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Fri
15
Jul

Children’s Gibbs Library summer reading program still on

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The summer reading program at Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library still has two weeks remaining for children 3-14 looking for something fun and interesting to do. 

The program started July 5 and will continue through Saturday, July 30, with the final end-of-program party on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m. at the library.

Although sign-ups are over, children not yet involved may still show up for the program activities, said Gibbs Librarian SchienDee Pullman. 

“They can come to story time; they can come to craft time,” Pullman said. “It’s just that they won’t get a certificate or a book bag.”

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
15
Jul

Mexia woman killed in wreck

Mexia News
staff reports

 

A Mexia woman was killed early Thursday afternoon after she was thrown from the truck she was in during a roll-over accident on FM 1331 near the entrance to Taylor Park in Taylor.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report, Christopher Jamal Henderson, 26, of Groesbeck, was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer at an unsafe speed along FM 1331.

Because of the speed, Henderson was unable to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control. 

LaPassion Rene Granger, 19, was thrown from the Explorer and killed.

Henderson was taken to Seton Williamson County. He is listed as in stable condition.

Neither Granger nor Henderson was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Fri
15
Jul

Judge declares emergency burn ban

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared an emergency burn Friday, July 15, at 2 p.m., meaning county residents may not burn trash and brush in open containers.

The ban was expected to come at any time after commissioners court members discussed the increasingly dry conditions at their July 12 meeting.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen said then that some people had asked him about the burn ban because there had been some fires.

 “With this wind, things have dried out quickly,” he said. 

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868

Wed
13
Jul

Talent show...

Retired theater teacher Mary Sue Smith, of Teague, at left, leads Jacob Salazar, 9, of Mexia, and Avery Derden, 9, of Corsicana, in dramatic poses at Navarro College South’s Kids College on Monday, June 20.

Kids College offered small classes in science, Spanish, art, theater, music, computer lab and yoga. Mexia News photos by Roxanne Thompson

Wed
13
Jul

These colors don’t run...

Wortham residents don’t let a little rainstorm stop their Fourth of July Parade. This was after the police vehicles and firetrucks had already rolled through.
Contributed photo by Tracy Lansford

Wed
13
Jul

County prison looks to re-open in August

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved a contract with LaSalle Corrections to re-open the county-owned private prison as soon as possible and learned the facility could start accepting offenders in about a month.
The decision on the contract concerning running the Limestone County Detention Center was made at the court’s July 12 meeting, but because the court had accepted LaSalle as the prison operator at the court’s June 28 meeting, LaSalle had started processing job applicants, even scheduling some for training the following week.

Mon
11
Jul

Mexia educator Adair chosen rural teacher of year

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
“It’s all about relationships,” says Mexia ISD instructor Tiffany Adair about being a successful teacher. “It doesn’t matter whether you are going to teach them two plus two, if you don’t have them trust in you, you’re not going to teach them anything.”
Adair should know. She was presented the 2016 Ruth Long Teacher of the Year Award by the Texas Rural Education Association at the group’s Summer Conference in Fort Worth on June 25.
Adair taught fifth grade social studies this past school year at Mexia’s R.Q. Sims Intermediate School, but has taught school for 25 years, mostly in Mexia. Her main subject is social studies, and she has taught at the high school and junior high levels as well as intermediate.

Mon
11
Jul

Classy chassis

Mexia Lions Club's Red, White and Blue Car Show, July 4, 2016
Mexia Lions Club's Red, White and Blue Car Show, July 4, 2016
Mexia Lions Club's Red, White and Blue Car Show, July 4, 2016
Mexia Lions Club's Red, White and Blue Car Show, July 4, 2016

Fairfield’s Kody and Amey Daniel, and their children, baby Jayson on his father’s shoulders, and l-r, Kassidy, 8, Rylee Pierce, 8, and Kody, 10, check under the hood of a 1937 Ford sedan, owned by Bobby and Catherine Bischoff, of Hewitt. The occasion was the Mexia Lions Club Car Show on July 4 in downtown Mexia.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne Thompson

Mon
11
Jul

Mexia sales tax rebates down 1.7 percent for year

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Sales tax rebates were once again up and down for the cities in the Bistone area in the latest report from the state comptroller’s office.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $624 million in local sales tax allocations for July, 2.3 percent more than in July 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.
“The cities of Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Energy-centric cities such as Houston and Midland continue to see decreases in sales tax allocations.”
Limestone County

Fri
08
Jul

For lives lost

Mexia News photo/Harry T. Darby

The First United Methodist Church of Mexia opened its doors at noon Friday for a come-and-go prayer vigil for the community, in light of “all lives lost this week,” the invitation on social media stated. Sunday Crider, above, played songs of comfort to those in attendance. The church requested prayers “for those in Dallas and beyond.”

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