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Groveton EMS owner David Robison (center) and paramedic Alton Mericle (right) accept a check from Terry Cartwright. (Photo by Marlena Stubblefield)

Groveton band members earn individual honors

Groveton band members earn individual honors

Select members of the Groveton Band participated in the Region 21 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest this past Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th, in Nacogdoches, TX. Students either performed solos, alone with piano accompaniment, or in small three-to-six-member groups called Ensembles.

Congratulations to the following first division "Superior" winners; Flutes: Violeta Luna, Amanda Thomas; Clarinets: Megan Turrentine, Emily Garcia, Ashley Rumley, Kalie Voss; Saxophones: Ashelyn Miles, Shaelynn Smith; Trumpets: Laken Arnold-Smith, Cole DeWitt, Lindsay Jones, Keili Munger, Caleb Newton, Michelle Quin, Austin Whiddon, Brittany Bergman, Morgan Robertson; Trombones: Kasey Drinkard, Han-bi Lowe; Baritone: Braxton Terry; Tuba: Faith Gray. Trumpet Trio: Caleb Ellington, Parker McFarland, Keili Munger, Caleb Newton, Madison Turner, Austin Whiddon.

The following groups earned a first division superior rating on their ensemble and will advance to the state level in Austin, TX in May; Flute Trio: Deanna Dial, Megan Gentry, Megan Whitworth; Brass Quartet: Cassitty Dostie, Lillian Jackson, Han-bi Lowe, and Cody Kessinger.

Groveton Band students earned a total of 34 first-division superior medals at the contest. Special thanks to the piano accompanists, Bonnie Kennedy and Sandra Owens. Great job to all students who participated. We are incredibly proud of you!

Groveton bands are directed by Jason Turrentine and Marina Doss.

Running man: Dial inspires with lifelong passion for “the roads”

By Chris Edwards

For many folks around Groveton, Dave Dial is a familiar sight. He can, no doubt, be described by many as "that guy who runs."

An old photo of Dave Dial from one of his many marathon appearances. (Courtesy of Dave Dial)An old photo of Dave Dial from one of his many marathon appearances. (Courtesy of Dave Dial)Dial, who recently logged mile number 170,000 in Groveton last November, is a man on the move. Tall and whippet-thin, the soft-spoken, well-read and traveled Dial is a man of many talents and interests who has parlayed his passion for fitness and the lifetime commitment to his chosen sport into a mirror for his life's trajectory--one marked by a positive mindset and a lust for life that is sure to inspire anyone who comes into contact with him.

For the well-traveled running man, Groveton is a natural place to hang up his running shoes when he's not participating in prestigious marathons, like those which take place in cities like Boston, New York and Houston. "I've had relatives in this area...Dials in my lineage have always been in these parts," he said. "My great-great-great grandfather Hirambric Dial was the first [to settle in the area] in 1836."

Dial, who was born in Trinity County in 1960, moved with his family nine years later when his father got a job with Gulf Oil. It was during his childhood years that he can recall his want to run, in Groveton nonetheless ("I wanted to get out of the car as a six-year-old and run home"). Although he said he always loved to run as a child, it was the summer he turned 15 that he began seriously running and logging his mileage.

Dial can recall such points in his youth, but he cannot pinpoint any one catalyst that got him started as a runner. "I guess it's just in my DNA," he said. "What keeps me going is the satisfaction I feel when I'm out there on the roads."
In the years since then, Dial has captured accolades such as the Texas Junior Record for his participation in the 1980 Boston Marathon at age 19 (with a time of 2:24:18). He has trained with some of the world's most elite runners, such as four-time Boston and New York City Marathon winner Bill Rodgers, a man whom Dial is proud to call a longtime friend. Dial has also instilled his passion for running and physical fitness to young people as a track and cross-country coach in public schools and also as a coach and mentor to other marathon hopefuls. He has also helped spread his love of running through his work as a pitchman for longtime sponsors like Injinji toesocks and Skechers shoes, for whom he has tested products over the years.

If all that wasn't enough, Dial has also managed to use his running as a vehicle to raise funds for educational and Native American causes. It's the act of helping others that Dial counts among his highlights during his running career. He said he gets a huge level of satisfaction from raising funds through running and the coaching and mentoring of other runners.

All of Dial's dedication has come at a price on his body. He recounted a few surgeries and having to endure post-surgical rehab, but despite the grind, any physical issues he has endured have all been worth it. "For my two cents, nothing can replace the way I feel when I'm out on the roads, so I'm not going to let anything take that away from me," he said. Dial mentioned that he never takes a day off from running unless he is took sick or injured to train, and that has not happened since October of 2007.

The "roads" that Dial frequently refers to have captured his mental and physical focus for 40 of his years, thus far. He said he recently cut back his daily run to 12 miles, which is his lifetime daily average. "I'm keeping up the status quo while letting some old wounds heal."

Some of the advice Dial gives to those who want to pursue running or jogging is to start slowly. He said that many people second-guess their fitness goals after bad experiences brought on by trying to do too much too soon. "If one can practice a little patience, remember, Rome wasn't build in a day...and begin building a routine, you get your feet under you, thereafter, consistency is the key to being a runner long-term," he said. "Just keep in mind it's not going to happen overnight."

When he isn't training, Dial tends to his father's cattle and land and keeps busy with a variety of other endeavors, which include camping and running mountain trails and keeping up with his favorite NFL teams. He has also worked as a freelance journalist, for which he has won awards and had his work as a songwriter and poet published. The gusto that he has pursued his sport through the years extends to his other passions. For instance, Dial is highly knowledgeable about nearly any genre and artist of music one can imagine and he is a huge football fan.

The word "dedication" could be made into the alliteratively named Dial's middle name and it would suit him to a finely crossed "T". Despite all of his achievements, he isn't one to rest on any laurels, for every new day is another period of time to train, to hit those roads which he is so fond of. In the meantime, Dial said he's looking to do "something really big," which might be to run across the United States.

If anyone could accomplish such a feat, Dave Dial can.

Local artist donates courthouse painting

By Martha Harrison Mericle

The Trinity County Commissioners met in regular session on November 24, 2014 9:00 AM. Those present were Shasta Bergman, County Clerk, Grover Worsham Comm. Precinct 1, Neal Smith Comm. Precinct 3, Doug Page County Judge, Rich Chamberlin Comm. Precinct 2 and Jimmy Brown Comm. Precinct 4. Judge Page called the meeting to order. Jack McMahon of First United Methodist Church Groveton was invited to give the invocation.

Blake Bean donated his beautiful painting of a rainbow over the Courthouse to Trinity County. The Courthouse is the focal point of the painting and the view is from the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square looking southeast. This painting is unique as Mr. Bean created the canvas from recycled materials giving the painting a textured appearance that lends to a more realistic but abstract rendition than the more traditional canvas. Mr. Blake accepts commissions for portraits, landscapes from photographs.
Approval of the minutes was the next order of business. Motion by Comm. Worsham and seconded by Comm. Smith to approve the minutes of the November 10 meeting and the minutes of the special meeting called on November 17.

A motion was made by Comm. Smith and seconded by Comm. Brown to approve the $10,000 Official Bond and Oath of newly appointed Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Lyle E. Stubbs. Voted and Carried.

A motion was made by Comm. Worsham and seconded by Comm. Brown to approve an application from Cochran Funeral Home for $500 reimbursement toward a Pauper Burial of Delores L. McCracken. Voted and Carried.

A motion was made and seconded by Comm. Worsham and seconded by Comm. Chamberlain to approve claims and invoices as presented. Voted and Carried.

The Commissioners discussed the proposal given at the October meeting by John Rester concerning the Legal Shield program for Trinity County employees. A motion was made by Worsham and seconded by Smith to allow Rester to visit with each county employee concerning individual enrollment into the program. Authorizations for payroll deductions will not be authorized until the date of February 1, 2015.
Commissioners discussed the counties contract to collect delinquent taxes. The current contract matures at the end of December. The contract automatically converts to a month-to-month payment system if not renewed. It was currently a two-year contract. No action was taken.

A motion was made by Comm. Smith and seconded by Comm. Brown to set a price of $100 for 9' pews and $110 for 12' pews for those in the Courthouse Annex. Judge Page assured the commissioners the sale of these items would not impact the use of the annex as a courtroom and that the courtroom would be ready for the scheduled January docket. Voted and Carried.

Herbert Bickley, P.E. Regional Manager of Klotz Associates presented a bidders review options for Hurricane Ike 2.2 CDBG Road Improvement Projects. He explained how the county must approve the project plus the alternates to utilize the complete amount of funding available. These monies become more flexible as the county steps up to complete some of the work allowing the contractors to focus on the base road improvement. The plan to utilize all the funds was the most important point made by the Bickley. If commissioners chose the option to move more material to a different road then the county needs to let the contractors know during a preconstruction meeting. Two contractors are under consideration. Motion by Comm. Chamberlin and seconded by Comm. Smith to accept Klotz Associates recommendations except for the bulk delivery of pipe. Voted and carried. The County Judge signed award letters so the work will begin in the spring.

Public hearing Favor and Moore Cemetery Road no one spoke during the public forum. A motion was made Comm. Chamberlain by and seconded by Comm. Smith to place the stop sign at the corner of Faver and Moore Cemetery Rd. Voted and carried.

The new Pauper Burial Application commissioned in October was considered for adoption. Two changes were needed. Change 1) was "Address to Physical Address" and change 2) adds a notary affidavit to validate residency in Trinity County. Comm. Brown made a motion to approve these changes to the application and Comm. Smith seconded the motion. Voted and Carried.

Smoke Free Policy within 25 feet of entrances of County owned facilities was considered. A motion was made to table and modify the motion was made by Judge Page and seconded by Comm. Worsham. Mr. Bell requested the commissioners hold a public hearing concerning the subject. Voted and Carried.
Sheriff Woody Wallace brought the commissioners up to date concerning a letter from Texas Jail Commission and Recommendation. The State Fire Marshall has made request to modify the escape routes incase of fire. The replacement of wooden doors to metal fire resistant doors plus the adding of electronic locks. The jail isn't up to compliances. Fire escape from the second story is also a factor. The Sheriff asked for $15,000 from the contingency fund and the jailhouse maintenance fund to upgrade the interior of the jail to meet the standard set by the letter from the Texas Commission of Jail Standards. County Attorney Joe Warner Bell II will verify the Historical significance of the land and buildings on the Courthouse Square as the commissioners want to maintain and safeguard the sanctity of the property. A motion was made by Comm. Smith and seconded by Comm. Worsham to fund the upgrades. Voted and Carried.

Sheriff Wallace also informed the commissioners of House Bill 161. This legislation would allow counties that do not house maximum-security inmates to build a dorm/tent facility to house trustees or qualifying inmates. Sheriff Wallace urged the Commissioners to support this legislation. No action was taken.
Comm. Chamberlin updated the other Commissions concerning the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone Grant Road Improvement Projects and the Hurricane Ike .2 grant funding and project status. The amount of funds available was given to each precinct. Before and after pictures are required of all of these projects. He also gave an update on the revised project competition dates. No action.
With no further business to come before the Commissioners court, on a motion from Comm. Chamberlin and seconded by commissioner Comm. Smith, court was adjourned at 11:30 a.m. Motion carried.

FFA busy with projects; senior Campbell recognized

Nine out of ten LDE teams advanced to Area competitionNine out of ten LDE teams advanced to Area competition

Everything is going great here at Groveton High School. Students in the shop have been working on hay rings and continuing working on feed troughs. Students in the floral design have been working on their wood blocks.

At the regional wildlife contest held Wednesday, November 5th at SFA in Nacogdoches, Caitlin Ray, Meredith Ecord, Emily Ecord and Glenn Thornten placed first and Rebecca Brooks, Makayla Blackstock, Brent Caddenhead and Brady Blackstock placed second. The wildlife teams will be going to state contest in May. At the LDE's contest that was held on Thursday November 6th in Madisonville, nine out of ten teams advanced to Area, which was November 11th in Nacogdoches. We are very happy with how everything is going this year.

The senior we will recognize this week will be Marissa Campbell. This is her second year of being in Ag. She has been in Floral Design and Hay Judging. Marissa has also been involved in FCCLA, Student Council, Band and Volleyball. Marissa showed a door in the County Fair this past year. She plans to attend Angelina Junior College after she graduates high school and major in Occupational Therapy, and then transfer to a four year university after that.

Dec. 6 Christmas on the Square celebration planned

The Trinity County Chamber of Commerce is hard at work preparing for Christmas on the Square. Activities begin at 2:30 p.m. on December 6, with shopping, food and games for the kids.

The William Truss and Ketch'N Keep'Em bands along with other local singers will perform throughout the day. The Groveton ISD Band will sell barbecue.

Door Prizes will be given throughout the day and free tickets will be available at the Chamber Booth (one ticket per person). The parade will begin at 6:00.

The drawing for the deer stand (donated by Groveton ISD ag department) and the jumbo Christmas stocking (filled with gifts from area merchants) will be held after the parade. Check with McClain's, Groveton News, Susan's, Groveton Floral, County Seat and Citizen's State Bank for tickets. Tickets are also available from The Chamber of Commerce or any committee member. Ticket prices are $1.00/each or 6/$5.00.

If you are interested in setting up a booth, please contact Stacey Hogg @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 936-215-0460. Contact Cheryl McMahon or the Chamber Office with any further questions.