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Fri
15
Apr

Sign a reminder, remembrance

Mexia News photo/Harry T. Darby

Friends and family members of the late Sharon Moody and Ronald French Jr. gathered last Sunday to honor the memory of the two small children by erecting a sign warning of the dangers of high water. The two passed away in October 1973 when they were swept away by swift currents from heavy rains and subsequent flooding at the Lake Mexia Spillway.

Fri
15
Apr

County gets refund from Appraisal District

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County got a small but significant financial addition to its coffers when the Appraisal District refunded approximately $19,000 to the county from its 2014-15 budget. Commissioners received that welcome news at their April 14 meeting and took care of other financial as well as safety issues, including approving software that will allow people to order court documents online, taking a pass on initiating a burn ban, and approving utility line agreements and other minor matters.
As for the Appraisal District refund, County Judge Daniel Burkeen reminded the court that the county shares in the cost of the District’s expenses.

Thu
14
Apr

Young horse enthusiasts show their equestrian skills

Makenzie Self, of Coolidge, at right, speaks to Sarah Hall, 16, of Groesbeck, at Sunday’s LCFA Horse Show.
Micheal Wagner Jr., 12, of Mexia, at left, enters the arena on his buckskin paint mare Missouri Ladybug for Western Trail competition.
Sarah Forman, at left, and Sarah Hall, both 16, listen intently as the horse show judge tells what he looks for when judging horses.
Adelynn Morris, 9, leads her sorrel gelding Dude out of the arena, while behind her, Loren Winn, 10, and Mabry Lewis, 7, also prepare to leave.
Emma Lewis, 16, on her sorrel gelding Game On, shows how easily she removes a letter from a mailbox during the Western Pleasure competition.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The annual Limestone County Fair Association horse show is now history, and the 23 young horseback riders who took part in it on Sunday, April 10, showed those watching what they have learned in their short years.
Parents and other family members as well as trainers and well-wishers watched with interest the horseback riders, all either 4-H or FFA, as Ed Cate, of Rhome, judged the youth.
The participants were divided by age: Clover Division for 5-8 year-olds; Junior Division for 9-13 year-olds; and Senior Division for 14-18 year-olds.
The areas of competition were:
• Halter Classes, which included all ages together.
• Showmanship for each age group.
• Clover Division, which included walking and trotting the horse, and barrel racing.
• Junior Division, which included Western Trail, Western Pleasure, barrel racing and poles.

Thu
14
Apr

NFL’s Beachum brings home joy of sciences

Former Mexia Blackcat and current Jacksonville Jaguar Kelvin Beachum Jr.  participates in a experiment with Mexia ISD third graders Zoey Hithchock (center) and Gabriel Solis.

The program was billed to be about learning, but what one towering young man really wanted to showcase was opportunity.
Mexia native Kelvin Beachum, current offensive tackle for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, brought his love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to his hometown of Mexia this week. Beachum has become well-known as an advocate for inspiring students to explore STEM education and related career paths.
After being a standout player for the Mexia Blackcats, Beachum then played offensive left tackle for the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, from fall 2008 through the 2011 season, while majoring in economics. His senior year, he was named to the 2011 Conference USA All-Academic Team.

Thu
14
Apr

Lovely landscape

Contributed photo/Kay Roark

Mexia Garden Club selected the home of Lanny and Mary Henry, 913 E. Nowlin, as the April Yard of the Month. The raised beds surrounding their home contain red and white dianthus, impatiens and petunias that complement the brick on their home. Potato vines, foxtail ferns and other green plants add interest to the flowers. The focal point of the landscape is a raised bed with a three-tiered fountain surrounded by geraniums, petunias and other plants. At night, the fountain is spot-lighted and the water changes colors. Another raised bed contains white diamond stones and red lilies. A wrought-iron fence surrounds the yard while a gate leads to a large, curved door on the front porch. Wicker chairs and matching plants make an inviting entrance. While Mary’s handiwork hangs on the front door, she credits her husband for the meticulous grooming of the lawn and shrubs. They both enjoy tending to the flowers and creating an inviting landscape for family and friends to enjoy.

Thu
14
Apr

Rewarding beauty

Contributed photo

Mexia Garden Club’s Civic Pride Award for March and April has been presented to Jesse and Erika Retana, owners of Taqueria Mexicano Grill, 838 Hwy. 171 in Mexia. The Retanas continually show civic pride with exterior improvements to their restaurant as well as their landscaping. Erika planted various floral annuals, several rose bushes, century cacti, palmetto palm and several conifers along their drive-through area. Though many of the plants are young, they will soon explode with color to greet customers. Erika included green and purple sweet potato vines that will add additional color. An added feature is a foot-high, polished silver metal trim behind all plants, along the base of the fence, which gives contrast to the wood behind.

Thu
14
Apr

Commissioners may change meetings to Tuesdays

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court may start meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month instead of the second and fourth Monday after Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest suggested the change at the court’s March 28 meeting. Commissioners briefly discussed the idea and also heard several other minor matters.
No decision on changing the meeting day has been made yet, since the item was not on the agenda, but Forrest gave several reasons for his proposed change:
• The county judge and county department heads would have time to put together new information that develops over the weekend related to agenda items.
He pointed out that County Judge Daniel Burkeen had had to come in to work on Easter Sunday because of an agenda item for their meeting that day.
• Tuesday meetings would not require changes for Monday holidays, which usually happens about twice a year now.

Mon
11
Apr

Annual youth fair rodeo a thriller

This young cowgirl gets ready to sprint to the finish line during Saturday night’s barrel racing competition at Limestone County Fairgrounds Arena.
 Fans at the Limestone County Youth Fair annual rodeo gave this gal plenty of support as she rounded the final barrel and headed to the finish line.
There was probably more excitement during this ride than the rider hoped for during competition Saturday night at the rodeo.
This clown narrowly escapes a raging rampage during Saturday night’s Youth Fair rodeo at the Limestone County Fairgrounds arena in Groesbeck.
Bull fighter Cody Cooper had a bit of trouble loading his car during Saturday night’s rodeo.
Rider one direction, sheep in the other is how this ride turned out for the young lady participating in the muttin’ bustin’ event Saturday night.
This fellow shows how it’s done during this past Saturday night’s saddle bronc event during the Limestone County Youth Fair rodeo.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
11
Apr

FCC rules to limit price of inmate phone calls

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County has approved issuing a Request for Proposals, or bids, on providing telephone service for county inmates through a different company than it has been using. Commissioners learned, however, that recent Federal Communications Commission rulings limiting the amount companies may charge will probably mean less income for the county no matter which company it uses.
The court made its decision at its March 28 meeting and also took care of other minor decisions concerning law enforcement.
“There were some proposed changes in the law,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court regarding inmate telephone service providers. “There still may be some changes in the law, but the sheriff had wanted to go ahead and get going with it.”

Mon
11
Apr

Navarro College gala makes its return

Shown at Navarro College South's last gala fundraiser are, l-r, are Kathy and John Stubbs, Elizabeth Shabazz and Bridgett Henderson. This year's gala is Saturday, April 23.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Well-wishers of Navarro College South will be glad to learn that the college is holding a gala fundraiser to provide scholarships for its students.
The last Navarro gala was held in 2012, but Navarro administrators have re-instated this Limestone County favorite, and it’s set for Saturday, April 23, at the new administration building, at 901 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first hour reserved for social interaction, and for reviewing and bidding on the many silent auction items available. Dinner will follow about 7 p.m., followed by a live auction of high-quality prizes.
The purpose of the fundraiser is to help Navarro College South students, who hail from across Limestone as well as Freestone and Leon counties, with their college expenses.

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