Lake Palestine Area
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The City of Frankston has a population estimated at about 1,450 but in its immediate area, more than 3,000 people make their homes.
The city is governed by a mayor and five City Council members and offers a water system with “some of the best water anywhere.” Also residents are served by a sewage treatment system and receive regular garbage pickup through a private contractor. A police department provides traffic control and crime protection and one of the best volunteer fire departments in the state offers fire protection, rescue services and a severe weather warning system. The city is financed largely by a one per cent sales tax, franchise taxes and an ad valorem property tax.
Children of residents in this area mostly attend school at the highly-rated Frankston Independent School District with an average-daily-attendance of almost 800 students. Not only does the school offer a well-rounded academic program, it also has an enviable record of success in such sports as football, basketball, baseball, tennis and track and field. It boasts a state championship in basketball and a state runner-up finish in baseball. Students have won state titles in various sports, UIL literary events and vocational education projects and teams and individuals have finished high in state playoffs and contests on a number of occasions.
The school offers not only the traditional reading, writing and mathematics but has an outstanding drama department, exceptional band, active vocational agriculture and home economics programs, industrial arts training and horticulture program. The academic program is enhanced by up-to-date computer courses and science laboratories and a well-equipped library. The school campus includes modern classrooms, offices, an 800-seat auditorium with large stage and excellent acoustics, tennis courts and football stadium in which the community gathers on Friday nights in the fall to watch their favorite team play. A excellent baseball facility at Berryville serves the high school program.
In addition to school activities, children of the area can participate in the summer baseball program and a Little Dribblers basketball program in the spring. Adults participate in an adult softball league in the summer after the youth baseball schedule is complete.
One of the chief community assets is an excellent small public library, the Frankston Depot Library, affiliated with the Texas Library System. It offers area residents some 10,000 volumes ranging from fiction to research materials, large print books, video cassettes and other materials. Area college students regularly use its facilities for research on class projects and essays. It serves residents of Frankston and Anderson County free of charge and Henderson County residents can take advantage of its services for a small yearly fee. The library is financed with city and county funds plus donations from the public and from the Friends of the Library organization.
Next door to the library is the historic Anderson County sub-courthouse building moved there from its original location. It is the the site of the Kathleen Cook Fitzgerald Museum featuring area artifacts.
The depot library and museum are located adjacent to the former right-of-way of the Southern Pacific railroad which served the area from 1903 to the early 1980’s. In early days it was known as the Texas & New Orleans (T&NO) Railroad. Passenger trains once carried the mail and area passengers to various distant points. Freight trains carried cotton, tomatoes and other local produce to markets elsewhere.
Clubs and organizations play an important role in community life, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge, American Assn. for Retired Persons chapter, Disabled American Veterans, Garden Club, Kiwanis Club and a Nutrition Center where older citizens can meet for fellowship, entertainment and a hot meal each day.
Events which provide fun and recreation for Frankston area residents during the year include the annual Frankston Homecoming and Square Fair in late September or early October. Former students of Frankston School and other friends of the Frankston area participate in the two-day celebration which begins on Friday night at the Homecoming football game with the crowning of the Frankston Indian football sweetheart and recognition of former students at the game and in a reception following the game. Then on Saturday one of the best parades anywhere winds its way through Frankston streets with floats submitted by school classes, community organizations and businesses. Following the parade, a Square Fair with arts and crafts, game and food booths line the downtown City Park. Those attending renew old acquaintances and are entertained during the afternoon by various musicians.
Also in October, the United Methodist Church holds its annual Lord’s Acre Festival with Country Store and Auction. Donated arts and crafts and other items are sold in the Country Store and auctioned during the afternoon to raise funds for church projects while offering those attending a chance to purchase valuable items.
In early December, Christmas-in-the-Park in downtown Frankston features Christmas music by bands, choirs and other groups along with refreshments and the traditional visit with the children by Santa Claus. The park is decorated and the community Christmas Tree lighted for the event.
Last Update: 4/8/2009