The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

December 31, 2013

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



21 —Bon Appetit Restaurant & Bakery opens in its new location at 1734 Crockett Rd. in Palestine.

23 – Palestine Police Department asks the public for help in identifying the suspect in a armed robbery at the Subway restaurant located in the 2900 block of West Oak Street.

25 — The Hot Pepper Festival kicks off with live music in The Hollow in Old Town and local cook-off teams competing for the “best barbecue” title.

25 — Elkhart State Bank holds a farewell party for drive-through teller Glenda Starr, who retired after 32 years as an employee at the bank.

26 — More than 10,000 people attend the Hot Pepper Festival in downtown Palestine featuring a parade, barbecue cook-off, pepper-eating contests and live music headlined by JB and the Moonshine Band.

26 — The second annual Art Tracks Sculpture Exhibit makes its debut during the Hot Pepper Festival. Thirteen new unique pieces of outdoor art were installed throughout the Main Street Palestine District and downtown Palestine.

26 — First Presbyterian Church's congregation celebrated the church's 125th anniversary by hosting events during the Hot Pepper Festival. Descendants of original church members and visitors to the church rang the church's historic bell until it was rung 125 times that day.

28 — An 81-year-old Palestine man was found dead at his residence in the 100 block of Longhorn Drive. The Palestine Police Department are investigating the case as a homicide.

28 — Anderson County Commissioners approved a 5-year tax abatement agreement with Eagle Railcar Services, LP, who is planning a $1.1 million expansion and an additional 30 jobs. Eagle Railcar is a railcar repair center located in Elkhart that services Union Pacific Railroad.

28 — Palestine interim City Manager Wendy Ellis accepted the official position after a lengthy executive session held during the second monthly city council meeting on Monday. Ellis has been acting city manager since June, when former City Manager Mike Ohrt resigned to take a similar position with another city.

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