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Mon
27
Jan

County preps for elections, honors staffers


Limestone County employees achieving 10 years of service were recognized at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, including, l-r, Billy Mack, Lloyd McCormick, Carol Bostain, Stacy Hall, Debbie Watson and David Bell (not shown). Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

More preparations were made at the Limestone County commissioners court’s Jan. 13 meeting for spring elections: city of Mexia, Mexia Independent School District, and primaries for both Democrat and Republican parties. At the same meeting, county employees and Crime Stoppers were recognized for their work.

Mexia City Secretary Christi Shivers appeared before the court to discuss and approve a request by Mexia to lease county election equipment for its May 10 general election. County Clerk Peggy Beck confirmed the contract was the standard one used, and the motion passed.

Also at the meeting, the court approved a contract with Mexia ISD to hold their May 10 election. Deputy County Clerk Jennifer Johnson told the court the contract was standard and the same one they have used each year.

Fri
24
Jan

Hundreds of area youth to ‘reset’ themselves


Kevin Jones, youth pastor at First Baptist Church, Mexia, is looking forward to Reset Weekend, a youth event for all denominations set for Feb. 7-9. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Hundreds of local high school and junior high students are planning to hit the reset button on their lives by attending First Baptist Church’s Reset Weekend Feb. 7-9.

The event is sponsored by the Baptist churches of Mexia, Groesbeck, Wortham and Coolidge but is open to sixth through 12th graders of all denominations.

Youth Pastor Kevin Jones is directing the event and expects 300-400 teens, more than a hundred from Mexia alone.

All those attending will stay at host homes in Mexia, even those who live in Mexia, so the experience is the same for all those attending.

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

Fri
24
Jan

Banquet honors 2013 football season


Coach Lamonte Chambers, right, was pleased to present the Shield of Honor Award to senior Kaylon Watson, left, during Thursday night’s football banquet. Watson was a versatile player for the Blackcat football team playing several different positions on both offense and defense. See more photos from the banquet on Page 10. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

“Strive to win this award, strive to do things the right way … because if everybody that’s here was a freshman, on the JV, tries to do the things it takes to win this award or any other award … your team’s going to be better. You’re going to win. You’re not going to win just four games, you’re going to win 14 games.” Those were just some of the encouraging words aimed towards Blackcats players from Mexia alumnus, Justin Reed, who was a former recipient of the distinguished Shield of Honor award presented to a football player each year during the annual awards banquet held at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center.

Fri
24
Jan

County moving forward to claim road money

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are expected at their meeting Monday to vote to set up a County Energy Transportation Zone in the southern half of the county. This is one of several required steps for the county to receive at least $431,109 from a fund the state set up to reimburse counties for road damage caused by the large trucks used in oil and gas exploration.

The county held a public hearing Dec. 23, which was the first step; then waited 30 days, as required. If the commissioners vote to set up the zone, they discussed in their Dec. 9 meeting using the same boundaries as those of Emergency Service districts No. 1 and 2 since they were already drawn and time was short.

Also on the agenda is the appointment of members to an advisory board for the zone.

Wed
22
Jan

Sales tax receipts take an upward turn for Mexia

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions to Mexia inched up last month, and are above the amount gathered year-to-date last year.

The city of Mexia re­ceived $200,910 this period, up .14 percent from the $200,626 reported sent in January in 2013.

Revenues this month were up 2.81 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $55,578 this period compared to $54,055 a year ago. Elsewhere in Limestone County, Kosse saw revenues rise 1.1 percent when compared to the same month a year ago, to $4,499. Thornton’s figure was $1,064, a 4.3 percent decrease from the same month in 2013.

Coolidge saw an increase of 18.95 percent this month, to $1,540, up from $1,294 a year ago.

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

Wed
22
Jan

Keeping the dream alive

Sylvia Goodrum performs a praise dance for part of the entertainment at the Martin Luther King Jr. program Saturday, which the Mexia City Council had declared as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the city. Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Wed
22
Jan

Sheriff dispatcher calls triple in past decade

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported to county commissioners court at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting that the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center’s calls have nearly tripled in the past 10 years. The court also learned the county would get upgraded 911 equipment totally free through a grant from the Heart of Texas Council of Governments.

Wilson said he had his dispatch center check the statistics for the past 10 years and report on the total number by year.

“In 2003, we took in 12,840 calls for the year, that’s 1,070 calls a month, for an average of 35.2 calls a day,” Wilson said. “In 2013, we took in 37,247 calls for service, for an average of 3,103 calls a month, for an average of 103.4 calls for service a day.

Mon
20
Jan

MLK Jr. celebration a time of community


Hundreds of Mexia residents participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Saturday morning, with heavy representation by St. Luke United Methodist Church, which sponsored the event, and Mexia ISD board members and administrators. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia residents from all walks of life came together Saturday to celebrate and remember Martin Luther King Jr. and the principles he promoted: equality, dignity, justice and respect for all people, regardless of race, color or creed.

Though the day’s temperatures began in the 30s, the sun quickly warmed those attending the parade, which began at 11 a.m. By then, those who planned to march in the parade were swarming the area in front of the Mexia Civic Center and Mexia Police had begun blocking the intersections of the parade route. Just before the parade started, two bright yellow school buses arrived from Houston filled with the feature performers of the day, Lone Star Choppaz. The student percussion group is affiliated with Victory Preparatory Academy and was formed by and is led by Joe Burleson.

Fri
17
Jan

African children’s choir to perform once again in Mexia


Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir, of Uganda, dance and sing enthusiastically at their 2012 Mexia performance. The group will return to Mexia Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Mexia High School Auditorium. Admission is free. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia residents will be able to watch child singers and dancers from half a world away perform in Mexia in just 11 days.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, of Uganda, will be in concert at Mexia High School Auditorium Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

The performers wear the colorful costumes native to their country and their singing and dancing entranced those attending previous Mexia concerts.

“They gave our community an amazing opportunity to explore a different culture and way of life right here in Mexia,” said Heidi Crosby, a teacher in Mexia who attended the group’s last appearance in Mexia in 2012. “My children were amazed by them also. There was not a boring moment – full of dance, creativity, songs and stories. We loved it.”

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

Fri
17
Jan

City, Mexia ISD to call for May elections

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD's board of trustees and Mexia City Council both will call for elections in May to fill board positions when each entity meets early next week.

Both the city and school district must formally call for the elections, which are set for May 10.

There are three slots opening up on the school board: Place 1, currently held by Kent Kendall, who was appointed last summer to fill the slot of Lon Brown, who resigned; Place 4, held by Rachel Hernandez, board secretary; and Place 5, held by Kim Williams, who is board president.

Early voting for this election will be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays from April 28 through May 6, at the MISD Administrative Office at 616 N. Red River.

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

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