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Fri
02
May

Garden Stroll takes place tomorrow 


The Smith Lodge built by Blake Smith Sr. in 1932, is one of four sites available for view at this year’s Backyard Garden Stroll. The biennial event, hosted by the Mexia Garden Club, is tomorrow, from 2 to 6 p.m., and tickets are still available. Contributed photo

One of the country gardens on the Mexia Garden Club’s Backyard Garden Stroll is the Smith Lodge built by Blake Smith Sr. in 1932. The lodge is now owned by his son, Robert Pat, and his wife, Barbara.
Although the home sits near a busy highway, a winding driveway transports visitors to a serene country setting where they are greeted by a breathtaking elm tree believed to be over 100 years old. The perennial flower beds surrounding the home represent a work in progress, combining oleanders and crepe myrtles with evergreen wax leaf ligustrum, abelias and holly ferns.
The Stroll takes place Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 6 p.m. This year the club presents four beautiful gardens to stroll: the Smith Lodge, Confederate Reunion Grounds, early 20th-century Texas farmhouse replica home of Bob and Sharon Kersten home, built in 2009; and the garden of Judy Erickson.

Fri
02
May

Popsicle stick bridge project tests students’ skills


As Mexia science teacher Bill Matthews lets go of the 10-kg weight hanging from a Popsicle stick bridge constructed by physics students Caroline Kendall, left, and Keristen Washington, the teens react with joy and relief. Through the competition, the students learned about natural forces, research, planning, analysis, follow-through and teamwork. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia High School science teacher Bill Matthews knew he had a winner on his hands when he saw his physics students’ response to his proposed Popsicle stick bridge-building contest.
Matthews was looking for a fun, interesting, hands-on project the kids would enjoy as much as the mousetrap-powered model car race he did last year. He found a winner on the Internet in the Popsicle stick bridge building contest, which is sponsored nationally by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
“I put it on the calendar and told the kids we would do it the last six weeks,” he said. “Well, from the moment I put it down, I was being asked every other day, ‘When are we going to build bridges?’ They were really looking forward to it.”
What may have seemed like fun and games was actually an ingenious lesson in many areas: natural forces, research, planning, analysis, follow-through and teamwork, to name a few.

Fri
02
May

County recognizes airport manager Miller for award


Limestone County commissioners court recognizes Limestone County Airport manager Buddy Miller and wife Barbara at the April 28 commissioners court meeting for the airport’s recent designation as the state’s most improved general aviation airport. Shown here (l-r) are Commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen, Barbara and Buddy Miller, and Commissioners William ‘Pete’ Kirven and John McCarver. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Airport manager Buddy Miller was honored at Monday’s commissioners court for the airport’s recent designation as Texas’ most improved airport.
The award originally had been made at the 32nd Annual Texas Aviation Conference, which was held in Dallas April 9-11.
“Limestone County was designated as the most improved general aviation airport in this state for the past year,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court, “and that is a reflection of the work that Buddy and Barbara have done at the airport, in making those improvements and overseeing and managing the airport.
“We appreciate what y’all do,” he told the Millers.
Miller also received certificates recording resolutions of congratulations from U.S. Rep. Kyle Kacel and State Sen. Charles Schwertner.
“We’re very proud to get that recognition from our state officials,” Burkeen said.

Mon
28
Apr

DA employee responds to crime victims’ needs


Victims Coordinator Phyllis Leeth speaks to the Mexia Lions Club about her job at the Limestone County DA’s Office. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The job of law enforcement officers is to catch the perpetrators and the job of the DA is to convict, but what happens to the victims, who often are in shock and disarray after a crime and may have all kinds of problems even getting medical care, counseling or to a trial to testify? That’s where Limestone County Victim Coordinator Phyllis Leeth steps in to help.
As an employee of the DA’s office, Leeth focuses on the victims and tries to identify their needs and get them onto a path where those needs will be met while the DA is trying to get them justice.
Leeth has a degree in psychology and has been working in victims services for about 12 years. She has worked in the private sector as well as for churches, ministries and even prison ministries.

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

Mon
28
Apr

County renominates Wilson to MHMR board

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson will continue to represent Limestone County at the state level in the area of mental health issues. Limestone County commissioners court renominated Wilson at its April 14 meeting to the MHMR Center board of directors, where he has served for several years.
“I think he’s done a good job,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen said, “especially since he serves on the HB 3793 Panel set up by the Legislature to come up with some mental health planning in the future that directly affects the people he deals with in the jail.”
Wilson had positive words about Burkeen, too, in dealing with mental health in Texas.

Wed
23
Apr

County to auction retired iron bridge online


This old pony truss bridge was recently removed from use by Limestone County Road and Bridge Department personnel after the Texas Department of Transportation ordered it closed. The county plans to auction it online through local auctioneer Jerry Kennedy. Robbie Pettigrew can be seen looking at the bridge in the yard of the Road and Bridge Department, where she works. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have agreed to sell on the Internet a bridge that the Road and Bridge Department removed from LCR 192. The bridge was closed about a month ago by orders of the Texas Department of Transportation.
County Engineer Ted Kantor said at the commissioners court’s April 14 meeting that the structure was a worn pony truss bridge and he has had several inquiries into it. Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven said he had several inquiries, too. The court agreed to allow auctioneer Jerry Kennedy to sell it on his website.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen noted that most people interested in the bridge were local and asked that those interested be notified about the website. He also said Kennedy would post any required legal notices. The bridge is at the Road and Bridge Department

Wed
23
Apr

First pitch


Former Blackcat and long-time baseball supporter Tink Easterling threw out the first pitch of Mexia’s final home game of the season Tuesday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Ferris

Former Blackcat and long-time baseball supporter Tink Easterling threw out the first pitch of Mexia’s final home game of the season Tuesday night.
Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Ferris

Mon
21
Apr

Mexia sales tax receipts down for month, year

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for April dropped almost 17 percent compared to last year, as did totals in two of the other four taxing entities in Limestone County.

Mexia re­ceived $198,429.89 this period, down 16.65 percent from the $238,082.31 reported sent in this month in 2013.

Year-to-date, Mexia has received $845,984.14, down 2.16 percent from the $864,724.38 year-to-date total 12 months ago.

Revenues this month were up 17.69 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $59,294.06 this period compared to $50,377.39 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 11.33 percent compared to a year ago, for a total of $239,233.36, compared to $214,881.88 at this time last year.

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

Mon
21
Apr

One jump ahead

Geordon Chambers, 7, takes the lead in the sack race at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church’s Easter celebration Saturday, April 19.

Mon
21
Apr

County to maintain flood control structures

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners voted at their April 14 meeting to keep maintaining the flood control structures in the northwest part of the county as a way to prevent larger flooding issues.

Ed Schwille, of the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation Board, which oversees the operation and maintenance of the structures, reported to the court about his plans to apply herbicide to control the brush around the structures in May and June. He said he would need about $7,000 to buy what he needed for the project. He had appeared before the court last month telling the commissioners they would need to consider this upcoming expense.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen told Schwille he had been notified by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that some of the dams in Limestone County were at the end of their expected lifespans, and suggested the county apply for funds to replace them.

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