The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

February 13, 2014

Relay for Life set May 3 at Panther Stadium

PALESTINE —

For the first time since Relay for Life started in Anderson County, the event will be held solely on a Saturday and at a different time.

Organizers of the Anderson County Relay for Life have nailed down a date and secured a location for the 2014 event. It will be held Saturday, May 3 from noon to midnight at Westwood High School's Panther Stadium.

In the past, the event started at 7 p.m. on a Friday and ended at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

“We were looking this year at doing the event on a Saturday,” Anderson County Relay for Life Event Chair Kimberly Thompson told the Herald-Press. “This would allow the community to be more involved, allows for family involvement and it would be easier on the cancer survivors we are celebrating and those currently fighting cancer to come out at noon rather than in the evening.”

Thompson hopes that the new time frame of the event will allow for more participation in the community.

The goal for the 2014 Relay for Life is to raise $100,000, have 50 teams and get more businesses involved, Thompson added.

“Last year we raised around $75,000 and we had 44 teams. We would like to see more local businesses have teams or at least come out on Relay night and be involved in the event. It truly is a community event,” Thompson said.

So far, 21 teams have registered with 96 participants.

Relay for Life organizers also are hoping to get local businesses to decorate their establishments in purple — the signature color of the Relay for Life event that represents its survivors — during the month of April before the Relay for Life event takes place.

The Relay for Life event will include the usual events including the opening ceremonies, survivor laps, team laps, the Mrs. Relay competition and the luminaria ceremony, among other activities.

Text Only
Local News
  • Palestine man arrested for sexual assault of a child

    A 39-year-old Palestine man remains in the Anderson County Jail after his arrest last week for a sexual assault of a child warrant stemming from an outcry made by a teen-aged girl on July 7.

    July 22, 2014

  • State politicos back Perry's move to send troops to the border

    Gov. Rick Perry's decision Monday to activate and deploy up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help secure the Texas-Mexico border has been met by much applause from Texas's political leadership, including current Agriculture Commissioner and Palestine native Todd Staples, U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling and others.

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-19-SAT-Shrek.jpg Doug Smith discusses role as reluctant hero in 'Shrek: The Musical'

    Palestine's Doug Smith has come full circle with the Palestine Community Theatre.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nichols appointed to Texas Senate Finance Committee

    This week, Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) was appointed to serve on the Texas State Senate Finance Committee, which is charged with writing the biennial budget for the state of Texas.

    July 19, 2014

  • Historical marker dedication to honor William Freeman today

    The Anderson County Historical Commission will dedicate a Texas Historical Marker to former Douglass School principal William Freeman during a dedication service today.

    July 19, 2014

  • 14th PJSL Back to School Fair slated for Aug. 2

    With the start of the school year pulling back into focus, the Palestine Junior Service League will once again be offering free haircuts and backpacks to children this fall during the 14th annual Back to School Fair.

    July 19, 2014

  • Our Town: PRCIL hosting resource services fair

    Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living will host a Community Resource Fair this month to connect, strengthen and support individuals living in Anderson and surrounding counties by providing necessary information about many services available in the community.

    July 18, 2014

  • 7-18-walden-pond-view.jpg Palestine High School teacher presents paper at Thoreau Society Gathering

    Palestine High School teacher Karen Buckland recently returned from a trip to “Walden Pond,” the home of American author Henry David Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts, and was able to make a presentation there.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Texas' annual Sales Tax Holiday set Aug. 8 to 10

    Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state's annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 to Aug. 10.

    July 17, 2014

  • Hunter Education Class set Aug. 4-6 in Palestine

    Are you going hunting for the first time this fall?

    A required Texas Hunter Education class will be held Aug. 4-6 in Palestine. Anyone born after Sept. 2, 1971 must have a Hunter Safety Certificate to hunt in Texas. Students must be at least 9 years of age or older to receive certification and it is good for life.

    July 17, 2014