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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.

Mon
07
Oct

Sweater drive now on for area needy


Organizers of the Layers of Love sweater drive, from left, Kimberly Meyer, of Limestone Medical Center, LeeAnn Guest, of Guardian Healthcare, and Brooke Anderson, of Providence Hospice, examine some of the coats, jackets and sweaters they have begun gathering from the public to help keep people warm this winter. Parkview Regional Hospital is also a sponsor of the month-long drive. Boxes like those seen here are being placed in Mexia and Groesbeck businesses for residents to donate new sweaters, coats, jackets, gloves, hats and mufflers. The donated items will be distributed to Limestone County senior centers and schools for those who need them. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Texas winters can be fiercely cold, but a handy sweater can keep the chill away.

Four local health-related businesses have teamed up to create a drive to collect new sweaters – as well as gloves, socks, hats, coats, mufflers, coats and blankets – to help those who lack these items and need help obtaining them.
“We felt like the area was in need of warm clothing for this upcoming winter season, so we’re asking the community to support us in this,” said Brooke Anderson, of Providence Hospice.

Providence, Parkview Regional Hospital, Limestone Medical Center and Guardian Healthcare are the sponsors of the drive, which runs the entire month of October. Then, Nov. 1 will be the final day of the drive when those involved hope for one final all-out day of donating to this cause.

Mon
07
Oct

Respectful retirement

Ray Marsh, Mexia VFW commander, at left, is joined by Chuck Howard and Chuck’s dog Tinker Bell as they prepare worn U.S. flags prior to a flag retirement ceremony held at the post Sept. 21. When a U.S. flag is no longer in good condition, such ceremonies are held to properly and respectfully dispose of them by fire.
Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Wed
02
Oct

Civil War cannon gets new plaza, new sendoff


Old Val Verde, the Civil War cannon on display at Mexia’s Confederate Reunion Grounds, has a new metal carriage, which will allow those seeing the cannon to get much closer to it. The Texas Historical Commission has renovated the area around the historic cannon, removing the chain that used to surround it and adding a ramp to make it more accessible. Shown with the new display is Dixie Hoover, site manager of the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site invites the public to attend an open house and ribbon cutting for the newly designed plaza for the Old Val Verde cannon. The event is hosted by the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Admission is free.

The schedule of events begins at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony for raising of flags and cannon firing provided by the 12th Texas Artillery, a living history organization that interprets the Old Val Verde cannon for its Civil War history. The group will be providing interpretation to include federal action with the Chicago Mercantile Battery, as well as Confederate action with the Val Verde Battery. As well, living historians will be discussing United Confederate Veteran history for the cannon as it traveled Texas during late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Wed
02
Oct

Mexia students join millions praying for schools


Mexia High School student Samantha Bowers, at right, weeps with emotion as she prays for her school and fellow students last Wednesday morning before school at See You at the Pole, a worldwide event that involves students gathering at the flagpole of their school to pray for divineintervention in their affairs. At rear center, local pastor Bryan Hallmark videos the event. See more photos on Page 10. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia students gathered early last Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the flagpole in front of their school to pray together as part of an international event called See You at the Pole.

An estimated 130-150 Mexia students participated, about 80-100 high schoolers at their campus and 50 junior high students at theirs.

Senior Joshua Hallmark, 17, who was one of the organizers, played spiritually themed songs on his guitar between prayers.
Several students prayed aloud, requesting divine intervention, protection and blessings on the school, their fellow students, teachers, administrators and community.

One student, Cassandra Vel­as­quez, prayed both in English and Spanish.

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

Wed
02
Oct

County renews grant to feed elderly, shut-ins

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Though the newly passed county budget was tight, commissioners continue to help provide for the county’s more vulnerable: the homebound to whom meals are delivered, and those elderly who go to one the county’s six senior centers. All are fed a hot lunch Monday through Friday at a reduced cost.

The court voted at last week’s meeting to renew its annual $25,000 grant toward the Texans Feeding Texans Grant for Limestone County, the same amount as last year.

Theresa Tilotta, project director of the Senior Citizen Services Center, told the court the organization had delivered 17,038 meals to homebound clients of Limestone County in the past year. She said that Monday through Friday they deliver about 75 meals a day to homebound residents, and provide another 75-80 meals to those who go to the various senior centers.

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

Mon
30
Sep

Homecoming filled with pageantry, honors


The 2013 Homecoming Queen, Noemi Soto, is escorted at Blackcat Stadium by her brother, Aaron Soto. Her win was announced during halftime at Friday night’s Homecoming game against Robinson. Contributed photo/Paparazzi Photography

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

This year’s Homecoming ceremonies brought honor to not only the 2013 Homecoming Queen, but also the Mexia High School alumni Coming Home Queen and Distinguished Alumni.

Noemi Soto, granddaughter of Maria Troncoso, was named 2013 Homecoming Queen Friday night.

Noemi is a member of the powerlifting, softball and track teams, as well as the Spanish Club, DECA, mascot and MHS Heroes. As a freshman powerlifter, she made it to regionals, earning her way to state her sophomore and junior years. She works at Pizza Hut, helps out in the community and likes to knit. She plans to continue powerlifting in college, and hopes to become a registered nurse. She was escorted by her brother, Aaron Soto.

This year’s Homecoming court consisted of six senior princesses eligible to be named queen, and three duchesses, one each from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes. Duchesses are not eligible to be named queen.

Mon
30
Sep

TxDOT work on county bridges to speed up


TxDOT engineers, from left, Darwin Myers and Jacob Chau give an update on bridges TxDOT is building in Limestone County at last week's commissioners court meeting. At right are County Engineer Ted Kantor and Commissioner Jerry Allen. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Two TxDOT engineers attended last Monday’s commissioners court meeting to give an update on the construction of bridges on county roads 421 and 750, both of which are behind schedule.

Two other bridges are complete, said Darwin J. Myers, an engineer for the Dallas district, who was accompanied by Jacob Chau, of the Waco district. Myers referred to those on county roads 158 and 140,

Myers said the projects started a year ago but the progress has been very slow and sporadic. He said he and other TxDOT representatives met with the contractor with promising results.

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