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Mon
12
Sep

Navy veteran finds new hope for life in sports

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

For many people, playing sport activities stop soon after high school graduation. For Mexia High School graduate Leticia “Tish” Baugher, however, it’s the opposite. She played a little volleyball in high school, but these days, more than 20 years later, she is getting more involved with sports – adaptive sports, which are for people who have experienced a significant injury. 

Tish was born in Mexico, but came to the United States with her family when she was about five years old. She was Tish Rodriguez then, and the family moved to Mexia, where she grew up, graduating from Mexia High School in 1995. 

A year before she graduated she talked to a Navy recruiter and signed up in the delayed entry program, which meant she would enter the Navy soon after graduation. 

Mon
12
Sep

Cedar Hill Burial Park in dispute of right of way

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

People with loved ones buried in Cedar Hill Burial Park, a mile west of Mexia, were upset recently when they found they could not drive into the cemetery to visit the graves. A disagreement about a driveway the cemetery has shared with an adjacent homeowner is the center of the dispute.

The owner of the private cemetery had not constructed an entrance but instead had relied upon the homeowner adjacent to the cemetery to let his driveway be used. That arrangement went on for nearly 10 years but changed in August after the homeowners, William and Mitsy Barber, experienced several thefts of valuable items from the home and began closing the driveway gate to keep out those who had no business there. 

Mon
12
Sep

Kennedy charged with 10 counts possession of child pornography

A Wortham man is in jail, charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.  

David Lloyd Kennedy, 44, was arrested Aug. 25, after Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit received reports alleging Kennedy had uploaded images of child pornography to a website. 

According to the Attorney General’s website, the CEU executed a search warrant of Kennedy’s home and seized several digital storage devices. 

Examination of the devices showed large numbers of files containing child pornography. 

Under questioning, Kennedy admitted using child pornography in the past but denied current involvement.

Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and/or a fine of as much as $10,000.

The CEU announced Kennedy’s arrest Friday, and said the state had made 15 arrests of alleged offenders and 22 arrests for online solicitation of minors.

Wed
07
Sep

Wortham to be ground zero for annual blues festival

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

 

Blues fans will not want to miss this Saturday’s Bluesfest in Wortham, the little town that overflows each year for what has become an outdoors concert with a party-like atmosphere to celebrate the blues.  

Gates open at 3 p.m. on Sept. 10, and music begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. 

“I think it will be an enjoyable evening,” said Brent Jones, president of the Wortham Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event. “We always try to stage it as a family event. We’ve tried to keep costs down every year. We always schedule up-and-coming blues acts, and we try to get them from different regions of the state.”

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
07
Sep

Home, business owners may get a break

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

City taxes may be going up, but home owners and business owners, alike, will see a little reprieve from their home/business owner’s insurance companies come Jan. 1, 2017.

In a letter, addressed to retired Fire Chief Clayton Shivers dated Aug. 11, Insurance Services Office (ISO) submitted a recommendation that extends the Mexia fire department response to an area outside the city limits. That area is considered an Outside Protected Area (OPA). The ISO recommended the Public Protection Classification, currently a Class 04, to be changed to a split Class 02/2Y. 

Fire Chief Robert LaFoy said, “For this city, this is great. The best rating is a Class 01. In my opinion, Class 01 will be in bigger cities.”

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.

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.

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