The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 31, 2013

2013 Year in Review Part 2: End of year marked by fire, festivals



11 — Texas Agriculture Commissioner and Palestine native Todd Staples announced his intentions to run for Texas Lieutenant Governor during the Anderson County Republican Club fundraising dinner.

11 — Elkhart city officials issued a boil water notice for residents after a 6-inch water main broke – not once, but twice in two days.

12 — Anderson County Commissioners approve the establishment of a reinvestment zone for the operation of a compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant in the county. The $420 million Bethel Energy Center, part of Houston-based Apex, is set to be located in a 180-acre area off FM 2706 at ACR 2504 in northern Anderson County.

12 — Due to increasingly dry conditions, Anderson County Commissioners ordered a burn ban for Anderson County.

12 — Slocum Water Supply officials issued a Stage 1 Water Restriction, curtailing all outside watering between the hours of 3 p.m. and midnight, until further notice.

12 — Two East Texas men — one a 28-year-old Palestine man — died in a head on collision on Texas 19 in Trinity County.

15 — Palestine Independent School District announced the receipt of the $8.5 million 5-year 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant that will provide additional learning opportunities for PISD students before and after school.

16 — After being identified by an Anderson County Sheriff's Deputy, an Elkhart man was arrested for several drug-related and others charges at a Palestine convenience store.

17 — Just five days after approving a burn ban order, Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston lifted the ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas after consulting with the Texas Forest Service.

17 — A Fort Worth man was arrested for drug-related charges after an early morning traffic stop led to his arrest in south Palestine.

17 — One Palestine man was hospitalized and another arrested after a shooting in the 100 block of West Huffsmith Street. Palestine Police responded to Palestine Regional Medical Center after receiving a report from hospital officials that a victim had been brought in with a gunshot wound to the chest.

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