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Fri
19
Dec

Nice job!


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Winning for Most Creative in the Mexia Garden Club’s Christmas Lighting Contest is the home of Jesse and Erika Retana, 818 Crestline.

Wed
17
Dec

Death penalty for McLelland’s murderer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The man accused of gunning down a Wortham native and his wife in 2013 was sentenced to death Wednesday after being found guilty of capital murder in the woman’s death.
Eric Lyle Williams was charged in the murders of Kaufman County’s assistant district attorney, Mark Hasse; district attorney, Mike McLelland; and his wife, Cynthia McLelland.
Hasse was shot dead Jan. 31, 2013 in a parking lot on his way to the courthouse. Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were shot more than a dozen times each in their Forney home March 30, 2013.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
17
Dec

Rotary Club uses summer camp to mold Mexia teens


Campers at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp held in Bastrop June 29-July 4 try to perform firefighting activities while wearing the heavy gear required for the job, and while other RYLA campers cheer on their new friends. The activity was part of a games afternoon for the teens and took place at the Bluebonnet Volunteer Fire Department. Contributed photo/Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The teenage years may – or may not – be a time of developing adult skills. Rotary Club of Mexia tries each year to make sure at least two Mexia teens develop leadership abilities by sending them to a weeklong summer camp, called Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, where adults work with the young people to mature on the path to leadership.
RYLA is a joint effort by all the Rotary Clubs in a single district, in this case District 5870, which covers a large swathe of central Texas from Corsicana south nearly to Victoria.
All 62 Rotary Clubs in District 5870 pay the expenses for the respective one or two high school students in their area they each send to the camp. This past summer, the camp was held from June 29 to July 4 at McKinney Roughs in Bastrop, where it has been held for the past several years.

Wed
17
Dec

Last defendant sentenced in tax fraud scheme

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The last of a group of Mexia income tax preparers who pleaded guilty to filing false claims to the IRS has been sentenced to serve time in federal prison.
Joshua Duane Stifle, who worked at A-Kind Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Mexia, pleaded guilty in August to aiding or assisting false or fraudulent documents and fraud and false statement during 2008 and 2009. He was sentenced Dec. 10 to 24 months in prison, three years of supervised released served concurrently with his prison time, and ordered to pay $842,815 in restitution.

Mon
15
Dec

Wortham boy killed in UTV accident

A 9-year-old Wortham boy was killed and his mother injured when the utility vehicle they were riding in overturned near Richland Saturday night.
First responders were called to the wreck at 11:16 p.m. on Dec. 13.
According to a Navarro DPS report, David Langley, 35, of Wortham, was driving a 2008 Kawasaki Teryke 750 UTV westbound on FM 641, about 4 miles west of Southwest County Road 2200, near Richland. Jennifer Langley, 33, of Wortham, was in the front passenger side and her son, Kenner Watson, 9, was in the rear seat.
Suddenly Langley heard a loud noise beneath the vehicle and the unit started moving side-to-side. He applied the brakes, leaving skid marks, and all three people in the UTV were ejected.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
15
Dec

County creates new elections post

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted at their Dec. 8 meeting to create a new county office of elections administrator, which they had been planning for some time. The court also appointed a new member to the Old Fort Parker board, heard the Fairgrounds and Safety reports; and talked about how to get the railroad to move a train that has been blocking Groesbeck streets for about a week.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen summarized for the court the change in responsibility across departments that will occur by creating the new elections administrator position.
“It takes the elections responsibility from the County Clerk’s Office and the voter registration responsibility from the Tax Assessor’s Office and puts it in a new office of County Elections Administrator, which we had budgeted to begin effective Jan. 1, 2015,” Burkeen said.

Fri
12
Dec

Tree of Angels brings hope

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson accompanies Carolyn Crook, of Mexia, to place angel-themed ornaments on a Christmas tree at Church on the Rock, in Groesbeck, during the annual Tree of Angels ceremony, which honors and remembers crime victims.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
12
Dec

Mexia to renew curfew

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia will vote on renewing its curfew for minors at Tuesday’s city council meeting, but residents will be able to tell the council their thoughts on the proposal before the vote.
Besides this issue, the council is expected to consider a request to remove certain traffic signs near the Mexia schools; approve an application for a community block grant; hear from a resident for whom the city forgave an old lien on a tax-foreclosed property a few weeks ago; and approve a vehicle purchase for the Animal Control Department.
The youth curfew has been in place since 1990, but a new state law requires that it be reconsidered every three years, and that the city hold public hearings and vote whether to keep it in place. A previous hearing on the ordinance was held at the council’s Nov. 18 meeting, but no one spoke on the issue at that time.

Fri
12
Dec

Disagreement on bill marks county meeting

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved paying the bills for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, at their Dec. 8 meeting, but in a split vote. The commissioners court took care of this matter, and also heard reports on the jail and juvenile detention center.
The invoices for the LCDC included:
• $3,120 to the city of Groesbeck for the monthly water bill.
• $80 for sand to replace that lost in recent excavations to fix a water leak.
• $393 to the law firm of Haley & Olson for legal services.
Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven voted against the motion to pay the bills. Later he explained that he objected only to paying the invoice from Haley & Olson because he said the commissioners did not request the consultation and he did not know what it was about.

Wed
10
Dec

Market days


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Preston Cobb, 3, and his sister, Miranda, 2, of Coolidge, sit with Santa a few minutes while professional photographer Brandi Garza, not shown, takes their picture.

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