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Fri
10
May

County to hear progress on getting ICE inmates

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Commissioners will hear a report at Monday’s commissioners court meeting from County Judge Daniel Burkeen on progress at filling the Limestone County Detention Center with new inmates from the San Antonio division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ICE inmates were to have begun filling 500 of the 1,000 beds in the county’s private prison earlier this week after the Bureau of Prisons had moved most of its inmates to other facilities.
Burkeen may have an update on whether Dallas ICE has gotten approval to begin using the other 500 beds of the LCDC, something they had expressed interest in when they toured the facility in April.
The 30-day requirement before an prison management company may be chosen is still running, and though the county has not yet received any bids, they are expected to arrive before the May 24 deadline.

Fri
10
May

Coolidge Parade sees motorcycles

RIGHT: Members of the NEWS motorcycle club and others rode in the Mesquite Tree Parade in Coolidge last Saturday. Shown here are Troy Weinberger center, with granddaughter Nay­. At right is NEWS road captain Terry Young. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
10
May

Right up the street

Coolidge Garden Club members from left, Blanche Frazier, Tommye Gardner, Paula Smith and Treon Erwin wave to the people lining the streets of Coolidge for the town’s annual Mesquite Tree Festival last Saturday.

Fri
10
May

Finalist for MISD head may be named Monday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The Mexia ISD board of trustees is poised to name the finalist or finalists for the superintendent’s job come Monday night.
Superintendent John Turpin retired in January and Donna Savage, MISD director of curriculum and instruction, has been acting as interim superintendent since Turpin left.
While the district gathered up candidates’ resumes, the board solicited input from the community about the qualities they should seek in their next superintendent.
Trustees went through the stack of candidates in a closed executive session April 2.
They met both Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16 and 17, to talk in private with applicants.

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Wed
08
May

State revamps school accountability system

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
There will be a new state accountability system for schools and school districts this fall, the state’s education commissioner announced, but it’s not yet known what the change means for Mexia ISD.
“I have heard the criticism of the previous accountability system, with its overemphasis on a school’s lowest performing areas and its blind spot to what a district or charter might be doing well,” Texas Education Commissioner Michael L. Williams said in a Texas Education Agency news release April 23. “The new system makes use of multiple indicators to provide parents and taxpayers a more detailed overview of the successes, as well as areas of necessary improvement, for each school district, charter and campus.”

Wed
08
May

Mexia Garden club holds 56th flower show

Flower Show
Jackie Tidwell, left, and Barbara Vest admire an entry in the Mexia Garden Club’s 56th Annual Flower show, held Saturday at the Mexia High School library. The theme of the show was ‘Flowers and Flix’ and this entry, titled ‘Annie, Get Your Gun’, is by Sarah McReynolds, a member of the Mexia club and also president of the Texas Garden Club. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia News Staff Report

Members of the Mexia Garden Club showed their skills in flower design and table decor at the group’s 56th Standard Flower Show this past Saturday.
The event was held at the Mexia High School library, and virtually every club member took part. The theme was “Flowers and Flix,” with each design entry using a movie category or actual movie title as a guide.
“The idea was to interpret the title of a movie with a floral design,” said club president Gayle Beene.
Each entry had little cards indicating either the movie category, like “Romance” or “Comedy,” or had the movie Title, such as “The Addams Family” or “Singing in the Rain.”
There are about 34 members in the club, 20 of whom are active. The show had 24 design entries and more than 90 horticulture entries.

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Wed
08
May

Mesquite Festival chooses royalty


The contestants in the Little Mr. and Miss Mesquite Tree pageant sit together briefly after the contest. Shown here, front from left, are Little Mr. Mesquite Preston Cobb with his grandmother Jackie Cobb, Miranda Cobb with mom Margaret cobb, and Kenzleigh Zu­ni­ga with mom Carra Zuniga; the middle row has Rachel Rutherford and Chris Zuniga; and the back row has Elizabeth Ferstyl, Little Miss Mesquite Madyson Chappell and Jacob Pedroza. See additional photo on Page 3. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

As part of its annual Mes­quite Tree Festival, Cool­idge held its Little Mr. and Miss Mesquite Tree pageant last Friday.
Chosen as Little Mr. Mesquite was Preston Cobb, 2, and as Little Miss Mes­quite, Madyson Chap­pell, 10.
Also competing and ma­king a good showing were Jason Zuniga, 8, Jacob Ped­roza, 10, for Little Mr. Mes­quite; and Miranda Cobb, 8 months, Kenzleigh Zuniga, 8 months, Rachel Ruther­ford, 7, and Eliz­a­beth Ferstl, 8, in the Little Miss Mes­quite competition.
The pageant was held at the Coolidge Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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Mon
06
May

Ice ice, baby

Women prepare icy fruit drinks at Cinco de Mayo festival

Brenda Canizales, left, of Mexia, helps Paula Perez, of Muzquiz, Mexico, prepare icy fruit drinks at the Cinco de Mayo celebration held in downtown Mexia this past weekend. There were food, trinket and jewelry booths plus live bands who played all afternoon.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
06
May

Dennis Wilson: ‘a voice for those with no voice’

Dennis Wilson
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson gives members of the Mexia Lions Club recently an update on efforts in the Texas Legislative session to improve care for those with mental health issues, especially inmates. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Because of anticipated changes in the way Texas handles inmates with mental health issues, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson has been in Austin often lately trying to influence the changes in ways that will benefit both law enforcement and inmates.
Wilson spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently on proposed legislation being considered by the Texas Legislature. He is a member of several law enforcement groups, including the Sheriff’s Association of Texas. He also sits on several committees involving mental health. He is a state board member for the Texas Council of Governments, and represents the Heart of Texas MHMR Service Center, in Waco.

Mon
06
May

Inmates found for Limestone prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Employees of Limestone County’s private prison, the Limestone County Detention Center, will no longer have to look for new jobs now that county officials have found another federal agency to use the facility for its inmates.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said Saturday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has agreed to begin using at least half of the LCDC’s 1,000 beds for its needs beginning June 1, possibly earlier.
The federal Bureau of Prisons, which has been housing inmates at LCDC, announced in March it would no longer use the prison after May 31.
“ICE wants 500 beds for now and eventually, hopefully all of the beds,” Burkeen said. “So as it stands right now, we have inmates. We’ve got to get a new operator in place, and we’ll do that on (May) 24th, that Friday.”

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