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03
Feb

City to create hike-and-bike trail to Wortham

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Before long, the city of Mexia could be the proud owner of a hike-and-bike trail extending all the way to Wortham.
City Manager Larry Brown said work is underway to let the city take over the stretch of old Hwy. 14, running parallel to the current road, from the Texas Department of Transportation. The old road is already being used for walking and by bicyclists, and Brown said City Council member Judy Chambers and a number of other people asked him to look into who owns the property.
Brown asked TxDOT if it owned the land, or if it belonged to the railroad that runs along the east side of the old roadway. TxDOT wasn’t sure, so the city and that state agency split the cost of a title search. The land does belong to TxDOT, so discussions with that agency are underway to see what the best way to transfer the trail to the city would be.
“They’re willing to give it to us,” Brown said.

Wed
03
Feb

Leadership camp offered to high school youth

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Learning to be a leader is a way for high school students to open up a new world and a different future. This coming summer, two local students will be selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp, all expenses paid, to develop those leadership skills and attitudes.
Past RYLA attendees have come back transformed from shy kids who hardly had a word to say into confident youth who spoke easily in front of a room of adults.
The skill of leadership is vital to any organization, from running a small business to leading the nation.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
01
Feb

25th annual Mexia Bass Club trout clinic

Keegan Dupons watches Raylin, 7, at left, and Skyler, 11, fish for trout.
Amey Pierce and her daughter, Rylee, 7, relax at Springfield Lake.
Johnae King, 8, of Mexia, and Danica York, 9, of Groesbeck.
Alan Goodrich holds the trout his grandson Isaiah Lara, 3, caught.
Gary Lawson, left, with sons Nicholas, 10, and Lyndyn, 7.
Kalaam Juarez, 12, of Teague, waits for a fish to bite.

The 25th annual trout clinic for children, sponsored by the Mexia Bass Club, was held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31, at Springfield Lake, which is inside Fort Parker State Park.

Mon
01
Feb

Mexia ISD sets election for three board spots

By Harry Darby
Publisher
In a unanimous vote during their monthly meeting Jan. 25, the Mexia ISD board voted to hold election for three trustees. 
Three of the six member spots are up for election: Places 1, 2 and 3, currently held by Lee Banks, Cheryl Cockrell and Culetta Beachum, respectively.
Those wishing to file for a ballot position may do so, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mexia ISD Administration Building, 616 N. Red River, until Feb. 19. As of press time, no candidates have filed for any of the open seats.
Early voting in the May 7 election will be held each weekday from April 25 through May 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mexia ISD Administration Building.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
01
Feb

Event helps students apply for college financial aid

Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Helping a high school graduate get into college or vocational school is vital to their future, but paying for it can be daunting. Many students – and parents – are not aware that FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the key to all federal educational financial aid and much aid from the state and other sources.
Mexia Independent School District has planned a special event to help students and parents complete their FAFSA form on Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m. in the high school computer labs.
The district has arranged to have four college financial aid experts there, and students and parents are asked to bring the required documents so the family can make their FAFSA application that very night.
The application may be made on a paper form or online.

Wed
27
Jan

Annual trout clinic for kids is this weekend

Braydan Urban, 5 at the time, admires his 2014 Trout Clinic catch.

Mexia News Staff Report

The 25th annual trout-fishing clinics at Lake Springfield, in Fort Parker State Park, are coming up at the end of this month, and are an opportunity to introduce children to the fun of fishing.
Children age 12 and under may participate for free. Those age 13 and older will need to pay $4 each to enter the park.
During the family event, Mexia Bass Club member volunteers teach children, in a hands-on way, how to fish. Before each clinic, experienced fisherman show youth how to cast and tie the knots needed for fishing.
Each clinic begins with a short introduction to fish ecology and conservation. The children will have a chance to fish for almost two hours with the help of Mexia Bass Club members. Fishing poles, bait and stringers are all provided. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce fishing to those who have never fished before.

Wed
27
Jan

Ducks Unlimited banquet coming up Feb. 6

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Mexia Chapter of Ducks Unlimited plans to pull out all the stops for their annual banquet, with dinner and drinks, a silent auction, live auction of exotic and interesting prizes, and 100 – or more – firearms to be given away that night to lucky winners.
The banquet will be held at the Cowboy Club, on Hwy. 14 south in Mexia, on Saturday, Feb. 6, starting at 5 p.m. with refreshments.
There will be plenty of time to shop the silent auction and find a myriad of prizes in many categories, including not only hunting but also home and personal items.
Games of skill and chance will be available for play throughout the large venue that evening, each with their own prizes.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
27
Jan

Repairs OK’d for two Limestone county roads

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved using priority road fund money at their Jan. 25 meeting to resurface LCR 460, which is the road on which the city dump is located. They also approved road repairs to LCR 486 and heard a proposal from the mayor of Thornton to trade rocks for some oil-and-sand mix.
Priority road money is generally set aside for roads important to the whole county, and Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen pointed out that the other three precincts get value from the road when he asked the court for the money.
Allen said he had spent $5,819 from precinct road funds and used some rock-and-asphalt mix the state had donated to fix another portion, but that left 2.3 miles of road to re-cover with rock. He wanted enough money from the priority road fund to buy the entire remaining materials, which he said was 6,144 tons of rock, which at $7 a ton would cost just over $43,000.

Mon
25
Jan

City sets May election for three Council spots

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council called an election for three positions on the Council, but held off on an ordinance not to allow new water service connections outside the city, when they met Jan. 19.
Open seats in the May 7 election are those of District 2, held by Laura Rothrock, Arthur Busby in District 5 and District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles. The filing deadline for a spot on the ballot is this Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.; early voting begins April 25.
Council was to consider a new ordinance, replacing any other earlier ordinances that conflict with it, that would forbid extending water service to customers outside the city limits.

Mon
25
Jan

Local missionary encourages help for Nepal earthquake victims

Children like this boy carry heavy jugs of water in quake-ravaged Nepal.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The huge earthquake in Nepal that took place April 25, 2015, killed nearly 9,000 people, injured tens of thousands, and displaced nearly half a million, a disaster so huge that the story of it has even touched Limestone County.
Local missionary Roy Frink, who works with long-term incarcerated youth in Mart, also works with a ministry called Allow the Children, which ministers to the poor in Nepal. Frink has reported on conditions in Nepal, not only shortly after the quake but since then.
He had traveled to Nepal twice himself on mission trips before the April 2015 earthquake, and he and his wife, Patricia, send monthly financial support for four children there.

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