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Tue
29
Dec

Major front brings winter weather to Texas

The Navasota River at Hwy. 14, out of its banks

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
After a Christmas holiday that was downright balmy, winter blasted into Texas starting Saturday with two days of tornadoes, hail, torrential rains and flooding, and leaving in its wake nothing but brutally cold days ahead.
On Christmas Day, record or near-record high temperatures were recorded throughout Texas, and also across much of the East and South.
But by Saturday, warmth was replaced by high winds and rain as a major cold front made its way toward Central Texas. Rain arrived in full force, falling on already-saturated ground, caused widespread flooding in Central and East Texas.

Tue
29
Dec

New law means visible, holstered handguns

Limestone County District Attorney Roy DeFriend speaks

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
With the Texas open-carry law going into effect Jan. 1, residents can expect to see people with handguns visible in shoulder or belt holsters.
Opponents of open-carry, which was passed by the Texas Legislature in March and signed by Gov. Abbot in June, claim the state will return to the days of the Old West, with shootings a common occurrence, but Limestone County District Attorney Roy DeFriend thinks otherwise.
“In 2012, Oklahoma had been a concealed-carry state, and they went to open-carry; and we haven’t seen the problems like people were anticipating coming out of Oklahoma,” DeFriend said, “so I don’t think we’re going to see that, and hopefully we won’t.”
Other opponents worry that people not used to seeing firearms carried openly will panic and call 911 when they first see people walking around with guns in holsters.

Tue
29
Dec

City sales tax rebates up in 2015

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for December are down less than 1 percent compared to last year, but the city’s rebates, year-to-date remain above those collected at the same time last year.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $626.3 million in local sales tax allocations for December, 3 percent less than in December 2014. These allocations are based on sales made in October by businesses that report tax monthly.
Hegar also said today that sales tax revenue for the state in November was $2.58 billion, down 3.3 percent compared to November 2014.

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

Fri
18
Dec

Good will to all

Officials from across Limestone County met at the old Navasota River Bridge Monday, Dec. 3, for the Annual Bridge Lighting ceremony. Shown here, l-r, are Mexia Building Inspector Johnny Rogers, Mexia City Council member Bobby Jack Liles, Mexia City Manager Larry Brown, Mexia City Council member Laura Rothrock, Mexia Mayor Troy Miller, County Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest, Mexia Building Inspector Billy Archibald, and County Judge Daniel Burkeen with his wife, Penny, and daughters Amanda, right, and Fallon, left.

See more photos from this event in the Saturday, Dec. 19, edition of the Mexia News.

Fri
18
Dec

Court plan should keep wastewater out of creek

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Commissioners agreed to add a sewage feature to keep wastewater from a new washing device at the fairgrounds from entering a nearby creek.
Limestone County commissioners voted at their Dec. 14 meeting to install a trap on a planned new livestock washing rack at the County Fairgrounds, and County Judge Daniel Burkeen said that will keep wastewater contained.
“I think they’ve worked out how to build it,” Burkeen told the court.
“I met with Mr. Ellis again last week,” he said of fairgrounds manager Kenneth Ellis, “and they are going to put a trap in there and drain it down to a grassy area, so it won’t be any different than it is now.”
He said the trap would catch solid sewage from the cattle that will be washed in the facility, and the remaining dirty water would be drained onto the grass nearby, acting as fertilizer.

Mon
14
Dec

Two die after truck runs off bridge, into creek

This is the 2003 Nissan Frontier quad-cab that rolled into a creek bed outside Kossee Saturday morning, resulting in the deaths of the driver and the front seat passenger, and severe injuries to the two men in the rear seat. Mexia News photo/Kim Smith

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Two people died and two more were seriously injured after an accident on a county road outside of Kosse Saturday morning.
A state trooper was called at 7:20 a.m. Dec. 12 to the accident, on LCR 707, about 2 miles outside of Kosse. The trooper found a 2003 Nissan Frontier quad-cab pickup that had rolled into a creekbed in such a way that it could not be seen from the county road.
It appears the pickup, which was headed northwest, lost control on a curve in the gravel road. It went off the roadway, then off a bridge, landing upside down in a creek which had running water in it.
The driver, 25-year-old Quinton Bozeman, of Groesbeck, was trapped in the vehicle. He and his front seat passenger and girlfriend, Christina Wooley, 25, of Shiloh, were both pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Mike Bell. He sent their bodies to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for autopsies.

Mon
14
Dec

Christmas gift program for seniors begun

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
When Mexia’s Sheila Benear visited her daughter-in-law in Tucson earlier this month, she learned of a program there called Santa for Seniors, which arranged for volunteers to get a Christmas present for those in nursing homes with no one to visit them or buy them a gift.
So when she returned to Mexia, she started setting the wheels in motion to start Santa for Seniors in this city.
“I felt like there had to be seniors in Mexia that did not have any family or friends to give them something special for Christmas,” Benear said.
She contacted Stephanie Olvera, also of Mexia, who helped Benear organize the program. The two worked together to get the names of nursing home residents fitting the category.

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

Mon
14
Dec

Injuries minor in bus wreck

A Mexia Independent School District school bus and a car that pulled in front of it collided Friday afternoon, causing a child in the bus to hit her head.
The wreck happened near the high school parking lot on Jack Oliver Road about 3:35 p.m. Dec. 11.
“A student pulled out in front of Bus 29, and to avoid a major accident, the driver quickly slammed on the brakes,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross.
The child, a student at A.B. McBay Elementary School, is not believed to have sustained a serious injury, but 911 was called as well as the girl’s parents.

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

Mon
14
Dec

Renovated gym grand opening is Thursday

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia ISD will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 15) at 4:15 p.m. to unveil the improvements made to the high school gymnasium.
The gym has been closed since the end of basketball season back in March.
Due to the construction and refurbishing, the Mexia Ladycats had to play all of their non-district home games on the road and their district home games at Tommy Flatt Gymnasium at the junior high school.
Both basketball teams have been playing their home games at the junior high as well.
“We’re excited,” said both head coaches of the Blackcats and Ladycats – Billy Ramey and Randy Barger – varsity basketball programs.

Fri
11
Dec

High-speed rail project moving at full throttle

Rural landowner Herman Poteet Jr., rear left, and his son, Jason, front left, ask pointed questions of Texas Central Partners Director Mark Walker, right, at a public meeting at the Mexia Convention Center held Tuesday, Dec. 8,  regarding the high-speed railway Texas Central plans to build. Also shown is right-of-way agent Alan Adcock. Not shown is Herman Poteet Jr.’s wife, Donna, who was also present.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Texas Central Partners, the organization planning to build and operate a high-speed railway system between Dallas and Houston, held a meeting in Mexia for the public Tuesday, Dec. 8, and the organizers say their plan is on schedule.
The meeting was part of the company’s work on an Environmental Impact Statement, which is required by the federal government for any large project like the railway. Organizers said the meeting was to listen to the concerns of residents and landowners.

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