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Wed
14
Jan

Road issues continue at commissioners court

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
More issues with county roads surfaced at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, with one landowner objecting to a recent request by his adjoining neighbor for the county to build a road through his property; and another group of landowners protesting what they thought was the county’s changing their public road to a private road.
The first road matter began several weeks ago, when landowner Mike Kirven requested that the county extend LCR 190A so he could more easily get to his property, which is land locked. Kirven attended commissioners court on three consecutive meetings to make the request, but County Judge Daniel Burkeen said he would have to research the situation.
It turned out that if LCR190A were to be extended in the way Kirven requested, it would cut through land owned by his neighbor Mr. Bonnie Echols.

Mon
12
Jan

Mexia to honor MLK Jr. with parade

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Residents of Mexia will celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade Saturday morning, Jan. 17.
Parade organizer Ada Connor is asking that all residents come out to honor what Dr. King did to advance civil rights for all people.
“We are asking everyone in the entire community to participate in this,” Connor said. “We want to show some unity as far as what is going on for this holiday. We’re hoping that people will just come and participate.”
The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Commerce Street at its intersection with Canton, next to First United Methodist Church, with a line-up beginning at 9:30.
People who want to be in the parade are asked to come and either walk in the procession, drive a car or truck or enter any other vehicle. Bicycles are also welcome. Calling ahead is not required.

Mon
12
Jan

School board still mulling bond request details

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Facilities Committee of Mexia Independent School District’s board of trustees met Monday, Jan. 5, to study an updated price list of proposed renovations and discuss how to ask voters that they pass a bond package to pay for those renovations.
About a dozen committee members met at the District’s Administration Building, including Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross and Jim Hanks, an engineer and consultant who owns his own business, Hesco, of Franklin. Hanks said one of his skills is helping school districts trim unneeded items from their proposed bond programs – which helps keep the final price tag lower.

Sat
10
Jan

Recognized

Mexia Lions Club President Joe Lucas presents a bouquet and pin to the clubʼs November Sweetheart, Caroline Kendall.

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Sat
10
Jan

Habitat house to be dedicated Sunday

By Roxanne McKnight

The newly completed house built by Greater Mexia Habitat for Humanity will be turned over to its new owners this Sunday. The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at the home, 604 E. Titus, on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m.

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Sat
10
Jan

County gets first request for election machines

By Roxanne McKnight

Limestone County officials already have a request for the lease of voting equipment for elections this year. Commissioners will consider this request at Monday’s commissioners court meeting and also make appointments to vacant boards and confirm required training for a newly elected official.

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Wed
07
Jan

Library crafts, movies kept kids busy during break

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Many parents have heard their children lament that “there’s nothing to do,” but Gibbs Memorial Library tamped down some of the boredom for Mexia kids over the holiday break by offering crafts and movies at its facility.
Gibbs Librarian SheinDee Pullman scheduled simple activities and children’s movies each afternoon the library was open from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.
Actually, Gibbs offers movies for children every Saturday year round, and during every school break Pullman adds craft work. She sees the activities as a way to help both children and parents.
“We want to have a place for our kids to do something fun while they’re on break and not be cooped up at the house,” she said. “It gives parents a break; kids come up here and do a craft and watch a movie.”

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Wed
07
Jan

Mexia students back at school after break

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
After the long Christmas break, Mexia students are back in the classroom, having returned Tuesday, Jan. 6. Teachers went back to work the day before, Monday, Jan. 5, for a teacher work day to prepare for the spring semester.
“This means teachers have the opportunity to work in their rooms and work on their grades as well,” said Assistant Superintendent Donna Savage.
Students and teachers don’t have long before the next school holiday, which is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, Jan. 19.

Mon
05
Jan

Paving work underway on U.S. 84, Hwy. 14

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia drivers can’t complain about the condition of U.S. 84 and Hwy. 14 within Mexia much longer because TxDOT is repairing the rough spots within the city limits.
The repairs are being done to sections of U.S. 84 between its intersection with Hwy. 14 moving east to the city limits; and also on Hwy. 14 from its intersection with U.S. 84 moving south to the city limits.
The roads are not being repaved, though, points out TxDOT representative Ken Roberts.
“It’s at various locations; it’s not a continuous thing,” Roberts said of the repairs.

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Mon
05
Jan

Bitterly cold front expected to arrive Wednesday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Dangerous wind chills and a hard freeze tomorrow and possibly icy roads this weekend dominate the forecast for Limestone County.
Another in a recent series of cold fronts is expected to plow through the area Wednesday, bringing stronger winds and colder weather, according to the National Weather Service. Highs Wednesday will be in the lower 40s, with north winds from 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 15 to 25 mph by noon, as the storm comes blazing through. Wind chill readings will be as low as 18 to 23 during the day, as the front and strong winds arrive.
Wednesday night and into Thursday, skies will be partly cloudy, with a low around 18 degrees. Highs Thursday afternoon will only reach the upper 30s, with the low that night in the upper 20s.

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