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Fri
03
Jun

They're good citizens

Contributed photo

The Coolidge Elementary Good Citizens for the sixth six weeks have been named. They were recognized for showing pride in their community, volunteering to help others, being honest, following rules, sharing and showing respect. They are, l-r, front row: Litzy Perez, Blair Jackson, Kevin Salazar, Bo Hunter Self, Dekodeh Finley, Maleah Garcia and Jakobe Brown; back row: Jessica Samaniego, Tommy Dixon, Christian Martinez, Zurnique Love, Teresa Bailon-Carrizal and Joel Loredo.

Wed
01
Jun

Library Friends to hold book sale this weekend

The annual Friends of the Library’s book sale at Gibbs Memorial Library runs today through Saturday, June 2-4, in the library’s community room.

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
01
Jun

Singing for their supper

Mexia News photos/Roxanne Thompson
Wortham ISD music teacher Linda Ferris, left, performs along with Wortham’s Recorder/Orrf Ensemble in concert in Tehuacana on May 14.
The Wortham High School Choir performs at a concert outside Cup of Joe’s, in Tehuacana, on May 14.
The turnout was heavy for the live concert on May 14 put on by Wortham ISD choirs, held in the grassy area next to Cup of Joe’s in Tehuacana.
Bill Ferris listens as his wife, Wortham music teacher Linda Ferris, makes an impassioned plea to parents to insist that music remain in school curricula.

Charlotte Strother, of Mexia, at left, buys a soft drink from Wortham choir student Jon Lockhart, 15, of Mexia, while his fellow choir members Ta’Avyonne Felder, 15, of Wortham, and Kaitlyn Griego, 15, of Streetman, appear to study the crowd. The students were selling refreshments at their concert in Tehuacana on May 14 to fund an upcoming trip. Click to see more photos from this event.

Wed
01
Jun

District files to be moved immediately for safety

Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The heavy, rolling files in the Limestone County courthouse basement must be moved immediately as they present a danger to the district clerks who use them, said Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis.
He gave the report to county commissioners at their May 24 meeting, while reporting on what options the county has to repair the floor.
Callis emphasized that the courthouse building itself is structurally sound but only has a problem in one area of the basement floor.
The rolling file system in the corner room where district criminal files are kept requires a perfectly flat surface to be safe, he said.
“I went down and rolled one back and let it roll freely,” he said. “It would crush two good men. They have to put a 2x4 between them to get their files; we have to do something about that immediately.”
Callis provided the court two options to remedy the situation:

Wed
01
Jun

Civic Pride award

Contributed photo/Kay Roark

Ismael Olvera, owner of Tacos Jalisco, is Mexia Garden Club's May/June Civic Pride Award recipient. Everyone who passes the corner of McKinney and Palestine streets notices the vast improvement since the opening of Tacos Jalisco. Along the front, surrounded by lush, neatly-trimmed grass, are mature palms. It can be tricky trying to grow palms in Mexia with our sometimes very cold winters. Ismael has planted palms that have been conditioned to withstand a harsh winter. These gorgeous palms are a very expensive addition to the landscape, and they add a tropical feel to the landscape. Along the side of the restaurant are Japanese Holly, also known as Sky Pencils. Lush and dark green, Sky Pencils can grow in partial shade and grow about 2 feet wide. Ismael has plans to add more plants when he has time in his busy schedule. Ismael has also recently purchased the area on Hwy. 14 where Milton Carroll had his salvage business.

Wed
01
Jun

Yard of the Month

Contributed photo/Kay Roark

The home of Janis Frost, 600 S. Ross, is the Mexia Garden Club’s May Yard of the Month. Built in 1929, the house features porticos, or covered porches that protect the entry doors. Pots of red and white geraniums grace the center porch. A large oak tree and magnolia tree provide shade in the yard. A cozy covered patio on the south side of the house features a wrought iron table and chairs that invite guests to sit and enjoy the manicured lawn and shrubs. Flower gardens on both sides of the front yard are filled with red knockout roses, yellow sweet broom, red pentas and other colorful blooms. A garden next to the driveway contains two pots of foxtail ferns and climbing vines. In the large backyard, an outdoor, screened-in room is the perfect place for family activities and enjoying life.

Wed
01
Jun

Chain reaction

Mexia News photo/Roxanne Thompson

Mexia’s Jerry Allen said he was sitting at the stop light on U.S. 84 westbound at Hwy. 14, on Friday afternoon, May 20, in his white GMC Sierra pickup truck. About 4:30 p.m. a woman driving a Nissan Maxima allegedly ran into the red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck behind Allen, pushing the red truck into Allen’s. No one was seriously injured, but the Maxima had significant front end damage, and the trucks had minor damage to their bumpers.

Mon
30
May

Never forget

Mexia News photo/Roxanne Thompson

After placing a wreath on a symbolic grave, representing U.S. armed forces members who gave their lives in service to their country, Lynnette Young, Ladies Auxiliary president of VFW Post 4694, pauses to honor the nation’s war dead. At rear right, is VFW Commander Ray Marsh, who conducted the Post’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30.

Mon
30
May

Sales tax rebates stable for Limestone towns

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for May are down by a little bit – .89 of a percent compared to this month last year – and also down less than a percent year-to-date.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $767.7 million in local sales tax allocations for May, 1.1 percent more than in May 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in March by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in January, February and March by quarterly filers.
“The cities of Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and Fort Worth saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Energy-centric cities such as Houston, Odessa and Midland continue to see decreases in sales tax allocations.”
Limestone County

Mon
30
May

MHS seniors receive numerous scholarships

Top honors for the Mexia High class of 2016 go to Valedictorian Jossie Palacios, left, and Salutatorian Jose Lara, right.
Mexia High School class of 2016’s Top Ten Percent are, l-r, back row: Jossie Palacios, Nathaniel Hallmark, Cody Baker and Rahi Patel; front row: Kelly Vu, Karina Rivera, Jose Lara and Micah Rogers. Not shown are Julissa Alvarez and Ana Castaneda.

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