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Wed
30
Oct

Mexia braces for one spook-tacular evening


Kristin Shamblin, left, watches her son, Caleb, 3, at left, and Brenton Russell, 5, jump in the bounce house at First United Methodist Church’s fall festival Saturday. Behind them, Kayla Echartea, 13, of Wortham, and Rashay Covey, 8, of Mexia, watch the boys frolic. The event kicked off a round of festivals marking Halloween in Mexia. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

There will be no shortage of adorable, spooky goblins wandering in and out of Mexia traffic tonight, so drivers are asked to be aware and on alert.

There are a number of organized events going on today and this evening for those needing a seasonal boost.

Tonight is the final night of the Pumpkin Patch hosted by First United Meth­odist Church. The patch is located behind Mexia Pest Control at 608 E. Milam St., and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for last-minute jack-o-lantern ingredient needs.

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

Wed
30
Oct

County determined to re-open prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are being urged by the administrator of the now-empty Limestone County Detention Center to re-open it even on a small scale so it may be considered for use by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or other agencies needing beds for inmates.

“I hope you are all aware that Dec. 17 that place is going to be empty,” Mike Sutton told the court at Monday’s meeting. Sutton is currently on the county payroll and oversees the private prison as maintenance work and various repairs are done on it.

“There’s not going to be anybody out there,” he said. “No maintenance, no nothing. They have let our people know that they won’t wait any longer,” he said of Management and Training Corporation, the company with the contract to run the facility.

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

Mon
28
Oct

Women’s medical group coming to Mexia

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Because health care choices in rural counties are more limited than in urban areas, women in Limestone County may be interested to learn that a group of physicians who specialize in women’s health care plans to start coming to Mexia on a regular basis.

Dr. Paul Redman, who heads a group called Waco Center for Women’s Health, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently about his group’s plans for Mexia.

“We have been working with the hospital here to have some of the guys in our group come out to do a clinic here, and we wanted to let people know we were starting this,” Redman said of Parkview Regional Hospital.

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

Mon
28
Oct

Relaying good news

The first lap around the track at Saturday’s Relay for Life fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society was reserved for cancer survivors. The event was held at Fort Parker State Park off Hwy. 14 south of Mexia.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
28
Oct

Early voting ends Friday on amendments

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Early voting in the constitutional amendment election continues through Friday, but voters need to make sure they have proper I.D. for the November uniform election

Early voting began Oct. 21 to decide the fate of nine proposed Texas constitutional amendments.
Eligible Texans may vote early from Monday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Nov. 1 at either the courthouse annex, 205 S. McKinney in Mexia, or the county courthouse in Groesbeck.

Early voting takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Nov. 1 at the county annex in Mexia, or 8 a.m. -5 p.m. the same days at the courthouse in Groesbeck.

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

Fri
25
Oct

Merryman honored for decades as volunteer


County Judge Daniel Burkeen presents a plaque of appreciation to Dolly Merryman, who retired from the Limestone County Historical Commission earlier this year, for her 27 years of work on the commission. With Merryman are other members of the commission. Shown here, at rear from left, are William Reagon, Logan Wilson and Bert Harrison. In front, from left, are Linda Jordan, Burkeen, Merryman, Sarah McReynolds and Bruce Jordan. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The Limestone County commissioners court, at their Oct. 14 meeting, gave a plaque of appreciation to Dolly Merryman, who retired from the Limestone County Historical Commission in February.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen presented the plaque and thanked her for her nearly three decades of work.

“We’re very proud of the work that our historical commission has done for years,” Burkeen said.

“We’ve got a very varied history in Limestone County, from the oil boom to Old Fort Parker, to the history of the settlement of this area. We have a very diverse history. We appreciate the incredible amount of work (the commission) has done over the years.

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

Fri
25
Oct

Relay for Life fundraiser begins tonight


Tracy Wadle, her son Bryce, 2, and their friend Katlyn Chappell, 7, wash a car as part of a carwash held at Mexia’s Sonic a few weeks ago. Wadle is on the Relay for Life team Haley’s Comets, one of several around town raising money to fight cancer. Behind them, other team members try to elicit more customers. The activities – car washes, bake sales, fundraiser meals – lead to the actual Relay for Life event, scheduled for Oct. 26 at Fort Parker State Park on Hwy 14, south of Mexia. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Limestone County Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. today, Saturday, Oct. 26, at Fort Parker State Park and runs through 6 a.m. the next morning.

Relay for Life is a celebration of the indomitable human spirit as loved ones who have succumbed to cancer are remembered, and those fighting cancer or in remission celebrate their victory.

Leading up to Relay, teams hold fundraisers like bake sales, car washes and spaghetti dinners. At Relay itself, each team sets up a campsite and often sell items to raise even more money for their total.

Relay lasts usually 12 hours, sometimes 24, and most of the time is spent playing zany games.

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

Fri
25
Oct

County to get final tax roll figures Monday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are expected to officially see and accept the 2013 Tax Rolls at Monday’s commissioners court meeting. They will also scheduled to consider renewing contracts with local fire departments, ambulance and other businesses, and discuss the Appraisal District election.

Tax Assessor-Collector Stacy Hall will make the presentation of the tax rolls for 2013. The Appraisal District’s appraisal rolls were presented before the budget was finalized in September. Now Hall has applied the new tax rate to those rolls and come up with the actual tax rolls, which will give the court a more accurate figure of the funds available for its work.

On a different subject, the commissioners are scheduled to discuss and approve renewal of service agreements with Mexia Fire Department and the volunteer fire departments of Groesbeck, Kosse, Tehuacana, Coolidge and Prairie Hill.

Wed
23
Oct

Cancer survivor promotes Relay event


Cancer survivor and Mexia High School secretary Pat Crowder answers the constantly ringing telephone in her office, decorated to reflect her effusive personality – with her beloved Elvis on every wall, colorful streamers from the ceiling, and teddy bears and coffee mugs everywhere. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

“Good morning, Mexia High School! It’s a great day to be a Blackcat!” says the cheery voice on the telephone.

Mexia High School secretary Pat Crowder’s positive outlook as she goes about her daily tasks at work reflects to those around her, belying her current cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Doctors first discovered she had breast cancer more than eight years ago, in the spring of 2004. She underwent a lumpectomy in September of that year, followed by months of chemotherapy and radiation. By June 2005, she was said to be free of the disease.
This past March, however, she saw a doctor about some problems she was having with her voice and got some bad news.

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

Wed
23
Oct

Flatt out super

Dick Flatt and his son, Clint Flatt, greet students at A.B. McBay Elementary School as part of the Supermen program. On a Wednesday morning around the middle of each month of the school year, men from the community welcome elementary schoolchildren with high-fives and words of encouragement to provide good male role models for the children.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

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