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



15 — The Polar Express™ arrives at the Texas State Railroad for the holiday season.

17 — A 56-year-old Palestine man was killed in an accidental hunting incident in Anderson County.

19 — Allyson Mitchell announced her campaign for Anderson County district attorney, saying she plans to deal a tough hand to crime in the community and reinstate cooperation between law enforcement agencies to best serve citizens' needs.

19 — Palestine Fire Chief Alan Wilcher encourages the public to practice “safety first” and “common sense” to avoid fires during the holidays.

20 — A fire destroyed a wood-frame home in Palestine just a few blocks away from the Anderson County Courthouse. One occupant inside the home escaped and was treated at the scene.

20 — Grace United Methodist Church announces its purchase of 116 acres of new property at the location of the former Meadowbrook Country Club. The church is planning to relocate there early next year from its current location at 1918 E. Murchison St.

20 — Palestine's historic Eilenberger's Bakery held a “soft opening” under new owner Bill Jones.

21 — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3907 host a Thanksgiving dinner for veterans and their families as well as emergency responders.

21 — The Anderson County Sheriff's Office arrested two Palestine men for burglary of a building after getting caught attempting to steal scrap metal from a property.

22 — Elkhart resident Gary Robbins, 82, recalls how he spent his day 50 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. On that day, Robbins was a 32-year-old motorcycle police officer for the Fort Worth Police Department who was assigned to escort the JFK motorcade from the old Texas Hotel in downtown Fort Worth after his speech in front of the hotel to Carswell Air Force Base.

22 — Santa’s Magical Workshop & Wonderland Depot opens with a reception to kick-off the holiday season. This year, the Texas State Railroad Society teamed up with the Main Street program to create a magical and educational experience.

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