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Fri
24
Jun

Busy Saturday on tap

For those who say there's never anything going on around here, here's a list of events, all being held today, Saturday, June 25.
Saturday, June 25
The 86th annual Mexia Rodeo, a UPRA/CPRA-sanctioned event, wraps up today at the city arena on Shiloh Road, with gates open at 6 p.m. There is $15,000 in added money; $2,500 added for wild cow milking, $1,500 for double mugging. First 180 slack Saturday. Open events are wild cow milking, double mugging, youth breakaway roping, youth barrels, ribbon roping and mutton bustin’. This Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, produced by Champion Rodeo Company, has been UPRA Rodeo of the Year for 10 years in a row.
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Mexia Peer Support Center hosts a table during the annual Mexia rodeo, featuring valuable, free information for veterans and their families. For more information, call the center at 254-562-5062, ext. 3636
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Fri
24
Jun

Lake Mexia boat parade to kick off Fourth of July fun

Entrants in Lake Mexia’s Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade appear to be having a grand time on the water at a previous year’s event.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Boat owners looking for a fun event to show off their craft and design skills will have the perfect venue next weekend. The annual Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade is happening on Saturday, July 2, at the Lake Mexia Marina.
All area boat owners are invited to enter their boat – decked out with patriotic red, white and blue decorations – in the contest associated with the parade.
On the day of the parade, boats will line up at the marina at 1:30 p.m. The boat driver and those lucky enough to ride along will circle around the lake heading north, then return past the marina and head south, circling around that end of the lake and finally returning to the marina for judging and awards.

Fri
24
Jun

Go Bulldogs!

Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Wortham Junior High cheerleaders for the 2016-17 school year have been chosen. They are, l-r, back row: Spring Hogan, Reagan Stuver, Jayden Stapleton, Jorianna Mata and Kenlie Stuver; front row: Larame Stapleton and Mika-Lyn Gargis.

Fri
24
Jun

Let’s rodeo!

A bronc rider hangs on for dear life Thursday at the Mexia city rodeo arena on opening day of the Chamber Rodeo.
Coty Cooper, “The original Hobo Clown,” kept fans laughing Thursday evening.
The 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo kicked off Thursday evening with the presentation of “Old Glory.”
Young Jace Long decided to take a little snooze in the arms of his meme, Debbie Musgrove, prior to the start of the rodeo.
The Mizell boys, Mayes and Myles, were decked out in cowboy attire to watch the great rodeo action Thursday evening.
This little fella tries to end his ride with no hands in the youth mutton bustin’ event held Thursday evening.
Sydney Yates rode the mechanical bull like a boss at the 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.
Buffalo native Wyatt Looney gets the rodeo clowns to sign his shirt before the start of the 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The 86th annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo got underway Thursday evening as cowboys and cowgirls from across the state gathered to compete in events from barrel racing to bronc riding at the city’s rodeo grounds.
Kids events began with mutton bustin’ as youngsters tried their best to stay aboard a sheep. This was followed by a grand display of breakaway roping and barrel racing.
The main event kicked off around 7:30 p.m. as longtime ring announcer T.C. Long returned again this year, accompanied by rodeo clown/entertainer Coty Cooper, “The original Hobo Clown.”
Long and Cooper kept rodeo fans in stitches throughout the evening with their comical banter.

Wed
22
Jun

Lions revvin’ up for July 4 car show

Attendees at the Mexia Lions Club’s Red, White and Blue Car Show, like these from last year’s event, will have the area around the intersection of Commerce and McKinney to wander around.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Downtown Mexia on July 4 will be filled with beautiful, shiny cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors, as the Mexia Lions Club puts on its annual Red, White and Blue Car Show.
Admission is free, and attendees may roam the area around the intersection of Commerce and McKinney at their leisure from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., getting their fill of admiring all the vehicles and voting for their favorite.
The favorite of attendees is called the People’s Choice Award. Other prizes are the Mayor’s Award, chosen by Mayor Troy Miller; and Kids’ Choice, which is voted upon by youth at the show that day.
The show judges will do their own voting starting when the show opens, selecting winners and awarding trophies in 20 categories:
• Cars – Competition/race cars, Corvettes C1-C4, Corvettes C5-C6, pre-1950, 1950-59, 1960-69, 1970-79, 1980-89, 1990-99 and 2000-present.

Wed
22
Jun

Coolidge student to attend national leadership congress

Jalyn Pedroza

Mexia News Staff Report
Coolidge High School’s Jalyn Pedroza will be a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass., at the end of June.
Jalyn is the son of Sammy Pedroza and René Watson; his grandparents are Jerry and Sandi Park, of Belton, and Simone and Janie Hernandez, of Coolidge; his great-grandparents are Tom and Peggy Bozeman, of Coolidge, and Wayne Watson, of Corsicana.
The incoming junior was nominated to represent Texas because of his academic achievement, potential for leadership, and interest in science and technology.
The Congress is intended to inspire, encourage and affirm students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM, as their future fields of study and vocation.

Wed
22
Jun

Limestone County jail passes surprise inspection

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported to county commissioners at their June 14 meeting that the county jail had passed a surprise inspection the previous week.
The court heard this news and also a caution about needed maintenance at the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, jail and Dispatch Department; approved a contract with MHMR to transport inmates to mental facilities; approved automatic raises for LEC employees and heard LEC statistics for May.
“An inspector came in to do his annual report, and we got a passing grade,” Wilson told the court, adding that the inspector was very complimentary of the staff and their work, specifying the facility’s record-keeping, cleanness and how it operated.

Wed
22
Jun

Worthy recipients

Contributed photo

Mexia High School graduates, l-r, Elizabeth Sanchez, Micah Rogers, Andrea Gonzalez, Darius Dorsey, Case Adair, Jossie Palacios, Cody Baker and Jimmy Owens were awarded scholarships from the Woman’s Friday Club Academic Scholarship program.

Wed
22
Jun

Students honored in Wortham

Mexia News photos/Jennifer Lansford
Summer Settlemeyer and Breven Tobola were recognized for having the top grade-point averages among seventh graders at Wortham Junior High
J.J Rojas and Jorianna Mata received the Principal’s Award for seventh graders at a recent awards ceremony at Wortham ISD.
Jackson Tacker and  Katie Bell received the Principal’s Award for eighth graders at a recent awards ceremony at Wortham ISD.
Samantha Wright and Samantha Lee were recognized for having the top grade-point averages among eighth graders at Wortham Junior High.
Erika McCoslin and Kalob Hookwere presented with the Wortham High School Principal's Awards for freshmen.
Darcy Taylor and Gage Harris were presented with the Wortham High School Principal's Awards for sophomores.
Destiny Boyd and Brent Martinez were presented with the Wortham High School Principal's Awards for juniors.
Erin Ray and Jordan Lansford were presented with the Wortham High School Principal's Awards for seniors.

Wortham ISD recently held an awards ceremony for students with outstanding academic achievements during the past school year. In this photo, Kendon Busby and Gracie Ward were recognized for being the fifth grade Good Citizens, Laura Towles was recognized for earning the fifth grade Principal’s award, and Mika-Lyn Gargis and Brenna Lewis were recognized for having the top grade-point averages among sixth graders at a recent awards ceremony at Wortham ISD.

Mon
20
Jun

Celebrating freedom

Mexia News photos by Roxanne Thompson
John Baynes, of Houston, left, patiently holds his granddaughter’s pet rabbit, Marley, while Baynes’ friend Don Gamble, of Dallas, looks on.
Park Ranger Stephanie Tharp, center, helps Tamara Gee, 5, practice her skills at casting. Also shown here practicing are Khamia Alexander, 9, at front, and Tamya Cooper, 10, at rear.
Marion Owens, of Waxahachie, prepares to bite down on some corn on the cob at the Juneteenth celebration at Booker T. Washington Park.
Diamond Johnson, 3, of Mexia, shows her skill at the Hula-Hoop Saturday, June 18, at the Juneteenth celebration at Booker T. Washington Park.

Kim Baynes, of Houston, at front, leads children in a dance around the audience gathered for the Juneteenth celebration at Booker T. Washington Park on Saturday, June 18. The performers, front to back, are Kianna Williams, 8, of Dallas, Khamia Alexander, 9, of Tomball, Micah Kirven, 9, of Mexia, Victoria Baynes Lopez, 14, of Houston, at rear left, and Tamya Cooper, 10, of Garland. They each shake rain sticks, percussion instruments the children made earlier that day by sealing a handful of dried beans in an empty bottle. The instruments were patterned after those created by the slaves of Brazil long ago, Baynes said. The three-day celebration, sponsored by the Nineteenth of June Organization, was held at Booker T. Washington Park at Comanche Crossing, and drew attendees from various cities across Texas.

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