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Fri
17
Apr

MISD faces air quality issues at high school

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Evidence of mold has forced the closure of the gym, coaches offices, locker rooms and auditorium on the lower level of the high school.
The precautionary measure was taken Wednesday, after results of a recent air quality study at the high school were shared with a dozen administrators and school board members.
Emil Studinka, with Edwards Environmental, conducted the tests and said the issues should be taken seriously and addressed quickly, but he emphasized that there was no reason to panic.
“The sky isn’t falling,” he said. “I’ve got a few data points that are elevated. Mold is mostly an allergen, we’re not having people dropping out right now. We’re taking precautionary steps so we don’t have any of that.

Wed
15
Apr

County to let Fair Association sell beer at rodeo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Beer will be sold for the first time at the Limestone County Fair Rodeo this weekend, and that doesn’t sit well in some quarters.
Officials from the Limestone County Fair Association received permission from the county commissioners at their April 13 meeting to get a temporary liquor license for the event. The motion passed 4-1, with County Judge Daniel Burkeen the lone nay vote.
LCFA President Ronnie Pettigrew and board members Ty de Cordova and Kendall Funderburk sat down with the court to make their request, citing the need to increase sales at the rodeo, which takes place April 17-18.
“We’re trying to make this rodeo get bigger and better, and right now it’s just holding its own,” Pettigrew said.

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Mon
13
Apr

Academically inclined


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

UIL students all but camped out in the the hallways of Navarro College South, in Mexia, last week when 245 students converged on the school for the annual UIL competition. Some categories of competition were spelling, accounting, prose, literary criticism, persuasive speaking, poetry. Eight school districts took part in the competition, including Arp, Eustace, Frankston, Malakoff, Mildred, Rice, Troup and West Rusk.

Mon
13
Apr

Monthly sales taxes all over the boards

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for March are up a hair compared to last year, and totals in two of the other four taxing entities in Limestone County were also up for the month.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said state sales tax revenue in March $2.12 billion, up 1.5 percent compared to March 2014.
"State sales tax collections have now grown for 60 consecutive months despite weakening in the energy sector. This moderated growth was expected and is currently in line with estimates presented in January," Hegar said. "Receipts in the construction, services and restaurant sectors remained relatively strong. We will continue to monitor the state’s economic activity and its impact on key revenue sources.”

Mon
13
Apr

Civil War to come alive at Confederate Reunion Grounds


A line of Confederate soldiers smartly lets off a volley of fire while a second line reloads their long guns at last year’s re-enactment of a Civil War battle at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Some years the Yankees prevail and others the Rebs rout the Northerners. Last year the Confederate forces were trounced decisively, staging one final attack in which all were cut down. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The South will rise again – next weekend.
The annual Civil War re-enactment and living history event will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Attendees will see men and women of various ages in period costumes, watch illustrations of 1800-era skills and get within yards of a mock battle, complete with soldiers, horses, long guns and cannon.
This, the 21st year for the re-enactment at the Joseph E. Johnston Confederate Reunion Grounds, is significant, according to Dixie Hoover, site manager of the state historic site.
“This is the last year for the sesquicentennial events of the Civil War,” Hoover said. “It’s a great event and is a way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the War.”
A group called Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds is hosting the re-enactment, but the estimated 150-200 re-enactors expected to attend are with the 12th Texas Artillery.

Mon
06
Apr

Hoppity Hop Hop


Mexia children Ariana Green, 3, left, takes turns with Gregory Echols, 11, center, and Landon Villatoro, 6, petting a rabbit at the annual Easter egg hunt at Mexia First Assembly of God. See more photos from this event in Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.
Mon
06
Apr

City says no to pay kiosk, yes to 'visiting'

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia is not interested in spending money to make transactions with the public less personal, City Council decided at their last meeting.
John Johnson, of AdComp Systems of Dallas, made his proposal to have the city buy or lease a payment kiosk to Council during their March 17 regular monthly meeting. He said the company’s machine would save the city money while providing service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and said its use is similar to that of an automated teller machine.
The company’s kiosks can take cash, checks or credit cards and can make change except for coins, which would be credited to the customer’s next bill. Johnson said his company has 600 of the machines in various locations and has been making various electronic kiosks for 23 years.

Mon
06
Apr

Senegal dance group to showcase culture

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A dance and music group from the tropical west African country of Senegal will make a stop in Mexia next Saturday, April 11, to share their cultural traditions with the people of Limestone County.
The performance of the African Drum and Dance Troupe is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Mexia Convention Center. The group’s shows are characterized by traditional drumming, acrobatics and dancing, and sharing of folklore and history of Senegal and its culture.
The troupe’s four members, with their colorful costumes, lively dancing and acrobatic feats are said to be enthralling.
Interaction of the performers with audience members makes attending their show a memorable experience for many.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students 16 and under, and free admission for those 5 and under. Tickets are available at the door but may also be purchased in advance by calling 254-562-6661 or 903-390-6197.

Wed
01
Apr

MISD pre-K program expanding

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
In an effort to jumpstart the education of more Mexia children, Mexia ISD has decided to expand its pre-kindergarten program.
“The new program will open up more classes and more seats for more kids in the community,” MISD Superintendent Sharon Ross said. “I know last year we had a couple of kids go to another district because we didn't have any more space left.”
The idea was presented to the board of trustees at its March meeting and passed unanimously. The hope is it will mean more MISD students entering kindergarten ready to learn at the same level.
“This is so we can get a handle on giving them a jumpstart to learning so that when they are in kindergarten they are ready for reading and writing,” Ross said. “This prepares them for that classroom setting. Our hope is we can improve the program and get kids reading by preparing them earlier.”

Fri
27
Mar

Of course, of course


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

McKenzie Self, 12, of Coolidge, heads for the third barrel in the youth barrel racing competition on her sorrel mare Missy on Sunday, March 22, at the Limestone County Fair Horse Show.

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