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Wed
23
Mar

Off the road

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

This Chrysler 300 went off Hwy. 171 Wednesday morning, for unknown reasons, drove along in the ditch, demolishing this road sign then dragging it until the car came to a stop at this private road. Those in the car were not seriously injured. No further information on the accident was available at presstime Wednesday. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident, which took place off the westbound side of the road, just before the turn for Westminster Road into Tehuacana.

Wed
23
Mar

Getting down to business

Mexia News photo/Harry Darby

In a joint effort between the Mexia Economic Development Corp. and the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce, the first Downtown Business Alliance meeting was held March 21. Susan Cates, MEDC executive director, is shown here speaking to about 30 local businessmen and community leaders on strategies to help revitalize the local downtown district. The next meeting will be noon, April 27, at the Soda Shoppe, at the corner of Sherman and Main streets.

Mon
21
Mar

Son charged with murder in death of father

Volunteers looking for Harold Nussbaum study city maps Saturday to see which streets have yet to be searched Shown are, l-r, Sunday Crider, Steve and Whitney McGowan and Paul Baker.
Harold Nussbaum
Karl Nussbaum

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The search for a missing Mexia man ended in horror when his son, Karl Benjamin Nussbaum, 47, was charged with murdering his father, who was found dead Saturday evening. It is believed he was beaten to death.
The body of Mexia native and longtime resident Harold Julius Nussbaum, 86, was found around 6:30 p.m. March 19, two-tenths of a mile off FM 3437 near Lake Mexia. This discovery came after a silver alert was issued for Nussbaum around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers and Mexia firefighters and police then combed areas near where Nussbaum’s vehicle was found, from dawn until mid-day Saturday.
Harold Nussbaum, a retired Mexia banker, was last seen Friday morning after going to McDonald’s and a therapy appointment. According to his daughter, Kristen Beard, of Garland, Karl Nussbaum had been staying with his father, and Karl told her he called his father at home from his job about 1:30 p.m., but there was no answer.

Mon
21
Mar

Childhood in Corsicana orphanage included heartbreak

Pictured in his uniform is Claude Monk, who ultimately won medals for being a radio operator and gunner in 30 bombing raids over France and Germany in World War II.
Claude Monk, pictured in front row, second from left, and his team are shown in front of the B-24 they flew for bombing raids over France and Germany.
Claude and Mildred Monk, of Tehuacana, take time to enjoy the moment at his 90th birthday party, in May 2013.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Part 2
In the last issue, we read how Claude Monk, at age 6, and his brother, J.W., 4, were dropped off at what was then called the State Orphans Home, in Corsicana, in August 1929. Three years previously, their father had unexpectedly died, throwing the family into financial chaos. Though their mother, Ruby Watson Monk, of Mexia, worked two jobs, and other family members tried to help, it just wasn’t enough. With the Great Depression descending on the country, the population of the Home exploded, reaching 890 in 1932. Claude and J.W. learned to do chores and take care of themselves and each other. A year later, they were joined by their younger sister, Ruby Maude. An older sister remained with their mother until she, too, moved to a state school. Things had been going well for Claude and J.W., but that changed drastically in 1933.
Loss and restoration

Sat
19
Mar

Missing Mexia man found dead at Lake Mexia

Harold Julius Nussbaum

Mexia Police issued the following announcement at 7 p.m. Saturday: "The body of Harold J. Nussbaum (reported missing) was recovered today near the Lake Mexia area this afternoon at approximately 7 p.m. tonight. The investigation is still ongoing at this time. We would like to give our condolences to the family of Mr. Nussbaum. The Mexia Police Department would like to thank the Texas Rangers, and Limestone County Sheriff’s Department, Mexia Fire Department, and all the citizens who assisted with this case. Nussbaum, 86, was last seen around 9 a.m. Friday morning. His locked vehicle was located Friday around 7 p.m. at the Dollar Tree Store, 1001 E. Milam in Mexia. His cane was in the vehicle. A silver alert was issued for Nussbaum by Mexia Police Department around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Searches were organized that included police and fire department and members of the public on Saturday morning, from a gathering spot at the Tractor Supply parking lot, 1011 E. Milam.

Fri
18
Mar

County mulls placement of fairgrounds’ sign

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are still trying to get a sign donated by Farm Bureau Insurance, that will direct drivers to the fairgrounds, set up before the county fair begins, but they are running out of time.
Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis reminded the commissioners at their March 14 meeting that the county fair would begin with the Limestone County Fair Association Rodeo on April 8-9, followed by the horse show on April 10, and the youth livestock show and fair from Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16.
The county first learned of the sign, a gift from Farm Bureau Insurance, at their April 13, 2015, meeting. They had originally hoped to install it at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Jacinto, which is where visitors to the fairgrounds turn off Hwy. 14, to get to the show barn.
The court discussed the sign’s placement then, and again at the Dec. 28, 2015, meeting; and also at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Fri
18
Mar

Retired ag expert remembers growing up in orphanage

Claude Monk, shown here at age 12, and his sister Ruby Maude, then 8, spent most of their childhood in the 1930s-40s living at the State Orphans Home, later the Corsicana State Home.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

(Part 1 of 2)

Fri
18
Mar

National recognition

Contributed photo

The Mexia High School DECA Chapter has earned Thrive-level recognition at the national level for 2015-16 chapter campaigns. To earn this recognition and participate in the Thrive Academy, chapters must earn the highest achievement in the membership campaign or participated in two chapter campaigns: the community service campaign, global entrepreneurship week campaign or promotional campaign. Mexia DECA Chapter participated in all campaigns. DECA members Abisai Canizales (not shown), and, l-r, Andrea Gonzalez, Sofia Olvera, Jenny Vu, Haleigh Ruiz, David Sarabia and will represent the chapter at the Thrive Academy in Nashville, at the end of April.

Fri
18
Mar

Meeting could mean help for flood victims

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
16
Mar

Commissioners, sheriff wrangle over finances

Limestone County Sheriff’s Office employees, l-r, Sgt. Jason Ash, Chief Deputy Murray Agnew and Patrol Capt. Lee Cox, listen at the March 14 commissioners court meeting.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
There was friction in Limestone County commissioners court Monday when Sheriff Dennis Wilson asked for raises for six of his employees, totaling more than $6,200 not accounted for in the annual budget.
Wilson also expressed concern at the March 14 meeting at his recent realization that his budget does not include some empty positions he had been using to ensure he had enough funds to cover overtime and similar expenses.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen and County Auditor Debbie Watson both reminded Wilson they told him several times during budget talks last August that he needs to incorporate the three- and five-year step raises in his budget, since he knows when his employees were hired and therefore which will be eligible for these raises.

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