We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

editor's pick featured

The investigation into President Donald Trump's suspected collusion with Russia during the 2016 elections, and allegations that he obstructed justice during the investigation of the same, concluded last month.

editor's pick featured

With wind gusts reaching 65 mph in Palestine and Elkhart Thursday morning, numerous trees and power lines came crashing down on cars, homes and streets, resulting in power outages to more than 6,000 people and businesses in Palestine.

breaking editor's pick exclusive featured

PALESTINE, Texas (April 18, 2019) – Due to damage sustained during last night’s storms our Water Treatment Plant is not operable at the moment.

editor's pick

Westwood High School's athletic department took a bold step this year, introducing girl's soccer as a UIL team sport.

editor's pick featured

After two years as the Oakwood Independent School District Superintendent Donny Lee is resigning to take the same position with the Buna Independent School District, 35 miles north of Beaumont.

editor's pick featured

Early voting on Westwood Independent School District's $39-million bond package starts Monday and runs to the end of the month. Extending up to 30 years, the bond would fund the district's first major construction project in 40 years.

editor's pick featured

When residents in Houston and Anderson County became aware of last weekend's disaster in Alto, Texas and throughout Cherokee County after tornadoes touched down, they did not have to think twice to lend a helping hand.

editor's pick featured

Forbes magazine, a multinational magazine dedicated to finance, industry, investing, marketing, and related topics, started an annual “America's Best Employers” in 2015. That same year, Sanderson Farms opened for business in Palestine.

editor's pick featured

Former City Attorney Ron Stutes and his law firm, Potter Minton, charged the city almost $100,000 for representing it in the Lone Star Equipment case.

web only editor's pick featured

Palestine Police Officer Daniel Lacey, and PPD Corporal Joseph Tinsley qualify on the police pistol range Monday.

editor's pick featured

A March 28 fire blazed through the Willette home, about a mile west of Palestine, with such speed the family felt blessed to get out with their lives.

editor's pick featured
  • Updated

The death toll is at four, following storm and tornado activity Saturday that destroyed property and injured dozens of people in eastern Texas.

editor's pick featured

Saturday's weather forecast sounds like the script of a disaster movie: damaging winds, floods, thunderstorms, hail, and possible tornado activity are predicted Saturday for East Texas.

editor's pick featured

Monday night's city council discussion on illegal dumping morphed into a shouting match between council members Mitchell Jordan of District 2 and Larissa Loveless of District 1.

editor's pick exclusive featured

Most people have felt that sinking feeling that follows the careless loss of a cell phone, keys, or a wallet that seems to hold the contents of their entire life.

editor's pick featured

To make kids safer, the city of Palestine is pursuing state school safety grants to, among other things, build sidewalks leading up to schools near streets and highways.

editor's pick featured

Palestine residents will soon hear from city council and school board candidates, as voters make their picks in the May 4 election.

editor's pick featured

U.S. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) will start a tour of Texas' Fifth District Wednesday, with an Anderson County town hall meeting at Ben E. Keith Distribution Center in Palestine.

editor's pick exclusive featured

Blue balloons, 215 of them, will float into the skies above Palestine Friday – but not in celebration. Each balloon represents a child abuse case filed in Anderson County in 2018.

editor's pick featured

A discussion on illegal dumping by city council members Monday led to a failed motion, after it triggered a shouting match between District 2 Councilman Mitchell Jordan and District 1 Councilwoman Larissa Loveless.

editor's pick exclusive featured

A local DJ wants Palestine to join 86 other cities in Texas in adopting a comprehensive smoking ban that includes bars and clubs.

editor's pick featured

Members of the Palestine Independent School Board appointed Davi Killion Ingram last year to fill a board vacancy. Now her passion for kids and education are driving her to serve a full three-year term.

editor's pick featured

Palestine Independent School District candidate Tanya Jordan plans to propose some fresh ideas for public education, if she's elected to the school board May 4. She is opposed by Davi Killion Ingram, who was appointed to the board last year.

editor's pick topical featured

Barbara Jordan became a more familiar name to District 2 voters in the last year. She pushed to have the city raze Old Memorial Hospital, and then opposed using the 3.5-acre lot for new housing.

editor's pick featured

Incumbent District 2 Councilman Mitchell Jordan said he seeks a third term on the city council to make sure the people of his low-income district are heard. His district's needs are generally not a priority for the council, he said.

editor's pick exclusive featured

The Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living will put on its 15th annual community health fair Friday at the Trinity Valley Community College branch campus in the Palestine Mall.

editor's pick exclusive featured

The traveling “Mexican Consulate on wheels” will stop at the Palestine Performing Arts Center next Tuesday to help serve Palestine's Latino residents. It will stay in Palestine for four days. Officials recommend that those needing to speak with the consulate make an appointment.

editor's pick featured

Palestine Mayor Steve Presley wants to delay a court hearing that will determine how much the city owes Lone Star Equipment in legal fees. The hearing, before District Judge Mark Calhoon, is now scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

editor's pick featured

Palestine City Council members Monday ordered City Manager Michael Hornes to hire a bankruptcy attorney to collect money owed the city from Palestine businessman Jerry “the lawnmower” Laza.

editor's pick featured

Editor's note: This is letter to the editor from Police Chief Andy Harvey in response to today's (Saturday's) Herald-Press editorial, "Hurrah for Herrera!" 

editor's pick featured

City Manager Michael Hornes and City Secretary and Elections Administrator Theresa Herrera made the proper decision to remove from the Unidos website a Herald Press article (“First Latino seeks council seat,” March 26). The article profiled one of the candidates for the District 4 city counc…

editor's pick featured

Facts gathered by a Palestine Independent School District investigation into the locker room assault of former PISD student and football player Michael Stanczak may never be released to the public.

editor's pick featured

Public Works Director Tim Perry didn't mince words Thursday in an interview with the Herald-Press on fixing city streets:

editor's pick exclusive featured

Students struggling to pay for school often apply for scholarships. When an opportunity to attend a national educational conference in Dallas came up, Palestine Police Detective Justin Carlson applied like any other student: He was awarded a full scholarship to attend.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

With great sadness the family of Kem K. Bishop, age 59 of Montalba, announces his passing on Friday, April 12, 2019. Kem was born April 29, 1959 in Houston, Tx. The "Amazing Kem" worked 23 years for Palestine Regional Medical Center. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sgt. Robert "Bobby" Lloyd Maddux, USMC, went home on April 6, 2019. He was born in Bryan, Texas on September 6, 1958. He was a life member of D.A.V., VFW and American Legion. He was proud to serve his country as a United States Marine. He served from 1980 to 1989. He is survived by his wife,…