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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.

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Mon
30
Dec

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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Mon
30
Dec

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.

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

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.

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

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

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