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Wed
03
Jun

MISD approves bid on first project

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Wed
27
May

Memorial Day ceremony held to honor those lost to war


About 85 people attended the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Limestone County courthouse Monday, May 25. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The annual county-wide ceremony for Memorial Day was held at the Limestone County courthouse Monday, with around 85-90 attending.
The event took place in front of the southern steps of the building.
This year a musical group called Breaking Silence sang several patriotic songs, including the “Star-Spangled Banner” and a medley of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful” and “America (My County Tis of Thee).” The group is composed of home-schooled students from Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen gave the keynote speech, in which he reminded those attending of the sacrifice – sometimes extreme sacrifice – of the nation’s defenders.

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Wed
27
May

County spared worst of this week’s storms


The powerful, flood-fueled waters of the Navasota River flow over the spillway beside Lake Mexia Dam Tuesday, May 26. LCR 377 lies beneath the overflow. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Limestone County may have been spared the worst of this week’s Texas flooding, but did have its share of unwanted water rushing across saturated soil.
In addition, rainfall totals in the county for the first five months of this year are at or above those of all of 2014.

Fri
22
May

Sales tax receipts take welcome turn upward

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for April rose a bit 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 that state sales tax revenue in April was $2.3 billion, up 1.1 percent compared to April 2014.
“As we predicted in January, state revenues have grown at a moderate pace. April is the second consecutive month of relatively slow growth in sales tax revenue, and I remain cautiously optimistic about our economic progress,” Hegar said. “Growth in total sales tax revenues collected this month was muted by the significant slowdown in the oil and gas mining sector; however, collections from other major economic sectors – including retail and wholesale trade, restaurants, construction, and manufacturing – continued to grow. This marks the 61st consecutive month of growth in sales tax collections.”

Wed
20
May

Where honor is due

Mexia High School graduating seniors were awarded a total of $143,825 in scholarships at the school’s annual scholarship award ceremony, held at the Mexia Convention Center Thursday, May 14. Shown here, front row, l-r, are Guillermo Mendoza, Kassandra Velazquez, Debresha Gamble, Cheyenne Thompson, Rebeca Castillo, Cristal Calvillo, Tejal Patel and Denise Garcia. On the second row, l-r, are Estefania Suarez, Caroline Kendall, Hannah Yeldell, Jaqueline Mares, Andre’ya Fleming, Krystyna Lacefield and Kandice Mack. On the third row, l-r, are Josh York, Quang Nguyen, Alex Lin, Candy Robles and Viviana Briseño. On the top row, l-r, are Kyler Hancock, Ronald Jackson, Shelby Hileman, Curk Harris, Blake Lewis, Quavious Gamble and Anthony Wylie.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
20
May

Mexia ISD school bond sale plan proceeding

The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees set the ball rolling Monday for the next phase in the bond process.
On the heels of the May 9 passage of the $15.5 million bond package, the board set a special meeting for June 1 to lay out the plan for selling the bonds and getting started on the work to be done.
According to a timetable provided by the district’s bond counsel, the target date for having the bond funds in hand is August.
Planning is already under way for the projects scheduled under the $2.3 million maintenance and operations (M&O) loan approved last fall, including outside steps at the DC Campus and HVAC work at the high school.

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Mon
18
May

‘Betcha can’t pick just one’


Sally Beene, left, and Louise Martin, both of Mexia, try to decide which rose to vote for as best of show at the Mexia Garden Club’s rose show, held Sunday, May 3, at Gibbs Memorial Library, in Mexia. Anyone who desired could enter the show, and enter as many roses as they wanted. The show attracted rose lovers not only from Mexia but also from neighboring towns. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Rose show winners

People’s Choice Art Winners
First place - Karina Rivera
Second place - Taylor Commander
Third place - Kelly Tran and Miguel Varrios

People’s Choice Rose Winners
First place - Jan Miller
Second place - Patsy Robinson, Ruth Anne Eberle, Debbie Burgess
Third place - Sue Franks

Raffle Winners
Jewelry - Patty Manley
Birdbath garden art - Laura Rothrock
Bird feeder - Nancy Davis
Plant in antique pitcher - Lu Ann Campbell
Purse - Pat Cox
Gardening book - Loy Beth Greer
Teapot - Ann Smith
Thirty-one purse - Judy Johnson
Ceramic planter - Liz McDaniel
Earthkind rose - Linda Waldrop
5 Arboretum tickets - Ann Pendleton
“Cat” rock - Carol Matthews

Mon
18
May

Prison contract change good news for county

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer

A plan by the federal government to spread inmates around, using smaller prisons and therefore needing more facilities, could mean Limestone County’s private prison has a better shot at landing a contract it’s been trying to win. Although the executive session at Limestone County commissioners court’s May 11 meeting was not open to the public, court watchers were able to glean some information about what is happening behind the scenes concerning the county-owned private prison, and the county’s quest to make it operational again. The LCDC has been empty since June 2013, three months after a long-term contract to house federal inmates ended unexpectedly. Since then, the county has struggled to find another source of inmates to continue to generate income from the facility.

To continue reading, see the Tuesday edition of The Mexia News.

Fri
15
May

Mesquite Tree royalty selected


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Coolidge Mesquite Tree Pageant entrants pause after the event to congratulate each other. Chosen King was Keelan Shirley, Queen was Kinsley Jackson, Prince was D.J. Jones, and Princess was Isabella Lerma. Announcing was former pageant winner Madyson Chappell, 12. Shown here, front row, l-r, are Kenzleigh Zuniga, 2, and her mother, Carra Sturdivant, who is holding her other daughter, Kaitlyn Zuniga, 1, then Miranda Cobb, 3, on the lap of her mother, Margaret Cobb, and Aubrey Campbell, on the lap of her mother, Kristen Rogers. On the second row, l-r, are Korrissa ‘Kory’ Winstead, 3, Laura Martinez, 7, Jovanni Lerma, 5, Keelan Shirley, 8, Kaley Mason, 6, and Isabella Lerma, 3. Finally, on the top row, l-r, are Elizabeth Ferstl, 10, Kinsley Jackson, 7, Mariah Leathers, 1, in the arms of her mother, Mary Leathers, and D.J. Jones, being held by his mother, Cassey Daniels. Not shown is Preston Cobb.

Fri
15
May

Re-elected mayor, council members to be sworn in

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council will give the oath of office to three re-elected Council members and the mayor when they hold their May meeting Tuesday
Seats up for grabs were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller. None drew an opponent, so all were declared winners of their races and their election, which would have taken place May 9, was canceled.
Council will elect a mayor pro tem after the oaths of office are made.

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