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Mon
08
Feb

Controversial power line in south Limestone approved

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Fri
05
Feb

Re-enactors’ love of history brings it to life

History re-enactors re-load their long rifles during last year’s mock battle during the American Colonial Event at Old Fort Parker.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County residents will get the chance to delve into the past at a historical re-enactment of the American Colonial period on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13.
The event is the second annual Crossed Roads on the Frontier: Colonial Military Muster and Drill, to be held at Old Fort Parker, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The 18th Century Society of Texas is holding the event, which will focus on the 1750-1790 period of U.S. history, when it was still under British rule.
“We’re expecting more folks this year and we’re also going to have a Colonial artillery,” said Steve Draper, who is coordinating the event. “We’ve got a group from Louisiana that does Spanish Colonial artillery, and they’re going to come up. So in addition to British and Colonial American soldiers, we’re going to have some Spanish soldiers, who were serving in the Revolution here in the West and the South.”

Fri
05
Feb

MISD trustees attempt, fail to elect new officers

By Harry Darby
Publisher

Mexia ISD trustees considered, but ultimately declined, to reorganize the board during a special called meeting Feb. 3.
In the past, reorganization has been held immediately after trustee elections, which are held in May.
Reorganizing refers to who trustees elect as board president, vice president and secretary, roles currently held by Kim Williams, Ron Fowler and Rachel Hernandez, respectively.
When the agenda item on reorganization (placed on the agenda by two unnamed trustees) came up before the board, Fowler noted the board has, in the past, waited until after trustee elections to select new officers.
Trustee Jackie Craig then said she’d rather not discuss the matter in open session. The school’s attorney, present for another agenda item, told the board they could consider the matter in closed executive session.

Wed
03
Feb

Towing permitted

Mexia News file photo

At last year’s donkey basketball fundraiser, then-Mexia High School senior Blake Lewis seemed to prefer pulling his donkey across the court during the game. This year’s game, a fundraiser to help the senior class, will be held Monday, Feb. 8, at the Mexia Junior High Gym. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door, kids under age 3 are free. Advance tickets are on sale at Mexia High School. This is a fun family event that all ages will enjoy, and during the fundraiser there will be free donkey rides for children.

Wed
03
Feb

Very hot tub

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

A Mexia fireman puts out a blaze that broke out around 9 a.m. in the frame of a hot tub attached to the back of a wooden home in the 800 block of East Evergreen. No one was injured in the fire, which caused some damage to the back of the house.

Wed
03
Feb

City to create hike-and-bike trail to Wortham

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Before long, the city of Mexia could be the proud owner of a hike-and-bike trail extending all the way to Wortham.
City Manager Larry Brown said work is underway to let the city take over the stretch of old Hwy. 14, running parallel to the current road, from the Texas Department of Transportation. The old road is already being used for walking and by bicyclists, and Brown said City Council member Judy Chambers and a number of other people asked him to look into who owns the property.
Brown asked TxDOT if it owned the land, or if it belonged to the railroad that runs along the east side of the old roadway. TxDOT wasn’t sure, so the city and that state agency split the cost of a title search. The land does belong to TxDOT, so discussions with that agency are underway to see what the best way to transfer the trail to the city would be.
“They’re willing to give it to us,” Brown said.

Wed
03
Feb

Leadership camp offered to high school youth

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Learning to be a leader is a way for high school students to open up a new world and a different future. This coming summer, two local students will be selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp, all expenses paid, to develop those leadership skills and attitudes.
Past RYLA attendees have come back transformed from shy kids who hardly had a word to say into confident youth who spoke easily in front of a room of adults.
The skill of leadership is vital to any organization, from running a small business to leading the nation.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
01
Feb

25th annual Mexia Bass Club trout clinic

Keegan Dupons watches Raylin, 7, at left, and Skyler, 11, fish for trout.
Amey Pierce and her daughter, Rylee, 7, relax at Springfield Lake.
Johnae King, 8, of Mexia, and Danica York, 9, of Groesbeck.
Alan Goodrich holds the trout his grandson Isaiah Lara, 3, caught.
Gary Lawson, left, with sons Nicholas, 10, and Lyndyn, 7.
Kalaam Juarez, 12, of Teague, waits for a fish to bite.

The 25th annual trout clinic for children, sponsored by the Mexia Bass Club, was held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31, at Springfield Lake, which is inside Fort Parker State Park.

Mon
01
Feb

Mexia ISD sets election for three board spots

By Harry Darby
Publisher
In a unanimous vote during their monthly meeting Jan. 25, the Mexia ISD board voted to hold election for three trustees. 
Three of the six member spots are up for election: Places 1, 2 and 3, currently held by Lee Banks, Cheryl Cockrell and Culetta Beachum, respectively.
Those wishing to file for a ballot position may do so, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mexia ISD Administration Building, 616 N. Red River, until Feb. 19. As of press time, no candidates have filed for any of the open seats.
Early voting in the May 7 election will be held each weekday from April 25 through May 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mexia ISD Administration Building.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
01
Feb

Event helps students apply for college financial aid

Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Helping a high school graduate get into college or vocational school is vital to their future, but paying for it can be daunting. Many students – and parents – are not aware that FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the key to all federal educational financial aid and much aid from the state and other sources.
Mexia Independent School District has planned a special event to help students and parents complete their FAFSA form on Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m. in the high school computer labs.
The district has arranged to have four college financial aid experts there, and students and parents are asked to bring the required documents so the family can make their FAFSA application that very night.
The application may be made on a paper form or online.

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