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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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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. 

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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…

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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