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Fri
25
Mar

Second lunchtime wreck

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Two sedans collided on North McKinney just off Milam Street about half an hour after the wreck shown above. The driver of the Chevrolet sedan at left was knocked out when the airbag deployed; the driver of the Nissan sedan was taken to Parkview Regional Hospital. No one else was injured, and there were no life-threatening injuries. No further information on either wreck was available as of presstime Friday.

Fri
25
Mar

First of two Friday wrecks

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The accident above happened shortly after noon Friday, at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and U.S. 84 (West Milam Street), when the Freightliner tractor hauling a trailer (right) and the Chevy Blazer four-door collided. The driver of the Blazer, who was that vehicle’s only occupant, was taken to Parkview Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and was conscious when removed from the car.

Wed
23
Mar

Groveton details Lake Mexia flood for court

Limestone County Emergency Director Matt Groveton gives a report to county commissioners at their March 14 meeting on the March 9 flood at Lake Mexia.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A state-based emergency team under the auspices of FEMA rescued more than a dozen people in the recent flooding at Lake Mexia on March 9; and on March 17, County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared a local state of disaster area in connection with the flood.
Limestone County Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton gave commissioners at their March 14 meeting a summary of how the recent flooding rains affected people, structures and roads around the lake.

Wed
23
Mar

Game warden works toward wildlife preservation

Limestone County Game Warden Trent Marker, left, speaks with Mexia Lions Club members Don Corbitt, center, and Noah New after a presentation he made to the Club earlier this year.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County has only one game warden, Trent Marker, and he makes a point of trying to cover every corner of the county, checking the licenses of hunters and fishermen he encounters.
One of his other duties, however, is speaking to groups about his work, so he was actually in his element recently when he spoke to the Mexia Lions Club.
Marker grew up in Deer Park, near Houston, graduating from high school there in 2003. The population of Deer Park is about 50 percent higher than all of Limestone County – and that’s just fine by him.
“I enjoy the slower lifestyle you get out here and the sense of community you get in the smaller, rural areas,” Marker said.
Before he found his way to Limestone County, however, he went to college at Texas State University, in San Marcos, because a four-year degree is required to become a game warden in Texas.

Wed
23
Mar

Off the road

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

This Chrysler 300 went off Hwy. 171 Wednesday morning, for unknown reasons, drove along in the ditch, demolishing this road sign then dragging it until the car came to a stop at this private road. Those in the car were not seriously injured. No further information on the accident was available at presstime Wednesday. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident, which took place off the westbound side of the road, just before the turn for Westminster Road into Tehuacana.

Wed
23
Mar

Getting down to business

Mexia News photo/Harry Darby

In a joint effort between the Mexia Economic Development Corp. and the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce, the first Downtown Business Alliance meeting was held March 21. Susan Cates, MEDC executive director, is shown here speaking to about 30 local businessmen and community leaders on strategies to help revitalize the local downtown district. The next meeting will be noon, April 27, at the Soda Shoppe, at the corner of Sherman and Main streets.

Mon
21
Mar

Son charged with murder in death of father

Volunteers looking for Harold Nussbaum study city maps Saturday to see which streets have yet to be searched Shown are, l-r, Sunday Crider, Steve and Whitney McGowan and Paul Baker.
Harold Nussbaum
Karl Nussbaum

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The search for a missing Mexia man ended in horror when his son, Karl Benjamin Nussbaum, 47, was charged with murdering his father, who was found dead Saturday evening. It is believed he was beaten to death.
The body of Mexia native and longtime resident Harold Julius Nussbaum, 86, was found around 6:30 p.m. March 19, two-tenths of a mile off FM 3437 near Lake Mexia. This discovery came after a silver alert was issued for Nussbaum around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers and Mexia firefighters and police then combed areas near where Nussbaum’s vehicle was found, from dawn until mid-day Saturday.
Harold Nussbaum, a retired Mexia banker, was last seen Friday morning after going to McDonald’s and a therapy appointment. According to his daughter, Kristen Beard, of Garland, Karl Nussbaum had been staying with his father, and Karl told her he called his father at home from his job about 1:30 p.m., but there was no answer.

Mon
21
Mar

Childhood in Corsicana orphanage included heartbreak

Pictured in his uniform is Claude Monk, who ultimately won medals for being a radio operator and gunner in 30 bombing raids over France and Germany in World War II.
Claude Monk, pictured in front row, second from left, and his team are shown in front of the B-24 they flew for bombing raids over France and Germany.
Claude and Mildred Monk, of Tehuacana, take time to enjoy the moment at his 90th birthday party, in May 2013.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Part 2
In the last issue, we read how Claude Monk, at age 6, and his brother, J.W., 4, were dropped off at what was then called the State Orphans Home, in Corsicana, in August 1929. Three years previously, their father had unexpectedly died, throwing the family into financial chaos. Though their mother, Ruby Watson Monk, of Mexia, worked two jobs, and other family members tried to help, it just wasn’t enough. With the Great Depression descending on the country, the population of the Home exploded, reaching 890 in 1932. Claude and J.W. learned to do chores and take care of themselves and each other. A year later, they were joined by their younger sister, Ruby Maude. An older sister remained with their mother until she, too, moved to a state school. Things had been going well for Claude and J.W., but that changed drastically in 1933.
Loss and restoration

Sat
19
Mar

Missing Mexia man found dead at Lake Mexia

Harold Julius Nussbaum

Mexia Police issued the following announcement at 7 p.m. Saturday: "The body of Harold J. Nussbaum (reported missing) was recovered today near the Lake Mexia area this afternoon at approximately 7 p.m. tonight. The investigation is still ongoing at this time. We would like to give our condolences to the family of Mr. Nussbaum. The Mexia Police Department would like to thank the Texas Rangers, and Limestone County Sheriff’s Department, Mexia Fire Department, and all the citizens who assisted with this case. Nussbaum, 86, was last seen around 9 a.m. Friday morning. His locked vehicle was located Friday around 7 p.m. at the Dollar Tree Store, 1001 E. Milam in Mexia. His cane was in the vehicle. A silver alert was issued for Nussbaum by Mexia Police Department around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Searches were organized that included police and fire department and members of the public on Saturday morning, from a gathering spot at the Tractor Supply parking lot, 1011 E. Milam.

Fri
18
Mar

County mulls placement of fairgrounds’ sign

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are still trying to get a sign donated by Farm Bureau Insurance, that will direct drivers to the fairgrounds, set up before the county fair begins, but they are running out of time.
Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis reminded the commissioners at their March 14 meeting that the county fair would begin with the Limestone County Fair Association Rodeo on April 8-9, followed by the horse show on April 10, and the youth livestock show and fair from Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16.
The county first learned of the sign, a gift from Farm Bureau Insurance, at their April 13, 2015, meeting. They had originally hoped to install it at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Jacinto, which is where visitors to the fairgrounds turn off Hwy. 14, to get to the show barn.
The court discussed the sign’s placement then, and again at the Dec. 28, 2015, meeting; and also at the Feb. 8 meeting.

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