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Mon
27
Jun

Nominations being taken for FSA county committees

It is that time of year again. The Farm Service Agency 2016 County Committee elections begin soon. FSA county committees are a vital and direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
All eligible farmers and ranchers, especially women, minorities, and beginning farmers, are encouraged to get involved by making a nomination and voting in this year’s county committee elections.
This is a great podium for one’s concerns and opinions to be heard. Don’t miss the opportunity.
Concerns can reach decision makers even if one is not a committee member. FSA county committees operate within official federal regulations so local input is provided on federal programs such as:
• Income safety-net loans and payments, including setting county average yields for commodities
• Conservation programs
• Incentive, indemnity, and disaster payments for some commodities
• Emergency programs
• Payment eligibility

Mon
27
Jun

FSB Travelers enjoy long tour of Northern California

FSB Travelers pose for a photo during their tour of Northern California.

Members and friends of FSB Travelers once again joined Collette for an exciting tour, this time to Northern California.
The tour began in San Francisco where the group spent two nights and very busy days. Activities there included a city tour with a wonderful step-on guide, eating some delicious food, riding a cable car, riding down one of the most crooked streets in the nation, eating at the Boudin Bakery where sourdough bread began, shopping for special souvenirs on Pier 39, and riding through and learning about Golden Gate Park.
The travelers crossed the Golden Gate Bridge several times. They had the opportunity to walk on the bridge after one crossing, become part of the 16,000 people who cross the bridge daily.

Fri
24
Jun

Public hearing Tuesday on new stop signs

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Those who want to weigh in on the county’s intention to install stop signs at the intersection of LCR 368 and LCR 374 may do so at a public hearing in commissioners court on Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m.
Before the hearing, though, is the commissioners’ regular meeting, starting at 9 a.m., when they plan to discuss closing LCR 395, using priority road funds to repair LCR 244, raising the salaries of county employees at the Road and Bridge Department, Tax Office and Sheriff’s Department; and choosing an inmate telephone service provider.
Toward the end of the meeting, the court will open submitted proposals for an interim operator of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been closed since June 2013. Afterward, the court will go into executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss the proposals.

Fri
24
Jun

Busy Saturday on tap

For those who say there's never anything going on around here, here's a list of events, all being held today, Saturday, June 25.
Saturday, June 25
The 86th annual Mexia Rodeo, a UPRA/CPRA-sanctioned event, wraps up today at the city arena on Shiloh Road, with gates open at 6 p.m. There is $15,000 in added money; $2,500 added for wild cow milking, $1,500 for double mugging. First 180 slack Saturday. Open events are wild cow milking, double mugging, youth breakaway roping, youth barrels, ribbon roping and mutton bustin’. This Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, produced by Champion Rodeo Company, has been UPRA Rodeo of the Year for 10 years in a row.
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Mexia Peer Support Center hosts a table during the annual Mexia rodeo, featuring valuable, free information for veterans and their families. For more information, call the center at 254-562-5062, ext. 3636
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Fri
24
Jun

Lake Mexia boat parade to kick off Fourth of July fun

Entrants in Lake Mexia’s Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade appear to be having a grand time on the water at a previous year’s event.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Boat owners looking for a fun event to show off their craft and design skills will have the perfect venue next weekend. The annual Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade is happening on Saturday, July 2, at the Lake Mexia Marina.
All area boat owners are invited to enter their boat – decked out with patriotic red, white and blue decorations – in the contest associated with the parade.
On the day of the parade, boats will line up at the marina at 1:30 p.m. The boat driver and those lucky enough to ride along will circle around the lake heading north, then return past the marina and head south, circling around that end of the lake and finally returning to the marina for judging and awards.

Fri
24
Jun

Go Bulldogs!

Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Wortham Junior High cheerleaders for the 2016-17 school year have been chosen. They are, l-r, back row: Spring Hogan, Reagan Stuver, Jayden Stapleton, Jorianna Mata and Kenlie Stuver; front row: Larame Stapleton and Mika-Lyn Gargis.

Fri
24
Jun

Let’s rodeo!

A bronc rider hangs on for dear life Thursday at the Mexia city rodeo arena on opening day of the Chamber Rodeo.
Coty Cooper, “The original Hobo Clown,” kept fans laughing Thursday evening.
The 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo kicked off Thursday evening with the presentation of “Old Glory.”
Young Jace Long decided to take a little snooze in the arms of his meme, Debbie Musgrove, prior to the start of the rodeo.
The Mizell boys, Mayes and Myles, were decked out in cowboy attire to watch the great rodeo action Thursday evening.
This little fella tries to end his ride with no hands in the youth mutton bustin’ event held Thursday evening.
Sydney Yates rode the mechanical bull like a boss at the 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.
Buffalo native Wyatt Looney gets the rodeo clowns to sign his shirt before the start of the 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo got underway Thursday evening as cowboys and cowgirls from across the state gathered to compete in events from barrel racing to bronc riding at the city’s rodeo grounds.
Kids events began with mutton bustin’ as youngsters tried their best to stay aboard a sheep. This was followed by a grand display of breakaway roping and barrel racing.
The main event kicked off around 7:30 p.m. as longtime ring announcer T.C. Long returned again this year, accompanied by rodeo clown/entertainer Coty Cooper, “The original Hobo Clown.”
Long and Cooper kept rodeo fans in stitches throughout the evening with their comical banter.

Wed
22
Jun

Lions revvin’ up for July 4 car show

Attendees at the Mexia Lions Club’s Red, White and Blue Car Show, like these from last year’s event, will have the area around the intersection of Commerce and McKinney to wander around.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Downtown Mexia on July 4 will be filled with beautiful, shiny cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors, as the Mexia Lions Club puts on its annual Red, White and Blue Car Show.
Admission is free, and attendees may roam the area around the intersection of Commerce and McKinney at their leisure from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., getting their fill of admiring all the vehicles and voting for their favorite.
The favorite of attendees is called the People’s Choice Award. Other prizes are the Mayor’s Award, chosen by Mayor Troy Miller; and Kids’ Choice, which is voted upon by youth at the show that day.
The show judges will do their own voting starting when the show opens, selecting winners and awarding trophies in 20 categories:
• Cars – Competition/race cars, Corvettes C1-C4, Corvettes C5-C6, pre-1950, 1950-59, 1960-69, 1970-79, 1980-89, 1990-99 and 2000-present.

Wed
22
Jun

Coolidge student to attend national leadership congress

Jalyn Pedroza

Mexia News Staff Report
Coolidge High School’s Jalyn Pedroza will be a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass., at the end of June.
Jalyn is the son of Sammy Pedroza and René Watson; his grandparents are Jerry and Sandi Park, of Belton, and Simone and Janie Hernandez, of Coolidge; his great-grandparents are Tom and Peggy Bozeman, of Coolidge, and Wayne Watson, of Corsicana.
The incoming junior was nominated to represent Texas because of his academic achievement, potential for leadership, and interest in science and technology.
The Congress is intended to inspire, encourage and affirm students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM, as their future fields of study and vocation.

Wed
22
Jun

Limestone County jail passes surprise inspection

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported to county commissioners at their June 14 meeting that the county jail had passed a surprise inspection the previous week.
The court heard this news and also a caution about needed maintenance at the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, jail and Dispatch Department; approved a contract with MHMR to transport inmates to mental facilities; approved automatic raises for LEC employees and heard LEC statistics for May.
“An inspector came in to do his annual report, and we got a passing grade,” Wilson told the court, adding that the inspector was very complimentary of the staff and their work, specifying the facility’s record-keeping, cleanness and how it operated.

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