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Four books might not change the world as we know it, but they could change the world of a student who never held a book of her own. Without home reading and access to books, students can easily fall behind early and never catch up. If they can't read, they can't learn.

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Tim Perry, who filled the city's potholes for the last 32 years, has left the biggest hole yet for the city to fill. Perry, 54, the director of the Department of Public Works, announced his retirement last week, effective July 26. 

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After more than three decades of serving the city of Palestine, Public Works Director Tim Perry is retiring. He's going home to the house he built for him and his wife in Bois d'arc, 20 miles north of Palestine, 35 years ago.

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In a move that should double the number of students receiving free tuition at University of Texas at Austin, the Board of Regents announced Tuesday students whose families earn $65,000 per year or less will qualify for a free ride.

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After 32 years of filling potholes, driving trucks, and keeping utilities flowing in Palestine, Public Works Director Tim Perry is retiring, effective July 26.

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After 32 years of filling potholes, driving trucks, and keeping utilities flowing in Palestine, Public Works Director Tim Perry announced his retirement today, effective July 26.

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Newly certified as a tourism executive, Palestine's Tourism and Marketing Director Mary Raum is ready to make Palestine a bonafide tourist destination.

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State officials hope that, starting this fall, fewer Texans under 21 will light up.

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An added $4 million for Palestine's two school districts under House Bill 3 will fund raises for not only teachers but also non-teaching support staff, school officials said this week.

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Reporting nearly 10 percent of the nation's jail deaths, Texas already leads the country in that gruesome statistic. And this year, Texas is headed for a record number of deaths, with well over 100 prisoners dying in its jails.

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Wednesday's fireworks, threatened after more torrential rains created less-than-optimal ground conditions, will go on as planned, City Manager Leslie Cloer told the Herald-Press Tuesday.

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Anderson County commissioners approved a $210,000, no-bid medical contract to TAKET LLC last September, three months after negligence by company principals contributed to a prisoner's death.

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Members of the Elkhart City Council voted unanimously Monday to rescind a $!00,000 severance for former City Secretary Carla Sheridan, who was fired June 4.

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Heavy rains might postpone, or even cancel, the city's fireworks show planned for Wednesday at Steven Bennett Park.

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The fate of the Ivanhoe building in downtown Palestine will be decided next month, the city's Building and Standards commission decided Thursday

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Travelers are reaping the benefits of the lowest gas prices of the year, with one local station dipping close to $2 a gallon earlier this week. With the holiday approaching, it's a safe bet drivers don't care much what caused the plunge or how long it will last.

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Three area residents Wednesday found out that crossing city limits didn't protect them from Palestine Police, who raided their residence near FM 320, about three miles outside the city.

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Long-time resident Steve Missildine loved sitting in his home office, the room shaded by the Water Oak outside he used to climb as a kid. The tree, however, like his childhood, is gone forever – removed without notice by the city of Palestine.

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When Connie Hutch drew a bath Tuesday in her mother's Palestine home, she was shocked by the brown, tea-colored water pouring out of the spout.

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The Ivanhoe building, dubbed the “leaning tower of Ivanhoe” last year, after photos showed it leaning over the sidewalks of downtown Palestine, stands straighter after months of work and renovation. But it may still come down, city officials said.

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A Texas Rangers investigation into the death of Anderson County prisoner Rhonda Newsome showed negligence caused, or contributed to, her death, including a failure to get her to the hospital and the attempted use of a malfunctioning defibrillator.

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An Elkhart City Council special meeting Saturday, called in part to discuss forming a city police force or marshal's position, was interrupted when the Anderson County Sheriff's Office had to be called to break up a disturbance.

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A much-needed $39-million bond to rebuild and redesign Westwood's aging and outdated schools lost on May 4 by five votes – 410-415.

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Elkhart's new leadership team already has changed the city's tumultuous history.

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The “Driver Responsibility Program,” arguably one of the state's most despised programs, was struck down Friday by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Members of the Facilities Advisory Committee for Westwood schools will ask the School Board in August to put a $39-million bond issue before the voters again in November.

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In November 2024, JCPenney's lease with the city will expire, as Palestine officials refused to extend it in May.

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When she was 12, Leslie Floyd bought a 75-cent metal bracelet with the name of a missing-in-action soldier etched on it. Back then, it's what all the cool kids wore, she said.

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The seemingly never-ending rain isn't limited to East Texas: Last month, the United States recorded the wettest 12 months in recorded history.

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A state commission review of the in-custody death of Rhonda Newsome in Anderson County found no violations of state standards, despite a non-working defibrillator and a nearly seven-hour delay in getting Newsome to the hospital. Newsome, 50, died in a holding cell on June 15 of last year.

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Anderson County resident Chad Gentry said he went from warehouse worker to detective last week, after Sheriff's investigators did nothing to find a 1987 Chevrolet pickup stolen Tuesday.

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John Allen, superintendent of the Frankston Independent School District, declined to comment Friday about the school board's decision this week to place him on administrative leave. He stated only that he knew nothing about a pending investigation referenced by the Frankston School Board Tue…

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Four businesses in Frankston were raided last week --- the results of a six-month undercover investigation by the Frankston Police Department into illegal gaming.

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The 2019 Elkhart Elks baseball team had a successful season, making the playoffs for the 37th time in the past 42 years. The Elks unfortunately lost in the Bi-District round, but the team has continued to generate some good news post-season. Several of the Elks received All-District honors f…

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A retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt., City Finance Director Jim Mahoney is committed to battle the city budget with the same tenacity that carried the Desert Storm and Kosovo veteran through 23 years in the Corps.

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There's no quick fix for Palestine's bone-jarring, teeth-rattling streets and roads, including craters that will, literally, take out tires and front-ends.

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A $4,000 winning bid for an empty lot on W. Oak Street had to be refunded, as the city had no right to sell it. It was already under lease to the Railroad Heritage Museum – for $10 a month.

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When Palestine resident and local business owner Fernando Varela heard the city could not fund a fireworks show for residents this Fourth of July, he and other business owners decided to make it happen.

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After numerous complaints by city residents about trash pick-up, City Manager Leslie Cloer said city officials will evaluate service and reporting by the city's contractor, Waste Connections.

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Newly re-elected City Councilman Joe Baxter, a retired Palestine police officer, said transparency and community oversight of city spending would rank high on his to-do list for his second term.

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An elderly Anderson County resident died Thursday in a single-vehicle crash.

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Elizabeth Eilenberger Rollins, 59, died at home in Palestine on June 25th. A memorial service will be held at 3PM on Saturday, July 20, in the Chapel of the First Christian Church with Rev Jordan Byrd officiating.