The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 28, 2012

2012 Year in Review (Part 1): Railroad woes, festival mark first part of year



1 — The Veteran’s Service Center opens in the Palestine Mall, offering an easy-access facility for veterans and their families to meet with their service offices, as well as receive training, computer access, screening and other activities designed to assist veterans.

1 — The Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce announces plans that it has contracted with the City of Palestine to develop a new Christmas event to draw tourists to the city during the holiday season. The City of Palestine will take back the fall festival, bringing it back as the Hot Pepper Festival.

2 — Jermiah Cooper, 18, of Palestine, was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery in connection with the attempted armed robbery of the Pitt Grill on Jan. 22.

2 — Volunteers from various organizations joined together to plant dogwood seedlings to revitalize Davey Dogwood Park.

3 — Neches High School girls’ basketball team celebrates its third state title win in Austin, defeating Lipan, 60-41.

6 — Anderson County sheriff’s authorities made an arrest and seized an AK-47 assault rifle and approximately 200 rounds of ammunition during the serving of a search warrant at a residence inside the Palestine city limits on Rampart Road.

6 — Fire destroys a home in the 1800 block of CR 346.

7 — An unknown amount of money was taken during an armed robbery of Radio Shack in the Palestine Plaza.

9 — Dogwood Diner, 402 E. Palestine Avenue, is damaged by fire in the structure’s ceiling and attic, due to a possible electrical short.

12 — The Anderson County Commissioners Court gave its final approval on the creation of the Anderson County Bond Office, setting the salary and granting permission for the county judge to hire a candidate to take the role.

12 — Palestine City Council adopts a juvenile curfew ordinance to persons age 16 years and younger. Hours for the curfew are from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

12 — Latimer Lamar Baker, 38, of Palestine was arrested after turning himself in to authorities  for unlawfully possessing an AK-47 assault rifle. During a search of his residence, authorities found a loaded AK-47 assault rifle and approximately 200 rounds of ammunition in multiple boxes in the house. A small amount of methamphetamine was also located, according to the sheriff.

14 — Sheri Thornton, 49, of Palestine, was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross the road in the 4000 block of South Loop 256. She later died from her injuries.

17 — The Cars of Palestine hold a ceremony at Davey Dogwood Park in recognition of their Potties in the Park campaign to build permanent restroom facilities in the park for visitors.

23 — The Palestine Community Theatre’s production of the classic comedy “Sugar” opens at the Texas Theater.

24 — The 74th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration opens with its first weekend of festivities, including a parade, arts and crafts and live music in downtown Palestine.

25 — The Palestine City Council voted to pay a Tyler engineering firm $36,000 to conduct a drainage study at the Willow Creek Business Park.

25 — Union Pacific Railroad officials say one of its trains suffered a brake malfunction and traveled 7 miles from the company’s Palestine yard before rolling to a stop near Neches. No one was injured as a result of the incident.

26 — For their work on maintaining the financial transparency, Anderson County and its employees were awarded the 2012 Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s office during a commissioners’ court meeting.

26 — Justin Stanaland, 19, of Palestine, was arrested on a felony charge of arson for allegedly setting his apartment at Inwood Place Apartments on fire.

27 — Local minister Dan Manuel celebrates his 40th anniversary as minister at Crockett Road Church of Christ.

28 — Texas Agriculture Commissioner and Palestine native Todd Staples speaks about the past, present and future of agriculture and its impact on the state during a Palestine Rotary Club meeting.

28 —  Carson and Barnes Circus visits Palestine with two shows.

29 — The three-day 11th annual Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival opens at the Museum for East Texas Culture.

30 — Karissa Kaye Baird, 18, of Tennessee Colony dies from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle wreck in the 4000 block of South Loop 256 around 4 p.m.

31 — The second weekend of the Dogwood Trails Celebration is held including the YMCA’s Mud N Run, Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival, Boston Porter Memorial Scholarship Bull Riding fundraiser and other events.

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