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Mon
07
Sep

County prison walk-through looks good, sheriff says

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson told county commissioners at their Aug. 24 meeting that the Bureau of Prisons’ walk-through of the Limestone County Detention Center went well the previous day. The LCDC is a county-owned private prison that the county is grooming for a possible longterm federal inmate contract. Commissioners heard this report and also made several decisions in other law enforcement matters: approving two employee raises, a new hire at the jail and an agreement to send overflow inmates to Falls County if needed.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
02
Sep

Burn ban remains, serious drought returns

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although Limestone County received light rainfall recently, it was not enough for the county commissioners to consider lifting the burn ban at their most recent meeting, Aug. 24.
The court did vote on issues concerning quality of life: approving the new county holiday schedule, hearing a report on the recycling center, noting a meeting with railroad officials on the recent train derailments near Kosse and Bremond, and approving utility line agreements.
At the commissioners court’s meeting, no one attempted to lift the burn ban, which has been in effect since Aug. 5.
“Leave it where it is,” said Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
02
Sep

For a good paws

LARAS House well-wishers, l-r, Linda and Ken Waldrop, and Susan and Reese Winn, play at the blackjack table, run by dealer ‘Susan,’ at LARAS House’s Casino Night, held at The Farm House Restaurant Saturday, Aug. 22. The fundraisers the group sponsors help pay for the expense of housing the animals at the no-kill shelter. For more photos from Casino Night, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
02
Sep

TxDOT to rehab old Navasota River Bridge

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mon
31
Aug

Gunfire rings out during Walmart robbery

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Police are still looking for two men who fired a pistol while robbing Mexia’s Walmart store Saturday night, leaving with bags of cash after pistol-whipping a clerk.
According to Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne, the robbery took place around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 30, when two black males, between 5-feet, 8-inches and 6-feet tall entered the store, located at 1406 E. Milam.
One man was thin, wearing one white glove, orange wind pants and a hunter green T-shirt, topped with a jacket on his head covering long dreadlocks. The second suspect, who had a green bandana covering his face, was wearing a black skullcap, black long-sleeved shirt with “Texas” across the chest, black pants and white gloves. He was carrying a pistol.

Mon
31
Aug

Mexia Lions to host pancake breakfast

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The first Mexia Blackcat football home game of the season – Friday, Sept. 4, this year – means it’s time for the Double Whammy: a pancake breakfast and dinner, hosted by the Mexia Lions Club.
The idea is to get together with friends or co-workers for hot, fresh pancakes, breakfast sausage, juice or coffee at the Lions Den, on Paris Street at Commerce, in Mexia. The morning session is open 6:30-9:30 a.m. There are plenty of tables to eat at the Lions den, but take-out orders are welcome, too.
Dine in or take out, it’s $5 a plate.
Then, in the evening, mom can take a break from cooking, and the whole family can stop by the Lions Den, 4:40-6:30 p.m. to have a pancake dinner before going to watch the Blackcats play.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
31
Aug

Courthouse restoration grant work nearly done

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis gave a short update to commissioners court at its Aug. 10 meeting on the restoration work on the courthouse provided by a grant from the State Historical Commission. The court also approved paying Callis for his overtime hours in lieu of his taking comp time and made several other financial decisions.

Fri
28
Aug

Band aid

Members of the Mexia High School Blackcat Band march up and down the streets of Mexia on Saturday, Aug. 22, for a fundraiser for their trip to Disneyworld next spring. They were accompanied on their march by Mexia police and other adults.

Mon
24
Aug

Welcome back!

The fellowship hall of Northcrest Church of Christ is filled with Mexia Independent School District Employees for the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, held Thursday, Aug. 20. Shown here, l-r, are teachers aide Brenda Hamilton, teachers Rhonda Mills, Margaret Reynolds and Jessica Cisneros, and library aide Jodi Huff.

Mon
24
Aug

And so it begins…

Kaedyn Shepherd, 6, (above) gives his mom, Brittany Beard, a reassuring smile just before she drops him off for his first day of first grade at A.B. McBay Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 24.

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