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Fri
28
Jun

Plans ready for Mexia’s Boomin’ 4th

Mexia’s ready for fireworks and fun with the city’s big Independence Day festivities just around the corner.
The 33rd annual “Boomin’ On The Fourth” festival next Thursday starts off with a bang – pun intended – as running and walking enthusiasts meet at the City Park Pavilion for the annual Firecracker 5K run/1 mile walk.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the fee is $20, which includes a souvenir T-shirt while supplies last.
The pavilion is off South Bonham Street and across from Parkview Regional Hospital.
There will be overall, first, second and third place finishers in each running group, based on 5-year age differences starting with age 14 and under and continuing through age 60 plus. In the walking group, winners are the first five male and first five female finishers. For information call the Mexia Chamber of Commerce at 254-562-5569.

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Fri
28
Jun

County court confirms burn ban

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court voted unanimously to keep in place the county-wide burn ban, which was declared on an emergency basis by County Judge Daniel Burkeen last Thursday.
“I was talking to Matt (Groveton, emergency management director) this morning and watching the weather and what we’ve all seen,” Burkeen told the court. “Conditions have gotten worse, and they’re going to continue to get worse. The temperature’s rising; we’ve got a high pressure settling over us. It’s just dry. What little greenery there was during those little showers we had has pretty much dried up.”
In a matter concerning the burn ban, Burkeen said County Engineer Ted Kantor and Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton about replacing missing burn ban signs: one on U.S. 84 west, another on LCR 339, which is off S.H. 164 near Mart. Groveton said he would confer with Kantor on getting them ordered and installed.

Fri
28
Jun

Kendall appointed to spot on Mexia ISD board


As Mexia ISD superintendent’s secretary Phylliss Connell looks on, Kent Kendall signs paperwork making him the newest member of the MISD board of trustees. Kendall was appointed to the position June 17, filling a vacancy the occurred when board president Lon Brown resigned in May. Contributed photo/Donna Savage

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Fri
28
Jun

Baa-shful


Nothing can be seen of the kid hidden somewhere on the other side of this sheep but a boot and a bit of jeans. This child was one of the participants in last weekend’s annual Mexia Rodeo mutton bustin’ competition. Youth and fun events preceded the professional competitions which took place each night at the city rodeo grounds. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Nothing can be seen of the kid hidden somewhere on the other side of this sheep but a boot and a bit of jeans. This child was one of the participants in last weekend’s annual Mexia Rodeo mutton bustin’ competition. Youth and fun events preceded the professional competitions which took place each night at the city rodeo grounds.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
26
Jun

DPS boosts DWI patrols for July 4th holiday

Starting tomorrow, the Highway Patrol will have extra officers on the roads, focusing on DWI patrols.
The Texas Department of Public Safety will increase driving-while-intoxicated patrols for a 10-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. From Friday, June 28 to Sunday, July 7, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
“The Fourth of July is a time of celebration in our country, and we encourage Texans to enjoy and mark this holiday responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
“Impaired driving can quickly turn a time of celebration into a tragedy, so Texans should designate a sober driver or secure another form of transportation if they plan to drink alcohol. Our troopers will also be doing their part during the holiday by increasing their patrols to keep our roadways safe.”

Wed
26
Jun

Rodeo results released


A barrel racer and her horse gracefully but swiftly circle the third barrel in competition at the Mexia Rodeo Friday night, June 21. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

The June 20 results from the annual Mexia Rodeo have been posted. They are:
Bareback
1. Taylor Broussard, 79
2. Colton Wiley, 74
2. Donnie B’Oris, 74

Barrel Racing
1. Tillar Murray, 15.927
2. Andrea Cline, 15.985
3. Afton Vititow, 16.055
4. Chaney Speight, 16.26
5. Jolene Montgomery, 16.308
6. Sidney Forrest, 16.361
7. Romany Gordon, 16.386
8. Kristi Johnson, 16.406

Breakaway Roping
1. Kelli Rula, 2.42
2. Katie Wojo, 2.75
3. Dawn Kvenlio, 3
4. Mindy Elrod, 3.03
5. Alex Flautt, 3.08
6. Kayelen Helton, 3.11
7. Ashley Moreau, 3.15
8. Lari Dee Guy, 3.22

Bull Riding
1. Clay Bathege, 85
2. Sterling Furr, 84
3. Kyle Kirkland, 83
3. Chad German, 83
5. Riggin Phillips, 82
6. Aaron Pass, 80
6. Cody Colvin, 80

Ranch Bronc
1. Jake Huie, 67
2. Daniel Floyd, 65

Wed
26
Jun

Extreme drought returning to Bistone area


Current and expected KDBI figures for Texas.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mon
24
Jun

Austrian teen enjoys American experience in Mexia


Seventeen-year-old exchange student Jakob Aigner, right, of Austria, has fun Sunday at Lake Mexia with friends Ivan Mares, left, and Diego Hernandez, both of Mexia. Jakob has been attending school in Mexia this past school year but will return to Austria Wednesday, June 26. Contributed photo/Teresa Price

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Some people dream of a European vacation, but one European fulfilled his dream of visiting the United States by making an extended visit to Mexia.

Seventeen-year-old Jakob Aigner, of Austria, has spent the last 10 months in Mexia as an exchange student, learning for himself what living in the United States is like.

Two years ago, the teen hadn’t even considered leaving his hometown of Riedau in northern Austria, but around December 2011, one of his friends told Jakob of his trip to Florida and how much he had enjoyed it.
Jakob began to want to travel to the United States himself and enjoy some of the things his friend had described.

Jakob’s father helped his son complete the application to become a Rotary Club exchange student, and in August 2012 the young man found himself stepping onto a plane and leaving behind his parents, Christian and Elizabeth Aigner, and brothers, Lucas, 22, and Niklas, 11.

Mon
24
Jun

Hold on now

A saddle bronc rider lies back to try to stay on the required 8 seconds for this event at the Mexia Rodeo Friday night. The rodeo continued Saturday. See Page 10 for more photos of the weekend’s rodeo action.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
24
Jun

Weekend filled with mayhem on area roads

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A number of wrecks – including three rollovers – kept law enforcers and emergency medical workers hopping over the weekend.
On Friday evening, an SUV believed to be a Chevrolet Tahoe left the road on East Milam in front of Tractor Supply Company and rolled over. The driver was taken to a Waco hospital but returned home that same night, Mexia police said. The accident report was not completed as of Monday afternoon, so further information is unavailable.

Around 11:50 p.m. Friday night, a call came in to Mexia PD of a vehicle in a ditch south of Mexia on Hwy. 14 South, just inside the city limits. The caller said the vehicle had been all over the road, then drove into the ditch.

When police arrived, they found the vehicle had left the road, run over a sign, gone through a ditch and hit a desk-sized boulder before rolling repeatedly.

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