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Mon
31
Mar

Guard gives city first shot to buy armory

Mexia City Council will consider an offer to purchase the old Mexia National Guard Armory building on Tyler Street at a special meeting tonight.
A March 10 letter from Joint Force Headquarters in Austin states the property was acquired from the city of Mexia in 1957 but has been declared “excess,” meaning the Guard no longer needs the building. Because the land was acquired from the city, the letter states, the military is giving the city the first chance to buy the building.
The 15,620-square-foot building, built in 1962, sits on 5.725 acres, and is valued by the an appraiser hired by the Guard at $220,000. The city has long been interested in acquiring the facility to consolidate city offices into one location.

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Mon
24
Mar

Bluegrass, cobbler coming to Reunion Grounds


The Bluegrass Solution, a Houston-based bluegrass band, will play during a free concert Saturday, March 29, between 1 and 4 p.m. The band plays traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music and will perform beneath the park's 1893 dance pavilion. Contributed photo

A free afternoon of live bluegrass music is on tap for March 29 at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site.
The schedule for the day includes performances by The Bluegrass Solution, a Houston-based bluegrass band, playing hard driving traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music beneath the park's historic 1893 dance pavilion.
There will also be a special guest appearance by Karl Shiflett, nationally acclaimed bandleader of The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show. The music show, which is free, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
“The event is part of the ‘Camp Coffee, Cobbler & Jam’ music series that features 19th century through early-20th century music events celebrating the different genres of music and campfire cooking historically related to the Confederate Reunion Grounds,” said Dixie Hoover, site manager.

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

Mon
24
Mar

Four-day county fair launches Wednesday


Mexia FFA student David Sarabia, 13, exercises the Yorkshire pig he is raising to show in the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show March 26-29. Hundreds of children across the county are preparing for the event, whether they are showing animals or entering food items, or sewn or agricultural mechanical projects. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Hundreds of youths and their parents are making final preparations for the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show, coming up Wednesday through Saturday, March 26-29.
Cattle are having their fur clipped, pigs are being washed, goats and sheep are being groomed, chickens and rabbits are being prepared; and 4-H and FFA students who plan to enter food dishes, sewn items, artwork or agricultural mechanics projects are putting the final touches on their entries.
Residents who don’t have a child involved may help make the event a success by simply attending the fair, said David Groschke, Limestone County’s AgriLife Extension Agent of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Mon
17
Mar

County gets road project list for state grant funds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County Engineer Ted Kantor submitted to Limestone County commissioners court at Monday’s meeting a list of proposed road repairs to be funded by the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone grant.
The county is in the process of applying to receive $431,109, which the state has set aside for Limestone County to reimburse it for damage done to its roads by the oversized vehicles and machinery of the oil-and-gas industry.

Mon
17
Mar

Texting and driving bad as drinking and driving

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Drivers who wouldn’t dream of drinking and driving are putting themselves and others at risk by texting or even just talking on a cell phone while driving. That is the message of Marcy McFarland, trauma coordinator at Parkview Regional Hospital, in Mexia.
In her work at the hospital, McFarland has seen her share of motor vehicle crash victims. She recently spoke to the Mexia Lions Club on this subject and is looking for other venues where she can talk about this sometimes unacknowledged dangerous behavior.

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.

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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.”

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