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07
Apr

FEMA aid possible for Lake Mexia flood victims

FEMA assistance may be available for owners of Lake Mexia homes, like this one, shown during the flooding that occurred in March.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Another form of help may be available for Lake Mexia residents whose homes flooded last month: FEMA assistance.
Matt Groveton, Limestone County emergency management coordinator, announced Tuesday that FEMA added Limestone and three other counties to a March 19 federal disaster declaration, adding them to nine counties already approved for both individual and public assistance after floods, tornadoes and severe storms happened March 7-29.
Lake Mexia flooded the second week of March, after rainfall amounts in the 4- to 6-inch range were recorded through most of Limestone County. About 150-200 lake homes were inaccessible, and about 50 of them were damaged by flooding.
Groveton said FEMA staffers came to the area yesterday and could knock on some residents’ doors.

Thu
07
Apr

Weekend’s CPRA/UPRA rodeo always a favorite with fans

Professional cowboys, like this bronc rider at last year’s Limestone County Youth Fair Rodeo, will be on hand starting Friday for this year’s rodeo.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia area rodeo enthusiasts are counting down the days to the annual Limestone County Fair Association Rodeo, coming this Friday-Saturday, April 8-9.
Gates open at 6:30, and the rodeo starts at 8 p.m. in the show barn at the county fairgrounds, near Groesbeck.
Some of the best male and female competitors from across the state will converge there to show their skills in the rodeo that is approved both by the UPRA and the CPRA.
Popular youth events, like mutton bustin’ and youth barrel racing, as well as funny adult contests, like wild cow milking and double mugging, will take place during the rodeo, organizers say.
Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for children 5 and under. A wide range of refreshments will be available to suit most any taste.
Friday night will also offer a calf scramble for youth.

Thu
07
Apr

Sunday’s horse show to highlight equestrian skills

Dally Jo Allee, then age 8, urges her gelding Pecos on in last year’s youth barrel racing event at the Limestone County Fair Horse Show.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Those who love to watch talented equestrians on well-trained horses will not want to miss the annual Limestone County Fair Association’s annual horse show, scheduled for Sunday, April 10, in the show barn of the county fairgrounds, beginning at 2 p.m.
Those who would like to attend are asked to note the new start time.
Deana Rand, one of the show’s organizers – along with Clinton Little and Alisha Baize – said the starting time was moved to the afternoon to allow people to go to church Sunday morning. The show will end when all the competitions are complete.
Price of admission is free, and county residents are urged to attend the event to cheer on and encourage the youth participating.
Twenty-three entrants, all members of either 4-H or FFA, will provide plenty of entertainment. Some have been riding horses for years, while others are venturing into their first show.

Mon
04
Apr

Man found dead in parking lot

Mexia News Staff Report

Police don’t suspect foul play in the death of a man found lifeless in a Mexia parking lot over the weekend.
Two Mexia Police officers were making a pass through the parking lot of Tractor Supply Company, 1011 E. Milam, at 12:31 a.m. Saturday when they spotted a man lying face down on the asphalt. They checked his pulse, found none, and called for EMS, but it was too late for the man.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Sherri LeNoir was called to the scene and pronounced the man – Hubert Ray Jones, 54, of Mexia – dead at 1:07 a.m. Saturday.
The TSC manager was called and he and MPD detective Rodney Irvin reviewed the surveillance tapes, which showed the man suddenly collapse and fall to the ground where he was later found by officers.
His body was taken to Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy.

Mon
04
Apr

Fair Queen, royal court crowned Saturday

Limestone County Fair royalty included, front l-r, Alyssa McDonald, Mabry Lewis, Peyton deCordova and Kylie Rand; at rear, Hannah Hall, Fair Queen Baylee LeNoir and Kylee Allen.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
04
Apr

Court finds no good spot for fair sign

Court to ask Farm Bureau to trade sign for donation
By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have agreed to try to trade in a donated sign for a scholarship donation after they could not find a suitable place for it. The court made that decision at its March 28 meeting after various options to place the sign did not pan out.
Farm Bureau Insurance had announced the donation of the sign at the court’s April 13, 2015, meeting after suggestions had been made in commissioners court that a sign on Hwy. 14 might be a good way to inform passing drivers of fairground activities.
The commissioners discussed possibilities then and also at their Dec. 28, 2015, Feb. 8 and March 14 meetings, but the commissioners could not find a place to put the sign where no expense would be incurred either for placement of the sign or monthly electricity bills, since the sign was lighted.

Mon
04
Apr

It’s fundamental

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight
Michael Guthrie and his sons, Rowdy and Shot,  look through the hundreds of books offered at the Retired Teachers Association’s annual book giveaway.
Caroline Heiner, a member of the Retired Teachers Association, shows some of the free books the group is giving away to McKenzie Betts and her sister, Julianna.
Jamila McCrary and her daughter, Trinyty Hicks, of Mexia, look through the many books offered at the Retired Teachers Association’s annual book giveaway.

Susan Dornak, a member of the Retired Teachers Association, helps Emma Shannon, 2, of Teague, choose a book from the many offered by the Association at its annual book giveaway, held Saturday, March 5, at the Mexia H-E-B.

Mon
04
Apr

Wortham girls clobber Lady Yellowjackets

Brooke Salisbury safe at third in Wortham’s 18-1 win over Coolidge Tuesday night on the road.

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs defeated the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets 18-1 Tuesday evening in Coolidge.
Wortham was led by Allison Nex and Ashley Sandifer with two hits each.
Brooke Salisbury, Hallie Fautt, Kayla Echartea and Madison Lopez all picked up hits for the Lady Bulldogs in the win.
Nix chalked up the win, pitching 3.0 innings. She allowed only one run on two hits and struck out one Coolidge batter.
Wortham moves to 3-3 in District 16-2A, two games behind league leaders Dawson and Axtell (5-1) and one game behind both Riesel and Mart (4-2).
The team was scheduled to play Mart Friday night on the road and will host Riesel Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Fri
01
Apr

Disaster declaration made for Lake Mexia flood

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners issued a disaster declaration at their March 28 meeting on the recent flooding of Lake Mexia. Although Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen had made a disaster declaration on an emergency basis on March 17, his declaration was only good for seven days. Commissioners also officially accepted the report made by Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton at the court’s March 14 meeting.
Burkeen and Groveton added details at the March 28 meeting on what has happened since then.
Burkeen said he sent his disaster declaration to Gov. Abbott’s office in case that would help homeowners receive financial assistance.

Fri
01
Apr

City of Mexia ready for annual spring cleanup

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Starting Monday, the city of Mexia will start looking a whole lot better, as the annual spring cleanup gets underway.
The city of Mexia holds the event as a way for residents to get rid of some – but not all – of their unwanted items. This coming week, crews will pick up discarded items dragged to the curb at homes only, not businesses.
The city will pick up lumber, paper goods, plastic, washing machines, dryers and furniture.
However, the city will not pick up brush, tires, refrigerators, air conditioners, paint, batteries or hazardous waste.
Loose items must be contained to keep them from blowing around or being scattered by animals.
Residents are asked to stack items neatly for ease of loading on trucks. Sort your items by type – city workers won’t sort through random heaps of rubble.

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