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County OKs ARPA fund plan

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By Tony Farkas

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OK symbolGROVETON — After weeks of requests for help from the county, the Trinity County Commissioners Court approved a plan to disburse $1,673,000 in America Recovery Plan Act funds at its regular meeting on Aug. 9.

The list includes $200,000 for area water companies, with Trinity River Water, Westwood Water, and Pennington Water each receiving $49,00;  Centralia, Nigton, Glendale, Woodlake Josserand, and Apple Springs each receiving $9,500; and Centerville receiving $5,500.

The county’s volunteer fire departments will receive $115,000, with Trinity and Groveton each allocated $45,000; Apple Springs $20,000; Highway 356, $25,000; Pennington, $15,000; and Friday, $5,000.

The Sheriff’s Department should receive $400,000 for vehicle purchases over the next three years, and each precinct’s Road and Bridge department will receive $200,000 for a total of $800,000.

For the county’s senior citizens center, Martin Senior Center in Trinity will receive $10,000, and Groveton and Apple Springs centers will receive $7,500.

The county will spend $93,000 for a maintenance building.

In other business, the county:

•approved a bond for the Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 office;

•approved personnel action forms;

•renewed the county’s retiree health care plan;

•approved county equipments as salvage;

•approved an agreement with OMNIA Cooperative Agency to allow local government purchases through an Amazon business account;

•approved the purchase of replacement handheld radios for the Sheriff’s Office and all constables;

•approve road and bridge fees at the same level as currently in use;

•approved participation in a mass notification system facilitated by DETCOG; and

•approved the tax roll submitted by the Trinity County Appraisal District.

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VFD donation

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081122 vfd donationMembers of Joe Werner Masonic Lodge presented a $1,000 donation to the Trinity Fire Department. The donation was made in appreciation of the members of the Fire Department for their dedication to fighting fires in and around Trinity. Pictured below are members of Joe Werner Lodge E.J. Bozeman, Tom Hunt, James Moffett and Michael Moffett. Receiving the donation are Wayne Huffman, Neal Smith and Billy Slaughter. Courtesy photo

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DETCOG comes to Groveton

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081122 detcog groveton

Special to the News-Standard

LUFKIN — Deep East Texas Council of Governments Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Trinity County Annex at 223 W. First St. in Groveton. A luncheon will be served at noon, and the board meeting will be held immediately following lunch.

Welcoming members and guests to Trinity County will be Trinity County Judge Doug Page, Groveton Mayor Tommy Walton and Trinity County commissioners Tommy Park, Michael Loftin, Neal Smith and Steven Truss along with Trinity County Minority Representative Ralph Bennett.

DETCOG’s president, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison, would like to extend an invitation to the meeting to all interested parties.

Anyone needing information concerning this event may contact the Deep East Texas Council of Governments office in Lufkin at (936) 634-2247.

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Friday reunion fun for family

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081122 reunion

Special to the News-Standard

FRIDAY — Four generations of the Jeffus family celebrated fellowship at its family reunion.

Upwards of 40 attended Friday night’s fish fry and 46 showed for Saturday’s pot luck luncheon at the Friday Community Center. There were lots of good food and great visiting. The delicious fish was caught and cooked by Josh, Jordan, and Jacob from the third generation, grandsons of David Jeffus, our host of the fish fry. Others brought desserts and enjoyed being where we’ve had family gatherings duringthe past forty plus years.

Our ancestor, the Rev. Lemuel Jeffus, in the early 1900s preached in the old schoolhouse/Friday Community Center when weather was too bad to have services under the brush arbor just outside. What an honor and privilege to gather where many of our loved ones, and friends have worshiped over a hundred years ago.

In conjunction with our get together, we celebrated the 60th wedding anniversary of Bob and Carolyn Jeffus with a delicious cake brought by their son.

Also, the lady in the pink blouse, Betty Thompson remembered attending church services led by the Rev. Lem at the old schoolhouse back in the 1940s.

Family togetherness is rare in some areas of this world. We are very blessed, and thankful for the love we share.

Just after our group picture was made, I asked if anyone had something to say. Our precious Justin, (sitting on the floor in front), raised his hand, and said, “I just want to say that I love everybody that’s here.” Our oldest generation feels confident that when we are gone, the younger Jeffus generations, with God’s help, will continue to love and care for others.

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Council discusses Police Department

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GROVETON — The city’s police chief, Justin Cowart, told Groveton City Council members that he has training scheduled with numerous agencies, including the Trinity Police Department, revolving around school safety and active shooter on campus.

Cowart also said that there are discussions for training with Groveton ISD.

He said that law enforcement agencies and school districts are being proactive in light of the tragedy in Uvalde.

Additionally, the department told the council that they are stopping four-wheelers and motor bikes with underage kids that are speeding and operating in an unsafe manner. Cowart said the city has issued warnings and talked to parents, but the problems continue so the next steps are for fines and impounding vehicles.

Cowart said that for the month, the department responded to 30 calls for service, executed 41 traffic stops, and issued three verbal warnings, 10 written warnings, 28 citations and made three arrests. Officers also fielded calls for animal control, five for dogs, two for cats and three animals were impounded.

In other business, the council:

•approved payment of $8,685.04 to Inframark for sewer and water, and rep Hunter Maze said the city was operating the sewer plant at 12 percent of permit levels and pumped 3,093,000 gallons of water;

•delayed action on participating in a tree program with the Groveton Lions Club until the fall;

•approved renewal of employee group insurance, which includes lower rates of $105 per employee per month, a savings of $6,000 per year;

•approved incoming County Judge Danny Martin and Justice of the Peace Richard Steptoe as city judges;

•appointed Martha Kirby to the Groveton Housing Authority to replace Karla Perkins;

•approved an ordinance declining a rate change request from Entergy; and

•discussed making three parking spaces in front of City Hall two-hour parking during business hours after some customers complained of not being able to find adequate parking. Mayor Tommy Walton will discuss the matter with the city attorney.

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