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Olympic Flame Passes Through East Texas

The Special Olympics of Texas torch was carried through Palestine on its way to its final stop at the games this weekend in Arlington. Local law enforcement including Palestine Police, the Anderson County Sheriff's Department and units from the Texas Department of Corrections carried the torch. Last year, more than 1.7 million dollars were raised for the Special Olympics of Texas. "It goes straight to the athletes, it goes to all the coaching, it goes to medical, it goes to benefits," says Becky Raymond, volunteer and coordinator, for Special Olympics Region 2. "It's a wonderful thing for our community to participate. I think it's a high honor for us," says Palestine Mayor Carolyn Salter. Those same men and women in the torch run will volunteer all this weekend at the summer games. More than 2,800 athletes are expected to compete.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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