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Fri
18
Oct

Early voting on amendments starts Monday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Voters need to make sure they have proper I.D. for the November uniform election, for which early voting begins Oct. 21.

The election will decide the fate of nine proposed Texas constitutional amendments.
Eligible Texans may vote early from Monday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Nov. 1 at either the courthouse annex, 205 S. McKinney in Mexia, or the county courthouse in Groesbeck. Early voting takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 21-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1 at the courthouse annex in Mexia, or 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the same days at the courthouse in Groesbeck.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, and on that day, voters must go to their specific consolidated polling site to cast a ballot.

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

Wed
16
Oct

Slick highway sends car into ditch near Mexia


First responders process scene of accident in the driving rain after a Toyota Camry began hydroplaning on U.S. 84 in front of the Lazy Lou Ranch, about 11 miles west of Mexia Tuesday afternoon. The sedan’s passenger was taken to a local hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A couple driving on U.S. 84 about 11 miles west of Mexia Tuesday afternoon began hydroplaning in the rain and landed in a grassy ditch beside the highway.

The man was driving a red late-model Toyota Camry eastbound about 3:25 p.m.when the accident occurred.

The car spun around and landed on the opposite side of the road but did not roll over. It eventually landed almost completely opposite the direction it had been traveling.

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

Wed
16
Oct

Weekend rains dampen threat of burn ban

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The burn ban remains lifted for Limestone County. Heavy rains over the weekend made the ban a non-issue at Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

Also at the meeting, County Road Engineer Ted Kantor reported that he was now receiving daily status reports from the company the Texas Department of Transportation contracted to build several county bridges. Two TxDOT engineers attended the Sept. 23 commissioners court meeting to explain why the bridges were far past deadline and tell commissioners what the plan was to remedy the delay. Part of the agreement was that Kantor would receive daily reports from TxDOT.

Mon
14
Oct

How bazaar, how bazaar

Jodi Huff and Cindy Hallmark, at left, chat with potential customers Lisa Briggs and her daughter, Lacy Briggs, 18, at the Blackcat Bazaar at Mexia High School Saturday. The senior class rented out space to residents to sell crafts, baked goods and garage-sale type of items. Because of the rain, the event was staged on the covered porch in front of the school and turnout was light. See more photos from the Bazaar on Page 12.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
14
Oct

Two die in head-on collision Saturday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A Mexia woman and her mother were killed Saturday after a head-on collision on U.S. 84 in McLennan County.

According to Waco Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson, driver Virginia Olivarez of Mexia and her passenger, Mary Jordan of Buffalo, were westbound around 3 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Wilson said a big rainstorm was underway at the time.

A 2005 Ford Taurus driven by Erik Escobedo-Contreras, 22, of Mexia was eastbound on U.S. 84 when his vehicle crossed the center line, hitting Olivarez’s 2013 Hyundai Elantra head-on.

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

Mon
14
Oct

Drive-by shooter hits Mexia neighborhood

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Residents of a Mexia neighborhood were surprised Saturday night by the sound of a volley of gunshots.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. in the 800 block of East Grayson Street, in a house next to the water tower.
“They were home; nobody got hit,” said Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne.

As of press time Monday, the police had made no arrests and had no suspects in the incident.

“The kids had already gone to bed and we were watching TV when all of a sudden we heard a car going really fast and the sound of shots,” said Brenda Gonzalez, who lives a couple of houses away. “We looked out the window but they were already gone.”

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

Mon
14
Oct

Downpours drench county, flood roadways


A driver tries to make it through deep water that accumulated in the 800 block of East Palestine Street Saturday afternoon during heavy rain. Shortly thereafter, the city shut down Milam (U.S. 84) for about 40 minutes. “Mexia residents don’t understand. ‘Turn around, don’t drown,’” said Laura Rothrock, who snapped this photo. Contributed photo/Laura Rothrock

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The rains that began Friday night, adding quite a bit of spectacle to the halftime show at the Mexia Blackcats Homecoming game, are expected to stay with us through at least Wednesday.

The weather station used by Weather Underground shows Mexia received 1.78 inches of rain between Friday and Sunday. A gauge at Lake Mexia totaled 2.04 inches over the weekend.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index Limestone County average on Thursday was 404, with a high of 573 and low of 225. By Monday, the average had dropped to 242, with a high of 446 and a low of 31.

The KDBI, used to determine forest fire potential, ranges from 0 to 800. A KDBI of 0 is water-logged soil to a depth of at least 8 inches, while 800 represents bone dry conditions to that same depth.

Fri
11
Oct

County to consider reinstating burn ban Monday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners will consider reinstating the burn ban at their commissioners court meeting Monday.

The court also will hear a presentation from the local historical commission and make decisions on other county business,
including several contracts with local entities.

Though the county has had rain recently, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index indicates that the county is quite dry and still well into drought figures. The Index indicates the amount of moisture in the land by assigning a number from zero to 800, with zero indicating total saturation and 800 indicating no moisture whatsoever.

On press time Friday, the KBDI readings for the county ranged from 405 to 737, with an average of 597. A reading of 575 or higher is considered drought. KBDI’s prediction for two weeks from now is 572-763, with an average for the county of 682.

Fri
11
Oct

Full O’ Pep

A.B. McBay Elementary School students reach out to shake hands or high-five the Mexia Blackcat mascot at Friday’s pep rally before the Battle of the River football game. The event took place last night at Blackcat Stadium.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
11
Oct

City may address Bistone rates with lawyers

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council is set to convene behind closed doors with city lawyers, most likely to discuss their dispute with the city’s water supplier, when they meet Tuesday night.

Bistone Water Supply District took out a $6 million loan for improvements without notifying the city, a move that could mean 27- to 30-percent higher water bills for city residents. Bistone manages Lake Mexia and also supplies water to the city via deep wells near Personville.

Neither the City Council nor city manager Larry Brown heard back from Bistone until the district presented results of a related water rate study Sept. 16, at which time Bistone let city representatives know the district had already taken out $6 million in bonds that it expects to be paid back mostly through higher bills for city water customers.

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

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