Every week, the Herald-Press will publish stories from one, five, and 10 years ago, reminding readers of the mistakes, triumphs, and lessons of the past.
Feb. 5, 2018 — The Palestine Police Department was investigating a teacher who allegedly had sex with a student. The teacher at Palestine High School was placed on administrative leave.
Feb. 7, 2018 — The city of Palestine announced it would consider incentives to people who planned to build homes on empty lots within the city limits. Incentives would range from waiving utility hook-up and permit fees to imposing limits on builders’ fees.
Feb. 8, 2018 — Family members of Christian Gonzalez, an honors graduate of Palestine High School, told the Herald-Press they wanted to bring his body home for burial. Gonzalez was deported to Mexico in 2012, but died 70 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border while attempting to return home.
Feb. 9, 2018 — A Palestine man, John Arthur Stephens, Jr., was arrested for making a verbal bomb threat to an employee at MetroPCS because he was being charged after losing his phone. Though the threat was false, Stephens was charged with a class A misdemeanor.
Feb. 4, 2014 — Palestine’s Disabled Veterans organization dedicated a 2013 Ford passenger van to transport local veterans to Veterans Affairs hospitals in Waco and Temple. The DAV Transportation System scheduled volunteers to transport veterans.
Feb. 5, 2014 — Palestine firefighter Jonathan Duncan, 25, prepared to compete in a national CrossFit competition for firemen in San Diego, known as the “Firefighter Throwdown.”
Feb. 5, 2014 — The city of Palestine launched a "Visit Palestine TX" mobile app to assist locals and tourists in finding events and activities in the area during the 76th annual Dogwood Celebration.
Feb. 6, 2014 — Charles Anthony Matthews, 26, of Palestine, was jailed as the suspected abuser of an 11-month-old infant in the 4000 Block of US 84.
Feb. 6, 2014 — April Nicole Defore, 38, received a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for burglary of a home in 2012. While on probation, Defore was convicted of stealing a BB gun, plasma TV, and coins from a residence in Elkhart.
Feb. 6, 2014 — Fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students at Palestine’s AM Story Intermediate School attended a “Be Safe in Cyberspace” seminar with Matt Tibbetts of Teach, Build, Grow Solutions of Tyler.
Feb. 7, 2014 — The Action Fund, a local foundation, awarded a total of $30,000 to nonprofit organizations: $25,000 went to the Women’s Health Clinic; $3,000 went to Family Outreach Resources, Inc., to provide day care services, and $2,000 to the ICEE (Institute of Creativity Empowering Education) Success Foundation.
Feb. 8, 2014 — Two former employees of a Frankston nursing home were indicted for misapplication of fiduciary funds and exploitation of the elderly , after writing a check from a resident trust fund to purchase items in Tyler in 2013. If found guilty, the defendants could receive a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
Feb. 3, 2009 — A sheriff’s deputy arrested three suspects for possession of roughly two pounds of marijuana, $1,900 in cash, and several burnt marijuana cigars after a routine traffic stop north of Palestine. Kyle William Churchman, 21; Lacretia Nicole Watkins, 20, of Oakwood; and Tamekia Lashun Ellis, 20, of Palestine, made up the trio.
Feb. 5, 2009 — The Texas Forest Service conducted a controlled burn in a limited area of Davey Dogwood Park to reduce undergrowth, manage pests, and improve air quality. Volunteer fire departments from around Anderson County conducted the fire while protecting the larger dogwood trees.
Feb. 5, 2009 — An Anderson County Grand Jury indicted Brandon Beck, 25, of Elkhart, for attacking a public servant. He kicked a sheriff’s deputy in the jaw while struggling to resist arrest.
Feb. 6, 2009 — Police jailed Christopher Wadel Robinson, 33, of Palestine, for possession of 1 to 4 grams of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
Feb. 6, 2009 — Sheriff Greg Taylor announced he was seeking clues to the murder of Paul Rohne, 40, of Montalba, who was found dead inside his home the month before. Deputies had already arrested Rhone’s landlord, Robert Lynn Pridgen, 55, who called 9-1-1, it was believed, after the murder.
Feb. 6, 2009 — Two people were injured when Aaron Paul Deal, 18, of Palestine, lost control of his speeding vehicle and crashed into the home of Mary Seig, 65, north of Cayuga. The crash threw Seig out of her bed and caused extensive damage to the house; none of the injuries were considered life-threatening.