The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 29, 2013

Hensarling Announces 2013 Congressional Art Competition

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) is inviting high school students across the 5th Congressional District to participate in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

“Each year, this exciting competition provides members of Congress the opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of high school students within their districts, thereby acknowledging our nation’s gifted young artists,” Hensarling said. “I am pleased to announce that the Fifth Congressional District is once again participating in the competition and I look forward to seeing the artwork that our talented students submit.”

As in years past, the winning entry from each congressional district will be displayed in a special exhibit located in a corridor of the U.S. Capitol building. The winning student and one guest will be invited to attend a special ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling the artwork in Washington, D.C.

Teachers and students wishing to participate in this year’s competition should contact Alexandra Collumb in Congressman Hensarling’s Dallas office at 214-349-9996 or Amy Gould in the Athens office at 903-675-8288 for official contest dates, rules, and guidelines.

Artwork must be submitted to Congressman Hensarling’s office no later than April 26 to be considered.

Local quilters honored at Tyler show

Two Palestine residents were named winners for their quilt entries in the Quilters’ Guild of East Texas’ 32nd annual Tyler Quilt Show held Friday and Saturday at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler.

For her entry “Hawaiian Star,” Palestine’s Hazel Roberts was awarded and honorable mention in the “Pieced-Stationary Home Machine Quilted” category; and Carolyn Kindred was awarded third place in the “Small Quilts: Pieced-Hand-quilted category, for her entry “Learning the Ropes”

With the 2013 theme “Red and White Renaissance,” the Quilters’ Guild of East Texas quilt show featured over 200 quilts on display plus over 25 vendors, demonstrations, an old-fashioned bed-turning, door prizes, scissor sharpening, silent auction and a raffle quilt.

It is held every spring during the Tyler’s Azalea Trails event.

Massey Lake Reunion set

The 35th Annual Massey Lake Ex-Students School Reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Massey Lake Community Center (formerly gymnasium).

Reunion activities include a barbecue feast with all the trimmings and fresh fried catfish, as well as an Easter egg hunt, hayride for children and adults, games, prizes and a fashion show.

Attendees are invited to attend an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Tennessee Colony.

Neches High School Reunion

Neches High School will hold an all-class reunion at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 in Neches and Palestine.

Activities begin on at 7 p.m. on June 21 with a meet-and-greet at Express Inn & Suites, located 1100 E. Palestine Ave. in Palestine. Appetizers will be served and a DJ will be present.

June 22 events include a breakfast at 10 a.m. at Neches Elementary School and a dinner and dance at 7 p.m. at the Express Inn. The meal is being catered by Shep’s Barbecue and a live band will perform.

Dress for the weekend is casual. Attendees area asked to bring their own alcoholic beverages (tea and sodas will be provided). Children are welcome at the breakfast, but evening event are for adults only.

Rooms at Express Inn & Suites may be reserved by calling 903-729-3151. Tell them you are with Neches Alumni.

Please join us to reconnect with old friends and walk down memory lane

Old picture, friends and fun memories can be found on the alumni Facebook page, “Neches High School Reunion 2013.”

Those who have any high school pictures or current family pictures to share may e-mail them to Misty Whitener Clark at so they can be compiled for a slide show.


Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at