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Mon
09
Mar

Coolidge run ends against Waelder

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The Coolidge Yellowjackets (29-6) hit the court in Austin Friday riding a 19-game win streak. They were coming off a win over then second-ranked Laneville, continuing the high-octane attack that characterized the season into the playoffs.
But the Waelder Wildcats had an answer for the high-scoring Yellowjackets, turning the tables and cruising to a 95-65 win in regional semifinal action.
“Our big strength this season has been dictating the tempo and style of play in the game,” said Coolidge coach Bryan Jones. “Today we let them dictate the game and they got in our heads. This was not a Coolidge game.”

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

Wed
04
Mar

'Fully engulfed'

By the time this fire was noticed and called in to firefighters, the Wortham Tire Shop was already fully engulfed in flames. The fire occurred about 8 a.m. Wednesday at the shop, located on the east side of the southern edge of Wortham on Hwy. 14. No one was injured in the blaze. The sound of exploding items inside the wood-framed, tin-roofed building made for a frightening environment, and ash rained down on nearby homes and vehicles. The two school buses parked in front of the building, belonging to Wortham ISD, were damaged by the high heat and flames, and one is considered totaled. The buses were on site for repairs. The fire did not spread beyond the shop’s property. It took firefighters an hour to declare the blaze “under control,” and the business is a total loss. Fire Marshall Kelly Craig said the fire likely was electrical in origin, and is not considered suspicious. He said he believes the business was insured.

Mon
02
Mar

Talent show time in Mexia this Friday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia students with performing abilities have been practicing for weeks now and will take the stage this coming Friday, March 6, for the 60th Annual Rotary Club of Mexia Talent Show.
The event will be held at the Mexia High School Auditorium and begins at 7 p.m., with admission of $5 for adults and $3 for students k-12. The auditorium fills up fast for this event, because everyone wants the best seat they can find.
The talent show is usually a real crowd pleaser since residents usually like to see and hear their neighbors and their children perform. Each year, new talent emerges and former favorites return to give their rendition of a popular song or occasionally an original tune.

Mon
02
Mar

Only one race contested in May local elections

There will be one contested race for Mexia ISD’s two open slots on the board of trustees, and none for the four open positions on City Council, when this May’s elections roll around.
The filing deadline for a place on the May 9 ballot for both the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees election and Mexia City Council elections was Friday, Feb. 27.
Places 6 and 7 were open on the Mexia ISD, spots currently filled by Jackie Craig and Ron Fowler, respectively. Both have filed for re-election, but Craig has drawn an opponent, Israel Flores.
Seats up for grabs on the Mexia City Council were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller.
All four of those candidates have filed for re-election, and they are the only candidates who did so.

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

Wed
25
Feb

Snowfall a rare treat for Limestone County

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
School kids enjoyed a “snow day” Wednesday as the first significant snowfall since February 2011 made for a slushy Mexia morning.
Snowflakes begin to fall around 7:30 a.m. in Mexia, continuing until around 9:30 a.m. within the city limits. Warmer temperatures and peeking sunshine melted frozen slush off roadways by lunchtime, but snow up to an inch remained on cooler surfaces like lawns and landscaping.
Limestone County was part of a band of snow forecast by the National Weather Service for at least 46 North Texas counties, with the heaviest snows predicted north of a line from Athens to Fairfield to Cameron.
“As of 9:20 a.m., it’s still snowing pretty good east of a line from Greenville to Terrell to Groesbeck,” the Limestone County Emergency Management office reported yesterday.

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

Mon
16
Feb

Got the X factor

R.Q. Sims Intermediate School students, l-r, Tyonna Hubbard, 10, Essence Robertson, 10, and Kyra Robertson, 11, show their dancing skills at the auditions for the upcoming Rotary Club Talent Show. Tryouts were held this week for Mexia students from first through 12th grades.

Mon
16
Feb

County Clerk to get new compact filing system

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted at their Feb. 9 commissioners court meeting to make several improvements concerning the courthouse, approved contracts concerning leasing county equipment and accepting reimbursement for county expenses, and signed off on the sale of some tax-foreclosed properties.
One improvement at the courthouse the court approved was to buy an efficient, compact record storage system for the County Clerk’s office that will make some of the old records more secure.
Currently, some of the old records are being stored in a room beneath one of the courthouse’s staircases, an area that is not climate-controlled.
“Since we moved Jennifer (Johnson, former deputy county clerk) and the elections out, that frees up some space for Peggy (Beck, county clerk) to move her filing down there, rather than move it to separate storage,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

Fri
13
Feb

Lots of sweethearts

Mexia Lions Club’s sweethearts clap along to the Hank Williams oldie ‘Hey, Good Lookin’ at the club’s Valentine’s party, held Tuesday evening, Feb. 10, at the Farm House Restaurant. Shown here, l-r, are Bre Gamble, Tejal Patel, Kealey Machacek-Harkless and Katilyn Gipson.

To see more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
13
Feb

Prison gets another look from feds for contracts

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took a small but necessary step at Monday’s commissioners court meeting to get the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, back in business.
Toward the end of their Feb. 9 meeting, the court went into executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss matters concerning the LCDC. After just over an hour, the court returned to open session, and approved the submission of the LCDC by Management and Training Corporation, a Utah-based prison-operating facility to be considered for either of two federal contracts – called CAR-16 and CAR-17 – to house inmates on a long-term basis.
MTC has been working for months on its proposal to the Bureau of Prisons for the LCDC to be considered for either of the contracts.

Fri
13
Feb

MISD board could OK bond election Monday

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
With a Feb. 27 deadline approaching, the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees is expected to consider a proposal Monday night to call a bond election for May 9.
Monday is the board’s only regularly-scheduled meeting before the deadline. If an election is not called by Feb. 27, the next time the district will be able to put a measure on the ballot is November.
The board will have to determine specific details of the ballot measure, but administrators have said the proposal will be all inclusive and will not likely break the bond into multiple propositions.

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