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



29 — An Anderson County jury sentenced Willis Demond Carwell, 32, of Palestine to a total of 375 years in prison on five counts of sexual assault of a child at the Anderson County Courthouse in the court of State District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher.

30 — Heavy rains across Anderson County led to flooded roads, road closures and traffic issues, with rainfall in the area totaling more than eight inches.

31 — The Palestine Public Library hosts the annual Mall-O-Ween event on Halloween. Several churches also held fall festivals and “Trunk-or-Treat” events.



2 —Zombies invade Palestine for theZombie Fun Run at Palestine High School's Wildcat Stadium. The event was a fund-raiser for the PHS Wildcat Band's Disney trip.

4 — Westwood Primary School second-grader Caden Bailey, 8, was presented with honorary awards, fulfilling his dream of being a police officer during a special ceremony. Caden, son of James and Ashley Bailey of Palestine, was made a honorary Palestine Police Department officer, an honorary sheriff's deputy and junior Texas Ranger. Caden suffers from a rare neurodegenerative disorder, a terminal illness, called Niemann-Pick Type C Disease, which causes progressive deterioration of the nervous system.

5 — The United Methodist Women host its annual Feast of Goodness Luncheon at First United Methodist Church in Palestine — serving some of the recipes from its Feast of Goodness Cookbook.

5 — Anderson County registered voters weighed in on nine constitutional amendments during the state constitutional amendment election, overwhelmingly voting “for” the nine propositions on the ballot.

6 — With nine years of service under her belt — and over 20 years of service to Anderson County, County Clerk Wanda Burke announced her retirement, effective at the end of her current term on Dec. 31, 2014.

6 — A 23-year-old Palestine man was arrested by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office for his involvement in the exchange of photos of a pornographic nature with a 12-year-old girl from Iowa.

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