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Fri
04
Nov

Head-on collision leaves two fatalities

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

Early Thursday morning, at 7:05 a.m., there was a head on crash resulting in two fatalities.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson said, “A 2015 Buick was driving west on U.S. 84 at Farm-to-Market 1245 when it collided head-on with an eastbound 2011 Toyota pick-up truck.”

The driver of the Buick was Carlton Brown, 44 years old of Mexia. Ronnie Dean Perry, 55 years old of Hewitt, was driving the Toyota pickup.

Both drivers were alone in their vehicles and both were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Wilson said, “The accident remains under investigation.”

Wed
02
Nov

County Child Welfare Board seeking people to serve on the board

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County’s Child Welfare Board is approaching a crisis in its low number of board members, so they are looking for people who would be willing to serve on the board. 

The board works under the authority of commissioners court and usually has about 12 members. They are down to only six, however, and two of those anticipate leaving soon because of personal commitments. 

County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked the county commissioners at their Oct. 25 meeting to look around for people who would be interested in serving on the board. 

“They work to provide for the needs of the children who are in foster care that aren’t otherwise provided for,” said Burkeen, who served as president of the board for several years before taking office. “They do a good job with it.”

Wed
02
Nov

Mexia to host county-wide Relay for Life Nov. 5

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

This Saturday, Nov. 5, is the annual Relay for Life, when those who have been involved in cancer show that they can laugh in the face of the dreaded disease. Although Relay is a fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society’s search for a cancer cure, it is decidedly positive and joyful, even when remembering and honoring those who have succumbed to cancer. 

This year’s Limestone County Relay will be held at Blackcat Stadium, where there is plenty of room to spread out. The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m., and admission is free. A dinner for any cancer survivors will be held at the Mexia Junior High Cafeteria 4-5 p.m.

Co-leads Lisa Stewart and Bobbie Kohler are encouraging everyone in the county, whether Mexia, Groesbeck, Coolidge, Thornton or Kosse – to come, even for just a short while, to honor those they may have known who have fought the fight against cancer. 

Tue
01
Nov

Revolutionary War buff Matthews tells of use of spies

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Gen. George Washington’s extensive use of spies during the American Revolutionary War is not widely known among non-historians. Mexia’s Bill Matthews, an avid historian who is fascinated by U.S. history, spoke recently to the Mexia Lions Club on the use of spies during the United States’ War of Independence. 

It was not only the Americans, however, who used spies to gain an advantage over their adversaries. 

The military codes used by the American side were sophisticated for the time, Matthews said, and were initiated in the Continental Army by Washington. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Tue
01
Nov

Elections head says voting machines OK

Mexia News Staff Report

When Limestone County Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson heard county residents speculating about whether voting machines in Limestone County would possibly flip their votes, as has been reported in other Texas counties, she reached out to assure people of the machines’ integrity.

Below is a summary of her remarks, testifying to all she has done to ensure the voting machines in Limestone County make an accurate record of voters’ intentions.

“I’ve been considering how to address rumors regarding voting issues that have been bombarding the public as of late,” Johnson said. “Here is the best advice I can give as an election official.”

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Tue
01
Nov

Governor reappoints Sheriff Wilson to Jail Commission

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Gov. Greg Abbott has re-appointed Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson to the Commission on Jail Standards with a term to expire on Jan. 31, 2021. 

The announcement was made Friday, Oct. 28, on the Governor’s website. 

“I’m very honored to serve the state of Texas and its citizens,” Wilson said Saturday, “and I’m honored that Gov. Abbott has acknowledged my leadership and has faith in what I can do on the Texas Jail Commission.”

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
28
Oct

Mexia HS alums honored by Alumni Association

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Mexia Alumni Association honored two graduates for their lifetime achievement at this year’s Homecoming reception on Saturday, Oct. 22: Frank Proctor, of Dunbar High School, and Dick Flatt, of Mexia High School.

Frank Dillard Proctor was born on June 25, 1944, to the late Rev. Joe Ollie Proctor and the late Dorothy Wynne Proctor.

Frank spent his entire early years in Mexia, attending Dunbar Elementary and graduating from Dunbar in 1962. He was the athletic trainer for the football, basketball and track teams.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
28
Oct

Sheriff Wilson, court at odds over gas bill

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners had a disagreement with Sheriff Dennis Wilson at their Oct. 25 meeting on whether a receipt he submitted for reimbursement qualified to be paid. Wilson paid it on the spot, but said their reluctance to pay it was not right and expressed deep resentment for their questioning the bill since he pays so many of his own expenses.

  The $36 receipt was for gasoline at a New Mexico gas station, which may have been what brought it to the attention of the court. Wilson had attended a meeting of the Southwest Border Sheriffs Association there, which included sheriffs from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada. He said the meetings rotate into and out of Texas.

“It was a very good training session, with what we’re doing with border security, not only in Texas, but across the United States,” he told the court. 

Wed
26
Oct

Mexia Chamber names organization, citizen of the year

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia’s Gary Lawson was named Citizen of the Year at the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Dinner Tuesday evening, Oct. 25. Also, Fort Parker State Park, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, was named Civic Organization of the Year.

Incoming Chamber Chair Clint Flatt presented Lawson a plaque after introducing him, noting that Lawson was born and raised in Mexia. 

Wed
26
Oct

Burn ban declared

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners decided at Tuesday’s meeting to wait a week to initiate a burn ban, but after several fires broke out during the day, County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared a burn ban on an emergency basis late that afternoon.

The court made this decision at their Oct. 25 meeting and also questioned a $36 gas receipt from Sheriff Dennis Wilson, heard a status report on the prison, approved renewing service agreements with several area fire departments. and moved funds for road repairs back into the commissioners precinct road funds. 

As for the emergency burn ban, Burkeen had appeared ready at Tuesday morning’s meeting to see the burn ban return and asked Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton what he thought. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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