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Charities selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a firearm are no longer welcome in front of Tractor Supply.

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Ominous messages sent from false telephone numbers sent Palestine High School into lockdown Tuesday and Wednesday, Palestine Independent School District officials told the Herald-Press Wednesday.

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Three years ago, impressed with the community and charmed by Palestine's small-town vibe, Dr. Ro-Jon Grogans, a surgeon, accepted a job offer from Palestine Regional Medical Center and moved his family to Palestine.

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Anderson County this week joins 25 percent of the United States in getting hooked-up to “Text-to-911” service in its call centers.

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Prescription drugs in the Anderson County Jail, between July and September, were given out, and taken, without records or oversight. That's what the Texas Commission on Jail Standards found during an unannounced inspection of the jail two weeks ago.

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Palestine, as a community, can take pride in how it has come together in the last year to promote literacy and strengthen early childhood education. Such efforts, through Operation Read and local public school reforms, have already involved hundreds of educators, parents, civic groups, busin…

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Nearly 80 city residents, seeking answers about the future of the Palestine Athletic Complex, left a public hearing Monday frustrated and angry. Before the meeting started, Mayor Steve Presley, citing ongoing litigation, told them neither city council members nor the city manager could answe…

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Perhaps the best that can be said about Palestine's elected and appointed leaders – and we're speaking generally here – is that they aren't crooks. No high-ranking city official appears to be on the take. That's a blessing. Gross incompetence, however, can undermine and taint a community jus…

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Three days after city council members closed the Palestine Athletic Complex, a local judge ruled the city failed to grant the tenants due process and ordered it reopened.

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Two days after Palestine City Council members voted 6-0 to close the Palestine Athletic Complex, youth leaders said city officials shut the public out of the decision.

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Given the contentious nature of news, more of it is bad than good: In race relations, conflict and strife typically grab the headlines, instead of harmony, unity, and education.

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After several hours in closed session Monday, the Palestine City Council voted to close the Palestine Athletic Complex – home to city youth sports leagues and tournaments for decades – effective immediately.

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Palestine Wildcats running back Jermiah Davis, No. 22, scores in Friday night's game against Jacksonville. 

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Palestine Wildcats running back Quinton Cook, No. 5, heads downfield during tonight's game against Jacksonville. 

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National news outlets and social media continue to chatter about a southern border wall, ICE raids, and other barriers between us.

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Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said Thursday the county jail was back in compliance with state standards, a day after the Herald-Press reported it was violating them.

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Newly appointed City Manager Leslie Cloer faces a myriad of problems and challenges, as well as questions about how she will manage.

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Residents of Lowe Street, off US 79, awoke this morning to the sound of heavy machinery and crumbling asphalt: City workers were taking some new equipment for a test drive.

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Walmart on Tuesday announced it will reduce gun and ammunition sales, a month after more than 20 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso.

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No motive has been found for a shooting spree Saturday that, following a traffic stop in Odessa, killed seven and injured dozens more.

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In a 5-2 vote Tuesday, members of the Palestine City Council approved hiring Interim City Manager Leslie Cloer as full-time city manager. No other candidates were considered.

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The Texas Rangers have re-opened an investigation into the June 15, 2018, death of prisoner Rhonda Newsome in the Anderson County Jail. The Rangers investigation, to determine whether the death involved criminal wrongdoing, closed in May and re-opened at the end of last month.

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Palestine Economic Development Executive Director Gayle Cooper resigned Thursday, stating city leaders weren't interested in economic development and had essentially squashed a multi-million-dollar deal by dragging their feet.

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Palestine Economic Development Executive Director Gayle Cooper resigned Thursday, making her the third high-ranking city official to leave Palestine in the last two months.

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Soiled by vomit and diarrhea, Anderson County prisoner Rhonda Newsome died alone in a holding cell last year, three months after she was jailed on assault charges stemming from a family fight.

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Two months before city officials wrestled with this month's cyber-attack, they started to consider bids to update the computer system for city offices. The current system will lose manufacturer support Jan. 1.

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Palestine's city computer system was successfully hacked earlier this month, raising the question of how vulnerable the city is to other cyber-attacks.

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A nationwide shortage of school bus drivers means students, here and across the country, are spending more time on crowded buses.

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Air travel will be a bit more difficult for Texans without a “Real ID” come 2020. Those without the updated license will not be allowed through Transportation Safety Authority checkpoints next year.

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Sitting in the “big office” at Story Intermediate School, new principal David Richardson said although he is right where he needs to be, he never considered becoming a school principal, or even a teacher.

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Pet lovers who lose their “fur-babies” now have another resource to find them, thanks to the efforts of Palestine Animal Control officers and social media.

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Palestine residents might be seeing some property tax relief this year – if their property value hasn't been significantly raised, that is.

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James Heavner, a nine-year member of the Palestine Police Department, was promoted to sergeant Tuesday and tasked with heading up the Criminal Investigations Division.

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Palestine Police Chief Andy Harvey, along with more than 40 other law enforcement leaders from around the country are urging President Donald Trump to consider alternatives to detention when it comes to migrant children.

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The city of Palestine spends tens of thousands of dollars a year ridding sewers, pipes, lift stations, and the wastewater plant of improperly disposed cooking grease.

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Many U.S. jails release surveillance video, almost routinely, to shed light on a prisoner's death. Not in Texas, where county sheriffs use – more accurately, misuse – a sweeping exemption to state open-records law. It allows them to withhold practically any video that local officials can, so…

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In a restructuring plan following the sudden retirement of most of Palestine's public works department leadership, city leaders have split the department and appointed new leadership.

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Concerned about city ordinances lacking accountability, or placing authority in the wrong hands, Elkhart's mayor, city administrator, and city council have taken the unusual step of nullifying all city ordinances until further review.

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Craig and Daria Allen's dream of living above their home renovation business was on the bubble Monday night, when council members questioned their matching $50,000 grant application.

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Palestine Police Chief Andy Harvey, who was one of three finalists for police chief of Palm Bay Florida Police Department, will be staying in Palestine; Nelson Moya, veteran Palm Bay officer, and interim chief was chosen and sworn in by Palm Bay City Council Tuesday.

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Walking into the Palestine Walmart earlier this week on a routine shopping trip, a local Latino woman had a panic attack and had to be escorted out by friends and family members.

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To reward Palestine Independent School District teachers and employees for jobs well-done, members of the Palestine school board doubled this year's state-mandated pay increases.

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Obituaries

Graveside services for Brooklynn Grave Smith-McLelland will be held Saturday, September 28 at Neches Cemetery in Neches. Brooklynn was born September 18 and is survived by her parents, Christa Marie Smith and James Elgin McLelland. Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine is in charge of services.

Joyce Marie Bacon Davis, 63, of Crockett died 9-11-2019 in Crockett. Funeral will be at 11AM,Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Crockett under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Casey Lane Cox, 39 of Weatherford, will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, at Bailey & Foster Chapel, with Rev. Jordan Byrd officiating. Burial will follow in Pilgrim Cemetery. Mr. Cox passed away Monday.