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Mon
20
Jan

MLK Jr. celebration a time of community


Hundreds of Mexia residents participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Saturday morning, with heavy representation by St. Luke United Methodist Church, which sponsored the event, and Mexia ISD board members and administrators. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia residents from all walks of life came together Saturday to celebrate and remember Martin Luther King Jr. and the principles he promoted: equality, dignity, justice and respect for all people, regardless of race, color or creed.

Though the day’s temperatures began in the 30s, the sun quickly warmed those attending the parade, which began at 11 a.m. By then, those who planned to march in the parade were swarming the area in front of the Mexia Civic Center and Mexia Police had begun blocking the intersections of the parade route. Just before the parade started, two bright yellow school buses arrived from Houston filled with the feature performers of the day, Lone Star Choppaz. The student percussion group is affiliated with Victory Preparatory Academy and was formed by and is led by Joe Burleson.

Fri
17
Jan

African children’s choir to perform once again in Mexia


Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir, of Uganda, dance and sing enthusiastically at their 2012 Mexia performance. The group will return to Mexia Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Mexia High School Auditorium. Admission is free. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia residents will be able to watch child singers and dancers from half a world away perform in Mexia in just 11 days.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, of Uganda, will be in concert at Mexia High School Auditorium Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

The performers wear the colorful costumes native to their country and their singing and dancing entranced those attending previous Mexia concerts.

“They gave our community an amazing opportunity to explore a different culture and way of life right here in Mexia,” said Heidi Crosby, a teacher in Mexia who attended the group’s last appearance in Mexia in 2012. “My children were amazed by them also. There was not a boring moment – full of dance, creativity, songs and stories. We loved it.”

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

Fri
17
Jan

City, Mexia ISD to call for May elections

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD's board of trustees and Mexia City Council both will call for elections in May to fill board positions when each entity meets early next week.

Both the city and school district must formally call for the elections, which are set for May 10.

There are three slots opening up on the school board: Place 1, currently held by Kent Kendall, who was appointed last summer to fill the slot of Lon Brown, who resigned; Place 4, held by Rachel Hernandez, board secretary; and Place 5, held by Kim Williams, who is board president.

Early voting for this election will be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays from April 28 through May 6, at the MISD Administrative Office at 616 N. Red River.

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

Wed
15
Jan

Annual Mexia football awards banquet coming up next week

Blackcat football fans will want to mark their calendars for Thursday, Jan. 23, so they won’t miss the annual football awards banquet.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, 500 E. Carthage St. in Mexia.

The Blackcat student athletes as well as the cheerleaders will be introduced to those attending, and many awards will be presented. The highlight of the evening will be presentation of the Shield of Honor, which is given to the athlete who epitomizes not only great athletic ability but is best all-around in qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and academics.

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

Wed
15
Jan

Operation Graduation dinner tickets on sale now; grand prize is $10,000


A ticket just like this one, for the upcoming $10,000 Dinner to benefit Operation Graduation, will bring the owner the coveted grand prize in a few weeks.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Parents and loved ones of Mexia High School graduating seniors have been planning for months a graduation celebration their seniors will never forget – and they’ve got a fundraiser dinner that at least one attendee will likely not forget either.

The group is called Operation Graduation, and their fundraiser is called the $10,000 Dinner because each person who pays the $100 ticket to attend will be entered in a drawing, and one person will go home with the $10,000 prize.

To make the odds better, only 249 tickets will be sold, and they are available now. To make things even more interesting, one additional ticket is being held back for a second-chance drawing.

The $10,000 dinner will be held Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at The Cowboy Club, on Hwy 14 just south of Mexia.

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

Wed
15
Jan

From little acorns grow

Workers Victor Medina, left, and Abdon Olvera, of Mexia’s Tejas Nursery, load oak trees onto a flatbed truck recently for an early-morning delivery the following day for a customer in Dallas.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
15
Jan

Interim detainee source found for prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners learned Monday of a deal in the works to bring some state detainees to the Limestone County Detention Center. They also approved buying the parts to fix the boiler whose pipes froze in the severely cold weather recently.

The initial number of detainees to be housed at the LCDC is small – 116 – but the money the state has agreed to pay, $8.50 to $9 per inmate daily, would generate about $30,000 a month to help offset the expenses of running the private prison.

Mon
13
Jan

23rd Annual kids’ Trout Fishing Clinic coming up Jan. 25-26


The shore of Lake Springfield is wall-to-wall children during last year’s Trout Fishing Clinic, and event for children sponsored by the Mexia Bass Club and the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Fisheries Division. Some 1,100 trout will be stocked in the pond for youth to try to catch. Mexia News file photo

What is better than spending time outdoors with your children?

Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26 are the dates set for the annual Trout Fishing Clinic at Fort Parker State Park. This is an opportunity for children ages 5 to 17 to experience the fun of fishing with help from some of the best fishermen in Limestone County. The cost is $2 for each person age 13 and over. You do not need any equipment, bait or a fishing license for the clinic.

Since 1991, the Mexia Bass Club has held this event each year as a service project to teach the next generation the fun of fishing. With many children growing up behind computer screens and video games, this is an opportunity to get them into the outdoors and to experience the thrill of catching their first fish.

Mon
13
Jan

Mexia MLK celebration to ‘keep dream alive’


Lone Star Choppaz, a Houston-based percussion group shown here, will be featured in Mexia’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration this coming weekend. The parade starts at 11 a.m., with the lineup beginning at 10:30 in a route that starts and ends at the Mexia Civic Center, at the intersection of South McKinney and Main streets. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

January means it’s time to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and admirers of the late Dr. King are planning a parade and two programs this coming weekend in Mexia.

The celebration of King’s life and work begins Saturday morning, Jan. 18, with a parade at 11 a.m. Lineup for those interested in participating is at 10:30 on McKinney Street in front of the Civic Center.

Event organizer Ada Connor is encouraging people to enter floats, bands, cars, trucks, 4-wheelers, bicycles, motorcycles, go-carts, horses – or just walk to show solidarity with the ideals of equality and dignity for all people.

The theme this year, she said, is “Unity in our community: Keeping the dream alive.”

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

Wed
08
Jan

Adult probation – getting offenders back on track


Hoppy McGilvray, right, director of the Community Supervision Corrections Department, also known as the Adult Probation De­partment, for the 87th and 77th District courts, along with Brandy Agnew, Deputy Director for Limestone County, speak with the audience after making a presentation on their work for the Mexia Lions Club. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County residents who break the law have the opportunity to get their lives back on track thanks to a Maryland man who initiated the concept of probation 172 years ago.

According to the American Probation and Parole Association, a Boston cobbler named John Augustus convinced a Boston Police Court in 1841 to release to his custody a man arrested for drunkenness.

Fortunately, Augustus’ efforts to rehabilitate the man were deemed successful, and Augustus began taking other offenders on probation, despite resistance from the police and prison personnel, who were paid on commission for locking up offenders.

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