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Wed
07
Jan

Library crafts, movies kept kids busy during break


Martin Rangel, 5, of Mexia, considers the progress he has made on a crafted snowman he is constructing at Gibbs Memorial Library’s activity for children on school break Tuesday, Dec. 30, with guidance from library employee Brittany Brasher.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Many parents have heard their children lament that “there’s nothing to do,” but Gibbs Memorial Library tamped down some of the boredom for Mexia kids over the holiday break by offering crafts and movies at its facility.
Gibbs Librarian SheinDee Pullman scheduled simple activities and children’s movies each afternoon the library was open from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.
Actually, Gibbs offers movies for children every Saturday year round, and during every school break Pullman adds craft work. She sees the activities as a way to help both children and parents.
“We want to have a place for our kids to do something fun while they’re on break and not be cooped up at the house,” she said. “It gives parents a break; kids come up here and do a craft and watch a movie.”

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Wed
07
Jan

Mexia students back at school after break

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
After the long Christmas break, Mexia students are back in the classroom, having returned Tuesday, Jan. 6. Teachers went back to work the day before, Monday, Jan. 5, for a teacher work day to prepare for the spring semester.
“This means teachers have the opportunity to work in their rooms and work on their grades as well,” said Assistant Superintendent Donna Savage.
Students and teachers don’t have long before the next school holiday, which is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, Jan. 19.

Mon
05
Jan

Paving work underway on U.S. 84, Hwy. 14


A stream of asphalt spews into the air from one construction truck to another while workers make routine repairs to U.S. 84 in Mexia on Dec. 30. The job is expected to be complete by the second week of January. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia drivers can’t complain about the condition of U.S. 84 and Hwy. 14 within Mexia much longer because TxDOT is repairing the rough spots within the city limits.
The repairs are being done to sections of U.S. 84 between its intersection with Hwy. 14 moving east to the city limits; and also on Hwy. 14 from its intersection with U.S. 84 moving south to the city limits.
The roads are not being repaved, though, points out TxDOT representative Ken Roberts.
“It’s at various locations; it’s not a continuous thing,” Roberts said of the repairs.

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Mon
05
Jan

Bitterly cold front expected to arrive Wednesday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Dangerous wind chills and a hard freeze tomorrow and possibly icy roads this weekend dominate the forecast for Limestone County.
Another in a recent series of cold fronts is expected to plow through the area Wednesday, bringing stronger winds and colder weather, according to the National Weather Service. Highs Wednesday will be in the lower 40s, with north winds from 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 15 to 25 mph by noon, as the storm comes blazing through. Wind chill readings will be as low as 18 to 23 during the day, as the front and strong winds arrive.
Wednesday night and into Thursday, skies will be partly cloudy, with a low around 18 degrees. Highs Thursday afternoon will only reach the upper 30s, with the low that night in the upper 20s.

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Mon
05
Jan

Newly elected candidates sworn in to office


New Limestone County Commissioner Pct. 2 W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker, center, of Tehuacana, takes the oath of office from County Judge Daniel Burkeen while Baker’s grandson Ethan Minchew, 14, of Round Rock, holds the Bible Thursday, Jan. 1, at the county courthouse. Most of the candidates elected to county positions were sworn in that day. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Most of the Limestone County candidates who won their races in the November elections were sworn in to office Thursday, Jan. 1, at the courthouse.
Most were candidates who were re-elected, but two new officeholders sworn in were County Commissioner Pct. 2 W.A. "Sonny" Baker and Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Mike Bell.
Baker had his grandson, Ethan Minchew, 14, of Round Rock, hold the Bible upon which Baker swore his oath.
Similarly, Bell had his grandson, Brett Bell, 11, of Mexia, hold the Bible for him.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who was sworn in first by his administrative assistant, Lori Moore, conducted the swearing in of each official.

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

Tue
30
Dec

Bi-Stone area starts off new year cold, wet


Keetch-Byram Drought Index as of Dec. 29, 2014

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The new year will ring in with the possible clatter of sleet today in parts of North Texas as cold, wet weather settles in for the next several days.
The National Weather Service forecast for Mexia calls for a high of only 42 degrees today, with rain chances at 60 percent during the day, rising to 70 percent tonight with a chance of thunderstorms, with a low of 38 degrees.
However, the NWS issued a special weather statement warning that conditions nearby could be somewhat treacherous through this morning for western North Texas. The statement said a slight chance of light freezing drizzle and light freezing rain, possibly mixed with sleet, could spread east, to a line roughly from Sherman to Denton to west Fort Worth to Killeen.

Mon
29
Dec

Weather Service offers free class

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth wants to help the public prepare for the 2015 severe weather season, so is offering a free class in the SKYWARN severe weather program from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Limestone County Courthouse in Groesbeck. The event is being held in partnership with Limestone County Emergency Management.
This class is free and no pre-registration is necessary. This class is for official storm spotters as well as anyone with an interest in learning more about severe weather. This is a part of an area-wide severe weather preparedness campaign, which will include spotter training sessions across 46 counties in North and Central Texas.

Mon
29
Dec

County to get good prices on deputy squad cars

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
As the year was winding down, Limestone County commissioners court took care of a few final details at its Dec. 22 meeting, the last time they meet this year. Commissioners arranged to get good prices on squad cars for the Sheriff’s Office, paid bills at the county-owned prison, passed on the opportunity of initiating a burn ban and renewed its indigent health care plan.
The court approved an interlocal agreement with the Tarrant County Cooperatiave Purchasing Program to buy cars for the Sheriff’s Office.
“This allows us to get the state buy-rates through Tarrant County’s purchasing program, as we’ve done with other purchasing programs,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court.
After the meeting Sheriff Dennis Wilson explained that the agreement would provide for the Sheriff’s Office’s purchasing four cars this fiscal year.

Mon
22
Dec

History lesson


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Boy Scout Troop 476 leader Richard Hutyra, center, and his scouts, son Hunter, 13, and Justin Bartek, 13, all of Hewitt, watch with interest as they hear about the history of trapping beaver for fur from Dale Stinson, of Montalba. The demonstration took place at Christmas at the Fort, an annual event at Old Fort Parker, held Dec. 11-14 this year.

Mon
22
Dec

Footwear giveaway puts shoes on Sims kids’ feet


Mexia ISD Police Chief Jess Whisler gives a pair of new shoes to R.Q. Sims Intermediate School student Keiniya Thornton, 9, and each of her classmates, as part of a giveaway of nearly 400 pairs of shoes, one to each Sims student and teacher, on Dec. 11. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Every student and teacher at Mexia’s R.Q. Sims Intermediate School got a free pair of new shoes last week.
The giveaway took place Thursday, Dec. 11, at the school, with help from volunteer Mexia Police officers.
The shoes were comfortable slip-ons, either black or tan, provided by a popular, high-quality shoe manufacturer that has a program to anonymously donate the footwear if someone simply pays for the shipping to get the shoes to where they are needed.
Mexia ISD substitute teacher Bryan Hallmark, who is also pastor of Mexia First Assembly of God, provided the shipping charges courtesy of the church and arranged for the nearly 400 pairs of shoes to be sent to Mexia.
A few weeks before the giveaway, Sims teachers measured the students’ feet, using a measurement tool the company had provided, but did not tell them why.

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