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Shelly Parsons of Palestine was named University Academy Teacher of the Year for the University of Texas at Tyler’s University Academy. The school district includes three K-12 campuses in Palestine, Tyler, and Longview. 

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Palestine High School's Michael Guzman stood in shock when he learned he received a scholarship from Palestine's Railyard Customs and Collision worth $1,000 towards his college education.

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School districts across the state received instructions for opening up sports and band practices Friday when the University Interscholastic League released its recommendations for doing so.

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Barbara Dutton, Northside Elementary’s beloved principal, is calling it a career after nearly 50 years in education.

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Despite an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, state officials will allow school districts to reopen campuses on June 1 for summer school. Even with a green light from the state, however, Palestine and Westwood Independent School Districts will stick with virtual learning this summer – and possibly e…

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Tyler Junior College has announced 1,114 candidates for graduation and more than 1,200 degrees and certificates awarded for Spring 2020.

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Gov. Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 statewide precautions will delay school board and other local elections until November. Elkhart and Westwood school board elections, originally slated for May 2, have been postponed until Nov 3. 

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Texas schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Friday. The Herald-Press reported in March that school operations would be suspended for the rest of the school year.

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Palestine students will continue to learn remotely, following Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement that students will not return to classrooms until at least May 4. Even so, parents and educators worry about academic losses and a lack of Internet access for some students.

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With spring break over and the continuing threat of novel coronavirus, local school districts are closed to students until April 6, or longer. Meantime, school districts are preparing to continue learning at home and ensure student nutrition.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has waived the State Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.

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On Friday, Frankston ISD reported that they are monitoring the quickly changing situation, but have not made a decision regarding closing the school at this time.

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We want to extend our thanks to our community for the concern and care that you have shown during the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. As a district, Grapeland ISD remains committed to providing an outstanding education in a safe and secure learning environment. Out of an…

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The Cat in the Hat and Principal Barbara Dutton touch down in a field next to Northside Primary School to build excitement for reading. Pilot Lauren Sutherland flew the helicopter for Christus Mother Frances emergency medical services, based at Palestine Airport.

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More than 550 young students are gaining access to thousands of new words this spring, thanks to Palestine Rotary's dictionary project, a literacy campaign of more than 10 years.

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Westwood School Board President Don Rice announced he is not running for re-election, citing family health concerns. Rice has served on the board since 2014, and as president since 2017.

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Grapeland High School’s UIL One Act Play cast performed their upcoming competition piece “The Great Pandemonium” for the public on Sunday.

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Kasen Hobson, Julie Bowman, Miriam Mendez, and Colton Huddleston – mostly seniors at Slocum High School – had never taken culinary arts classes or competed against other culinary marketing teams. That didn't stop them from placing sixth at a regional competition in Frisco, sponsored by the T…

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Frankston students are getting a long weekend, courtesy of the flu virus. All three campuses will close Friday and Saturday for sterilization.

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Wearing braces, Dekedryn Butler smiles all the time. He's happy his teeth are straightening, but the personable Palestine High School senior has something more to smile about: His future in dentistry. 

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Palestine High School welding students took top honors at competitions in Fort Worth and San Angelo – two of the state’s biggest agriculture mechanics contests. The two FFA competitions are part of the so-called Majors – the largest agriculture mechanics shows in the state. Later this month,…

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After the defeat of two bond elections last year, school leaders will not scrap rebuilding plans for the district's aging, outmoded buildings. They are, however, taking a more inclusive approach, after bond opponents criticized them for not listening to the community.  

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Junior Rotarians from Palestine High School, seniors Jeff Renteria and Allison Byrd, shared their goals and dreams at Palestine Rotary's weekly meeting at Ben E. Keith Community Center.

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Junior Rotarians from Palestine High School, seniors Jeff Renteria and Allison Byrd, shared their goals and dreams at Palestine Rotary's weekly meeting at Ben E. Keith Community Center.

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Members of the Frankston School Board will meet Wednesday in closed session to review applications and establish a timeline for replacing former Superintendent John Allen. Allen resigned amidst controversy in October, and board members previously have said they want to name a replacement bef…

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Whether marching in a parade, performing public service, or joining officers on police ride-alongs, members of the Palestine Police Department Public Safety Youth Corps can be seen out and about in the community.

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The regular board meeting of Palestine Independent School District is Thursday, at 6 and 7 p.m., instead of Monday, Jan. 20, due to the MLK Day holiday, and will feature recognition of the board of trustees.

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The window for registering for the May 2 school board elections opened last week and will continue through Friday, Feb. 14. In the Elkhart school board race, incumbents Stephen Hamm, position 7, and Joe Estes, position 5, have filed to run; former school board member Charles McShan has filed…

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TYLER, Texas–The University of Texas at Tyler will offer free Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) preparatory courses to help East Texas high school students prepare for the March 14 exam.

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Willie T. Langston II has been selected as this year’s Distinguished Alumnus by the Palestine High School Alumni Association, association president Debbie Nethery announced. He will be honored at the annual meeting and dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 7, at Ben E. Keith’s Community Room.

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Workforce Solutions East Texas will put on a free FAFSA Completion Event Workshop from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 at 2000 South Loop 256 Suite 18, in Palestine.

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Palestine’s secondary schools have a wonderful problem: Growing participation in activities and CTE (career technical education) is causing a shortage of space. Without raising taxes, the district has started construction on two buildings.

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Dusty Birchfield already had a B.S. degree in engineering, but when he set his sights on becoming a nurse through the University of Texas at Tyler, he had to take extra steps. First, he completed two semesters of prerequisite courses at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens to qualify t…

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With a 90-percent graduation rate, Texas boasts one of the nation's best rates – and local rates are even higher. On the down side, statewide gaps in high school graduation rates persist between urban and rural school districts.

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For East Texas game hunters, the perfect stocking stuffer might include a $250 check written to the Palestine Education Foundation for the 2020 Predator Classic.

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Second grade students at Southside Elementary are learning how Christmas is observed in other countries – with research and a unique celebration.

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Frankston Independent School District is searching for a new superintendent, six months after former Superintendent John Allen was placed on paid administrative leave in June. Since then, assistant superintendent Nicci Cook has served as acting superintendent.

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Elliott Auto Group of Palestine will bring a little more class to Anderson County in 2020 – with a new Teacher of the Month Award.The contest rewards an outstanding teacher from any K-12 school in the area with a $100 gift card and a free car wash.

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Robert A. Finley, Sr. went home to be with the lord on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 at the age of 72 years old. He was born into the union of Bob Lanier Finley and Frances Louise Register Finley on October 28, 1947. He was a congenial man with an easy-going personality that was displayed in his k…

Martha Jewell Maddox Penland Reed Left this earth the morning of March 22 2020 to be with our Lord and Savior. Born February 28, 1941 Martha was preceded in death by her first husband and father of their children, Marcus Penland Sr., father, Harvey Maddox, mother, Birdie Maddox, brothers, Da…