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Mon
24
Jun

Hold on now

A saddle bronc rider lies back to try to stay on the required 8 seconds for this event at the Mexia Rodeo Friday night. The rodeo continued Saturday. See Page 10 for more photos of the weekend’s rodeo action.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
24
Jun

Weekend filled with mayhem on area roads

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A number of wrecks – including three rollovers – kept law enforcers and emergency medical workers hopping over the weekend.
On Friday evening, an SUV believed to be a Chevrolet Tahoe left the road on East Milam in front of Tractor Supply Company and rolled over. The driver was taken to a Waco hospital but returned home that same night, Mexia police said. The accident report was not completed as of Monday afternoon, so further information is unavailable.

Around 11:50 p.m. Friday night, a call came in to Mexia PD of a vehicle in a ditch south of Mexia on Hwy. 14 South, just inside the city limits. The caller said the vehicle had been all over the road, then drove into the ditch.

When police arrived, they found the vehicle had left the road, run over a sign, gone through a ditch and hit a desk-sized boulder before rolling repeatedly.

Fri
21
Jun

Emergency burn ban declared Thursday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared an emergency burn ban Thursday morning, June 10.

All outdoor burning is prohibited in the unincorporated area of the county until the ban is lifted.

The emergency ban stays effective seven days or until commissioners court votes to extend or end the ban at their meeting Monday.

The last burn ban was lifted Jan. 10 and had been in place since Nov. 26, 2012.

The KBDI is a measurement tool that indicates how much moisture is in the land, ranging from zero, meaning total saturation, to 800, meaning no moisture whatsoever.

The KBDI reading for Limestone County on Friday averaged 597, ranging from 405 to 737, and the Index’s prediction for two weeks from now average 682, ranging from 572 to 763.

Fri
21
Jun

County court handling jail, juvenile issues

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners heard welcome news at last week’s commissioners court meeting about the money its Juvenile Detention Center is bringing in each month by housing juvenile offenders from nearby counties.

“We took in about $7,000 (the previous) month on contracts,” said Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick of April figures, “and then in May we took in about another $7,000 on contract detention, so the average is about seven. If we continue that, we’ll be well over the budgeted amount.”

On another issue, Swick asked the court about getting training in completing the required paperwork for employees using the Family and Maternal Leave Act. Passed in 1993, the FMLA requires employers to allow 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who have a newborn, newly adopted or foster child, or a sick family member.

Fri
21
Jun

Commissioners to vote on burn ban, sand supplies

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners will vote at Monday’s meeting on extending the emergency burn ban declared Thursday by County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

A county judge may declare an emergency burn ban, but it is only effective for seven days unless the commissioners court extends it.

They are expected to extend the ban since the Keetch-Byram Drought Index shows the county to be extremely dry overall and predicts condition will worsen in the next two weeks.

In other business, the court will recognize employees whose service has reached certain milestones.

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

Fri
21
Jun

Heart of the matter

Emergency Medical Technician Bill Taylor shows MacKenzie Commander, 11, left, and Aiden Kyle, 9, right, how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a CPR dummy while Skylar Phillips, 11, watches at rear. This learning experience took place Friday, June 14, at Navarro College South’s Kids College. Each day last week, dozens of Mexia schoolchildren in first through sixth grades attended sessions to learn about the world around them.

Wed
19
Jun

Library an intellectual oasis


Shien Dee Pullman, librarian of Gibbs Memorial Library, in Mexia, scans a DVD movie, one of many thousands of items that can be checked out free from the library. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Wed
19
Jun

Many visit Mexia for Dunbar-Douglass reunion


Some of the women and children attending the Dunbar-Douglas Reunion last Saturday line dance under the trees on Main Street near the former site of Dunbar High School. Shown here, front row from left, are Judy Chambers, of Mexia, Beverly Gerald, of Dallas, and Stephanie High, of Mexia. On the second row are Lamika Beachum-Herrin, of Dallas, and Pam Beachum, of Mexia. Behind Beachum-Herrin is Nikie Brooks. See more photos from the reunion on Page 6. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

People from all over Texas and even other states were in Mexia this past weekend for the annual Dunbar-Douglass Reunion.
Dunbar High and Douglass Elementary were the schools established to educate African-American children in Mexia before segregation was achieved in the fall of 1968.
The weekend began with a banquet Friday evening at the Civic Center, where Mayor Troy Miller welcomed the attendees. Keynote speaker Monroe Mayes Jr., a motivational speaker from Dallas, entertained and inspired. Also that evening, Arthur Moore, of Oakland, Calif., and Imogene Lacey, of Dallas, were announced as king and queen of the weekend. Lacey, who is in a nursing home, could not attend, but her sister Blanche Ferrell, also of Dallas, accepted the award for her.

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

Wed
19
Jun

County burn ban looms as region dries up

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The days of Limestone County residents having no burn ban may soon be ending according to Limestone County court, which met Monday, June 10. The commissioners also got a hint of changes coming to the Fairgrounds that could see more stalls added to accommodate larger numbers of people who lease the facility for their events.
Commissioners took no action on the burn ban at the meeting but noted that dry conditions may change that in the near future.
“We’re still below the drought level index, but we’re starting to see some fires,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen. “It’s supposed to be in the upper 90s this week, and it looks like we’re just not going to get any significant rain.”
Burkeen said by next meeting – which is set for this coming Monday, June 24 – “probably expect that if something doesn’t change it’s going to get kind of critical.”

Mon
17
Jun

Library hosts Irish storyteller-musician


Storyteller Tom McDermott plays a reproduction of an ancient Irish drum at a show he put on at Gibbs Memorial Library on May 25. He also played a guitar and another stringed instrument and told stories both real and fiction. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Nearly everyone enjoys hearing a good story, and residents had the opportunity to hear a professional storyteller at Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library recently.

Tom McDermott, of Fort Worth, was the headliner in the storytelling event held May 25. Though turnout was light, those who attended appeared to be fascinated by McDermott, who played several musical instruments including a guitar, a ukelele and a reproduction of an ancient Irish drum called a bodhran.

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