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18
Jul

Rescued pup gets new life, brings happiness


Mexia LTC nursing home resident Pat Prince, right, interacts with a dog the nursing home recently adopted while LVN Alesha Grabs, who was instrumental in helping the formerly abandoned dog regain her health, watches with interest. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The fortunes of a dog abandoned in Mexia rose meteorically last month when it went from almost becoming roadkill to being adopted as the beloved pet of a caring home.
It started when Candy Allen, of Alvarado, was driving to Mexia LTC on Hwy. 171 in early June and almost ran over a dog in the road. Stopping to check on the animal, she was shocked at its condition and put it in her car. Allen was from a sister organization to Mexia LTC and was scheduled to work a couple of days at the Mexia facility. Consequently, she had nowhere to take the dog except in to work with her that day.
“She was very abused,” said Mexia LTC administrator Martha Saling, who was also shocked at the dog’s condition. “She had been dumped. She had a ring around her neck where a collar had obviously been cutting into her neck. Her ribs were showing and she was covered in fleas. She had cuts all over her.”

Fri
18
Jul

Multiple injuries


Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

All four occupants of this 2002 Nissan Altima were injured, with two of them taken to the hospital by ambulance with incapacitating injuries, after the sedan and the white 2005 Chevrolet pickup at top right, collided on U.S. 84 Thursday. The driver, 23-year-old Christena Neighbors of Wortham, and her backseat passenger, Colton Smith, 19, were the two taken by ambulance, while the other two men in the car went to Parkview Regional Hospital by private vehicle. The wreck took place at 11:27 a.m. near CR 474 about four-tenths of a mile west of the Mexia city limits. The driver of the pickup, Alma Hernandez, 40, of Mexia was also taken to the hospital by ambulance with incapacitating injuries. Altima passenger Travis Shockley is shown speaking to DPS Trooper Chet Seelinger. The pickup was eastbound but turned left in front of the Nissan as it was headed west, and Hernandez was ticketed for failure to yield right-of-way while turning left.

Fri
18
Jul

MISD picks up pace in bond issue planning

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Mexia ISD is shifting its push for a November bond election into high gear as the August deadline to call the election approaches.
The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees will discuss the issue at its regular meeting Monday.
In late spring, Superintendent Sharon Ross set in motion the plan for a November election, which must be called by Aug. 18. The primary stumbling block so far has been the need to identify the priorities from a 2012 facilities study to keep costs down, something the facilities committee is meeting on this month and the board of trustees will discuss at Monday's regular meeting.
Ross is also planning a series of meetings and opportunities to share information with the public and get a sense of what the community will support.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
16
Jul

Brick through windshield injures woman in Coolidge

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A woman was seriously injured in Coolidge early Saturday by a brick thrown through her windshield as she was driving along Hwy. 171, and a suspect in the case escaped after his arrest Tuesday.
Coolidge Police Chief Patrick Williams said there is an active ongoing investigation into the incident, during which two other southbound vehicles were hit by flying bricks and concrete blocks as they went down the highway.
Williams said that at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, while he was in Groesbeck booking a prisoner into the Limestone County jail, the three vehicles were hit.
“The were literally chunking bricks from the side of the road, from the ditch,” he said.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
16
Jul

City may cut off Wortham water


This map shows the location of the two buildings swapped between Citizens National Bank and the city of Mexia.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council voted Tuesday night to cut off water to the city of Wortham in 30 days if that town doesn’t sign its contract renewal, and gave final approval to swap buildings with a local bank.
After a closed executive session to discuss “legal matters,” the Council resumed their July 15 regular monthly meeting in open session. In a motion made by Laura Rothrock, the Council voted unanimously to direct City Manager Larry Brown to write the city of Wortham and let them know their water service will be terminated 30 days from July 16 unless their water contract with Mexia is signed and returned.
Brown said the city of Mexia has asked Wortham to sign a standard renewal of its contract to receive treated water from Mexia since the contract was first presented to that town’s Council in May.
“We’ve asked them to sign it, and they’ve refused,” Brown said.

Wed
16
Jul

Man barely injured in rollover


Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The driver of this Jeep, at center in gray, is lucky to be alive after his vehicle went off U.S. 84 Tuesday morning, taking out 30-40 feet of steel guardrail, then flipping twice before coming to rest in the eastbound lane. The driver was the only person in the Jeep, and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. His good fortune in escaping with only minor cuts can be attributed to his vehicle’s roll bar, and the fact his steering wheel was on the right side of the Jeep, not the left.

Wed
16
Jul

Upcoming gala-auction to benefit MSSLC residents


People from all over the Mexia area and beyond may be seen at the annual gala and auction fundraiser for the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council, like these attendees at the 2013 event. The Volunteer Council raises funds to provide things to make the lives of MSSLC residents more pleasant. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Volunteer Council of the Mexia State Supported Living Center is planning its annual gala and auction fundraiser for Saturday, Aug. 9 – less than a month away now – and is encouraging area residents to plan to attend.
The event will be held at First Baptist Church, Mexia, in the Christian Life Center and will feature a sumptuous steak dinner with all the trimmings, catered by the Young Farmers group.
The theme this year is “Wild Safari,” and attendees are invited to dress with that theme in mind if they desire. However, there is usually a variety of dress at the galas, with some attendees wearing dressy attire while others go comfortably casual.
“Wear your finest safari outfit, dress to the max or just come casual,” confirmed Cheryl Cockrell, community relations director at MSSLC. “There will be great food, great entertainment and lots of great silent and live action items. There's something wild for everyone.”

Thu
10
Jul

County confirms help in upkeep of Old Fort Parker

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners reaffirmed at their June 23 meeting the county’s commitment to share the work of keeping Old Fort Parker mowed and trimmed. They also formalized their calling of a public hearing to close LCR 362 and authorized advertising for bids on a tank to hold red diesel.
Sarah McReynolds, who oversees Old Fort Parker, was at the meeting and noted that the increased rains in the past few months had caused the grass to grow significantly and that she needed help in keeping the facility mowed.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the three entities that own the fort, which are Limestone County and the cities of Mexia and Groesbeck, had had a meeting the previous week to address the issues that concern the facility, including mowing and trimming.

Thu
10
Jul

Mosquito-borne disease cases confirmed in Texas

Mexia News Staff Report

It's time to get serious about bug spray. The Texas Department of State Health Services on July 3 confirmed the state’s first case of West Nile illness of the season, and four days later, confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain.
Both diseases are spread to people by mosquitoes.
West Nile fever was confirmed in a patient from Travis County. Additional details about the patient are not being released to protect the patient’s identity. The Texas case of chikungunya is a Williamson County resident.
DSHS is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.
“The best way to protect yourself is by using insect repellent every time you go outside,” said Tom Sidwa, State Public Health Veterinarian and manager of the Zoonosis Control Branch.

Thu
10
Jul

A particular set of skillet skills


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Maggie Contreras, of Mexia, lets loose a skillet in the Women’s Skillet Toss Friday, July 4, part of Mexia Chamber of Commerce’s Boomin’ on the Fourth Independence Day celebration.

To see more photos from Boomin' on the Fourth events, pick up a copy of the Thursday edition of The Mexia News.

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