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Nov

Mexia rodeo icon reflects on accomplishments


L.N. “Sonny” Sikes, shown here at his ranch outside Huntsville, is a legend in the rodeo world. The Mexia native has dedicated his life to the sport, as a competitor, coach and role model. He won four national titles as a student at Sam Houston State University, where he is still active in the rodeo program. Contributed photo/Brian Blalock

Editor’s note: Sam Houston State University created this feature on Mexia native and SHSU rodeo legend Sonny Sikes, which they graciously allowed to be shared with readers of The Mexia News. The article was written by SHSU student writer Marissa Nuñez.

By Marissa Nuñez
SHSU

On the wall of Sam Houston State University alumnus L.N. “Sonny” Sikes’s home is a collage made up of black-and-white photographs of his siblings, nephews, in-laws and himself roping, surrounding a picture of his mother and father with the words “Sikes Family Legacy” printed across it.

Indeed, that is what the Sikes family has become in the world of rodeo—a legacy.

The sport of rodeo runs deep in the heart of the Sikes family and the name has become an institution in the rodeo world. Family members, both past and present, have become pioneers of the sport in their own right.

Mon
11
Nov

No mere MRE

Ennis Carroll, a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, prepares to enjoy a pancake breakfast at Mexia’s VFW Post 4694 Saturday morning. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosted the event to honor veterans. For more photos of various events honoring veterans, see Pages 3 and 12.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
11
Nov

Rural Transit System prices to be unchanged

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Residents of Limestone County who use the Rural Transit System and are on a budget, received good news at the last commissioners court meeting. The court also skipped the burn ban and dealt with a platting issue.

Commissioner John McCarver announced at the Oct. 28 meeting that the Heart of Texas Council of Governments had considered raising the rates to use its Rural Transit Service but decided against the idea.

The fees have been $1 within Limestone County and one-way; and $2 out of county. There had been a proposal to raise the rate, but HOTCOG decided against it.

Fri
08
Nov

Gas leak means late school start


Gas company officials were digging in this area outside A.B. McBay Elementary Friday, to find an underground leak that caused classes at all Mexia ISD campuses to delay opening by two hours that day. Contributed photo/Mexia ISD

An underground gas leak at Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary School Thursday caused a two-hour delay starting the school day for all Mexis ISD students Friday morning.

“There was just a routine check of our gas and when the guy came out to check … he noticed in the back of the cafeteria at McBay that when they put their instrument down in the ground, there was a high percentage of gas odor,” said Dr. Sharon Ross, Mexia ISD superintendent. “He said ... they recommend shutting it off until they can find where the leak is.”

Ross found out about the leak, which is underground and did not present a danger, around 3:05 p.m. Thursday. School lets out at 3:20 p.m.

Fri
08
Nov

Septic system officer may start issuing citations

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners will consider at next Tuesday’s meeting possibly authorizing Sam Callis, the county’s On-Site Sewage Facilities officer, to issue citations in unincorporated areas of Limestone County for OSSF violations. The court will also discuss and vote on several financial matters.

The meeting will be held Tuesday instead of Monday because of the Veterans Day holiday.

An item tabled at last meeting because County Judge Daniel Burkeen was absent and several commissioners wanted his input involves authorizing a large comp time bill from the Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner John McCarver facilitated the last meeting and noted that the invoice was very high.

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

Fri
08
Nov

Limestone collecting Christmas shoebox gifts


The Rev. Marcus Sheffield, pastor of First Baptist Church, Mexia, stacks packed Christmas shoebox gifts in a hallway of the church. The congregants have already turned in 200 of the gifts and they will be added to those from other local churches to be distributed to impoverished children around the world. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Packaging a Christmas shoebox gift for poor children around the world has become a tradition for many, so much so that Limestone County has its own drop-off point for Operation Christmas Child gifts.

The designated location is Calvary Baptist Church, 519 S. McKinney St. in Mexia, which will be open for drop-offs one week only Nov. 18-25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers will be present to accept the shoeboxes of gifts, which are anticipated to number about 2,000 this year in Limestone County.

“Operation Christmas Child spreads the Gospel of Jesus all around the world to children who may not otherwise hear about Jesus,” said Debra Bishop, secretary at Calvary, when asked why she was personally involved in the project.

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

Fri
08
Nov

County gets final property tax revenue tally

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners learned at last week’s meeting how much money the new tax levy is expected to bring in based on the Appraisal Board’s final appraisal rolls. They also dealt with other financial and contractual issues.

County Tax Assessor-Collector Stacy Hall presented the finalized tax rolls to the court for approval.

“I imported the appraisal roll, and our system applied the tax rate, which created a tax levy for the general fund of $13,794,697.95; the Road and Bridge Fund, $498,578.22; and Farm to Market Fund, $473,146.04; for a total levy of $14,766,422.21,” Hall said.

The commissioners approved the tax rolls as presented.

On a separate matter, the court approved changes to the contracts with attorneys David Moore and Shirley Spivey, who provide legal services for defendants with mental health issues.

Wed
06
Nov

Mexia prepares to restock its food pantries


Mexia residents from many different ages, backgrounds and groups work together to make the annual Food for Families food drive a success. This group of students and teachers unload cases of food donations so they can be weighed during last year’s drive. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The people of Mexia give generously to many causes, and one of the largest is happening this month with the Food for Families food drive.

The event is the largest one-day food drive in the state and will take place in nine counties in central Texas on Friday, Nov. 22, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

That’s nearly three weeks away, but Marjorie Parks, who is coordinating the Mexia part of the drive for the second consecutive year, began weeks ago talking to local groups to enlist their help.

Parks is on the board of directors for Caritas, one of the two food pantries in Mexia that will benefit from the drive. She has gone to Mexia Independent School District, Navarro Junior College, Parkview Regional Hospital, all the banks and many of the churches to try to get the word out. Two of the groups she spoke to recently were the Mexia Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mexia, both service organizations.

Wed
06
Nov

Sauce-a music

Alexis Winter, 3, of Groesbeck, looks to Gena Salazar, 16, also of Groesbeck, as Saxman, of the duo Southpaw and Saxman, serenades her with a soprano saxophone. The occasion was the LARAS House Spay-ghetti Supper fundraiser Saturday evening at Enge-Washington Intermediate School, in Groesbeck.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
06
Nov

All nine constitutional amendments pass

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

All nine proposed amendments to the state constitution were approved Tuesday by Texas voters, including allowing tax breaks for veterans and their survivors, and reverse mortgage loans, and funding the statewide water plan with $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Limestone County turnout for the election, which only included the constitutional amendments, was about low, with only 892 of the county’s 13,033 registered voters casting ballots, or 6.84 percent. County totals were in line with the statewide sums, within 1-to-3 percentage points for most propositions.

The numbers below, giving statewide and county totals and percentages, list “For” vote totals and percentages first.

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

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