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Fri
20
May

Court may get PI to find missing prison property

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners may hire a private investigator to track down items missing and presumed stolen from the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.
Discussion of this possibility is on the agenda of the commissioners court meeting next Tuesday, May 26, along with moving toward closing the end portion of LCR 747, placing a stop sign at a rural intersection, hiring an engineering firm to look at the shifting courthouse basement floor, and holding an executive session about the LCDC. In an unexpected development, the court also may start a search for a replacement for County Engineer Ted Kantor, who has tendered his resignation.

Fri
20
May

Runoff Election Day is next Tuesday, May 24

Mexia News Staff Report

Tuesday, May 24, is the final day for voters to weigh in on the runoff election for the Democrat and Republican primaries.
Early voting for this election took place May 16-20, with voters casting their ballots at either of two early voting locations.
Voting on Election Day, however, will be in consolidated precincts as follows. Precinct 103 - Kosse Community Center, 200 N. SH 14 in Kosse. Precincts 204 and 205 - Coolidge Civic Center, 806 Bell St. in Coolidge. Precincts 101, 102, 104, 301, 303, 402 and 406 - Limestone County Courthouse, 200 W. State Street, Room G13 in Groesbeck.
Precincts 201, 202, 203, 206, 302, 304, 305, 401, 403, 404 and 405 - Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney St. in Mexia.
Polling places will be open for voting on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Wed
18
May

NDAR awards essay contest winners

Jackie Tidwell, chairman of the American History committee, Jonathan Hardin Chapter of NSDAR, congratulates the winners in the Christopher Columbus essay contest: Jackson Tacker, of Wortham, Ella Samford, of Groesbeck, and Keylan Asberry, of Groesbeck.
Pamela Marshall, left, regent of the Come and Take It chapter of Bryan and state chairman of the Guardian Trust Campaign committee, is shown with Kathleen McKee, regent of the Jonathan Hardin Chapter.

The Jonathan Hardin chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, held a regular meeting April 13 at Gibbs Memorial Library, with Regent Kathleen McKee presiding. The invocation was given by Chaplain Ann Gokey, followed by the members repeating the DAR ritual, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, the salute to the Texas flag, the American’s Creed, and the preamble to the Constitution. McKee read the President General’s monthly letter to all chapters, and Sandra McLeod gave the National Defense report. Jackie Tidwell, American History Committee chairman, welcomed the winners of this year’s American History essay contest. The contest was open to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in area schools. This year is the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, and the essay was to be written on how a colonial family would have reacted to the provisions of this act.

Wed
18
May

New City Council members take oaths of office

Mexia City Secretary Christi Shivers, right, administers the oath of office and swears in new city council members, l-r, Arthur ‘Chunky’ Busby, Stephen Friday and Blanca Rivera at the city council’s May 17 meeting.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Three Mexia city council members were sworn in at Tuesday’s city council meeting: Arthur “Chunky” Busby, who was re-elected to the District 5 seat he has held since 2002; and council newcomers Stephen Friday, who replaces Bobby Jack Liles in District 6, and Blanca Rivera, who won the seat formerly held by Laura Rothrock in District 2.
All three expressed a positive outlook about their next two years on the council, with Busby saying he would continue to express himself about what is best for the city and its residents.
“I’ve been doing it a long time,” Busby said of his work on the city council. “I enjoy working for my community. I’m just here to voice my opinion on what’s best for Mexia and try to do everything I can to please the citizens of Mexia.”
Friday spoke of two developments he hopes to pursue.

Wed
18
May

Homemade bomb found in Kosse

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Investigation continues into the origins of an incendiary device found Tuesday morning in a vacant house three miles north of Kosse on Hwy. 14.
According to Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, a deputy found the device after a confidential informant tipped off the Sheriff’s Office about the homemade bomb the morning of May 17.
When an investigator confirmed the presence of a propane tank in the house matching the tip, Wilson had him contact the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office to send a bomb squad.
Specially trained McLennan County personnel used a robot to investigate the device and verify it was a bomb then disable it.

Wed
18
May

Lovely day for a stroll

Gwen Bartsch, right, of Lake Mexia, hands a basket of goodies to fellow Mexia Garden Club member Marjorie Parks, of Mexia, in front of Gibbs Memorial Library. They and other Club members sold plants and other items as part of the first step of the Club’s Backyard Garden Stroll on Sunday, May 1.
Robilyn Reed, at rear left, her daughter, Valarie Friday, and granddaughters, Kaytavee, 2, and Gracilyn, 8 months, all of Mexia, explore a berm covered with flowers and other shrubbery at the home of Asa and Debrah Burgess, on LCR Cedar A-2, at Lake Mexia. The occasion was the Mexia Garden Club’s biennial Backyard Garden Stroll, held Sunday, May 1.
Jake Ash, 8, of Groesbeck, helps his little brother, Jadon, 2, as the toddler explores a flowerpot at the home of Mexia’s Troy and Jan Miller during Sunday’s Backyard Garden Stroll.
Homeowner Jan Miller, left, shows guests Robert Mortimer and Bobbie Barham, both of Mexia, how she and her husband, Troy, built a deck as part of their backyard retreat.
Charlotte Elrod, of Temple, left, and her friend Karen Nalley, of Belton, admire a flowerbed at the home of Ann Pendleton on South Ross in Mexia, part of the Mexia Garden Club’s Backyard Garden Stroll, held Sunday, May 1.
Homeowner Debbie Hullum, left, directs the attention of visitors Brenda Ballew, center, and Jean Shields, both of Teague, to one of the features of the backyard of the home she shares with husband Glen on Redbud A, on Lake Mexia.
Mexia Garden Club member Laura Rothrock examines the raffle prizes in Gibbs Memorial Library’s community room at the Club’s Backyard Garden Stroll on Sunday, May 1. Part of the event included speakers, seen at rear, teaching on butterfly gardens and container gardens.

Gwen Bartsch, right, of Lake Mexia, hands a basket of goodies to fellow Mexia Garden Club member Marjorie Parks, of Mexia, in front of Gibbs Memorial Library. They and other Club members sold plants and other items as part of the first step of the Club’s Backyard Garden Stroll on Sunday, May 1.

Wed
18
May

Historic Point Enterprise bell knocked down

The bell at Point Enterprise’s historic church was found knocked off its stand and lying on the ground early Sunday, May 15. The bell dates to 1856, when it was made in Troy, NY. Contributed photo/Helen Matthews

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Residents of Point Enterprise found the bell of their historic community church knocked off its display stand near the building and lying on the ground Sunday morning, May 15, and they would like to know who did it.
Point Enterprise Community Association President Helen Matthews said she believes someone attempted to steal the bell but found it too heavy.
“The bell weighs too much to lift and was still attached with bolts to the old frame,” Matthews said.
Some early-rising residents found the bell, and since Point Enterprise has no police department, Matthews reported the vandalism to the Sheriff’s Office.
The bell itself appears undamaged, but the cast iron stand that held it, believed to be as old as the bell, was broken in one corner, she said.

Mon
16
May

Reburial ceremony honors Powell family ancestors

On April 20, a memorial service for William James Powell and Florence Florinda Powell was held at the Ferguson Cemetery near Oletha.
William and Florence, who died and were buried on their family’s farm in 1872, were the children of Joseph Henderson and Caroline Matilda Herod Powell. William was born in November 1869 and died in November 1872. Florence was born in March 1871 and died in August 1872.
The Powells were early settlers of Limestone County. Joseph Powell was born in Robertson County, Tenn., in 1824 and arrived in Limestone County prior to 1850 when he began teaching school in the Eaton community. Caroline Herod was born in Mississippi in 1833 and came to Limestone County with her family in 1852. Joseph and Caroline were married Dec. 25, 1862.

Mon
16
May

Early voting is this week only

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Mon
16
May

Groesbeck embezzler takes plea

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