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WESTWOOD – A year ago, the Westwood Panthers sat in a similar predicament entering their fourth game. And, as like Deja Vu, the Panthers fell to 1-3 following a, 62-36, defeat at the hands of West Rusk.

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ELKHART — A Homecoming crowd packed the football stadium at Elkhart High School Friday when the Elks faced West Sabine, another team boasting a 3-0 record this season. It was a hard-fought game and the Elks never quit, but penalties, a back-breaking goal-line turnover, and the Cardinals' con…

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GRAPELAND – Injuries partially derailed Grapeland's gameplan against the Crockett Bulldogs last week and they will have to proceed without their quarterback, again, tonight. Deco Bryant will get the start tonight at quarterback for the injured BJ Lamb.

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FAIRFIELD – The Palestine Wildcats fixed their second-half woes against the Rusk Eagles last week. Down 14-6 at the half, the Wildcats rallied back to outscore the Eagles 26-0 in the final two quarters.

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TYLER – Westwood junior Jaci Weston will remain close to home after verbally committing to play softball at the University of Texas in Tyler Sunday afternoon.

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The practices will continue, and games will be played as scheduled – the writ granted to Anderson County Football League President Carey McKinney last week was upheld Thursday during a hearing, called after city officials contested McKinney's claim.

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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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TROUP – For the first time in 15 years, the Elkhart Elks football team is 3-0 following a, 42-14, win over the Troup Tigers.

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The Westwood Panthers fought through some bad breaks and treated a Homecoming crowd with a 34-6 win over Eustace in their home opener on Friday.

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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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GRAPELAND – Texas Football and the Associated Press has ranked the Grapeland Sandies number two overall in Texas class 2A-division II football. After the Sandies, 38-14, win over the Cayuga Wildcats, Grapeland jumped over reigning state champion Mart and the Falls City Beavers. Both suffered…

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BUFFALO -- The Westwood Panthers headed west up Hwy 79 on Friday, looking for win at Buffalo -- and they almost had it. After jumping out to a two-touchdown early lead, the Panthers held on for a one-point advantage after three quarters. Things fell apart for the Panthers in the final quarte…

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There's no question how fluid the game of football is. To believe you can predict the outcome of every game would be foolish. And it would take away the thrill of experiencing the ups and downs that come with high school sports. The first week gave Anderson county that. Now, it is time for c…

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NACOGDOCHES – This past weekend the Palestine and Westwood high school cross country teams competed at the 14th annual Stephen F. Austin cross country invitational.

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BROWNSBORO – The Westwood Lady Panthers competed in the Brownsboro Varsity Volleyball tournament last weekend at Brownsboro High School. Westwood closed their final day of tournament play out with a win over Boles, which secured them third-place overall.

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CENTERVILLE — After spotting Centerville 7 points in the first quarter, the Elkhart football team got down to business and pounded out 34 unanswered points on their way to a 34-14 win in the season opener. The Elks’ coaching staff utilized all of their offensive arsenal and the defense came …

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PALESTINE – A tale of two halves is how some will remember the 2019 home opener for the Palestine Wildcats. A 20-20 score at half ended in a 46-27 defeat to Waco Connally for head coach Lance Angel and his football team.

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The day has arrived. Months of game planning and preparation will be on display tonight for several Anderson County teams. New storylines will be written. New players will emerge as reliable contributors, while others attempt to cap off their high school careers with memorable experiences.

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PALESTINE – The final week of dress rehearsal is now behind Anderson county football teams. Next, the opening act. As teachers get acclimated to their new class of students, high school football coaches sit in their office game-planning for their new crop of talents.

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PALESTINE – The Palestine High School Wildcat cross country team will begin their 2019 season with a meet at Union Hill today. The boys' squad will be eager to build their case for repeating as district and regional champions while staking a claim for a state title. The Lady Cats will run at…

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PALESTINE – The final week of high school football preseason scrimmages are here. It is the final dress rehearsal for teams before they set foot towards their 2019 gridiron campaigns. Five area teams will participate in scrimmages tonight.

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PALESTINE – The final week of high school football preseason scrimmages are here. It is the final dress rehearsal for teams before they set foot towards their 2019 gridiron campaigns. Seven area teams will participate in scrimmages tonight.

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The Ladycats won in three over Chapel Hill Tuesday night -- 25-14, 25-21, 26-24. Monique Thompson had 3 serving aces and 9 assists on the night. Ka'Zem Wood led the team in assists with 10 and had 8 digs. Ke'ondra White had led the offense with 10 kills and led the defense with 10 digs on th…

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PALESTINE – The first week of scrimmages are in the book for Anderson County teams. It signified the start of high school football for the viewing public and concluded the final week without gridiron action for a few months.

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EUSTACE – The Ladycats went 3-3 this weekend in the Eustace Tournament, bringing home second place in the Silver Bracket.

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PALESTINE – The Palestine High School cross country schedule has been released and the season opener is a week away. The Palestine boys will open the season with a meet at the Union Grove Invitational Saturday, at 8 a.m. The Lady Cat runners will open their season at Gladewater next Saturday…

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PALESTINE – The Palestine Wildcats will hold a free “Meet the Wildcats” event on Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. inside the Competition Gym at the high school. The event, which is free to the public and does not require a ticket, will introduce fans to the 2019-20 PHS athletic department.

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PALESTINE – After a full slate of volleyball games on Thursday, Palestine High School wraps up its tournament today. Five local teams will battle in both the gold and silver brackets today. The Palestine Junior Varsity volleyball team will participate in the bronze bracket.

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Palestine High School volleyball team will play host to tournament play on Thursday and Saturday. Here's a preview of the upcoming event:

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Anderson County Commissioners began work on the 2020 budget Monday, approving a maximum rate – called a roll back – of about 62 cents per $100 of property value.

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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.