The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 8, 2013

Our Town: Local WWII veteran takes trip to Washington, D.C.



McMullen served in the Navy from 1944-1949.

He said that he enjoyed the trip and is very grateful to Brookshire’s for their generosity and this wonderful opportunity.

“They spared no expense; they really rolled out the red carpet for us,” he said.

A banquet will be held in Tyler for the veterans on Dec. 6, where they will receive their final memento-pictures and a CD documenting their trip.


Native's son named A&M police chief

J. Michael Ragan, the son of Anderson County native and Palestine resident Mildred Hardy Ragan, was recently named chief of Texas A&M University Police Department in Bryan-College Station.

Ragan, a 33-year veteran with the A&M police force, has served as interim chief since the former chief's retirement in April, according to information provided by the family.

The decision to appoint Ragan as the department's new chief came after a 12-person search advisory committee made up of faculty, staff and student representatives formed in April.

They looked through 16 applications, had Skype interviews with five candidates and narrowed down the pool of applicants to three candidates, who had on-campus interviews that lasted a day and a half each in late September and early October.

Ragan, who grew up in Houston, joined the police department in 1980 as he worked toward a bachelor's degree in economics at A&M, which he received in 1983. He also is a graduate of the 141st session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Ragan is the son of James Ragan of Tyler.


Scouting for Food

Cub Scouts with Palestine Troop 440 will be putting out flyers Saturday with information about Scouting for Food, a program that the East Texas Area Council Boy Scouts of America is participating in.

The program is a community effort to feed those who might otherwise go hungry. Residents are asked to put nonperishable foods they would like to donate to the local food pantry in a bag and set the bag on their front porch by 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

Local Cub Scouts will be packing up food for the local food pantry, the Stock Pot in Palestine.


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