News

Fri
29
Apr

TLC

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

A Mexia Fire Department firefighter carefully cleans one of the department’s fire trucks Monday, April 11. Another firefighter, not shown, shares the chore.

Wed
27
Apr

Court says it won’t pay for missing cylinders

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court, in a mixed vote, said it will not pay for some missing acetylene gas cylinders, which Mexia’s Matheson welding supply company says it leased to the county in 2013.
The problem is that the cylinders, which are used for welding projects, apparently went missing in 2013, but commissioners did not find out about it until much later. The initial project was for the county to have extra bunkbeds installed at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, which had lost its federal contract to house inmates and whose last inmates were moved out in June 2013. Having more beds would have made the LCDC eligible to bid on new federal contracts.
The court initially approved paying an invoice of $4,751 at the Aug. 12, 2013, meeting to buy a welding machine.

Wed
27
Apr

Re-enactors gather at Confederate Reunion Grounds

Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight
Volunteers with the Confederate Army march smartly to the field of battle.
A lone Yankee soldier prepares to mount his horse at the Civil War re-enactment on Saturday, April 16, at the Confederate Reunion Grounds.
Members of the Sweet Song String Band play Civil War-era songs at the Civil War re-enactment.
Virtually everyone at the Confederate Reunion Grounds on Saturday, April 16, gathers to see the mock battle between Civil War re-enactors.

Confederate forces line up for battle while young officers’ assistants scope out the lay of the land at the Civil War re-enactment at the Confederate Reunion Grounds on Saturday, April 16.

Wed
27
Apr

Program provides local funds to restore Monarch habitat

Local landowners and groups are encouraged to apply for funding to to enhance or restore habitat for Monarch butterflies, shown here, by planting pollinator-friendly plant species.

Mexia News File Report

Mon
25
Apr

Ex-wife arrested in 2011 murder of Mexia man

In this file photo from the morning of Raymond Keith Jacoby's murder, then-Mexia Police officer Patrick Williams confers by phone with Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne in front of Mexia Recycling.
Mary Elizabeth Jacoby

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The ex-wife of a man murdered in Mexia five years ago was arrested and charged with his death, Mexia Police announced Friday night.
In a press release posted just before 8:30 p.m., MPD said Mary Elizabeth Jacoby, 59, of George West, had been arrested at 8:43 a.m. April 22 at the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Department in George West. She was arrested by Mexia Police Department Detective Richard “Chip” Hundley and Texas Ranger Patrick Peña, after being indicted by the Limestone County Grand Jury for murder.
Bond was set at $250,000 and she was taken to Limestone County Jail. George West is about halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, at the intersection of U.S. 59 and U.S. 281. Mary Jacoby was living there with her son from another marriage.
“I’m pleased that we were finally able to make an arrest,” Hundley said. “Murder is a thing that never goes away. We never stop working on those cases.”

Mon
25
Apr

SUV plunges into Navasota River Sunday

By Brenda
Sommer
Managing Editor
The three people in a vehicle that ended up in the Navasota River Sunday night didn’t suffer any serious injuries, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
A 17-year-old Fairfield woman was driving a 2003 Pontiac Aztek eastbound on U.S. 84 when she apparently fell asleep.
At around 8:30 p.m., about 3/10ths of a mile west of CR 194, her vehicle left the roadway to the right. She turned the wheel to the left, which caused her to lose control of the SUV, which began to roll. It continued to roll to the right, rolling as it left the road, entering the bar ditch then landing upright in the water.
The preliminary DPS report did not state how the driver or the 20-year-old woman and baby who were also in the vehicle were able to escape it.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
25
Apr

Tourney time

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight
Teague Lion Altrie Farris, 9, at rear right, tries to cover Rains Thunder Manny Mares, 10, in a Little Dribbler game in Mexia Friday, April 15.
Latamangela Wright, left, of Mexia, and her daughter, Taaliyah, 1, buy baked goods from members of Mexia High School’s Superintendent Student Advisory Council during the national Little Dribblers Tournament.

Fairfield Lady Eagle Tanaiya Harris, right, and Levelland Loboette Myka Graf grapple for the basketball in a 10-12-year-old game on Friday, April 15, part of a national Little Dribbler Tournament held in Mexia April 13-16. Four gyms in Mexia plus two gyms in Groesbeck were used to accommodate all the games scheduled.

Mon
25
Apr

Early voting ongoing in school, city elections

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Early voting began for local school board and city elections that will be decided in the May 7 general election.
In the Mexia City Council election, District 2 incumbent Laura Rothrock faces Blanca Rivera, while District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles faces Stephen Friday and Colby Archibald. Early voting for this election takes place at the city office, 101 N. McKinney 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow (April 26-27), and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28-29 and May 2-3. Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney.

Mon
25
Apr

Annual festival coming to Coolidge

The parade, like this one in 2014, is a big part of Coolidge’s annual Mesquite Tree Festival. This year’s festival is Friday and Saturday, May 6-7.

The annual Coolidge Mesquite Tree Festival begins Friday, May 6, with a fish fry beginning at 5 p.m. Take-out plates will be available. The price of the fish will be $8 per plate. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. and bingo cards will be $20 for a complete set of 20 or more games. There will be a blackout game for $1 each if you buy the set, otherwise, the cost is$2 per card.
Saturday brings many vendors to town to sell their goods and also plenty of food booths. There is still time to enter, just come by city office in Coolidge, or call 254-786-4814. Also, you can call Peggy Bozeman at 254-786-2090.
There will be a Mr. and Miss Mesquite Tree Festival pageant beginning at 9:30 a.m. The city office has information regarding this. All children are eligible to enter.
Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. Items are a 40-inch television, an HP notebook and Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Fri
22
Apr

County to meet on Tuesdays

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer Limestone County commissioners made decisions at their April 11 meeting concerning two upcoming elections: the May 7 city and school board elections, and the May 24 primary run-off elections. The court also officially changed its meeting days to Tuesdays and addressed several other minor matters: declining to initiate a burn ban, approving seasonal workers at the Road and Bridge Department, and hearing about repairs needed to the courthouse basement. For the May 7 election, the court approved standard contracts to lease election equipment to the cities of Groesbeck and Kosse, and to the city and school board of Fairfield for their joint election. For the May 24 primary run-off election, the court designated: • The courthouse in Groesbeck, Room G-1 in the basement, as the main early voting polling place. • The courthouse annex in Mexia as a second place for early voting. • That all voters may use either of the early voting places.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News