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December 31, 2013

2013 Year in Review Part 2: End of year marked by fire, festivals



13 — The Palestine Community Theatre's one-weekend show “Christmas Gifts” opens at the Texas Theater. The production was written and directed by Palestine native Jamie Waldon King.

13 — Steps of Faith Dance Center kicks off the first of four performances of “Claire & The Land of the Sweets” in an original adaption of the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker” with a modern day twist.

13 — Several local artists are featured in Main Street Palestine's Christmas Pop-Up Art Gallery, which was open for two weekends in December.

14 — Shake, Rattle & Roll perform in a free holiday concert in The Hollow in Old Town Palestine as part of the City of Palestine's Christmas festivities.

14 — The rescheduled annual Christmas Parade of Lights is held.

14 — Karen “Beth” Tucker takes the reins as Postmaster at the Palestine United States Post Office.

15 — Members of the Anderson County Community Choir and Orchestra present their 10th annual show, 2013 Sounds of Christmas, at the Palestine High School Auditorium.

16 — Texas Department of Transportation representatives speak about road projects during a special Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Palestine Civic Center. Durign the event, Palestine City Council member Steve Presley was presented the TxDot Road Hand Award.

16 — Palestine Independent School Board District's Board of Trustees approved an interlocal agreement to lease a golf course, tennis court and golf support buildings from Grace United Methodist Church during a regular board meeting.

16 — An Anderson County couple was arrested for burglary of a habitation near Elkhart after being caught in the act by a homeowner.

16 — A 33-year-old Palestine man was issued a 20-year sentence by State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III for his role as part of an organized drug ring that operated in the area from 2008-2010. Jamie Cortez Clewis, one of the last drug dealers targeted in operation “All in the Family,” received the sentence for the charge of engaging in organized crime.

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