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Mexia LTC hosts Easter party

Winners of the 7-12 age group at the Mexia LTC Easter egg hunt are, l-r, Christopher Hernandez, Emily Sullivan and Ayden Richardson.
Grand prize winner of a big Easter bunny was Ty Carroll.
Winners in the 6-and-under age group are, l-r, Kross Montgomery, Jakiyre Henderson and Isaiah Hernandez

Mexia LTC held their Easter egg hunt and party on Friday, March 25.
Contributed photos

Mon
11
Apr

Strolling along

Contributed photo

The Mexia Garden Club will be sponsoring their Backyard Garden Stroll from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 1. One of the five gardens featured this year is the one in front of Gibbs Memorial Library. The Mexia Garden Club has cultivated this water-wise flower bed as one of their many civic projects. This year the library has been designated as the starting point for the Stroll, where you may purchase your tickets. You may also get tickets by calling 254-562-6885 or 254-747-2745.

Fri
08
Apr

Grand jury issues indictments

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
08
Apr

Wind turbines could be coming to Coolidge

Wind turbines use blades like these whoppers shown passing through Mexia on March 1, but it’s not known what size turbines would be in place if a plan to create a wind farm near Coolidge comes to fruition.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Large wind turbines like those that have sprung up around the country could also appear in Limestone County at some point.
Several landowners in Coolidge have leased land to a company that is putting together a package to provide locations for wind turbines. The landowners say they are not yet at liberty to name the company involved, but the land has been leased, the wind speed tested, and the plan is being developed.
Bill Ward is one of at least four landowners who were approached by the unnamed company about the project.
He said that several years ago a different company approached him for a similar project that ultimately fell through.
“Then we had some people come to us last year to look at it,” he said. “I contacted another project, and that’s who we ended up leasing to.”

Fri
08
Apr

Rollover

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Tall grass didn’t stop emergency workers and witnesses to this rollover accident from helping the driver of this Ford kingcab F-150, who suffered a head laceration after the vehicle rolled several times and through a culvert before coming to a stop.
The wreck took place in the 1500 block of Hwy. 171 yesterday, right in front of LARAS House animal shelter.
Witnesses said the driver, from Groesbeck, veered off the eastbound lane around 12:45 p.m. Friday, striking the end cap of a guard rail, then flipping repeatedly.
He was the only occupant of the truck. He was conscious when taken to the hospital. No further information was available at presstime Friday.

Fri
08
Apr

No injuries

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The driver of this Ford Mustang shows a child what happened to his car after an accident at the intersection of Milam and Ross Friday morning. The wreck involved the Mustang and a Ford Super-Duty four-door pickup belonging to a Halliburton subsidiary. The driver of the Mustang and his passenger, a baby, were not injured, nor was the driver of the pickup. The cause of the accident was unknown at presstime Friday.

Fri
08
Apr

County may lease out prison for training

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners may have found a use for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison. The court will consider approving contracts at its meeting this Monday, April 11, for using the prison for training purposes.
Also at the meeting, commissioners will make decisions about the May 7 and May 24 elections, consider raises for jail employees, buy new law enforcement vehicles with insurance money, proclaim a week to honor Sheriff’s Office dispatchers, present certificates to the descendants of early Limestone County settlers; and possibly change the days they meet from Mondays to Tuesdays.
Little information was available at press time about the contracts to use the LCDC, but the court has struggled since June 2013, when it last had inmates, to find a new source of inmates for the facility.

Thu
07
Apr

FEMA aid possible for Lake Mexia flood victims

FEMA assistance may be available for owners of Lake Mexia homes, like this one, shown during the flooding that occurred in March.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Another form of help may be available for Lake Mexia residents whose homes flooded last month: FEMA assistance.
Matt Groveton, Limestone County emergency management coordinator, announced Tuesday that FEMA added Limestone and three other counties to a March 19 federal disaster declaration, adding them to nine counties already approved for both individual and public assistance after floods, tornadoes and severe storms happened March 7-29.
Lake Mexia flooded the second week of March, after rainfall amounts in the 4- to 6-inch range were recorded through most of Limestone County. About 150-200 lake homes were inaccessible, and about 50 of them were damaged by flooding.
Groveton said FEMA staffers came to the area yesterday and could knock on some residents’ doors.

Thu
07
Apr

Weekend’s CPRA/UPRA rodeo always a favorite with fans

Professional cowboys, like this bronc rider at last year’s Limestone County Youth Fair Rodeo, will be on hand starting Friday for this year’s rodeo.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia area rodeo enthusiasts are counting down the days to the annual Limestone County Fair Association Rodeo, coming this Friday-Saturday, April 8-9.
Gates open at 6:30, and the rodeo starts at 8 p.m. in the show barn at the county fairgrounds, near Groesbeck.
Some of the best male and female competitors from across the state will converge there to show their skills in the rodeo that is approved both by the UPRA and the CPRA.
Popular youth events, like mutton bustin’ and youth barrel racing, as well as funny adult contests, like wild cow milking and double mugging, will take place during the rodeo, organizers say.
Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for children 5 and under. A wide range of refreshments will be available to suit most any taste.
Friday night will also offer a calf scramble for youth.

Thu
07
Apr

Sunday’s horse show to highlight equestrian skills

Dally Jo Allee, then age 8, urges her gelding Pecos on in last year’s youth barrel racing event at the Limestone County Fair Horse Show.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Those who love to watch talented equestrians on well-trained horses will not want to miss the annual Limestone County Fair Association’s annual horse show, scheduled for Sunday, April 10, in the show barn of the county fairgrounds, beginning at 2 p.m.
Those who would like to attend are asked to note the new start time.
Deana Rand, one of the show’s organizers – along with Clinton Little and Alisha Baize – said the starting time was moved to the afternoon to allow people to go to church Sunday morning. The show will end when all the competitions are complete.
Price of admission is free, and county residents are urged to attend the event to cheer on and encourage the youth participating.
Twenty-three entrants, all members of either 4-H or FFA, will provide plenty of entertainment. Some have been riding horses for years, while others are venturing into their first show.

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