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Mon
07
Oct

Respectful retirement

Ray Marsh, Mexia VFW commander, at left, is joined by Chuck Howard and Chuck’s dog Tinker Bell as they prepare worn U.S. flags prior to a flag retirement ceremony held at the post Sept. 21. When a U.S. flag is no longer in good condition, such ceremonies are held to properly and respectfully dispose of them by fire.
Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Wed
02
Oct

Civil War cannon gets new plaza, new sendoff


Old Val Verde, the Civil War cannon on display at Mexia’s Confederate Reunion Grounds, has a new metal carriage, which will allow those seeing the cannon to get much closer to it. The Texas Historical Commission has renovated the area around the historic cannon, removing the chain that used to surround it and adding a ramp to make it more accessible. Shown with the new display is Dixie Hoover, site manager of the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site invites the public to attend an open house and ribbon cutting for the newly designed plaza for the Old Val Verde cannon. The event is hosted by the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Admission is free.

The schedule of events begins at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony for raising of flags and cannon firing provided by the 12th Texas Artillery, a living history organization that interprets the Old Val Verde cannon for its Civil War history. The group will be providing interpretation to include federal action with the Chicago Mercantile Battery, as well as Confederate action with the Val Verde Battery. As well, living historians will be discussing United Confederate Veteran history for the cannon as it traveled Texas during late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Wed
02
Oct

Mexia students join millions praying for schools


Mexia High School student Samantha Bowers, at right, weeps with emotion as she prays for her school and fellow students last Wednesday morning before school at See You at the Pole, a worldwide event that involves students gathering at the flagpole of their school to pray for divineintervention in their affairs. At rear center, local pastor Bryan Hallmark videos the event. See more photos on Page 10. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia students gathered early last Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the flagpole in front of their school to pray together as part of an international event called See You at the Pole.

An estimated 130-150 Mexia students participated, about 80-100 high schoolers at their campus and 50 junior high students at theirs.

Senior Joshua Hallmark, 17, who was one of the organizers, played spiritually themed songs on his guitar between prayers.
Several students prayed aloud, requesting divine intervention, protection and blessings on the school, their fellow students, teachers, administrators and community.

One student, Cassandra Vel­as­quez, prayed both in English and Spanish.

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

Wed
02
Oct

County renews grant to feed elderly, shut-ins

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Though the newly passed county budget was tight, commissioners continue to help provide for the county’s more vulnerable: the homebound to whom meals are delivered, and those elderly who go to one the county’s six senior centers. All are fed a hot lunch Monday through Friday at a reduced cost.

The court voted at last week’s meeting to renew its annual $25,000 grant toward the Texans Feeding Texans Grant for Limestone County, the same amount as last year.

Theresa Tilotta, project director of the Senior Citizen Services Center, told the court the organization had delivered 17,038 meals to homebound clients of Limestone County in the past year. She said that Monday through Friday they deliver about 75 meals a day to homebound residents, and provide another 75-80 meals to those who go to the various senior centers.

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

Mon
30
Sep

Homecoming filled with pageantry, honors


The 2013 Homecoming Queen, Noemi Soto, is escorted at Blackcat Stadium by her brother, Aaron Soto. Her win was announced during halftime at Friday night’s Homecoming game against Robinson. Contributed photo/Paparazzi Photography

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

This year’s Homecoming ceremonies brought honor to not only the 2013 Homecoming Queen, but also the Mexia High School alumni Coming Home Queen and Distinguished Alumni.

Noemi Soto, granddaughter of Maria Troncoso, was named 2013 Homecoming Queen Friday night.

Noemi is a member of the powerlifting, softball and track teams, as well as the Spanish Club, DECA, mascot and MHS Heroes. As a freshman powerlifter, she made it to regionals, earning her way to state her sophomore and junior years. She works at Pizza Hut, helps out in the community and likes to knit. She plans to continue powerlifting in college, and hopes to become a registered nurse. She was escorted by her brother, Aaron Soto.

This year’s Homecoming court consisted of six senior princesses eligible to be named queen, and three duchesses, one each from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes. Duchesses are not eligible to be named queen.

Mon
30
Sep

TxDOT work on county bridges to speed up


TxDOT engineers, from left, Darwin Myers and Jacob Chau give an update on bridges TxDOT is building in Limestone County at last week's commissioners court meeting. At right are County Engineer Ted Kantor and Commissioner Jerry Allen. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Two TxDOT engineers attended last Monday’s commissioners court meeting to give an update on the construction of bridges on county roads 421 and 750, both of which are behind schedule.

Two other bridges are complete, said Darwin J. Myers, an engineer for the Dallas district, who was accompanied by Jacob Chau, of the Waco district. Myers referred to those on county roads 158 and 140,

Myers said the projects started a year ago but the progress has been very slow and sporadic. He said he and other TxDOT representatives met with the contractor with promising results.

Fri
27
Sep

County burn ban off, but could return at any time


A man on Ross Avenue, just outside the Mexia city limits, takes advantage of the lifting of the burn ban by using a controlled burn to burn brush on his property Thursday morning. When Limestone County commissioners allowed the burn ban to expire at Monday’s meeting, they asked residents to use caution when burning outside. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Although the burn ban has been lifted, residents need to remember it could return any day and to call the Sheriff’s Office ahead of controlled burns outside the city.

Within the Mexia city limits, only certain burns are allowed.

“People inside the city can burn brush and that kind of thing,” said Mike Clements, Mexia Fire Department officer and EMS trainer. “They can’t burn trash, building materials, things like that. That’s not city rule, that’s state law. Besides brush, they can burn tree limbs and vegetation they’ve cleaned off their land.

“If it’s in the city limits, they need to come by here and get a burn permit, and that process brings one of us to them. We’ll look at where they’re going to burn and what’s around it – and determine whether or not it’s safe. Sometimes they don’t realize it’s not a good idea to burn where they are.”

Fri
27
Sep

Bonfire tradition continues

Seniors show off their handiwork Thursday after building the annual Homecoming bonfire on the Mexia ISD campus. The bonfire was built from pallets donated by local businesses and picked up and stacked by the Mexia High senior class. Turn to Page 10 for more photos from Thursday night’s bonfire and spirit procession.
Contributed photo/Debra Bishop

Fri
27
Sep

City considers legal action to stop water rate hike

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council is ready to consider legal remedies after its water supplier took out a $6 million loan for improvements without notifying the city, a move that could mean 27- to 30-percent higher water bills for city residents.

Bistone Water Supply District, which manages Lake Mexia, also supplies water to the city via deep wells near Personville. The city is by far Bistone’s largest customer, though the district also supplies water to the city of Wortham and the Whiterock community.

In July 2012, City Council agreed to join Bistone in a study presented as the first step needed to secure low-interest bonds from the Texas Water Development Board, to see what rates would be like if upgrades or repairs came to pass.

Wed
25
Sep

Sales tax rebate down this month, up year-to-date

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions to Mexia were down last month, but remain a bit ahead of rebate totals at this time last year.

The city of Mexia received $191,290 this period, down 2.72 percent from the $196,665 reported sent in this month in 2012.

Year-to-date, Mexia has received $1,961,440, up .95 of a percent from the $1,898,250 year-to-date total 12 months ago.

Revenues this month were up 22.86 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $63,938 this period compared to $52,040 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 3.46 percent compared to a year ago.

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