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Saturday will be a lot like Christmas

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Julias TidbitsSaturday, Dec. 3 , is the 25th Annual Christmas at the Crossroads Show. It is hard to believe I have been participating in this show for that long, but it never gets tiring. The show starts at 10 a.m. and ends after the Tree Lighting Ceremony that night at 7:30 p.m.

If it does not rain us out, this will be a very wonderful Christmas Show. At the end of this issue, I will announce the schedule that is performing on stage and in the park, so you can see it all. The food vendors and the arts and craft show booth open at 10 a.m., and entertainment starts at noon. Games and pictures with Santa start at 2 p.m., and the parade starts at 6 p.m. followed by the awards presentation at 7:30.

The Countdown to Christmas has begun, and flyers are posted everywhere. Notices went out on Monday to all the school campuses so the children can attend the parade and see Santa Claus. The parade time was changed so all the children could attend, as some of the students will be performing in UIL events during the day, Saturday, Dec. 3 , until 3 p.m.

ChristmasDowntownSchedTherefore, the children would miss the parade if it started at 3 p.m. like last year, so we changed the time back to nighttime at 6 p.m. In the parade line up so far, we have the Grinch who stole Christmas provided by Trinity Crime Stoppers, the Christmas story presented by Higginbotham Store, Santa Claus’ Float decorated by River Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center, the THS Color Guard, the Dance team and the THS Band. Of course, you cannot forget the Fire trucks beautifully decorated by the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department men.

Because we had the Founders Day Celebration and all the rain this month, we may not get all the decorations up by the Christmas Show time. However, we will decorate the vacant lot of West Tire Shop as soon as possible. I personally want to decorate the large tree in the center of the lot in honor of Gary who allowed us to decorate his property all these years and helped provide electricity for the Angel decorations.

Santa will be in the park for parents to take pictures of their children and he will pass out small bags of fruit and candy from 2 to 4 p.m., and then he will reappear again after the parade at 7 p.m.

The Stage in the park will be decorated for the Little Miss Snowflake Contest who will be crowned on Friday night at 7 p.m. The audition and interview for each applicant will be held on Thursday night at the Martin Senior Citizen Center at 6 p.m. located at 400 Walker Street. Hot Chocolate and Cookies will be served to the Little Miss Snowflake contestants provided by River Pointe Rehabilitation Center.

The Martin Senior Citizen Center will be participating in the Christmas at the Crossroads show this weekend downtown selling barbecue and turkey legs instead of at the Senior Civic Center on Walker Street. Look for their trademark, Old Timers BBQ Wagon, and visit them at their booth on East Main Street.

On Dec. 16 , you are invited to come eat and take pictures with Santa Claus (who is Mark Cole) at the Martin Senior Citizen Center. That Friday will be their annual Christmas party with door prizes, games, and good food for everyone. For more information, please contact Brenda at (936) 594-2625 at the Martin Senior Citizen Center.

The 25th Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Christmas Show Parade committee has decided to keep up with this year’s sesquicentennial celebration and pick a companiable theme for the

2022 Christmas Show. They have announced that the theme for the 2022 Lighted Parade is”150 Years of Trinity Christmases Past”.

The City Christmas Tree was erected in the corner of the First National Bank Parking lot, and this really made me long for festivities everywhere. Jennifer Budsize and Brandi Shanfish are going to prepare the Santa Claus Stockings, host the s’mores and activities for Trinity’s children to take place around 4 p.m.

Some of your favorite vendors and arts and craft people will be attending to give you Christmas joy and Christmas presents to buy.

The Sheet Lady, Renae from Lufkin, will be here, Joann Moss will be here, Tasty Treats and Tooty Fruity will be here, the Allbrights will be here pre-selling racks of ribs, the clock man, Harry Bauder, is setting up along with Charles Payne and his homemade wood art, several Scentsy ladies, jewelry vendors, wreath makers, kettle corn, honey makers, and crosses and wood art made by Rick Stermen in the 60 spaces that have been mapped out along both sides and in the middle of East Main Street and the alleyways.

There are several festivals going on in surrounding areas and I will expound on them next week. Right now, you need to know that Lanora Ainsworth will be at the Countdown to Christmas show selling her award-winning candies, breads, and jams. She sold out at the fair in September, so visit her booth early if you want to stock up for your Christmas holiday sweet goodies.

Also, you will want to visit several downtown businesses that will help celebrate 150 years of Trinity Christmas Past, and they are Trinity Flowers and Gift Shop, The Way you Live, Liberty Christian Center Resale Shop, East Main Street Resale Shop, and Chica’s Coffee Shop.

A quilt was donated to the Trinity Historical Society to be raffle off at the Christmas Show at 6 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Patricia McCartney had closed her Heavenly Threads Shop; she and her husband are moving out of state. We are sad and will miss them very much. Even more so, they will be missed by everyone in the quilt world, in and around Trinity County. I never learned to knit, crochet, or quilt from my mother or grandmother and I admire people who do.

We have some fantastic homemakers and talented people in Trinity County and one of the places you should go to is the Southern Nutrition Tea Shop to see their wares. The booth spaces there are incredible. Brandi will also be at the Christmas Show with her fabulous drinks. So come downtown and see for yourself. Trinity supporters have made this show one of the best in Trinity County. See you there.

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County taps brakes on fund distribution

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Trinity Countyseal 200By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners Court denied a request for Capital Credit funds for a non-profit organization, only to later approve funds for the city of Trinity that were never requested.

At its regular meeting on Nov. 22, the court denied a request from the Nigton Historical Development Project, which sought $5,000 for bicycles and food for underprivileged children in the Nigton and Apple Springs communities.

The county has roughly $60,000 in Capital Credit funds, money returned from the state to be used for non-profit and minority agencies. At its previous meeting, the Groveton Community Association requested and received $5,000 for its annual Christmas display.

Also at that meeting, Commissioner Neal Smith said that the city of Trinity should receive funds as well, as it was only fair.

However, at the most recent meeting, Commissioner Tommy Park said that all requests needed to be tabled until all requests were received before deciding how to divide the funds.

Commissioner Mike Loftin agreed, saying that once “they hear about” the money, “they line up.”

However, County Attorney Colton Hay pointed out that at the previous meeting, the discussion was about being fair, and the request from NHDP would bring those funds to the north part of the county, making things even more fair.

LaToya Walker-Hernandez of the NHDP told the court that things went at the last meeting, and that the other organizations brought no pricing or bids and there was no discussion beforehand.

Commissioner Steven Truss moved to approve the NHDP request, which was seconded by County Judge Doug Page. However, Smith, Park and Loftin voted to deny the request. Subsequent requests from Circle B Farm and Wildlife Rehab and the Trinity County Boys and Girls clubs were tabled, and yet the donation to the city of Trinity, which was not even requested, was approved, with Truss and Park voting against the measure, and Page breaking the tie in favor of it.

Smith said the court agreed to the donation two weeks prior, but since it was not on the agenda, could only be approved at the Nov. 22 meeting.

Truss said to be fair, that motion should have been tabled.

“We need a better game plan with this,” Truss said.

Hay again said that it was mentioned that what is done for Groveton should be done for Trinity; Smith agreed but did not extend that to the smaller communities in the county.

In other business, the county:

•approved the appointment of county residents to the Trinity County Historical Commission;

•approved personnel action forms;

•canvassed the election returns from the Nov. 8 election;

•approved opening a new bank account for incoming District Clerk Jillian Steptoe;

•approved hiring Axley and Rode for the FY 2022 audit;

•approved the transfer of Microsoft 365 licenses from General Informatics to TAC-CIRA and the county’s IT department;

•appointed Kelly McCroy as Veterans Services officer; and

•set Dec. 13 as a public hearing date for nuisance properties in the Westwood Shores subdivision.

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Parker Ridge Cemetery receives Historic Texas Cemetery designation

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GROVETON — The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently designated Parker Ridge Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery.

The distinction means the cemetery has been legally recorded through the THC’s Cemetery Preservation Program, an important step in ensuring its preservation.

The designation is reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years old and documented through the Historic Texas Cemetery designation process to record their historic association and significance.

“Cemeteries are important keys in the history of Texas. Designation as a Historic Texas Cemetery helps increase public awareness of these important cultural resources,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Knowledge and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of a historic cemetery.”

Craig Callahan sponsored the application for this historic cemetery. There are now 18 historically designated cemeteries in Trinity County. Cemeteries hold valuable historic information and are often the last reminders of early settlements’ historical events, religious beliefs, lifestyles, and genealogy.

While the Historic Texas Cemetery designation encourages cemetery preservation, it cannot guarantee that a historic cemetery will avoid destruction. Threats to historic cemeteries include urban expansion and development, vandalism, grazing animals, and long-term deterioration from weather and uncontrolled vegetation.

For more information, contact the Trinity County Historical Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The THC developed the Historic Texas Cemetery designation to address the destruction of historic cemeteries and the illegal removal of cemetery fixtures. Any individual or organization is eligible to submit an application for this designation.

For additional information regarding Historic Texas Cemetery designation, or to receive an application, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about historic cemetery preservation, visit www.thc.texas.gov/cemetery.

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Smoke detectors being offered

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TRINITY — The Trinity Volunteer Fire Department is offering smoke detectors or services free of charge to every Trinity family.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said that the department has 60 detectors for homes without them, and will have them installed if homeowners are unable to do so.

Should the homes have detectors, the Fire Department urges they be tested for working condition. If homeowners are unable or unaware of the procedure, firefighters will be able to help. Additionally, the batteries in the detectors need to be changed twice a year.

Assisting the Fire Department is Higginbotham Brothers, All-Around Electric and Elliot Electric.

To get a detector, or to seek assistance, contact (936) 594-2505.

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Giving $10 can make a difference

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LUFKIN — Brookshire Brothers, a Lufkin, Texas-based employee-owned grocery chain, is offering a simple way to make an impact in the community against food insecurity.

For just $10, Brookshire Brothers customers can purchase a Brown Bag of Hope containing enough shelf-stable products to feed a family of four.

“Our stores then redistribute the bags to local schools, nonprofits, and others within our communities. Together, we have a chance to offer a helping hand this holiday season and provide hope and support to those who need it most,” said Brookshire Brothers Public Relations & Corporate Responsibility Manager Melissa Crager.

For more information about the Brown Bag of Hope program, visit BrookshireBrothers.com/brown-bag-hope or ask your local store cashier.

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