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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.

Sat
11
May

Incumbents prevail in Saturday elections

Incumbents won all available races in Saturday's city and school board elections.
District 1 City Councilman Glenn McGuire and District 3 Councilman Kelvin Beachum will both return to their seats.
McGuire, with 33 votes, defeated opponent Jacqueline Gee, who drew 18 votes.
Beachum earned 5 votes to beat opponent Ed Rhodes, who drew one vote.
All three incumbents with open races in the Mexia ISD election today will return to their seats on the board.
Place 2 trustee Cheryl Cockrell, with 170 votes, defeated opponent Shelly Hullum, who brought in 138 votes.
Place 1 trustee Lon Brown, currently board president, received 213 votes, and Place 3 trustee Culetta Beachum received 207 votes. Neither drew an opponent.
For more information on today's election, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News.

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.

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