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





2 — Workers utilize Palestine Fire Department’s Tower One ladder truck to place lights on the Christmas tree at the Anderson County Courthouse.

4 — Sanderson Farms, which plans to build three facilities in the area, holds a job fair for several salaried management positions at the Palestine Workforce Education Center campus located in the Palestine Mall.

5 — Following a 2 1/2 day trial and about 15 minutes of deliberations, an Anderson County jury found a Slocum man not guilty of the charge of sexual assault last week for a 2010 incident in which he was accused of relationship rape. Benny Earl Hodge, 50, was acquitted of the charge by a five-woman, seven-man jury in the court of State District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher.

5 —An Anderson County grand jury returned a 2-count felony indictment against Frankston convenience store owner Phillip Chang on Dec. 5 for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana and other illegal substances out of his store.

6 — The Grinch's Lair opens in the old Anderson County Jail on Avenue A for the holiday season, open every weekend in December.

6 — The Christmas Parade of Lights is rescheduled for Dec. 14 due to icy weather expected in the Palestine area. Some of the activities planned for the 2nd Annual Frost Fest also are rescheduled.

7 — Pearl Harbor survivor and Palestine resident Victor Lively reminisces of the day that claimed the lives of more than 2,000 of his fellow soldiers from US naval forces on Dec. 7, 1941.

7 — Palestine residents tour historic homes decorated for the holidays during the “Hearth & Tinsel” Tour of Homes as part of Palestine's Frost Fest activities.

7 — Morgan Smith of Tyler was named the Youth Artist of the Year at the Dogwood Jamboree's Christmas show at the Palestine Civic Center.

8 —An Anderson County man was arrested for an incident during which he shot a firearm through his wife's vehicle.

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