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Hearts, minds and kids win at the fair

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Grace Tullos shows her emotions after her Grand Champion steer sold for more than $10,000 at the Livestock Auction. Photos by Tony FarkasGrace Tullos shows her emotions after her Grand Champion steer sold for more than $10,000 at the Livestock Auction. Photos by Tony Farkas

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TRINITY — Grace Tullos showed her Grand Champion steer through tears as it sold for more than $10,000 during Saturday’s Junior Livestock Sale, part of the 74th annual Trinity Community Fair.

Other emotions — laughter, screams of joy mixed with a little fear — rang through the Midway during what is called “the last free fair in Texas.”

Publicity Co-Chair Tally Stout said the community truly exemplified the motto of  “Country Pride, Community Wide” this year.

Early figures show the auction sale total was $139,075, and there was an increase in booth vendors and parade entries; the carnival was a main attraction; the entertainment created great sounds; and the crowd beamed with excitement, Stout said.

“Thanks to everyone that came out and helped make the 2023 fair a success,” she said. “See you at the Crawfish Boil in May.”

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Trinity council approves budget with fee increases

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Trinity City SignBy Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — The Trinity City Council approved the FY 2023-24 budget on Thursday, one that includes some fee hikes for city services and increases municipal court fines.

The new fee for solid waste disposal was increased 7.5 percent for residences and $5 for businesses; the monthly charge for solid waste disposal services for residences will be $18.54.

City Manager Tim King said the increases were necessary to keep up with expenses.

Water rates will now be $27.83 for 2,000 gallons or less, and $4.62 per 1,000 gallons thereafter for residences within the city limits, and $46.20/$5 for those outside city limits.

Sewer rates will run from $13.78 to a maximum of $21.24.

The overall general expenditures are expected to be $2.076 million, and $4.41 million with sewer, water and solid waste added in.

In a separate matter, the council ended up in executive session after County Attorney Colton Hay discussed a lack of communication between his office and the Police Department.

Hay said that it came to his attention that his services in prosecuting cases in Municipal Court were less than effective, and that the Police Chief recommended the city hire its own prosecutor.

Hay handles prosecution in cases for Trinity every 2 months for no charge.

Hay also said the sentiment may have come from an instance where he dismisses charges in 20 cases as the officer who handled the tickets failed to show up for trial, leaving him with no evidence.

Police Chief Daniel Kee said that if there are complaints against him, it should be handled in writing to the mayor and not in a public forum, which was echoed by Mayor Billy Goodin, who said he did not like discussing employee performance in public as well as not having a chance to discuss the matter beforehand.

The council then moved the matter into executive session.

In other business, the council:

•discussed a mobile health care service that hopes to visit the Trinity area monthly;

•tabled approving a tiny home community until questions about utilities were researched;

•approved an ordinance required the upkeep and removal of signs; and

•approved the city’s holiday calendar for the coming fiscal year.

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City approves new budget

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By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — Trinity County Commissioners Court passed a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year, one that is projected to bring in $609,268, or 9.6 percent, more revenue.

The commissioners, except for County Judge Danny Martin, approved the proposed budget at its regular meeting on Sept. 12. Martin was absent because of an illness.

Initially, projected expenditures were forecast at $11,000 less than revenue, but a discussion over the amount of hours for two part-time employees being different led to a change adding the funds back in.

One employee was cast only to work 20 hours, while a second was set at 29.5; Commissioner Neal Smith said it was his preference that the hours be the same.

In other business, the county:

•approved a bond for Linda Rosser;

•approved a plan for retiree health care through the Texas Association of Counties;

•approved the purchase of cloud-based software for the treasurer and auditor as the current system is no longer supported. The cost of the new system will be $2,700 per month;

•approved a raise of funds for Pet Fixers for animal control in the county;

•approved an agreement change with Windstream to replace and upgrade outdated telephone equipment;

•approved the fee schedule for the Sheriff’s Office and constables;

•approved the extension of D.L. Kee Road for county maintenance;

•approved an agreement with Ttione Currie to address drainage issues; and

•approved seeking grant administration services for an application for Community Wildfire Defense grant funds.

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Water conservation order still in effect

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GROVETON — The city of Groveton remains under a Stage 4 water conservation measure, although work on repairing the city water supply has progressed.

Mayor Ralph Bennett said Monday that Weisinger Well Co. has cleaned the well pipe down to 266 feet, where a hole in well pipe is located. Next, they will remove the sand out of the well pipe to the bottom of the well with air; the depth of the well is 497 feet.

By replacing the well pump and cleaning the well pipe, it will increase the gallons pumped per minute from our well, he said.

Bennett said he is in communication with the city’s engineer and Texas Water Development Board to begin drilling a new well by October.

The implementation became effective Sept. 8 following the failure of city’s water well pump.

The city does have a water supply through the Pennington Water system; however, residents must conserve water as much as possible during the emergency shortage.

Stage 4 restrictions include:

•no irrigation of landscaped areas.

•no use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, or other vehicle.

•no use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or jacuzzi-type pools

•no operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes except where necessary to support aquatic life.

•use of water from hydrants shall be limited to firefighting related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety and welfare.

Water use defined as non-essential or prohibited include:

•Washdown of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, or other hard surfaced areas.

•Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection.

•Use of water for dust control.

•Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street.

•Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leaks.

For more information, contact City Hall at (936) 642-1122 with any questions or concerns.

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More books needed for accreditation

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GrovetonLibrary GraphicYour librarian has learned that the library has to have 7,500 books in our collection to be accredited by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. At this moment we have 4,512 books and need to add 3,000 more to our collection.

As this is very important to have this accreditation, your librarian is going to accept any donations of hardback books that are in good shape. The plan is to have this done by September 30.

Our New Building Fund balance is $5,551.43. Our 1 Million Pennies Fund Drive is still going strong. Please save your pennies for the library. The new building will need some shelves and other items, and this will help to get some of those items.

•Plans are in process to have a game day at least once a month when we move to the new library. Your librarian is asking for board game donations. Board games that are sitting on your shelf would be a wonderful donation to the library and give you room to store something else.

•Our children’s volunteer, Kim, would like to have any coffee cans (not plastic) and lids that you can save for the library. Shoe boxes are also needed. These will be used for activities for the children.

•The library still has a few volumes of the “Journey to Jubilee, Groveton, Texas.” These books were donated to be used for a fund raiser and are for sale at the library. They will be for sale at $50 each. We have sold a few and still have some available.

•Your librarian would like to have any feedback as to activities that the community would want to try. These would be initiated after the move to the new location. I would like to try and have family game time and workshops. Please give me your ideas. This is your library. You can call, come by or email the library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I promise to reply.

•The library offers copy services and fax services and Notary Public services.

If you are aware of any person that is homebound and cannot get to the library but would like to have books to read, please call the library. We will work on a time for delivery and pickup of books if someone shows interest. This is your library. Please let me know how I can be of service to you.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. The library will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, 2023.

Story time is at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The library phone number is (936) 642-2483, and the location is in the rock building just east of the courthouse.

Cathy Czajkowski is director of the Groveton Public Library.

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