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Freestone County grand jury indicts nine

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
03
Jun

Wylie’s strength leads to NBC win

Mexia native Bennie Wylie Jr. shows a sign showing the hastag for the NBC series he and his partner won Thursday night.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Former Blackcat and current fitness trainer Bennie Wylie Jr. and his partner have won the first season of the NBC reality fitness program STRONG.
The finale of the hour-long program, which debuted April 13, was broadcast Thursday night. Wylie and his partner won by 16 seconds and will split a $300,000 prize.
STRONG began with 10 teams, each consisting of a male fitness trainer and a female trainee. Wylie, 39, was paired with 35-year-old Jill May, a mother of four who lives in Willmar, Minnesota.
Trainees got to pick their trainers, Wylie said.

Fri
03
Jun

Three MISD campuses will get new lighting

A.B. McBay Elementary classrooms, like this one photographed in January 2015, will be brighter next school year, after bond-funded lighting upgrades are installed this summer.

By Harry T. Darby
Publisher
When students walk into three of the four Mexia ISD campuses, the administration wants to make sure it’s a bright new day.
In a specially called meeting Tuesday, the board of trustees voted 7-0 to spend bond money to improve the lighting at A.B. McBay Elementary, R.Q. Sims Intermediate and Mexia Junior High schools. The high school is scheduled for lighting upgrades in the summer of 2017.
The accepted bid, which was the only bid submitted, was by F.S.G. of Dallas, at a total cost of $706,000. Work is expected to start and be completed before the students return Aug. 22 for the 2016-17 school year.
The original estimate for all four campuses, including the high school, was $2.3 million. This is a part of the $15.5 million bond package approved by voters in 2015.
The project will convert the lighting systems on the campuses from fluorescent to more energy-efficient and brighter LED lighting.

Fri
03
Jun

They're good citizens

Contributed photo

The Coolidge Elementary Good Citizens for the sixth six weeks have been named. They were recognized for showing pride in their community, volunteering to help others, being honest, following rules, sharing and showing respect. They are, l-r, front row: Litzy Perez, Blair Jackson, Kevin Salazar, Bo Hunter Self, Dekodeh Finley, Maleah Garcia and Jakobe Brown; back row: Jessica Samaniego, Tommy Dixon, Christian Martinez, Zurnique Love, Teresa Bailon-Carrizal and Joel Loredo.

Wed
01
Jun

Library Friends to hold book sale this weekend

The annual Friends of the Library’s book sale at Gibbs Memorial Library runs today through Saturday, June 2-4, in the library’s community room.

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
01
Jun

Singing for their supper

Mexia News photos/Roxanne Thompson
Wortham ISD music teacher Linda Ferris, left, performs along with Wortham’s Recorder/Orrf Ensemble in concert in Tehuacana on May 14.
The Wortham High School Choir performs at a concert outside Cup of Joe’s, in Tehuacana, on May 14.
The turnout was heavy for the live concert on May 14 put on by Wortham ISD choirs, held in the grassy area next to Cup of Joe’s in Tehuacana.
Bill Ferris listens as his wife, Wortham music teacher Linda Ferris, makes an impassioned plea to parents to insist that music remain in school curricula.

Charlotte Strother, of Mexia, at left, buys a soft drink from Wortham choir student Jon Lockhart, 15, of Mexia, while his fellow choir members Ta’Avyonne Felder, 15, of Wortham, and Kaitlyn Griego, 15, of Streetman, appear to study the crowd. The students were selling refreshments at their concert in Tehuacana on May 14 to fund an upcoming trip. Click to see more photos from this event.

Wed
01
Jun

District files to be moved immediately for safety

Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The heavy, rolling files in the Limestone County courthouse basement must be moved immediately as they present a danger to the district clerks who use them, said Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis.
He gave the report to county commissioners at their May 24 meeting, while reporting on what options the county has to repair the floor.
Callis emphasized that the courthouse building itself is structurally sound but only has a problem in one area of the basement floor.
The rolling file system in the corner room where district criminal files are kept requires a perfectly flat surface to be safe, he said.
“I went down and rolled one back and let it roll freely,” he said. “It would crush two good men. They have to put a 2x4 between them to get their files; we have to do something about that immediately.”
Callis provided the court two options to remedy the situation:

Wed
01
Jun

Civic Pride award

Contributed photo/Kay Roark

Ismael Olvera, owner of Tacos Jalisco, is Mexia Garden Club's May/June Civic Pride Award recipient. Everyone who passes the corner of McKinney and Palestine streets notices the vast improvement since the opening of Tacos Jalisco. Along the front, surrounded by lush, neatly-trimmed grass, are mature palms. It can be tricky trying to grow palms in Mexia with our sometimes very cold winters. Ismael has planted palms that have been conditioned to withstand a harsh winter. These gorgeous palms are a very expensive addition to the landscape, and they add a tropical feel to the landscape. Along the side of the restaurant are Japanese Holly, also known as Sky Pencils. Lush and dark green, Sky Pencils can grow in partial shade and grow about 2 feet wide. Ismael has plans to add more plants when he has time in his busy schedule. Ismael has also recently purchased the area on Hwy. 14 where Milton Carroll had his salvage business.

Wed
01
Jun

Yard of the Month

Contributed photo/Kay Roark

The home of Janis Frost, 600 S. Ross, is the Mexia Garden Club’s May Yard of the Month. Built in 1929, the house features porticos, or covered porches that protect the entry doors. Pots of red and white geraniums grace the center porch. A large oak tree and magnolia tree provide shade in the yard. A cozy covered patio on the south side of the house features a wrought iron table and chairs that invite guests to sit and enjoy the manicured lawn and shrubs. Flower gardens on both sides of the front yard are filled with red knockout roses, yellow sweet broom, red pentas and other colorful blooms. A garden next to the driveway contains two pots of foxtail ferns and climbing vines. In the large backyard, an outdoor, screened-in room is the perfect place for family activities and enjoying life.

Wed
01
Jun

Chain reaction

Mexia News photo/Roxanne Thompson

Mexia’s Jerry Allen said he was sitting at the stop light on U.S. 84 westbound at Hwy. 14, on Friday afternoon, May 20, in his white GMC Sierra pickup truck. About 4:30 p.m. a woman driving a Nissan Maxima allegedly ran into the red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck behind Allen, pushing the red truck into Allen’s. No one was seriously injured, but the Maxima had significant front end damage, and the trucks had minor damage to their bumpers.

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