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Five fire departments respond to house fire in county


Firefighters work on a house fire on LCR 462 just west of its intersection with LCR 464, and east of Limestone County Airport. Rep­re­sen­ted were Mexia Fire De­part­ment and the volunteer fire departments of Lake Mexia, Tehuacana, Groesbeck and Shiloh. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A house fire in Limestone County Friday night saw five local fire departments respond.

Firefighters were called about 9:10 p.m. to a wooden frame house at 450 LCR 462, near its intersection with LCR 464, which is southeast of Limestone County Airport and east of Hwy 14.

The fire departments of Mexia, Lake Mexia, Tehuacana, Shiloh and Groesbeck responded, bringing about 16-18 personnel and about eight vehicles. Several Mexia Police officers were also on hand to help in ancillary ways.

Mexia firefighter and officer in charge Charlie Pickett said at least two people lived in the house, a couple, but no one was in the home when the fire started.

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Plans for reinvestment zone moving forward

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County held a public hearing last Monday, Dec. 23, to get public input on setting up a reinvestment zone in which a state grant will be used to repair county roads damaged by the heavy trucks and machinery associated with oil and gas development.

A public hearing on in­stalling stop signs at a county intersection also was held last Monday.

Though no one from the public attended either hearing, more information about the reinvestment zone was explained.

Creating a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone is one of the requirements for the county to access $431,109 that has been allocated to it by Texas Senate Bill 1747 “to provide funding to counties for transportation infrastructure projects located in areas of the state affected by increased oil and gas production.”

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Fri
27
Dec

St. Mary’s celebrates Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried to St. Mary’s Catholic Church from Hughes City Park by members of the church, part of ceremonies honoring her feast day. The procession took place Dec. 14, and was followed by a Mass. Contributed photo

St. Mary’s Catholic Church held its annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 and Dec. 14.

Parishioners got up and came to church as early as 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 12 to start the “Mañanitas,” a traditional Hispanic song, in the form of a serenade, sung on special occasions like birthdays. The community of faith rendered various Marian songs to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the Americas, and remember the apparition of her in 1531 with the image still unchanged and exposed at the basilica in the capital of Mexico.

Mass was celebrated at 5:30 a.m. before some devotees went off to work, while the rest stayed to enjoy hot chocolate and pan dulce. The church smelled of fresh flowers laid on the Madonna’s statue.

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Fri
27
Dec

County makes more spring primary decisions

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court approved several resolutions at Monday’s meeting regarding the upcoming primary elections which were presented to the court by Deputy County Clerk Jennifer Johnson.

The court also recognized the County Clerk’s office for a state award it received earlier this month.

The first election resolution was between Limestone County and the local Democratic and Republican parties to hold the primary elections jointly.
The second and third resolutions were for the record and approved County Elections Officer Peggy Beck’s contracting with the respective party chairs to provide election services.

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Fri
27
Dec

Freestone racetrack impacts Mexia economy


The first turn of the Freestone County Raceway, near Wortham, is choked with 40 riders coming off the gate to a turn 30 feet wide in a recent event . Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A Freestone County family built a racetrack near Wortham in 2000 and has been seeing the fulfillment of the classic saying “If you build it, they will come.”

Tony Miller is the current owner of Miller Ranch, where the racetrack is located, and he and Tom Shields, who manages and promotes Freestone County Raceway, visited the Rotary Club of Mexia recently. Shields spoke about the type of events they have at the raceway and the financial impact of the facility, especially on Mexia, Fairfield and Corsicana, the three cities closest to Wortham.

Fri
27
Dec

Rural Free Delivery

Members of Mexia High School’s HERO program pick up the Christmas gifts donated by Incommons Bank employees and customers and prepare to deliver them to First Presbyterian Church’s Helping Hands Christmas gift project for local needy children. Shown here, from left, are Hoa Vuong, 17, Christian Barco, 17, and Keandre Montgomery, 17.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
23
Dec

Wondering where Santa is? Ask NORAD

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

High tech will be put to use to track tonight’s annual journey of a certain jolly man from up north.

The many ways to track Santa Claus’ progress on Christmas Eve have grown to embrace every kind of technology, but one source of information leads the pack.

For the past 58 years, the space agency NORAD has been focused on Santa Claus as he makes his annual trek around the globe to deliver presents. Once again this year, visitors to the Web site can track the most famous North Pole resident.

NORAD is responsible for tracking the air space over North America, but every year volunteer staffers turn their attention away from missiles and instead on Santa’s sleigh as he wings his way through starry Christmas Eve skies.

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Mon
23
Dec

Her first Christmas

Ca’Miya Hutchison, 2 months, of Mexia, gazes into Santa Claus’ eyes at Parkview Regional Hospital’s Night with Santa event held Dec. 10. The hospital holds this event each year. The free, fun event ran from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and included photos with Santa, children’s health tips, child-friendly crafts, and cookies and cocoa. For more photos from Night with Santa, see Page 3.
Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

Mon
23
Dec

Austin food bank provides for Limestone needy

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners heard an update on hunger in Central Texas and what they need to know to make sure residents realize what help is available for them.

Kathy Green, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, in Austin, made the presentation at the court’s Dec. 9 meeting.

Capital Area Food Bank is one of 21 food banks in Texas, she told the court. Capital Area Food Bank in turn covers 21 counties, including Limestone. Local food pantries buy groceries from the food bank at very low rates to make sure their shelves are stocked when people come to them for help.

“Basically, the food bank, if you’re not familiar with it, is like the bank, and our partner agencies are like the ATMs,” Green said. “So the partner agencies in our areas get food from us; they may not get 100 percent of their food from us, but they do get a big portion of it.

Fri
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Dec

Mexia start-up Lide now international company


Lide-Mexia Quality Manager Manuel Bluitt gestures to a co-worker in the yard behind the many buildings that make up the oilfield tank manufacturing company on U.S. 84 east of Mexia. Behind Bluitt can be seen some finished tanks as well as the large rolls of carbon steel used to make the vessels. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Nearly 40 years ago, a man from Cotton Gin, just a few miles east of Mexia, had an idea that has grown to become a productive manufacturing company with an international presence.

That man was Mandeville Lide Jr., known simply as Junior Lide, and that company was Lide Tank, later called Lide Industries and now under the Permian Lide banner.

Though Junior Lide passed away in 2008, the company he built to make storage tanks for the oilfield industry is thriving and supports many local employees and their families.

Although the local company is located in Freestone County, it calls itself “Lide Mexia,” and it significantly impacts the city.

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