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Fri
10
Jul

Greatest generation


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

World War II veteran and runner Ernie Andrus, at center, is joined by well-wishers as he descends the overpass on the west side of Mexia Thursday morning, July 9. Walking with Andrus, l-r, are Martha Alvarado with her son Angel Alvarado Jr., 3 months, and Lisa C. Tweedle at left, and MaryFaye Grimes, of Austin’s veterans support group Team Red, White and Blue, at right. Driving behind the walkers are supporter Sergio Grimes and a Mexia Police Officer, escorting the group. Andrus is making a trek across the United States to raise money for the LST 325, a ship like one on which he served in World War II, that has been restored and is displayed at different places around the country. Andrus began his journey in October 2013 in San Diego, and plans to reach Brunswick, Ga., on the east coast in the summer of 2016.

Fri
10
Jul

Pay raise issue back on commissioners’ agenda

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Pay raises will be sought for some staff in the Sheriff’s Office and Road and Bridge Department when Limestone County commissioners meet Monday morning.
At the court’s last meeting , Sheriff Dennis Wilson and members of the court had an extensive conversation on the topic, because he promoted several people and wants to give them the higher pay that goes with those positions. The court and county auditor told Wilson that “salary adjustments” are usually only made at the beginning of a new fiscal year. The agenda item for Monday’s court meeting appears unrelated to the previous salary adjustments, but details were not available at press time.
Other matters concerning the Road and Bridge Department that the court will consider Monday involve the purchase of a fuel/service truck and paying invoices from STV Communication on behalf of Road and Bridge.

Wed
08
Jul

THC explains Confederate flag removals


A Confederate battle flag flies above Old Val Verde, the Civil War cannon on display at Mexia’s Confederate Reunion Grounds, in this 2013 file photo. The Texas Historical Commission has removed that flag and three others until an interpretive panel can be created and installed to explain their symbolism. Shown with the cannon is Dixie Hoover, site manager of the Confederate Reunion Grounds.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The Texas Historical Commission wants you to know the flags at Confederate Reunion Grounds will be back.
On June 30, the THC removed four flags that were flying by the park’s Old Val Verde cannon. The 76-acre state historic site, located on the Navasota River, was the location for reunions of Confederate Civil War from 1889 to 1946, and currently hosts living history events and family reunions, while featuring an 1893 dance pavilion, the Civil War-era Old Val Verde cannon, and ruins of structures from the Roaring ‘20s and Mexia Oil Boom.
“We removed a total of four flags,” said THC Communications Director Chris Florance. “There was a 31-star version of the American flag and three versions of the Confederate flag.”
The move came in the wake of a racially motivated church shooting event in Charleston, S.C., in which a white teenager shot dead nine people in a historically African-American church.

Mon
06
Jul

Helping people face the end of life: Valerie Henson on hospice


Valerie Henson, right, patient care manager at Providence Hospice, in Mexia, and Robilyn Reed, volunteer coordinator for the organization, share a light moment at their office recently. Henson said the help provided by volunteers is invaluable in helping patients on hospice care. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Valerie Henson thought when she was younger that she could never become a nurse – after all, she was scared of needles. Something her mother told her rang true, however, and helped young Valerie move forward to fulfill her dream.
“You’re not the one getting stuck,” her mother reminded her, “it’s everybody else.”
“And I went with it,” Henson said. She recently spoke to the Mexia Lions Club on hospice and especially her career.
Valerie graduated from Goose Creek High School, not far from Charleston, N.C. Her parents were originally from Corsicana, though, and later moved back to this area, as did Henson. That move saw her enrolling in Navarro College-Corsicana, where she earned her associates degree in nursing.

Mon
06
Jul

County Historical Commission earns state award


Limestone County commissioners court at its June 22 meeting presents the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission to the Limestone County Historical Commission for its work during the 2014 year. Shown here, seated are Commissioner Pct. 2 W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker, at left, and Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver; standing, l-r, are County Judge Daniel Burkeen, County Historical Commission President William Reagan and Commission members Linda and Bruce Jordan, and Donald ‘Bubba’ McDonald. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners presented the Distinguished Service Award from the State Historical Commission to the County Historical Commission at the court’s June 22 meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen presented the certificate to the local group and read a letter from the state commission which explained that the award is given to acknowledge the group’s dedication and hard work in 2014.
“The Texas Historical Commission gives this award to CHCs who document successful preservation programs that promote the history and character of Texas,” Burkeen read. “CHC projects contribute to economic development and heritage tourism efforts in the county as well as demonstrate citizenship.”
On hand to accept the award were CHC President William Reagan and CHC members Bruce and Linda Jordan, and Donald “Bubba” McDonald.

Mon
06
Jul

Flower Power


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

VFW Ladies Auxiliary member Nicole Burns pins a buddy poppy onto the sleeve of Bill Lee, of Mexia, in honor of the Fourth of July. The women’s group had a table at Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth, a celebration of Independence Day, held at Mexia City Park Saturday, July 4.

Wed
01
Jul

City’s sales tax collections continue to rise

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for May rose 4 percent compared to last year, and totals in all but one 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 May was $2.6 billion, up 5.2 percent compared to May 2014.
“This marks the 62nd consecutive month of growth in sales tax collections,” Hegar said. “Sales tax revenue growth was relatively strong, spurred by consumer spending at retail stores and restaurants. Remittances from the construction, wholesale trade and services sectors were also up significantly. Collections from the oil and gas mining sector declined, as was expected, due to the slowdown in drilling.”

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

Wed
01
Jul

County OKs overtime for seasonal workers despite ACA worries

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners were cautioned at their June 22 meeting by County Treasurer Carol Pickett about allowing Road and Bridge Department seasonal workers to work overtime hours, but the court decided to allow it anyway.
Pickett’s concern was that the county might run afoul of new requirements for employers by the Affordable Care Act.
County Engineer Ted Kantor hires seasonal workers every summer to help his regular Road and Bridge Department employees mow the grass along county roads, repair and maintain ditches, and do other tasks.
Earlier this year, Kantor told the court about his efforts to make sure the titles of the seasonal positions and the description of the job duties were in line with new restrictions of the Act.
At the June 22 meeting, Kantor said Pickett had a different concern.

Wed
01
Jul

I believe I can fly


Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

This sheep was jumpin’ for joy after the rider decided not to get on during the mutton bustin’ event at the 85th Annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo. For more photos from this year’s rodeo, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News.

Mon
29
Jun

Independence Day festival promises all-day fun


Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth – the city’s Independence Day celebration – draws hundreds of people to the city park for a variety of fun events, like Pets on Parade, where pet-owners like these in last year’s event, can show off their beloved animals. This year’s Boomin’ on the Fourth is this Saturday, July 4. Events are scheduled all day and evening, including food and craft booths, music, contests, all-star baseball games, a live concert 6-10 p.m. and a fireworks show about 9 p.m. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Revelers will have to start early July 4 to catch all the fun scheduled for Mexia’s annual Boomin’ on the Fourth celebration of Independence Day. Late-risers, however, can easily get up to speed since various events are staggered throughout the day and evening.
This will be the 35th annual Mexia Boomin’ on the Fourth, July 4th festival, said event organizer Linda Archibald, president of the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a fun time for families to gather – that’s what July Fourth is about – celebrating our freedom as United States citizens,” Archibald said. “It’s just a time for fun, food, baseball and a celebration of our country.”
Most activities are centered around the city park, with the Firecracker 5K Run/1 Mile Walk beginning the day. Runners and walkers want to beat the heat, so registration begins at 7 a.m.

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