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Wed
05
Aug

Wrong pedal


Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

A Ford pickup was driven through the front wall of Los Pepes restaurant at 924 E. Milam on Monday around 4:45 p.m., rolling over a concrete parking bumper and through a plate-glass window, ending up with the front third of the truck inside the restaurant’s dining room. No one was seriously injured inside the restaurant, although some had cuts from flying glass or were knocked down by the collision. The truck’s driver, 85, said his foot slipped off the brake as he was parking the pickup. Neither he nor his passenger were seriously injured.

Wed
05
Aug

Burn ban declared for Limestone County

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
It’s just as well grass stops growing ‘round this time of year, because for the foreseeable future, it’s going to be far too hot to work outside. Plus, there’s now a burn ban in effect.
Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen issued an emergency burn ban around 1:30 p.m. yesterday. County commissioners will consider the ban at their next meeting, on Aug. 10.
The National Weather Service is calling for high temperatures between 100 and 105 degrees for Mexia through Saturday, with heat indices between 104 and 109 across all of the northern half of North Texas.
“The hot conditions will likely persist Sunday into early next week, with the heat advisory being extended in time in future forecasts,” yesterday’s NWS heat advisory stated.
The prospect of such blazing heat means genuine danger exists for those who become overheated.

Wed
05
Aug

County jail maintenance issues arise

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The newness has faded from Limestone County’s jail as county commissioners learn about problems that have surfaced with the passing of its first few years of existence. The court talked about these situations at their July 27 meeting and also approved a budget transfer of $4,000 for the jail security system and $20,000 for jailer overtime pay.
“It seems like the security system is costing us much more than we anticipated,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson noted that the jail was now over four years old.
“We’ve got some computer issues that are going on,” Wilson said. “We never did a contract for maintenance so now we’re having to face those problems.
“I know you’re aware, but this is about the fourth weekend in a row where we’ve gone all weekend with no air conditioning in our Dispatch. So it’s very hot out there. They’re working with shorts and T-shirts, with big fans blowing.”

Mon
03
Aug

School supply giveaway to prepare kids for new school year


Mexia H-E-B manager Craig Mytton shows store’s school supply display to shoppers Ally Mobley, 12, and Caitlin Daniel, 16, both of Teague. The popular grocery store is one of the main sponsors of the big school supply giveaway scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Mexia Junior High gymnasium, 9-11 a.m. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia businesses, churches and other organizations are preparing to show the schoolchildren in their city how much they care about them by providing them school supplies to start off the new school year right.
Working under the umbrella name Mexia Cares, the participants are planning a large giveaway for Mexia ISD students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade on Saturday, Aug. 15, 9-11 a.m. at the Mexia Junior High School gymnasium.
“It’s about showing the kids and their families that the organizations and businesses really do care about the kids and that the community can band together and help get the kids off to a good start,” said Jennifer Lynch, with Mexia Cares.

Mon
03
Aug

Sales tax holiday is this weekend

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Parents looking for price breaks on back-to-school shopping can put Friday-Sunday, Aug. 7-9, on their calendar. Those are the dates of this year’s sales tax holiday in Texas.
According to the office of Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, most clothing and shoes, as well as school supplies and backpacks under $100 will be exempt from sales tax that weekend, which means about $8 savings on every $100 spent. This year alone, shoppers are predicted to save $87 million during the tax holiday weekend.
“As the father of three young children, I know back-to-school expenses can really put a strain on family budgets this time of year,” Hegar said in a press release. “This is an opportunity for families to save some money and prepare for the start of the school year.”
Mexia stores, like those across the state, expect a noticeable increase in sales that weekend.

Mon
03
Aug

First county budget workshop is Tuesday

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer Limestone County commissioners agreed at their July 27 meeting to hold the first of several budget workshops on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. The court also dealt with several financial and personnel decisions: continuing a road-and-bridge fee, approving two budget transfers, continuing to look for part-time housekeeping and planning to let a part-time worker become full time by filling in, in other courthouse offices. I’ve gone through the budget,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners at the meeting. “I haven’t gotten my preliminary budget put together, but there’s going to be very few changes from last year. I’ll go over the few changes I had.” Sheriff Dennis Wilson made a point of requesting a time to discuss before the court the budget for the Sheriff’s Office. “I would like to request openly that we be allowed to appear before the court to discuss our budget proposal if possible,” Wilson said.

Fri
31
Jul

Kids get up-close with animals at library


Cameron Park Zoo volunteer Brandy Fonville, of Woodway, shows an opossum to children at Gibbs Memorial Library Thursday, July 23, during a special presentation. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer Children visiting Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library got to see several animals last week and were even able to pet some. Volunteers with the Cameron Park Zoo, in Waco, brought four kinds of animals to the library Thursday, July 23, and talked to the children gathered for the event about the creatures’ classification and habits. In the bird category was Cobber, a laughing kookaburra, which is native to Australia. While volunteer Jacqueline Wilson let the bird perch on her hand, she spoke of the characteristics common to all birds and also those specific to that species. Children on the front rows covered their ears as the bird made quite loud calls that Wilson said were territorial in nature. The children were able to ask questions such as, ‘Will it bite?’ and ‘What does it use for camouflage?’ Zoo volunteer Dana McMahan then brought out a ball python named Butterscotch, whose coloration was primarily golden tan and black, with a white underbelly.

Wed
29
Jul

Library’s summer program in high gear


Children at Gibbs Memorial Library share treats during a refreshment break at the summer reading program Wednesday, July 15. Shown here, l-r, are Maria Morales, 7, of Teague, and Esmeralda Lopez, 8, Bryan Sarabia, 6, and Marshall Hensley, 4, all of Mexia. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library is a beehive of activity right now with the summer reading program reaching its stride.
Two hundred eighty-eight children, ages 3-14, are enrolled in the program, which began June 30 and runs through July 31. During that time each child has a set goal depending on their age.
“Ages 3-7 have to have 100 easy books read to them,” said Gibbs librarian ShienDee Pullman. “Those 8 and older, who are chapter book readers, have to read 12 hours for their goal for the summer. All that has to be done in those 30 days.
“We have many kids who surpass that,” she confided.
In addition to working on their reading goals, children may attend story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to listen while someone reads to them in a group. Wednesdays’ activity is a simple craft project, and Saturdays are movie day.

Wed
29
Jul

Road and Bridge to get new fuel truck

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners approved the Road and Bridge Department’s buying a new fuel truck at their July 13 meeting. The court also approved other Road and Bridge expenses, including an invoice for new wiring, two salary increases; and also agreements that would see the Department helping two local cities.
County Engineer Ted Kantor, who heads the department, told the court the current fuel truck has 510,923 miles on it and has nearly burned up several times.
“We need a new one; we’ve got it in the budget for this year,” Kantor said. “I’ve got about $82,000-$83,000 in there. We talked about a cab and chassis, and then using the old bed or whatever we can use from the old one to fix it up. We need to get one bought and get it changed over … we’re not going to buy one rigged out; we’re going to rig it out ourselves.”

Fri
24
Jul

Socializing


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Carol Ann Dawley, of Point Enterprise, shares a smile with her grandson, Luke Dawley, 7, of New Braunfels, at Point Enterprise’s ice cream social Saturday, July 7. To see more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

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