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Fri
19
Jun

County to apply for historical marker on Cynthia Ann Parker

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
One of Limestone County’s most famous residents in its history may get her own historical marker if approved by the Texas Historic Commission. County commissioners will have the chance to sign off an an application for that marker – on Cynthia Ann Parker – at their meeting this coming Monday, June 22. The court will also honor the County Historical Commission and make several financial decisions concerning roads, electrical service, a foreclosed property and a salary adjustment for a Sheriff’s Office employee.

Mon
15
Jun

Dunbar-Douglass alums looking forward to reunion weekend


The tailgate party after the Dunbar-Douglass Reunion parade usually involves music and spontaneous dance, as in this photo from the 2013 celebration. The annual reunion of the African American schools from pre-integration days, is scheduled for this coming weekend, Friday-Sunday, June 19-21. Mexia News file photo

Staff Writer
Former students of Mexia’s segregation-era African American schools will meet for their annual reunion this coming weekend.
Those were Dunbar High and Douglass Elementary schools, which closed in 1968 and 1969, respectively, when the final students were integrated into the white schools.
The alumni and former students are spread across Texas and several other states but many meet each year in Mexia for a time to reminisce about their school days, and celebrate their lives and accomplishments.
Friday evening, June 19, is the first event of the weekend, with a meet-and-greet at the Mexia Senior Citizens Center, at Sherman and Commerce. The reception begins at 7 p.m., and attendees can renew their acquaintance and pick up their event package there.
“We call it ‘Down Memory Lane,” said Ada Conner, a Dunbar graduate and program coordinator of the reunion. “Every class, every football team, everybody will be saying, ‘Oh, I remember that!’”

Mon
15
Jun

Gulf storm likely to mean lots of rain here


This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration image from yesterday afternoon shows the the size and moisture associated with the storm expected to make landfall today along the Texas coast. The storm is expected to bring considerable amounts of rainfall to East and Central Texas. NOAA Graphic

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A deluge-inducing tropical storm is the last thing water-logged Texas needs right now, but that’s exactly what will unleash dangerous amounts of rainfall on the state starting today.
A tropical storm trying to form in the Gulf of Mexico, after rolling over Cancun and the Yucatan over the weekend, is headed straight for Texas. The timing of the storm could not be worse: Texas experienced record rainfall and major flooding during May, leaving the ground still saturated and lakes at capacity.
“Through Wednesday, widespread rainfall totals could easily average 6 to 8 inches with some amounts exceeding 10 inches,” the Houston forecast from the National Weather Service predicted. “This will obviously lead to a dangerous flood situation.”
The Bistone area forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches of rain during the event, with isolated areas receiving 5 to 8 inches of precipitation.

Mon
08
Jun

Year of sports surprises continues through the spring


Mexia’s Raul Garcia led the team in goals scored again this season and was one of the key players that helped the Blackcats make another playoff appearance. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
This week we’ll close out our Blackcats year in review on sports. Last week we started off with football, volleyball and basketball, but I did however leave out one important fall sports program, cross country.
This is probably the fastest growing program (next to powerlifting) at Mexia High School, with athletes coming out in increased numbers year-after-year and it has been very successful over the past two seasons.
Over 60 athletes competed for Mexia in cross country this past year, with Guillermo Mendoza becoming only the second Blackcats long distance runner in school history to qualify and compete in the state cross country meet. Mexia had several runners competing in the regional meet as well.
So far football, volleyball and both boy’s and girl’s basketball and cross country all competed in post season play for Mexia. So let’s move on to our spring sports.

Mon
08
Jun

Mexia funeral director notes changes over time


Mexia Rotary President John Stubbs, right, a funeral director by trade, shows some antiques from his field at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Mexia. At left, Rotarians Jack Beene and Bobby Forrest examine an old photograph, old funeral tools and a ‘cooling table,’ which would leave the body in the right position for the casket. Behind them is a retrieval basket, which was used to take the remains from the place of residence to the funeral home. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The funeral business has changed considerably over the years, but mainly technical details rather than the human side.
“The supplies, equipment, techniques: all those things have changed and improved, but the underlying goal that we still have is taking care of the dead, serving their families and helping out the best we can when that time comes,” says Mexia’s John Stubbs Jr.
Stubbs grew up in the funeral business, since his father, John S. Stubbs Sr. was a longtime funeral director in Mexia. The senior John Stubbs began working for Mexia funeral director J.I. Riddle in 1945. Much later, John Stubbs Sr. co-founded the current Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in 1968 with colleague J.L. Blair.

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
08
Jun

Class of 2015 recognized at commencement


Utter joy breaks out on the faces of Mexia High School graduating seniors and they prepare to throw their mortarboards in the air as commencement exercises conclude Friday night at Blackcat Field. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Graduating Mexia High School seniors walked across a stage set up at Blackcat Field Friday evening to receive their diploma, close a chapter in their lives and begin a new one.
As the familiar graduation music “Pomp and Circumstance” played, the soon-to-be graduates in black caps and gowns filed one-by-one in a stately manner across the 50-yard line and took a seat in the white chairs set up beside the dais.
The visitors side of the football field, where the audience sat, was overflowing with proud, smiling family members and friends, many fanning themselves with programs in the warmth as the sun was setting.

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

Fri
05
Jun

Final approval likely ahead for new subdivision

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County will soon request bids on products and services it uses extensively year round.
County commissioners are expected to discuss and probably agree at their meeting Monday, June 8, to have the county auditor advertise for its annual bids; also give final approval on a plat for a new subdivision, sign a contract to obtain medical supplies through a cooperative and recognize the work of a helicopter rescue crew that rescued three boaters in the county recently.
The request for bids comes each year at this time and is intended to garner a good price for commonly used products and services through a relatively high volume of items purchased.

Fri
05
Jun

City pool opens Saturday


Lyndi Barker, 2, of Fairfield, tests the dancing fountains at Mexia swimming pool last summer. The pool opens for the 2015 summer season today at 11 a.m. Mexia News file photo

By Brenda Sommer Managing Editor Get out your water wings and swimsuits – the Mexia city pool opens today. Pool opening day is Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m., lasting until 7 p.m. The pool will be closed Mondays, but will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Aug. 8. General admission will cost $4 per person. Season pass costs are: individual, $100; family of four; $250, each additional member, $50.

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

Wed
03
Jun

MISD approves bid on first project

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Wed
27
May

Memorial Day ceremony held to honor those lost to war


About 85 people attended the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Limestone County courthouse Monday, May 25. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The annual county-wide ceremony for Memorial Day was held at the Limestone County courthouse Monday, with around 85-90 attending.
The event took place in front of the southern steps of the building.
This year a musical group called Breaking Silence sang several patriotic songs, including the “Star-Spangled Banner” and a medley of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful” and “America (My County Tis of Thee).” The group is composed of home-schooled students from Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen gave the keynote speech, in which he reminded those attending of the sacrifice – sometimes extreme sacrifice – of the nation’s defenders.

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

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