Groveton mourns longtime educators Dominey, Terry

By Martha Mericle

And so this week, our hearts are filled with memories of how these two individuals so different and yet so similar touched our lives. When news hit Groveton, no one was ready. Mr. and Mrs.Dan Dominey had recently moved to the Conroe area to be closer to their children and grandchildren so not seeing them as they walk every day gave us a false sense of security. Later we hear Mr.Dan DomineyDan Dominey Dominey had a stroke and as time passed, he wasn't able to recover. The news was so unexpected. The first we heard was when we read the post on the Groveton Ex-Students Association-TEXAS Facebook page. Friend and church member, Betty Whittlesey posted the sad news and the outpouring of condolence began to flood.

Both graduates of GHS, both dedicated their life to the teaching profession. Both willing to set down with former students and lend a helping hand. Both volunteered to be references on student's job applications. Both of the finest character to be character references for us, former students joining the work force. Both were faithful members of different local churches but both following Christ's example of 'love thy neighbor as thy self". The examples these two set in our school system had boys standing a little straighter and girls showing more kindness and all knowing doing the right thing for the right reason has its own reward. Earlier it was mentioned that Mrs. Terry taught Mr. Dominey in school. Thelma TerryThelma TerryLearning typing from Mrs. Terry landed more GHS boys who joined the service jobs as supply clerks than any other position therefore increasing the odds of more of our soldier boys returned home safely. How many of Mrs. Terry's students use the life skills she taught daily? An innumerable amount as as she taught over 4,500 students in her career. Math skills, typing, shorthand, effective discipline: all examples we learned from.

Their memory will live on but they will be missed.

Here are some of the comments left on Facebook in tribute to these two educators:

Betty Kennedy Whittlesey: Just received word of the death of Dan Dominey Class of 1946. Prayers for the family. Lois Ann McKinzie Baird: Great man. He said one time the DDD of his name stood for Dangerous Dan Dominey. Toni King Galvan: What a great man! My daddy always loved him. Debbie Kay Thompson-Smith: I so respected Mr. Dominey. He made me as an awkward preteen girl happy when gave me a small job helping to clean the cafeteria and thus earn some spending money. He was such a good and sweet man. He cared for his students. Thank you Lord for giving him to us!!!! He will be missed. Sharlotte Roden Schauer: Such a good man and he always would tell me how proud he was of me .....going to miss seeing him....prayers for the family. Scott Parker: He gave me my first job at the courthouse cleaning and mowing after school. No better man to look up to. Marissa Martin Hajovsky: Such a wonderful man and such sad news. Such a loss to Groveton. Jean Johnson: Mr. Dominey led me kicking and screaming through Algebra. He had to, I really hated that class, just couldn't get the concept of it then... He probably spent more time getting me to pass than he ever had to do with another kid....He was a good teacher....Bless his heart. Chris McFarland: Mr. Dominey taught me the value of a dollar. Later in life he always came to visit me at the highway dept. and every Christmas he brought me cordial cherries. I really didn't like them, I took them to be polite, and later I developed a taste for them and it's a good thing because, in Mr. Dominey's words, "people just don't like them anymore, take another box." He never failed to find me around Christmas and would bring me a years supply of cordial cherries. A good man and a dedicated neighbor. Ronnie Cannon: I can also remember Mr. Dominey giving out boxes and boxes of cordial cheeries! Just like Chris McFarland has stated. He was a firm but fair man, no matter who you were or what the circumstance was. He was a giving man, thoughtful man. He was a good, good man. He would give that as well as steel model cars. I had an El Camino for the longest! Homer Powell: Mr. Dominey was one of the most respected men to ever touch my life. He inspired me to confidence and to stand up for myself at a time when I had trouble doing so. He was also my mother's boss for years and always had time for you, no matter what he had to do. He also had the best signature ever! The cordial cherries started out as a Christmas gift for his insurance customers but he always ordered way too many. I think he actually did that on purpose as his way of making people's day. I know we always had a pretty good supply around our house as well. Fannie Callahan-Dunn: Mr. Dominey was a great man. I remember him as my Jr. High school principal. He was always on the campus yard talking to the children and play with them and encouraging them to be better. If the boys were playing football he would comment on the way they ran the ball or how they blocked. He told them "keep up the great work "and that they would be pro football players some day. He would say "boys I wish I could play that good or run that fast". If he saw the girls playing cheerleaders, he would come over and ask how you do a cheer. He would try and we would laugh at him. He says, "you girls will be great cheerleaders for the football team and you all have great sprit", and then he asks us to yell. If he saw a child a lone on the campus, he would go to that child and ask what was wrong. He had an open doors policy to his office, and always had time to talk to you. He was in the cafeteria and made sure everyone had something to eat. I could go on and on with school memories about this great man. When I was in high school, I worked for Mr. Dominey after school and during the summer. He would take the time to still teach me about finances, stock market, saving, investment, and farming. The most funniest thing I remember is when his sons had a horse show to go to and Michael did have him horse ready. So I was going to help him get ready (I didn't know nothing or what I was doing). I put the bridle, bites, saddle blanket, spurs, etc. in the washer machine to get them clean. Then Michael and I took the horse to the back yard and I washed him with the dishwasher liquid (suds every where) and water hose, braided his mane, put rubber bands on them, brushed the horse, and braided his tail and put bow and the end. Of course when Michael saw the bow that had to go but he loved every thing else. He won a trophy that day. He beat his brother Danny. But ooh, Mrs. Dominey was not happy at all when she found out I washed all that stuff in her washing machine. When she asked how I got it so pretty and clean. (Michael it was blue bridle & reins). When I needed reference, he wrote one for me. When I was in college and needed help with my business class. I knew just the person to help me with my stock purchase, Mr. Dan Dominey. My investment that he helped me with is still doing good today. I am so glad my daughter Latrinia and I stopped by to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Dominey and talk about old school days, their vacation with their granddaughter and Mr. Dominey getting lost (he said he didn't, they were to slow). But the thing I will miss about Mr. Dominey, those boxes of chocolate covered cherries he gave me for Christmas. My heart is sad over the great loss of such a great man, but I know he is at rest in Jesus arms in heaven.

We as a community had barely stopped reeling from the shock of Mr. Dominey's death when once again Betty posted: Just received word of the death of Thelma Rosser Terry Class of 1939, Life Member L-140. What a shock. We all knew Mrs. Terry was sufffering the dreaded Alzheimer's, but reality snuck up on us. Once again, sweet memories flooded our minds. began her school career in the Friday Texas School House but graduated in 1939 from GHS. She attended Sam Houston State University and finally began teaching at GISD. One of her many students was Mr. Dan Dominey. Later, he was her boss/principal! Mrs. Terry never set up a Facebook page but had her health permitted, she would have been correcting our grammar and spelling! Here are a few of the comments and memories from Ex-Students. Cathey Page: Awe! Such a blessing to so many students at GHS. May God provide peace and comfort to the family! Terrell Rasbeary: So sorry to hear about this. She was a great teacher and lady. Carol Allen Dial: Wonderful teacher and an inspiration to all. Ann Oliverio: Ms. Terry taught me many skills that I still use every day. She was a very valuable teacher to many people. Ronnie Cannon: Wow, what a teacher. They don't make them like her anymore for sure. Thank you Mrs. Terry for touching all of our lives. Lila Brooks Gressett: She was one of the sweetest people I ever knew and the best neighbor any one could have I miss her and Mr. Terry. Vicki Turner Alsbrooks: Sweet southern lady. She will truly be missed. Teresa Harrell Anderson: She was a wonderful lady & touched so many lives!! Prayers for her family!! Debbie Kay Thompson-Smith: Mrs. Terry, a wonderful lady. Sweet as all get out. She cared for and loved her students. She taught some of my aunts, my cousins that went to GHS and me. She also was a great Christian lady. She taught Sunday School, Missions Study and also at times led the singing at church. She loved her community, her school , her church and most of all her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!! We will miss her, but now she is with her Lord!!! Nora L. Pennington: RIP Mrs. Terry! Jean Parker-Rasbeary We're losing so many of our great teachers/Christian examples....Mrs. Terry was a true Christian lady and such a positive role model for everyone she taught (which was many)! She has earned her eternal rest...RIP Mrs. Thelma Terry... Ward Klare Such a sad day Shirley Wooley Swain: Oh. I am so sorry to hear this. Actually, I take that back I am happy that she is home now with The Lord. No more sorrow no more pain. I learned so much from her! I know she loves her life in heaven. Donnie Welker Ward: So sorry to hear that. She was my grandmother's cousin, and she sent my mom to the principal's office. She was a sweet lady! Wendy Goodrow: Oh what a loss of a wonderful woman. Heaven gained an angel ♡ GayLynn Hudson Reynolds: Oh my, so very sorry to hear this. Several of the habits I have in my office today, I picked up from Mrs. Terry. She was a wonderful teacher and an inspiring person. Prayers for the family! Mary Miller Westfahl Sad to hear this news. She was a fine lady that taught me so many skills that helped me in all my working years. She is also the only teacher that taught myself as well as my mom. Rest in Peace Mrs. Terry. Marla Larsen: She was such a sweet lady! I have many fond memories that I spent with her and her husband growing up. She will be missed by so many. May she rest in peace! Carlton Boudreaux: I remember Ms. Terry well from when I taught at GHS. Kind, gracious, always helpful. My sincere condolences to her family. I have nothing but fond memories of her. Lisa Fails Parker: What a great teacher and I use the skills she taught me to this day. She also taught both of my parents. She was an inspiration to so many! Monica Donaldson: Such a wonderful lady who taught us with such grace. Prayers for the family. Paula Campbell: Yes of everything I've learned - I use typing everyday. I'm so glad she made me learn my numbers. She was a kind woman with great capacity for love. Christie Malone Abbot: She was a wonderful teacher. Prayers for her family. Homer Powell: Mrs. Terry was such a sweet lady and such a beloved fixture at GHS. She and Mr. Doug were always great family friends as well. I can still see her with her old timey camera taking pictures for the annual or walking the aisles of her classroom with her glasses on a chain calling out the keyboard letters with a cadence like you were marching. These are precious memories to be cherished. Sally Woods Harper: Learned so much from this excellent teacher and a very good friend to my dear Mother. Rest in peace, Mrs. Terry. Jim Coker: My Dad was the superintendent in Groveton from '64-82. He thought she was as good a teacher as there ever was and could not say enough good things about Mrs. Terry. Jerry Mangum: I too was fortunate to have been taught by this lovely lady, and am still proud to be able to call her a cousin. She's been a true blessing from God for so many of our small town folks. Betty Kennedy Whittlesey: Mrs. Terry taught my three siblings & me, then taught my three children. George & I were fortunate to have been at SHSU that night when she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. A very worthy recipient!! I am so glad to have been one of those 4500 GHS students. Cindy Eastepp: She was a great inspiration to many! Carol Allen Dial: Mrs. Terry, Mr. Dominey, and Mrs. Hendley were my inspirations to become a teacher. Jean Johnson: Aweee, that makes me so sad to loose just a wonderful person. She will be fondly remembered by many.. Deborah Oller: Ms. Terry gave so many of us so many happy memories & knowledge that I'm sure all of us use every day. No one could of given more than Ms. Terry. May God be with her family in the days ahead. Ann Jones: that makes two of the good old teachers gone. Ronnie Cannon: Everyone of us, right here and now, typing or texting this is the direct results of Mrs. Terry. She was a very kind lady, person and teacher. She has touched so many of our lifes and that in turn, has been passed down to many a generation of many families. Thank you Mrs. Terry, thank you. Fannie Callahan-Dunn: Mrs. Terry was a great teacher. When I was in high school, I took typing from her and I can still hear saying type type type space. She will be greatly missed.

My prayers to the family.

Groveton students tour media centers

Members of the 2014 - 2015 8th Grade Newspaper class are:  Callie Owen, Taylor Roby, Rachel Gorgo, Matthew Howell, Kelby Stahl, Jordan Brooks, Madison Castro and Rian Lintemuth. (Photo courtesy of Sally Seale/Groveton ISD)Members of the 2014 - 2015 8th Grade Newspaper class are:  Callie Owen, Taylor Roby, Rachel Gorgo, Matthew Howell, Kelby Stahl, Jordan Brooks, Madison Castro and Rian Lintemuth. (Photo courtesy of Sally Seale/Groveton ISD)

The Groveton Eighth Grade Newspaper class took a field trip on May 14. The students took the opportunity to get first- hand knowledge of the skills necessary to work with different types of media.

The day started off with a stop at The Lufkin Daily News offices where students saw a linotype machine, which is an old fashioned printing press, however; the tour was cancelled due to unavailability of anyone to conduct the tour. The students filled in time before the next stop by visiting Standpipe Coffee shop and taking an impromptu tour of downtown Lufkin.

After leaving Standpipe, the students went to Yates Broadcasting for a tour of the radio station.
They learned some of the history of Yates Broadcasting and got to see the five stations that broadcast from there, as well as where sports broadcasts are made. The students were 'on the air' with Ty for the Swap Shop segment.

After lunch at Logan's Roadhouse, the students had a tour of KTRE television. They got to visit the studio where news broadcast are made and the command center which controls lighting, timing, volume – basically the 'brains' of the operation.

Students ended the day with a treat at Marble Slab. Everyone had a great time as well as an educational one. The students commented that "We got to be on the Radio (and we got to miss school)."

Republican Women of Trinity County host fashion show, luncheon

By Elizabeth Evans

Bold versatile looks perfect for summer were the highlight of the Republican Women of Trinity County Fashion Show & Luncheon on Saturday, May 9 at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church.

Sue Pospisil and Martha Burditt from Sue's Boutique on the Lake in Onalaska provided the fashions and accessories for the afternoon, displaying bright colors and durable, free flowing fabrics designed to flatter and keep women cool during the hot Texas summers. Sue's Boutique caters to 40+-year-old women and offers dressy, casual, and resort style clothing, accessories, shoes, and handbags.

Eleven models from Trinity County showed off everything from vintage knit dresses to crochet-accented tops to capris and jeans in fun, summer fashion forward colors. Each outfit was paired with bold jewelry, accessories and shoes sold in Sue's Boutique, including one-of-a-kind items such as a hand-crocheted scarf modeled by Katie McMahon and "Mom" crochet necklaces made by Pospisil's own mother.

Jessica Bailey, Allison Schuetz, Kaycee Jones, Sheran Casey, Ruth McClendon, Cathey Page, Brenda Schiro, Barbara Chamberlin, Crystle Scott, Sharon Schuetz, and McMahon strutted their stuff around the room, letting guests feel how light the fabrics were and see up close the designs and textures.

Pospisil was the final model of the afternoon, displaying a red nightgown and robe combination that Burditt described as a perfect gift for Mother's Day.

The event also featured a silent auction of gift certificates and gift baskets donated by local businesses and community members, as well as drawings for door prizes and items, including a Texas state flag donated by State Representative Trent Ashby. The flag was flown over the Capitol in commemoration of the fashion show and luncheon.

RWTC Vice President JoAnn Kennedy conducted the door prize drawings with help from audience members, such as District Attorney Bennie Schiro and Trinity County Judge Doug Page.

After the show and luncheon, there was a musical performance by Kathryn Edwards, accompanied by a translator in American Sign Language.

RWTC also was accepting memberships from any guests interested in joining. They also thanked everyone who donated and supported the event.

One-Act Play continues successful season

One Act Play Team

GHS-OAP produced "Confederate Letters" by Barre Gonzalez for UIL competition. The cast and crew have had a very successful season.

District UIL-OAP, March 26th
All Star Crew= Demi Moore
Honorable Mention= Sterling Haynes, Kayce Moore, Meagan Gentry
All Star Cast= Brandon Kemper
*Advancing Play
Bi-District UIL-OAP, April 9th
All Star Crew= Craig Leifeste
Best Technical Crew= Groveton
Members (Demi Moore, Kelvin James, Craig Leifeste, Jenny Taylor, Kassie Hibbard)
Honorable Mention= Sterling Haynes, Chesney Stewart
All Star Cast= Kayce Moore
Best Actor= Brandon Kemper
*Advancing Play
Area UIL-OAP, April 13th
All Star Crew= Demi Moore
Best Technical Crew= Groveton
Members (Demi Moore, Kelvin James, Craig Leifeste, Jenny Taylor, Kassie Hibbard)
Honorable Mention= Megan Gentry, Kayce Moore
All Star Cast= Sterling Haynes
Best Actor= Brandon Kemper
*Advancing Play

Our next competition is Regional UI-OAP, Thursday, April 23rd. Our scheduled performance time is 12 (noon) at Panola College. Admission is $15 per person.

We will also host an encore community performance on Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m. This performance will be followed by our 2nd annual Kennedy Award presentations.

Scholarship fundraiser works to keep Currie’s memory, generosity alive

By Chris Edwards

With tears in his eyes Gary Currie pointed out that his son Bradly's "physical future ended on October 11" four years ago at 19 years of age in a head-on collision, but Bradly Currie's caring, generous spirit lives on in the work of helping high school graduates further their educational goals.

Now in its second year, the Bradly Currie Memorial Scholarship Fund will host its second fundraising event starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at the Diamond Hall Ranch in Moscow. The elder Currie noted that all of the money raised through the fundraiser will go toward the scholarship.

Gary Currie realizes that neither he nor his wife Gina will ever truly get over the loss of their son, but in their struggle of accepting and understanding the tragedy, the act of doing some good within the community helps to "continue the keeping him here and now," he said. Currie said that by raising money for scholarships, they are able to focus on their deceased son but also to give back to the community and memorialize him.

The first event held to raise funds last year proved successful, with $4,000 raised to award to Corrigan-Camden graduates. "We gave out one $2,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships," Gary Currie said.

This year's event has the possibility to raise even more money, with an evening of Texas barbecue, an auction and top-notch live music on the menu. The music is set to begin at 6 with an opening set from up-and-coming singer/songwriter Laci Kaye Booth. Booth's father, the Livingston-based country singer/songwriter Jody Booth headlines the event and will take the stage at 9. Booth is a well-traveled troubadour, and is respected and popular among the crowded field of Texas country artists. He has shared the stage with many famous peers through his career and his latest record Heaven and Hell has received airplay in several markets with the singles "Gold Digger" and "Jesus Loves Me."

Brisket plates will be available and the auction will feature a wide variety of items, ranging from Yeti coolers to guided turkey hunts in Kansas.

The event promises to be a fun evening, but at the end of the day, Gary Currie hopes that his late son's legacy of kindness and selfless demeanor continue to live on through the actions and futures of young people. "There's people from all over this state, some of who met my son only one time and he touched them," Gary Currie said. "He had an infectious personality...just good through and through."

Tickets to the event are $15, with ages 14 and under priced at $8. You can purchase tickets in advance from More information about the event or the scholarship fund can be obtained by emailing Gina Morrow Currie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 936-465-7963 or 936-404-6377.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Bradly Currie Memorial Scholarship Fund may do so via the website:

Vikings tight end visits Centerville Elementary students

Centerville Elementary student Hardy Brown poses for a picture with NFL star Chase Ford. (Gracie Brown/Centerville ISD Photo)Centerville Elementary student Hardy Brown poses for a picture with NFL star Chase Ford. (Gracie Brown/Centerville ISD Photo)

The Friday of March 6 was a day the elementary students at Centerville ISD won't soon forget. Chase Ford, tight end for the Minnesota Vikings football team, along with his younger brother, came to read to a group of eager students.

Grades Pre-Kindergarten through sixth gathered in the gym to hear Ford read Chester the Brave.
After he finished the book, Ford answered several questions from the students. Some of the questions that stood out were:

Asia Balch: When did you start playing football?
Chase: In the sixth grade.
Shane Sailer: Have you met JJ Watt?
Chase: No, I've never met him.
Clay Ashworth: Have you played against the Cowboys?
Chase: Yes.
Ty Powers: What's the number on your jersey?
Chase: 86.
Hardy Brown: I thought you were number 10.
Chase: (after laughing) That was my number in high school!

Ford signed footballs for each of the students, and he also took the time to pose for pictures with each student.

Ford graduated from Corrigan-Camden High School in 2008, and went on to play football at Kilgore College, and then transferred to the University of Miami and played there.

He still loves coming to his hometown every chance he gets, and is proud to give back to it and surrounding communities.