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02
May

Early voting for city, ISD spots ends today

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Today is the last day of early voting for local school board and city elections that will be decided in the May 7 general election.
In the Mexia City Council election, District 2 incumbent Laura Rothrock faces Blanca Rivera, while District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles faces Stephen Friday and Colby Archibald. Early voting for this election takes place at the city office, 101 N. McKinney 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3. Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney.

Mon
02
May

Having a fine time!

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight
Dr. Anna Pat Alpert, center, and her daughter, Samantha Murphy, listen as Clint Flatt speaks to them during the social hour.
Navarro College South Professor Harold Mulholland, right, shares a moment with his wife, Judy, and Arthur Hadden, at the Navarro College South gala.

Attendees at the Navarro College South gala fundraiser, including, l-r, Raquel Sanders, Sabrina Jacobs and Alvis Minter, all of Mexia, enjoy appetizers during the social hour preceding dinner at the campus’ Administration Building Saturday evening, April 23. Click the arrow to see more photos from this event.

Mon
02
May

Born to preach: Prairie Hill’s Pastor Fred Sain

Fred and Sally Sain enjoy each other’s company on the porch of their home in Prairie Hill.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Rev. Fred Sain, pastor of Limestone County’s Prairie Hill Baptist Church for more than 66 years, can’t say exactly when he got the call to preach. That’s because some of his earliest memories are preaching on an overturned apple box in the back yard of his family’s home. That was in Garza County, south of Lubbock, in the mid-1930s, when he was five or six years old. Back then, his audience was his parents, John and Ruth Sain, his grandparents and baby brother, Johnny.
Young Fred answered the call on a formal basis years later. By then his family had moved to Slayton, where his father was a cotton gin operator.

Mon
02
May

Limestone Grand Jury indicts 20

Mexia News Staff Report

A grand jury indicted 20 people on 27 charges, including charges of murder and numerous counts of abandoning or endangering a child.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it means a grand jury has found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.

Fri
29
Apr

TLC

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

A Mexia Fire Department firefighter carefully cleans one of the department’s fire trucks Monday, April 11. Another firefighter, not shown, shares the chore.

Wed
27
Apr

Court says it won’t pay for missing cylinders

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court, in a mixed vote, said it will not pay for some missing acetylene gas cylinders, which Mexia’s Matheson welding supply company says it leased to the county in 2013.
The problem is that the cylinders, which are used for welding projects, apparently went missing in 2013, but commissioners did not find out about it until much later. The initial project was for the county to have extra bunkbeds installed at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, which had lost its federal contract to house inmates and whose last inmates were moved out in June 2013. Having more beds would have made the LCDC eligible to bid on new federal contracts.
The court initially approved paying an invoice of $4,751 at the Aug. 12, 2013, meeting to buy a welding machine.

Wed
27
Apr

Re-enactors gather at Confederate Reunion Grounds

Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight
Volunteers with the Confederate Army march smartly to the field of battle.
A lone Yankee soldier prepares to mount his horse at the Civil War re-enactment on Saturday, April 16, at the Confederate Reunion Grounds.
Members of the Sweet Song String Band play Civil War-era songs at the Civil War re-enactment.
Virtually everyone at the Confederate Reunion Grounds on Saturday, April 16, gathers to see the mock battle between Civil War re-enactors.

Confederate forces line up for battle while young officers’ assistants scope out the lay of the land at the Civil War re-enactment at the Confederate Reunion Grounds on Saturday, April 16.

Wed
27
Apr

Program provides local funds to restore Monarch habitat

Local landowners and groups are encouraged to apply for funding to to enhance or restore habitat for Monarch butterflies, shown here, by planting pollinator-friendly plant species.

Mexia News File Report

Mon
25
Apr

Ex-wife arrested in 2011 murder of Mexia man

In this file photo from the morning of Raymond Keith Jacoby's murder, then-Mexia Police officer Patrick Williams confers by phone with Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne in front of Mexia Recycling.
Mary Elizabeth Jacoby

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The ex-wife of a man murdered in Mexia five years ago was arrested and charged with his death, Mexia Police announced Friday night.
In a press release posted just before 8:30 p.m., MPD said Mary Elizabeth Jacoby, 59, of George West, had been arrested at 8:43 a.m. April 22 at the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Department in George West. She was arrested by Mexia Police Department Detective Richard “Chip” Hundley and Texas Ranger Patrick Peña, after being indicted by the Limestone County Grand Jury for murder.
Bond was set at $250,000 and she was taken to Limestone County Jail. George West is about halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, at the intersection of U.S. 59 and U.S. 281. Mary Jacoby was living there with her son from another marriage.
“I’m pleased that we were finally able to make an arrest,” Hundley said. “Murder is a thing that never goes away. We never stop working on those cases.”

Mon
25
Apr

SUV plunges into Navasota River Sunday

By Brenda
Sommer
Managing Editor
The three people in a vehicle that ended up in the Navasota River Sunday night didn’t suffer any serious injuries, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
A 17-year-old Fairfield woman was driving a 2003 Pontiac Aztek eastbound on U.S. 84 when she apparently fell asleep.
At around 8:30 p.m., about 3/10ths of a mile west of CR 194, her vehicle left the roadway to the right. She turned the wheel to the left, which caused her to lose control of the SUV, which began to roll. It continued to roll to the right, rolling as it left the road, entering the bar ditch then landing upright in the water.
The preliminary DPS report did not state how the driver or the 20-year-old woman and baby who were also in the vehicle were able to escape it.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

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