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Indians roar in the 22s

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The victorious Groveton Indian football squad parades through town. Courtesy photoThe victorious Groveton Indian football squad parades through town. Courtesy photo

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Groveton Ex-Students Association found a great way to celebrate a 34-0 Groveton win — a street dance on Friday and a parade on Saturday.

During the game, Anahi Chavez was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Every few years, the association makes homecoming a little special, and more than 200 tickets were sold to the dance that featured local talent. 

Association President Jo Ann Anderson Beken said children were throwing footballs and bumping volleyballs, enjoying being downtown on a beautiful Friday night after a much-deserved Groveton win. 

“The square was buzzing with all the activity when I heard the young vet begin to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the far end of the square,” she said. “Little by little, the crowd began to get quiet; if they were sitting, they stood up. The kids stopped their ball playing, got still, and many put their hand over their heart. The square was quiet as that young man played the national anthem of the country he has sacrificed so much for. When he was finished, a cheer arose from the crowd. As I was watching this unfold, my first thought was ‘Where am I?’ I can’t tell you how proud I am to say, I was home.”

At the Ex-Student’s Association biennial meeting on Saturday, Martha Harrison Mericle, Class of 1972, retired from her service of more than 20 years to the association, schools and the community. 

Groveton School Superintendent Jim Dillard and Beken presented Mericle with a retirement plaque in recognition of her dedication through her tireless work. 

The executive board will now be comprised of President Jo Ann Beken, Vice Presidents Kathleen Cockrell and Betty Whittlesey, Secretary Elizabeth Kennedy Ledbetter, Treasurer Tim Coker, Publicity Chair Marlena Wooley Stubblefield, and Activity Chair Melissa Mericle Kemper.

Results of 2022 Groveton Ex-Students Association Homecoming Parade

Oct. 22

1st Place: Class of 2002

2nd Place: Junior Class

3rd Place: Cosmetology Class

By Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Groveton Ex-Students Association found a great way to celebrate a 34-0 Groveton win — a street dance on Friday and a parade on Saturday.

During the game, Anahi Chavez was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Every few years, the association makes homecoming a little special, and more than 200 tickets were sold to the dance that featured local talent. 

Association President Jo Ann Anderson Beken said children were throwing footballs and bumping volleyballs, enjoying being downtown on a beautiful Friday night after a much-deserved Groveton win. 

“The square was buzzing with all the activity when I heard the young vet begin to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the far end of the square,” she said. “Little by little, the crowd began to get quiet; if they were sitting, they stood up. The kids stopped their ball playing, got still, and many put their hand over their heart. The square was quiet as that young man played the national anthem of the country he has sacrificed so much for. When he was finished, a cheer arose from the crowd. As I was watching this unfold, my first thought was ‘Where am I?’ I can’t tell you how proud I am to say, I was home.”

At the Ex-Student’s Association biennial meeting on Saturday, Martha Harrison Mericle, Class of 1972, retired from her service of more than 20 years to the association, schools and the community. 

Groveton School Superintendent Jim Dillard and Beken presented Mericle with a retirement plaque in recognition of her dedication through her tireless work. 

The executive board will now be comprised of President Jo Ann Beken, Vice Presidents Kathleen Cockrell and Betty Whittlesey, Secretary Elizabeth Kennedy Ledbetter, Treasurer Tim Coker, Publicity Chair Marlena Wooley Stubblefield, and Activity Chair Melissa Mericle Kemper.

Results of 2022 Groveton Ex-Students Association Homecoming Parade

Oct. 22

1st Place: Class of 2002

2nd Place: Junior Class

3rd Place: Cosmetology Class

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Early voting to start Monday

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Vote

TCNS staff

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election will begin on Monday, Oct. 24, and will run through Nov. 4.

These midterm elections will be for the Texas governor and other state offices; State Senator; State Representative, and for new U.S. Representative, Pete Sessions, after redistricting placed Trinity County in District 17.

Sessions, the Republican incumbent, faces Democrat Mary Jo Woods.

On the state front, incumbent Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, is being challenged by Democrat Steve Russell and Libertarian Desarae Lindsey; and incumbent Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, faces Democrat Jason Rogers.

Most local races were decided in the May primary election, and the only county election is for treasurer, and Orrin Hargrave faces Cheryl Boggs Savage to replace Bob Dockens, who lost in the primary.

Apple Springs ISD also will have an election. Daniel Murray, Melanie Aycock, Tonya Odom, Amanda Roden and Jerry Sanders are the five candidates vying for the four positions up for election.

For information, contact the Election Administrator’s Office at (936) 642-3959.

Trinity County Early Voting Location and Schedule 

Nov. 8 General/Joint Election 

Early voting hours

Oct. 24-Nov. 4

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Locations:

•Groveton VFD, 249 W. Front St, Groveton

•Apple Springs VFD, 14755 N. Highway 94, Apple Springs

•Trinity City Hall, 101 W. Madison, Trinity

Polling location for School Board:

•Apple Springs VFD, 14755 N. Highway 94, Apple Springs

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County extends burn ban

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062322 burn ban in effect

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners Court approved extending an open burning ban for the county at its regular meeting on Oct. 11.

The move extended at 7-day ban put in place on Oct. 4 after County Judge Doug Page declared a disaster, since the county has not had rain in some time.

Commissioner Neal Smith said it would be wise to extend it, even though chances for rain have increased.

In support of the move, Page said at the meeting that it seems the county is drier now that during the small drought in the summer months.

In other business, the county:

•approved personnel action forms;

•approved budget amendments regarding replacing funds used for the purchase of a van for the Sheriff’s Department with funds from the recent firearms auction, and for the savings involved in the purchase of culverts;

•approved joining Choice Partners National Purchasing Cooperative;

•gave annual approval to the indigent defense formula grant program;

•approved the allocation of $60,000 from Texas Comptroller Unclaimed Property Capital Credits Funds; and

•reappointed Page as the county’s representative to Burke’s Center’s Board of Trustees.

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Back to fighting wildfires

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The Groveton Volunteer Fire Department assisted in battling a tractor fire on Wednesday near Apple Springs. Courtesy photoThe Groveton Volunteer Fire Department assisted in battling a tractor fire on Wednesday near Apple Springs. Courtesy photo

By Tony Farkas
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Dry conditions have led county fire departments to once again battle wildfires.

On Thursday, the Apple Springs Fire Department battled a blaze on FM 2501 just north of the Apple Springs School at about 5:30 p.m.

Chief Brett Selman said the fire, which was caused by a lightning strike, burned about 2 acres of forest land. Bulldozers provided by the U.S. Forest Service were instrumental in extinguishing the blaze by creating a fire break around it.

At about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a hay bailer owned by Terry Hines caught fire, which in turn burned 1 to 2 acres of land.

Selman said the department got there 6 minutes, but tractor was already involved. 

The operator, who was not identified, could not get the bailer and tractor separated.

No injuries were reported, but bailer and tractor were totaled, Selman said.

On Tuesday, the Trinity Fire Department and Texas Forest Service responded to a brush fire that broke out at about 1:30 p.m. at Circle P Road off of Mansell Road. 

Approximately 50 acres were burned. The department responded with 4 trucks and 10 men as well as 2 dozers and 5 personnel from the Texas Forest Service. 

An investigation is underway as to who caused the fire.

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