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Mon
14
Dec

Renovated gym grand opening is Thursday

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia ISD will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 15) at 4:15 p.m. to unveil the improvements made to the high school gymnasium.
The gym has been closed since the end of basketball season back in March.
Due to the construction and refurbishing, the Mexia Ladycats had to play all of their non-district home games on the road and their district home games at Tommy Flatt Gymnasium at the junior high school.
Both basketball teams have been playing their home games at the junior high as well.
“We’re excited,” said both head coaches of the Blackcats and Ladycats – Billy Ramey and Randy Barger – varsity basketball programs.

Fri
11
Dec

High-speed rail project moving at full throttle

Rural landowner Herman Poteet Jr., rear left, and his son, Jason, front left, ask pointed questions of Texas Central Partners Director Mark Walker, right, at a public meeting at the Mexia Convention Center held Tuesday, Dec. 8,  regarding the high-speed railway Texas Central plans to build. Also shown is right-of-way agent Alan Adcock. Not shown is Herman Poteet Jr.’s wife, Donna, who was also present.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Texas Central Partners, the organization planning to build and operate a high-speed railway system between Dallas and Houston, held a meeting in Mexia for the public Tuesday, Dec. 8, and the organizers say their plan is on schedule.
The meeting was part of the company’s work on an Environmental Impact Statement, which is required by the federal government for any large project like the railway. Organizers said the meeting was to listen to the concerns of residents and landowners.

Mon
07
Dec

Parade Royalty

Darrow and Lucy Condon are Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe for the 2015 Mexia Christmas celebration, serving as grand marshals in the Christmas Parade of Lights Thursday night, Dec. 3. They were married Oct. 18, 1956, in Des Moines, Iowa, and made their home in Indianola, Iowa, where Darrow worked for Harlan Lumber Company, while Lucy worked for Bankers Life in Des Moines. In 1963, the couple moved to Corsicana, where Darrow managed Cary Lumber Company for three years before moving to Mexia in 1966 to manage Mexia Building Supply. Darrow and Lucy Condon have three children, Clinton, Scott and Susan; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mon
07
Dec

Family Abuse Center a place to turn for help

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mon
07
Dec

Christmas toys needed for Mexia’s little ones

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia children whose families can’t afford Christmas presents will still get them if local Toys for Tots Director Alvis Minter has anything to say about it.
Not only Minter, but Sabrina Jacobs and other volunteers have been working for the past few months to collect toys for children in Limestone, Freestone, Leon and Navarro counties for Toys for Tots, a program of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Donated toys and cash stay in the county where they are given, Minter is quick to confirm, although Freestone’s Wortham is combined with Mexia since it is so near.
Local individuals and groups donate many of the toys. Walmart is donating a $750 voucher for toys at its store, and Toys R Us is donating a $2,000 voucher for toys at one of its locations.
Additional palettes of toys are sent by Toys for Tots’ corporate level, which Minter divides between the different places that distribute toys in the four counties.

Fri
04
Dec

Northern visitor drops by parade

Santa made it to the Mexia Christmas Parade of Lights Thursday evening, Dec. 3, riding in on a small cart with friends Clay Hawkins, stationed in Ohio, but formerly of Mexia; and Joseph Emgelhard, 7. Also present but not shown is Margie McManus, of Mexia. See Page 3 for more parade photos.  Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer Managing Editor Excited faces became children bouncing around from sugar overload as the annual Christmas Parade of Lights wound down Thursday night in downtown Mexia. Hundreds of people lined East Commerce and North McKinney streets for the event, sponsored by the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce. Floats, cars, motorcycles, dogs and all sorts of groupings took part in the sparkling lighted parade. The highlight for many children – besides the candy handed out by parade participants – was the chance to see Santa Claus, the parade’s special guest. Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe, Darrow and Lucy Condon, were chosen as grand marshals of the parade, and waved to the crowd from their vehicle. The couple, married in October 1956, originally lived in Indianola, Iowa, where Darrow worked for Harlan Lumber Company and Lucy worked for Bankers Life in Des Moines. To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
02
Dec

Old Navasota River Bridge lighting is Monday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A historic icon in Limestone County, the old iron truss bridge over the Navasota River, will soon stand out brightly in the night when the Christmas lights decorating it are turned on for the first time this season.
Officials and residents representing three entities – Limestone County and the cities of Groesbeck and Mexia – will gather at the bridge Monday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. for the bridge lighting.
The three entities take turns hosting the ceremony, and this year is Groesbeck’s turn. Consequently, Groesbeck Mayor Ray O’Docharty will speak a few words appropriate for the occasion.

Wed
02
Dec

Another high-speed rail meeting to be held in Mexia

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Another informational meeting on the proposed high-speed Texas Central Railway, which would pass through Limestone and Freestone counties, is set for Tuesday in Mexia.
The meeting takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at the Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney.
Other meetings will take place nearby before the Mexia meeting: on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jewett Civic Center, 111 N. Robinson Road, and and Monday, Dec. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Depot X, 140 U.S. 84 East in Fairfield.
TCR is a proposed project to build a high-speed passenger rail line between the cities of Dallas and Houston. The project is expected to require over 3,000 acres of right-of-way for the rail line and related infrastructure that will impact the private property of landowners in 11 counties.

Wed
02
Dec

Cause of fatal accident remains a mystery

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
More information has become available on the accident Monday that killed a Mexia man.
Ronald Ray Watson, 59, died when he lost control of his pickup truck on FM 2705, near Lake Mexia.
According to Waco Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson, rescuers were called to the accident at 8:48 a.m. Nov. 30.
Watson had been headed southbound on the two-lane, shoulderless farm-to-market road when for no known reason, his truck went off the road to the right. Watson appears to have over-corrected, which caused his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado to skid sideways. It then hit a culvert before striking a utility pole, making impact on the driver’s door.
Watson, who was unrestrained, was partially ejected from the truck. He was the only occupant of the pickup.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Marcus Ray Hanna declared Watson dead at the scene of the accident.

Wed
02
Dec

Senior celebration slideshow

Parkview physical therapist Brenda Pieper, left, tests the grip of Billie Cox, of Kosse, at Tuesday’s Senior Celebration at the Mexia Senior Citizen Center. Behind them, l-r, are Mary Prado and Grace Lee, both of Groesbeck, and Kaye Wilson, of Mexia. Senior citizens from all over Limestone County and even as far away as Corsicana gathered to celebrate the Christmas season and also the 50th anniversary of the Foster Grandparent program.

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