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Fri
15
Jan

New EDC director to start this month

Susan Cates takes over this month as director of the Mexia Economic Development Corp.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia’s new Economic Development Corp. director is planning to start the job by the end of January, and the EDC board is expecting good results from her work.
Susan Cates, who is currently the director of economic development for Oak Ridge North, near Conroe, was chosen last month by the Mexia EDC board to fill the vacancy left by former EDC Director Tommy Tucker. According to EDC board president Greg Stubbs, Tucker resigned from his position at the EDC toward the end of 2015 to pursue other career opportunities.
Cates’ resume was quite attractive to the Mexia EDC board, including four years of experience in economic development and eight years in sales and marketing.
“She’s very high energy and smart in the economic development world,” Stubbs said.

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

Fri
15
Jan

City to tackle water service, religious decals

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council will call an election for three positions on the Council, discuss Hinchliffe Road repairs, bar allowing water service outside the city, and decide whether to put stickers stating “In God We Trust” on city vehicles when they meet Tuesday evening.
Open Council seats in the May 7 election are those of District 2, held by Laura Rothrock, Arthur Busby in District 5 and District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles. The filing deadline for a spot on the ballot is this Wednesday, Jan. 20; early voting begins April 25.

Fri
15
Jan

Public hearing scheduled for LCR 187 closure

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took the next step at their Jan. 11 meeting to possibly close a portion of LCR 187, which a landowner had requested at a previous meeting. Commissioners dealt with this matter and one other concerning roads, an accident that involved county equipment.
Regarding the proposed road closure, LCR 187 forms a rectangular loop off FM 2310 near Coolidge. Landowner Tommy Kutscherousky Jr. requested the partial closure of the road at the court’s Dec. 28 meeting. He said the reason for his request was the fact that the county has not maintained the road by grading it or covering it with gravel in many years and consequently it is almost unusable after a heavy rain. Kutscherousky is a rancher and needs the road to access cattle pens and hay fields, he told the court.

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

Fri
15
Jan

Venue changed for MLK program

There has been a change of venue for today’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program, due to problems with the city’s Civic Center.
According to MLK Day organizer Ada Conner, the Jan. 16 program, which takes place immediately after the 10 a.m. parade winds down, will now take place at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 405 S. Belknap. The start time for the program is approximately 10:45 a.m.
The parade, which takes place downtown, is unaffected by the changes, Connor noted.
A gas leak was detected at the Civic Center earlier this week, forcing gas service to be cut until the leak can be found and fixed. Because of this, there is currently no heat in the building.
For more information on MLK Day events, Contact Ada Conner at 254-562-3540.

Wed
13
Jan

County resident finally gets military acknowledgement

Arvid Naslund is honored Dec. 22 at the Mexia Peer Support Center.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Longtime Limestone County resident Arvid Naslund received acknowledgement last month of his appointment to aviation cadet with the U.S. Air Force back in 1948.
The event took place Dec. 22, 2015, and was a long time coming – 67 years, in fact.
The Air Force was created in September 1947, so in 1948, the fledgling branch of the service was looking for talented young men to become pilots. The Air Force Academy was not yet founded, so the AirForce swore in applicants through deferred service.
Naslund passed his exams and was sworn in as aviation cadet in December 1948, but his entry was deferred to May 1949 so he could finish his college career at University of Wisconsin, where he not only excelled academically but was active in sports.

Wed
13
Jan

Mexia, state sales tax rebates fall

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebate this month dropped 7.46 percent compared to January 2015, mirroring a statewide trend.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $617.2 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 0.1 percent less than in January 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.
Hegar also said today that sales tax revenue for the state in December was $2.33 billion, down 1.1 percent compared to December 2014.

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

Wed
13
Jan

Youth programs set for Saturday at Reunion Grounds

Mexia News Staff Report

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site invites children ages 8 to 12 to participate in two special programs coming up this Saturday.
A junior anthropology program will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Jan. 16, and admission is free. The program will meet once a month through May. The schedule will be passed out at the site.
Students will learn about anthropology and how to perform an ethnography, the study of human culture.

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

Mon
11
Jan

Inmate-driven semi hits car, kills Mexia woman

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A brutal collision in Falls County took the life of a Mexia woman Friday night, after her car was hit head-on by a big rig driven by a state prison inmate.
According to Department of Public Safety reports, the wreck occurred in the mid-afternoon of Jan. 8, on Hwy. 7, a little more than 4 miles east of Marlin.
DPS said Brandice Ray “Brandy” Garrett, 43, of Mexia was headed eastbound on the highway in a 2015 Nissan Versa, a subcompact car.
A westbound semitractor-trailer carrying items from Huntsville to Gatesville, which belongs to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, entered the eastbound lanes, possibly to pass another vehicle, when the collision occurred.
The driver of the semi was Venson V. Williams, 47, of Huntsville, who DPS said is a trustee. He was being followed by a TDCJ employee and holds a commercial driver’s license.

Fri
08
Jan

School teachers need encouragement, group says

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Texas public school system is the target of much criticism, but at least one group believes the constant barrage of negativity is not only inaccurate, but has become a destructive force that must be countered.
That group is called Friends of Texas Public Schools, founded 10 years ago by Scott and Leslie Milder to promote good news about the public schools.
Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross invited Milder to speak when the previous school year’s test results were announced this past fall, and she expressed appreciation for the work of Friends of Texas Public Schools.
“They are really promoting public schools and the work that is being done within the walls of every public school in the state of Texas,” Ross said.
Leslie commended Mexia ISD on its achievements but first spoke about how she got into teaching and what motivated her and her husband to found the organization.

Fri
08
Jan

Commissioners to consider election matters

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
County commissioners will take care of some routine matters related to this spring's two upcoming elections and consider another step towards closing part of a county road when they meet Monday morning.
On the court's agenda are three election-related items. The first is consideration of a contract to lease election equipment to the city of Mexia for use in the May 7 General election. The May elections are for local political subdivisions: cities, school boards, etc.
Candidates for those races may begin to file for a place on the ballot starting Jan. 20.
The other two election items commissioners will consider involve providing joint election services for the county's Republican and Democratic parties during the upcoming March 1 political primaries. The primaries will determine which federal, state and county party candidates will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.

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