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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.

Mon
30
Nov

LARAS House looking for volunteers

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer Stray dogs and cats in Limestone County have a place set aside for them, but it’s usually full and needs help from residents. Sadly, unwanted animals still wind up wandering the streets in Mexia, looking for food and comfort. Limestone County’s LARAS (Limestone Animal Rescue Animal Shelter) House would like to help them – and does so, as it is able. “LARAS House has been working really hard for seven and a half years, and we’ve come a very long way, and it’s only through the help of volunteers, donations and things like that,” said Board President Peggy Wilson. “The public has been just wonderful, the business community, too. The need is always and forever; we’d love to work ourselves out of a job. We’d love for there to be no stray animals.” Part of the reason the facility stays full most of the time is its no-kill policy. Animals that live at LARAS House are not euthanized as they might be at many animal control facilities.

Mon
30
Nov

Forest Glade man dies in single-vehicle accident

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
There was no information available as to the cause of an accident yesterday that took the life of a Forest Glade man.
According to his family, Ronald Watson, 59, died in a single-vehicle accident that took place on FM 2705 around 9:15 a.m. Nov. 30.
Watson’s vehicle left the road and hit a utility pole. He was ejected from the vehicle.
The Limestone County Department of Public Safety office in Groesbeck said Watson’s remains have been sent to the Dallas Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.
Calls to the DPS offices in Limestone County, Waco and Austin yielded no other data on the wreck as of presstime at 4 p.m. Monday.
Watson was born April 14, 1956. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents and two brothers.
Funeral arrangements for Ronald Watson are pending are pending with Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.

Fri
27
Nov

Mexia sales tax rebates up for the year

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for November are down 1.36 percent compared to last year, although the city’s rebates, year-to-date remain above those collected at the same time last year.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $731.7 million in local sales tax allocations for November, which represents an increase of 1.2 percent compared to November 2014. These allocations are based on monthly sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August, and September by businesses that report tax quarterly.
Hegar also said today that sales tax revenue for the state in October was $2.28 billion, down 5.4 percent compared to October 2014.

Fri
27
Nov

Mexia Christmas parade promises to delight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The annual lighted Christmas parade in Mexia – which starts the holiday season in Limestone County – is scheduled for Thursday evening, Dec. 3, and plans are almost complete to make the event a memorable time of celebration.
Event organizer Linda Archibald, president of the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce is geared up for the parade and encouraging everyone to attend.
“The Chamber is happy to host the parade,” she said. “The Christmas Parade of Lights is a 15-year tradition that brings lots of people from Mexia and the surrounding counties together to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Our participants are excited about the ‘Star-Spangled Christmas’ theme. That should bring out lots of twinkling lights and flags!”

Tue
24
Nov

Serious accident on Hwy. 171

This accident, at Hwy. 171 and FM 2838, involved the sedan shown above, and the four-door Jeep, at right. Both drivers were taken by helicopter ambulance to a Waco hospital; they are expected to recover. There were no passengers in either vehicle. The wreck happened shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday at the busy intersection that carries traffic from the city of Mexia to the Mexia State Supported Living Center. The Jeep rolled before landing upright in the ditch. No further information on the accident was available as of presstime.

Mon
23
Nov

Fun times!

Debra Bishop, of Mexia, and her grandchildren, Elliot Guthrie, 4, and her brother, Emerson, 6, of Teague, search through tables of treasures at the Fall Festival at First United Methodist Church, Mexia, held Saturday, Nov. 14. For more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
23
Nov

Maynard: Education controversies often manufactured

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Public schools, their textbooks and curricula can be a divisive topic, but State Board of Education District 10 member Tom Maynard tried to clear up some Board issues at a recent visit to Limestone County.
Board of Education District 10 includes Limestone County as well as 16 other full counties and half of Travis County. There are only 15 members of the State Board of Education statewide, so each member represents about 1.7 million citizens, he noted. Currently, the Board affects about 5.1 million Texas students in about 1,227 school districts across the state, including charter schools, which many people do not realize are public schools.
Maynard’s speech was wide-ranging and touched on the textbook adoption process, the Board’s duties and the ultimate purpose of a public school education.

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