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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.

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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

Wed
23
Oct

Property owner road error dispute heating up

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court addressed what has been an ongoing dispute with the members of the Morgan family, who own four small adjacent lots on LCR 198 near its intersection with LCR 189. The family has appeared in court twice but is now working with attorneys to get the road moved.

The problem started about 2003 or 2004, when the county Road and Bridge Department, in paving the road in front of the Morgans’ land, impinged on a portion of it, turning a corner into a curve. The family doesn’t live in Limestone County so they didn’t notice the error immediately. When they did, they waited several more years to approach the county about it.

Mon
21
Oct

Mexia Lions Club: finding fulfillment serving others


Lions Club International, whose motto is ‘We Serve,’ is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1917. The Mexia Lions Club was founded just four years later.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Several dozen Mexia residents meet regularly for fellowship and to pool their funds and energy to achieve service goals for their community.

The Mexia Lions Club’s active members meet each Tuesday at noon for lunch at their Lions Den on Paris Street. Each member pays monthly dues, which are used to maintain the den, pay for the lunch meals and most of all to further the work of the local and international clubs.

Lions Club International was founded in 1917 as a service organization, its motto “We serve.” The Mexia club was chartered in 1921, so it marked its 90th anniversary in 2011. Some Mexia Lions are the third generation of their families to be members.

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

Mon
21
Oct

County wants LCDC to have interim plan

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are talking to a different jail management company than their current one to possibly consider an interim agreement for housing inmates.

LCDC administrator Mike Sutton told the commissioners at last Monday’s meeting that LaSalle Corrections, one of the jail management companies that had bid unsuccessfully last spring to run the private prison, was to come speak with county officials on Thursday.

Management Training Corporation, the company that won the bid and has the current contract to run the jail, is helping the county in its bid to win CAR-XV, a 10-year federal contract to house inmates, but has shown little interest in running the LCDC apart from CAR-XV or a similar contract.

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Mon
21
Oct

Aim high

Darren Thomas, of Marquez, takes aim with a Browning 12-gauge shotgun in Navarro College Foundation’s clay shoot fundraiser Saturday at Caney Creek Lodge, near Teague. Watching are other members of the team, and behind them, the next team has arrived at the station.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
21
Oct

Mexia sales tax rebate down again this month

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions to Mexia were down again last month, and have now dropped below the amount gathered year-to-date last year.

The city of Mexia received $201,956 this period, down 11.27 percent from the $227,614 reported sent in this month in 2012. Year-to-date, Mexia has received $2,118,395, down .35 of a percent from the $2,125,864 year-to-date total 12 months ago.

Revenues this month were down 10.66 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $54,250 this period compared to $60,727 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 1.98 percent compared to a year ago.

Elsewhere in Limestone County, Kosse saw revenues rise 11.95 percent when compared to the same month a year ago, to $5,623. Thornton’s figure was $593.16, a 46.89 percent decrease from August 2012.

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

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