The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 29, 2012

Year in Review (Part 2): New school, festival return highlight last months of 2012



1 — Hundreds attend the grand opening of the Splashpark at Reagan Park.

9 — Jose Arturo Garcia, 23, and Franco Garcia, 36, are charged in connection with the  stabbing death of Jason Villanueva of Palestine. A third suspect is sought.

10 — Palestine City Council adopts a $30  million budget for the upcoming 2012-13 fiscal year.

13 — Billy Wayne Hasel, 28, of Palestine was indicted by the grand jury on the felony charges of capital murder, murder and injury to a child in connection with the death of his toddler stepson Deacon Jack Garay, 2, who died in the fall of 2011.

16 — A Flight for Life helicopter base opens at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

16 — Third suspect Jhamerrick Milton, 19, of Palestine turns himself in to authorities in connection with the Mr. D’s convenience story robbery in July.

19 — Eilenberger Bakery’s parent company Southern Fulfillment Services, LLC announces the Palestine bakery will not open in the fall as planned.

24 — Anderson County commissioners authorized the district attorney to request an opinion from the Attorney General regarding responsibilities of the county treasurer.

26 — Sanctuary House announces it may have to close its doors without more support from the community.

29 — The public celebrates the grand opening of the new playground equipment at Willie Myers Park during a special ceremony.


1 — Jeffrey Lyons begins his duties as the City of Palestine’s director of development services.

2 — National Night Out draws hundreds of families to Reagan Park.

8 — Palestine City Council approves sale of old Rusk school to Braly Builders Supply Inc.

9 — Anderson County Commissioners’ Court approves Truman Lamb as the new county extension agent, a position he held once before.

10 —  Jackie Martez Guthrie, 22, of Frankston was indicted on the charge of capital murder by a Henderson County grand jury in relation to the summer killing of a 18-year-old woman in a Coffee City subdivision near Lake Palestine.

14 — Christian Heritage Academy celebrates its 10th anniversary

14 — Decomposed human remains are found on property near Texas 155 and FM 321. Later, investigators say the remains are of a white woman in her mid-30s.

17 — Anderson County Sheriff’s Office officials investigate a marijuana camp in Neches.

18 — Haunted Little Town Walking Tours begins to offer tours of the old Anderson County Jail.

19 — Palestine football legends Richard Farris, left, and Ivory Lee Brown, right, were inducted onto the PHS Wall of Honor during homecoming festivities at Wildcat Stadium.

24 — Gary Dewayne Robertson, 40, of Jacksonville and Palestine, was sentenced by an Anderson County jury to 50 years for burglarizing a Palestine automobile business on Nov. 21, 2011.

26 – Palestine Police Department seizes a large quantity of K-2 and “bath salts” products from Brianna’s Stop and Go, located at 403 W. Palestine Ave.

27 — Thousands flock downtown for the return of the Hot Pepper Festival. The Casey Donahew Band’s concert tops off the night.

31 — The annual Mall-O-Ween event at the Palestine Mall attracts a large crowd on Halloween.

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