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



2 —  Larry Wayne Adams, 52, of Palestine was sentenced to serve the maximum 20 years in prison for manslaughter in the death of Keith Robert Garner that occurred as a result of a June 2011 truck versus motorcycle crash.

6 — Newcomer Republican candidate Greg Chapin clenches the Precinct I Commissioner seat with just 44 votes more than longtime Democrat incumbent Joe Chaffin during the general election. Anderson County Precinct 1 Constable Larry Bennett won his sixth term in office against Republican challenger Ronnie Foster by 424 votes, and Anderson County Precinct 2 Constable Doug Lightfoot won his third term in office against second-time Democratic challenger Horace Poullard by 764 votes.

6 — Palestine resident Paul Armstrong, 45, was sentenced to a 13-year-prison term for felony driving while intoxicated by District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher.

7 — Former Texas Department of Criminal Justice correctional officer David Wayne Green, 42, of Palestine, was sentenced to five life sentences for sexual assault of a child in Anderson County by District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans.

9 — Terry Jean Raybin, 51, of Palestine entered a plea of guilty at the Anderson County Courthouse to the charge of misuse of official information to obtain reward money from the Anderson County Crime Stoppers board.

13 — Anderson County commissioners heard a response from county treasurer Kim Turman regarding the court’s recent decision to seek an attorney general’s opinion on the responsibilities of her office.

18 — Southside Baptist Church holds its annual free Thanksgiving dinner for the community.

24 — The Palestine Herald-Press and Grace Temple Church of God in Christ begins its 13th annual Stocking Stuffers Toy Drive to help less fortunate children in the community.

26 — PISD Board of Trustees approve employee retention incentives.

26 — A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony is held for artist Dale Montagne’s “Forging History” sculpture at the Palestine Visitor Information Center. The piece was commissioned by Palestine Tomorrow Inc.

29 — Local officials and volunteers work together to decorate the Anderson County Courthouse Square for Christmas.

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