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Fri
17
May

Clean energy


Student volunteers, from left, Terrance Freeman, Jeremy Price and Ariel Ballard pick up trash from the creek that runs through Hughes Park, in Mexia, as part of a clean-up effort May 9. The event saw 95 members of HERO, a program at Mexia High School that channels students efforts in volunteer charitable activities, take part in the day’s activities. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Student volunteers, from left, Terrance Freeman, Jeremy Price and Ariel Ballard pick up trash from the creek that runs through Hughes Park, in Mexia, as part of a clean-up effort May 9. The event saw 95 members of HERO, a program at Mexia High School that channels students efforts in volunteer charitable activities, take part in the day’s activities.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
17
May

City Council to swear in four re-elected incumbents

Mexia’s City Council will swear in four incumbents re-elected for new terms this past Saturday when the group meets Tuesday night.
On Saturday, District 1 City Councilman Glenn McGuire, with 33 votes, defeated opponent Jacqueline Gee, who drew 18 votes, while District 3 Councilman Kelvin Beachum earned 5 votes to beat opponent Ed Rhodes, who drew one vote.
There were a total of four expiring terms, but Mayor Troy Miller and District 4 Council member Judy Chambers drew no opponents, so their races were canceled.
After Tuesday’s meeting is called to order and the minutes and accounts payable are approved, Council will canvass Saturday’s election, approve a resolution declaring the results valid, give the oath of office to McGuire, Beachum, Miller and Chambers, then choose a mayor pro tem for the following year.

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Fri
17
May

Mexia ISD board president Brown resigns

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Wed
15
May

Work, career lead Mexia woman through full life


Mary Edwards, left, of Mexia, confers with co-worker Tanya McCloud, of Groesbeck, at the nurses’ desk at The Manor, from which Edwards, 81, recently retired but is still on call to work. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Mary Edwards looks at reality with clear, unflinching eyes and has lived her life accordingly.
Born in 1933 at her parents’ home on Alice Street in Mexia, young Mary got her first job as just a little girl, working in a laundry.
“I started out at the Mexia Steam Laundry that used to be on Kaufman Street,” Edwards, who turned 81 in April, said recently. “We used to do all the prisoners’ sheets. We ran the mangle,” she said referring to a pressing machine that ironed flat the freshly cleaned laundry. “We used to put a thousand prisoners sheets through the mangle every day. I still went to school. I was 9 when I started, 11 when I quit. We worked after school and on Saturdays. I made 50 cents a day after school and a dollar on Saturdays.”
When she quit the laundry she got a better offer.

Wed
15
May

County mulls joining GCD – passes for now

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
At Monday’s commissioners court meeting, Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners he had met the previous Friday with David Bailey, director of Mid-Texas Groundwater Conservation District, which covers Freestone, Leon and Madison counties. Burkeen reminded the court that in the past Limestone County has decided not to join a groundwater conservation district.

Wed
15
May

Hump day


Hannah Jacobs, 3, of Mexia, makes friends with a camel, with a boost from her grandmother Rebecca Jacobs Tuesday afternoon. The animal was part of Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm, of Nickerson, Kan., which set up shop in Mexia for a few days. Owners of the petting zoo will be in town until Sunday on U.S. 84 in the lot between Chickadoodles and Rowdy Ranch. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Hannah Jacobs, 3, of Mexia, makes friends with a camel, with a boost from her grandmother Rebecca Jacobs Tuesday afternoon. The animal was part of Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm, of Nickerson, Kan., which set up shop in Mexia for a few days. Owners of the petting zoo will be in town until Sunday on U.S. 84 in the lot between Chickadoodles and Rowdy Ranch.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
15
May

MISD names Ross finalist for superintendent


Dr. Sharon Ross, shown visiting with guests at Monday night's Mexia ISD school board meeting, during which she was named sole finalist for the job of superintendent.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia ISD trustees announced their lone finalist to become the district’s next superintendent after a brief closed-door meeting Monday night.
After their 20-minute executive session, the board re-convened in open session and voted unanimously with all present to name Jefferson ISD Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross as their sole candidate for the position.
She has been superintendent at Jefferson ISD for the last five years, and prior to that was assistant superintendent of curriculum at Crockett ISD for just under two years. Ross earned her superintendent certification from The University of Texas at Permian Basin after receiving her doctorate in education from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Ross said she feels the job here is “my assignment from God,” citing the district’s demographics and the desire to “move people from the bottom to the top.”

Mon
13
May

Southern ICE may get all LCDC beds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County officials got more good news at Monday’s commissioners court meeting when Limestone County Detention Center Warden Mike Sutton reported that two entities want the remaining 500 beds available at the county’s private prison.
Last week, county officials had gotten a commitment from the San Antonio-based division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for 500 beds of the 1,000-bed facility. County Judge Daniel Burkeen said at the time that the Dallas-based division of ICE had expressed interest in using the remaining 500 beds. Monday, however, Sutton said that San Antonio ICE also wants the remaining 500 beds and has applied for funding for them.
The first 500 inmates from the San Antonio ICE are already at the LCDC, according to Sutton.

Mon
13
May

Ballpark sign memorial for young life lost


Brian Hullum, president of the Mexia Baseball-Softball Association and Cammecia Strain show attendees the sign created to honor Strain’s son, T’Aveon ‘T.T. Johnson, who was killed in a car wreck last summer. T.T., who was active in baseball, was only 8 years old when he lost his life. Behind Hullum and Strain are many family members and friends who turned out to honor their loved one. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A Mexia family was devastated last summer – Aug. 26, 2012 – when a car accident on a rain-slicked highway near Wortham took the life of 8-year-old T’Aveon “T.T.” Johnson. Last weekend, friends and loved ones took a step to make sure T.T. is not forgotten.
T.T. had been an active member of the Mexia Baseball-Softball Association, playing baseball with his pals, one of his favorite activities. The Association had a metal sign made featuring a picture of T.T., the words “T’Aveon ‘T.T.’ Johnson, Our Hometown Hero,” the dates of his birth and death, and a phrase of encouragement, “Always Dream Big.” On Saturday, they dedicated it to be hung on the concession stand at Mexia’s Hughes City Park.
Family and friends of T.T. were on hand for the dedication and clustered around the pitcher’s mound as Association President Bryan Hullum gave a brief speech to those in the stands.

Mon
13
May

Pedal to the medal


Mexia News photo/Bennie B. Blacknall

Mexia’s Ashley Johnson, right, bolts past Jalen Jackson of Stafford in the Girls 400 Meter Dash at the state meet in Austin this past weekend. Johnson took silver and was among several Mexia competitors taking part in the event.

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