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Tue
19
Apr

Plan calls for deputy training at prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners are considering approving agreements with several security firms to use the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, for training purposes.
While the companies would not pay for using the facility, the county would come out ahead financially because Limestone County deputies would be allowed to participate at no charge in the training that would go on there, rather than the county’s paying for them to go elsewhere for training to keep up their skills and certifications.
“They want to use really just J Building is what Lee (Cox, Sheriff’s Office patrol division) told me for training purposes,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court at its April 11 meeting. “In exchange, they’d let our people train out there for no cost; that may be oversimplifying it.”

Tue
19
Apr

Freestone County issues indictments

A grand jury indicted nine people on nine charges, including charges of failing to register as a sex offender and burglary.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it means a grand jury has found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
Indicted March 30 by the Freestone County Grand Jury were:
• Callie Jolene Pruitt, 30, of Teague, on a charge of possession of less than a gram of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), for an offense that allegedly occurred Jan. 1. She remains in custody.
• Jacob Dwain Riddle, 17, of Oakwood, on a charge of burglary of a building, for an offense that allegedly occurred Dec. 23. He was released on bond.
• Michael Anthony Passmore, 17, of Teague, on a charge of burglary of a building, for an offense that allegedly occurred Dec. 23. He was released on bond.

Fri
15
Apr

Boomtown Days, Market bring fun, learning

Educator Jana Cade, of Lake Mexia, shows Justin Fairless Jr., 3, of Teague, how to feed grass to miniature horse Cheeky without getting his fingers nibbled.
Wendal Barker, of Wortham, and Brenda Duke, of Mexia, admire a 1940 Ford at the Mexia H-E-B’s Boomtown History and Market Day on Saturday, April 2.
Jess Whisler, at right, checks out the antique tractors while those displaying tractors (l-r, are Charles Johnson, Marles Pace, Jack Beene and Laren Cohea) take it easy.
Oscar Mares, left, studies bake sale items. Shown here, continuing l-r, are Jose DeLaCruz, Samantha Bowers, Dani Gauntt, Jaylen Gipson, Jorel Lockhart and Alyssa Holifield.
Calvin and Lana Tull, of Mexia, watch in amusement as their daughter, Chandra, 3, holds a cow figurine to her face.
Megan Coleman, of Fairfield, with the Spotted Frogg Shaved Ice, gives Davin Herrera, 13, of Mexia, a freshly served mango-flavored treat.

Mexia H-E-B and the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce once again held Boomtown History and Market Day on Saturday, April 2. The event took place at the H-E-B park on Milam Street, and featured displays, pets, antique cars, a bake sale and much more. Here's some photos from Boomtown to enjoy.

Fri
15
Apr

Fair competition heats up

Karlee Ingram, 7, glances at her mother, Kelly Ingram, while cuddling one of the rabbits she is showing at the fair.
Mexia ag students, l-r, Tristan Lee, 18, Cody Neal, 18, and Mackenzie Commander, 14, hold their chickens as they wait for a judge to inspect them.
Hunter Lowry, 9, of Coolidge, shows Jessi Samaniego, 9, also of Coolidge, how to hold his rooster between competitions.
Alejandra Acevedo, 17, of Coolidge checks on her sheep as she walks it around the show barn of the county fairgrounds.
Jorel Lockhart, 16, of Mexia, prepares his spotted hog to enter the arena to be judged on Thursday, April 14, the first day of the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show.

Hundreds of children, their parents and other well-wishers and members of the public gathered at the county fairgrounds to watch the three-day Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show. The event, held at the county fairgrounds in Groesbeck, took place April 14-16, and culminates Saturday with an auction. Here's some photos from Thursday's competition.

Fri
15
Apr

Sign a reminder, remembrance

Mexia News photo/Harry T. Darby

Friends and family members of the late Sharon Moody and Ronald French Jr. gathered last Sunday to honor the memory of the two small children by erecting a sign warning of the dangers of high water. The two passed away in October 1973 when they were swept away by swift currents from heavy rains and subsequent flooding at the Lake Mexia Spillway.

Fri
15
Apr

County gets refund from Appraisal District

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County got a small but significant financial addition to its coffers when the Appraisal District refunded approximately $19,000 to the county from its 2014-15 budget. Commissioners received that welcome news at their April 14 meeting and took care of other financial as well as safety issues, including approving software that will allow people to order court documents online, taking a pass on initiating a burn ban, and approving utility line agreements and other minor matters.
As for the Appraisal District refund, County Judge Daniel Burkeen reminded the court that the county shares in the cost of the District’s expenses.

Thu
14
Apr

Young horse enthusiasts show their equestrian skills

Makenzie Self, of Coolidge, at right, speaks to Sarah Hall, 16, of Groesbeck, at Sunday’s LCFA Horse Show.
Micheal Wagner Jr., 12, of Mexia, at left, enters the arena on his buckskin paint mare Missouri Ladybug for Western Trail competition.
Sarah Forman, at left, and Sarah Hall, both 16, listen intently as the horse show judge tells what he looks for when judging horses.
Adelynn Morris, 9, leads her sorrel gelding Dude out of the arena, while behind her, Loren Winn, 10, and Mabry Lewis, 7, also prepare to leave.
Emma Lewis, 16, on her sorrel gelding Game On, shows how easily she removes a letter from a mailbox during the Western Pleasure competition.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The annual Limestone County Fair Association horse show is now history, and the 23 young horseback riders who took part in it on Sunday, April 10, showed those watching what they have learned in their short years.
Parents and other family members as well as trainers and well-wishers watched with interest the horseback riders, all either 4-H or FFA, as Ed Cate, of Rhome, judged the youth.
The participants were divided by age: Clover Division for 5-8 year-olds; Junior Division for 9-13 year-olds; and Senior Division for 14-18 year-olds.
The areas of competition were:
• Halter Classes, which included all ages together.
• Showmanship for each age group.
• Clover Division, which included walking and trotting the horse, and barrel racing.
• Junior Division, which included Western Trail, Western Pleasure, barrel racing and poles.

Thu
14
Apr

NFL’s Beachum brings home joy of sciences

Former Mexia Blackcat and current Jacksonville Jaguar Kelvin Beachum Jr.  participates in a experiment with Mexia ISD third graders Zoey Hithchock (center) and Gabriel Solis.

The program was billed to be about learning, but what one towering young man really wanted to showcase was opportunity.
Mexia native Kelvin Beachum, current offensive tackle for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, brought his love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to his hometown of Mexia this week. Beachum has become well-known as an advocate for inspiring students to explore STEM education and related career paths.
After being a standout player for the Mexia Blackcats, Beachum then played offensive left tackle for the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, from fall 2008 through the 2011 season, while majoring in economics. His senior year, he was named to the 2011 Conference USA All-Academic Team.

Thu
14
Apr

Lovely landscape

Contributed photo/Kay Roark

Mexia Garden Club selected the home of Lanny and Mary Henry, 913 E. Nowlin, as the April Yard of the Month. The raised beds surrounding their home contain red and white dianthus, impatiens and petunias that complement the brick on their home. Potato vines, foxtail ferns and other green plants add interest to the flowers. The focal point of the landscape is a raised bed with a three-tiered fountain surrounded by geraniums, petunias and other plants. At night, the fountain is spot-lighted and the water changes colors. Another raised bed contains white diamond stones and red lilies. A wrought-iron fence surrounds the yard while a gate leads to a large, curved door on the front porch. Wicker chairs and matching plants make an inviting entrance. While Mary’s handiwork hangs on the front door, she credits her husband for the meticulous grooming of the lawn and shrubs. They both enjoy tending to the flowers and creating an inviting landscape for family and friends to enjoy.

Thu
14
Apr

Rewarding beauty

Contributed photo

Mexia Garden Club’s Civic Pride Award for March and April has been presented to Jesse and Erika Retana, owners of Taqueria Mexicano Grill, 838 Hwy. 171 in Mexia. The Retanas continually show civic pride with exterior improvements to their restaurant as well as their landscaping. Erika planted various floral annuals, several rose bushes, century cacti, palmetto palm and several conifers along their drive-through area. Though many of the plants are young, they will soon explode with color to greet customers. Erika included green and purple sweet potato vines that will add additional color. An added feature is a foot-high, polished silver metal trim behind all plants, along the base of the fence, which gives contrast to the wood behind.

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