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The Texas House approved legislation on Thursday that would restrict transgender student athlete participation in school sports, clearing a notable hurdle for supporters of the measure after similar legislation sailed through the Senate and stalled in the House three times prior this year.

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There will be a free Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference to learn more about the impact of Alzheimer's/dementia including useful resources and information for caregivers.

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The Palestine Independent School District had a chance to show off its new industrial arts facility on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting and showcase of the career and technical education department.

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Westwood residents will vote on a $38 million bond in November, thanks to thorough research and planning by the school district’s long range planning committee. Approved by Westwood’s school board in August, the proposed bond issue provides funding that addresses district-wide safety, access…

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Elkhart schools broke ground on a new $1.6 million construction project for agriculture education this week. Trustees of the Elkhart Independent School District shoveled dirt Monday in support of expanding the district’s agriculture program, which serves roughly 300 students.

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With the pandemic still on everyone’s mind, school has started and most children are attending in-person classes. Extra care needs to be taken by motorists sharing the roads with school buses, children walking or on bicycles, and even lots of new teen drivers taking their first car trip to school.

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Roughly 300 kids are starting off the school year on the right foot with a new pair of shoes thanks to First Blessing Shoe Ministry. Community members donated $20 per child to provide new socks and a pair of brand-name shoes at First Christian Church Saturday.

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Each year, as summer draws to a close, schools and families begin their back to school preparations. Whether you are sending your child off to school for the first time, transferring to a new district or starting your last, first day in your senior year, there is always new information and k…

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University Academy at Palestine will begin school in August with a new director, Ummi Bodede, and visible upgrades. Structural improvements include a new brick facade and outdoor sports court. The University of Texas at Tyler K-12 charter school has an enrollment of 250 and is part of a dist…

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Texas families who relied on the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer card, which previously provided a one-time benefit of $285 for students receiving free and reduced-price meals, can apply for another round of food aid for the 2021-22 school year.

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Palestine schools will use a large portion of a $7.9 million grant to purchase online software that targets gaps in student learning. The district’s portion of a nationwide grant known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III) aims to redress academic achievem…

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In a special called meeting of the Westwood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday, the long range steering committee presented an extensive recommendation for the future of Westwood schools.

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The graduation ceremony for Palestine Wildcats Class of 2021 was postponed Friday night due to rain and will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at Wildcat Stadium, 1600 S. Loop 256. Should rain continue, the graduation will be moved into the Palestine High School Auditorium.Pictured above Clas…

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State VASE was held remotely on Saturday, April 24 and Palestine High School was well represented with Trevino whose two art pieces both scored the highest rating of four to receive medals. After the judging, jurors then select 150 best of show artworks and give them the Gold Seal award. Tre…

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Palestine Independent School District hosted a special award party for its lead reading teachers at Northside and Southside Schools, Kindergarten through Third Grade.

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Oakwood is one of only four schools in Leon County advancing to Regionals in high school One Act Play, under the direction of Theater Director Erin Cearley.

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On Healthy Kids Day, children can hunt for Easter eggs and run around looking like them, too. Palestine YMCA, Palestine Regional Medical Center, and 10 other sponsors are hosting Easter egg hunts for three age groups and a Color Me Fun Run at the Alex Patel YMCA Soccer Complex.

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Each year, parents, guardians, students, and community members are given the opportunity to nominate students for the Launch Program in Palestine ISD. The LAUNCH program is a K-5 program consisting of a rigorous curriculum that offers an extensive foundation in the core academic areas with a…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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