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Wed
15
Jan

Interim detainee source found for prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners learned Monday of a deal in the works to bring some state detainees to the Limestone County Detention Center. They also approved buying the parts to fix the boiler whose pipes froze in the severely cold weather recently.

The initial number of detainees to be housed at the LCDC is small – 116 – but the money the state has agreed to pay, $8.50 to $9 per inmate daily, would generate about $30,000 a month to help offset the expenses of running the private prison.

Mon
13
Jan

23rd Annual kids’ Trout Fishing Clinic coming up Jan. 25-26


The shore of Lake Springfield is wall-to-wall children during last year’s Trout Fishing Clinic, and event for children sponsored by the Mexia Bass Club and the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Fisheries Division. Some 1,100 trout will be stocked in the pond for youth to try to catch. Mexia News file photo

What is better than spending time outdoors with your children?

Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26 are the dates set for the annual Trout Fishing Clinic at Fort Parker State Park. This is an opportunity for children ages 5 to 17 to experience the fun of fishing with help from some of the best fishermen in Limestone County. The cost is $2 for each person age 13 and over. You do not need any equipment, bait or a fishing license for the clinic.

Since 1991, the Mexia Bass Club has held this event each year as a service project to teach the next generation the fun of fishing. With many children growing up behind computer screens and video games, this is an opportunity to get them into the outdoors and to experience the thrill of catching their first fish.

Mon
13
Jan

Mexia MLK celebration to ‘keep dream alive’


Lone Star Choppaz, a Houston-based percussion group shown here, will be featured in Mexia’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration this coming weekend. The parade starts at 11 a.m., with the lineup beginning at 10:30 in a route that starts and ends at the Mexia Civic Center, at the intersection of South McKinney and Main streets. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

January means it’s time to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and admirers of the late Dr. King are planning a parade and two programs this coming weekend in Mexia.

The celebration of King’s life and work begins Saturday morning, Jan. 18, with a parade at 11 a.m. Lineup for those interested in participating is at 10:30 on McKinney Street in front of the Civic Center.

Event organizer Ada Connor is encouraging people to enter floats, bands, cars, trucks, 4-wheelers, bicycles, motorcycles, go-carts, horses – or just walk to show solidarity with the ideals of equality and dignity for all people.

The theme this year, she said, is “Unity in our community: Keeping the dream alive.”

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

Wed
08
Jan

Adult probation – getting offenders back on track


Hoppy McGilvray, right, director of the Community Supervision Corrections Department, also known as the Adult Probation De­partment, for the 87th and 77th District courts, along with Brandy Agnew, Deputy Director for Limestone County, speak with the audience after making a presentation on their work for the Mexia Lions Club. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County residents who break the law have the opportunity to get their lives back on track thanks to a Maryland man who initiated the concept of probation 172 years ago.

According to the American Probation and Parole Association, a Boston cobbler named John Augustus convinced a Boston Police Court in 1841 to release to his custody a man arrested for drunkenness.

Fortunately, Augustus’ efforts to rehabilitate the man were deemed successful, and Augustus began taking other offenders on probation, despite resistance from the police and prison personnel, who were paid on commission for locking up offenders.

Wed
08
Jan

Wall art

A Mexia Police officer interviews a driver whose sedan plowed into the front of the CEFCO convenience store on Hwy. 14 and Tyler Street in Mexia Wednesday morning about 6:30, damaging the stone facade at right. No one was injured in the accident.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
08
Jan

Front brings bitter cold, but no records set

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia survived its portion of the notorious “Polar Vortex” that brought horrifyingly low temperatures to most all of the country earlier this week, but no records were broken and the front has moved on.

Historically, the average January temperatures for Mexia have been a daily high of 57.4 and a low of 35.3, according to figures gathered during the years 1904 through 2012.

On the night of Sunday, Jan. 5, the low here reached 25.4 degrees. On Monday, the low dropped to 16.5 degrees, while Tuesday night, Jan. 7, the temperature fell to 18.2 degrees.

Mon
06
Jan

Pastor thinks big for Mexia community center


Willie Jackson, of Watson Construction, in Corsicana, holds a measuring stick while his brother Jeff Watson uses a donated bulldozer to grade the land where the foundation was to be poured later for Rising Star Community Center, on Ross Avenue north of the high school in Mexia. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Leroy Goff has a dream for Mexia, a big dream. If all goes according to plan, Mexia could see a new community center rise on land just north of Mexia High School on Ross Avenue.

Goff has been building a house on the land for about two years basically from scrap, and he and his wife, Evelyn, are living in it temporarily, though the structure is not finished.

Most of their lives, the Goffs lived in Corsicana, but Leroy Goff said he has been preaching in the Mexia area off and on since 1970.

He has pastored at New Hope Baptist Church in Tehuacana, he said, built Rising Star Community Church in Tehuacana, has been affiliated with Haynes Temple COGIC in Mexia and Taylor Church of God in Christ in Wortham.

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

Mon
06
Jan

County prepares for Appraisal Board move

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners made decisions at their last meeting of the year to ensure the lines of communication remain open between the County Appraisal Board and the County Clerk’s office after the Appraisal Board moves out of the Courthouse basement in a few weeks. The court also approved changes involving the DA’s office and several other financial matters.

Limestone County Chief Appraiser Karen Wietzikoski updated county commissioners at their Dec. 23 meeting on the Board’s upcoming move to its own building beginning on Jan. 15. As part of that move, the court approved setting up unlimited Internet access to the County Clerk’s land records for the Appraisal Board.

Fri
03
Jan

Retired salesman finds true calling in antique tractors


Jack Beene, of Mexia, rides a 1947 Ford 2N before he begins restoring it. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Everybody needs to have a hobby, says Jack Beene, of Mexia, and his love of old tractors defines his.

Beene, now retired from sales and marketing after 38 years with Temple-Inland, spends a good deal of his free time restoring old tractors. He never tires of working on, talking about, or driving them. Recently, he spoke on his hobby to his fellow members of the Rotary Club of Mexia.

“I’ve always enjoyed the farm and tinkering with things,” he said. “My great-granddad bought the farm in 1893. His son, my granddad, had it after that, then my dad farmed after my granddad.”

That makes Jack Beene and his brothers, Don Beene and Bobby Beene, the fourth generation to own the farm. They divided up the original land among themselves and each has his house, but they share in a cattle business.

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

Fri
03
Jan

Bids on airport hay-cutting, expansion plans in

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court addressed several issues concerning the county airport at their Dec. 23 meeting, including those involving hay-cutting rights, the cable bill and the job of expanding the taxiway.

The county had advertised for bids on those wishing to cut hay at the airport, but only one was received, that of Frank Sandford, the current holder of those rights.

“He bid $1,826 for a 12-month period,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners. “It works out to $16.60 per acre.”

The court approved Sandford’s bid, and County Clerk Peggy Beck noted that Sanford had the option to renew the contract at the end of the 12 months.

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

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