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Mon
04
Nov

Court denies murderer’s appeal

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A Mexia man convicted of murder has lost an appeal that argued he was incompetent to stand trial.

Chad Michael Musgrove was convicted in January of capital murder in the 2011 shooting death of his father after a week-long trial before a Limestone County jury. The verdict carries an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Tenth Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Musgrove’s appeal, which argued in two ways he wasn’t competent to stand trial. The ruling discussed the results of a four-hour evaluation of Musgrove by Dr. William Lee Carter, that was used to determine if Musgrove was competent to stand trial. While found to be delusional, the expert said Musgrove was able to understand what was taking place and to assist in his defense.

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

Mon
04
Nov

Hole in one

Mexia city workers replace sewer pipes on Canton Street recently, part of a 2009 agreement wtih the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in which the city must spend a set amount of money every other year to replace old sewer pipes to improve the city’s sewer system.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
04
Nov

Education commissioner tours Mexia schools


Mexia Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross introduces State Education Commissioner Michael Williams during a welcoming reception Thursday. Williams is touring a school in each of the state’s 20 educational service regions. Mexia News photo/ Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Texas’ Commissioner of Education made a visit to Mexia ISD Thursday, addressing and taking questions from a small group assembled to greet him before touring the district’s campuses.

Michael Williams, a lawyer and former multi-term member of the Texas Railroad Commission, was appointed Commissioner of Education in August 2012 by Gov. Rick Perry. Williams is the first African-American elected to the Railroad Commission and the first African-American Commissioner of Education in Texas.

He visited the district on the invitation of MISD Superintendent Sharon Ross, as part of an ongoing tour of different districts in the state.

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

Fri
01
Nov

Chamber awards honor many Mexia businesses


Cox Robert ‘Bob’ Crider, right, museum curator and former schoolteacher, accepts the Citizen of the Year Award from Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce outgoing chairman Rick Sanders Tuesday evening at the Chamber’s annual Awards Dinner. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Many local businesses, executives and professionals were honored at the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner Tuesday evening for their work and its positive influence on Mexia.

The Citizen of the Year Award went to Cox Robert “Bob” Crider, curator of the Mexia Public Schools Museum, and the Organization of the Year Award went to the Mexia Public Schools Museum and Alumni Association.

The awards are given to those who have shown themselves to be true supporters of the community, said Chamber President Linda Archibald, who shared emcee duties with Marcus Sheffield.

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

Fri
01
Nov

Storm brings flooding, destruction


The 700 block of Palestine Street in Mexia was flooded by a fast-moving stream of water running between houses and in the street after heavy rains Wednesday. Residents there have to contend with this issue after every heavy rain. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer and Roxanne McKnight

A huge storm stretching from south Texas to far northern reaches of the Midwest brought more than 4 inches of rainfall to Mexia Wednesday, causing isolated flooding and infrastructure woes, and more rain is expected as soon as Tuesday.

“The manholes are blowing over because the water is so full,” said Harvey Harrison, a worker with the city water department as he tried to help a motorist with an SUV that had gotten water in the engine driving through deep water Wednesday. “There were some kids playing in it down there,” he said, indicating deep rushing water in the 700 block of East Palestine Street that was blocked off with large wooden sawhorses.

Several other city employees were helping drivers on Bonham Street at its intersection with Hopkins Street, where rushing water had pushed a newly installed culvert out of the ground beside the road.

Wed
30
Oct

Rotary Club: serving Mexia, serving humanity

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Members of service organizations, like the Rotary Club of Mexia, often consider helping their fellow human beings the highest form of satisfaction. Virtually every Rotarian when asked gives that as their reason for membership.

“What I like about being a Rotarian first off is that it’s international and we can help undeveloped countries around the world in projects with schools and hospitals or fresh water, things like that,” said Teresa Price recently.

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

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