Losing Sovereign Immunity

By Johnnie Belle Reagan More from the East Texas community of Palestine about the Jerry Laza case, Lawnmower Man.  Every time I read something about this case it makes me cringe.  Another crappy article from the Palestine Herald Press on April 1st made me think that it was an April Fool’s joke, but, no. People,

By Johnnie Belle Reagan So, Friday March 8th, 2019 the City of Palestine City Council voted unanimously to fire Attorney Ron Stutes and terminate their contract with the Tyler Law firm Potter Minton.  Some of you may be like me and saying, “Finally”.  Then wondering, “What took so long?”  I am basing that thought process

by Johnie Belle Reagan Lone Star Equipment, of Henderson, which sued the city for not covering all the costs of the 1,950-foot asphalt road, from U.S. 79 to Sanderson Farms for around $800k for non payment won in Anderson County District Court today. Evidently someone signed a contract with Lone Star in 2014 to build

Shock and Awe, Maybe Dana should be Mayor

“That her face, at first just ghostly, Turned a whiter shade of pale “ by Johnnie Belle Reagan For the last couple of days, I have been analyzing the City of Palestine January 14, 2019 work session and Council meeting.  I still can not get my head around what I witnessed so I have been

The Oligarchy of Palestine Texas

by Johnnie Belle Reagan Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning ‘few’, and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning ‘to rule or to command’ is a form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people. These people may be distinguished by nobility, wealth, family ties, education or corporate, religious or political, military control. Such states are often controlled by families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for

The Rat has a Tale

by Johnnie Belle Reagan Palestine Herald Press won’t write this Story, but I will. It has been repeatedly reported about the grievous Civil Rights violation that City of Palestine has perpetrated on a tax paying businessman, Jerry Laza with an unauthorized Law Suit.   That has stirred up some grumbles, definitely not as much as animal

Texas Man Jailed for City Ordinance Violations

By Johnnie Belle Reagan I just googled that headline like we do everything now days and what I found wasn’t shocking yet…  There are all kinds of City Ordinances.  In Waco a Manager of a Strip Club was arrested because an undercover cop saw two dancers touching a patron. Another site reported a Copperas Cove

What are they hiding?

by Palestine Herald Press   Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor is either hiding something about the death of prisoner Rhonda Newsome, or fanning flames of suspicion that may be entirely unwarranted. Either way, he’s doing the public a disservice and should immediately authorize the release of the jail surveillance video from June 15, the day

Smoking Mirrors in Palestine Texas

This article was originally written by William Patrick at the Palestine Herald and while “Bill” did not get the entire story he managed much more than he usually does.  Keep digging Bill, you are getting closer.   What you may not be aware of was that this $100,000 payment was for silence against the City

  As the City of Palestine, Texas is weighing next fiscal year’s budget, residents’ frustrations over the city’s mismanagement and questionable practices are growing louder.     In a recent video uploaded by a local activist, the city’s Economic Development Director Gayle Cooper is seen talking about the city’s proposed 2019 property tax rate and how