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Wed
17
Aug

Wreck sends four to hospital

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A car hit an SUV on U.S. 84 in Mexia Thursday, Aug. 11, sending four people involved to the hospital. 

The wreck happened just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 84 and College Street, on the western end of Mexia. 

According to the report by Mexia Police Sgt. Brian Bell, Kaley Pearson, 30, of Buffalo, was traveling eastbound in a silver 2013 Toyota Camry right behind a white 2005 Buick Rendevous, driven by Jaloria Kirven, 30, of Mexia. 

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Wed
17
Aug

MISD Board postpone Ross’s replacement

By Harry T. Darby

Editor/Publisher

 

The Mexia Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday evening and postponed any action on replacing outgoing Mexia ISD Superintendent, Dr. Sharon Ross.

In a unanimous vote, the board voted to hold a special meeting August 29 to revisit the matter. Ross’s last scheduled day with the district is Aug. 31. Ross announced earlier in the month that she planned to retire.

In her letter to the school district she wrote, “God has blessed me to be the leader of Mexia ISD for the past three years and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences on this journey. After much prayer and sincere thought, the time has come for me to change directions and focus on other areas in my life. The next chapter is much greater and I look forward to new adventures.”

Tue
16
Aug

Mexia groups leave no child without

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

If any Mexia child starting school this year doesn’t have enough school supplies, it isn’t for lack of opportunity.

At least 28 Mexia organizations worked together to provide supplies for 400 students in what has become an annual school supply giveaway, held this year on Saturday, Aug. 13. 

The event was held at the Mexia Junior High cafetorium, which was jammed with lines of tables that the students’ parents or guardians guided them through. Volunteers from the organizations manned the tables handing out the item their business, church or club was providing.

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Tue
16
Aug

Coolidge home total loss

Staff Writer

Firefighters from four different departments responded to a house fire in Coolidge on Friday, Aug. 12, when the call went out a little after 2 p.m. 

At least four fire trucks and an EMS unit lined the 400 block of North Second Street, a little north of it’s intersection with Armour, with firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze in the 100-degree heat. Meanwhile, Game Warden Mark Anderson directed traffic away from the fire scene.

Billowing from the top of the wooden structure was a large amount of smoke, sometimes thick and black, other times white tinged with yellow. The wind blew the smoke sideways until it covered the neighborhood and even at times State Hwy. 171, a block away. 

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Tue
16
Aug

Hernandez sentenced to 12-years in prison

Mexia Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Possession in a Drug Free Zone

A Limestone County 77th District Court jury sentenced Francisco Javier Hernandez to 12 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Tuesday, Aug. 9 after convicting him of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone. The 28-year old Mexia man was prosecuted for possessing methamphetamine found after he was pulled over in December 2015 for a traffic violation. 

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Fri
12
Aug

Debate to justify county raises

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court made another attempt to finalize the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. 

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who writes the county’s initial budget, began the second budget work session, held Aug. 9, by telling commissioners he did not think this was a good time for raises beyond those already agreed upon for all Road and Bridge employees and for all the deputies.  

“This is a bad year; there’s no money available,” Burkeen said. “This is not a raise year. I did propose a few increases and adjustments. Those were not to give an across-the-board cost-of living raise but to address specific issues: at Road and Bridge, where we’re having turnover; and at Law Enforcement, where we’re having turnover and trouble keeping up, because I just don’t think we can afford an across-the-board raise.” 

Fri
12
Aug

Big party shut down

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Three Limestone County deputies were commended by Patrol Captain Lee Cox for showing courage by running into a place where shots had been fired in a large private party, and where the deputies were outnumbered by the partygoers by more than a hundred to one. 

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 7, and began with Cox and Corporal Ruben Esquivel discovering an outdoor party at the intersection of State Hwy. 14 and FM 1246 in Thornton, with about 400-500 attending. 

The officers checked it out and initially found conditions acceptable, with no underage drinking, parking violations or complaints of loud music. Nevertheless, the officers monitored the situation, keeping visible as they worked traffic on the adjacent highways. 

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Wed
10
Aug

MSSLC Gala proceeds to make life better

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Those considering attending the annual gala fundraiser of the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council have just over two weeks to get their tickets and possibly sponsor a table. 

The gala is set with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, Mexia. 

“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” or “Let the good times roll!” said Cheryl Cockrell, MSSLC community liaison, in a nod to the Mardi Gras theme this year. 

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Wed
10
Aug

County learns of estimated new tax rates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Tax Assessor-Collector Stacy Hall reported to commissioners court at its Aug. 9 meeting the tax rates she estimates will be required for the new fiscal year. 

The court heard this news and also learned the latest update on the cost of preparing the Limestone County Detention Center to open, heard the July statistics on the jail and Juvenile Detention Center and approved closing LCR 402 temporarily on Sept. 17 so the county’s two hospitals can hold a 5K run. 

“The effective tax rate calculated to $0.7622,” Hall told the court, meaning how much the rate would have to be to produce the same revenue as last year.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
10
Aug

CRG’s fun in education

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County residents looking for fun and free activities for their children and themselves may want to note that the Confederate Reunion Grounds has year-round programming for people of all ages. 

Site educator Julianna Lindsay spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently about the programs the CRG has been offering and also the reason for them. 

“One of the things we try to do at the Texas Historical Commission is not only take care of the sites but also provide ongoing education for the communities,” she said. “We try to tie it to the history of the site, but what constitutes a tie can be very nebulous, depending on how you want to define it. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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