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On Woodville's Mind - Kim Cruse

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Kim Speaks

Woodville’s own powerhouse singer/songwriter Kim Cruse impressed the nation, yet again, on Monday night’s episode of NBC’s “The Voice.” Cruse covered Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” during her part of the live performance for the Top 13 performers left in the competition. Keep those votes coming for her. You can vote at nbc.com/thevoice or by downloading “The Voice” app. Photo by Chris Edwards | TCB

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Trinity County gets new treasurer; Young wins re-election bid

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Trinity Countyseal 200By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — Trinity County’s new treasurer will be Orrin Hargrave, who won his election bid against Cheryl Boggs Savage, will now be captain of the county’s accounts.

Hargrave won 4,396 to 826 in the Nov. 8 general election, and replaces Bob Dockens, who lost in the May primary.

Audrey Young won re-election to State Board of Education District 8 with 4,481 votes over Rhett Rosenquest Smith’s 584.

In the race for State Senator for District 3, incumbent Robert Nichols won re-election with 4,417 votes over Steve Russell with 772 and Desarae Lindsey with 76.

Trent Ashby won re-election with 4,507, although his district in now designated District 9 because of redistricting. Opponent Jason Rogers received 741 votes.

In the Apple Springs ISD School Board election, all incumbents were re-elected. Daniel Murray received 256 votes, Tonya Odom received 212, Amanda Roden received 208, and Jenny Sanders received 167. A challenger, Melanie Aycock, received 158 votes; since candidates run at-large, the top four vote-getters were considered winners.

Unopposed candidates declared elected:

•Travis Kitchens, 258th Judicial District Judge

•Danny Martin, County Judge

•Jullian Phillip-Steptoe, District Clerk

•Shasta Bergman, County Clerk

•Mike Loftin, County Commissioner Precinct 2

•Steven Truss, County Commissioner Precinct 4

•Mary Wallace, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

•Lyle Stubbs, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

•Keith Johnson, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

•Richard Steptoe, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

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Council to crack down on animals

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Trinity City SignBy Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — The Trinity City Council took no action regarding changes to animal control ordinances, except to say that the city will take enforcement seriously.

At its regular meeting on Thursday, Mayor Billy Goodin said that while council members in the past have expressed concerns about the current animal control ordinances, nothing need be done, and all that has to happen is enforcement needs to be ramped up.

A Public Works employee, once trained, will serve as an animal control officer, and any violations will be turned over to the Police Department for legal enforcement.

In other business, the council:

•authorized letting for bids a water line project;

•tabled approval of a quote of $48,000 for a replacement motor for a trash removal truck; and

•took no action on a request from Beth Newton for an egress on Avanna Street as there was no one there to discuss the issue.

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County tables EMS proposal

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Trinity Countyseal 200By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — Trinity County Commissioners begged off of contracting with an EMS helicopter service, this time over contractual concerns raised by the County Attorney.

County Judge Doug Page said there were some questions about the contract with PHI Air Medical that could not get answered by the representatives in attendance at the meeting on Nov. 8.

County Attorney Colton Hay said that he had concerns about wording; the contract states that no out-of-pocket expense would be carried by the patient, but the way the contract was worded could still put patients responsible for any unpaid debt.

At a previous meeting, PHI representatives said that for a little more than $42,000 per year, there would be air ambulance service provided to all areas of the county, and it would be of no out-of-pocket expenses for patients.

Commissioner Tommy Park and Page voted to approve the contract, but commissioners Neal Smith, Mike Loftin and Steven Truss voted against the measure.

Page said the item will be brought back to court in December once Hay and PHI can come to terms about the contract.

In other business, the county:

•approved the replat of a lot in the Lonesome Dove Subdivision, which divided it between owners on each side;

•donated $5,000 to the Groveton Community Association for Christmas lights;

•approved personnel action forms;

•approved issuing a county credit card to the jail administrator;

•approved agreement with Bosque County for housing prisoners;

•approved removal of a tree in Westwood Shores. The property is owned by the county and other entities for delinquent taxes, and a tree poses a danger and needed to be taken down; and

•approved donating $50,000 of a $1.4 million American Rescue Plan Act grant to the village of Nigton for a building. Page said that the remaining grant funds will be held in escrow until jail issue reaches a conclusion.

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Serving those who served

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A Groveton student talks with a group of veterans. Photo by Tony FarkasA Groveton student talks with a group of veterans. Photo by Tony Farkas

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GROVETON — The staff and students of Groveton High School continued their tradition, serving full meals to any and all veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

About 350 veterans and family members came for meals of barbecue brisket, sausage and ribs, and all the trimmings on Friday.

Numerous businesses from the area contributed to the event, including Citizens State Bank of Groveton, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Country Equipment Sales, Dean Due Logging, Phillips Due Foundation, Groveton Booster Club, Hannah Equipment, Huff Welding, McClain’s Hardware, Scoggins Tires, Carroll Sylvester CPA, Trinity County Farm Bureau and Walmart.

Superintendent Jim Dillard said the event teaches students the value of giving back, as well as honoring military veterans.

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