The first half of 2013 was marked by an array of news ranging from the adoption of the controversial “Guardian Policy” by two Anderson County school boards to six murder trials — one of them a capital murder trial and all with guilty verdicts, and the announcement by Sanderson Farms of their intent to construct two new facilities in the city/county.
Some of the other newsmakers during the first six months of 2012 included:
1 — Teague Family welcomes Anderson county's first baby of 2013. Baby Brandon Graef was born at 4:41 a.m. Jan. 1, weighing 8 lbs. 6 ounces and 20 inches long, to parents Melissa Lee and Erich Graef of Teague.
2 — Dogwood Square Dance Club celebrates 50th year; offers dance lessons.
5 — Armed robbery occurred at Family Dollar location on Spring Street. A suspect in the crime was still being sought on Jan. 8.
8 — Goodwill store announces relocation to former Harry's Building Materials location on West Oak St.
8 – The Texas State Railroad tested a new 2.8 miles section of track that was completed in November. The section connects the TSRR rail line to a Class 1 main line national railroad — the Union Pacific rail line in Palestine.
9 — An overturned 18-wheeler transporting natural gas turns over on U.S. 79 in Tucker, halting traffic for several hours.
10 — City of Elkhart was named a Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate, which helps organize volunteers and implement cleanup and educational programs that address litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction.
11 — City of Palestine begins a water system burnout, a process needed to kill bacterial growth in the distribution system that is causing taste, odor and color issues.
11 — Texas State Rep. Byron Cook toured the Capgemini Service Center in Palestine.
12 — Local physicians report an increase in flu cases, calling it “especially viral” and urging residents to get flu shots.
14 — Anderson County commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Palestine regarding the clearing of trees and brush at the Palestine Municipal Airport, allowing the utilization of county employees and equipment to do the work.