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



19 — Westwood Independent School District’s Board of Trustees approved a total budget of $13.8 million, dipping into the district’s fund balance by slightly more than $1.5 million to balance the budget for its campus improvements and 1:1 Technology Initiative for students.

19 — A former Neches Independent School District board member was re-arrested (and immediately released on bond) after being indicted by an Anderson County grand jury for possession of child pornography.

19 — Westwood ISD announced the internal promotion of longtime district official Shane Jones to Westwood High School principal following the recent departure of WHS principal and assistant superintendent Dr. Clint McClain.

19 — A missing Palestine woman’s body was recovered from Richland Chambers Lake in Freestone County, after she had been reported missing to the Palestine Police Department on Aug. 16, by a close friend. According to police reports, the woman's vehicle was reportedly found on Aug. 17.

23 — Robert Kubara was named interim Westwood High School principal following a second reorganization of leadership at Westwood Independent School District in just a few days. Kubara formerly served as principal at Westwood Elementary School with Breanna Jones serving as the new elementary principal.

23 — The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Frankston Police Department took part in a six-hour “zero tolerance” patrol in the Frankston and Lake Palestine area, making a total off 66 traffic stops and arresting 15 people.

26 — An area pilot attempted an emergency landing at the Palestine Municipal Airport, and came up just a bit short of the runway. The pilot made “a good landing,” according to officials at the scene.

26 — The Anderson County Commissioners Court approved its 2014 budget of $19.7 million and supporting tax rate of .52550 per $100 of valuation, giving a 2 percent pay raise to all county employees.

26 — Palestine Independent School District’s Board of Trustees adopted its 2013-14 budget of $32.1 and tax rate of 1.566 per $100 of valuation, following a public hearing.

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