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Wed
26
Feb

Early voting ends Friday, primary is Tuesday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Early voting ends Friday for the spring primary election, with Election Day coming up Tuesday, March 4.
There are two polling sites for early voters: the county courthouse in Groesbeck or the courthouse annex in Mexia. Voters may only choose candidates in one party.
You may vote Thursday-Friday, Feb. 27-28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the courthouse at 200 W. State St. in Groesbeck; or from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the same two days at the Mexia county annex at 205 S. McKinney.
On Tuesday, voters must vote at their actual precinct, the number of which appears on voter registration cards.
This will be the first election in which Texas’ new Voter ID law will be enforced. To vote, one must show one of the following:

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

Wed
19
Feb

Pet of the Week


Cocomo is a Labrador Retriever mix who was one of six in a litter who were hand cared for by several LARAS House board members. He is a warm, friendly puppy who is up-to-date on his shots. Call LARAS House at 254-292-9552 to adopt Cocomo.

Cocomo is a Labrador Retriever mix who was one of six in a litter who were hand cared for by several LARAS House board members. He is a warm, friendly puppy who is up-to-date on his shots. Call LARAS House at 254-292-9552 to adopt Cocomo.

Wed
19
Feb

City water rate hike approved

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
In a split vote, Mexia City Council agreed to hike the city's water and sewer rates to cover bonds taken out by its water supplier without notice to the city.
Back in September, Council was looking into legal remedies after its supplier, Bistone Water Supply District took out a $6 million loan for improvements without notifying the city, a move now means 27- to 30-percent higher water bills for city residents.
At Tuesday night's Council meeting, around eight residents attended, with two addressing the Council about the proposed rates. City Manager Larry Brown explained that the city had no choice but to raise rates, because bills from Bistone will reflect the cost of repaying its bonds.

Wed
19
Feb

All-volunteer Caritas a marvel to organizers


Hattie Morgan, left, and Myrna Carter, volunteers at the Mexia thrift store Caritas, work together to ring up purchases by a customer recently. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Those who run Mexia food pantry and thrift store Caritas still look back in wonder at the life-altering change they made to their organization when they went all-volunteer five years ago.
They had been struggling to fund three paid workers and trying to price the second-hand items they sell in their store – at the corner of Commerce and McKinney streets – at what they hoped were reasonable prices. The problem was, they were losing money.
“One of the primary reasons we were going to all-volunteer operations was the fact that the 18 months prior, we were losing $1,500 a month to operate the store,” said Caritas board member Andrew Taulton. “We had to do something; we couldn’t operate the store at that type of loss because we just didn’t have the funds.”
Then the inspiration hit them: from now on, they would only use volunteers to accomplish their mission to help Mexia’s most struggling residents.

Mon
17
Feb

Gift of Life


Hannah Plank, of Fairfield, donates blood at the blood drive held Sunday, Feb. 9, in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy in Mexia. Checking on Plank is phlebotomist Davian Porter. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Hannah Plank, of Fairfield, donates blood at the blood drive held Sunday, Feb. 9, in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy in Mexia. Checking on Plank is phlebotomist Davian Porter.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
17
Feb

Fairground prepping for future growth, fair

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is considering installing 50 additional stalls at the showbarn, and also is looking forward to the county rodeo and fair coming up.
Kenneth Ellis, general manager of the Fairgrounds, brought up the possibility of adding more horse stalls at Monday’s commissioners court meeting and told the commissioners why they should consider adding the extra stalls.
“This is something we need to look at down the road,” Ellis said. “I think we’re probably missing out on some events we could have if we had more stalls. I’m not going to suggest that we go full-blown, but if we could add 40-50 more stalls, it would probably bring in more events that we could handle pretty easily, like two-three-day events.
“We’ve made it public how many stalls we have on our website, so a lot of people won’t even call because they know we can’t handle the traffic.

Fri
14
Feb

Wortham Garden Club makes arrangements


Shown, l-r, at the February meeting of the Wortham Garden Club are: Mary Myers, Sylvia Pace, Nancy Pursell, Carol Reese, Margaret Whaley, Sammie Davis, Susan Gibbs, Sandra Willard and Barbara Wilson. Not shown are Judy Lansford and Joycelyn Calame. Contributed photos

The Wortham Garden Club met at Sammie Davis’ home on Canadian Street in Wortham for the February meeting. Business was taken care of in short order which included the planning of the annual Tasty Bee.
The club will help the Chamber of Commerce with the annual Easter Egg Hunt in April and review scholarship applications from local Wortham High students in the upcoming months.
The Tasty Bee will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Methodist’s Church Family Life Center on Main Street. The public is encouraged to join the ladies in tasting many special dishes. Funds raised go for projects the Garden Club does around town.

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

Fri
14
Feb

Making a Point


Rudy Kennedy, of Point Enterprise, keeps Raquel Franks, of Dallas, entertained with humorous stories at the Point Enterprise Chili Dinner Saturday evening. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Rudy Kennedy, of Point Enterprise, keeps Raquel Franks, of Dallas, entertained with humorous stories at the Point Enterprise Chili Dinner Saturday evening.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
14
Feb

City may OK big water rate hike

Mexia City Council will consider changing the city's water and sewer rates – likely making them much higher – when they meet Tuesday night.
Back in September, Council was looking into legal remedies after its water supplier took out a $6 million loan for improvements without notifying the city, a move that could mean 27- to 30-percent higher water bills for city residents.
Residential water rates are proposed to jump from a base charge of $15 to $35 for water, plus the charge for water used would go from $3.95 to $6 per thousand gallons. The recommended increase in the base charge for sewer service would increase from $25 to $30, but the price per gallon of sewage discharged would remain at $4.43 per 1,000 gallons. The trash fee, which is included in the water bills, would also remain the same at $12.50 per month plus $1.03 tax.

Wed
12
Feb

Soldier surprises son after six-month absence


Tears stream down the faces of S.Sgt. Joshua Smith and his 5-year-old son, Nathan, as the reality of their reunion at Coolidge Elementary School Wednesday sets in. Smith has been on a deployment in Kuwait for six months but just arrived on a 15-day leave to see his family in Coolidge. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Smith, who has been serving in Kuwait on his third active duty deployment, surprised his 5-year-old son Nathan when he showed up at Coolidge Elementary School Wednesday.
A 2004 Coolidge High School graduate, Smith was scheduled for 15 days of leave in the United States. He had told the school that he would be arriving Feb. 12, and arranged to surprise his son on Nathan’s lunch break.
The plan was almost ruined when Smith, who had arrived first in Atlanta, couldn’t get a flight to Dallas after so many were canceled because of severe weather. Smith, however, did not let that obstacle stop him – he drove all night to get to the school.

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

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