting historical markers and old cemeteries cleaned up, and graves marked and registered.

There were a lot of different people that were here before the settlers, like the Caddo Indians, and other tribes, and information about the colorful past will be on display, such as the early history of Trinity, the Mounds, the WTB&S Railroad system, the lumber industry and the building of the Trinity Post Office.

A time capsule will be buried at 1 p.m.

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Annual Hometown Christmas celebration set

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Special to the News-Standard

GROVETON — The Groveton Community Association will host the Groveton Hometown Country Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on The Square in downtown Groveton.

Vendor forms may be picked up at Susie Q’s at 112 S. Main St. or you may email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a form. The cost per booth for profit will be $50 and non-profits are $25.00. If electricity is needed there will be a $10 additional fee for both profit and non-profits, there are limited spaces available with electricity.

Forms and payment are due no later than November 30, 2022.

The Groveton Hometown Country Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. same day. Lineup is at the football field parking lot beginning at 5 p.m. There is no theme again this year; we just want to see lots of lights and creativity so get a group together and start planning that Christmas Float.

Monetary prizes will be given for first, second and third places.

There will only be one Santa Claus in the parade this year, which the GCA will provide, and he will ride on the last float in the parade.

We encourage everyone to come out and shop with the vendors, participate in the parade, watch some good entertainment and celebrate the Reason for the Season.

For information, please contact Susie Hammond at (936) 465-0707 or Jolynn Wars at (936) 676-3337.

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