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Volcanic ash closes police HQ for second day

Police HQ, along with City Hall, which is adjacent to the PD, were closed Tuesday when a shelf holding laboratory supplies fell off the wall, spilling roughly a gallon of “Amido Black,” a chemical mixture of luminol and methanol, used to detect blood stains.

PALESTINE HERALD-PRESS - 2018-08-15 17:53:00

Palestine City Hall, Police Department evacuated after chemical spill

Palestine City Hall, 504 N. Queen St., and Palestine Police Department headquarters, adjacent to City Hall, have been evacuated due to a chemical spill in PPD's detective's room, city spokesman Nate Smith said at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday.

PALESTINE HERALD-PRESS - 2018-08-14 17:34:00

UPDATE: 3 Palestine employees taken to hospital for observation after exposure to crime scene chemical

At approximately 11:30 a.m. inside the Palestine Police Department, a shelf in the evidence storage room gave way and an unknown quantity of amido black, a mixture of luminol and methanol used in crime scene investigation, spilled onto the floor.

TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH - 2018-08-14 19:00:00

Mail resumes in Palestine, East Texas

After a week-long hiatus from letters, bills, and junk-mail, Palestine residents can expect their return, as normal mail service resumed Monday.


Palestine Police Department office closed today

PALESTINE, Texas (KETK) - Due to ongoing remediation, Palestine Police Department offices will be closed until further notice. City Hall is open.

EASTTEXASMATTERS.COM - 2018-08-15 16:25:10

Mud Creek closes, Mud Nationals to find new location

JACKSONVILLE — For more than a decade, people have been getting down and dirty during Mud Nationals at the Mud Creek Off-Road Park in Jacksonville. But the ATV park released a statement yesterday that said due to a death in the family, the park is closing.

CBS19.TV - 2018-08-15 23:31:48

Roberson seeks new trial: Attorney say conviction based on 'junk science'

Robert Roberson, convicted of murder in 2003, and sentenced to death. Roberson received a stay of execution, and his case will be heard at the Anderson County Courthouse Tuesday.Photo courtesy of CNHI


Jacksonville ATV park to close for good

Author:Favian QuezadaPublished:8:12 PM CDT August 14, 2018Updated:8:12 PM CDT August 14, 2018

CBS19.TV - 2018-08-15 01:12:47

So long, Mud Creek Off Road Park

All was quiet at Mud Creek Off Road Park in Jacksonville Wednesday morning and things will be staying that way it appears. On Tuesday evening park owners announced on their Facebook page that they had decided to permanently close the 4,100-acre complex.


TEA issues report cards to school districts

School districts in Jacksonville, Rusk and Bullard each received a “B”, while Alto Troup and Wells scored a grade of “C”.


Westwood principals off to a roaring start

Scott Nettles, the new Westwood High School principal, plans to keep an open door to students, teachers, and parents. Accessibility and leading by example, he said, will define his tenure and help prepare Westwood students for college.

PALESTINE HERALD-PRESS - 2018-08-16 00:54:00

Chief calls for new digs after chemical spill

A chemical spill shortly before noon Tuesday forced the evacuation of Palestine City Hall, 504 N. Queen St., and Palestine Police Department headquarters, adjacent to City Hall.

PALESTINE HERALD-PRESS - 2018-08-14 22:37:00

Jacksonville off-road park permanently closed

JACKSONVILLE,Texas (KETK) - A Jacksonville off-road park has announced permanent closure, after 15 years of business.

EASTTEXASMATTERS.COM - 2018-08-15 01:04:02

Feed a Family for $10 by Knocking on This Taqueria's Back Door on Mondays

Few things can allay the malaise of Mondays, but we found a surprising chicken special that does. It may sound a little weird, but Velvet Taco’s backdoor chicken special happens to be the best cheap meal in the city on Mondays.


Frankston police release release identities of people involved in murder-suicide

*NOTE: The suspect was not apprehended, as previously reported. Police later said he committed suicide at a residence in Frankston.FRANKSTON, TX (KLTV) - Frankston police have released full details regarding a murder-suicide in their city on Friday.Authorities responded to a residence in the 11000 b


Tractor fires popping up in East Texas

After two incidents, people are now on the lookout for tractor fires but how could a tractor just go up in flames?


Gregg Panola counties lift burn ban; Rusk enacts provisional ban

After a weekend that included rain in East Texas, Gregg and Panola counties have lifted bans on outdoor burning for residents, while Rusk County relaxed the one it has in place.County Judge Bill Stoudt signed the order Monday morning lifting the burn ban that went into effect Aug. 3.According to the


CISD approves arming staff for students, staff’s security

After meeting in executive session at a regular meeting Monday, July 30, the trustees voted in open session to pass a motion to approve “policies concerning additional safety and security,” which makes way for implementation of the new measure.


Standoff ends in Smith County after woman shoots herself

FLINT, Texas (KETK) - FLINT, Texas (KETK) -- On Sunday afternoon, the Smith County Sheriff's Office received a welfare concern call on Neely Drive in Flint.


Frankston murder suspect found dead in Henderson County home

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said the Grady Howell, 78, was discovered dead in his home on the 11000 block of Hillside Drive from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.