One year ago this week:
July 10, 2017 – ActivistJack Coleman, estimating the cost to raze the old Memorial Hospital at $1 million, urged Palestine City Council members to put a bond issue on the ballot to pay for tearing down the vacant building at Sycamore and Brazos streets.
July 11, 2017 – Public Works DirectorTim Perry announced street repairs would start in fall, using money generated from a half-cent sales tax approved by voters in May. Perry said repairs would focus on feeder streets and take several years to complete.
July 12 2017 -- Elbert “Sheeney” Grimes, 82, retired from Braly’s Hardware after working for three generations of Bralys over 44 years. Sheeney worked at Braly’s original location on North Jackson Street for 22 years, operated his own hardware store for 18 years, then worked at another hardware store for eight years, before returning to Braly’s for another 22 years.
Five years ago this week:
July 10, 2012 --Anderson County commissioners approved the sale of the Anderson County Jail on Avenue A for $31,500 to Michael Collins, a Tyler bidder. Collins said the building would be remodeled.
July 10, 2012 --Work began on the new Reagan Park splash park, made possible by grants and donations of $335,000 to Palestine’s Junior Service League.
July 10, 2012 -- City Council members voted to put a ¼-cent local sales tax increase on the May ballot to raise up to $1 million to repair streets and improve the city’s aging water and sewer lines. Mayor Bob Herrington had learned from state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, that Texas cities can gain approval from the state legislature to increase sales taxes by ¼ cent. The city's sales tax rate would rise to 8.5%.
July 11, 2012 --Houston-based Apex, an energy corporation, announced plans to build a $350-million Bethel Energy Center in northern Anderson County. Jack L. Farley of Apex met with county commissioners and community members to discuss plans to build a compressed air energy storage plant, beginning in May 2013. Farley said the plant could operate as soon as mid-2016, bringing clean energy, jobs, and revenue to Anderson County.
July 12, 2012 -- The Texas Department of Transportation announced plans to continue widening Highway U.S. 79 South in October, due to a reinstatement of $42 million in funds in June. The four-year project would widen U.S. 79 South, from Tile Factory Road to Texas 294, near the Walmart Distribution Center.
July 13, 2012 -- Palestine’s new Innovation Academy prepared to open for up to 100 students in the third through sixth grades in late August. Becky Rutledge, former principal of Westwood Primary School, would serve as the academy’s principal.
July 13, 2012 --Goodwill Industries of East Texas Palestine celebrated the 25th anniversary of Sandra Doucette, a special needs employee who joined the staff in 1987.
Jul 13, 2012 -- The First Baptist Church of Palestine focused on local missions with backyard Bible clubs and women’s ministry at two low-income apartment complexes in town. Volunteers also provided light construction work and medical checkups.
July 13, 2012-- The Anderson County Blankets and Bears Children’s Fund announced it would hold a drive before summer performances of “Willy Wonka” in the Texas Theater. The drive would help collect more blankets and stuffed animals for children suffering from loss, injury, grief, or trauma.