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County approves pay raise

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080422 county pay raises

By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — Trinity County Commissioners OK’d a pay raise for a county deputy sheriff but stayed in line with the salary schedule put into place last year.

At its regular meeting on July 26, the court discussed the raise request, which became contested over claims that the county was paying female deputies less than male deputies at the same level.

At the last meeting, Sheriff Woody Wallace sought equity in pay; however, the court maintained the difference was based on tenure, not on gender.

After delaying the matter for research, Commissioner Tommy Park said the deputy’s pay was an oversight, not being

corrected when the new salary matrix was put into place.
Commissioner Neal Smith, who objected to requests being made at the same time every year that deviate from the salary schedule, then questioned how many other salaries were inadvertently missed.

Commissioner Steven Truss said he put in a request as well because a road employee of his compared salaries with an employee in Smith’s precinct, and the disparity was questioned.

In other business, the court:

•approved election judges for the Nov. 8 general election;

•approved a contract with Westwood Shores MUD and its election administrator for a concurrent election on Nov. 8;

•approve a contract with Apple Springs ISD and its election administrator for a concurrent election on Nov. 8;

•approved a $20,000 bond for County Clerk Shasta Bergman;

•approved six budget amendments to move funds to make payments;

•approved a donation of dirt from Mark Brown to Precinct 4 Commissioner Steven Truss;

•approved renaming Little Kickapoo Road to Redden Road;

•approved bids for tax resale properties;

•discussed the combined disposition completeness report for the county’s criminal justice system; and

•discuss some budget requests from each department ahead of budget discussions.

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Never too early for Homecoming plans

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072822 homecoming plans

Homecoming sponsored by the Groveton Ex-Student’s Association will be held on Oct. 21-22. This year is a big homecoming year in which we will induct new honorees in to the Groveton Ex-Student’s Hall of Fame. It is time to ask you to consider nominating a Groveton graduate, community person, or a teacher/staff member who has distinguished themselves and is worthy of this honor.

You will find a more detailed description of the process at our websites. After we receive nominations, a committee will review the nominations and make selections for the new inductees.

Please go to the website and email us your nominations (info on website) or mail to our address, P.O. Box 70, Groveton, TX 75845.

We have added a website through the school district that includes the criteria for selection, the nomination process, and the nomination form. There is also a list of all inductees in the Groveton Ex-Student’s Hall of Fame from its inception in 1976 through 2018.

The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2022. The web address is www.grovetonisd.net/app/pages/ex-students or go to grovetonisd.net. From that website you will click ‘Community’ then ‘Ex-Student’s Association’.

Please call me if you have any questions and I’ll help you complete the nomination form. My phone number is (936) 537-1969 or you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jo Ann Anderson Beken is president of the Groveton Ex-Students Association.

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CISD back at square one

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072822 back to square oneCenterville ISD Board of Trustees rejected bids for new vehicles at its regular meeting.

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CENTERVILLE — The Centerville ISD Board of Trustees rejected bids for new vehicles at its regular meeting on Thursday.

Superintendent Mark Brown said after reviewing sealed bids for school vehicles, Joyce Carlton motioned to reject all bids, and with a second by Gerald Davis, the bids were rejected.

In other business, the board:

•held the initial hearing on TASB policy updates 119 , but took no action;

•updated local policy on the school’s Guardian Plan, which was approved; and

•paid invoices and vouchers for July.

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Firefighters get small break

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072822 donationFirefighters from Trinity VFD were lauded by First National Bank. Courtesy photo

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TRINITY — Firefighters in the county received a small break from wildfires as only one flare-up was reported, that being on FM 356 on Wednesday.

Following that, the fire reignited the next day, and firefighters handled that rather quickly.

The community continues to rally behind the VFD, as donations continue to come in. On Thursday, First National Bank of Trinity donated funds simply as a way of saying thanks for all they do.

Additionally, Trinity 356 VFD has received money donations, as well as donations of coolers and water, Gatorade and food items.

072822 donation 2Firefighters from Trinity VFD were lauded by First National Bank. Courtesy photo

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Council planning for event, cleanup

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072822 cleaning up cityMayor Billy Goodin wants the city and its residents to embrace cleaning up the city and to keep things tidy year-round.

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — The Trinity City Council, after meeting with town residents, will begin forming committees to help clean up the town as well as plan and execute a sesquicentennial.

Council members heard complaints as well as ideas during a special meeting on Thursday.

Mayor Billy Goodin said his purpose for planning an anniversary celebration was to help the city and its residents embrace cleanup, and not just for the event; he would like to see the committee stay in place to keep things tidy year-round.

“I feel that if people drive through our city and want to shop here, or if people want to move here, if people want to start a business here, we need to do this,” Goodin said. “Most of all, I want to instill pride in the community. I think things have gone on so long that people don’t care anymore.”

While numerous residents came forward with complaints about neighbors and certain areas of the city, and questioned why the city did not enforce its ordinances, City Manager Steve Jones said under previous councils, the city couldn’t enforce anything as council members were in violation as well.

Goodin said the city also is going through all of its nuisance ordinances to see what’s in place, and with recommendations from the Texas Municipal League, the council will revise the ordinances to current standards and start enforcement.

Moreover, now that the city finances are in good shape, the city plans to hire more Public Works employees to make sure all things like trash pickup and road work are completed.

Goodin said that the committee can be a line of communication to the City Council about problems the city face.

An organizational meeting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Trinity Community Center, where volunteers will sign up for committees and create mission statements. Goodin said that anyone visiting, shopping or spending time in Trinity is welcome.

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