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



9 —Anderson County Commissioners took steps toward obtaining a $300,000 grant to fund county road improvements, approving a retainer agreement with a law firm to help get the process moving during a regular meeting.

9 —A 45-year-old Palestine man was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for felony driving while intoxicated by District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans during a sentencing trial at the Anderson County Courthouse. According to District Attorney Doug Lowe, Robert Fitzgerald Clayton’s sentence was the maximum possible length and followed a jury finding Clayton guilty of DWI during a trial on Sept. 11.

9 — The Palestine Police Department starts its new initiative where the public can report anonymous information through the Palestine Alert Network. The program offers community members an interactive way to stay connected and informed through opt-in e-mail, text message and web-published public safety alerts. It also will enable anyone to report suspicious activities easily through a tip411 anonymous text messaging code.

10 — A 29-year-old man wanted for a Harris County murder was captured in Buffalo after eluding authorities for a couple of weeks. The Buffalo Police Department arrested Colt Morgan after he was found sleeping inside a maintenance building near the Hampton Inn & Suites in Buffalo.

10 — Filings for the March 4 primary election concludes, with Anderson County residents set to decide five local races, based on party affiliation, including that of the county district attorney and county judge and well as the district clerk, county clerk and county treasurer races.

11 — Meals on Wheels of Palestine, Inc. was recently awarded a $45,000 State Giving Grant from the Walmart Foundation for the purchase of a heated and cooled delivery truck. The truck, a 2013 model, is used to deliver around 600 meals per day from the Palestine kitchen to Frankston, Jacksonville and Henderson.

12 — Local law enforcement and emergency agencies conducted a mock disaster drill with Palestine Regional Medical Center to test response procedures and overall preparedness in the event of a disaster.

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