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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday an end to the statewide mask mandate, and 100% opening of all businesses, effective Wednesday, March 10.

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To visit the Alamo is to witness living history, experience authentic artifacts and admire an iconic landmark that shaped the country. In honor of that history and in celebration of Texas Independence Day, visitors to the Alamo will be able to glimpse a selection of priceless artifacts graci…

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Delegates gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos signed Texas' Declaration of Independence from Mexico March 2, 1836.

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As Texas recovers from the destructive storms last week, the legislature is back at work and focused on finding answers to what happened last week. This week we also resumed work on the budget in the Senate Finance Committee. We heard from Article III agencies, including TEA and all of our i…

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More than a week has passed since a deadly winter storm knocked out power and water statewide, leaving millions of Texans without heat or hope during a week of below-freezing temperatures and rolling black outs.

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Amber Vaughn, 30, of Rusk was killed Saturday in a one-car accident just outside of Palestine on US 84. 

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The annual Altrusa Chicken Spaghetti Fundraiser will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 1 at the Palestine Senior Activity Center, 200 N. Church St.

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Sadly, there were animals left out in the cold to fend for themselves during last week’s freezing conditions. Animal cruelty charges have been filed on a pet/livestock owner in Grapeland.

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When First Resource Center reopened for service Tuesday after the winter storms, 43 vehicles, representing 43 families in need, drove through to pick up and pantry staples in less than four hours.

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Texas’ Save Our Seniors initiative to vaccinate homebound seniors will begin Monday, March 1. The state is dedicating up to 8,000 vaccines for the first week and will work with organizations like Meals On Wheels and nursing groups to identify volunteers for the vaccine.

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Texas lawmakers have spent the past two days grilling members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas about the state power grid, and the rolling blackouts that left Texas without power, heat and water during the snow and ice storms last week.

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The city of Palestine is making water utility billing adjustments on March bills to help customers who may have experienced higher than average water usage this month due to dripping faucets to prevent freezing pipes.

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The Texas Division of Emergency Management, with the assistance of the Texas Military Department, launched a call center to assist Texans, who have limited or no internet access, with completing the State of Texas Assessment Tool.

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Mount Vernon African Methodist Episcopal church, 100 years old this year, is Palestine’s most significant African American historic landmark, yet needs emergency renovations costing $175,000 to prevent possible collapse.

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Palestine Youth Sports Organization is putting baseball, softball and more back in play at the Palestine Athletic Complex this spring made possible recently through a collaboration of the City of Palestine with Palestine and Westwood school districts.

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In the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' first meeting since a historic winter storm caused the near-collapse of Texas’ power grid, the director of the board acknowledged the “pain and suffering” that millions of Texans experienced during prolonged power outages — then resigned along with five other board members.

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Top board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing electricity last week during a deadly winter storm, including many whose frigid homes lacked heat for days in subfreezing temperatures.

Authorities say golf star Tiger Woods, 45, was injured in a vehicle rollover in Los Angeles County early this morning. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Woods had to be extricated from the vehicle with the so-called jaws of life tools.

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Due to Extreme Weather Conditions and pipes freezing throughout the system, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality has required Slocum Water Supply Corporation, PWS ID 0010028, to notify all Slocum WSC customers to boil their water prior to consumption until further notice effective a…

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The Boil Water advisory for the city of Frankston was lifted on Tuesday, Feb. 23. You may resume normal water usage. 

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Since the record breaking winter storm came down the chute on Sunday and Monday, blanketing East Texas with ice and snow, an army of workers have been restoring electrical power.

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Neches Independent School District's Board of Trustees voted Monday, Feb. 22 to extend the contract of Kimberlyn Snider, the Neches Elementary School Principal indicted on charges of tampering with evidence and official oppression after an investigation of a sexual assault of a child.

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Anderson County reported 18 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and one COVID death on Monday, Feb. 22.

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The Palestine Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club is hosting a virtual heart health conference at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24 at www.zoom.us.

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Corey Fredieu remembers getting haircuts at Johnny Taylor’s barber shop in downtown Frankston. It had a familiar hometown vibe. Taylor knew everyone’s favorite cut, and older gentlemen always stopped by to swap stories.

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In just a months time Etex Communications’ broadband cable crews have made great strides in their efforts to bring the company’s services to our community, laying line from Jacksonville to Palestine. As of Thursday, Feb. 4 the crews were just 8.4 miles from the loop on Hwy 79.

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Water was restored earlier this morning and residents should begin getting water throughout the day. Remember that we are still under a Boil Water Notice. Bring your water to a rolling boil and then cool before consuming.

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Palestine Public Library is beginning its search for a new location and adding a new digital service and new hours Thursday evenings.

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Palestine Economic Development Corporation will be awarded a 2020 Economic Excellence Recognition by the Texas Economic Development Council at their virtual legislative conference on on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has received federal approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the severe winter weather by dialing 2-1-1.

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President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas and ordered federal assistance to aid state and local recovery efforts after severe winter storms. Affected homeowners and renters in the 77 counties designated for individual assistance may apply now for disaster assistance with FEMA.

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Palestine YMCA is holding its annual Daddy-Daughter/Mother-Son Dance on Saturday, Feb. 27, with extra precautions to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

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City of Palestine: As of this Saturday morning, our crews are still working hard to make sure water is fully restored. Water is being pumped at full capacity and out of our two storage tanks, one is still increasing steadily, but the other is not.

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I was sitting inside a Panzer tank in a vast field of tanks, every sort from WWI to Vietnam, at the tank museum in Maryland. I was supposed to be guarding the tanks from the outside of course, but I had crawled up inside one to get out of the winter’s blast and foot deep snow. As I sat shive…

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A live online celebration of the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts, including five in Anderson County who joined Boy Scouts of America in 2019, airs Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. on Facebook and Youtube. A local celebration of the girls’ achievement will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Oxbow…

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With snow and ice, the winter storm also brought fuel shortages to Palestine. 

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