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Tue
06
Sep

Coach Chambers’ season preview

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia ISD Athletic Director LaMonte Chambers has given an inside report to Mexia residents on how he thinks the football season will shape up this year. The Blackcats got their first win in their first game of the season on Friday, Aug. 26, against the Athens Hornets; and they were scheduled to go to Teague on Friday, Sept. 2, to show their mettle against the Lions.

Chambers spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia as well as the Mexia Lions Club, giving a peek at the football team’s practices and which team members are back from last year.

“It’s that time of year again,” Chambers said by way of greeting. “The heat’s been turned up outside a little bit. When we’ve been out there at 3 o’clock, we just wait until it’s hot enough to get everybody out there. If you can handle that heat, you can handle the heat on Friday night. That’s kind of how we think about it.”

Tue
06
Sep

Visualize your tax dollars at work

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The following is a summary of the incident report of the Mexia Fire Department and water work orders for the city.

For the month of June the fire department  responded to 137 incidents compared to the 219 incidents in July.  The increase in the month of July was primarily due to dry weather with 14 additional outside fires, i.e. grass, rubbish or special outside fires. 

EMS  had an additional 55 calls in July, excluding vehicle accident with injury. There were 10 additional vehical accidents as well.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Tue
06
Sep

Coach shaping character

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Teachers and coaches are constantly looking for ways to teach their students not only book lessons but life lessons, and Mexia ISD Athletic Director LaMonte Chambers is using a new way of looking at an important concept he hopes will make a difference in the lives of his athletes.  

“Our programs have been successful, Chambers said recently to members of the Mexia Lions Club and also to the Rotary Club of Mexia. “Sometimes you judge success by wins and losses, but a lot of times we judge it on what they’re made out of. How did they enjoy it? Did they get their diploma?”

Chambers read a book early this summer that impressed him so much, he is using its ideas for character formation among his athletes. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
31
Aug

County residents to arrange installing own culverts

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County residents who need a culvert on their property will have to make their own arrangements to install one rather than get help from the county. 

County commissioners have decided to stop installing culverts for property owners as a way to cut costs in the budget. Instead, landowners will pay the county $25 fee for a permit, buy a culvert that meets the county’s requirements from another source, pay a third party to install it and pay for whatever dirt and rock is required for the job. 

The county must tell the landowner what size culvert is required to ensure water is effectively drained. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
31
Aug

MISD board looks to fill Superintendent vacancy

Editor/Publisher

 

The Mexia Independent School District Board (MISD) of Trustees met Monday evening and by a 4-3 vote, offered the position of interim uperintendent to Dennis Hill. Hill is a retired superintendent of the Llano Texas School District and most recently served in the same role in Loraine. 

As of press time, Hill and MISD have not signed off on the employment contract.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
29
Aug

Big crowds support MSSLC gala event

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, Mexia, was filled Saturday evening with people from across Limestone County enjoying the annual gala fundraiser of the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council. 

An estimated 200 plus attended the event, which raises money for the Volunteer Council to provide homey touches to the lives of MSSLC residents. 

The theme this year was Mardi Gras and each guest was given several strands of beads in a nod to the New Orleans celebration. Women also received masks decorated with small feathers the color of peacock feathers.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
29
Aug

Damaged flood control structures need repair

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Extensive damage to Limestone County roads, bridges and personal property has been avoided this past year because of the 22 flood control structures along the Richland Creek watershed, but some of the structures require repairs to continue to function. 

That’s what Ed Schwille, with the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation District, told commissioners court recently, noting the exceptional rainfall of the past year. 

“I have some records that said from September 2015 to May 2016, there was over 80 inches of rain that fell in that watershed,” Schwille told commissioners at their last meeting.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
24
Aug

Mexia daycare owner Clements retiring after 45 years

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Longtime daycare owner-operator Kathy Clements is saying farewell to her clients as she closes her business next week. 

To celebrate her retirement and give her a chance to say goodbye – and give former clients and other well-wishers a chance to tell her goodbye – the Clements family is hosting a come-and-go retirement party on Sunday, Aug. 28, 3-5 p.m. at 503 Miller Street in Mexia. 

Kathy’s long journey began just four days after she and her husband, Mike, got married back on Sept. 7, 1971.  

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
24
Aug

Jewett mine to close: NRG cancels coal contract

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

NRG Energy announced Wednesday that it will stop using lignite from the Jewett mine at the end of this year and will use cleaner-burning Powder River Basin coal, which is transported from its source in Wyoming and Montana. 

Consequently, the Jewett mine will be closing, though Texas Westmoreland, which operates the mine, said in a press release that it expects reclamation efforts to go on for several years at the site.

NRG said the decision was for economical reasons, citing several challenges it faces. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
24
Aug

Court keeps effective tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioner’s court agreed to leave the burn ban off in light of extensive and widespread rains across the county. 

Commissioners took care of this and other matters at their Aug. 23 meeting, including confirming the tax rate for the coming year; making several decisions concerning roads; approving plans for the Nov. 8 General Election; and making several minor decisions involving law enforcement. 

No vote was needed or taken on keeping the burn ban lifted. County Judge Daniel Burkeen had lifted the ban on Aug. 18 after the rain had continued for the previous six days.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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