The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

December 31, 2013

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



27 — A 33-year-old male suspect was arrested by Palestine police for drug-related charges during the execution of a search warrant on North Jackson Street. The arrest was the result of a narcotics search conducted by officers from the Palestine Drug Enforcement Unit and the Palestine Tactical Unit.

28 — Two Anderson County residents were killed in an early morning fire that destroyed a 100-plus year-old building at 119 E. Oak downtown Palestine. Fire fighters battled the blaze for several hours, which involved a series of collapses and minimum damage occurring at nearby buildings. The cause of the fire has still not been determined.

28 — The Palestine's Municipal Airport's 80th anniversary celebration was held, with city officials and local pilots collaborated to mark the event held at the local airport.

29 — A 45-year-old Dallas man was arrested for burglary of a building after a Palestine Police Department officer took action regarding a suspicious vehicle at a local business.

30 — The Palestine High School homecoming parade is held.




1 — The Palestine Police Department hosts its 2013 National Night Out celebration at Reagan Park.

2 —The federal government's shut-down was felt locally as the local branches of the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service closed for the duration.

4 — Palestine Fire Department officials continue to search through the debris of a downtown building that was destroyed by fire that killed two people.

4 — The City of Palestine announces the music lineup for the Hot Pepper Festival on Oct. 25-26, with JB and the Moonshine Band to headline the dozen performances.

5 — The Palestine Community Theatre holds opening night for its “Red Velvet Cake War” show.

5 — The Davis/Reagan Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the John H. Reagan Camp No. 2156 Sons of Confederate Veterans celebrate the 195th birthday of historical figure John H. Reagan at the Reagan home site on West Reagan Street.

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