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Wed
18
Jun

Murdered Mexia teen’s parents try to stop killer’s parole


Roy and Florence Jones, whose daughter, Kathy, was murdered June 3, 1969, look through her high school yearbook in the kitchen of their Mexia home. The couple is asking people to help keep her murderer behind bars by writing the Parole Board. Carlos Don Stultz was placed on parole June 3, the 45th anniversary of the date he killed the 17-year-old girl. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Carlos Don Stultz, convicted murderer of Mexia teen Kathy Elaine Jones in 1969, is being considered for parole again, and family and friends of the victim are asking Limestone County residents to speak up against the possibility.
The anniversary of Kathy Jones’ murder was just a few days ago – June 3 – and the memories of that terrible time return to her parents, Roy and Florence Jones, as well as thoughts of the many life events that didn’t happen for Kathy since her life was cut short so early.
“I still can’t talk about it. I can’t; I can’t,” Florence Jones said last week, her face stricken and her voice choked with emotion.
“We would appreciate anyone that would write the Parole Board and make a comment on whatever their feelings are at the time,” Roy Jones said, “because it would get input from other people rather than just us.”
“He needs to be done away with because he might kill somebody else,” said Florence Jones, calmer now.

Wed
18
Jun

Juneteenth celebration wraps up today


Singers entertain the crowd at last year's Juneteenth celebration, under the roof of the open-air tabernacle at the lakefront site. Today is the culmination of the annual celebration at Booker T. Washington Park on Lake Mexia, with events starting with a parade at 10 a.m. at the park. Contributed photo

Today marks the culmination of the annual Limestone County Juneteenth celebration, with the memorial program taking place this morning.
Events, which began Saturday, take place at Booker T. Washington Park, previously known as Comanche Crossing, originally located on the banks of the Navasota River.
Today's events begin with a parade at 10 a.m. at the grounds of the park, followed by the memorial program at 11 a.m.
"We'll read the Emancipation Proclamation, and have a speaker, choirs and people singing," said Renee Turner, one of the many organizers of the event. "This year, we're going to do a reenactment of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation as seen through the eyes of Walter Cotton, a teacher, writer and artist who lived in Mexia."

Mon
16
Jun

MSSLC's status helps keep it open in troubled times


Customers Carol Patin, of Groesbeck, at right, and Betty Rowley, of Mexia, at rear, choose plants for their gardens from thousands of possibilities at Mexia State Supported Living Center’s greenhouse. Residents of the MSSLC learn gardening skills by working in the greenhouse, and the plants they grow are sold for quite reasonable prices, with seedlings 25 cents, 5-inch potted plants $1 and hanging baskets $6. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

The Mexia State Supported Living Center is Texas’ only forensic SSLC, a characteristic that may cast a negative shadow on the campus but also helps protect it from the continual threats of closure that hang over all the state’s SSLCs.
MSSLC Director Mike Davis spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently on what’s going on at the Mexia campus and also on what he’s doing to improve the SSLC’s reputation in Mexia.
The resident population of the MSSLC is about 320, he said, far lower than in years past, and Davis takes a positive view of that.
“If you look at all 13 SSLCs, Mexia doubles everyone else when it comes to placing residents out in the community,” he said. “That means we’re doing an excellent job of trying to get the residents out where they can actually go ahead and have successful lives.”

Mon
16
Jun

LCSO gets donation, will start memorial fund


XTO Energy production foreman Branden Monico presents a $5,000 donation on behalf of the company to Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson at the June 9 meeting of the Limestone County commissioners court. Wilson said he planned to combine the funds with private donations to build a memorial at the Sheriff’s Office to fallen officers. Shown here seated, l-r, are Commissioners Bobby Forrest, Jerry Allen, William ‘Pete’ Kirven and John McCarver; standing, l-r, are County Judge Daniel Burkeen, Monico and Wilson. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson plans to create a memorial to fallen officers starting with a $5,000 donation XTO Energy made to the Sheriff’s Office at last week’s meeting.
Branden Monico, a production foreman for XTO, presented the check at the June 9 commissioners court meeting, and the court accepted it for the record, which is a requirement of donations to a county entity.
Wilson explained to the court that when Monico told him several months ago that the company wanted to make the donation, he told Monico the steps to take.
“I feel very honored and blessed that XTO chose the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office to recognize and honor with their donation,” Wilson said.

Fri
13
Jun

Pedestrian hit by car on Hwy. 14

A Mexia man was rushed to an area hospital last week after he was hit by a car and thrown 30 feet on Hwy. 14 in Mexia.
The accident occurred Friday, June 6, a few minutes before 10 p.m. in the 600 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy (Hwy. 14).
According to the Mexia Police report, Toni Phelendia Jackson, 37, of Glenn Heights, was driving south in the right lane of Hwy. 14 in a gray 2000 Nissan Altima with her 7-year-old daughter when she hit the man.

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

Fri
13
Jun

Man allegedly tries to run over MPD officer


Dents can be seen in the back door and rear quarterpanel of this Mexia Police patrol car, and the headlight assembly of the truck that hit it rests atop the trunk, after the sedan was rammed Wednesday by a shoplifting suspect driving a red Chevy pickup. Shown above are, l-r, DPS Trooper Allen, who is investigating the wreck; MPD Chief Richard Hawthorne; MPD Corp. William Rogers, who was driving the patrol car, and a tow truck company employee. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

A Mexia Police corporal was injured after a fleeing suspect in a pickup rammed the officer’s patrol car then allegedly tried to run over the officer during a high-speed chase Wednesday that wound through downtown residential areas of Mexia.
The suspect in the case is 45-year-old Lonnie Gadson of Gatesville. He has been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, evading arrest or detention and theft of property between $50 and $500.
The events began shortly before 3 p.m. June 11 when a call came in from H-E-B, at 701 E. Milam, reporting a man trying to steal a cart of groceries worth $411. According to police, Gadson first fled on foot, then returned to the parking lot and his 2005 red Chevrolet Silverado pickup. As the first officer to respond pulled into the lot, store employees pointed out the now-fleeing truck to the officer, and a pursuit began.

Wed
11
Jun

Reunion Grounds to host Picnic Day


The 12th Texas Artillery are set to appear at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site on Saturday, June 14 for the site's free Picnic Day. The artillery will provide demonstrations, fire their reproduction 3-inch ordnance rifle and discuss the history of the historic cannon during the Red River Campaign and its capture 150 years ago. Contributed photo

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site invites the public to bring their lawn chairs and picnic basket to participate in a Confederate Reunion Picnic Day this Saturday.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and admission is free.
“The Confederate veterans historically held a Picnic Day in late spring at the Joe Johnston Camp 94 to plan for the upcoming annual reunion held on the full moon of July or August,” said Dixie Hoover, site manager. “We will gather around and beneath the historic 1893 Dance Pavilion built by the veterans to picnic and enjoy the natural beauty of the site just as they did over 100 years ago.
At least 110 Model A Fords (1928 – 1931) are expected to tour through the site in the morning as part of the 51st Model A Ford Texas Tour 2014. The vehicles and their drivers will stop for layovers through noon for the public to view and visit with their drivers.

Wed
11
Jun

One last time


With pinkie fingers interlocked, the Wortham High class of 2014 sings the school song during commencement ceremonies, held June 7. For more photos from the Wortham commencement ceremonies, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

With pinkie fingers interlocked, the Wortham High class of 2014 sings the school song during commencement ceremonies, held June 7. For more photos from the Wortham commencement ceremonies, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
11
Jun

Second man sentenced in game warden assaults

The second of two men arrested last fall for assaulting two Texas game wardens following a high-speed pursuit in Limestone County has been sentenced to 30 years in prison following guilty pleas to five felonies.
Four others charged with helping hide the two men convicted of the assaults also have entered pleas and received sentences.
Two Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens had been doing surveillance in response to complaints of illegal road hunting on the morning of Oct. 5, 2013 when they saw a vehicle without headlights and followed it. They watched it enter private property in Limestone County. After hearing breaking glass, wardens suspected a burglary was taking place. When the vehicle started to leave the property, the wardens tried to stop it.

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

Wed
11
Jun

Annual county Juneteenth celebration begins Saturday

This week marks the beginning of the annual Limestone County Juneteenth celebration, which takes place June 14-19 at Booker T. Washington Park, previously known as Comanche Crossing, originally located on the banks of the Navasota River.
On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was read on the Stroud Plantation, home to Limestone County’s largest population of slaves. This took place two-and-a-half years after the proclamation was issued by President Lincoln.
The sound of the good news led freed people to want to celebrate freedom. They gathered at Comanche Crossing, which had been a picnic ground since the early 1880s.

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