News

Mon
29
Dec

Weather Service offers free class

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth wants to help the public prepare for the 2015 severe weather season, so is offering a free class in the SKYWARN severe weather program from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Limestone County Courthouse in Groesbeck. The event is being held in partnership with Limestone County Emergency Management.
This class is free and no pre-registration is necessary. This class is for official storm spotters as well as anyone with an interest in learning more about severe weather. This is a part of an area-wide severe weather preparedness campaign, which will include spotter training sessions across 46 counties in North and Central Texas.

Mon
29
Dec

County to get good prices on deputy squad cars

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
As the year was winding down, Limestone County commissioners court took care of a few final details at its Dec. 22 meeting, the last time they meet this year. Commissioners arranged to get good prices on squad cars for the Sheriff’s Office, paid bills at the county-owned prison, passed on the opportunity of initiating a burn ban and renewed its indigent health care plan.
The court approved an interlocal agreement with the Tarrant County Cooperatiave Purchasing Program to buy cars for the Sheriff’s Office.
“This allows us to get the state buy-rates through Tarrant County’s purchasing program, as we’ve done with other purchasing programs,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court.
After the meeting Sheriff Dennis Wilson explained that the agreement would provide for the Sheriff’s Office’s purchasing four cars this fiscal year.

Mon
22
Dec

History lesson


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Boy Scout Troop 476 leader Richard Hutyra, center, and his scouts, son Hunter, 13, and Justin Bartek, 13, all of Hewitt, watch with interest as they hear about the history of trapping beaver for fur from Dale Stinson, of Montalba. The demonstration took place at Christmas at the Fort, an annual event at Old Fort Parker, held Dec. 11-14 this year.

Mon
22
Dec

Footwear giveaway puts shoes on Sims kids’ feet


Mexia ISD Police Chief Jess Whisler gives a pair of new shoes to R.Q. Sims Intermediate School student Keiniya Thornton, 9, and each of her classmates, as part of a giveaway of nearly 400 pairs of shoes, one to each Sims student and teacher, on Dec. 11. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Every student and teacher at Mexia’s R.Q. Sims Intermediate School got a free pair of new shoes last week.
The giveaway took place Thursday, Dec. 11, at the school, with help from volunteer Mexia Police officers.
The shoes were comfortable slip-ons, either black or tan, provided by a popular, high-quality shoe manufacturer that has a program to anonymously donate the footwear if someone simply pays for the shipping to get the shoes to where they are needed.
Mexia ISD substitute teacher Bryan Hallmark, who is also pastor of Mexia First Assembly of God, provided the shipping charges courtesy of the church and arranged for the nearly 400 pairs of shoes to be sent to Mexia.
A few weeks before the giveaway, Sims teachers measured the students’ feet, using a measurement tool the company had provided, but did not tell them why.

Mon
22
Dec

County honors officials, employees, donors


Limestone County Commissioners Court, represented by County Judge Daniel Burkeen, left, presents a commemorative table clock to outgoing Pct. 2 Commissioner William ‘Pete’ Kirven for his work while in office. The presentation was made at the commissioners court’s Dec. 8 meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court’s Dec. 8 meeting began with a flurry of presentations in which two officials were honored for their years of service, county employees were recognized for reaching their own years of work and donors were thanked for providing needed funds.
Retiring County Treasurer Carol Bostain was presented a plaque, as was County Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven, whose term ends Dec. 31.
“We appreciate her many years of services in this spot,” Burkeen said of Bostain, then reading from the plaque: “‘with honor and deep appreciation for her dedicated and outstanding service to Limestone County, Aug. 20, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2014.’”
Presenting Kirven with a similar plaque, Burkeen read his, too:

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

Fri
19
Dec

Outstanding!


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Chosen winner in Best Traditional in the Mexia Garden Club’s Christmas Lighting Contest is the home of Jimmy and Betty Prather, 801 Mesquite Lane.

Fri
19
Dec

Nice job!


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Winning for Most Creative in the Mexia Garden Club’s Christmas Lighting Contest is the home of Jesse and Erika Retana, 818 Crestline.

Wed
17
Dec

Death penalty for McLelland’s murderer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The man accused of gunning down a Wortham native and his wife in 2013 was sentenced to death Wednesday after being found guilty of capital murder in the woman’s death.
Eric Lyle Williams was charged in the murders of Kaufman County’s assistant district attorney, Mark Hasse; district attorney, Mike McLelland; and his wife, Cynthia McLelland.
Hasse was shot dead Jan. 31, 2013 in a parking lot on his way to the courthouse. Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were shot more than a dozen times each in their Forney home March 30, 2013.

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

Wed
17
Dec

Rotary Club uses summer camp to mold Mexia teens


Campers at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp held in Bastrop June 29-July 4 try to perform firefighting activities while wearing the heavy gear required for the job, and while other RYLA campers cheer on their new friends. The activity was part of a games afternoon for the teens and took place at the Bluebonnet Volunteer Fire Department. Contributed photo/Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The teenage years may – or may not – be a time of developing adult skills. Rotary Club of Mexia tries each year to make sure at least two Mexia teens develop leadership abilities by sending them to a weeklong summer camp, called Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, where adults work with the young people to mature on the path to leadership.
RYLA is a joint effort by all the Rotary Clubs in a single district, in this case District 5870, which covers a large swathe of central Texas from Corsicana south nearly to Victoria.
All 62 Rotary Clubs in District 5870 pay the expenses for the respective one or two high school students in their area they each send to the camp. This past summer, the camp was held from June 29 to July 4 at McKinney Roughs in Bastrop, where it has been held for the past several years.

Wed
17
Dec

Last defendant sentenced in tax fraud scheme

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The last of a group of Mexia income tax preparers who pleaded guilty to filing false claims to the IRS has been sentenced to serve time in federal prison.
Joshua Duane Stifle, who worked at A-Kind Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Mexia, pleaded guilty in August to aiding or assisting false or fraudulent documents and fraud and false statement during 2008 and 2009. He was sentenced Dec. 10 to 24 months in prison, three years of supervised released served concurrently with his prison time, and ordered to pay $842,815 in restitution.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News