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14
Sep

Mexia’s Mike Wright credits ‘giants’ in his life

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Looking back on his years growing up in Mexia, Mike Wright, now the vice president and general manager of KWTX-TV station in Waco and its sister station, KBTX-TV in Bryan-College Station, sees the enormous influence on his life of those he knew as a youth.
Wright’s being named in 2013 as Broadcaster of the Year by the Texas Association of Broadcasters, was the culmination of a broadcasting career that started at age 11, when the owners of Mexia’s KBUS let him come in to the station to learn how things worked.
Recently, Wright spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia, recounting his experiences growing up in this small town and describing some of the people and events he will never forget.

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

Fri
11
Sep

Library patrons to get closer look at moon

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
People may see the moon throughout their entire life and not really think much about it or see many details of its appearance. In 2010, however, a special night, called Observe the Moon Night, was set aside to take a closer look once a year at this heavenly body, and Mexia residents will have the chance to participate in that annual event next weekend.
Observe the Moon Night this year takes place Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. About 300 events in an estimated 50-plus countries around the world are currently scheduled, though other non-registered events are expected to take place as people and groups hold their own Observe the Moon Night.
Mexia will mark Observe the Moon Night at Gibbs Memorial Library, with telescopes and binoculars for those attending to be able to more clearly see details of the moon’s terrain.

Fri
11
Sep

Food distribution event set for Sept. 17

By Brenda Sommer Managing Editor There will be another food distribution for those needing it, an event which will now be held monthly. The Capital Area Food Bank will hold the event from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at Caritas of Mexia, 111 N. Paris Road. This food distribution is open to anyone in the public who might have a need for food assistance. No documents are needed to receive food. Any families interested in attending need only show up at Caritas at noon. There will be a form attendees will have to complete noting the number of people in their household and they will also need to self-declare their income, but no proof of this information will be required. The Capital Area Food Bank will continue holding these distributions on the third Thursday of each month, with the help of Bethsaida Baptist Church. The event will be held at the same time and place, becoming a regular service starting with this distribution.

Fri
11
Sep

County to announce details on adoption of tax rate, budget

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are expected to announce at this Monday’s commissioners court meeting the date, time and place of the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2015-16 tax rate and budget – which is expected to be their Sept. 28 meeting. The court will make many other financial decisions, too, including approving salaries for court personnel and salary adjustments for Sheriff’s Office employees; using priority road funds for repairs; accepting donations and grants; and make decisions concerning personnel and law enforcement issues.
One financial matter on the agenda is approving for the record the salaries set by the district judges for the county auditor and her staff, as well as the court reporters for the 77th and 87th District courts.
In other matters concerning salaries, the court will consider salary adjustments for the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the deputies, jailers and dispatchers.

Wed
09
Sep

Suspect sought in FM 39 robbery, shooting

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A suspect description has been released of the man who robbed the residents of a rural Limestone County home Sunday, shot one of them and briefly took another hostage.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson said the violent nightmare began around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, when two men who’d been fishing at Richland-Chambers Lake returned to their home on FM 39, at the same time as the girlfriend of one of the men drove up as well. The men, James Meyers and Quincy Dunn, share the home, which is located in Fallon, about eight miles south of Mexia and very near the turn-off to FM 1953.
They were approached by a man, who had covered his face with a bandana, and was armed with a handgun and a shotgun. The robber is described as a black male, about 5-feet, 7-inches tall and with a medium build.

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Wed
09
Sep

Crowd Pleasing

The audience responds with passion and satisfaction to the antics of the pro wrestlers in one of several matches held Saturday, Aug. 29, in the large grassy space behind Tow Daddy’s and the Bent Fork Restaurant, in Mexia.

To see more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
07
Sep

Breakfast of champions

Maria Guerrero and her daughter, Mireya, 1, of Mexia, at left, get served a plate of pancakes by Mexia Lions Club President Robin Green at the Club’s Double Whammy pancake breakfast on Friday, Sept. 4, at the Lions Den. Also shown, l-r, are Ron Fowler, Chase Comer and Richard Green. See more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
07
Sep

Barbecue, auction to boost Crime Stoppers

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Crime Stoppers is inviting everyone in Limestone County to show their support for law enforcement by attending the organization’s annual barbecue dinner and auction on Saturday, Sept. 12.
The event will be held at Enge-Washington Intermediate School, in Groesbeck, starting at 6 p.m. with tickets available at the door for $15.
“There will be lots of good food, lots of great items to buy and and lots of fun,” said Crime Stoppers board member Ruth Haddick.
“This year we’ve got Kirby Hyden providing the barbecue,” said Crime Stoppers President Linda Jordan, “and we’re going to have beef and sausage with all the trimmings.”

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Mon
07
Sep

County prison walk-through looks good, sheriff says

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson told county commissioners at their Aug. 24 meeting that the Bureau of Prisons’ walk-through of the Limestone County Detention Center went well the previous day. The LCDC is a county-owned private prison that the county is grooming for a possible longterm federal inmate contract. Commissioners heard this report and also made several decisions in other law enforcement matters: approving two employee raises, a new hire at the jail and an agreement to send overflow inmates to Falls County if needed.

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

Wed
02
Sep

Burn ban remains, serious drought returns

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although Limestone County received light rainfall recently, it was not enough for the county commissioners to consider lifting the burn ban at their most recent meeting, Aug. 24.
The court did vote on issues concerning quality of life: approving the new county holiday schedule, hearing a report on the recycling center, noting a meeting with railroad officials on the recent train derailments near Kosse and Bremond, and approving utility line agreements.
At the commissioners court’s meeting, no one attempted to lift the burn ban, which has been in effect since Aug. 5.
“Leave it where it is,” said Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen.

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