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K-9 police team scans three-county area for drugs


Mexia Police Department’s K9 unit’s Officer Jason Tharp rewards his partner, Rocky, with a time of play after speaking at a recent Lions Club meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

It takes one man and one dog – both highly trained – to make up a K-9 unit, and the team of Mexia Police Officer Jason Tharp and a black Labrador retriever named Rocky is the only unit to cover Limestone, Freestone and Falls counties.

They respond not only to Mexia Police Department calls, but also to those in Groesbeck, Fairfield or anywhere in the three counties.

Tharp recently spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about the work he and Rocky do.

The back seat of Tharp’s squad car has been adapted to house Rocky while he is on duty.

Police cars have to be kept running virtually all the time because of the sophisticated electronics on board, but Tharp’s squad car also has to run constantly for his dog. Sometimes in winter, Tharp can turn off the car to allow fresh air to enter; but, if the vehicle gets hot, he cannot put the dog inside until the car’s interior has cooled down.

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Educational series offered for diabetics and caregivers

Nearly 17 million Americans suffer from a disease that is controllable… if they know what to do for themselves. The disease is Type 2 Diabetes. In the past 10 years, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in adults has increased by 61 percent nationally. What can we do to help those who have been diagnosed? Education is the answer.

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Top honors

Mexia High Schoolʼs FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Team placed third in the area UIL contest on April 10, which means they will advance to the next level. The team of, from left, Zane Kantor, Bailey Brizendine, Ashleigh Fleming and Junior Sarabia, will compete at the state contest April 18 at Tarleton State University.

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