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Dec

A tale of good, evil, courage, redemption

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A homeschool theater group from Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties performed a play over the weekend at First Baptist Church, Tehuacana, to the apparent delight of the audiences.

The group is called the Tri-County Players, and the play was “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis, first published in 1950. 

The story revolves around four siblings, Peter, 13, Susan, 12, Edmund, 10, and Lucy, 8, who have been evacuated from London to escape the World War II bombings. The four end up in a large country home with an old professor and his cantankerous housekeeper. The youth come upon a large old wardrobe, in the back of which they discover a portal to another world, called Narnia, that is populated by talking animals and other magical creatures. 

Mon
19
Dec

Smoke drives Mexia homeowner from home

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Smoke pouring from an attic warned of a fire in a Mexia home Saturday morning, Dec. 17. 

Cleshay LaRue, who lives in the 800 block of Park Lane, got a call from her nephew, who lives next door to her, that he could see smoke coming from the roof of her house.

He also called 911 to get firefighters on their way. 

LaRue said she then got her dogs and got out of the house. 

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
16
Dec

Mexia woman recalls life with Saudi Arabian royals

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia real estate agent Mitzi Eves has a fairly conventional life now, living in a small town, working full time, married, with two children in the local public school – but in her past is a fascinating chapter she spent working as a personal assistant to a Middle Eastern royal family. 

Mitzi grew up in Mexia as Mitzi Fountain, graduated from Mexia High School and went to Baylor University, where she majored in Family and Consumer Science. After Baylor she moved to Dallas and started working in retail at Lord & Taylor before moving on to Neiman Marcus, where she advanced to management. 

In 1992, one of Mitzi’s associates introduced her to some high-dollar shoppers, a family that was part of the Saudi Arabian royal family.

Fri
16
Dec

MPD joins forces with FBI, ATF

Mexia News Staff Report

Officers from the Mexia Police Department assisted FBI and ATF agents in executing an arrest warrant on a Mexia man early Thursday morning. 

Elgin Rayton Campbell, 30, was arrested on Dec. 15 without incident at a home in Mexia on Dec. 15, about 6 a.m. and transported to a facility in Waco. 

He is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine, more than 500 grams, along with 14 other people, in connection with a methamphetamine ring operating in Central Texas. 

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
16
Dec

LCDC inmate number small – inmate numbers soon to increase

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Although the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, has received only a few Harris County inmates, a larger group was expected to be transferred to the LCDC on Friday, Dec. 15.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen addressed that issue and also spoke briefly on the LCDC being considered for bids on housing other Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, a matter discussed in executive session at the court’s Dec. 13 meeting. 

Burkeen confirmed that only a dozen of the Harris County inmates had arrived in the initial transfer of inmates in early December.

“There are supposed to be some more, probably Friday,” he said. “That’s when they transport them, Fridays. A hundred or so, estimated.”  

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
16
Dec

LCDC inmate number small – inmate numbers soon to increase

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Although the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, has received only a few Harris County inmates, a larger group was expected to be transferred to the LCDC on Friday, Dec. 15.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen addressed that issue and also spoke briefly on the LCDC being considered for bids on housing other Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, a matter discussed in executive session at the court’s Dec. 13 meeting. 

Burkeen confirmed that only a dozen of the Harris County inmates had arrived in the initial transfer of inmates in early December.

“There are supposed to be some more, probably Friday,” he said. “That’s when they transport them, Fridays. A hundred or so, estimated.”  

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.

Wed
14
Dec

Mums the word on plans to get more inmates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court met with their attorney and several officials with LaSalle Corrections in executive session Tuesday about getting a contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to house additional inmates. Executive sessions are closed to the public because they involve discussions of a sensitive nature and could have a detrimental effect on negotiations with a third party. 

Also at the Dec. 13 meeting, the court made other decisions regarding the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison; assisted a landowner whose property entrance was about to be blocked by TxDOT; approved two employee raises and the renewing of several contracts; and heard reports from the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center. 

Wed
14
Dec

RYLA camp develops leadership

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia Rotarians will soon scout Mexia and Wortham sophomores and juniors to see which could benefit from attending the Rotary Leadership Camp Academy next summer. Although the five-day RYLA camp happens around July 4, the decision about who will go is made in January. Consequently, those interested in going, or finding out more about it, are encouraged to inquire now. 

Two students will be chosen from among those who apply, and those two usually undergo profound changes through the experience. 

Mexia High School junior David Sarabia attended in July 2016. He had been intrigued about RYLA since he saw his older brother return from the camp a couple of years previously.   

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.

Wed
14
Dec

Local sales for December allocations in LC see decrease

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $627.6 million in local sales tax allocations for December, 0.2 percent more than in December 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in October by monthly filers.

Hegar said, “The cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, El Paso and San Antonio continue to see significant increases in sales tax allocations. The cities of Houston, Sugar Land and Plano saw noticeable decreases in sales tax allocations.”

Tue
13
Dec

I remember when...

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The recent anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor brought back many memories to Wanda McDonald, both from before and during World War II. 

She was Wanda Kennedy back then, and her parents owned a grocery store in Mexia. 

“My parents were Johnie and Callie Kennedy,” Wanda said. “Daddy had a store down by the cotton mill. It was just called Johnie Kennedy’s grocery store. The textile mill had built a new building at the very end of South McKinney. That was probably in 1928. Daddy built a new house and store two or three blocks up from the cotton mill.”

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.

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