The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 20, 2014

Our Town: Library Friends book sale set Saturday


Need a good summer read? Want to find a cookbook or a few books for the kids?

The Palestine Library Friends book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Palestine Mall, 2000 S. Loop 256. Books donated to the library or retired from library use will be available for purchase. A variety of titles and subjects will be available. Books range in price from 10 cents to $2.

The Palestine Library Friends support the library by raising funds through projects like quarterly book sales and membership drives. All proceeds benefit Palestine Public Library. For more information, call the Library at 903-729-4121.


Keynote speaker designated for Old Town Reunion Banquet

Valedictorian of Story High School's first graduating class in 1954, Dr. Frank L. Joe Jr., will be the keynote speaker for the Old Town Reunion and Legacy Banquet to be held July 18-20 in Palestine.

The Palestine Old Town Reunion will be held to celebrate Palestine’s oldest African-American community. Among the activities, “The Legacy Banquet” has been planned to honor Old Town ancestors. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Palestine Civic Center. The theme for the banquet, “New Vines from Strong Roots,” gives reference to the foundation laid and the community's present responsibility to pave the way for future generations.

Dr. Joe is the son of the late F. L. Joe Sr. and Roberta Joe. In 1958, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Huston-Tillotson College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He attained his Master of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1960 from Texas Southern University. That same year, he assumed the position of chemist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. During his tenure with the FDA, he earned his Doctorate in Analytical Chemistry in 1976. He retired from the FDA in 1996 as a Supervisory Research Chemist in charge of the Direct Food Additives Section.

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