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Wed
04
Dec

Parade, chili kick off festival Thursday

Mexia’s three-day Mistletoe, Music & Magic Christmas Festival starts off Thursday evening with chili, a parade and a visitor from the north.

The festival begins with the Christmas Parade of Lights, which will be held at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 5, in downtown Mexia. The parade will only be canceled if heavy rain occurs, but not for light rain or snow, the Chamber said yesterday.

The 2013 parade includes more than 35 entries and at least 300 people spreading Christmas cheer throughout downtown Mexia. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Joy.”

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

Wed
04
Dec

PAWS program develops good traits


Mexia Athletic Director Lamonte Chambers speaks to A.B. McBay Elementary students about the character trait responsibility at an awards assembly a few months ago. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Elementary school is about reading, math and science, but it is also the time to build positive character traits in children while they are open to influence, and Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary School is doing that.

McBay Principal Shelli Killingsworth took a program she had been using in a small way last year to help students have a good mindset about school and has transformed it into a full-blown method of developing good character in her students.

One goal of the Rotary Club of Mexia is to have a significant and positive influence on the children of Mexia, encouraging them to develop positive character traits. The club sponsored last year’s character development program at McBay involving “knights” riding horses, which was quite effective. Rotarians were pleased with the results but worked with Killingsworth to come up with a method of using the same principles to help the students in a more cost-effective manner.

Wed
04
Dec

Never forget

While volunteer Jan Miller, right, adjusts ornaments on Providence Hospice’s dove tree in the lobby of Mexia’s H-E-B, customer Lois Danz, left, arranges with volunteer Brenda Shoemake to have an ornament put on the tree in memory of her late father, Jessie Duncan. Donations go to help current hospice patients’ needs. The dove tree will be available at H-E-B through Saturday for people to either memorialize someone who has passed away or honor someone currently in hospice care.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
04
Dec

Arctic blast to bring bitter cold temperatures

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

If you didn’t wrap your pipes during the last few cold fronts, you better do so right now, as hard freezes highs only are predicted for well into the coming week.

The cold front that was predicted to come through last night is bringing wet weather, the chance of ice pellets or even snow flurries Friday through Sunday, and once the rain stops on Monday, lows will drop to the low 20s at night.

The National Weather Service calls for a low of 31 degrees tonight with a high tomorrow of only 32 degrees. The low Friday night will be around 29 degrees, with a high Saturday of only 34 degrees and a low that night of 31 degrees. Sunday’s high is forecast to be 39 degrees, with a low that night of 31. Through Sunday night, the chance of precipitation varies from 50 percent today to 90 precent tonight, then between 40 and 60 percent through Sunday night.

Mon
02
Dec

In the red


Two men fish the Navasota River just below the dam near the bridge between Mexia and Groesbeck before the cold weather set in. Many residents were delighted at the colorful change to the trees’ leaves not usually experienced here. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Two men fish the Navasota River just below the dam near the bridge between Mexia and Groesbeck before the cold weather set in. Many residents were delighted at the colorful change to the trees’ leaves not usually experienced here.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
02
Dec

County to re-install stop signs on LCR 462

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court made initial plans at Monday’s meeting to install stop signs on LCR 462, between Mexia and Groesbeck. They also got an offer they couldn’t refuse to double the county’s Internet bandwidth.
LCR 462 is about 3 miles south of Mexia and east of Limestone County Airport, between Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 39. The stop signs would be at its intersection with LCR 460, which is the road that leads to the landfill.
“A long time ago there used to be some there, but kids tore them down,” said Commissioner Jerry Allen.
Because the change involves a traffic control device, the court must post notices and hold a public hearing, County Judge Daniel Burkeen noted.
The commissioners authorized County Engineer Ted Kantor to post notices, which he said he would place in both The Mexia News and The Groesbeck Journal.
“It has to be between eight and 30 days (before),” he told the court.

Sun
01
Dec

Parade, festival to kick off Christmas season


Shoppers of all ages can find something to tickle their fancies at the annual Merry Christmas Market, which opens Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Mexia Civic Center. Shown here enjoying the market last year are Cassi Henderson of Groesbeck with her daughters Jaci, 7, and 3-month-old Casi, as well as their cousin Maci Henderson, 5, of Tehuacana. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia’s three-day Mistletoe, Music & Magic Christmas Festival is right around the corner, so now is the time to begin thinking of sharing Santa’s parade presence with the kids of all ages in your life, and of finding that perfect gift for those same folks.

The festival begins with the Christmas Parade of Lights, which will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in downtown Mexia.

“People travel near and far to see and hear the lights and sounds of this annual event,“ said Linda Archibald, president of the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 parade includes more than 35 entries and at least 300 people spreading Christmas cheer throughout downtown Mexia. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Joy,” Archibald said.

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

Sun
01
Dec

Parade, festival to kick off Christmas season


Shoppers of all ages can find something to tickle their fancies at the annual Merry Christmas Market, which opens Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Mexia Civic Center. Shown here enjoying the market last year are Cassi Henderson of Groesbeck with her daughters Jaci, 7, and 3-month-old Casi, as well as their cousin Maci Henderson, 5, of Tehuacana. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia’s three-day Mistletoe, Music & Magic Christmas Festival is right around the corner, so now is the time to begin thinking of sharing Santa’s parade presence with the kids of all ages in your life, and of finding that perfect gift for those same folks.

The festival begins with the Christmas Parade of Lights, which will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in downtown Mexia.

“People travel near and far to see and hear the lights and sounds of this annual event,“ said Linda Archibald, president of the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 parade includes more than 35 entries and at least 300 people spreading Christmas cheer throughout downtown Mexia. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Joy,” Archibald said.

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

Sun
01
Dec

She didn’t let a brain tumor interfere with her life


Mexia High School science teacher Helen Steil helps her students study bacteria under microscopes. Though her life is calm again, a little over a year ago she was going through a difficult time as she dealt with a brain tumor. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia High School teacher Helen Steil wasn’t going to let anything keep her from her son’s wedding last fall, but life intervened and she didn’t make it. She almost didn’t make it through September.

Steil had just started teaching at the high school a few weeks before, after nine years at the junior high. She had a migraine that had been going on for several weeks, but she had suffered from migraines for years and just thought to herself that this wasn’t good and she would have to see the doctor again.

“It was Labor Day weekend when I pulled my hair into a pony tail and noticed my head was lopsided,” she said. “I had long hair, and it didn’t look right.”

Her 15-year-old daughter, Robyn, had an appointment with the family doctor the next day, so Steil had her own name added to the appointment. When they got to the doctor’s office, however, Steil couldn’t remember why she was there.

Sun
01
Dec

Juvenile Detention Center fix deemed successful

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The comfort level at Limestone County’s Juvenile Detention Center is much higher than a few years ago, when cracks in the walls allowed cold air to enter in the winter time and dropped the temperatures to uncomfortably low levels. Exterior insulation was added earlier this year, and the recent cold snap was the first big test of the repairs. Limestone County commissioners heard this positive report at Monday’s commissioners court meeting and also discussed issues at the Fairgrounds.

Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick told the commissioners the installation of insulation around the outer walls of the detention center has solved its problem retaining a comfortable interior temperature.

“The insulation seems to be working; it’s warm out there,” he told the court.

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

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