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



6 — After 15 minutes of deliberations, an Anderson County jury issued a maximum 20-year sentence and $5,000 fine to a Michael Unit inmate Willie Womack, 25, for his role in the May 2011 assault of a corrections officer.

8 — The City of Palestine, with the aid of various veterans groups, hosted a free breakfast and program for area veterans and active military in celebration of Veterans Day at the Palestine Civic Center.

9 — A Palestine man was arrested for felony evading arrest and on several outstanding Anderson County warrants after leading local law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Anderson County. The subject eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed into at least one storage structure offered at a retail business in the area.

12 — A late night fire destroyed a double-wide mobile home on Texas 294, leaving a family of six without a home.

12 —The Anderson County Commissioners Court approve a loan for a Sanderson Farms construction project and OK'd an increase in records fees for the county and district clerks' offices during its regular meeting.

12 — Palestine philanthropist Ahnise Summers accepts the Spark Award during the National Philanthropy Day® celebration luncheon in Tyler. The event was sponsored by the East Texas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

12 —The city of Palestine announced, effective Oct. 1, changes to the city utility rates have been implemented and were seen on bills mailed out beginning on Nov. 12 with due dates of Dec. 1 and later.

15 — The City of Palestine confirms the identity of the second fire victim who died in an early morning fire that occurred that destroyed a historic downtown building at 119 E. Oak St.

15 — Braly Builder's Supply Co. holds its grand opening event at its new location at 420 W. Palestine Ave. in the renovated historic Rusk School facility.

15 — The Anderson County Sheriff's Office looks for a suspect who robbed the Elkhart Food Center.

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