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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.”

Fri
03
May

Air Evac fast when speed important

Helicopter meets ambulance
The local Air Evac air ambulance helicopter makes a rendevous with an EMS unit to transfer a patient hurt in a car wreck to a high-level trauma hospital. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Getting patients to high-level hospital care quickly is critical, and Air Evac helicopters can cut the time to minutes.
Air Evac medic Revendy “Pork Chop” Rhodes recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia and also to the Mexia Lions Club to make sure people in Mexia know this service is available to rural Limestone County.
Rhodes has been working for Air Evac since 2004 and is currently stationed at Air Evac’s Fairfield base, which serves the Mexia area.
It was a slow start when they began, he said but calls have increased over the years as they formed relationships with local businesses and hospitals.
Air Evac begin 1985 in West Plains, Mo., a small community of about 8,500 in a remote area in the southwest central corner of the state.

Fri
03
May

Exhibit shows Mexia’s brushes with fame


Library clerk Catherine Webster admires some of the items in the exhibit on well-known people either from Mexia or associated with the city. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Over the years, people born in Mexia, or who have some other kind of connection to the city, have done great things, and it’s sometimes fun to remind ourselves of our little connections to these great people.
Gibbs Memorial Library is currently exhibiting a display that tells of many of the more memorable “famous” people with Mexia connections and includes memorabilia such as photographs, newspaper clippings, books and other items.
William “Bill” Brown created the display, which includes both well-known figures and those lesser known.
As might be expected, country songwriter, singer and actress Cindy Walker (1918-2006) takes a prominent place in the exhibit. Walker lived in Mexia many years and is buried in Mexia Cemetery.
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Fri
03
May

School superintendent search narrowed down

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The search for a new Mexia ISD superintendent continues, with more interviews set for Monday evening.
“We’ve got two people coming in on Monday to interview,” said Lon Brown, MISD board president. “We’ve narrowed it down to the last two; these will be second interviews for both.”
He said he wasn’t certain when the board would make a final decision.
“I really don’t know – we’ll discuss it after we talk to those two,” he said. “And the board may decide to do something else, it just depends. We haven’t checked references yet, we don’t do so until we narrow it down.”
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Thu
02
May

Early voting turn-out poor in city, MISD races

Early voting for two Mexia City Council spots and one Mexia ISD board continues through Tuesday.
The May 11 election ballots are lined up for city and school board elections, with only three of seven possible races at stake.
Early voting began Monday and ends Tuesday, May 7.
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Thu
02
May

Tehuacana UMC raises money for West victims


Joe Paschal, of Mexia, and Brad Brittain sample the fish still hot from the pans of oil at the fish fry fundraiser held by Tehuacana United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 28. The proceeds were to benefit the victims of the West explosion.

Joe Paschal, of Mexia, and Brad Brittain sample the fish still hot from the pans of oil at the fish fry fundraiser held by Tehuacana United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 28. The proceeds were to benefit the victims of the West explosion.

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