The Trinity Standard needs your help

By Dr. Sharon Schuetz

As a community newspaper, the Trinity Standard wants to include events, honors and awards, and news and information about what’s happening around the county. When our children win an important, award, contest, or honor, we want to share it with everyone because it lifts and inspires.

In a culture as negative as ours, we must encourage our children, spurring them on to grow into the men and women they’re meant to be. The whole community does this, parents, family, the school.

This is your newspaper. Our goal is to share what is important to you, the reader. We have an amazing community and those of us who have grown up here, raised our children here, or watch our grandchildren grow up here understand the importance of small-town life.

I didn’t grow up in Trinity, nor did I raise my children here, but I have several grandchildren that have either been raised here or have lived here for a season. They are products of the school system, the daycare, the Boys and Girls Club, the church, our family, and a host of friends and neighbors who love them dearly. They are becoming amazing people and even now are making a significant investment in the lives of others.

Most people will do what you expect them to do if you encourage, compliment, and reward them for positive behavior. Our kids deal with enough negative bombardment through television, movies, and the games they play. We only have them for a few short years. During that time, we can help them become the men and women who will bring honor to our community and its families.

Putting pictures and articles in the newspaper about their achievements is an important way to encourage and motivate them to succeed. When you send us something through email or Facebook, we try to make sure that it gets into the paper either that week or the following week. We watch Facebook closely and try to stay on top of the happenings in our county. Our goal is to make sure that we cover important news, achievements, and anything else that will encourage a child in our community to excel. We are asking you, the parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, etc. to send us pictures and information so that we can make sure that it gets into the newspaper. To send pictures and information to us, you can either email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find us at Trinity Standard on Facebook.

As hard as we try to capture the news and information, we don’t know what’s going on everywhere, and if you don’t send it to us we can’t guarantee it will be in the paper. So, on that note, we need you.

A "Perfect Storm" hits Trinity as seventh-grade football player is injured during the final game

By Dr. Sharon Schuetz

On Thursday, November 2, Middle School parents and grandparents gathered at the Trinity football field for the final games of the season when an accident brought the seventh-grade athletes to a grinding halt near the end of the fourth quarter. With 37-seconds left on the clock, seventh-grader, Brice Smith, collided with the team from Kirbyville suffering an injury that stopped the game for the next few minutes while he lay on the field waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
The hands on the clock appeared to freeze to the spectators in the stands. The longer it took for an ambulance to arrive the more questions arose, and people began to ask: “Why did the ambulance take so long?”, and “Why was there not an ambulance at the school?”
School Superintendent, Dr. John Kaufman, explained why an ambulance was not on the scene during the game. He said that the law requires an on-site ambulance for a varsity game, but junior varsity and below only require an ambulance to be on-call.
EMT Scott Womack said that, "the thinking is that varsity boys are bigger and hit harder than the JV teams, or middle school and more likely to get injured."
This still did not answer the question, “Why did the ambulance take so long?” To the families sitting in the stands, this question was paramount. "It seemed like an eternity," commented Jason Edwards, whose son, Jeremiah, was on the field with the other members of the eighth-grade team scheduled to start their game at 6 PM, when the seventh-grade game ended. After a Ventura supervisor and an ambulance arrived and carried Smith off the field, the seventh-grade teams finished the last 37 seconds of play. The eighth-grade kickoff finally took place at 6:55 PM.
Smith was taken to Huntsville Memorial Hospital where a CT Scan revealed a compressed vertebra. On Saturday, his mother Heather reported” Brice is very sore and hurting; however, the injury will need time to heal. We are thankful to hear the great report and look forward to Brice feeling like himself again.”
On Friday, EMT Scott Womack explained the confusion over the unusual length of time it took to get an ambulance on the scene from the moment of the injury to the moment they carried the boy off the field and left the school. He called it a “Perfect Storm.” When looking at the actual record of the time, it took from start to finish, and the steps involved in getting an ambulance on scene one can see how things could have evolved into a “Perfect Storm” on Thursday night.
At 4:45 PM a 911 call pulled the ambulance assigned to Trinity. While that ambulance was servicing that call, another 911 call pulled the first backup ambulance assigned to Trinity at 5:45 PM. Then a third 911 call at 5:47 PM pulling the second back up ambulance assigned to Trinity. And at 6:08 PM another 911 call put the third backup ambulance assigned to Trinity into service.
Womack explained, “Once an ambulance has been called into service it cannot divert to another call until the first call has been completed.”
Brice was injured moments after 6 PM. At 6:05 PM the Ventura Supervisor arrived in an emergency response vehicle that the ambulance service equips with everything except the ability to transport patients. A call was placed for an ambulance at 6:09 PM, one minute after Huntsville dispatched the fourth backup ambulance to Trinity. In what seemed like an eternity, the ambulance arrived at the school at 6:32 PM, even as Ventura was sending the fifth ambulance from the Woodlands to take care of Trinity’s staggering medical needs. All in all, Ventura had six vehicles with two supervisors called out to cover the overwhelming demand for emergency coverage on an unusually busy night in Trinity.

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Rep. Trent Ashby shares highlights of 85th house session with Trinity County



State Representative Trent Ashby was at Martin Senior Service Center on Thursday, October 26 to report the results of the 85th House Session to his Trinity County constituents. Several of the county’s public officials were present, including, County Judge Doug Page, Precinct 2 Commissioner, Rich Chamberlin, District 411th Judge, Casey Jones, Constable Carl Casey, and Trinity County Treasurer, Bob Dockins.
Ashby has served District 57 in the House since January of 2013 and is on the Appropriations Committee, the Calendars Committee, Natural Resources, and he is chair of Appropriations - S/C on Article III Committee. As District 57 representative, Ashby explained that at the beginning of the 85th Session there were some 6,631 bills put forward for the House to either pass or defeat in the four months they were in Austin. According to Ashby 1,262 made it to the Governor’s desk where he vetoed 51 and 1211 became law.
He was generally pleased with most of the work accomplished in this session. One bill that has been battered around in Austin that reached the Governor’s desk is the “American Law for American Courts Act,” which forbids courts to consider any foreign law that contradicts the Constitution when trying a case. This practice has been working its way into the American court system for years and has concerned many Texans.
Another law that Ashby was pleased to report has received the Governor’s signature bans sanctuary cities. While there is much controversy across the nation about this bill, Ashby says it’s a step in the right direction.
The House earmarked another 800 million dollars for border security in this session. The plan is to hire more Department of Public Safety officers to be stationed in border counties to increase the presence of law enforcement without requiring officers across the state to leave their families and serve temporary duty along the border.
Women can now use any caliber weapon they choose for their CHL. Before the 85th session, the smallest caliber was a 32.
The House also banned partial-birth abortion in this 85th session. This means that healthcare facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, must bury or cremate remains of babies, whether they die from abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth, and they can’t donate or sell these remains to medical researchers. Included in the bill is a ban on partial-birth abortion.
This law would prohibit providers from performing dilation and evacuation abortions. This procedure is common during the second trimester. In this process, doctors use surgical instruments to grasp and remove pieces of fetal tissue, unless the fetus is already deceased.
Ashby reported that the Supreme Court declared a portion the state’s voter ID law is unconstitutional, so in this session the House addressed the Supreme Court’s reservations, thus, making the law acceptable and legal.
During the Question & Answer portion he was asked about TRS Care. Ashby explained that there will be a $1.4 billion shortfall in the budget over the next two-years. According to Ashby the original funding plan was based on the number of active teachers paying into the system, but medical cost increases have eaten away the resources causing a shortage of funds.
While he touched on many important changes made this session, he mentioned one that he thought Constable Carl Casey would enjoy. Ashby told the Constable that he could now hunt feral hogs from a hot air balloon. This tongue in cheek remark brought down the house.
The Trinity Standard will have a video of the event on our website, in a few days for those who would like to hear Ashby’s full report.


SAAFE House Bingo Bash has been deemed a success


By Rana Wingo

I am so blessed to work in a community with so many wonderful people. So many stepped up to help us with our SAAFE House Bingo Bash held last night that we had sadly postponed due to the Hurricane/flooding end of August/first of September.

In a few short weeks, we had donations of purses, other fantastic Bingo prizes, food, silent auction items, door prize items. Heartfelt Thank you to Jessica Dean and Teresa Pruitt who helped get donations and sell tickets. We had wonderful people who stepped up and volunteered their time and talents to donate food, prep food, make food, amazing pies, cakes, and appetizers.

Sheran Casey was an Angel and organized our fantastic food room. She worked very hard. She has a giving heart and does so much for so many. She was also our cook, and everyone loved the Taco Bar. Tawnya Pruitt who owns Wagon Wheel in Groveton made some yummy Appetizers. Serafin Martinez with Rancho Viejo made us Chicken Chipotle Flautas with Chips and Salsa that were so tasty. Brandy McCann Gonzalez brought us delicious beans.

I had sweet friends who made yummy desserts like Audrey Young, Elizabeth Bell King, Shoa Zilch, Alisa Willson and several others in the community.

We had amazing purses and other prizes for silent auction from Honorable Trinity County Judge Doug Page, Cathey Page, Jolene Porter Miller, Bill Miller, Teresa Pruitt, Trinity County District Clerk Kristen Smith Raiford, Barbara Huckaby McManus, Randy and Debbie Karnes, Jessica Dean, Jeffery Dean, Curtis and Andrea Musick, Texas State House Representative Trent Ashby, United States Representative Kevin Brady, McClain's Hardware, Higginbotham & Brothers, First National Bank of Trinity, Ron and Rana Wingo, Stevenson's Distribution, Trinity Florist & Gifts, Brenda Brock Moe, Ronald and Bonita Linden, Lisa Haynes/The Buttercup Cottage, Linda Pettitt, Rodney Bergman and Trinity County Clerk Shasta Bergman with Soap Shack and Purposely Re-Purposed, Tawnya Pruitt, Harry Bauder who made the amazing table and chairs, Amanda Wheeler with Limelight, Bow Wow Boutique, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association, Hortman Country Store, Brett and Chasity Molina Williams, Alisa Willson, Brookshire Brothers, Pedigo Furniture and Messina Hof.

We appreciate the hard work of Staff and Volunteers who came to help Tyler Musgrove, Shelly Bush Sitton, JoAnn Boyd Kennedy, John Molina, Paola Hernandez SAAFE House Receptionist, Hanna Theiss our Client Services Director, Amanda Johnson Executive Assistant, Tracy Szymczak Sexual Assault Advocate (Tracy is our other advocate providing weekly services in Trinity), Jakira Lewis our Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Slocomb Drake a SAAFE House Board member, Christina Koen Stutts our Polk County Coordinator and her husband Jeremy, Our board President Alisa Willson and our Executive Director Jolene Miller as well several others.

Super Big Thanks to Chasity Molina Williams our Community Relations Director who has had a BUSY month.

So many helped/volunteered with our food room donating onions, avocados, chicken, beef, lettuce from Subway and much more. Many came Friday to help prep food. Please forgive me for not naming them all here as I do not have that list in front of me as I write this from home. Please know how appreciative we are. Mrs. Casey and I will be making sure all those amazing people will be recognized and thanked for all their hard work and donations.

I appreciate Dr. Sharon Schuetz and Michael Schuetz with the Trinity Standard coming out to cover the event and take photos.

Many thanks to Constable Carl Casey for providing security for the event. A big shout out to Trinity Volunteer Fire Department for all the Ice!!! You were a lifesaver!
Big appreciation and thanks to the City of Trinity for the use of the Community Center. James who maintains the property with a helper he had were so awesome setting up tables and chairs and help carry things in.

To those individuals in the county who bought tickets to come play bingo and those who bought tickets and unable to come....... I appreciate your support.
Congratulations to all our winners!! We will post photos on our Denim and Diamonds Bingo Bash Facebook page soon.

Last but not least .... Many Thank you's to Julia McMichael who has worked so hard on our events for the last 7 years. She was unable to help this year due to other events she had for October. She has been the driving force for past fundraisers and had put many wheels in motion for this year before we had to postpone. Not enough words to express all you have given of your time, resources, money, support for SAAFE House. I am forever grateful.

If I forgot to thank someone on here please forgive me as I have had little sleep.

Again, from the depths of my soul Thank you for supporting SAAFE House. Looking forward to next year.

Trinity Family Clinic Opening

 By Dr. Sharon Schuetz

The Trinity Family Clinic celebrated their news clinic with an open house on October 20th at 11:30 AM. The outside of the building is no indication of the clinic’s actual size. The newly remodeled office has a comfortable waiting room, 5 examination rooms, lab, staff and break rooms, and an office for David Price. The Clinic’s first day to be open was on September 5. The friendly staff, including Dr. Robert Woodrome, David Price, Jesse Urest, Brenda Monjaras, and Kelly Nelson were on hand to take visitors on a tour of the beautifully decorated facility. Several other organizations were part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, including Avalon Place, Trinity Nursing And Rehab, Harbor Hospice, Texas Home Health, and Ciaobella, Inhealth Medical Equipment.

Mr. Price has been part of Trinity's community for many years, and has a substantial following of loyal patients who have been waiting for months for him to open the clinic.

Price and his wife, Connie, have been instrumental in the founding of Inspiration Village and both have a deep love for Trinity.