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Fri
25
Nov

County gets new inmate arrival date

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners received a new update at their Nov. 22 meeting on when inmates might start arriving at the Limestone County Detention Center. Commissioners heard this development and also decided not to re-initiate the burn ban, canvassed election returns, accepted donations to the Sheriff’s Office, and approved issuing other declarations, contracts and agreements. 

Regarding the LCDC, the county-owned prison is being prepared by LaSalle Corrections to re-open after it has been closed since June 2013, The newest date that inmates are expected to arrive is Dec. 2 and involves inmates from Harris County. 

The court also approved paying LCDC invoices totaling $16,745 for utilities, telephone and Internet service.

Fri
25
Nov

Chili dinner for a chilly night

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A big bowl of chili can really warm a body and hit the spot on a cold winter’s evening, and Mexia area residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the traditional Texas dish the night of Mexia’s Christmas parade on Thursday, Dec. 1. 

A chili dinner with all the trimmings, like crackers, onions and grated cheese, plus a soft drink and dessert, will be served at Rotary Hall, 315 E. Commerce Street, 5-8 p.m., which is before, during and after the 6 p.m. Christmas parade. 

“We invite everybody in Mexia to come out to the Rotary Hall and have some delicious chili,” said Rotary President Larry Reynolds. “The chili is being prepared by Joe Friday’s Diner, and the desserts are mostly homemade, as they are being provided by Rotarians.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased from any Mexia Rotarian or at the door.

Fri
25
Nov

Christmas Parade to light up Mexia streets

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia’s annual Christmas Parade of Lights promises to be a fun time for the whole family as the city streets light up with floats, at least one band playing music, decorated cars and pickup trucks, horses and fire trucks. Organizers say Santa Claus himself has found time in his busy schedule to make an appearance on one of Mexia’s fire trucks at the end of the parade. 

The parade begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, with the theme “Christmas on Main.” People from all across the area are invited to attend, according to Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce President Linda Archibald. 

“This is an event that attracts shoppers and Christmas lovers from across the county and all the surrounding counties,” Archibald said. “From 100 miles around, people come to make sure they enjoy our Christmas Parade of Lights, which has been quite popular and famous now for about 15 years.”

Tue
22
Nov

People of Mexia give thanks for their blessings

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Mexia News asked random people around town what they were especially thankful for this Thanksgiving season, and there were themes that came up over and over: family, health, jobs. While this is not a scientific sample by any means, readers may be interested to know what is on the minds and hearts of their neighbors as they give thanks for their blessings. 

Val Sunday: “I’m thankful for my family and friends.”

Brooke Anderson: “I am thankful for my husband, my son, all of my family and my health, and friends.”

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Tue
22
Nov

Coolidge wind farm – Pros, cons with community

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A wind farm development company called Pioneer Green Energy held a meeting in Coolidge Saturday to explain the process it is following as it attempts to develop a wind farm there, and the company president expects that tax revenue to the county would be significant. 

The meeting took place Nov. 19 in the Coolidge ISD cafeteria, with about 40-50 Coolidge-area residents, mostly landowners, attending. 

Pioneer Green Energy develops wind and solar-energy farms and has completed projects in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and south and north Texas. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
21
Nov

Helping Hands delivering meals on Thanksgiving

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

While most Mexia residents are relaxing on Thanksgiving morning or preparing their own Thanksgiving dinner, a group of dedicated volunteers at Mexia’s First Presbyterian Church will be delivering hot Thanksgiving dinners to elderly and shut-ins who usually get Meals-on-Wheels from the Mexia Senior Center.

“Meals on Wheels doesn’t operate on Thanksgiving day,” explained First Presbyterian Pastor Glenn McGuire, “and our church will have 25-30 people show up at the church; and we’ll we’ll take Thanksgiving dinner to them. That’s just another little form of our Helping Hands ministry.”

While some Meals-on-Wheels clients have friends or relatives who visit them on Thanksgiving, others have no one to help them. 

Church members saw that need some years ago and decided to stand in the gap, putting together the meals and delivering the plates themselves. 

Mon
21
Nov

Senior Services budget not cut after all

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Senior Services Project has received the good news that its budget was not cut by HOTCOG after all. 

Those who run the Senior Services Project, which supplies hot meals to the county’s six senior centers and runs the Project’s rural transit system, mistakenly believed that they would have a $100,000 shortfall for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. 

Consequently, they began cutting staff hours and were requesting assistance from residents and local groups concerned about the situation.

When HOTCOG became aware of the misunderstanding, they contacted the Senior Project and explained that while the amount of money the state sends this year may be off slightly, any difference was nowhere near the $100,000 the Project personnel had thought. 

Fri
18
Nov

On-site doctor keeps closer tabs on hospital patients

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A recent development in doctor-patient care at hospitals is the use of a hospitalist, which is a doctor who is not connected to a clinic but rather works at the hospital to be available for the needs of hospital patients, whose own doctors are often not immediately available.  

Parkview Regional Hospital’s hospitalist, Dr. T.J. Webb, is not only filling that role but also helping to develop a hospitalist program at Parkview so that when he leaves someday the program will be firmly in place. 

Dr. Webb spoke both to the Mexia Lions Club and to the Rotary Club of Mexia about his plans at Parkview and also his background and what brought him to this area. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
18
Nov

Commissioners court to canvass election returns

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

County commissioners are expected to canvass the precinct returns of the Nov. 8 General Election, an important but generally uneventful matter, at their meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Also at the meeting, the court plans to consider salary adjustments of certain Law Enforcement Center employees; accept donations for a bullet-proof vest and care of a K9 officer; approve contracts for housing inmates and providing inmate pharmacy service; and renew contracts for Internet and fire department service.  

As for canvassing the election returns, the action is conducted in accordance with Texas Election Code, Title 6, Chapter 67, Section 67.002 (1), which makes the court responsible for this activity.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
16
Nov

Shoebox gifts could make eternal difference

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

There are still a few days left to put together a Christmas shoebox of gifts for children in other countries as part of the popular project that hundreds of thousands of people across the United States participate in annually. The project is done through Samaritan’s Purse, part of Franklin Graham’s worldwide ministry. 

Called Operation Christmas Child, the effort is intended to show love and care to impoverished children in 109 countries, providing them a small box packed full of things the children would need and want.

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