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Helping hands keep shelves in order

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GrovetonLibrary GraphicYour librarian wants to send a big thank you to the 5th grade BETA Club from Groveton ISD. There were 11 children and two teachers who came to help get some books in order on the shelf. These particular books are for children and your librarian was having an issue with their arrangement order on the shelf. The children were such a help. I need more volunteers like this group and welcome anyone who wants to volunteer.

•The Republican Ladies of Trinity County are having a card-making class at the library. This is an opportunity to make cards and donate to the library. If your group would like to have a card-making party, then just call and your librarian will set up a time for that to happen. We have greeting cards for sale at the library for a fundraiser. The cost is $1 per card. Please remember this when you need cards and support your library. We will have Father’s Day Cards for sale coming in the future.

•Our Children’s Summer Reading Program will be starting soon. Your librarian is very excited to see how much our program grows from last year. Our theme will be “Bee Kind.”

If you have children or know of any children who would enjoy our summer program, please tell them to call the library at (936) 642-2483 during our working hours. They need to sign up before June 1. The program will start June 1 and continue through July 28.

•Texas Workforce Solutions representative will be here in the library on Wednesday, May 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a service provided for anyone who needs help with employment opportunities.

•In regard to book donations, the library will not accept any books from individuals until after we move to the new location. Your librarian is in the process of boxing books getting ready for the move. We appreciate your understanding.

The library has received 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.

•Our New Building Fund balance is $4,974.83. We are still collecting pennies for our 1 Million Pennies Fund Drive. I get so excited every time someone brings me a baggie of pennies. It is the little things that add up. Thank you everyone.

•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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Weekend was a wonderful time

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Julias TidbitsI understand the Trinity Community Fair Association’s Crawfish Boil was a huge success and everyone had a great time. The music was good, and the weather was perfect. I did not go this year.

Each year I buy a table and eat potatoes and corn for $400 which is for a good cause, the Trinity Fair Associations Scholarship Fund for 4-H members, but the old knees with so many weather inconsistencies were acting up, so I stayed home preparing for Mothers’ Day.

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and I had a wonderful day hearing from my children, eating and playing games. My friend and I saw a lot of Trinity natives at the establishment on Highway 190 East just past Livingston, and we missed the rain coming and going. We were not lucky this time, but the Sunday brunch was good. So, until Father’s Day we will wait for our luck to change.

•Monday night is Bingo Night for Trinity VFW Post 6899 organization, and the games are in full force at the VFW Hall on Caroline Street. Thursday and Friday Night Bingo are hosted there also with the doors opening at 4 p.m. Several events are planned for the rest of May:

Saturday, May 20, Veterans Free Breakfast from 8-11 a.m.

Saturday, May 27, Buddy Poppies and Bake Sale at Higginbotham’s Parking lot from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Saturday May 27, VFW Hall, Blood Drive 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Please call Dawn at (936) 355-9634 for donation time.

Two dances are scheduled for June, so watch this space for details. Don’t forget home-cooked meals are served every day but Tuesdays for $5 each person from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

•Reaching Outside the Church is hosting an open house on Saturday, May 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. The ROTC ministry is located at 104 W. Main St. across from the Liberty Christian Center. The open house is to share their vision for the property and their ministry.

Presentations will be held at 2:32 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to share their mission. This will be a come-and-go event and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Karen Dixon at (936) 581- 6531.

•First Methodist Church of Trinity is having its monthly dinner with friends on Tuesday, May 23, from 4-7 p.m. and the menu will be chicken spaghetti and all the trimmings. Donations are welcome and the public is invited to attend, eat, play games, and enjoy music. For more information, please call Laura at (936) 594-3826.

On Thursday, May 25, the Youth Group of First Methodist Church of Trinity is hosting an end-of-school party for all kids starting at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Please join the youth for fun and games. For more information, call Laura at (936) 594-3826 at the church office.

•TISD School Information:

Friday, May 19, is Academic and Scholarship Awards Night. The program is being held in the THS Gym from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 27, is Graduation Day. The ceremony is being held at the Sam Houston State University Coliseum in Huntsville at 3 p.m.

Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day.

Thursday, June 1, is TISD’s last day of School.

•Inspiration Village is having a liquidation auction sale online with bidding starting May 20. Onsite preview is June 3 from 9 until 10 a.m. Inspiration Village is located at 11616 Highway 94 South in Trinity. The auction company is Wal-Lee Auction Co.

Inspiration Village closed its doors on Feb. 28 due to the State of Texas restrictions and regulations put on private institutes.

•Good Will Industries is now accepting donations for the new store in Trinity located on Brantley Street where Lucky Star Cleaners used to be. The cleaner is now located down by the Agavales Mexican Restaurant. Agavales is now serving breakfast. More about this new adventure later.

•Can you believe school is almost over for 2023 and summer is on the way? Vacation Bible School programs will be starting next month. Watch this space for future articles for June Vacation Bible Schools happening in our community areas.

I do have one announcement regarding VBS for now, and that is Calvary Baptist Church, located at 310 Prospect Drive, will hold its VBS program from June 12 through June 18, in the evening. The school will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and all children are invited to attend if you are in pre-k through fifth grade. For more information call the church office at (936) 594-3611 and ask for Vicky or Perry. See you around town when the Simple Simon Pizza Place opens.

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Council discussed recent ordinance

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Newly elected Trinity City Council Member Bryan Buck, along with Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Morrison, take the oath of office administered by Mayor Billy Goodin. The two men won in the May 6 city election. PHOTO BY TONY FARKASNewly elected Trinity City Council Member Bryan Buck, along with Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Morrison, take the oath of office administered by Mayor Billy Goodin. The two men won in the May 6 city election. PHOTO BY TONY FARKAS

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — An ordinance regarding towing services and the requirement to be on the rotation for the Police Department spurred discussion between Trinity City Council members on Thursday.

Council Member Bubba Smith said that he was concerned that the ordinance would be applied fairly and how that would be determined.

In particular, the ordinance requires that to be included on the rotation,the wrecker service must have a fenced lot, proper signage and someone on duty at all times, which is required by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Smith said it would be difficult to enforce any regulations without inspecting the businesses, so he said he would contact TDLR and have them do an assessment of each service. Council members expressed concern about what could be done in the event of non-compliance, and Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Morrison said they could be removed from rotation. In a related matter, the manager of ATK Towing asked why his operation was shut down for three days, and questioned whether the city truly was fair in its application of ordinances.

Council Member Scott Womack said there was nothing the council could do about the past, but moving forward would ensure fairness.

In other business, the council:

•tabled bids for culvert repair on Jason Street;

•tabled a bid from Asset Marketing Pros for handling city auctions;

•canvassed the vote from the recent city election; and

•discussed paving Bette Street fully.

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Board approves benefits change

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APPLE SPRINGS — The Apple Springs School Board approved changes to the benefits offered to the staff during its Thursday meeting.

Superintendent Cody Moree said that the board approved raising the level oflife insurance offered to the staff from $30,000 to $40,000.

Additionally, the board OK’d offering a supplemental insurance policy to provide for air and ground medical transportation, such as ambulance and helicopter.

Moree also said that a report from the Counselor’s Office dealt with scholarships students will receive, state-mandated testing results and scheduling for next year.

The scholarships will be handed out at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school’s Night of Excellence, which will be held at the school cafeteria.

Graduation will be held at 8 p.m. May 26 at the school gym.

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Funds Boiling Over

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The crawfish get a shot of signature seasoning. PHOTO BY TONY FARKASThe crawfish get a shot of signature seasoning. PHOTO BY TONY FARKAS

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — The Sixth Annual Trinity Community Fair Scholarship Boil was once again a success.

Organizer Tally Jo Stout said 56 tables were sold thanks to the amazing support of Trinity community and the surrounding communities.

All profits go to scholarships awarded by the Trinity Community Fair to exhibitors this fall, and the projected profits are at least $10,000 to add to the fund, she said.

Also, with the help of Big E-Z Crawfish and Oyster Bar, more than 3,500 pounds of crawfish were served, and the beverages were made possible by the gracious donations from Stevenson Beer Distributing and Faust Distributing Co., Stout said.

She said the Trinity Community Fair Board appreciates the community and the many volunteers for making the event a success.

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