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 — Eilenberger’s Bakery announced a new owner and reopening set for the fall, with plans to employ about 50 employees. Palestine businessman Bill Jones purchased the bakery in late July from its most recent owner, Southern Fulfillment Services, LLC, based out of Vero Beach, Fla., which had purchased the bakery in 2009.

12 — Due to the continuous dry weather conditions and an increasing number of grass fires, Anderson County commissioners implemented a 90-day burn ban.

12 — Anderson County commissioners heard reports on property values and tax rates, with Tax Assessor-Collector Teri Garvey reporting that overall property values for the county dropped $25 million over the previous year, due to a $33 million loss in mineral values and a $5 million loss in new construction values.

13 — A fire severely damaged a residence in northwest Anderson County on County Road 2303, located north of U.S. 287 between Tennessee Colony and Montalba. The house, rented by a family of five, was deemed unlivable. No one was at home at the time of the fire.

13 — The North Richland Hills Police Department announced it is seeking information leading to the suspect(s) responsible for the 2007 murder of a 67-year-old woman, believing a person of interest might be living in Anderson County. That same subject was a person of interest in a local “cold” murder case as well.

14 — A Palestine woman was arrested for burglary of a building after reportedly being seen entering a local restaurant’s window.

15 — Longtime educator and coach Carl Saxon, 64, passed away during surgery at the Heart Hospital of Austin. He worked in education for 43 years and served as a coach at Frankston, Grapeland and Westwood school districts.

18 — Three Rusk residents were arrested for allegedly assaulting a Frankston man with a pipe and injuring another bystander during a disturbance call at the Deep End Marina, located at FM 1892 near Lake Palestine.

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