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Wed
05
Jun

MISD hires Ross as new superintendent


Kim Williams, Mexia ISD board president (right), presents a name plaque to Sharon Ross, the new MISD superintendent. Ross was formally hired by the board Tuesday night, and presented a number of welcoming gifts from the community. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

As expected, the Mexia ISD board Tuesday night formally approved hiring Sharon Ross as the district’s new superintendent.
About 40 people turned out for the four-minute special meeting, called solely to hire Ross, and to consider some other district employment issues, matters which were postponed.

Board member Rachel Hernandez made the motion to hire Ross, a move seconded by trustee Jackie Craig and approved 6-0.
The board named Ross, the Jefferson ISD Superintendent, as their sole candidate for the position on May 13, but was required by law to wait at least 21 days to officially hire her.

Mon
03
Jun

Mexia baccalaurate starts send-off for graduates


Senior Alana Holt plays ‘Viva la Vida,’ at the Mexia High School baccalaurate Sunday evening at the high school auditorium. Also performing the song were four other seniors, pictured below. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia High School was the scene of the annual baccalaurate service for graduating seniors Sunday night.
The interdenominational service to honor the graduates saw the youths file into the auditorium in cap and gown to the familiar music of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played on piano by Wynona Lipsett.
Some of the grads had utterly serious expressions on their faces, while others seemed barely able to contain their joy at having attained this important milestone.
Several area pastors greeted them, including the Rev. Cleo High, of Antioch Baptist Church, who gave the invocation; the Rev. Bryan Hallmark, of Mexia First Assembly of God, who gave a short scripture reading; the Rev. Kevin Jones, of First Baptist Church, who gave the keynote address; and the Rev. Michael King, of Calvary Baptist Church, who would give the closing benediction.

Mon
03
Jun

Navarro College’s Mexia campus expanding


Linda Davis, dean of Navarro College South, examines the architects’ drawings of what the new administration building will look like when it is completed in October. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mon
03
Jun

Rocks could protect flood control structures


Claude Monk, chairman of the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation Board, checks out one of the 22 flood control structures in northwest Limestone County that the Board maintains. The structures, all located in the Coolidge-Tehuacana area, help prevent soil erosion in the Richland Chambers watershed. This structure, called Site 22, is located just off Hwy. 171, just northwest of Tehuacana. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Fri
31
May

Kirby’s Barbeque makes Texas Monthly’s Top 50

Kirby Hyden in kitchen
Kirby Hyden slices brisket at his restaurant, Kirby’s Barbeque, on Hwy. 14 South. His restaurant was rated in the prestigious Texas Monthly magazine’s Top 50 list of barbecue shops in the state. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A Mexia restaurant is being recognized for what people in Mexia have known a long time: Kirby’s has some of the best barbecue around.
Texas Monthly magazine in its June edition named Kirby’s Barbeque one of “The Top 50 BBQ Joints...in the World,” which is to say, in Texas.
Kirby’s scored 4.5 out of 5, which ranks it in the top 13 of those on the elite list, beating out such well-known barbecue places as Kreuz Market and Black’s Barbecue, in Lockhart, City Market, in Luling, and Giddings’ City Meat Market.
Owner Kirby Hyden found out he made the list when his brother-in-law read it in a Houston newspaper, though he had known something was up.
“The Texas Monthly guy came in and talked to me one day,” Hyden said. “He had been coming in and eating. I knew I was being considered for something.

Fri
31
May

Latest city sales tax rebate down 4 percent

Sales tax distributions to Mexia were down a bit last month, but remain ahead of rebate totals at this time last year.
According to figures released by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in early May, April state sales tax revenue was $2.15 billion, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2012. Combs will send May local sales tax allocations totaling $668.5 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 5.6 percent compared to May 2012.
The city of Mexia received $246,252 this period, down 4 percent from the $256,537 reported sent in May 2012.
Year-to-date, Mexia has received $1,110,976, up 4.21 percent from the $1,066,008 year-to-date total 12 months ago.
Revenues this month were up 5.48 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $70,607 this period compared to $66,9343 a year ago.

Wed
29
May

Graduation plans now in high gear

Valedictorian and salutatorian
Mexia High School has announced the top students in the class of 2013. Hai Vuong, right, is valedictorian, while Mary Speights, left, has been named salutatorian. Both plan to attend The University of Texas at Dallas after graduation. Contributed photo/MISD

Mexia High School seniors are winding down the 2013 school year with preparations for commencement services.
Baccalaureate services will be held in the Mexia High School auditorium on Sunday, June 2, at 8 p.m.
The graduation ceremony will be held at the Blackcat Stadium Football Field on Friday June 7, at 8 p.m.
The Class of 2013 Valedictorian is Hai Vuong. Hai is the son of Hoi Vuong and Lang Tran. He plans to attend The University of Texas at Dallas.
The Class of 2013 Salutatorian is Mary Speights. Mary is the daughter of Larry and Johanna Speights. She plans to attend The University of Texas at Dallas.

Wed
29
May

County makes decision on new prison operator

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners decided Wednesday that Management and Training Corporation will be the new operator of the Limestone County Detention Center, ending a two-month period of uncertainty about the county’s private prison.
“It was just a totality of the terms,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen. “MTC is a candidate for a long-term Bureau of Prisons contract, which would add some stability to the facility for the county. They were willing to make us some short-term guarantees that even if the inmate numbers were down, we'd be able to keep the place open and keep the jobs there. That meant a lot to us. Those were the two main things.”

Mon
27
May

Nailed it


Police take statements after this Toyota Matrix subcompact bashed into the front of California Nails on East Milam Monday morning. The vehicle’s driver and passenger were on their way to work at the salon when the accident occurred. No one was injured. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Police take statements after this Toyota Matrix subcompact bashed into the front of California Nails on East Milam Monday morning. The vehicle’s driver and passenger were on their way to work at the salon when the accident occurred. No one was injured.

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Mon
27
May

Not forgotten


Jeff Scarbrough, junior vice commander of Mexia’s VFW Post 4694, places a bouquet of white flowers, symbolizing purity, at the grave of a veteran in Mexia Cemetery at the Memorial Day service Monday. Behind him, from left, are Chaplain Travis McAllister, Senior Vice Commander Tom Parker, Commander Ray Marsh and Ladies Auxiliary President Lynnette Young. Photos of other Memorial Day events in this area may be seen in today's edition. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Jeff Scarbrough, junior vice commander of Mexia’s VFW Post 4694, places a bouquet of white flowers, symbolizing purity, at the grave of a veteran in Mexia Cemetery at the Memorial Day service Monday. Behind him, from left, are Chaplain Travis McAllister, Senior Vice Commander Tom Parker, Commander Ray Marsh and Ladies Auxiliary President Lynnette Young. Photos of other Memorial Day events in this area may be seen in today's edition.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

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