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Fri
13
Mar

Detour ahead


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia City Water Department personnel work on a leak in a pipe beneath Milam Street Tuesday afternoon, March 9. The leak was repaired and the road patched by the end of the day.

Fri
13
Mar

Horse Show set for March 22


Young horse enthusiasts hold their animals steady while a professional judge evaluates them at a former Limestone County Fair horse show. This year’s annual horse show is planned for Sunday, March 22, at the show barn of the county fairgrounds, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing most of the day. Residents are encouraged to attend the event to see the youth and their animals. Admission is free. Mexia News file photo

Those who enjoy horses will want to mark their calendars for Sunday, March 22, which is when the annual Limestone County Fair Horse Show is scheduled.
The event will be held at the show barn of the county fairgrounds, near Groesbeck beginning at 10 a.m.
Entrants will begin checking in between 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 that morning.
The deadline for validation of entries was to be Saturday, March 7. There is a modest fee for registration of each horse and small fees for each event.

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

Wed
11
Mar

New city building to provide needed space


Lee Gomez, of Axtell, left, and Tim Dale, of Mexia, both workers with Bi-Stone Building Supply, examine a wall they are constructing in Mexia’s new city office building at the corner of McKinney and Main. According to City Manager Larry Brown, the Water Department, payroll personnel, building inspector, code compliance officer, city secretary, and the city manager and his administrative assistant will be able to move their offices into the new location in four to six weeks. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Work on Mexia’s new office building is proceeding, and city employees are expected to move into their new, more spacious offices in four to six weeks, if all goes according to plan.
The city took possession of the new building approximately Feb. 21, when Citizens National Bank moved to its new location on Milam Street.
City Council in July gave final approval via resolution to swap the building at 405 E. Milam once occupied by the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce and the city Economic Development Corp., for the building at 101 N. McKinney, known for many years to Mexia residents as the First Mexia Bank Building.
According to Mexia City Manager Larry Brown, Scott Condon of Bi-Stone Building Supply is doing some of the renovations, particularly moving some of the interior walls, but Brown is trying to keep the cost of the updates low. The biggest change being made is moving a wall to make the bathrooms ADA compliant.

Wed
11
Mar

All systems go for prison contract applications


Members of the Limestone County commissioners court at their March 9 meeting listen to Waco attorney Herb Bristow speak of the result of his negotiations with prison-operating company Management and Training Corporation concerning applications for two long-term federal contracts to house inmates that MTC is submitting on behalf of the Limestone County Detention Center. Shown here, clockwise from left, are County Judge Daniel Burkeen, commissioners W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker and John McCarver, and Bristow. Also present but not shown are commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have signed off on agreements with a prison-operating company to submit applications for two different federal contracts to house inmates at the county-owned private prison, and this time the county has a better chance of winning one of them.
The court action took place following an executive session, which is closed to the public, during a break in the proceedings of the regular meeting Monday, March 9.
After the court returned to open session, Waco attorney Herb Bristow, who advises the county on legal matters, listed the main highlights of the applications being submitted by Utah-based Management and Training Corporation to use the Limestone County Detention Center for either of two proposals to house federal inmates. The proposals are called CAR-16, which would use 2,000 beds, and CAR-17, which calls for 2,400 beds.

Mon
09
Mar

Coolidge run ends against Waelder


Delvin Smith looks for an opening in the second half as Coolidge cuts into the Waelder lead. Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The Coolidge Yellowjackets (29-6) hit the court in Austin Friday riding a 19-game win streak. They were coming off a win over then second-ranked Laneville, continuing the high-octane attack that characterized the season into the playoffs.
But the Waelder Wildcats had an answer for the high-scoring Yellowjackets, turning the tables and cruising to a 95-65 win in regional semifinal action.
“Our big strength this season has been dictating the tempo and style of play in the game,” said Coolidge coach Bryan Jones. “Today we let them dictate the game and they got in our heads. This was not a Coolidge game.”

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

Wed
04
Mar

'Fully engulfed'


Mexia News photo by Brenda Sommer

By the time this fire was noticed and called in to firefighters, the Wortham Tire Shop was already fully engulfed in flames. The fire occurred about 8 a.m. Wednesday at the shop, located on the east side of the southern edge of Wortham on Hwy. 14. No one was injured in the blaze. The sound of exploding items inside the wood-framed, tin-roofed building made for a frightening environment, and ash rained down on nearby homes and vehicles. The two school buses parked in front of the building, belonging to Wortham ISD, were damaged by the high heat and flames, and one is considered totaled. The buses were on site for repairs. The fire did not spread beyond the shop’s property. It took firefighters an hour to declare the blaze “under control,” and the business is a total loss. Fire Marshall Kelly Craig said the fire likely was electrical in origin, and is not considered suspicious. He said he believes the business was insured.

Mon
02
Mar

Talent show time in Mexia this Friday


The 60th Annual Rotary Club of Mexia Talent Show, scheduled for Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium, promises to showcase Mexia’s talented kids, like Rebecca Gonzalez in the 2014 talent contest, shown here doing a Hula-hoop routine to ‘Mambo No. 5.” Rebecca tied for second place in the junior division. Sixteen acts are scheduled, eight in the junior division, meaning kindergarten through fifth grade, and eight in the senior division, meaning sixth through 12th grades. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia students with performing abilities have been practicing for weeks now and will take the stage this coming Friday, March 6, for the 60th Annual Rotary Club of Mexia Talent Show.
The event will be held at the Mexia High School Auditorium and begins at 7 p.m., with admission of $5 for adults and $3 for students k-12. The auditorium fills up fast for this event, because everyone wants the best seat they can find.
The talent show is usually a real crowd pleaser since residents usually like to see and hear their neighbors and their children perform. Each year, new talent emerges and former favorites return to give their rendition of a popular song or occasionally an original tune.

Mon
02
Mar

Only one race contested in May local elections

There will be one contested race for Mexia ISD’s two open slots on the board of trustees, and none for the four open positions on City Council, when this May’s elections roll around.
The filing deadline for a place on the May 9 ballot for both the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees election and Mexia City Council elections was Friday, Feb. 27.
Places 6 and 7 were open on the Mexia ISD, spots currently filled by Jackie Craig and Ron Fowler, respectively. Both have filed for re-election, but Craig has drawn an opponent, Israel Flores.
Seats up for grabs on the Mexia City Council were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller.
All four of those candidates have filed for re-election, and they are the only candidates who did so.

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

Wed
25
Feb

Snowfall a rare treat for Limestone County


Michelle Lugo, left, and Candy Robles, both Mexia High School seniors, enjoy Wednesday morning’s snowfall with a few minutes of snowball fighting. Lugo said she was asleep when she received a MISD text informing her class was canceled. But she didn’t realize it had snowed until Daniela Angeles, also an MHS senior, woke her up and told her. For more photos from the snowfall, see Pages 3, 8 and 10. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
School kids enjoyed a “snow day” Wednesday as the first significant snowfall since February 2011 made for a slushy Mexia morning.
Snowflakes begin to fall around 7:30 a.m. in Mexia, continuing until around 9:30 a.m. within the city limits. Warmer temperatures and peeking sunshine melted frozen slush off roadways by lunchtime, but snow up to an inch remained on cooler surfaces like lawns and landscaping.
Limestone County was part of a band of snow forecast by the National Weather Service for at least 46 North Texas counties, with the heaviest snows predicted north of a line from Athens to Fairfield to Cameron.
“As of 9:20 a.m., it’s still snowing pretty good east of a line from Greenville to Terrell to Groesbeck,” the Limestone County Emergency Management office reported yesterday.

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

Mon
16
Feb

Got the X factor


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

R.Q. Sims Intermediate School students, l-r, Tyonna Hubbard, 10, Essence Robertson, 10, and Kyra Robertson, 11, show their dancing skills at the auditions for the upcoming Rotary Club Talent Show. Tryouts were held this week for Mexia students from first through 12th grades.

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