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An infant boy remains in critical condition in a Houston-area hospital, while his parents remain in jail on $500,000 bonds, stemming from charges of child abuse.

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Editor's note. The following are summaries of 25 randomly selected Texas Rangers investigations of in-custody deaths in 2017 and 2018. The investigations provided information for today's editorial, "Without oversight, Texas jails become lethal."  

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The mother of an infant who remains in critical condition after suffering multiple injuries Tuesday, has been arrested in Houston.

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GROESBECK – The Grapeland Sandies went into their bi-district round matchup against the Frost Polar Bears and showed why they were the overwhelming favorites.

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People looking for housing in Palestine are about to have 136 more options: On Monday, Nov. 25, a new $7.8-million apartment complex, Willow Creek, opens off S. Loop 256.

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A four-month-old infant is fighting for his life, while his father sits in jail after his arrest Tuesday for felony child abuse.

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A Henderson County jury awarded $6 million to surrounding residents in a class-action lawsuit against Sanderson Farms for, among other things, a “persistent nuisance odor” coming from their farms in Athens and Malakoff.

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It is time for our school board to demonstrate leadership in what happens within our school district. We entrust you with the leadership to achieve the educational success of each and every student entrusted to Westwood Independent School District.

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A long-time member of Palestine's Historic Landmarks Commission may lose her seat Tuesday for reasons she says are personal, not professional.

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In a hall recalling a military airplane hangar, area veterans Friday were served breakfast and a heaping helping of gratitude by community volunteers at Palestine's sixth annual Veteran's Day Breakfast.

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After a $40-million Westwood school bond was defeated Tuesday, opponents said many bond supporters accused them of not caring about students or the community.

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Two Palestine teenagers were arrested Tuesday in connection with the Sunday night robbery of Kim's Convenience Store, 411 East Palestine Ave. The suspects allegedly used BB guns, found in a vehicle they used, during the robbery.

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The YMCA is raising money for scholarships, while helping local residents manage those holiday pounds, with its second annual, “Freeze your Buns Off 5K” race and walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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After shutting their doors due to a distemper outbreak early last month, BARC has swung them open again. Their four-legged tenants have been cleared, and they are ready for their “forever homes.”

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Westwood's $40-million school bond plan lost for the second time Tuesday night, 877 to 774. Turnout for Tuesday's election was about double the turnout in May, when the bond narrowly lost by five votes, 410 to 415.

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Monday marks the 10th anniversary of the Palestine YMCA's celebration of Veterans Day, honoring area vets with a hot meal and heartfelt thanks.

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Hope Station is sponsoring a fundraising banquet on Saturday, Nov. 9, at TVCC in the Palestine Mall.

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David Hubbard has spent most of his 54 years building and remodeling houses. Today, however, he faces his biggest job yet: Rebuilding his own life.

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Palestine is coming together the weekend before Veteran's Day to let those who served know they are appreciated.

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A plan announced last month to thin the city's woodlands, and sell the timber for profit, took heat from residents, who accused city officials of using Palestine's forests as a money making scheme.

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Tommorow is Halloween, and Palestine Police Department's interim Chief Mark Harcrow has some tips for adults and kids to help guarantee a fun, safe night.

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Some residents were surprised during a public hearing at Monday's City Council meeting when they heard that the contractors who demolished Old Memorial Hospital had finished the job and were paid in full.

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A suspect was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, and charged with capital murder in the deaths of Kevin Berry, Jr., 23, of Dallas, and Byron Craven, Jr., 23, of Arlington, at an off-campus Texas A&M homecoming party.

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PHP Editor Jeffery Gerritt talks to Hope Station founder Brandon Greene about moving people from homelessness to independence, as well as Hope Station's upcoming fundraiser and banquet on Nov. 9.

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Speaker of the Texas House Dennis Bonnen, became overconfident and arrogant after a successful 86th Texas Legislature, State Rep. Cody Harris (R-Palestine) told the Herald-Press Friday. Bonnen announced last week he would not seek re-election in 2020.

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After being vilified as a ruthless developer, bent on buying and paving a portion of one of Palestine's parks, a local businesswoman says the plan was the city's idea.

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Supporters of Westwood's $40-million bond to rebuild and redesign the school district must do something people here aren't good at: Show up at the polls – big time. Parts of their school district were built in he 1950s, and a 21st Century redo is long overdue.

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Who says a hyper-partisan Congress can't agree on anything?

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Palestine Police Friday seized a variety of drugs, including 4 pounds of marijuana, and an illegal handgun in two busts that resulted in the arrest of four suspects.

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Four days after resigning as Palestine's police chief, Andy Harvey was in Washington D.C., telling members of a senate committee it's not local law enforcement's job to enforce federal immigration laws.

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In a packed county courtroom Monday, Judge Dwight Phifer ordered the Anderson County Sheriff's Office to return nearly 100 cows, horses, and goats seized from Michael and Francis Dear last month.

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A story on Friday's front page, “Cruelty case wrapping up,” contained two errors. Michael and Francis Dear of Anderson County were not convicted of animal cruelty. Last month, in the court of Judge Gary Thomas, they were found responsible for cruel treatment of their livestock. Thomas ordere…

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In an emotional second day of testimony Friday in an animal cruelty case, Francis Dear broke down sobbing, after she was shown photos of her seized mare.

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I am honored to have served as your police chief. I will always be grateful for the outstanding police officers here and for all of the wonderful people I met. 

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Friday is Andy Harvey's last day as Palestine's police chief. His tenure was short – just two years – but he made the most of them. With only a few hiccups, he brought the Palestine Police Department into the 21st Century, and made this city more open and united.

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With colder weather and more time spent indoors also comes an abundance of germs — and the return of flu season. Local physicians say now is the time to get vaccinated for the rarely lethal but always miserable virus, which may be more prevalent in Texas due to low vaccination rates.

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With colder weather and more time spent indoors also comes an abundance of germs — and the return of flu season. Local physicians say now is the time to get vaccinated for the rarely lethal but always miserable virus, which may be more prevalent in Texas due to low vaccination rates.

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Services for Henry C. Michalak,97,of Palestine will be 1:00pm Wednesday,November 20,2019 at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. Military graveside will be1:00pm Friday, November 22,2019 at South Park Cemetery in Pearland. Mr. Michalak died Thursday,November 14,2019. View online www.herri…

Marjory Maffitt Jones, daughter of James Ulric "Shorty" & Marjory Kingsbury Maffitt, passed away Nov. 15, 2019, in Stillwater, Ok.

Funeral services for Robert Douglas "Bob" Hullett, age 84, of Palestine are scheduled for 10 AM Friday, November 22, 2019 at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Chapel in Palestine. Graveside services will follow at 2 PM at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Mesquite. Arrangements are under the dire…