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Fri
11
Oct

County to consider reinstating burn ban Monday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners will consider reinstating the burn ban at their commissioners court meeting Monday.

The court also will hear a presentation from the local historical commission and make decisions on other county business,
including several contracts with local entities.

Though the county has had rain recently, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index indicates that the county is quite dry and still well into drought figures. The Index indicates the amount of moisture in the land by assigning a number from zero to 800, with zero indicating total saturation and 800 indicating no moisture whatsoever.

On press time Friday, the KBDI readings for the county ranged from 405 to 737, with an average of 597. A reading of 575 or higher is considered drought. KBDI’s prediction for two weeks from now is 572-763, with an average for the county of 682.

Fri
11
Oct

Full O’ Pep

A.B. McBay Elementary School students reach out to shake hands or high-five the Mexia Blackcat mascot at Friday’s pep rally before the Battle of the River football game. The event took place last night at Blackcat Stadium.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
11
Oct

City may address Bistone rates with lawyers

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council is set to convene behind closed doors with city lawyers, most likely to discuss their dispute with the city’s water supplier, when they meet Tuesday night.

Bistone Water Supply District 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. Bistone manages Lake Mexia and also supplies water to the city via deep wells near Personville.

Neither the City Council nor city manager Larry Brown heard back from Bistone until the district presented results of a related water rate study Sept. 16, at which time Bistone let city representatives know the district had already taken out $6 million in bonds that it expects to be paid back mostly through higher bills for city water customers.

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

Wed
09
Oct

Navarro College to hold clay shoot fundraiser


Construction of the new administration building for Navarro College South, located on Hwy. 14 in Mexia, is progressing, and administration officials hope it will open in January. The Navarro College Foundation is holding a fundraiser Oct. 19 to raise money for scholarships for student in Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia residents can help deserving local students at Navarro College South by participating in a scholarship fundraiser called Aiming for Education, a sporting clay shoot, dinner and auction to be held at Caney Creek Lodge, in Teague on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Because Navarro College’s South Campus is in Mexia, local students who might not otherwise go to college have that opportunity since they can live with their parents while attending classes nearby. Most students still need help paying for classes and books, however, so the Navarro College Foundation tries to bridge the financial gap by providing scholarships to deserving students.

Navarro College South serves students in Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties, and the scholarship monies raised at this event will benefit students from those counties.

Wed
09
Oct

Battle of River here this Friday

The Mexia Blackcat and Groes­beck Goat football teams meet this Friday for the annual “Battle of the River” matchup, when the victor takes home the coveted Navasota River sign.

Blackcat fans can pick up their Battle of the River T-shirts at ReMax Real Estate/Womack Insurance, 201 E. Milam St. in Mexia for $15 each between now and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Blackcat Stadium.

Wed
09
Oct

Three arrests follow fugitive’s capture

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Three people were arrested outside Teague in the follow-up to the capture Monday of a man charged with assaulting two game wardens in Limestone County Saturday.

Arrested by Texas game wardens about 8:30 p.m. Monday were Michael Duane Daniel, 44, of Fairfield; William A. “Trey” Davidson III, 37, of Teague and Tanja Marie Lee, 37, of Mexia.

The three were arrested after game wardens and other officers searched a trailer house about 2 miles southeast of Teague on FM 1451 in Freestone County, according to a press release from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

All three were charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and possession of methamphetamine. Tuesday morning they remained in the Freestone County Jail in Fairfield. No bond had been set.

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

Wed
09
Oct

Burning hay keeps firefighters busy


Mexia Fire Department firefighters work on putting out a fire in 11 large round hay bales Monday afternoon. The job took hours because the hay was so tightly compressed. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A row of large round hay bales off a county road in Mexia caught fire late Monday afternoon, bringing Mexia Fire Department personnel to quench the flames.

The call went out about 5:15 p.m., and the department sent four vehicles in response. The fire was off LCR 254 just over half a mile east of Ross Drive.

Firefighters were on the scene within about 3 minutes, and neighbors came out to watch them work. About 100 bales were aligned along the long drive, but only 11 were consumed by the fire.

“We had to roll the bales out,” said Mexia Fire Chief Clayton Shivers

Wed
09
Oct

CVS robber’s appeal denied

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

An appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man convicted of robbing the CVS Pharmacy in Mexia in 2012.

The Tenth Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 4 to affirm the verdict against Mark David McCarty, 56, of Streetman, found guilty of robbery Feb. 12 by a Limestone County jury.

At about 9:30 a.m. June 14, 2012, McCarty entered the pharmacy, approached the pharmacist on duty and demanded narcotics, implying he had a weapon. The pharmacist gave him several bottles of hydrocodone – a powerful and addictive painkiller – and he fled the store.

The Mexia Police Department got information on McCarty’s location – a Motel 6 in Corsicana – less than 48 hours later, and he was arrested by Navarro County sheriff’s deputies.

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

Mon
07
Oct

Suspect caught in chase that injured game wardens


Teddy Wayne Davenport

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A Mart man allegedly involved in a pursuit that led to a crash that injured two game wardens was arrested yesterday afternoon outside Teague.

The events began Friday, Oct. 4, on Cottonwood Creek Road near Mart. According to TPWD, two game wardens were on “routine patrol” early Saturday in McLennan County looking for road hunters when they tried to stop a 2008 Ford pickup they had seen operating without headlights. When they tried to stop the Ford, the pickup rammed their vehicle, then took off down FM 342.

The pursuit began but someone in the fleeing truck shined a bright light into the eyes of the wardens, TPWD said in a press release late yesterday afternoon. The wardens' pickup left the roadway on FM 342 near FM 339 in Limestone County, then crashed into a culvert.

Mon
07
Oct

Man dies in Friday accident

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A Thornton man died before dawn Friday in a one-vehicle accident south of Wortham.

The Department of Public Safety said a 2003 Lincoln Town Car driven by Jesse Oscar Reiter, 85, was southbound on Hwy. 14 at around 3:50 a.m. when the accident occurred.

When the sedan was 7/10ths of a mile south of Freestone CR 983, it ran off the right side of the road, striking a tree.
The DPS said there was no evidence of braking or any sort of evasive action by the driver prior to the vehicle hitting the tree.

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

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