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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.

Fri
21
Jun

Emergency burn ban declared Thursday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared an emergency burn ban Thursday morning, June 10.

All outdoor burning is prohibited in the unincorporated area of the county until the ban is lifted.

The emergency ban stays effective seven days or until commissioners court votes to extend or end the ban at their meeting Monday.

The last burn ban was lifted Jan. 10 and had been in place since Nov. 26, 2012.

The KBDI is a measurement tool that indicates how much moisture is in the land, ranging from zero, meaning total saturation, to 800, meaning no moisture whatsoever.

The KBDI reading for Limestone County on Friday averaged 597, ranging from 405 to 737, and the Index’s prediction for two weeks from now average 682, ranging from 572 to 763.

Fri
21
Jun

County court handling jail, juvenile issues

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners heard welcome news at last week’s commissioners court meeting about the money its Juvenile Detention Center is bringing in each month by housing juvenile offenders from nearby counties.

“We took in about $7,000 (the previous) month on contracts,” said Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick of April figures, “and then in May we took in about another $7,000 on contract detention, so the average is about seven. If we continue that, we’ll be well over the budgeted amount.”

On another issue, Swick asked the court about getting training in completing the required paperwork for employees using the Family and Maternal Leave Act. Passed in 1993, the FMLA requires employers to allow 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who have a newborn, newly adopted or foster child, or a sick family member.

Fri
21
Jun

Commissioners to vote on burn ban, sand supplies

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners will vote at Monday’s meeting on extending the emergency burn ban declared Thursday by County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

A county judge may declare an emergency burn ban, but it is only effective for seven days unless the commissioners court extends it.

They are expected to extend the ban since the Keetch-Byram Drought Index shows the county to be extremely dry overall and predicts condition will worsen in the next two weeks.

In other business, the court will recognize employees whose service has reached certain milestones.

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

Fri
21
Jun

Heart of the matter

Emergency Medical Technician Bill Taylor shows MacKenzie Commander, 11, left, and Aiden Kyle, 9, right, how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a CPR dummy while Skylar Phillips, 11, watches at rear. This learning experience took place Friday, June 14, at Navarro College South’s Kids College. Each day last week, dozens of Mexia schoolchildren in first through sixth grades attended sessions to learn about the world around them.

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