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Fri
15
Nov

City considers rental fees, lodge grant

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council will consider changing the rental fees for the convention center and a shooting lodge’s request for hotel/motel tax funds when they meet Tuesday night.

Currently the city charges a higher rental rate for use of the convention center to those who live outside the city limits.

However, many people who want to use the facility, while living outside the city limits, own businesses within the city.

Also, some renters don’t live in the city limits but have a relative who does sign off on the contract.

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Fri
15
Nov

Limestone County’s Eric Ayala runs NYC Marathon


Though suffering from a cold and running in low temperatures and high winds, Limestone County’s Eric Ayala completes the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, placing 212th out of 47,000. Contributed photo/Tiffany Ayala

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County’s Eric Ayala, the seemingly perennial winner of Mexia’s July 4th Firecracker 5K Run the past few years, ran in the New York City Marathon Nov. 3.

He placed a decent 212th out of 47,000, with a time of 2:47 in the 26-mile event.

His mother, Tracey Vasquez, of Mexia, is not at all surprised. The fact that he would someday be a runner was evident early in his life, she said recently.

“I should have known then that he was going to be a marathon runner because he would literally run all day long in circles around the house,” she said. Not run around inside the house; run around the outside of the house.

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Fri
15
Nov

Food service

Volunteers from Global Heart International Ministries, of Fairfield, unpack donated produce at a food give-away in Mexia Friday morning in the parking lot of the former Safeway grocery store on Paris Street.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
15
Nov

Sheriff’s Office workers to get pay for old OT

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners took up an issue at Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting they had tabled at their last meeting two weeks ago: paying several Sheriff’s Office employees for their overtime hours, rather than having them take time off.

At the Oct. 28 meeting, Commissioner John McCarver, who was conducting the meeting in the absence of County Judge Daniel Burkeen, commented that the number of hours at issue was high and the court agreed to take up the matter when Burkeen returned.

There were eight employees involved, who had accumulated a total of about 60-129 hours, totaling $10,000 in pay. Some of the overtime dated to the move from the old jail to the new jail in the spring of 2011.

Burkeen said he had met with Deputy Sheriff R.T. Beck during the past week to discuss this expense since Beck could not be at Monday’s meeting.

Mon
11
Nov

Mexia rodeo icon reflects on accomplishments


L.N. “Sonny” Sikes, shown here at his ranch outside Huntsville, is a legend in the rodeo world. The Mexia native has dedicated his life to the sport, as a competitor, coach and role model. He won four national titles as a student at Sam Houston State University, where he is still active in the rodeo program. Contributed photo/Brian Blalock

Editor’s note: Sam Houston State University created this feature on Mexia native and SHSU rodeo legend Sonny Sikes, which they graciously allowed to be shared with readers of The Mexia News. The article was written by SHSU student writer Marissa Nuñez.

By Marissa Nuñez
SHSU

On the wall of Sam Houston State University alumnus L.N. “Sonny” Sikes’s home is a collage made up of black-and-white photographs of his siblings, nephews, in-laws and himself roping, surrounding a picture of his mother and father with the words “Sikes Family Legacy” printed across it.

Indeed, that is what the Sikes family has become in the world of rodeo—a legacy.

The sport of rodeo runs deep in the heart of the Sikes family and the name has become an institution in the rodeo world. Family members, both past and present, have become pioneers of the sport in their own right.

Mon
11
Nov

No mere MRE

Ennis Carroll, a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, prepares to enjoy a pancake breakfast at Mexia’s VFW Post 4694 Saturday morning. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosted the event to honor veterans. For more photos of various events honoring veterans, see Pages 3 and 12.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
11
Nov

Rural Transit System prices to be unchanged

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Residents of Limestone County who use the Rural Transit System and are on a budget, received good news at the last commissioners court meeting. The court also skipped the burn ban and dealt with a platting issue.

Commissioner John McCarver announced at the Oct. 28 meeting that the Heart of Texas Council of Governments had considered raising the rates to use its Rural Transit Service but decided against the idea.

The fees have been $1 within Limestone County and one-way; and $2 out of county. There had been a proposal to raise the rate, but HOTCOG decided against it.

Fri
08
Nov

Gas leak means late school start


Gas company officials were digging in this area outside A.B. McBay Elementary Friday, to find an underground leak that caused classes at all Mexia ISD campuses to delay opening by two hours that day. Contributed photo/Mexia ISD

An underground gas leak at Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary School Thursday caused a two-hour delay starting the school day for all Mexis ISD students Friday morning.

“There was just a routine check of our gas and when the guy came out to check … he noticed in the back of the cafeteria at McBay that when they put their instrument down in the ground, there was a high percentage of gas odor,” said Dr. Sharon Ross, Mexia ISD superintendent. “He said ... they recommend shutting it off until they can find where the leak is.”

Ross found out about the leak, which is underground and did not present a danger, around 3:05 p.m. Thursday. School lets out at 3:20 p.m.

Fri
08
Nov

Septic system officer may start issuing citations

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners will consider at next Tuesday’s meeting possibly authorizing Sam Callis, the county’s On-Site Sewage Facilities officer, to issue citations in unincorporated areas of Limestone County for OSSF violations. The court will also discuss and vote on several financial matters.

The meeting will be held Tuesday instead of Monday because of the Veterans Day holiday.

An item tabled at last meeting because County Judge Daniel Burkeen was absent and several commissioners wanted his input involves authorizing a large comp time bill from the Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner John McCarver facilitated the last meeting and noted that the invoice was very high.

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Fri
08
Nov

Limestone collecting Christmas shoebox gifts


The Rev. Marcus Sheffield, pastor of First Baptist Church, Mexia, stacks packed Christmas shoebox gifts in a hallway of the church. The congregants have already turned in 200 of the gifts and they will be added to those from other local churches to be distributed to impoverished children around the world. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Packaging a Christmas shoebox gift for poor children around the world has become a tradition for many, so much so that Limestone County has its own drop-off point for Operation Christmas Child gifts.

The designated location is Calvary Baptist Church, 519 S. McKinney St. in Mexia, which will be open for drop-offs one week only Nov. 18-25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers will be present to accept the shoeboxes of gifts, which are anticipated to number about 2,000 this year in Limestone County.

“Operation Christmas Child spreads the Gospel of Jesus all around the world to children who may not otherwise hear about Jesus,” said Debra Bishop, secretary at Calvary, when asked why she was personally involved in the project.

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