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Mon
17
Mar

They're totally stumped


Gary Ross, left, and Shelby Hileman, 16, right, grind down a tree stump while other workers for Ricky Lide prepare the ground for the foundation of the new Economic Development Corp. building at the corner of Sherman and Palestine streets. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Gary Ross, left, and Shelby Hileman, 16, right, grind down a tree stump while other workers for Ricky Lide prepare the ground for the foundation of the new Economic Development Corp. building at the corner of Sherman and Palestine streets.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
17
Mar

Navarro to unveil addition Thursday


A welcome house is coming up Thursday so visitors can check out the new administration building (above) at Navarro College’s South campus in Mexia. Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The community is invited Thursday to a grand opening celebration for the new addition to the Navarro College South Campus.
The 8,800-square foot administration building will be open for visitors to tour and learn how the new space will be used.
The college broke ground on the project last June. The centerpiece of the new building is a common area immediately inside the front door. The area will provide more room for studying, eating and gathering, as well as a kitchen with microwaves a refrigerator, sink and vending items.
“Part of our mission is to serve the community and we believe this expansion accomplishes a few major objectives for our district,” said District President Barbara Kavalier. “We felt it was very important to have adequate study space for our students and this is a beautiful space for them to hang out and study.”

Fri
14
Mar

Motorcycle-car crash sends man to hospital


Mexia Fire Department personnel wait at the scene of a wreck Thursday while other first responders put the driver of the motorcycle involved in the wreck onto an air ambulance helicopter. The motorcycle and car crashed into each other around noon on FM 2838 near its intersection with U.S. 84 about four and a half miles west of Mexia. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

A car and motorcycle collided 4 miles west of Mexia Thursday morning, sending the cyclist to an area hospital.
The accident happened on FM 2838 just north of U.S. 84 at about 11:45 a.m.
Bobby Todd, 70, of Granbury, was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedan southbound on FM 2838. He said he is an employee at the Mexia State Supported Living Center and had just left the facility.
Todd said he turned left to enter the small fork the road makes as it intersects U.S. 84 in preparation for turning eastbound toward Mexia.
Meanwhile Ricky Blackmon, 58, of Mexia, was driving a 2004 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide motorcycle and had just turned north onto FM 2838 where it begins at U.S. 84.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
14
Mar

Low-cost cat spay/neuter program extended through March


Two of the feral cats that hang around McDonald’s enjoy a warm, sunny day lazing on this rock decoration in the back of the restaurant’s parking lot. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

At its board meeting Monday, March 10, LARAS House reiterated its commitment to getting dogs and cats in Limestone County spayed or neutered as soon as they can have the surgery.
Board members worked hard during the month of February, which was designated as National Spay Month, to see that the word was spread locally of the importance of this mission.
“One thing that really helped us was the commitment by Limestone Veterinary Hospital to offer reduced-cost spay and neuter operations to local cat owners," said board member Orma Williams. "About 75 cats got fixed at the local clinic.”
The board discussed plans to aid other animal owners in the months ahead, particularly just ahead of the National Spay Month next February.
Limestone Veterinary Hospital thought that the cat neuter program it offered in February was so successful that it would continue it in March to help LARAS House reduce the number of unwanted cats in Limestone County.

Wed
12
Mar

County prison one of two finalists for fed contract


Mike Sutton, longtime director of the Limestone County Detention Center, checks on the exterior of the currently empty, county-owned private prison. Sutton formed a small company to run the facility for the county while county leaders try to find another source of inmates. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
It was revealed at Monday’s Limestone County commissioners court meeting that the county’s privately owned prison is one of only two still being considered for a long-term contract to house inmates for the federal government.
The county has been working to win the contract, called CAR-XV, for the past year, and County Judge Daniel Burkeen has in the past expressed optimism about the county’s chances for winning the contract for the Limestone County Detention Center. He was not at Monday’s meeting, however, because he was testifying before the County Affairs Committee of the Texas Legislature.
The LCDC has been empty for nine months, noted Commissioner John McCarver, who expressed less confidence in the future of the facility. He was conducting the meeting in Burkeen’s absence.
“I think in the near future we’re going to have to make some decisions out there,” McCarver said. “It’s costing quite a bit of money.”

Wed
12
Mar

Park springs to life


Tuesday’s spring-like weather saw Mexia’s Hughes City Park filled with children enjoying the chance to use the playground equipment. Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

Tuesday’s spring-like weather saw Mexia’s Hughes City Park filled with children enjoying the chance to use the playground equipment.

Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

Wed
12
Mar

Council OKs tax abatements on second vote

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
City Council agreed on their second look at the issue to grant tax abatements to a new company after a lively half-hour City Council meeting Tuesday.
The move, which will cost the city approximately $47,340 in tax revenue over five years, was approved in a 3-2-1 vote
At a March 4 called meeting, Council agreed unanimously to grant a $150,000 forgivable loan to Rogers Manufacturing Corp., but balked at allowing a second request to have taxes forgiven, voting 3-2 to deny the request.
Rogers will be making trusses in a building on Industrial Boulevard it has agreed to buy from Carry-On trailers. That project will cost $2.3 million and employ 21 people with an annual payroll of $600,000.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
05
Mar

Never too young


Raylee Masters, of Thornton, eyes the arena as she gets firmly grounded on her sheep in the mutton bustin’ contest Friday at the county Fairgrounds, part of the annual county fair in Limestone County. For more photos from the mutton bustin’ competition, turn to Page 8. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Raylee Masters, of Thornton, eyes the arena as she gets firmly grounded on her sheep in the mutton bustin’ contest Friday at the county Fairgrounds, part of the annual county fair in Limestone County. For more photos from the mutton bustin’ competition, turn to Page 8.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
05
Mar

Primary election results announced


Election workers, seated from left, Lede Salazar, of Groesbeck, and Robbie Pettigrew, of Kosse, check in the first electronic ballots for Limestone County to be turned in Tuesday evening at the Courthouse, those from election judge Debbie Hall, of Precinct 301 at 7:28 p.m. At rear from left, are election workers Connie Stratton and Rene Jefferson. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Results in Limestone County local-interest races in the March 4 Republican primary elections are:
State Senator, District 5
Charles Schwertner, R (i) 1,899 100%

State Rep. District 12
Timothy Delasandro, R 596 27.76%
Kyle Kacal, R (i) 1,551 72.24%

District Judge, 87th Judicial District
Deborah Oakes Evans, R (i) 1,974 100%

District Clerk  
Carol Sue Jenkins, R (i) 1,418 62.55%
Valerie Henson, R 849 37.45%

County Judge  
Daniel Burkeen, R (i) 2,025 100%

County Clerk
Peggy Beck, R (i) 2,150 100%

County Treasurer
Carol Pickett, R 1,946 100%

Pct. 2, County Commissioner  
W.A. (Sonny) Baker, R 176 51.61%
Brad Connally, R 165 48.39%

Pct. 4, County Commissioner:  
Bobby Forrest, R (i) 438 68.01%
Joe Teel, R 206 31.99%

Pct. 1, Justice of the Peace
Marcus Ray Hanna, R (i) 659 100%

Mon
03
Mar

Ice, bitter cold close schools, roads


Ice melts from the branches of a crepe myrtle outside Mexia High School Monday morning after a winter storm left roads slick and caused cancellation of all MISD classes that day. Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
An ice storm caused school closings, utility failures and nerve-wracking drives for Mexia-area drivers Monday morning, but hard freezes should be gone for the rest of the week.
Mexia ISD on Sunday sent an announcement it would delay school opening by two hours the next day, but around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, classes were canceled for the day.
There were reports of power outages in the Tehuacana area, but not in the city of Mexia, although some fallen branches were being removed from residential roadways Monday morning.
Internet provided by Northland Cable failed Monday morning, a problem the company said was caused by electrical loss.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

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