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Fri
08
Jul

County may sign prison contract with LaSalle

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
County commissioners court will hold an executive session at this Tuesday’s meeting, possibly to make a decision on an interim operator for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.
Also at the July 12 meeting, the court plans to receive petitions against the high-speed rail project, approve raises for Law Enforcement Center and Road and Bridge employees; consider using priority road funds for LCR 456 and take action on a variety of other issues.
At the court’s last meeting, on June 27, the one bid the county received on running the prison on an interim basis was opened. The bidder was LaSalle Corrections, and three principles of LaSalle stayed for an executive session at that time to discuss their offer with the court and attorney Herb Bristow, who advises the court on legal matters.

Fri
08
Jul

Pet Parade, Skillet Toss winners are announced

Bonnie Atkins, 2, of Mexia, turns to her mother, Tiffany Foley, while petting a donkey, as her her brothers, Thomas, 3, and Aiden, 10, look on.
Chandra Tull, 3, and her brothers, Isaac, 9, center, and Isaiah, 11, all of Mexia, try to pet half-grown guineas at the petting zoo at Mexia City Park during the Boomin’ on the Fourth Independence Day celebration Monday, July 4.
Christopher Thornton Jr., 4, of Groesbeck, gets a pony ride with help from volunteer Amanda Kay Harris, of Teague.
Trenton Boone, 7, of Mexia, makes friends with a painted desert sheep and a sepian goat, at the petting zoo featured at Boomin’ on the Fourth.
Mexia’s Joyce Johnson, at left, dances to oldies by Classie Ballou while Shaniqua Harbert, also of Mexia, dances with her niece, Lauryn Bailey, 2.
Friends and family groups could be observed grooving to the music at the Classie Ballou concert July 4 at Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth celebration.
Classie Ballou, left, and his band of the same name, play old favorites like Mustang Sally as well as Prince hits in honor of the late pop singer.
Eric and Kristen Shamblin and son, Derek, 1, prepare the family pet, an Old English sheep dog named Sugar Bear, to enter the Pet Parade in Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth Independence Day celebration.
Nolan Maki, 11, gives his Scottish terrier, Nessie, a hug as they wait for the Pet Parade to begin.
Shannon Copley plays with her Chihuahua, Delilah, after the Pet Parade, part of the Independence Day celebration at Mexia City Park, Monday, July 4.
Adela, a terrier owned by Pauline Venegas, sports a jaunty pirate hat for the Pet Parade at Boomin’ on the Fourth.
Amber Allee gets help from Jaden Rosas, 5, of Fairfield, to walk her dog, Goober, a tree walker coonhound, at the Pet Parade.
Nate Maki, 10, of Mexia, holds tightly to his Yorkie poodle, Teebo, as they wait for the Pet Parade to start.
Bryan Sarabia, 7, of Mexia, holds his Chihuahua, Chiquis, as his sister, Emily, 10, speaks to the dog before the Pet Parade.

The final results of more of the contests at the annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Boomin’ on the Fourth celebration have become available. They are:
Pet Parade winners
First place - Tiffany Adair’s lab rescue puppy Rougie Odor
Second place - Pauline Venegas’ “Pirate Dog” terrier Adela
Third place - Jodi Macki’s mixed breed dog Snowy
Biggest - Eric Shamblin’s Old English sheepdog Sugar Bear
Smallest - Shannon Copley’s Chihuahua Delilah
Best dressed - unavailable
Most unusual - Nolan Maki’s Scottish terrier Nessie
Shortest tail - Scott and Alisha Moore’s terrier Boomer
Best ear display - Alysha Richardson’s blue heeler Buckaroo
Waggingest tail - Mitzi Eves’ Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Shyest - Bryan Sarabia’s Chihuahua Chiquis
Most obedient - Amber Allee’s Tree Walker coonhound Goober
Most colorful - Adriana Venegas’ blue heeler Mika

Fri
08
Jul

Point Enterprise bell back in place after vandalism

Volunteers, l-r, Boone Crider, Bob Crider, Michael Greenup and Paul Barker work together to lift the Point Enterprise community’s restored bell onto its stand. (Contributed photo)

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Residents of Point Enterprise are happy to have their historic bell re-installed in front of the community club house and historic church.
The bell was found knocked off its stand early on Sunday, May 15, in what was believed to have been an attempt to steal it for its metal. The bell is quite heavy and was left in the yard, its stand broken, and a chip in the edge of the bell, though observers say the chip may have already been there.
XTO welder Paul Barker and Point Enterprise resident Bob Crider together repaired the stand, donating their labor and the welding supplies needed to make the repairs, so there was no cost to the community.
Crider spray-painted the bell a golden hue, and it now shines brightly.
Barker, Crider and other Point Enterprise residents worked together to set the bell back in place June 29, and the stand is more firmly attached to the ground than before.

Fri
08
Jul

JoNell Thomas Grider

JoNell Thomas Grider

JoNell Thomas Grider, 76, passed away July 6, 2016. Grider was born Dec. 13, 1939 in Farrar, to Marion Little Thomas and Essie Wells Thomas. She lived in Lewisville for 42 years, but called Mexia her home.
Grider was an accounts payable clerk for the majority of her career, retiring from Michaels Stores in 2004 to care for her ailing mother. She also worked for Lewisville Independent School District, Professional Microfilming as a supervisor, and at Calvary Baptist Church, where she was also a member. While faithful to serve the church wherever needed, chairman of the bereavement committee was truly close to her heart; serving meals to families on the day of their loved one’s funeral was her most gratifying ministry.

Wed
06
Jul

Mexia July Fourth celebration rolls despite rain

Amber Allee winds up to throw a cast iron skillet as far as she can in the Women’s Skillet Toss, one of the fun event in Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth.
Mexia City Secretary Christi Shivers focuses on where she wants her frying pan to land in the Woman’s Skillet Toss, part of Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth, held Monday, July 4.
Mexia’s VFW Auxiliary President Lynnette Young, at right, hands out goodies to Petra Ashleman, of Waco, at Boomin’ on the Fourth
Cailyn Sheffield, 4, of Donie, appears to throw her arms wide with abandon as she slips down an inflated slide at Mexia’s city park.
Mexia’s city swimming pool was filled to capacity on Monday, July 4, with the temperatures soaring and the admission price dropped to zero. The special offer was made as part of the city’s celebration of Independence Day.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A strong downpour of rain Monday morning didn’t stop Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth all-day celebration of Independence Day, though a few booths with no canopies had to fold.
Five-k runners and one-mile walkers gathered early at Hughes City Park for the 8 a.m. start, with the walkers taking off first, many already back by the time the runners took off about 8:15.
The overall male winner was Kobe Yepez, of Round Rock, at 18:06; and the overall female winner Erin Derden, of Corsicana, at 21:42, which was also the fifth-best overall time that day.
Well into the race, the rain started, turning quite heavy and sending race watchers and other attendees to search for cover. Most of those present took the wet stuff in stride, however, ignoring it or appreciating the cool breezes that accompanied it.

Wed
06
Jul

Boomin' Race Winners

Nearly six dozen runners take off in the Firecracker 5K run Monday, July 4, at Mexia’s Hughes City Park. The run was part of Boomin’ on the Fourth, the city’s annual celebration of Independence Day.
Those who completed the Firecracker 5K Run/One Mile Walk take a moment to relish their victory on Monday, July 4, at Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth celebration.
Warming up for Mexia’s Firecracker 5K Run are Kameron Rhodes, of Wortham, left, and her sister Ashley Rhodes.
A small group of health enthusiasts begin Monday, July 4, with a one-mile walk at Mexia’s Boomin’ on the Fourth, the annual Independence Day celebration.

Mexia Firecracker 5K July 4, 2016

Wed
06
Jul

Limestone Historical Commission recognized by state

Members of the Limestone County Historical Commission beam as commissioners court presents them with the Texas Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award for their work in 2015.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Limestone County Historical Commission was recognized at commissioners court for having received the Texas Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award for its 2015 year of service.
The court dealt with that issue at its June 28 meeting and also addressed another matter concerning history: supporting the notation of a historic national trail through the county.
Members present to accept the award for the County Historical Commission were commission President William Reagan, Bruce and Linda Jordan, Donald “Bubba” McDonald and Tom Hawkins.
“We’re really proud of the work they do, and they have once again been recognized by the state of Texas for their work,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen as he presented a certificate provided by the state commission.

Wed
06
Jul

Lake Mexia boaters show patriotism, enthusiasm

Larry and Kelli Haynes’ boat, the Haynes Crew, won first place in Lake Mexia’s Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade, held Saturday, July 2.
Rayford Sterling’s pontoon, running with all flags blazing, came in third in the Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade at Lake Mexia on Saturday, July 2.
All hands were on deck as Paul and Gwen Bartsch’s pontoon won Honorable Mention in the Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade, held July 2 at Lake Mexia.
Russ and Barbara Strickland enjoy the sun and breeze, along with nine other entrants in Lake Mexia’s Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade, on Saturday, July 2.
Dolores Munyak, of Wortham, lets Katie, her Australian shepherd, explore the area around the pier at the Lake Mexia marina during the boat parade on Saturday, July 2.
Walt Harrison’s boat, Lucy’s Dream, front, and Susan Hadley’s boat, Malibu Wave Setter, make a quick turn on Lake Mexia during Saturday’s Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Ten boats from across Limestone County entered Lake Mexia’s 11th Annual Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade and made quite a show of red, white and blue on the lake Saturday.
The boat owners decorated their boats with flags of the United States, as well as those of the branches of the military; also red, white and blue bunting, balloons, streamers, bows, ribbons and other symbols of the nation and freedom, such as images of the Statue of Liberty, to show their excitement about the upcoming Independence Day celebration Monday, July 4.
Attendees watched the boat parade either from the sunny wooden pier by the marina or from the cooler shadows beneath the trees, in lawn chairs they had brought with them.
The judges chose Larry and Kelli Haynes’ pontoon, the Haynes Crew, as first place.
Second place was the Stump Jumper, the pontoon of Paul and Regina Eckert.

Wed
06
Jul

Tehuacana News

By Bill Ferris

Wed
06
Jul

IDs, please, gentlemen

Photo courtesy Steele Family Collection, Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site.

The Limestone County Historical Commission is trying to identify the men in this old photograph. They believe this is a photo of the Limestone County Commissioners’ Court, taken sometime between 1905 and 1908. They have identified the man on the far left as Limestone County Judge James Kimbell, who served in that position from 1903-08. The third man from the left is Alvarado Steele, Precinct Four Commissioner from 1905-08. Precinct One Commissioner Charles Roberts and Precinct Three Commissioner Rufus Usry were both in office from 1905-08 and should be in this photo. Two men served as Precinct Two Commissioner during this time period: S.M. Wilson, from 1905-06 and F.M. Coker, from 1907-18. One of these men should also be in the photo. The commission believes the fourth man from the left could be the county clerk since he is shown with an open record book. County clerks during this time were Alf Mills (1903-06) and W.C. Frazier (1907-10).

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