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Mon
09
Dec

Riot of color

Blinda and Alan Hansen, of Waco, show off their many wares at the Merry Christmas Market Saturday at the Mexia Civic Center. Blinda Hansen said she makes all the items they sell. See more photos from the annual market on Pages 3 and 14.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
09
Dec

Teague shooting lodge gets hotel fund grant

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council granted a shooting lodge’s request for a hotel/motel tax fund grant, though for significantly less than requested.
Caney Creek Lodge and Shooting Sports representatives appeared before the council last month, seeking $50,000 from the city’s hotel occupancy tax.

The lodge, located outside of Teague, has major state and national clay shooting tournaments coming up in 2014 and 2015 that are already filling motels from Fairfield to beyond Mexia, lodge owner Justin Bounds said.

At that October meeting, council members asked why Bounds didn’t seek funding from the city’s Economic Development Corporation, rather than the hotel/motel tax. Bounds said he looked over the rules for each and thought the hotel/motel tax more appropriate.

Fri
06
Dec

Mexia braves cold temps for Christmas parade


With his sleigh apparently in the shop, Santa uses a riding mower from Jackson’s True­Value to make the Mexia Christmas Parade of Lights Thursday night. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A few hundred residents turned out for the Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Mexia Thursday, bundled up against the cold and many wrapped in blankets as the temperature hovered just above freezing.

Many others participated in the parade, on lighted floats, in a marching band, on motorcycles, in the back of pickup trucks emblazoned with the name of their group or cause on the side, and even a few on horseback.

The parade started at the intersection of Commerce and Kaufman streets, proceeded downtown, turned left on Sherman, traveled one block over to Main Street and turned left to proceed back to Kaufman Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe this year were Elmer and Martha Beene, and they led the parade after several police cars established the path for the parade route.

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

Fri
06
Dec

Commissioners to hear report on private prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners plan to confer in executive session at Monday’s commissioners court meeting regarding the Limestone County Detention Center. The county-owned private prison has been empty since early this past summer, and the county has pinned at least some of its hopes on winning a large, long-term contract with the federal government called CAR-XV.

The winner was to be announced by the end of this year, but though Limestone County is on the relatively short list of those being considered, there has been no indication it has won.

The executive session is scheduled for the end of the meeting, and when the commissioners return to open session, the agenda indicates two LCDC-related items: a report from either the legal advisor or the county judge relating to the operation of the prison, and discussing and possibly taking action related to contracts for the operation of the prison.

Wed
04
Dec

Blackcats now 4-0 after trouncing La Vega


Curk Harris snags the ball away from a Rockets player in the paint while Trey Barstow (1) gets ready to swing outside during Mexia’s win against Robinson Nov. 22. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Mexia Blackcats are off to a 4-0 start this season after notching number four Tuesday night in Bellmead with a sound 82-56 win over the La Vega Pirates.

Curk Harris scored nine of his 16 points in the Blackcats 24 point fourth quarter. Mexia led by 12 going into the final frame and were up by eight points going into the lockerroom at the half.

Mexia’s defense held the Pirates to only 11 points in the first period of play, although the Blackcat offense was a little sluggish starting off, but did lead at the end of the quarter by four, 15-11.

The second quarter was a different story as both teams seem to trade baskets, with scoring opening up a lot more.

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

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

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