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16
Sep

Registration deadline near for election vote

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Voters have about a month left to make sure they’re registered and have proper I.D. for the November uniform election, in which the fate of nine proposed Texas constitutional amendments will be decided.

Eligible Texans who are not registered to vote must register by Oct. 7 to vote in the Nov. 5 election. The early voting period is Oct. 21 to Nov. 1.

“This fall voters will be asked to approve nine amendments to the Texas Constitution,” said Texas Secretary of State John Steen. “By randomly selecting the order in which the amendments appear, we can help ensure no amendment unfairly benefits from its placement on the ballot.”

The amendments will appear in the following order:

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Mon
16
Sep

Blankets, sweaters awarded for academic work


Mexia High School students who were recognized for their academic achievement Thursday at a ceremony at the high school show the blankets or sweaters they were awarded by the Academic Sweater and Scholarship Program of the Mexia Woman’s Friday Club. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Top Mexia High School students were honored for their academic excellence Thursday by getting either a sweater or a blanket noting the student’s achievement; and scholarships were presented to several recent graduates.

The ceremony took place in the high school auditorium, which was filled with students. Greeting them and speaking briefly were Superintendent Sharon Ross and Woman’s Friday Club President Linda Archibald.

“The best are at the top, and you get there by studying each and every day, getting your homework assignments done, doing your best,” Ross told the students.

She had the students repeat after her an affirmation of excellence: “Good, better best, I never let it rest; until my good is better and my better is my best.”

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Mon
16
Sep

Pre-dawn fire Saturday destroys Mexia home


This home, at the corner of Bonham and Travis streets, burned early Saturday morning. No one was home at the time the fire broke out. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

There were no injuries in a Saturday morning fire well before dawn that destroyed a home in south Mexia.

Mexia Fire Department was called out at 2:03 a.m. Sept. 14 to a fire at 501 E. Travis, which is at the corner of Bonham and Travis, adjacent to the city rodeo arena’s parking lot.

The home belongs to Zolita Freeman Busby, who was out of town at a religious meeting in Dallas when the blaze broke out.

Fire Chief Clayton Shivers said the fire made it into the older, wooden home’s attic and took off quickly from there. Firemen didn’t clear the scene until 4:54 a.m., but had to return later to extinguish a smoldering mattress.

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Fri
13
Sep

Annexation exhibit to open today at Reunion Grounds


A visitor checks out the exhibition on the annexation of Texas showing at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Guests may see the show free today at its opening. Contributed photo

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic presents “Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood,” a traveling exhibition of original artifacts and documents created by the Texas Capitol Visitors Center and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibition will be available to the public through Sunday, Sept. 22.

The annexation of Texas as the 28th member of the United States of America had a profound impact on world events and the course of democracy in the 19th and 20th centuries. “Annexation” tells the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States, the vote for annexation and the consequences of that vote. Through photographs of historic documents, daguerreotypes, sketches, artifacts and concise texts, the exhibition invites audiences to become more familiar with one of the defining moments of Texas and U.S. history.

Fri
13
Sep

Reading levels on MISD board agenda

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The Mexia ISD board of trustees have a fairly light load on the agenda for their Monday night regular monthly board meeting.

Most of the items are matters that come up at every monthly meeting: reports from the superintendent, assistant superintendent and executive director of finance, approval of operating checks, financial reports, utility and tax reports and minutes of previous meetings.

In answer to a request for the information at last month’s regular monthly meeting, trustees will be presented with figures on the number of students reading below grade level, and the number of students held back a year in each grade.

In new business, trustees will consider and vote on a suggestion that a thank-you note or card be placed in statements sent out to delinquent taxpayers by the law firm that does collections for the district.

Fri
13
Sep

Mobile home

A house that had been located on Sumpter Street makes its way westward along Milam Street (U.S. 84) Thursday morning, with a man on the roof to make sure the home didn’t snag wires or traffic lights. The home entered the highway at Red River Street, destined for its new site along U.S. 84, according to a representative of Patterson House Moving & Leveling, which handled the move.
Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Fri
13
Sep

Commissioners make final election decisions

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners at Monday’s commissioners court meeting let the county burn ban stay in effect and also made final plans for the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election.

“We’re even higher on the Drought Index than we were before, and it’s pretty much consistent around the county,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, referring to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which measures moisture in the land.
No one disagreed, so no action was taken.

In preparation for the upcoming election, the final votes were taken at Monday’s meeting on preparations for the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election.

The court agreed to designate the Courthouse, Room G6, as the main early voting polling place; and also designate the Courthouse annex in Mexia as a temporary polling place for early voting.

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Wed
11
Sep

DA asks public’s help keeping Moons jailed

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Limestone County Attorney Roy DeFriend is asking for the public’s help to keep two convicted rapists in prison.

The Moon brothers – Frank and Vernon – were convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 99 years in prison for a March 18, 1984 rape that took place outside Mexia.

Their victim was, at the time, a high school student.

The brothers followed her from a Mexia convenience store, used flashing red lights to get her to stop, dragged from her car, took her to a remote area and the brothers and a third man – Robert Wayne Spikes – each raped her. She was left barely clothed on FM 39 and after a while stopped a passing car and was rescued.

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Wed
11
Sep

Counterfeit bill errors a giveaway


Mexia Police Officer Cpl. Brian Bel compares two counterfeit bills the Department confiscated in Mexia recently, now evidence in charges against alleged offenders. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

When counterfeit bills were passed in Waco recently, the public was told to be careful to watch for the fake bills. Bill Wright, of Mexia, however, thought to himself, “Well how in the world are we going to be experienced enough to understand when we pick up a $20 bill and know if it’s counterfeit?”

When he posed that question to the Mexia Police Department, he found that there are often differences that give away bad greenbacks people should be aware of.

Subsequently, Mexia Police Officer Cpl. Brian Bell spoke on counterfeit currency to the Mexia Lions Club, upon Wright’s invitation.

“So many times counterfeit currency is passed from one individual to the other with neither of them having any idea it was counterfeit,” Bell said by way of introduction to the subject.

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Wed
11
Sep

County tax public hearing draws no residents


Rhonda Bass, left, of Groesbeck’s Maffett Memorial Library, and Shien Dee Pullman, of Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library, ask Limestone County commissioners for additional funding at Monday’s meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

by Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court continues to move toward a tax increase and an income raise for county employees, with so far no comment from voters, but also in the face of a possible loss of more revenue from taxes paid by NRG Energy power plant.

No county resident showed up to make comments about the proposed tax rate hike at Monday’s public hearing on the subject. A second hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the county courtroom of the Courthouse, in Groesbeck.

“We seldom have anyone show up at the hearings, and even more seldom have any questions or comments,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen said. “I assume that those who have questions have already gotten their answers through the newspaper stories, asking me, looking at the budget, etc.”

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