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Wed
05
Nov

Shooting, two armed robberies shake up Coolidge

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A man was shot repeatedly during one of two armed robberies committed in Coolidge late last week and during the weekend.
The first incident took place about 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, when a man on foot approached two men and a woman on the front porch of a home. He struck up a conversation then quickly pulled out a handgun and demanded cash and their wallets. After they gave him some credit cards, he quickly left on foot.
Coolidge Police Chief Patrick Williams had already gone off duty after a long shift, so the 911 call went to the Sheriff’s Office. Limestone County deputies responded to the scene of the crime and are taking the lead in that robbery, with Williams assisting.
The second incident happened about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, when a man on foot approached a man alone in front of his house. After striking up a conversation, the suspect quickly pulled out a handgun and demanded cash and the man’s wallet.

Wed
05
Nov

Willie Pearl 'Dea' Strain


Willie Pearl 'Dea' Strain

The angelic hosts came for Willie Pearl "Dea" Strain, 81, of Mexia, on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at her residence, among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Church Mexia, 500 E. Carthage St. in Mexia. Rev. Ray Nelson, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Houston, will officiate and Rev. Lewis Brown, pastor of New Home Baptist Church in Mexia, will serve as eulogist. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia.

Mon
03
Nov

Coolidge school bond up for vote Tuesday

Funds would build new sports complex, bus barn

Fri
31
Oct

Mexia woman dies after car hit head-on


Rescue crews work to free a man trapped in his pickup after an accident on FM 39 Thursday afternoon that killed one person and injured many more. One of two air ambulance that landed in the highway to pick up the injured can be seen at center right. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

A Mexia woman is dead and three others injured after a three-vehicle accident on FM 39 Thursday afternoon.
Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson of Waco said the accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30, about 9 miles south of Mexia on the two-lane blacktop.
A Klein man and his wife were headed northbound in a 2005 Dodge 3/4-ton, four-door pickup truck, towing a small trailer carry four round bales of hay.
The driver saw a 2002 Ford F-350 four-door pickup, heading south, veering into the northbound lane. The Klein man said he tried to steer into the ditch to avoid a collision, but “he just kept coming and coming across the line.” The F-350 clipped the side of the trailer, shearing its tow hitch and sending the trailer on its own path into the guard rail of a creek crossing, flinging two of the four bales into the ditch.

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

Mon
27
Oct

Will to survive


Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight

In the opening ceremonies of Limestone County’s Relay for Life, survivors and caregivers are honored as they walk the first lap. Residents of Mexia, Groesbeck and other nearby cities came together to raise funds for the American Cancer Society at Fort Parker State Park Saturday, Oct. 18, in a 12 hour-long marathon of activities.

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

Mon
27
Oct

County addresses prison water leak, jail issues

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Limestone County commissioners court took care of business matters at its Oct. 13 meeting concerning the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison near Groesbeck that the county is managing while it looks for a prison management company to run the facility. The court also dealt with matters concerning the county jail and the juvenile detention center.
Jail Administrator David Turbiarte, who is helping with matters at the LCDC, told the court about a water leak at the prison.
“Right now it’s coming up underneath the floor in one of the boiler rooms on the A side,” Turbiarte said. “We’ve got the water shut off at the valve that goes directly to it.”
He said that workers are starting to dig up the ground to try to locate the source of the leak.

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

Mon
27
Oct

City holds off on increased park funding

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia decided to hold off on increasing funding to Old Fort Parker until the facility’s board has a better handle on management of the park.
The cities of Mexia and Groesbeck and Limestone County jointly own and fund the fort, and had been paying about equal shares for its operations: Mexia and the county contributing $14,000 each annually and the city of Groesbeck, $15,000. Old Fort Parker has two employees, a full-time director and a part-time helper.
The city of Mexia did not raise the amount given to the $20,000 sought from each entity, staying with the annual $14,000 donation. At the time, the city noted fort officials could ask for that amount to be increased at any time.
The county voted to pay the same $14,000 amount in the new budget year, which began Oct. 1, but which includes an additional $6,000 from a private donor. The city of Groesbeck raised its annual fort funding to $20,000.

Fri
17
Oct

Five injured in head-on collision


There was extensive front-end damage to both cars involved in a head-on wreck on Bailey Street near Mexia High School Wednesday. Five people were taken to hospitals, two by air ambulance. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Five people were transported to hospitals after a head-on wreck in front of Mexia Junior High School Wednesday.
According to Mexia Police reports, the crash occurred when Ashley Lanette Hudson, 21, was driving a gray 2005 Buick Le Sabre and pulled out of the Mexia Junior High School parking lot in the 1100 block of Bailey. It was on Oct. 15 about 5:30 p.m. that Hudson turned right, or north, but turned too widely and went into the southbound lane.
Driving southbound on Bailey was a 16-year-old girl in a green 2005 Chrysler Pacifica van, which then hit Hudson head on. Both car and van went airborne and came to rest on the southbound shoulder of Bailey. According to the report, neither vehicle showed signs of the driver applying the brakes.

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Fri
17
Oct

Jail time given to Mexia tax preparers

Three Mexia tax preparers indicted on federal charges that they filed false claims to the IRS on behalf of staff and customers for years were sentenced Tuesday after making plea agreements.
According to documents from the U.S. District Court in Waco, the government alleges people who owned and/or worked at A-Kind Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Mexia, roughly between Jan. 1, 2007 and at least April 15, 2010, filled out tax forms with fake claims, often involving bogus farm or business losses.
A-Kind owner Patricia “Sissy” Foley, who pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to commit tax fraud, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In addition, she was ordered to pay $842,815 restitution to the IRS.

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

Fri
17
Oct

Loans, buses top MISD agenda

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees will consider approving a local loan as it continues to look for new ways to fund a portion of the long list of infrastructure and maintenance projects identified in the district's 2012 facilities study.
The loan, and consideration of the purchase of as many as four additional new buses, highlight the board's agenda Monday for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the board room at the MISD administration building.
The loan proposal is to finance $2.3 million, to be repaid with maintenance and operations (M&O) funds to reduce the amount needed in a bond issue, which would require additional taxes.

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

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