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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

Fri
31
Jan

One day left to register to vote in primaries

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Monday, Feb. 3 is the last day to register to vote for the March 4 primary election, which will determine the winner in many uncontested races.

Registration can be accomplished at either the County Courthouse or the Courthouse Annex in Mexia, 205 S. McKinney St. The form may be downloaded from the Internet, but it must be printed, completed, signed and mailed with a postmark no later than Monday, Feb. 3. The form may be found at votetexas.gov, then click on “Register to vote.”

Early voting for the primaries starts Feb. 18 at two polling sites: the county courthouse in Groesbeck or the courthouse annex in Mexia. Voters can only choose candidates in one party.

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

Wed
29
Jan

Local youth sought for talent show auditions

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia students with a talent they are willing to share – and who want to possibly win as much as $500 in prizes – are invited to try out for the 59th Annual Rotary Club of Mexia Talent Show.

Auditions will be held in about two weeks, with high school-age students trying out at Mexia High School Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 3:45 p.m.; junior high youth, grades 6-8, at Mexia Junior High cafetorium on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 3:45 p.m.; and elementary and intermediate school-age children, grades K-5, at A.B. McBay Elementary School’s music room by the cafeteria on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 3:30 p.m.

Rotary representative Jennifer Lynch, who is directing the show this year, said the judges are looking for a variety of talent from any age, kindergarten through 12th grade.

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

Wed
29
Jan

County to apply for grant to make Courthouse repairs


Some of the concrete balustrades at the Limestone County Courthouse have deteriorated over time and must be replaced before chunks fall down and possibly injure a passerby. The county is in the process of applying for a matching grant from the Texas Historical Commission to make this and other repairs. Contributed photo/Sam Callis

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners plan to apply for help from the state Historical Commission to make some of the needed repairs at the Courthouse.

Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis gave a presentation on the subject at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, explaining what is needed and requesting permission to apply for the Texas Courthouse Restoration Grant from the State Historical Commission to fund the work.

Through its Courthouse Preservation Grant, the Commission has about $4.2 million to distribute among 30 applicants. Callis said the Commission would award as much as $400,000 to a single applicant.

Projecting photographic images onto a screen to illustrate what he was describing, Callis listed the problem as leaks that allow rain water to enter, cracks in ceilings, walls and sidewalks, and deterioration of concrete balustrades and mortar between brickwork.

Wed
29
Jan

Fine kettle of fish

Braydan Urban, 5, of Groesbeck, admires his catch of fish at the Youth Trout Clinic Saturday at Fort Parker State Park. The event was co-sponsored by the Mexia Bass Club and Texas Parks and Wildlife, and was funded by donations from area businesses.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
29
Jan

DPS chase nets stolen truck, three arrests


Dustin Ryan Kunkle, left, of Corsicana, Anastasia Guillory, right, of Waco, and Jesse Hurt, not shown, also of Waco, were arrested Friday, Jan. 24, after a high-speed chase through Mexia by State Trooper Donnie Carter.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A high-speed chase that raced through a residential area of Mexia Friday night ended with three arrested and a stolen truck recovered.

The incident started just before 10:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, when Department of Public Safety Trooper Donnie Carter was on routine patrol several miles west of Mexia. He spotted a white Chevrolet pickup truck on U.S. 84 that had been stolen earlier in Hill County. Carter tried to make a traffic stop, but instead of stopping, the driver sped away.

Carter pursued the truck, with speeds rising to more than 90 mph, according to Trooper Harpin Myers, a DPS public information officer.

When the truck came into Mexia, the driver turned south on Hwy. 14, quickly leading Carter and a Mexia Police officer past the airport and crossing into northbound traffic several times, according to Myers. The truck then made a U-turn and went north on Hwy. 14.

Mon
27
Jan

Mexia teen performs at bowl game halftime show


Seventeen-year-old Andre’ya Fleming shows one of the colorful flags she uses skillfully in the Mexia High School color guard, like one she used at the Capital One All-American halftime show in Orlando on Jan. 1. Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Jan. 1 was memorable for 17-year-old Andre’ya Fleming, of Mexia, not so much because of the new year but because of what she did that day: she performed in the Capital One Bowl halftime show in Orlando along with hundreds of other talented teenagers.

The previous summer, the Mexia High School junior, who plays clarinet in the band and is its color guard captain, attended All American Camp in Brownwood, where she was selected to take part with her flags in the Capital One Bowl halftime show.

Those chosen for the show would have to pay their own way, but not surprisingly, her mother, Yvette Forge, helped and they made plans for the event.

The two left Mexia Dec. 28, and flew to Orlando, enjoying side trips to Disney World and Universal Studios while they were there.

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

Mon
27
Jan

Tales of olden days

Volunteer Glenda Nelson, right, in pioneer dress, tells stories Saturday, Jan. 18, to those visiting the Confederate Reunion Grounds, of how life used to be in Texas.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
27
Jan

County preps for elections, honors staffers


Limestone County employees achieving 10 years of service were recognized at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, including, l-r, Billy Mack, Lloyd McCormick, Carol Bostain, Stacy Hall, Debbie Watson and David Bell (not shown). Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

More preparations were made at the Limestone County commissioners court’s Jan. 13 meeting for spring elections: city of Mexia, Mexia Independent School District, and primaries for both Democrat and Republican parties. At the same meeting, county employees and Crime Stoppers were recognized for their work.

Mexia City Secretary Christi Shivers appeared before the court to discuss and approve a request by Mexia to lease county election equipment for its May 10 general election. County Clerk Peggy Beck confirmed the contract was the standard one used, and the motion passed.

Also at the meeting, the court approved a contract with Mexia ISD to hold their May 10 election. Deputy County Clerk Jennifer Johnson told the court the contract was standard and the same one they have used each year.

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