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19
May

Beachum’s first-ever Sportsfest draws pros to Mexia


Camper Jacob Schick (in air with Steelers jersey on) leaps across to make a defensive play in front of Xavier Molina (red shirt-turqoise socks) during a game of touch football at the end of the Saturday morning session at Kelvin Beachum’s Sportsfest 2014 held at Black Cat Field. For more on Sportsfest, turn to pages 3, 8 and 12. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
For the first time ever in Mexia, youngsters received the opportunity to learn a little more about the game of football courtesy of a few guys from the National Football League thanks to former Blackcat and SMU player, Kelvin Beachum Jr.
Beachum – who now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers – brought in players from his team (Cris Carter, Will Johnson, Robert Golden), along with a couple from the Redskins (Richard Crawford, Al Robinson) and one each from the Cowboys (Sterling Moore), Jaguars (Ziggy Hood) and Broncos (Emmanuel Sanders).

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

Mon
19
May

Mart man convicted in game warden assaults

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A man charged with assault after a high-speed chase in the county that injured two game wardens has been convicted of four felonies and will spend decades in prison.
The events began Oct. 4, 2013 on Cottonwood Creek Road near Mart. Two Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game wardens were looking for a man they thought might be Teddie Wayne Davenport, 44, of Mart, when they believed they spotted him with another man in a 2008 Ford pickup towing a utility trailer.
The wardens wanted to talk to Davenport because he was a suspect in a poaching case. They watched as two men pulled up to a home and allegedly began to burglarize it. When they tried to stop the Ford at that location, the pickup rammed their vehicle, then took off down FM 342.

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

Mon
19
May

NRG in talks with county on appraisal lawsuit against county

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A small hint of progress behind the scenes in NRG Energy’s lawsuit against Limestone County was revealed at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said activity is going on between NRG Energy and the county regarding the company’s dispute of its valuation.
“We’re talking about that; I can’t go into the details about that but talks are going on,” Burkeen told the commissioners.
Last fall when NRG filed its lawsuit against Limestone County, which is how this kind of dispute is resolved, commissioners attempted to tamp down unnecessary spending across all departments by moving to the contingencies fund any budget money for items considered non-essential.

Wed
14
May

City taking pool party reservations

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
14
May

Private applicators training to be held in Kosse  

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Limestone and Falls counties host a Private Applicators Pesticide Training and Testing on Friday, May 23, at the Kosse Community Center, 200 N. Hwy. 14 in Kosse. The classroom portion begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues until 11:30 a.m.
Texas Department of Agriculture will administer the written test at 11:30 a.m. This will be the final test offered under this current format in our area. AgriLife has been informed that future tests will only be offered at set testing centers while the training will still be held in county.
The training is open to the public and registration is $60. Two manuals are included in the registration cost and available for pick up at the County Extension Office before the course date. Bring a calculator, pencils and snacks to the training if you wish. 

Wed
14
May

MISD offering summer driver's ed course

Space is limited for a driver's education course to be held at Mexia High School this summer.
The Mexia ISD board of trustees, at the suggestion of Superintendent Sharon Ross, agreed in April to have the school host the course after inquiries from parents who wanted the district to offer it.
Only 32 students who are age 15 before June 16 will be allowed to take the course, which is open to students in the Bi-Stone area.
The course, which includes all classroom and driving components, costs $350 and runs June 16 through July 3 at the high school. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, but students may only miss one class.
Students must bring an original birth certificate and Social Security card to the first day of classes.
Pat Adams will schedule driving times once students receive their permits. For more information, call Adams at 254-747-2799.

Wed
14
May

County to cut LCDC warden, hire maintenance man

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted to cancel their contract with Mike Sutton, the longtime warden of the Limestone County Detention Center, but they made clear it was nothing personal.
After nearly a year of fruitless searches for new inmates for the county-owned private prison, the court agreed at its meeting Monday, May 12, to take a significant step to reduce the weight of its expense on county coffers.
“Judge, I believe we’ve come to the point where we probably need to give our management company a 30-day notice,” Commissioner John McCarver told County Judge Daniel Burkeen, referring to the interim company Sutton put together to keep the prison operational while Sutton and Burkeen, possibly others, searched for a new source of inmates.
“Let me just update everybody on where we stand on inmates,” Burkeen said.

Wed
14
May

Memorial Week


Mexia Police Department gathered May 12 as Mayor Troy Miller declared May 15 to be Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week of May 11-17 to be Peace Officer's Memorial Week in Mexia. Shown here are, l-r, seated, Miller and City Manager Larry Brown; front row, seated: Corp. William Rogers, Candice Boyd, Detective Richard Hundley, Detective Rodney Irvin, Mitchell Rector, K-9 Officer Kristopher Dossey and K-9 Tomi; standing: Britton Argumaniz, Richard McGowan, Anthony Donoso, Sgt. Bobby Coslin, Kevin Nickels, Brandon Smith, Chief Richard Hawthorne, Dustin Davis, Craig Player, Corp. Shannon Rousey, Miguel Almanza, Larell Tolbert, Sgt. Brian Bell and Corp. Larry Armstrong. Contributed Photo/Brandi Garza

Mexia Police Department gathered May 12 as Mayor Troy Miller declared May 15 to be Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week of May 11-17 to be Peace Officer's Memorial Week in Mexia. Shown here are, l-r, seated, Miller and City Manager Larry Brown; front row, seated: Corp. William Rogers, Candice Boyd, Detective Richard Hundley, Detective Rodney Irvin, Mitchell Rector, K-9 Officer Kristopher Dossey and K-9 Tomi; standing: Britton Argumaniz, Richard McGowan, Anthony Donoso, Sgt. Bobby Coslin, Kevin Nickels, Brandon Smith, Chief Richard Hawthorne, Dustin Davis, Craig Player, Corp. Shannon Rousey, Miguel Almanza, Larell Tolbert, Sgt. Brian Bell and Corp. Larry Armstrong.

Contributed Photo/Brandi Garza

Wed
14
May

Dumped in the dark


These two puppies were illegally dumped over the fence at LARAS House last Saturday evening, May 10. That could have exposed all the dogs in the shelter to parvo, usually a fatal disease, should these two pups prove to have it. The week before, someone dumped 11 more puppies at the shelter. If you have any information about who may have dumped these puppies, please contact LARAS House at 254-292-9552. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

These two puppies were illegally dumped over the fence at LARAS House last Saturday evening, May 10. That could have exposed all the dogs in the shelter to parvo, usually a fatal disease, should these two pups prove to have it. The week before, someone dumped 11 more puppies at the shelter. If you have any information about who may have dumped these puppies, please contact LARAS House at 254-292-9552.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
09
May

Woman killed in accident on Hwy. 14

A 22-year-old Groesbeck woman died Friday after an accident on Hwy. 14 near the Navasota River.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety's Groesbeck office, a call of an accident at Hwy. 14 and LCR 456 – by the Springfield bait shop – came in at 8:54 a.m. May 9.
Troopers say Juanita Montano, 55, of Teague was driving a 2000 Dodge 1500 pickup when she turned off of LCR 456, trying to cross the northbound lane and head south on Hwy. 14 toward Groesbeck.
She apparently did not see the northbound 2000 Dodge Intrepid sedan being driven on Hwy. 14 by 22-year-old Kezia Ledford of Groesbeck.

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

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