Palestine High School’s career trades students are building their own future. They’re learning essential construction skills while renovating a 1940 wood frame bungalow on Ben Milam Road.
Students in Grapeland Elementary’s Young Business Men and Women’s groups sang Christmas carols to local businesses last week. Here they are performing at The Gallery Salon.
Elkhart Independent School District is establishing a foundation that will award college scholarships to graduating seniors beginning in 2021. Two factors making the new foundation possible include the school board’s approval and a donation of $10,000 from Commercial Bank of Texas.
Workforce Solutions of East Texas wants to help more young adults overcome barriers when entering the job market. The agency is encouraging young workers to apply for CareerEDGE, a federal program that helps 15 to 20 local young adults develop skills and overcome barriers to employment each year.
Texas public school students will still take the STAAR test this spring, but the state will not rate schools and districts based on their results, the Texas Education Agency announced Thursday.
Students at Washington Early Child Center are enjoying 12 Days of Christmas by dressing up daily as a new specified character. The first day was “Frosty the Snowman.” Pictured above are Ashley Valle, left, and Elias Gevera, right.
Westwood Independent School District is awarding roughly $200,000 to all 278 employees this week. Every employee — from principals and teachers to office staff, cafeteria workers, and bus drivers — received a check for $700 Thursday.
All 225 students at Washington Early Childhood Center left school in a new pair of brand-name shoes Monday. Many of the children, ages three to five, jumped, or danced or skipped in their new soles, after trying them on with help from volunteers.
Palestine Independent School District is bringing at-home learning back to reduce COVID-19 transmission. The Palestine High School campus closed Friday and will remain closed through Nov. 27 due to a quarantine-related shortage of teaching staff.
Elkhart schools are providing free meals for all students, thanks to a grant the Texas Department of Agriculture approved this week. The grant comes from the state’s COVID relief fund, and allows Elkhart Independent School District to serve free breakfast and lunch to the district’s 1,200 st…
Aliyah Hill and Peyton Taylor are both dressed as Fancy Nancy, their favorite book character in “Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly.” Hill is wearing a costume with sparkly butterfly wings, a pink tutu, and a tiara. Taylor is wearing shiny beads and a sparkly red tutu.
Westwood Independent School District announced Monday it is closing the primary campus for two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, teachers are delivering lessons to the school’s 340 primary students virtually and will continue until the campus reopens Nov. 17.
Jessa Huddleston beams while talking about her character project. She and her mom painted a six-inch pumpkin eight times before it became glossy yellow like the book, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss.
Palestine High School’s welding program is building a promising future for a growing number of students with top prizes at statewide competitions. With roughly 175 students taking welding courses this year, teachers Joey Perez and Gary Scoggin are helping students get on track to skilled job…
All students enrolled in Grapeland Independent School District must begin attending school in-person no later than Monday, Oct 26.
Though National Arbor Day occurs the last Friday in April, Wednesday morning seemed just as suitable for planting trees at the University of Texas at Tyler’s University Academy in Palestine. In fact, Texas Arbor Day occurs the first Friday in November, as fall is just as suitable for plantin…
The Palestine City Council decided to give a large portion of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act Grant, to its local schools districts in a special meeting on Oct. 5. The remaining money not voted on will be spent before the Oct. 16 deadline, as so…
ATHENS — Students at Trinity Valley Community College have new options available to them. The clothes closet and food pantry, part of the new on-campus Advocacy Resource Center, opened its doors to students last week.
When Justin Florence was starting the successful emergency medical technician program at Palestine High School in 2017, he wanted to provide his students with hands-on experience, so he asked for an ambulance.
The Texas Education Agency selected Palestine Independent School District for a new incentive program that will reward roughly $350,000 to nine teachers over the next five years.
Palestine Superintendent Jason Marshall announced Tuesday the district would forgo its COVID-19 Phase-In Plan and return to school at full capacity Monday, Aug. 31.
On the second day of the 2020-2021 school year, Grapeland Independent School District reported a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 on its elementary campus.
Though some Texas districts with higher COVID-19 case counts are delaying school openings until September, Anderson County schools are opening this month. Palestine, Frankston, Slocum, and Elkhart school districts opened this week. Neches, and Cayuga open Monday, University Academy on Tuesda…
Students and staff of Palestine Independent School District began the 2020-2021 school year on Monday at 25% capacity on campus, with a bevy of COVID-19 regulations.
Kilgore College is now offering a completely online degree in Software Development and Data Analytics thanks to funding by a U.S. Department of Education Title III “Strengthening Institutions” grant awarded to KC in 2017.
AUSTIN – Palestine Independent School District was one of 41 education institutions to receive a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission through the Jobs and Education for Texans Grand Program.
With the Texas economy slowly awakening from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.
Today we honor the late Patsy Jackson, 88, of Palestine, for her 40 years of service as the secretary to the principal at Palestine High School for 40 years. Jackson passed away on Tuesday.
Local health officials do not have the authority to shut down all schools in their vicinity while COVID-19 cases rise, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in nonbinding guidance Tuesday that contradicts what the Texas Education Agency has told school officials.
The University of Texas at Tyler’s University Academy-Palestine selected Ben Moran to lead the K-12 campus as its new director. Moran has taught and coached students at the academy since 2012, the year it opened to about 80 students in the third through sixth grades with a group of four teachers.
Citing the education effects of COVID-19, Rep. Cody Harris (R-Palestine) has asked the Texas Education Agency to suspend standardized tests, called STARR, for the 2020-2021 school year.
Elkhart school board approved two key leadership promotions, drawing from the district’s own talented educators, at a time when COVID-19 precautions are challenging schools to quickly adapt instruction and its delivery.
Becky Rutledge, director of Palestine’s University Academy, a charter school operated by the University of Texas at Tyler, is stepping down. Rutledge joined the Academy as principal in its first year in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Gifted and talented programs in local school districts are underserving African American and Latino children, putting disproportionate numbers of them at risk of failure.
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.
This Week's Circulars
Services for John Richard Kelley, age 95, are pending at Rhone Funeral Home. Mr. Kelley passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021, at Windermere at Cartmell in Palestine. To leave online condolences visit www.rhonefuneralhome.com.
Services for Jimmy Wayne Pike, age 69, of Palestine, are pending at Rhone Funeral Home. Mr. Pike passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021. To leave online condolences visit www.rhonefuneralhome.com.
Services for Gregory A. Ellis 56, of Tennessee Colony are pending at Bailey & Bailey & Foster. Mr. Ellis passed away February 14th at his residence.
Services for Charles Ray Harper 90, of Palestine are pending at Bailey & Foster. Mr. Harper passed away February 18th in Tyler.
Services for Lequana Johnson 93, of Crockett are pending at Bailey & Foster. Mrs. Johnson passed away February 18th in Crockett.
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- Palestine water fully restored after snow, ice storms down entire system