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Wed
08
Jan

Wall art

A Mexia Police officer interviews a driver whose sedan plowed into the front of the CEFCO convenience store on Hwy. 14 and Tyler Street in Mexia Wednesday morning about 6:30, damaging the stone facade at right. No one was injured in the accident.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
08
Jan

Front brings bitter cold, but no records set

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia survived its portion of the notorious “Polar Vortex” that brought horrifyingly low temperatures to most all of the country earlier this week, but no records were broken and the front has moved on.

Historically, the average January temperatures for Mexia have been a daily high of 57.4 and a low of 35.3, according to figures gathered during the years 1904 through 2012.

On the night of Sunday, Jan. 5, the low here reached 25.4 degrees. On Monday, the low dropped to 16.5 degrees, while Tuesday night, Jan. 7, the temperature fell to 18.2 degrees.

Mon
06
Jan

Pastor thinks big for Mexia community center


Willie Jackson, of Watson Construction, in Corsicana, holds a measuring stick while his brother Jeff Watson uses a donated bulldozer to grade the land where the foundation was to be poured later for Rising Star Community Center, on Ross Avenue north of the high school in Mexia. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Leroy Goff has a dream for Mexia, a big dream. If all goes according to plan, Mexia could see a new community center rise on land just north of Mexia High School on Ross Avenue.

Goff has been building a house on the land for about two years basically from scrap, and he and his wife, Evelyn, are living in it temporarily, though the structure is not finished.

Most of their lives, the Goffs lived in Corsicana, but Leroy Goff said he has been preaching in the Mexia area off and on since 1970.

He has pastored at New Hope Baptist Church in Tehuacana, he said, built Rising Star Community Church in Tehuacana, has been affiliated with Haynes Temple COGIC in Mexia and Taylor Church of God in Christ in Wortham.

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

Mon
06
Jan

County prepares for Appraisal Board move

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners made decisions at their last meeting of the year to ensure the lines of communication remain open between the County Appraisal Board and the County Clerk’s office after the Appraisal Board moves out of the Courthouse basement in a few weeks. The court also approved changes involving the DA’s office and several other financial matters.

Limestone County Chief Appraiser Karen Wietzikoski updated county commissioners at their Dec. 23 meeting on the Board’s upcoming move to its own building beginning on Jan. 15. As part of that move, the court approved setting up unlimited Internet access to the County Clerk’s land records for the Appraisal Board.

Fri
03
Jan

Retired salesman finds true calling in antique tractors


Jack Beene, of Mexia, rides a 1947 Ford 2N before he begins restoring it. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Everybody needs to have a hobby, says Jack Beene, of Mexia, and his love of old tractors defines his.

Beene, now retired from sales and marketing after 38 years with Temple-Inland, spends a good deal of his free time restoring old tractors. He never tires of working on, talking about, or driving them. Recently, he spoke on his hobby to his fellow members of the Rotary Club of Mexia.

“I’ve always enjoyed the farm and tinkering with things,” he said. “My great-granddad bought the farm in 1893. His son, my granddad, had it after that, then my dad farmed after my granddad.”

That makes Jack Beene and his brothers, Don Beene and Bobby Beene, the fourth generation to own the farm. They divided up the original land among themselves and each has his house, but they share in a cattle business.

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

Fri
03
Jan

Bids on airport hay-cutting, expansion plans in

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court addressed several issues concerning the county airport at their Dec. 23 meeting, including those involving hay-cutting rights, the cable bill and the job of expanding the taxiway.

The county had advertised for bids on those wishing to cut hay at the airport, but only one was received, that of Frank Sandford, the current holder of those rights.

“He bid $1,826 for a 12-month period,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners. “It works out to $16.60 per acre.”

The court approved Sandford’s bid, and County Clerk Peggy Beck noted that Sanford had the option to renew the contract at the end of the 12 months.

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

Fri
03
Jan

Garden Club makes life beautiful in Mexia

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Some of the residents in the Mexia area who like plants and gardens work together through the Mexia Garden Club to promote this past time.

Garden Club President Gayle Beene spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently about the purpose of the garden club, its activities, history and accomplishments. She also encouraged anyone interested to join the group. Though most members are women, the club is open to men, too.

Apart from the members’ personal enjoyment of gardening, the club’s goals are to study and encourage interest in gardening, encourage civic planting, and protect wildflowers and birds.

The club meets monthly for nine months of the year – they break for summer – with each meeting featuring an informative speaker on some aspect of gardening.

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

Fri
03
Jan

Till the job is done

Workers for Driver Pipeline, of Irving, work on replacing gas lines on Kaufman Street in Mexia Monday. The company was subcontracted by Atmos for the job.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
03
Jan

County approves interim prison deal

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County officials approved a contract with Mike Sutton, longtime administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, to run the county’s private prison on an interim basis.

The decision was made after the commissioners court came out of executive session after the other agenda items had been dealt with. The executive session was called to discuss matters concerning the operation of the LCDC and included attorney Herb Bristow, who helps the county on legal issues.

When they finished that session and returned to open session, the commissioners approved the contract with Sutton’s company, Detention Management Services, though the contract is not quite finished.

Mon
30
Dec

Wortham Garden Club decorates for Christmas


The new Nativity scene for Wortham is set up downtown thanks to the Wortham Garden Club. Contributed photo

Wortham Garden Club members decorated Wortham for Christmas with the help of David Kennedy and Ryan Lozano on Dec. 4.

The Club provided the ornaments for the downtown tree along with a number of wooden decorations throughout town. They also provided the flowers in the park. A new Nativity scene was added this year.

“The ladies make this a yearly project and enjoy hearing from the citizens of Wortham when they enjoy the Club’s efforts,” said Club member Sandy Willard.

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

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