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Wed
16
Jul

City may cut off Wortham water


This map shows the location of the two buildings swapped between Citizens National Bank and the city of Mexia.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council voted Tuesday night to cut off water to the city of Wortham in 30 days if that town doesn’t sign its contract renewal, and gave final approval to swap buildings with a local bank.
After a closed executive session to discuss “legal matters,” the Council resumed their July 15 regular monthly meeting in open session. In a motion made by Laura Rothrock, the Council voted unanimously to direct City Manager Larry Brown to write the city of Wortham and let them know their water service will be terminated 30 days from July 16 unless their water contract with Mexia is signed and returned.
Brown said the city of Mexia has asked Wortham to sign a standard renewal of its contract to receive treated water from Mexia since the contract was first presented to that town’s Council in May.
“We’ve asked them to sign it, and they’ve refused,” Brown said.

Wed
16
Jul

Man barely injured in rollover


Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The driver of this Jeep, at center in gray, is lucky to be alive after his vehicle went off U.S. 84 Tuesday morning, taking out 30-40 feet of steel guardrail, then flipping twice before coming to rest in the eastbound lane. The driver was the only person in the Jeep, and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. His good fortune in escaping with only minor cuts can be attributed to his vehicle’s roll bar, and the fact his steering wheel was on the right side of the Jeep, not the left.

Wed
16
Jul

Upcoming gala-auction to benefit MSSLC residents


People from all over the Mexia area and beyond may be seen at the annual gala and auction fundraiser for the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council, like these attendees at the 2013 event. The Volunteer Council raises funds to provide things to make the lives of MSSLC residents more pleasant. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Volunteer Council of the Mexia State Supported Living Center is planning its annual gala and auction fundraiser for Saturday, Aug. 9 – less than a month away now – and is encouraging area residents to plan to attend.
The event will be held at First Baptist Church, Mexia, in the Christian Life Center and will feature a sumptuous steak dinner with all the trimmings, catered by the Young Farmers group.
The theme this year is “Wild Safari,” and attendees are invited to dress with that theme in mind if they desire. However, there is usually a variety of dress at the galas, with some attendees wearing dressy attire while others go comfortably casual.
“Wear your finest safari outfit, dress to the max or just come casual,” confirmed Cheryl Cockrell, community relations director at MSSLC. “There will be great food, great entertainment and lots of great silent and live action items. There's something wild for everyone.”

Thu
10
Jul

County confirms help in upkeep of Old Fort Parker

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners reaffirmed at their June 23 meeting the county’s commitment to share the work of keeping Old Fort Parker mowed and trimmed. They also formalized their calling of a public hearing to close LCR 362 and authorized advertising for bids on a tank to hold red diesel.
Sarah McReynolds, who oversees Old Fort Parker, was at the meeting and noted that the increased rains in the past few months had caused the grass to grow significantly and that she needed help in keeping the facility mowed.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the three entities that own the fort, which are Limestone County and the cities of Mexia and Groesbeck, had had a meeting the previous week to address the issues that concern the facility, including mowing and trimming.

Thu
10
Jul

Mosquito-borne disease cases confirmed in Texas

Mexia News Staff Report

It's time to get serious about bug spray. The Texas Department of State Health Services on July 3 confirmed the state’s first case of West Nile illness of the season, and four days later, confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain.
Both diseases are spread to people by mosquitoes.
West Nile fever was confirmed in a patient from Travis County. Additional details about the patient are not being released to protect the patient’s identity. The Texas case of chikungunya is a Williamson County resident.
DSHS is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.
“The best way to protect yourself is by using insect repellent every time you go outside,” said Tom Sidwa, State Public Health Veterinarian and manager of the Zoonosis Control Branch.

Thu
10
Jul

A particular set of skillet skills


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Maggie Contreras, of Mexia, lets loose a skillet in the Women’s Skillet Toss Friday, July 4, part of Mexia Chamber of Commerce’s Boomin’ on the Fourth Independence Day celebration.

To see more photos from Boomin' on the Fourth events, pick up a copy of the Thursday edition of The Mexia News.

Thu
10
Jul

Every dog has his day


To see more photos from Boomin' on the Fourth events, pick up a copy of the Thursday edition of The Mexia News. Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Coco the dog, left, and Abbie, a Chihuahua-poodle mix, try to decide whether friendship is an option for them while the pets’ owners, Tucker Flatt, 10, of Round Rock, at left, and Kate Hogan, of Mexia, wait patiently. The animals were part of the Boomin’ on the Fourth Pet Parade at Mexia City Park Friday, July 4. Abbie won first place overall.

Thu
10
Jul

Mom runs Mexia 5K for military son, daughter


Kenda Eckols, runner No. 44 in blue, of Kosse, begins Mexia’s Firecracker 5K Run on July 4, at Mexia City Park. She said she made the run in honor of her son, Marine Janzen Eckols, and daughter, Taylin Eckols, who is in the Air Force. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Two former Limestone County residents now in the armed forces were present in spirit at Mexia’s Firecracker 5K Run last Friday, though physically they were respectively hundreds and thousands of miles away.
Kenda Eckols, of Kosse, ran the 5K in honor of her daughter, Air Force 2nd Lt. Taylin Eckols, 24, stationed in Columbus, Miss., and her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Janzen Eckols, 21, stationed in Kuwait.
“They are in different areas of the world,” Kenda Eckols said. “I wanted to run in honor of them.”
Taylin graduated from Groesbeck High School in 2008 and earned her BBS in kinesiology from The University of Texas-Tyler in 2012.
Janzen joined the Marines in August 2012, right after his graduation from Groesbeck High.
Attending her brother’s bootcamp graduation deeply affected Taylin Eckols, her mother said.

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

Wed
02
Jul

For all ages


To see way more photos of the rodeo's youth events, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Nobody said it was going to be easy to get the ribbon off the calf’s tail, but this young lady in her bare feet gave it a shot anyway. This is one segment of the youth version of tie-down roping. First, a rider must rope the calf, then either he or someone else will come in to make sure the calf stays down and third, another person comes in to snatch the ribbon from the calf’s tail and run back to the chute. Best time wins!

Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Wed
02
Jul

County settles with LCDC operator Sutton


Waco attorney Herb Bristow, rear left, reads to Limestone County commissioners at their June 30 meeting the terms of a proposed settlement agreement between the county and Mike Sutton, former operator of the Limestone County Detention Center. Also shown at rear are Sheriff Dennis Wilson, center, and IT Director William Lane, top right; seated in front, l-r, are Commissioner William ‘Pete’ Kirven, County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Commissioner Jerry Allen. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Monday saw a resolution of the financial and legal disagreement between Limestone County and Mike Sutton, former operator and longtime warden and administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county’s privately owned but currently empty prison.
Commissioners had called a special meeting for Monday, June 30, with the main item an executive session – which is closed to the public – to discuss the ongoing dispute. Votes may not be made in closed sessions, though, so when the court returned to open session, the county’s Waco-based attorney Herb Bristow read aloud the proposed settlement agreement before the court voted unanimously to accept the deal.

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