News

Mon
27
Jun

Road and Bridge employees get raises

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved raises for six Road and Bridge Department employees at their June 14 meeting and also addressed a variety of issues involving money and people, including authorizing the county auditor to advertise for bids on often-used items; and hearing a report on an accident involving a county vehicle, on May statistics from the Juvenile Detention Center and on statistics on veterans in the county.
Regarding raises for Road and Bridge employees, Joe Herrin was approved for a $1,040 annual raise as a consequence of earning his commercial drivers license. He was also to receive back pay since he had earned the license in January but had not been given the raise at that time. Five other Road and Bridge employees were approved for a 50-cent-per-hour raise for passing their six-month probation period.

Mon
27
Jun

Hearings set on Navasota River needs, quality

The meetings July 14 in College Station and Franklin will focus on the Navasota River.

There are two meetings coming up July 14 for anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone.
The Texas Water Resources Institute, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are hosting both public meetings – one in College Station and one in Franklin.
The meeting times and locations will be:
• 1:30–3:30 p.m. at the College Station Utilities Meeting and Training Facility assembly room, 1601 Graham Road in College Station. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pridgeon Community Center’s Franklin Room, 351 Cooks Lane in Franklin. Registration begins at 6 p.m.
Landowners, homeowners, business owners, concerned citizens and city and county officials are invited to attend either meeting, said Dr. Lucas Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute research scientist.

Mon
27
Jun

Nominations being taken for FSA county committees

It is that time of year again. The Farm Service Agency 2016 County Committee elections begin soon. FSA county committees are a vital and direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
All eligible farmers and ranchers, especially women, minorities, and beginning farmers, are encouraged to get involved by making a nomination and voting in this year’s county committee elections.
This is a great podium for one’s concerns and opinions to be heard. Don’t miss the opportunity.
Concerns can reach decision makers even if one is not a committee member. FSA county committees operate within official federal regulations so local input is provided on federal programs such as:
• Income safety-net loans and payments, including setting county average yields for commodities
• Conservation programs
• Incentive, indemnity, and disaster payments for some commodities
• Emergency programs
• Payment eligibility

Mon
27
Jun

FSB Travelers enjoy long tour of Northern California

FSB Travelers pose for a photo during their tour of Northern California.

Members and friends of FSB Travelers once again joined Collette for an exciting tour, this time to Northern California.
The tour began in San Francisco where the group spent two nights and very busy days. Activities there included a city tour with a wonderful step-on guide, eating some delicious food, riding a cable car, riding down one of the most crooked streets in the nation, eating at the Boudin Bakery where sourdough bread began, shopping for special souvenirs on Pier 39, and riding through and learning about Golden Gate Park.
The travelers crossed the Golden Gate Bridge several times. They had the opportunity to walk on the bridge after one crossing, become part of the 16,000 people who cross the bridge daily.

Fri
24
Jun

Public hearing Tuesday on new stop signs

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Those who want to weigh in on the county’s intention to install stop signs at the intersection of LCR 368 and LCR 374 may do so at a public hearing in commissioners court on Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m.
Before the hearing, though, is the commissioners’ regular meeting, starting at 9 a.m., when they plan to discuss closing LCR 395, using priority road funds to repair LCR 244, raising the salaries of county employees at the Road and Bridge Department, Tax Office and Sheriff’s Department; and choosing an inmate telephone service provider.
Toward the end of the meeting, the court will open submitted proposals for an interim operator of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been closed since June 2013. Afterward, the court will go into executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss the proposals.

Fri
24
Jun

Busy Saturday on tap

For those who say there's never anything going on around here, here's a list of events, all being held today, Saturday, June 25.
Saturday, June 25
The 86th annual Mexia Rodeo, a UPRA/CPRA-sanctioned event, wraps up today at the city arena on Shiloh Road, with gates open at 6 p.m. There is $15,000 in added money; $2,500 added for wild cow milking, $1,500 for double mugging. First 180 slack Saturday. Open events are wild cow milking, double mugging, youth breakaway roping, youth barrels, ribbon roping and mutton bustin’. This Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, produced by Champion Rodeo Company, has been UPRA Rodeo of the Year for 10 years in a row.
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Mexia Peer Support Center hosts a table during the annual Mexia rodeo, featuring valuable, free information for veterans and their families. For more information, call the center at 254-562-5062, ext. 3636
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Fri
24
Jun

Lake Mexia boat parade to kick off Fourth of July fun

Entrants in Lake Mexia’s Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade appear to be having a grand time on the water at a previous year’s event.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Boat owners looking for a fun event to show off their craft and design skills will have the perfect venue next weekend. The annual Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade is happening on Saturday, July 2, at the Lake Mexia Marina.
All area boat owners are invited to enter their boat – decked out with patriotic red, white and blue decorations – in the contest associated with the parade.
On the day of the parade, boats will line up at the marina at 1:30 p.m. The boat driver and those lucky enough to ride along will circle around the lake heading north, then return past the marina and head south, circling around that end of the lake and finally returning to the marina for judging and awards.

Fri
24
Jun

Go Bulldogs!

Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Wortham Junior High cheerleaders for the 2016-17 school year have been chosen. They are, l-r, back row: Spring Hogan, Reagan Stuver, Jayden Stapleton, Jorianna Mata and Kenlie Stuver; front row: Larame Stapleton and Mika-Lyn Gargis.

Fri
24
Jun

Let’s rodeo!

A bronc rider hangs on for dear life Thursday at the Mexia city rodeo arena on opening day of the Chamber Rodeo.
Coty Cooper, “The original Hobo Clown,” kept fans laughing Thursday evening.
The 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo kicked off Thursday evening with the presentation of “Old Glory.”
Young Jace Long decided to take a little snooze in the arms of his meme, Debbie Musgrove, prior to the start of the rodeo.
The Mizell boys, Mayes and Myles, were decked out in cowboy attire to watch the great rodeo action Thursday evening.
This little fella tries to end his ride with no hands in the youth mutton bustin’ event held Thursday evening.
Sydney Yates rode the mechanical bull like a boss at the 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.
Buffalo native Wyatt Looney gets the rodeo clowns to sign his shirt before the start of the 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo got underway Thursday evening as cowboys and cowgirls from across the state gathered to compete in events from barrel racing to bronc riding at the city’s rodeo grounds.
Kids events began with mutton bustin’ as youngsters tried their best to stay aboard a sheep. This was followed by a grand display of breakaway roping and barrel racing.
The main event kicked off around 7:30 p.m. as longtime ring announcer T.C. Long returned again this year, accompanied by rodeo clown/entertainer Coty Cooper, “The original Hobo Clown.”
Long and Cooper kept rodeo fans in stitches throughout the evening with their comical banter.

Wed
22
Jun

Lions revvin’ up for July 4 car show

Attendees at the Mexia Lions Club’s Red, White and Blue Car Show, like these from last year’s event, will have the area around the intersection of Commerce and McKinney to wander around.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Downtown Mexia on July 4 will be filled with beautiful, shiny cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors, as the Mexia Lions Club puts on its annual Red, White and Blue Car Show.
Admission is free, and attendees may roam the area around the intersection of Commerce and McKinney at their leisure from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., getting their fill of admiring all the vehicles and voting for their favorite.
The favorite of attendees is called the People’s Choice Award. Other prizes are the Mayor’s Award, chosen by Mayor Troy Miller; and Kids’ Choice, which is voted upon by youth at the show that day.
The show judges will do their own voting starting when the show opens, selecting winners and awarding trophies in 20 categories:
• Cars – Competition/race cars, Corvettes C1-C4, Corvettes C5-C6, pre-1950, 1950-59, 1960-69, 1970-79, 1980-89, 1990-99 and 2000-present.

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