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Wed
12
Feb

Ice brings wrecks, delays, but no injuries


A Toyota Sequoia SUV sits where it landed after it rolled in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night on the U.S. 84 bridge over Lake Mexia. Beyond the crashed vehicle, a Mexia EMS unit checks the driver. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia News Staff Report

Ice was the cause of a one-car rollover on the U.S. 84 bridge over Lake Mexia Tuesday night, as well as two accidents in the city limits, but no one was injured in any of the wrecks.
The Department of Public Safety said ice is the reason a Toyota Sequoia SUV rolled about 9 p.m., then came to rest on its side near the eastbound “fog line” about halfway across the Lake Mexia bridge.
Mexia and Lake Mexia Fire Departments responded to the wreck. Traffic was down to a single lane as the victim or victims were treated, with eastbound and westbound traffic take turns passing past wreck for about 45 minutes. DPS called the Texas Department of Transportation to sand the bridge after the accident. A DPS accident report was not complete as of presstime yesterday, so no further information was available on the wreck.
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Tue
11
Feb

Boil Water notices canceled


The boil water notice for the city of Mexia has been canceled.

A boil water notice issued Monday was canceled Tuesday after tests showed the water supply to be safe.
The city of Mexia, Shiloh Water Supply Corp. and 84 West Water Corp. on Monday morning issued boil water notices for all residents.
Test results received from Austin Tuesday afternoon showed the water supply is safe and free of contamination.
The city of Mexia canceled the boil water notice as of 3:55 p.m. Tuesday. Shiloh Water Supply Corp., which buys its water directly from the city of Mexia, followed suit Wednesday morning, as did 84 West Water Corp.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required all three agencies to issue the notice after low water system pressure occurred.
Water to all three initially comes from Bistone Municipal Water Supply District.
The order meant residents needed boil water before consuming it, or buy bottled water.

Fri
07
Feb

Pets part of therapy plan at LMC


Marjorie Parks, right, brings her dog Daisey into the audience at a recent Mexia Lions Club meeting to show attendees how pet therapy works: patients in a nursing home or hospital feel both encouraged and calmed by interacting with a friendly animal. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Three years ago, when personnel at Limestone Medical Center decided to start using pet therapy to help patients at their hospital, they called Marjorie Parks to help them get started.
Physical therapists Allec Poe and Dr. Sherri Wallis, and one other hospital employee, had already completed training in pet therapy, so they knew what dogs could do in a hospital and what other hospitals were already doing, Parks said.
Though retired, Parks, of Mexia, had been training dogs all her life. She spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about her experiences in pet therapy with her dog Daisey at LMC since she got that phone call.

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Wed
05
Feb

Standing room only


Revendy and Brandi Rhodes, of Mexia, center, along with hundreds of other outdoor enthusiasts in Limestone and neighboring counties, enjoy the annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet Saturday night at The Cowboy Club in Mexia. The building was filled to overflowing for the dinner, gun raffle, silent auction and live auction, which was called by Craig Meier. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Revendy and Brandi Rhodes, of Mexia, center, along with hundreds of other outdoor enthusiasts in Limestone and neighboring counties, enjoy the annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet Saturday night at The Cowboy Club in Mexia. The building was filled to overflowing for the dinner, gun raffle, silent auction and live auction, which was called by Craig Meier.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
05
Feb

Man given 60 years for brutal, days-long attack


Milton Gardner

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A Mexia man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after brutally attacking a woman over the course of several days.
On Friday, Jan. 31, Limestone County jury sentenced Milton Lee Gardner, adding a $10,000 fine to his sentence. The jury had found Gardner guilty of assault causing serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon – family violence earlier that morning. It took less than an hour for the jury to find Gardner guilty, and about the same to decide his punishment.
“This is a substantial win for the safety of the citizens of Limestone County” said Roy DeFriend, county attorney. “It also sends a message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in our community.”
Jury selection began Monday, Jan. 27 but was delayed by a last minute request by Gardner to be evaluated to see if he was competent to stand trial, which he was.

Mon
03
Feb

Detective sees positive changes in Mexia PD


Detective Chip Hundley, with the Mexia Po­lice Department, speaks to the Rotary Club of Mexia re­cently about crime in Mexia and changes he has seen in the De­partment. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Police detective Chip Hundley is seeing changes in the Mexia Police Department that indicate positive outcomes for lowering crime in the city.
Hundley has been a police officer the past 22 years and holds a Master Peace Officer license. He started working for Mexia in 1990 as a firefighter, then became an arson investigator. He left the city to work as a detective for the Hill County Sheriff’s Office, then as an undercover narcotics investigator for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant over Narcotics, then was assistant commander of the Governor’s Texas Narcotics Control Program Task Force. With that program, he covered south Dallas and Tarrant counties.
Even after returning to Mexia in 2007 to work as a detective at the Police Department, he has also served as task force officer for the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Mon
03
Feb

Of a feather


A great egret and some neotropic cormorants splash in the waters of Lake Mexia near the Commanche Crossing bridge recently. Though great egrets are more common in coastal areas, according to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, more and more of the showy white birds are spending the winter inland, in central and eastern Texas. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

A great egret and some neotropic cormorants splash in the waters of Lake Mexia near the Commanche Crossing bridge recently. Though great egrets are more common in coastal areas, according to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, more and more of the showy white birds are spending the winter inland, in central and eastern Texas.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
03
Feb

County sets up reinvestment zone for south Limestone

By Roxanne McKnight
Limestone County commissioners court set up a County Energy Reinvestment Zone at last Monday’s meeting, a required step for the county to access a state reimbursement fund for road damage caused by over-sized trucks, mainly from the oil and gas industry.
The court also is required to appoint members to an advisory board consisting of two citizens from the public and three people who are in the oil-and-gas industry. The advisory board must meet once a quarter.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen suggested appointing Brent Fewell, with Devon Energy, as one of the industry members.
“They don’t have any power,” Burkeen said of the advisory board members. “They can get together and meet and advise commissioners court. We can listen to them or not listen to them; they have no authority to take any action.”

Fri
31
Jan

Upcoming EMS changes to make service better


Mexia Fire Department’s emergency medical service unit responds regularly to all kinds of accidents and medical emergencies around Mexia and the surrounding area. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Changes to the way emergency medical services are provided are on the horizon, and they may come to Mexia in the next year or so. Mexia Fire Department’s Mike Clements, who trains paramedics as well as the Department’s officers, spoke of some of these changes to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently.

“We’re finally in a spot where this is going to happen in the next few years: the transition from traditional care that we have now to what is called mobile integrated health care,” Clements said.

The proposed changes are being developed across the nation and an example is happening in Reno, where intoxicated patients are not always taken to an emergency room, but rather to a detox center.

Fri
31
Jan

Song and dance

Little girls of the Watoto Children’s Choir, of Uganda, dance while little boys from the group play drums native to their country at their performance Wednesday at the Mexia High School Auditorium. The group consisted of about two dozen children and eight or 10 adults and was hosted by Mexia Assembly of God Church. Because of the civil war in Uganda, millions of children have been left orphans. A couple named Gary and Marilyn Skinner formed Watoto Children’s Homes in Uganda in 1992 to rescue some of the children; and then formed the choir, which tours the world to raise awareness of the plight of children in Uganda and raise money to fund the children’s homes.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

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