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Mon
16
Sep

Pre-dawn fire Saturday destroys Mexia home


This home, at the corner of Bonham and Travis streets, burned early Saturday morning. No one was home at the time the fire broke out. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

There were no injuries in a Saturday morning fire well before dawn that destroyed a home in south Mexia.

Mexia Fire Department was called out at 2:03 a.m. Sept. 14 to a fire at 501 E. Travis, which is at the corner of Bonham and Travis, adjacent to the city rodeo arena’s parking lot.

The home belongs to Zolita Freeman Busby, who was out of town at a religious meeting in Dallas when the blaze broke out.

Fire Chief Clayton Shivers said the fire made it into the older, wooden home’s attic and took off quickly from there. Firemen didn’t clear the scene until 4:54 a.m., but had to return later to extinguish a smoldering mattress.

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Fri
13
Sep

Annexation exhibit to open today at Reunion Grounds


A visitor checks out the exhibition on the annexation of Texas showing at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Guests may see the show free today at its opening. Contributed photo

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic presents “Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood,” a traveling exhibition of original artifacts and documents created by the Texas Capitol Visitors Center and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibition will be available to the public through Sunday, Sept. 22.

The annexation of Texas as the 28th member of the United States of America had a profound impact on world events and the course of democracy in the 19th and 20th centuries. “Annexation” tells the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States, the vote for annexation and the consequences of that vote. Through photographs of historic documents, daguerreotypes, sketches, artifacts and concise texts, the exhibition invites audiences to become more familiar with one of the defining moments of Texas and U.S. history.

Fri
13
Sep

Reading levels on MISD board agenda

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The Mexia ISD board of trustees have a fairly light load on the agenda for their Monday night regular monthly board meeting.

Most of the items are matters that come up at every monthly meeting: reports from the superintendent, assistant superintendent and executive director of finance, approval of operating checks, financial reports, utility and tax reports and minutes of previous meetings.

In answer to a request for the information at last month’s regular monthly meeting, trustees will be presented with figures on the number of students reading below grade level, and the number of students held back a year in each grade.

In new business, trustees will consider and vote on a suggestion that a thank-you note or card be placed in statements sent out to delinquent taxpayers by the law firm that does collections for the district.

Fri
13
Sep

Mobile home

A house that had been located on Sumpter Street makes its way westward along Milam Street (U.S. 84) Thursday morning, with a man on the roof to make sure the home didn’t snag wires or traffic lights. The home entered the highway at Red River Street, destined for its new site along U.S. 84, according to a representative of Patterson House Moving & Leveling, which handled the move.
Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Fri
13
Sep

Commissioners make final election decisions

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners at Monday’s commissioners court meeting let the county burn ban stay in effect and also made final plans for the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election.

“We’re even higher on the Drought Index than we were before, and it’s pretty much consistent around the county,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, referring to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which measures moisture in the land.
No one disagreed, so no action was taken.

In preparation for the upcoming election, the final votes were taken at Monday’s meeting on preparations for the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election.

The court agreed to designate the Courthouse, Room G6, as the main early voting polling place; and also designate the Courthouse annex in Mexia as a temporary polling place for early voting.

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Wed
11
Sep

DA asks public’s help keeping Moons jailed

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Limestone County Attorney Roy DeFriend is asking for the public’s help to keep two convicted rapists in prison.

The Moon brothers – Frank and Vernon – were convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 99 years in prison for a March 18, 1984 rape that took place outside Mexia.

Their victim was, at the time, a high school student.

The brothers followed her from a Mexia convenience store, used flashing red lights to get her to stop, dragged from her car, took her to a remote area and the brothers and a third man – Robert Wayne Spikes – each raped her. She was left barely clothed on FM 39 and after a while stopped a passing car and was rescued.

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Wed
11
Sep

Counterfeit bill errors a giveaway


Mexia Police Officer Cpl. Brian Bel compares two counterfeit bills the Department confiscated in Mexia recently, now evidence in charges against alleged offenders. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

When counterfeit bills were passed in Waco recently, the public was told to be careful to watch for the fake bills. Bill Wright, of Mexia, however, thought to himself, “Well how in the world are we going to be experienced enough to understand when we pick up a $20 bill and know if it’s counterfeit?”

When he posed that question to the Mexia Police Department, he found that there are often differences that give away bad greenbacks people should be aware of.

Subsequently, Mexia Police Officer Cpl. Brian Bell spoke on counterfeit currency to the Mexia Lions Club, upon Wright’s invitation.

“So many times counterfeit currency is passed from one individual to the other with neither of them having any idea it was counterfeit,” Bell said by way of introduction to the subject.

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Wed
11
Sep

County tax public hearing draws no residents


Rhonda Bass, left, of Groesbeck’s Maffett Memorial Library, and Shien Dee Pullman, of Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library, ask Limestone County commissioners for additional funding at Monday’s meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

by Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court continues to move toward a tax increase and an income raise for county employees, with so far no comment from voters, but also in the face of a possible loss of more revenue from taxes paid by NRG Energy power plant.

No county resident showed up to make comments about the proposed tax rate hike at Monday’s public hearing on the subject. A second hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the county courtroom of the Courthouse, in Groesbeck.

“We seldom have anyone show up at the hearings, and even more seldom have any questions or comments,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen said. “I assume that those who have questions have already gotten their answers through the newspaper stories, asking me, looking at the budget, etc.”

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Mon
09
Sep

Relay for Life kickoff meeting set for Mexia

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The first meeting for Limestone County’s next Relay for Life is this Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at Mexia’s Coffee Cabaret.

The highly successful American Cancer Society fundraiser called Relay for Life is set for Friday, Oct. 26, at Fort Parker State Park, but it involves weeks of planning and a lot of fun pre-event activities,

The theme of this year’s Relay is “A Ray of Hope… Wishing on a Cure.”

For those who have no idea what Relay for Life is, it’s a 12-hour fundraiser filled with fun competitions between teams whose proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. The society provides direct service to cancer victims as well as funds for research to find a cure for the disease.

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

Mon
09
Sep

Google Street View showcases Mexia, circa 2008


Fitch’s Signs and Nabors Cleaners sport entirely different looks today, at right, than they did in the photo at left, taken from Google’s Street View. Visitors to the Street View website can take a ‘walk’ through a time capsule of Mexia captured in February 2008.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

If you’ve ever wanted to travel in time, but not wander too far back, Google’s online map feature Street View is just the place for you.

The Google Maps website allows a viewer to look at a traditional map from the viewpoint of a fixed point in the sky, with choices available to show combinations of labeled roads, satellite views and even traffic congestion.

When a viewer zooms in as far as they can to a location, the icon of a man appears, and where-ever the icon is dragged, the viewpoint evolves into street-level views photographed from roadways in big cities and little towns across the world.

In other words, it’s like you can walk down the road, rather than see it from the sky.

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