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Fri
27
May

Mexia native to receive A&M’s highest honor

Mexia native David G. Eller is shown being notified that he will be given the Texas A&M 2016 Distinguished Alumni by a member of Texas A&M’s Ross Volunteers honor guard.

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
27
May

Opening day for city pool is June 8

Efrain Barco, 5, and his cousin Giselle Yepez, 4, run through the waterspouts at Mexia swimming pool on opening day last year. The pool opens for the summer this year June 8.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Get your water wings and swimsuits out of storage – the Mexia city pool opens soon.
Pool opening day is Wednesday, June 8, at 1 p.m., lasting until 6 p.m. The pool will be closed Mondays, but will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.
General admission will cost $4 per person. Season pass costs are: individual, $100; family of four; $250, each additional member, $50.
Rentals are being accepted, and bookings may be made for 7 to 9 p.m., with the exception of all Mondays (due to cleaning) and July 4.
Renters must go to the city manager’s office to sign up/ pay for parties. Phone call reservations will not be accepted.
The 2016 rental rate for parties with a maximum of 75 people are based on the number attending and the length of the party. Those rates are:
• up to 49 people: $130.
• 50 - 75 people: $145.

Fri
27
May

Summer school offered at MISD

Attention parents!
Mexia ISD is offering summer school for qualifying bilingual and English as a Second Language students who live in the district and are entering kindergarten or first grade.
Classes take place at A.B. McBay Elementary School, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. They begin Monday, June 6, and end Thursday, June 30. Breakfast and lunch will be served to students.
Pick up an application at McBay Elementary, at 1000 N. Ross Ave. in Mexia.
For questions, call McBay Principal Brenda Sellers at 254-562-4030 or Director of District Services Shelli Killingsworth at 254-562-4000.

Wed
25
May

‘Shattered Dreams’ brings home DWI danger

Mexia High students were grim-faced as they watched Mexia EMS staff “treat” one of the pretend-victims of a staged car crash at the school Tuesday.
DPS Trooper Chet Seelinger gives the horizontal gaze nystagmus test to the pretend-drunken driver who was the “cause” of the staged accident.
John Stubbs, left, and Collin Stubbs, of Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, load the “deceased” driver during the Shattered Dreams event Tuesday.
Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross, center, tapes a video. Shown pretending to be injured are junior Ian Chambers, on hood, and senior Rahi Patel in the back seat.
Mexia High students took the graphic staged accident scene seriously during Tuesday’s Shattered Dreams event.
Volunteer Roxanne Morris applies gory makeup to Mexia High junior Colton Jones.
Mexia High students gather around two wrecked vehicles, donated by Lee’s Wrecker Service, to watch emergency workers deal with the aftermath of a simulated drunken driving accident Tuesday.
Three Mexia High students, who played the parts of drunken passengers, are “arrested.”

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia High School students witnessed this week what the worst-case scenario of drinking and driving might be like when the school district hosted Shattered Dreams, a staged event that shows students the dramatic and graphic aftermath of a DUI accident.
The main scene took place Tuesday morning, May 24, at 9:30 on Bailey Street, behind the high school.
Two wrecked cars were quickly and quietly set in the street while most students were inside the school. Four students in one car had been made up to appear significantly injured, with movie-type gore and blood. Four students in the second car played the parts of teens who had been drinking. Police and deputies responded to the scene as they would to an actual wreck, followed by EMS units and an air ambulance helicopter.

Wed
25
May

Cut cable kills regional cell, Internet services

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
25
May

TxDOT starts night repairs to Hwy. 171

Mexia News Staff Report

Work has begun on night-time repairs to parts of Hwy. 171 north of Mexia, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Waco District has announced.
The project, begun Tuesday, will seal and apply an asphalt overlay to about 11 miles of Hwy. 171 between U.S. 84 in Mexia and FM 1951 in Coolidge.
The work will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and is being undertaken by Knife River Corp - South, of Waco, at a cost of $3.6 million.
The project is scheduled for mid- to late-August completion, weather permitting.
Signs warning of road work and temporary lane closures will be posted. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures, flaggers and temporary delays within the project area. TxDOT cautions motorists to be alert for construction personnel and equipment in the work areas.

Wed
25
May

Road closure request may be denied

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners may keep open the end of LCR 747, which nearby landowners had requested the county close, after the relatives of people interred in a family cemetery there objected.
The commissioners court dealt with that and other issues involving roads and the Road and Bridge Department at their May 10 meeting, including approving a sale of Road and Bridge’s surplus vehicles, delivering oil-and-sand mixture to the city of Kosse; and other minor matters.
Regarding LCR 747, a dead-end road off FM 937, southeast of Groesbeck, the land was recently purchased by new owners who want to keep their cattle in and outsiders out, except for those visiting a very small, 10-grave cemetery of the Roberts family, located on the portion of road that would be closed.
The court was prepared to allow the new owners to add a locked gate while ensuring Roberts would have a copy of the key.

Wed
25
May

Bain signs to play softball at Navarro College

Mexia senior McKenzie Bain, center, signed her letter of intent to play softball for the Navarro Bulldogs. With her are her mother, Jeanette, left, father, David, right, and Ladycat softball coach Courtney Adams, in back.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Ladycat softball standout McKenzie Bain signed her letter of intent to play softball with the Navarro Bulldogs Wednesday morning at Mexia High School.
Bain played third base and pitched for the Ladycats this past season and was named to the District 18-4A all-district first team as an infielder and the district’s all-academic team.
She led the team in batting during the regular season with a .565 batting average and had 39 hits, 28 runs, 28 RBI, 15 doubles, eight triples and two homeruns.
“I’m excited,” said Bain. “It’s going to be different.”
Bain had more or less made up her mind she wasn’t going to play softball at the college level, but all that changed once the Navarro softball coaching staff picked her up to play next season.
Parents David and Jeanette were on hand for the signing and were excited that their daughter will be playing close to home.

Mon
23
May

Fallen peace officers honored with service

Limestone County Deputy Emonty Means, at right, salutes fallen officers. Standing at the podium are Patrol Capt. Lee Cox, left, and DPS Trooper Damon Allen.
Limestone County unveil the new memorial monument dedicated to fallen peace officers of Limestone County.
An estimated 100 people attended or took part in the Peace Officers Memorial Service Friday, May 13.
Peace officers from various local branches of law enforcement perform a 21-gun salute to the fallen officers of Limestone County
Officer Richard Geiger plays a mournful melody on the bagpipes as part of the Peace Officers Memorial Service.
After the May 14 Peace Officers Memorial Service, those attending admired the new memorial monument to the county’s law enforcement officers who died while on duty.

By Kim Smith
Special to The Mexia News
The Peace Officer’s Memorial Service was held on the grounds of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and included the unveiling of a monument honoring those who have lost their lives while serving as peace officers.
Captain Lee Cox directed the program, and Sheriff Dennis Wilson took a moment to thank Cox for his hard work and dedication in making all the arrangements for the service and the monument.
The program started at noon on Friday, May 13, with the raising of the flag by Troopers Damon Allen and Damian Conner. The national anthem was sung by Stacey Duffield, who also sang Amazing Grace later in the program. Air Evac Lifeteam conducted a helicopter flyover during the singing of the national anthem. The Rev. Clifton Fox, from Groesbeck Church of Christ, offered the prayer.

Mon
23
May

Fun on the Fifth

Selena Buentello, 13, gets a laugh as Lazaro Perez shows her some of the freshly boiled corn he made at the Cinco de Mayo festival in Mexia.
Mom Marisela Hernandez, left, holds her son Alexander, while his twin, Christopher, watches Rosa Hernande make gorditas.
Eugenio and Maria Lara, of Mexia, take a break for Maria to eat corn while they listen to the bands play at the Cinco de Mayo festival.
Zack Beechum, of Mexia, gives his niece, Adriana Walker, 5, a piggy-back ride around the Cinco de Mayo festival.
Martin Martinez, right, is accompanied on vocals by Carlos Escudero, left, while Martinez’s son Joshua Martinez plays electric guitar at rear.
Russell Martinez, left, on keyboard, and Isaac Paiz, right, on bass guitar, appear intent as they perform with the group Nueva Inspiracion.

Downtown church Nueva Vida Assembly of God hosted the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 7, in the 200th block of East Commerce. The event featured food, fun and Christian music. Here's a look at the day's events, in photos taken by Mexia News Staff Writer Roxanne McKnight.

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