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18
Mar

Retired ag expert remembers growing up in orphanage

Claude Monk, shown here at age 12, and his sister Ruby Maude, then 8, spent most of their childhood in the 1930s-40s living at the State Orphans Home, later the Corsicana State Home.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

(Part 1 of 2)

Fri
18
Mar

National recognition

Contributed photo

The Mexia High School DECA Chapter has earned Thrive-level recognition at the national level for 2015-16 chapter campaigns. To earn this recognition and participate in the Thrive Academy, chapters must earn the highest achievement in the membership campaign or participated in two chapter campaigns: the community service campaign, global entrepreneurship week campaign or promotional campaign. Mexia DECA Chapter participated in all campaigns. DECA members Abisai Canizales (not shown), and, l-r, Andrea Gonzalez, Sofia Olvera, Jenny Vu, Haleigh Ruiz, David Sarabia and will represent the chapter at the Thrive Academy in Nashville, at the end of April.

Fri
18
Mar

Meeting could mean help for flood victims

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
16
Mar

Commissioners, sheriff wrangle over finances

Limestone County Sheriff’s Office employees, l-r, Sgt. Jason Ash, Chief Deputy Murray Agnew and Patrol Capt. Lee Cox, listen at the March 14 commissioners court meeting.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
There was friction in Limestone County commissioners court Monday when Sheriff Dennis Wilson asked for raises for six of his employees, totaling more than $6,200 not accounted for in the annual budget.
Wilson also expressed concern at the March 14 meeting at his recent realization that his budget does not include some empty positions he had been using to ensure he had enough funds to cover overtime and similar expenses.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen and County Auditor Debbie Watson both reminded Wilson they told him several times during budget talks last August that he needs to incorporate the three- and five-year step raises in his budget, since he knows when his employees were hired and therefore which will be eligible for these raises.

Wed
16
Mar

Beachum now with Jaguars

Kelvin Beachum

Mexia News Staff Report

Kelvin Beachum will now be wearing the gold, teal and black of the Jacksonville Jaguars according to a Tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
According to a report by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Beachum reached a deal with Jacksonville on Tuesday.
Beachum confirmed that he signed with the team in a text response to Mexia News sports editor Stephen R. Farris Wednesday morning.

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
16
Mar

Parkview changes mean more local medical care

Parkview Regional Hospital CEO Alan Daugherty tells Rotary Club of Mexia members at a recent meeting about changes and new services offered by the hospital.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
To Mexia residents who drive to Waco – or Dallas or Temple – to obtain medical services not available in their own little town, Parkview Regional Hospital says, “Wait and check with us first.”
Parkview Regional Hospital CEO Alan Daugherty spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently about changes at Parkview that mean the hospital is offering medical care that has either been upgraded or offered for the first time – and other changes are on the drawing board.
Before telling about the changes, however, Daugherty spoke briefly about LifePoint, the organization of around 20 rural hospitals of which Parkview is a member.
The goal of LifePoint’s founders was to focus on rural hospitals, keeping health care local. One of the founders of LifePoint, which just marked its 16th anniversary in 2015, was Daugherty’s friend Scott Mercy.

Mon
14
Mar

Reunion Grounds hosts cooking demo

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site and Casa Navarro State Historic Site invite the public to participate in Pan De Campo: Tejano Origins of the State Bread of Texas, a cooking demonstration.
There will be two identical sessions on Saturday, March 19: one from 10 a.m. to noon, and a repeat session from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The Tejano origins of Pan de Campo, the official Bread of the State of Texas, will be explored through interactive baking demonstrations and tastings that reflect the history of Tejanos in Texas. The demonstrations will be conducted by Nano Calderon, educator at Casa Navarro SHS.
“Along with traditional programs that have been included for past events, I am excited to announce this new program given by Nano Calderon from Casa Navarro SHS,” said Julianna Lindsay, site educator. “Nano is such a great educator, and I feel like anyone who attends will learn so much about this state bread and its history.”

Mon
14
Mar

Wilson asks citizens to join sheriffs’ association

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson announced Tuesday that Limestone County citizens wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime are invited to become associate members of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.
Membership invitations will go out in the mail over the next several weeks. Associate member funding allows the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas to provide training, technical resources and legislative support on criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state.
In addition, dues are used to support crime prevention and awareness programs, promote public safety, fight drug abuse, provide additional training for sheriffs and their deputies, and provide scholarships for children of law enforcement officers.
Contributions to the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas are tax-deductible.

Mon
14
Mar

County won’t be putting up ‘no open-carry’ signs

AgriLife Extension Agent Gabrielle Washington, left, thanks longtime AgriLife office manager Wanda Powell for her service, during Limestone County commissioners court’s Feb. 22 meeting

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their Feb. 22 meeting not to put up any signs for now prohibiting open-carry of firearms even in places like the fairgrounds, where the county could place them during children’s events. The court also dealt with several personnel matters, including filling an Emergency Services District opening, discussing a personnel matter in closed session and other business.
At previous meetings, the members of the court and department heads discussed whether or not to order signs and where to put up signs either permanently or temporarily. They seemed to agree that open-carry needed to be prohibited at the fairgrounds during events geared to children, such as the county fair.

Mon
14
Mar

City’s sales tax rebates on the rise in March

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for March are back up again, by 8.1 percent compared to this month last year, in spite of the state’s economic slowdown due to a decline in the oil and gas business.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $585.6 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 0.7 percent less than in March 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.
“Energy-centric cities, such as Odessa, Midland, Corpus Christi and Houston, continued to see decreases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Other areas of the state helped to somewhat offset those losses, as cities such as Austin and Dallas saw moderate increases in allocations.”

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