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Mon
25
Apr

Early voting ongoing in school, city elections

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Early voting began for local school board and city elections that will be decided in the May 7 general election.
In the Mexia City Council election, District 2 incumbent Laura Rothrock faces Blanca Rivera, while District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles faces Stephen Friday and Colby Archibald. Early voting for this election takes place at the city office, 101 N. McKinney 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow (April 26-27), and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28-29 and May 2-3. Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney.

Mon
25
Apr

Annual festival coming to Coolidge

The parade, like this one in 2014, is a big part of Coolidge’s annual Mesquite Tree Festival. This year’s festival is Friday and Saturday, May 6-7.

The annual Coolidge Mesquite Tree Festival begins Friday, May 6, with a fish fry beginning at 5 p.m. Take-out plates will be available. The price of the fish will be $8 per plate. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. and bingo cards will be $20 for a complete set of 20 or more games. There will be a blackout game for $1 each if you buy the set, otherwise, the cost is$2 per card.
Saturday brings many vendors to town to sell their goods and also plenty of food booths. There is still time to enter, just come by city office in Coolidge, or call 254-786-4814. Also, you can call Peggy Bozeman at 254-786-2090.
There will be a Mr. and Miss Mesquite Tree Festival pageant beginning at 9:30 a.m. The city office has information regarding this. All children are eligible to enter.
Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. Items are a 40-inch television, an HP notebook and Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Fri
22
Apr

County to meet on Tuesdays

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer Limestone County commissioners made decisions at their April 11 meeting concerning two upcoming elections: the May 7 city and school board elections, and the May 24 primary run-off elections. The court also officially changed its meeting days to Tuesdays and addressed several other minor matters: declining to initiate a burn ban, approving seasonal workers at the Road and Bridge Department, and hearing about repairs needed to the courthouse basement. For the May 7 election, the court approved standard contracts to lease election equipment to the cities of Groesbeck and Kosse, and to the city and school board of Fairfield for their joint election. For the May 24 primary run-off election, the court designated: • The courthouse in Groesbeck, Room G-1 in the basement, as the main early voting polling place. • The courthouse annex in Mexia as a second place for early voting. • That all voters may use either of the early voting places.

Fri
22
Apr

Mexia annex, DPS may get new phone service

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer Limestone County commissioners plan to discuss at their meeting Tuesday, April 26, a possible new telephone service provider for the Courthouse Annex in Mexia and the County Department of Public Service office, which is in Groesbeck. The court plans to deal with this matter and also a disputed bill for the Limestone County Detention Center, consider salary adjustments at the Sheriff’s Office and a request to partially close LCR Comanche at Booker T. Washington Park on April 30. Court watchers are advised to notice the new meeting days for the court: the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, starting with this meeting. The telephone company the court will consider selecting for the Mexia annex and DPS office is STV Communications. Also on the agenda is discussion of a disputed bill for some gas cylinders that went missing several years ago from the LCDC, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.

Wed
20
Apr

Early voting to start in city, school elections

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Early voting begins Monday for numerous local school board and city elections that will be decided in the May 7 general election.
There are three positions open on the Mexia City Council and three spots available on the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees.
Open seats in the May 7 city election were those of District 2, held by Laura Rothrock, Arthur Busby in District 5 and District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles.
Busby, who works at XTO Energy, drew no opponent and will retain his seat.
Rothrock, a retired school teacher, has drawn an opponent, Blanca Rivera, who is a homemaker. Liles has two opponents: Stephen Friday, owner/chef at Joe Friday’s Diner in Mexia, and Colby Archibald, who is self-employed in information technology and services.

Wed
20
Apr

Fair thee well

Krissy Chappell, of Tehuacana, helps her children, Katlyn, 9, and Chance, 12, as the youngsters wait to show the sheep they have raised for the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show on Thursday, April 14.
Sammie Jacobs, 17, guides her Hampshire pig during the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show. Behind her at left is Jaci Henderson, and at rear right is Colton Robinette.
Jada Gipson, 15, at left, of Mexia, puts new wood shavings in the stall of her heifer Stripes, while her  sister, Jazlyn, 12, watches.
Jimmy Owens, 17, of Mexia, hydrates his goat before showing her at the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show, on Thursday, April 15.

Limestone County Youth Fair took place last week, drawing hundreds of students and their families to the county fairgrounds at Groesbeck. Here's some photos of events that took place during competition. (Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight)

Wed
20
Apr

FEMA opens center at Lake Mexia

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens today at the Lake Mexia Volunteer Fire Department for lake residents affected by March floods.
Matt Groveton, Limestone County emergency management coordinator said Wednesday that Lake Mexia residents who have been unable to meet with FEMA regarding lake flooding are encouraged to visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. It opens at noon, Thursday, April 21, at the Lake Mexia Volunteer Fire Department, 291 LCR 377, for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage in Limestone County as a result of the flooding from March 7-29.
Specialists from the state of Texas, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, nongovernmental organizations and the local community will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
The dates and hours of operation are as follows:
Thursday, April 21: noon-6 p.m.

Wed
20
Apr

Law enforcers warn against IRS phone scams

Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Limestone County residents are being warned that scam phone calls pretending to be from the IRS are inundating phones all across the area.
Both the Mexia Police Department and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office have issued warnings about IRS phone scams this week. The caller says they’re with the IRS and have filed a lawsuit against you for back taxes, and that you must arrange to pay them immediately or be arrested, deported or have your driver’s license suspended. This is a lie.
Police and the IRS advise you to hang up and ignore such calls, or delete and block them if they come to your cell phone. The IRS does not call people on the phone, and certainly doesn’t threaten arrest by phone, or ask for banking or credit card numbers by phone.

Tue
19
Apr

Deluge strikes county; more rain on the way

This map, created by the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office, shows rainfall totals from 7 a.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Monday.
This National Weather Service map shows the areas at biggest risk of strong to severe storms Wednesday, an area that includes Limestone and all adjacent counties.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Rains and thunderstorms that began Saturday are expected to continue through at least Wednesday, and a flash flood watch remains in effect for Limestone, Freestone and many other area counties this morning.
The National Weather Service said Monday afternoon that “periods of rain and thunderstorms are expected through daybreak Tuesday.
“An additional 2 to 3 inches of rain will be possible across the watch area through Tuesday morning,” the NWS forecast stated. “A few spots may experience additional rainfall amounts in excess of 3 inches. This additional rainfall may result in a continued threat for flash flooding. Lingering showers and thunderstorms are expected through mid-week.

Tue
19
Apr

Bidding farewell

Mexia News photo/Harry T. Darby

Greg Goodrum helps spot buyers at the Limestone County Fair and Stock Show auction Saturday afternoon. Goodrum is a retired agriculture teacher with the Mexia Independent School District. See more photos and highlights from the sale in our upcoming special section of LCYF auction results.

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