The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

December 28, 2012

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



2 — Week-long activities of the Anderson County Youth Livestock Show open at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Pavilion.

2 — Four students are injured in brawl between Elkhart and Westwood students at the Elkhart tennis courts, adjacent to Elk Stadium where the annual Wesley Taylor Relays were taking place.

3 — During a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for Lakeview Methodist Conference Center’s newly expanded and remodeled Copeland Center, Lakeview Superintendent Matt Idom expressed a desire for the center to be used for meetings, banquets and large-scale events.

4 — Dogwood Diner, 402 E. Palestine Ave., reopens for business after being damaged by fire, possibly electrical in origin, on the night of March 9.

5 — Willie Mack Adams, 53, of Dallas, was found guilty Thursday by an Anderson County jury of the felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity-forgery. A 12-person jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before finding Adams guilty of the offense, stemming from an event in November 2010 during which the defendant and three other men passed forged checks at a pair of Palestine financial institutions.

5 — Breck Alexander of the Cayuga FFA showed the show’s 2012 Grand Champion Steer during the Anderson County Youth Livestock Show Auction.

7 — Bunnies on Main Street end the three-weekend Dogwood Trails Celebration in Palestine as children are given the opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny at Lee Loveless Photography in downtown Palestine.

9 — In move that will save the county almost $400,000, Anderson County Commissioners gave the OK to refinance bonds issued in 2003 and 2005 for construction of the Anderson County Courthouse Annex and renovations to the county jail, respectively, during a meeting.

9 — Members of the Palestine Police Department were recognized during the Palestine city council meeting for assisting the fire department at the scene of a recent structure fire on March 25 at Inwood Place Apartments, requiring the evacuation of more than 15 units, according to Palestine Fire Chief  Alan Wilcher.

10 — Dozens of community and public school leaders, students and others attended an open house as Trinity Valley Community College showed off the 50,000 square foot Palestine Workforce Education Center at the Palestine Mall, giving attendees a look at the present and a glimpse at the possible future.

11 — Child Protective Services staff members release blue balloons that represent the 145 child abuse victims in Anderson County in 2011, including two children who died during 2011, during a National Child Abuse Awareness Month ceremony Wednesday at Reagan Park. The event was hosted by the Anderson County Child Welfare Board.

13 — Congressman Jeb Hensarling, U.S. Representative from the 5th Congressional District of Texas, met with more than 100 constituents from Anderson County during a scheduled town hall meeting in Palestine to discuss his concern for the increasing debt.

14 — Anderson County Sheriff’s Office organizes a “9-1-1 in the Park” event designed to provide children with the proper tools to address a potential emergency situation.

16 — A  morning fire of unknown origin destroyed a house and mobile home north of the Palestine city limits. Anderson County sheriff’s and other officials were dispatched to a house fire at the intersection of CR 363 and CR 359 off of Texas 155.

19 — Gregory Sloan Jr., 23, of Palestine was sentenced to eight years in prison after an Anderson County jury found him guilty of a single count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of deadly conduct.

20 — Crime victims are honored and remembered during the fifth annual Anderson County Crime Victim/Survivor Tribute Dinner.

21 — The Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties holds the second annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event in Palestine — with participation from 35 males willing to walk a mile in high heels to raise money and awareness for abused women.

22 — Robert Garner, 24, a specialist in the U.S. Army and 2005 graduate of Neches High School, is recovering in a U.S. military hospital in Germany after receiving multiple injuries during combat in Afghanistan

26 — John Goin, 23, of Haltom City was indicted by an Anderson County grand jury on the felony charge of intoxication assault in relation to a single-vehicle wreck earlier this year which seriously injured a 21-year-old woman.

28 — The Palestine YMCA holds its annual Healthy Kids Day event.

30 — PISD Board of Trustees tour the new Palestine High School facility. The essentially new high school was part of a $64 million bond package overwhelmingly approved by PISD voters in May 2009.

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