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Wed
05
Feb

Standing room only


Revendy and Brandi Rhodes, of Mexia, center, along with hundreds of other outdoor enthusiasts in Limestone and neighboring counties, enjoy the annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet Saturday night at The Cowboy Club in Mexia. The building was filled to overflowing for the dinner, gun raffle, silent auction and live auction, which was called by Craig Meier. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Revendy and Brandi Rhodes, of Mexia, center, along with hundreds of other outdoor enthusiasts in Limestone and neighboring counties, enjoy the annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet Saturday night at The Cowboy Club in Mexia. The building was filled to overflowing for the dinner, gun raffle, silent auction and live auction, which was called by Craig Meier.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
05
Feb

Man given 60 years for brutal, days-long attack


Milton Gardner

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A Mexia man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after brutally attacking a woman over the course of several days.
On Friday, Jan. 31, Limestone County jury sentenced Milton Lee Gardner, adding a $10,000 fine to his sentence. The jury had found Gardner guilty of assault causing serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon – family violence earlier that morning. It took less than an hour for the jury to find Gardner guilty, and about the same to decide his punishment.
“This is a substantial win for the safety of the citizens of Limestone County” said Roy DeFriend, county attorney. “It also sends a message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in our community.”
Jury selection began Monday, Jan. 27 but was delayed by a last minute request by Gardner to be evaluated to see if he was competent to stand trial, which he was.

Mon
03
Feb

Detective sees positive changes in Mexia PD


Detective Chip Hundley, with the Mexia Po­lice Department, speaks to the Rotary Club of Mexia re­cently about crime in Mexia and changes he has seen in the De­partment. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Police detective Chip Hundley is seeing changes in the Mexia Police Department that indicate positive outcomes for lowering crime in the city.
Hundley has been a police officer the past 22 years and holds a Master Peace Officer license. He started working for Mexia in 1990 as a firefighter, then became an arson investigator. He left the city to work as a detective for the Hill County Sheriff’s Office, then as an undercover narcotics investigator for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant over Narcotics, then was assistant commander of the Governor’s Texas Narcotics Control Program Task Force. With that program, he covered south Dallas and Tarrant counties.
Even after returning to Mexia in 2007 to work as a detective at the Police Department, he has also served as task force officer for the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Mon
03
Feb

Of a feather


A great egret and some neotropic cormorants splash in the waters of Lake Mexia near the Commanche Crossing bridge recently. Though great egrets are more common in coastal areas, according to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, more and more of the showy white birds are spending the winter inland, in central and eastern Texas. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

A great egret and some neotropic cormorants splash in the waters of Lake Mexia near the Commanche Crossing bridge recently. Though great egrets are more common in coastal areas, according to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, more and more of the showy white birds are spending the winter inland, in central and eastern Texas.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
03
Feb

County sets up reinvestment zone for south Limestone

By Roxanne McKnight
Limestone County commissioners court set up a County Energy Reinvestment Zone at last Monday’s meeting, a required step for the county to access a state reimbursement fund for road damage caused by over-sized trucks, mainly from the oil and gas industry.
The court also is required to appoint members to an advisory board consisting of two citizens from the public and three people who are in the oil-and-gas industry. The advisory board must meet once a quarter.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen suggested appointing Brent Fewell, with Devon Energy, as one of the industry members.
“They don’t have any power,” Burkeen said of the advisory board members. “They can get together and meet and advise commissioners court. We can listen to them or not listen to them; they have no authority to take any action.”

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.

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