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Fair Queen, royal court crowned Saturday

Limestone County Fair royalty included, front l-r, Alyssa McDonald, Mabry Lewis, Peyton deCordova and Kylie Rand; at rear, Hannah Hall, Fair Queen Baylee LeNoir and Kylee Allen.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
04
Apr

Court finds no good spot for fair sign

Court to ask Farm Bureau to trade sign for donation
By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have agreed to try to trade in a donated sign for a scholarship donation after they could not find a suitable place for it. The court made that decision at its March 28 meeting after various options to place the sign did not pan out.
Farm Bureau Insurance had announced the donation of the sign at the court’s April 13, 2015, meeting after suggestions had been made in commissioners court that a sign on Hwy. 14 might be a good way to inform passing drivers of fairground activities.
The commissioners discussed possibilities then and also at their Dec. 28, 2015, Feb. 8 and March 14 meetings, but the commissioners could not find a place to put the sign where no expense would be incurred either for placement of the sign or monthly electricity bills, since the sign was lighted.

Mon
04
Apr

It’s fundamental

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight
Michael Guthrie and his sons, Rowdy and Shot,  look through the hundreds of books offered at the Retired Teachers Association’s annual book giveaway.
Caroline Heiner, a member of the Retired Teachers Association, shows some of the free books the group is giving away to McKenzie Betts and her sister, Julianna.
Jamila McCrary and her daughter, Trinyty Hicks, of Mexia, look through the many books offered at the Retired Teachers Association’s annual book giveaway.

Susan Dornak, a member of the Retired Teachers Association, helps Emma Shannon, 2, of Teague, choose a book from the many offered by the Association at its annual book giveaway, held Saturday, March 5, at the Mexia H-E-B.

Mon
04
Apr

Wortham girls clobber Lady Yellowjackets

Brooke Salisbury safe at third in Wortham’s 18-1 win over Coolidge Tuesday night on the road.

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs defeated the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets 18-1 Tuesday evening in Coolidge.
Wortham was led by Allison Nex and Ashley Sandifer with two hits each.
Brooke Salisbury, Hallie Fautt, Kayla Echartea and Madison Lopez all picked up hits for the Lady Bulldogs in the win.
Nix chalked up the win, pitching 3.0 innings. She allowed only one run on two hits and struck out one Coolidge batter.
Wortham moves to 3-3 in District 16-2A, two games behind league leaders Dawson and Axtell (5-1) and one game behind both Riesel and Mart (4-2).
The team was scheduled to play Mart Friday night on the road and will host Riesel Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Fri
01
Apr

Disaster declaration made for Lake Mexia flood

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners issued a disaster declaration at their March 28 meeting on the recent flooding of Lake Mexia. Although Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen had made a disaster declaration on an emergency basis on March 17, his declaration was only good for seven days. Commissioners also officially accepted the report made by Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton at the court’s March 14 meeting.
Burkeen and Groveton added details at the March 28 meeting on what has happened since then.
Burkeen said he sent his disaster declaration to Gov. Abbott’s office in case that would help homeowners receive financial assistance.

Fri
01
Apr

City of Mexia ready for annual spring cleanup

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Starting Monday, the city of Mexia will start looking a whole lot better, as the annual spring cleanup gets underway.
The city of Mexia holds the event as a way for residents to get rid of some – but not all – of their unwanted items. This coming week, crews will pick up discarded items dragged to the curb at homes only, not businesses.
The city will pick up lumber, paper goods, plastic, washing machines, dryers and furniture.
However, the city will not pick up brush, tires, refrigerators, air conditioners, paint, batteries or hazardous waste.
Loose items must be contained to keep them from blowing around or being scattered by animals.
Residents are asked to stack items neatly for ease of loading on trucks. Sort your items by type – city workers won’t sort through random heaps of rubble.

Fri
01
Apr

Navarro South holds grand opening for tutoring center

Navarro College Interim Chancellor Dr. Richard Sanchez, front right, greets Dick Flatt at the grand opening of the Mexia college’s new tutoring center.
Officials, faculty and administrators at the Navarro College South campus, in Mexia, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new tutoring center.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Navarro College South, which serves students in Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties, held a grand opening for its new tutoring center – called the Tea(m)2 Center – on Thursday, March 24. Top Navarro officials met at the Mexia-based campus, including Dr. Richard Sanchez, who has returned as interim chancellor after the recent resignation of Dr. Barbara Kavalier.
In another move among Navarro leaders, former Navarro South Dean Dr. Joel Michaelis is back at his old position on the Navarro South campus, beginning on the day of the tutoring center’s grand opening.
He had been serving as executive director of Continuing Education and Business at Navarro’s Waxahachie campus since September 2015.
“I’m thrilled to be back,” Michaelis said.

Wed
30
Mar

Teacher resigns after allegations surface

By Harry Darby
Publisher
A Mexia Independent School District employee facing criminal charges for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student has resigned.
The Mexia ISD board of trustees accepted the resignation of Montana Joan Davis by unanimous vote Monday evening in a special called meeting.
Davis was a business information management teacher and an assistant softball and girls basketball coach.
“We will continue to follow the law and our policies when it comes to the safety and welfare of our children in following up on concerns brought to our attention.” Mexia ISD Superintendent Sharon Ross said Tuesday.
Ross said the district has a number of steps in its policies that outline the actions it takes in situations such as the Davis matter.

Wed
30
Mar

Boomtown Days set for Saturday

Students Marie Martinez, Evelyn Marez, Haleigh Ruiz and Jayda Byers, entertaining the crowd with a spontaneous karaoke performance during last year's Boomtown Days.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia area residents will want to make plans to attend a festival celebrating their town and its history on Saturday, April 2.
This is the third annual Mexia Boomtown History and Market Day, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at H-E-B Community Park, next to the Mexia H-E-B grocery store, 701 E. Milam.
H-E-B and Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting the event, which will be chock-full of fun activities for all ages. Admission is free, and there will be food available at the festival food court, also Mexican food and soft drinks.
A vendor village will offer all kinds of trinkets and treats for sale, as well as antiques, collectibles and crafts.
A live DJ will play music, and attendees may show their skill at karaoke in front of the crowd.

Wed
30
Mar

Sheriff, judge warn of return of tax limit legislation

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Two Limestone County leaders are warning of legislation being crafted now for the 2017 Texas Legislative session that would slash from 8 percent to 4 percent the amount of a tax increase that county commissioners could make without being required to hold a vote by the citizens.
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson and County Judge Daniel Burkeen both spoke on the subject at the commissioners court’s March 14 meeting.Wilson said that he and Burkeen learned of the effort the previous week at a Texas Association of Counties risk management conference in Galveston.
In the 2015 legislative session, Wilson reminded the court, a similar proposal in the Legislature was defeated. Wilson said that District 7 State Sen. Paul Bettencourt is leading the effort to add the same tax limitation to proposals currently being crafted.

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