Oct

19

Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Trojans defeated the Exel HomeSchool Lions Oct. 14 in their annual homecoming game.
Senior Trojans running back Talon Sims kicked off the offense for the Trojans with a rushing touchdown just over one minute into the first quarter to give the Trojans an 8-0 lead.
Twelve seconds later, on a carry by a Lions player, defensive back Marcello Shofner ripped the ball from the carrier’s hands to give the Trojans possession.
Caleb Bannister finished off the drive with a five-yard touchdown just 42 seconds later to give the Trojans a 16-0 lead.
Linebacker Eli Arnold recovered another fumble for the Trojans defense as they took over with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter.
Sims tacked on another touchdown 19 seconds later to push the Trojans lead to 22-0.
Sophomore wide receiver Hunter Robinson added a touchdown of his own to give the Trojans a 30-0 lead with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter.
Robinson picked up an interception with 1:48 remaining to give the Trojans possession.
Johnny Ayala ran 60 yards for his first touchdown of the night, pushing the lead to 38-0 with 1:16 remaining in the first quarter.
Josh Stamper and Kaelab Eastman both added touchdowns for the Trojans 20 second apart in the last minute of the first quarter to take a commanding 50-0 lead into the second quarter.
The Lions finally got on the board on a rush touchdown with 4:53 remaining in the second quarter to make the deficit 50-6.
The Trojans would score their final touchdown of the night on a kickoff return by Robinson to finish off a mercy-rule 56-6 victory after just two quarters of play.
Senior quarterback Colby Snider finished 1/3 for 38 yards passing and one touchdown.
Stamper led the way with seven carries for 153 yards rushing for the Trojans, including one touchdown.
Ayala had one rush for 64 yards and one touchdown.
Trojans senior Sims finished with three carries for 32 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions.
The Trojans finished the contest with 327 total yards of offense in just 20 minutes of play.
The Trojans go into their bye week at 5-2 overall this season. They begin their district schedule when they return against the Milford Bulldogs (6-0) Oct. 27 at home.
The Trojans finish the season against Mt. Calm Nov. 3 at home and on the road at Oakwood Nov. 10.

Sep

28

Posted by : admin | On : September 28, 2017

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
TRINIDAD–A proposed children’s home to be housed at the former First Baptist Church of Trinidad faced pushback from speakers during the Trinidad City Council meeting on Sept. 26.
Hugh Roberts, along with his wife, Charlotte, and Matt Zimmer spoke to council members on behalf of “In His Hands Ministry,” then held an hour-long discussion. The children’s home issue first came up for council discussion in March 2015.
The ministry intends to obtain licensing from the state Child Protective Services (CPS) to house youth age 10 and under at the former church property on Lawrence Street, which Hugh Roberts said would need to be resurveyed and have required notices posted before opening.
The children’s home intends to send its kids to a local school district, preferably Trinidad, according to ministry speakers. But Charlotte Roberts said if community opposition dictated it, the children’s home would send its kids to Malakoff schools instead. Those at the children’s home would move through the state-certified Level 1 facility at 90-day intervals.
The 10,000-square foot former church facility already is zoned for such purposes and would need no approval from the city to move forward, ministry speakers said. Those proposing the children’s home do want to have community support, they added.
Mayor Pro Tem Kay Hernandez said the City of Trinidad has consulted with its attorney, who informed them that current zoning allows the children’s home on the property. “We (the council) can’t say yes or no, but the community can,” Hernandez said.
One community opinion came from Kenneth Carter, a former law enforcement officer. “We are not against the kids, they are just in the wrong town,” Carter said. Other concerns included strains on the Trinidad Police Department, other city services such as water, and the Trinidad school district.
The First Baptist Church property was sold by its former directors to Caney Creek Baptist Church, which in turn sold it to the ministry, Hugh Roberts said. Charlotte Roberts said the former First Baptist Church board of directors wanted the facility to house the children’s home.
Trinidad City Council took no action on the matter but urged further meetings with the community, including Trinidad ISD trustees.
In other action, Trinidad City Council approved Mick Coffman to the Trinidad Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors and approved an audit of fiscal year ending (FYE) 2016, which Trinidad City Administrator Terri Newhouse said reflected city finances as “holding our own.”
The Trinidad council also approved the municipal tax rate and budget during an Aug. 29 special meeting. The tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is 49.8045 cents per $100 property valuation. The budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2017 and ending Sept. 30, 2018 totals about $1.2 million.
Council members also cancelled the municipal election that had been set for Nov. 7 because no one signed up to face council incumbents Chris Quinn and Beth Parker. The position of Trinidad mayor also was to be decided on Nov. 7, but that election was cancelled, too, for lack of suitors.
Mayor Pro Tem Kay Hernandez, who is up for election in 2018, has served as mayor since its former occupant, Larry Estes, resigned in Oct. 2016.

Sep

21

Posted by : admin | On : September 21, 2017

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
COOLIDGE–The Trinidad Trojans lost their first game of the season by a final score of 54-6 against the No. 12-ranked Coolidge Yellowjackets Sept. 15 on the road.
The game was called after the third quarter under the mercy rule, which Trinidad inflicted on Gustine in their first game this season.
Senior Trojans quarterback Colby Snider was 4/15 for 33 yards passing with three interceptions.
Talon Sims led the way offensively for the Trojans with 13 carries for 46 yards.
Meanwhile Johnny Ayala had four carries for 24 yards and the only touchdown for the Trojans. He also had two receptions for 20 yards.
The Trojans offense struggled against the Yellowjackets, putting up only 101 total yards of offense.
The Trojans are now 2-1 on the season as they face off against Fruitvale at home Sept. 22.

Aug

31

Posted by : admin | On : August 31, 2017

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
TRINIDAD–Trinidad City Council members have voted to raise rates to rent the city-owned Community Center, then later amended the policy to exclude non-profits and schools from the fee.
Council members also have had multiple discussions about the 2017-18 fiscal year budget, which is being currently crafted for consideration.
The vote to raise the Community Center rental rate to $250 for Trinidad residents, and $400 for non-Trinidad residents, came during the special meeting Aug. 10. Both rates require no deposit, are good for a full day of use and were effective immediately.
Anyone on the calendar who has already been scheduled to rent will pay the previous price for rental, which was $75 per day with a $50 deposit, totaling $125. The deposit was refundable if the center was left clean, upon inspection by an authorized agent of the City of Trinidad.
Then during the Aug. 22 regular monthly meeting, members of the council decided to amend the rental policy to exclude non-profit organizations, including schools, from paying the required rental rate.
Free use of Trinidad Community Center depends on coordination with Trinidad City Administrator Terri Newhouse, according to the adopted motion. Examples of school use include school dances and senior dinners.
Also during that meeting, Trinidad council members approved renewing a Partnership Maintenance Agreement for SC200 controllers and sensors at the municipal water plant. In addition, Valerie Hamrick of the Trinidad Public Works Department told council members that the department has completed road patchwork on East Carpenter and East Lawrence streets, along with West Street.
The Public Works Department also has installed 20 miles per hour speed-limit signs, as well as “Keep Community Clean” signs, Hamrick added. Hamrick told council members that she believed the signs have had a positive impact on the amount of litter along roads.
Furthermore, Trinidad council members on Aug. 22 continued discussing the municipal budget, including purchases using water/sewer and general fund revenue. Members also reviewed parameters set for the Texas Municipal Retirement Program for the City of Trinidad, in relation to the budget.
How to pay for it all remains a question that could be answered during a special meeting tentatively set for Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. to adopt the city budget and associated tax rate. “With less coming in and more going around, it becomes a challenge,” said council member Roy Stanfield.

Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

News Staff Reports
TRINIDAD–The Collin Street Baker/Texas Sports Writers Association named two Trinidad Trojans to the All-State baseball team in Class A.
First baseman Johnny Ayala was named to the first team, while Jayden Garcia was named to the second team as a second baseman.
During his junior season, Ayala batted .538 with 25 RBI, 10 doubles, a triple and 23 runs scored.
Garcia had a .450 batting average with seven doubles, seven RBI and 14 runs scored.
Here is the Class A Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State baseball team.
FIRST TEAM
Pitchers – Alex Hernandez, Avalon, Jr.; Brent Mynar, Abbott, Sr.; Trace Richey, Borden County, Jr.
Relief pitcher – Hunter Pope, Abbott, Jr.
Catcher – (tie) Matthew Urbanovsky, Abbott, Jr.; Isaiah Solis, Springlake-Earth, Jr.
First Baseman – Johnny Ayala, Trinidad, Jr.
Second baseman – (tie) Will Koberick, Tioga, Sr.; Michael Deleon, Springlake-Earth, Sr.
Shortstop – Hunter Jones, Borden County, Sr.
Third Baseman – Victorino Silva, Booker, Sr.
Outfielders – Braden Rohde, Fayetteville, Jr.; Weston Cantrell, Abbott, Sr.; Clayton Hopgood, Avalon, Soph.
Designated Hitter – Rhett Newton, Avalon, Fr.
Player of the Year –
Brent Mynar, Abbott, Sr.
Coach of the Year
Kyle Crawford, Abbott
SECOND TEAM
Pitchers – Baylee Graves, Dodd City, Sr.; Chris Luna, Bartlett, Sr.; Alex Magers, D’Hanis, Soph.
Relief pitcher – Dylan Chambers, Avalon, Sr.
Catcher – Kale Yarbro, Borden County, Sr.
First Baseman – Cris Salgado, D’Hanis, Sr.
Second Baseman – (tie) Jayden Garcia, Trinidad, Sr.; Cesar Rosales, Booker, Sr.
Shortstop – Holden Senclair, Cross Plains, Sr.
Third Baseman – Trever Tidball, Union Hill, Fr.
Outfielders – Travis Price, Tioga, Sr.; Reid Kubala, Fayetteville, Jr.; Devin Smith, Savoy, Soph.
Designated Hitter – Payton Hemmitt, Fayetteville, Sr.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–This weekend’s tax-free back-to-school shopping frenzy focuses parents’ minds on the beginning of a brand-new school year. The first day of school comes earlier for some than others.
Athens High School (AHS) seniors will begin school Monday, Aug. 14 and will be the only students in attendance until the other classes arrive Aug. 16. Buses will run their normal routes beginning Aug. 14 and dress code applies.
AHS Fish Camp will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the high school.
Students will begin in the gym and attend sessions to learn all about AHS. Parents are welcome but not required and schedules will be given at the end of the camp. Online registration is required.
Athens Elementary schools will hold Meet the Teacher night Aug. 14 for all three campuses, South Athens Elementary, Central Athens Elementary and Bel Air Elementary. A come-and-go event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will allow flexibility for parents and students to meet teachers and visit the campus.
Athens Middle School students will have online access to their schedules on Aug. 12.
Malakoff ISD begins classes Aug. 28. Malakoff High School will hold Fish Camp from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 for incoming freshmen who will receive their schedules at the end of the camp.
Malakoff High School seniors may pick up their schedule from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, juniors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 and sophomores from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 23. Parents are requested to accompany their students when picking up schedules.
Meet the Teacher for Malakoff Elementary School is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Students may bring their school supplies. Tool Elementary School sets Meet the Teacher for Thursday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Other local school beginnings and important dates follow
Trinidad ISD
Meet the Teacher is set for Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students pre-k through fifth grade may bring their school supplies with them.
Grades sixth-12th may pick up their class schedules and complete enrollment forms. High school students who plan to drive to and from school should bring proof of insurance and copy of their driver’s license with them.
Athens Christian Preparatory Academy
Classes begin Aug 16. Junior High orientation scheduled for Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Orientation for freshmen and sophomores is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m., for Juniors Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and for seniors Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Cross Roads ISD
Classes begin Aug. 24 with Meet the Teacher scheduled for Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. for Elementary and Junior High students.

Jul

13

Posted by : admin | On : July 13, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team comes into the 2017 season as favorites to win District 9-3A, Division I.
The Tigers are ranked No. 5 in the state in the Class 3A, Division I Coaches and Top 20 poll.
Malakoff’s offense will be led by senior quarterback Judd Miller. Miller passed for 3,527 yards and 48 touchdowns in his junior season. Miller is also picked as the preseason Offensive MVP of the District.
Aiding Miller on the offensive side of the ball will be returning running back Breashawn Williams. Williams rushed for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns last season under coach Jamie Driskell. Offensive lineman Kobe Wilbanks will be providing the blocking protection for both Miller and Williams.
Helping out on defense will be linebacker Zee Bailey, who finished last season with an impressive 148 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Meanwhile in District 8-4A, Division I, the Athens Hornets are predicted to finish fifth.
The Hornets look to improve upon last year’s disappointing 2-8 finish. The Hornets had made the playoffs the previous four seasons under coach Paul Essary.
Leading the offense for the Hornets will be senior quarterback Xavius Fulton and tight end Rowdy Godwin. The main running backs returning will be JaQuaylon Bowman and Jerquindon Taylor.
In District 10-2A, Division I, the Cross Roads Bobcats are predicted to finish sixth.
The Bobcats will look to improve under new head coach Daniel Pierce, but will have to find a new quarterback after the graduation of Taylor McKenzie.
Senior linebacker Brandon Wilson will be returning for the Bobcats. Players to watch for the Bobcats based on the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine writers’ predictions are wide receiver Luc Hyles as well as linemen Karson Fletcher, Hunter Lawrence and Kaden Mattingly.
In District 15-A, Division II, the Trinidad Trojans are predicted to finish fourth, while only two teams make playoffs in Class A play.
Former Mount Calm coach Chad Satcher replaces James Massarrelli as the Trojans new head coach after Massarrelli left this offseason.
The Trojans will be led offensively by quarterback Colby Snider and running back Romal Womack.
Players to watch for the Trojans defensively this season are linebackers Johnny Ayala, Talon Sims, Billy Quinn, defensive backs Kaeleb Eastman, Antywon Shofner and Kaleb Mines. Also included are linemen Cameron Brookins, Tristan Fletcher, Eli Arnold and Zach Stanfield.

Jul

06

Posted by : admin | On : July 6, 2017

Special to The News
WACO–There isn’t much Quincy Jenkins can’t tackle.The former Baylor University football player graduated in December 2016 with a Master of Business Administration degree he earned online. Two months later, he landed a strategist job with Google and was set to become a first-time father.
“My family was really very supportive,” Jenkins said. “They all thought I was going to go back to school much sooner. Most of my friends, however, thought I was nuts to go back to school and work a full-time job — especially considering my wife was pregnant and due any day.”
Still, Jenkins persevered. He attended school online while working full-time in commercial sales with Sherwin-Williams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Jenkins was originally planning to become a cardiologist. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baylor in 2009.
“When I finished my undergrad, my initial plan was to go to grad school and kind of figure out where I wanted to go to work from there,” he said. “That was around the time the economy was tanking. I was lucky to take a job with Sherwin-Williams.” With his future goals in mind, Jenkins eventually knew he wanted to build a strong foundation for responsible leadership by equipping himself with all the tools of a business background.
Jenkins played high school football at Trinidad, about 90 miles northeast of Waco. He earned a scholarship to play defensive tackle for the Baylor Bears after walking onto the program as a freshman.
“I’m still the only six-man player to get a scholarship to a Division I university and play all four years,” Jenkins said. “I’m pretty proud of that.”
However, trying to balance the demands of school and football proved to be a difficult assignment.
“Being a biology pre-med major and being on a football scholarship was quite the juggling act,” he said. “Making lab time work 20 minutes after practice ended, getting to the lab for two hours and making film sessions and things of that nature was a very trying, constrained period of my life.”
While Jenkins was finishing the bachelor’s degree program, he had an internship with Baylor Media and served as athletics coordinator for the City of Waco. He landed a job as a store manager for Sherwin-Williams in December 2009.
“When I first started, I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll take a year to work here,” he said. “Then, I’ll go into some sort of science field and see if I catch on with my pre-med pursuits, but the educational path was pretty long and I never really saw myself working in a lab. I’m a people person. I didn’t really know that about myself.”
“Working in a lab environment or a technical environment or something like that, I figured I could make it work. But when you find out you have a hidden talent to do things, you kind of want to explore it more. That’s what Sherwin-Williams brought out of me.”
Six years after graduating from Baylor University, Jenkins returned to find a significantly different experience as an online student.
“It was rough at times because 20-30 hours a week wasn’t easy,” he said. “Having the flexibility to make those 20-30 hours a week available at any free moment you have definitely helped.”
Jenkins said the degree program provided him with valuable insight into different areas of the business world.
Jenkins said he also got a healthy dose of perspective from the curriculum.
“I really took a lot from the Ethical Leadership course,” he said. “Having such a strong sports background, I was of the school of thought that you work through issues and overcome mountains by climbing harder.
“It really helped to temper my leadership style and be a little more empathetic to those who may not work at the same pace as me or come from the same background. I really think it made me a better leader and a better husband. Not everybody is going to respond favorably to those my-way-or-the-highway tactics of leadership.”
Another course Jenkins especially enjoyed was Economics.
“I like the global nature of the course,” he said. “I liked how the course is tailored to help you understand how the world economy and a lot of the current events all play together in the business world. I really enjoyed that aspect of the course, whether it was the articles or some of the case studies, I felt like the relevance with the global economy and dealing with my current job in sales, I felt like it really made a hazy picture clearer on how markets are often manipulated.”
Jenkins said he hadn’t planned on attending his second Baylor graduation ceremony, but he was happy he changed his mind.
“I’m 32 years old, and it just didn’t feel like it was something someone my age would do,” he explained. “I was told by my old football trainer Mike Simms that students don’t walk the stage for themselves — they walk the stage for their parents. I decided I would do that for my loved ones, no matter how uncomfortable I may have thought it would feel. Once I was there, it felt good to be around people. I was probably on the younger side of the online students.”
Jenkins also credits the online MBA program with helping him land his new job at Google.
“Going into this, I really didn’t plan on looking for outside opportunities,” he said. “I really wanted to make myself more marketable internally, but for some reason, through the program, I was motivated to go to a job conference in New Orleans in October.” Jenkins said all of the things the Hankamer School of Business has to offer set Baylor’s MBA apart.
“I would say understanding that all things that are valuable in your life or are worthwhile are generally difficult,” he said. “Take advantage of the resources the program has for you. The professors, whether it was negotiating salary for job opportunities or just general work advice, they’ve all been open throughout the program and since the program.
“Most of all, be brave and don’t be afraid to dive into the program and learn and stretch yourself. At the end of it, the more you put in, most definitely, the more you’ll get out.”

Jul

06

Posted by : admin | On : July 6, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
EAST TEXAS–A Henderson County man who was serving time for the fatal shooting of a Trinidad resident in 2009, was killed in a prison unit in Bowie County last week.
According to news reports, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is investigating the death of 29-year-old Pete Armando Ayala, of Trinidad, who was serving a 40-year sentence for murder with a deadly weapon for the death of 21-year-old Johnny Lee Brown, also of Trinidad.
TDCJ Public Information Officer Robert Hurst said in a statement to the Bowie County Citizens Tribune, prison officials discovered Ayala unresponsive in his cell on Sunday. They restrained Ayala’s cellmate, Justin Williams, 22, and removed him from the cell. Ayala was transported to a Texarkana hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Wednesday.
The TDCJ is investigating the case as a homicide.
Ayala had been in the Telford Unit since December of 2009, and was not eligible for parole until 2029. His sentence was to run until 2049.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports said dispatch received a 9-1-1 call on Feb. 18, 2009, telling of a gunshot victim at a residence on Leagueline Road. HCSO investigators responded to the scene to assist the Trinidad Police Department with the case. Brown’s body was found in the master bedroom of the residence.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department obtained an arrest warrant in connection with the fatal shooting. Ayala was arrested in Garland after he was seen at a McDonald’s restaurant.
Williams joined the unit in November, 2016 to serve a 50-year sentence for murder with a deadly weapon.

May

25

Posted by : admin | On : May 25, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
BULLARD–The Trinidad Trojans’ season came to an end after dropping games two and three to Union Hill in the Class A Region III Quarterfinals May 18-19 at Hubbard High School.
After winning game one of the series 6-3, the Trojans lost games two and three by scores of 14-7 and 22-13. The Trojans end the season with a record of 10-12.
In game one, Nate Williams pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two.
The Trojans got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. After Williams reached on an error and moved to third on a passed ball, J. Ayala was hit by a pitch and stole second. Jayden Walden drove in Williams with a groundout and K. Eastman scored Ayala with a single to left. Union Hill got one of the runs back in the top of the second to make it 2-1.
The Trojans added to the lead with a run in the third after Jerry Bannister reached on an error and scored on an error after a Walden grounder. Trinidad scored twice in the fourth. With two outs, Tristian Fletcher reached on an error and moved to third on yet another Union Hill error. Bannister doubled to score Fletcher and Williams to extend the lead to 5-1.
Union Hill scored two runs in the fifth to make it 5-3, but the Trojans added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 6-3 final.
In game two, Union Hill took a quick 3-0 lead, but it didn’t last long as Trinidad came back with four runs in the top of the second. Union Hill regained the lead with a three-run third to go up 6-4 and broke it open with four runs in the fourth for a 10-5 lead. The Trojans got single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth but it wasn’t enough as Union Hill would add four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.
Ayala led the Trojans with two hits in three at-bats with a run scored and an RBI. Williams, Bannister, Walden, Eastman, Zach Stanfield and Snider each had a hit for the Trojans. Bannister drove in three runs in the game-two loss. The Trojans committed six errors in the game that led to eight unearned runs.
In game three, Walden led the offense by going 3-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Williams, Bannister, Ayala and Jaden Garcia each had hits in the game.