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29
Feb

Talent show to showcase, reward entertainers

Riley Dobson, then 10, performs a high-energy dance routine in last year’s Annual Talent Show of the Rotary Club of Mexia. This year’s show is Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at the Mexia Convention Center.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Some of Mexia’s most talented young performers will show off their skills to the public this Friday evening, March 4, 7 p.m. at the Mexia Convention Center in the Rotary Club of Mexia’s 61st Annual Talent Show.
Competition is expected to be tough, with the top 18 entrants chosen to perform in the show from the approximately three dozen who auditioned in early February.
The Convention Center opens early, and seats are expected to fill rapidly as family members and friends of the contestants come to support their loved ones.
Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for students k-12.
There are nine acts in the junior division, which means kindergarten through fifth grade students; and another nine acts will make up the senior division, which means sixth through 12th grade students.

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
29
Feb

Bulkhead construction to save eroding county road

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Fri
26
Feb

Teacher arrested in student relationship case

Mexia News Staff Report 
A teacher’s arrest was announced Friday morning after allegations surfaced of an inappropriate relationship between a Mexia ISD teacher and student.
Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Sharon D. Ross forwarded an email from the district’s police department to The Mexia News at 10 a.m. Friday, which included a press release on the arrest.
That release had been prepared by the Mexia Police Department, which has been investigating the allegations since they were brought to administrators’ attention. 
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Fri
26
Feb

More deer hunting days may come to Bistone area

Mexia News Staff Report

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department may add additional “doe days” in 23 East Texas counties, including Limestone and Freestone counties, as part of changes that will be discussed at a public hearing coming up in Groesbeck.
TPWD also is considering expanding white-tailed deer hunting into 14 counties across the western Panhandle. The recommendations are among a slate of proposed deer hunting regulation changes for 2016-17.
TPWD will be taking public comment on the proposed changes, with input to be considered prior to any action by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its March 24 public hearing.
The proposed changes are:

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Wed
24
Feb

County OKs fair rodeo beer sales in split vote

Commissioner John McCarver, right, addresses County Judge Daniel Burkeen, left, on beer sales at the fair rodeo. Commissioner W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker is seated in center.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners approved a request by the Limestone County Fair Association to apply for a license to sell beer at the LCFA Rodeo Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, though the county judge and one other individual spoke vehemently against the idea.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen argued that selling alcohol makes a poor example to the children who participate in the fair.
"I expressed last year that I didn't believe that was proper to sell alcohol at events raising money for our kids," he said. "I understand they're not selling alcohol at the fair or to kids. I've done a lot of things raising money for kids; you don't have to sell alcohol to raise money for kids."
The reasons given for doing so, he said, are that it makes money and everyone is doing it. "Those are the selling points I try to shield my kids from," he said, calling it sad and improper.

Wed
24
Feb

Serious injuries in Tuesday wreck

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

One man was trapped in the black flatbed Ram 3500 at right after a collision on North Ross near LCR 243 Tuesday around 1:30 p.m. Department of Public Safety troopers believe the driver of the white Dodge Ram 3500 at left lost control of his vehicle on the wet pavement, colliding head-on with the black Ram 3500 flatbed work truck at right. The driver of the black truck had to be cut out of his vehicle before being rushed by ground ambulance to a Waco hospital with serious injuries.

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Mon
22
Feb

Like olden times

Old Fort Parker is the perfect backdrop for history re-enactors, l-r, Stephanie Smith, of Dallas, and Bill and June Covington, of Cedar Hill.
Attendees watch as colonial Loyalists, who still considered themselves under the authority of the crown of England, use gun powder to make charges.
Representing colonial militia is Alan Wright, of Marquez, at left, while Diane and Bryan Pike, of Dallas, represent American colonialists. Accompanying them is the Pikes’ dog, Chuck, a boxer pointer.
Deborah Thomas-Wilton, of Katy, at left, takes a moment from reading her morning prayers to watch Janet Rice, of Round Rock, use a drop spindle to make yarn.
Historic re-enactors take part in an auction of reproduction props. Shown, l-r, are Steve Draper, of Copperas Cove, Rick Fawkes, of Cedar Park, and Bryan Fitch, of Nederland.

Photos from the Colonial Event held at Old Fort Parker on Saturday, Feb. 13, by Roxanne McKnight, Mexia News staff writer.

Mon
22
Feb

Candidates a'plenty for school, city elections

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The deadline has passed to file for vacancies on Mexia City Council and the Mexia ISD board of trustees, and those races have drawn a lot of interest.
Candidates had until Friday to file for the May 7 local elections. There are three positions open on the council and three spots available on the school board.
Open seats in the May 7 city election are those of District 2, held by Laura Rothrock, Arthur Busby in District 5 and District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles.

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
22
Feb

County makes elections decisions

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners made many election decisions at their Feb. 8 meeting, some for the March 1 primary elections and others for the May 7 city and school board elections. Most were what local voters have been used to, but one notable change is the provision of more evening voting hours.
For the March 1 primaries, the court designated the courthouse’s Room G-1, which is the ground floor, or basement, as the main place for early voting in person; and the courthouse annex in Mexia as the secondary place for early voting in person. The court agreed that all early voting in person would take place at only those two places.

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
17
Feb

Victim uncooperative; ‘fake cop’ investigation stalls

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A Corsicana man who told police he was beaten while being robbed by the occupants of a car who pulled him over with police-type emergency lights Feb. 11 is no longer aiding Mexia police investigators.
Jacob Harrison, 20, of Corsicana called police from a Mexia laundrymat late last Thursday, where officers found him bleeding from several cuts to his face, and one eye nearly swollen shut. He told officers he'd been driving when the car behind him, which was dark-colored and looked like a police car, turned on flashing strobe lights.
Believing the car was a police car, Harrison pulled on to the shoulder and stopped, and was approached by a man wearing sunglasses and with a buzz haircut, who said he was a police officer.

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

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