By MARY RAINWATER
Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle his duties as county judge.
Johnston was inducted as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy on March 21 during a reception in Lubbock during the 2013 Spring Judicial Education Session.
The Academy, a partnership between the Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Association of Counties, names as Fellows each year those judges who attain significant judicial education above that required by state law.
The educational program of the Texas Judicial Academy is overseen by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and includes instruction by higher court judges, law school faculty as well as representatives of the Texas Probate College and the National Judicial College.
VVA, DAV gathering items for veterans
Vietnam Veterans of America No. 991 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 63 will be going monthly to the Temple veterans hospital to play bingo with and to provide entertainment for those who have served in the U.S. military.
The groups are gathering donations of toiletries — razors, shampoo, deodorant, soap, etc. — to give out as prizes for bingo winners. Items may be dropped off at Dogwood Trails Assisted Living, located at 1625 W. Spring St. in Palestine.
For more information, call Debbie Wesson at 903-373-8639, VVA President Allan Ayo at 903-322-4850 or DAV Commander Jerry at 903-549-2171.
This is an ongoing monthly event.
NHPB plans Juneteenth events
Negro Historical Preservation Society of Palestine Branch will celebrate Juneteenth beginning with a pageant to be held on Thursday, June 13, and continuing with a fish fry on Friday, June 14.
Activities culminate at 11 a.m. Saturday with a parade from the Anderson County Courthouse to Calhoun Street Park, where the official Juneteenth program — with speakers, food and fun — will be held.
For more information about these events call 903-391-5143 or 903-729-6741.
Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.