Author: Cheril Vernon

It’s Gonna Be a Block Party

National Night Out Brings First Responders, Public Together By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – Most block parties result in the cops being called in for noise or raucous behavior complaints … this time, they will already be on the scene. First responders and other women and men in uniform will meet and mingle with the citizens they are sworn to protect on Oct. 4 during the biggest block party in Palestine. The party starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. at this location. First responders, a generalized title encompassing law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, and other critical...

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It’s The Great Pumpkin (Ride)

By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter ANDERSON COUNTY – If you thought the heyday of the steam train was dead, you were mistaken. The Texas State Rail Road (TSSR) is alive and kicking and has a yearly schedule of events designed to please even the most discriminating train aficionado. October is a crowd pleaser at TSSR. Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, the Pumpkin Patch Express will roll out of the Rusk Depot, headed for the Pumpkin Patch. Get your costumes together, grab the kids and get ready for a full day of spooky, treat-filled fun with the family....

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PPD Yanks More Meth off the Street

By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – The 100 block of West Dallas Street in Palestine was a busy place on Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. The Palestine Police Department executed a search warrant at the site and recovered approximately 14 grams of methamphetamines and a small amount of marijuana. The investigation and recovery of the narcotics led to the arrests of Keley Henderson, 27 and Brodrick Orr, 26, both of Palestine. Henderson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance between 4 and 200 grams, Possession of Marijuana, less than two ounces, and two counts of Child Endangerment....

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Shhhh! Palestine to Become Quieter

Community and City Working Together By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – The long-touted quiet zone in the downtown Palestine area is about to become a reality. The city, along with help from the Palestine Economic Development Corporation, will ask the Federal Railroad Administration to allow a quiet zone at the crossings of South Magnolia and South Sycamore streets. The cost of the project is approximately $50,000. Union Pacific, in a prior project meeting, offered to split the costs down the middle and perform the work on the crossings if the city could provide the other half of the...

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Early Morning Bust Nets Illegal Narcotics, Arrest

Anderson County Clearing the Streets By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter ANDERSON COUNTY – The morning hours of Sept. 22 were not so good for one alleged drug dealer in the county. Damion Robinson, 39, was apprehended around 8 a.m. by ACSO drug interdiction and narcotics officers. After several weeks of investigation into Robinson’s alleged crimes of manufacturing and delivering illegal chemical substances, ACSO officers secured an arrest warrant for Robinson and a search warrant for the premises in question. Upon executing the warrants, Robinson was taken into custody without incident and a search of the scene yielded a chemical...

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