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



5 — BARC, The Humane Society holds its annual BARCfest.

7 — A private contractor working at Reagan Park was injured after debris from a nearby city mower struck him. The worker was transported to the hospital.

8 — Students visited the Palestine Civic Center Wednesday for a Fire Safety Week program. Palestine, Montalba and Tennessee Colony fire departments, the Texas Forest Service, Palestine Regional Medical Center’s EMS and the Palestine Police Department all participated.

10 — Johnny Paul Sutherlin, 43, of Elkhart, was found guilty of four counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping by an Anderson County jury for the 2012 rape of a female victim.

10 — Anderson County resident Frank McMullen was one of 27 WWII veterans from the area to take a trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Brookshire’s Grocery Co. out of Tyler, recently. The group visited the WWII monument and several others while in the nation’s capital.

11 — Johnny Paul Sutherlin, 43, of Elkhart, was sentenced to the maximum five life sentences for the sexual assault and kidnapping of a woman at a Palestine apartment complex in November 2012.

12 — Locals raised breast cancer awareness and money for mammograms through the annual Paint Palestine Pink event, which included a 1.5 mile fun walk or 10.5 mile walk/run around the loop.

12 — The three-day 68th Annual Peanut Festival kicked off in Grapeland with events including the Peanut Queen coronation and parade.

14 — After just over an hour in executive session, the Palestine City Council unanimously approved offering interim City Manager Wendy Ellis the chance to make her interim gig permanent.

14 — Longtime East Texas assistant principal, former teacher and coach Kyle Lock of Elkhart was named the new principal of Westwood High School at the Westwood Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting.

14 — Amtrak 22, the northbound "Texas Eagle" makes its first trip through Palestine on a month-long detour due to track work between Longview and Edgewood. The train, which goes from San Antonio to Chicago, holds an average of 150 to 300 passengers with its sleepers sold out almost every day.

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