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Foot-deep mud


Pouring rains led to one of the muddiest annual Mexia Rodeos in living memory, held over the weekend and sponsored by the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

These two cowboys put a double-mugging on this steer in about a foot of mud and water.

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30
Jun

County advertising for new prison operator

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Fri
27
Jun

Boomin’ on the Fourth makes holiday fun


The women’s skillet-toss contest gives fun-loving gals a chance to compete in a unique way at the Independence Day celebration – Boomin’ on the Fourth – which happens next Friday, July 4 at Mexia City Park from 8 a.m. to midnight. The skillet-toss contest starts at 9:30 a.m. Mexia News file photo

Mexia residents who enjoy Independence Day are invited to the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Boomin’ on the Fourth celebration next Friday, July 4, where they will see traditional events along with a few new twists.
One new feature this year is a live concert, from 8 p.m. to midnight by Classie Ballou and his Wrecking Crew, who will perform at the pavilion at Mexia City Park, which is across South Bonham Street from Parkview Regional Hospital. The leader of the Waco-based band is described as a Creole rocker from south Louisiana, and the music he and his band perform – much of it original – as a merging of zydeco, swamp pop, Latin-themed jazz, and rhythm and blues, with a horn section that keeps people hopping to its hot beat.
But that’s for the night time.

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

Fri
27
Jun

County calls special meeting on LCDC dispute

Limestone County commissioners court has called a special meeting for Monday, June 30, with the main agenda item an executive session to discuss the county’s dispute with former warden and administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center Mike Sutton.
Sutton put together a company to run the county-owned prison on an interim basis beginning Dec. 17, 2013, with an initial payment of $50,000 a month to cover the salaries of Sutton and two employees, plus utilities and other costs, but not including the insurance on the complex or capital expenditures.

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27
Jun

Collegial atmosphere

Children have fun learning a song-and-dance routine taught by Jodi Young at Navarro College South, in Mexia, part of Navarro’s ‘Kids College’ held June 23-26. Shown here in front are Drew Doege, 5, of Wortham, and Laynee Morrow, 6, of Groesbeck. At rear, l-r, are Riley Wallace, 6, of Mexia, Aiden Moss, 6, of Groesbeck, Calee Barham, 5, of Mexia, and Landrie Pringle, 6, of Groesbeck.

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27
Jun

End to NRG/county squabble may be near

Limestone County commissioners learned at Monday’s commissioners court meeting that the NRG Energy Plant, whose 2013 valuation is in dispute in district court, has come to an agreement on its 2014 valuation, which it had also initially rejected.
The relationship between NRG and the county, which is usually positive, became strained in 2013 when NRG disputed the Limestone County Appraisal Board’s $724 million valuation of its power plant. That was a drop from the previous year’s valuation, of $765,765,000 for 2012. The prescribed method for resolving such differences is for NRG to file a lawsuit against the county in district court, which it did.

Fri
27
Jun

Man guilty of murder in woman's stabbing

A guilty plea was entered in the stabbing death of a woman in Mexia on New Year's Eve 2013.
On Tuesday, June 24, Manuel Armando “Nacho” Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Christina Flores, and was sentenced to 41 years in prison. 
On Dec. 31, 2013, Gonzalez and Flores attended a party on Wilson Street in Mexia.  The couple argued as they left the party, then Gonzalez stabbed Flores multiple times. 
Mexia police responded to a disturbance call made after Gonzalez entered a home after the stabbing. They found him drunk, with blood on his clothes and with an empty knife sheath on his belt. 

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

Fri
27
Jun

Pleas entered in Mexia tax fraud scheme

A plea bargain has been entered in federal court by two defendants while three others remain under indictment in a multi-count case alleging a Mexia tax preparation business for years filed false claims to the IRS on behalf of staff and customers.
According to documents from the U.S. District Court in Waco, the government alleges people who worked at A-Kind Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Mexia, roughly between Jan. 1, 2007 and at least April 15, 2010, filled out tax forms that made claims to which their customers weren’t allowed, often involving bogus farm or business losses.
Indicted April 8 on multiple fraud charges were Joshua Duane Stifle, Cassandra Renee Egbert, April LeAnn Morgan/ aka Ercanbrack, and Lana Renee Catalena/ aka Venable.
A superceding indictment filed June 13 charged conspiracy against Patricia “Sissy” Foley, the owner of A-Kind Bookkeeping, and her daughter and employee, Cassandra Egbert.

Mon
23
Jun

Let freedom ring


Men at the Juneteenth celebration at Mexia’s Booker T. Washington Park hang a display representing the Emancipation Proclamation on the pavilion before the ceremonies on Thursday, June 19. Shown here, l-r, are Herman Henderson, of Dallas, Reginald Murphy, of Mexia, Fred Smith, of Doyle, and Billy Touchstone, of Houston. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Men at the Juneteenth celebration at Mexia’s Booker T. Washington Park hang a display representing the Emancipation Proclamation on the pavilion before the ceremonies on Thursday, June 19. Shown here, l-r, are Herman Henderson, of Dallas, Reginald Murphy, of Mexia, Fred Smith, of Doyle, and Billy Touchstone, of Houston.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
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Jun

Mexia rodeo aims to stay top UPRA event


Mexia-area youth get to show their rodeo skills in youth-only events before the main rodeo, such as this young man roping a calf in last year’s event. This year’s 84th Annual Mexia Rodeo will take place June 26-28 at the Mexia Rodeo Grounds on FM 39. Mexia News file photo

Organizers of the 84th Annual Mexia Rodeo are urging residents to come be a part of the fun and excitement this Thursday-Saturday, June 26-28. The rodeo is on a roll, having been voted the United Professional Rodeo Association’s “Rodeo of the Year” the past nine years, and is doing everything it can to make this year No. 10.
So many people want to compete in the event that they couldn’t fit in to the three rodeo days, so slack events take place Wednesday evening, when extra entrants compete for a place in the regular rodeo times.
Contestants from all over the country and state flock to the Mexia Rodeo because of all the cash prizes awarded. There is $16,500 added to the regular cash prizes, plus $2,000 added money for wild cow milking and $1,000 added for double mugging. Contestants also earn points since the Mexia Rodeo is sanctioned both by the UPRA and the Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association.

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