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Wed
29
Jan

County to apply for grant to make Courthouse repairs


Some of the concrete balustrades at the Limestone County Courthouse have deteriorated over time and must be replaced before chunks fall down and possibly injure a passerby. The county is in the process of applying for a matching grant from the Texas Historical Commission to make this and other repairs. Contributed photo/Sam Callis

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners plan to apply for help from the state Historical Commission to make some of the needed repairs at the Courthouse.

Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis gave a presentation on the subject at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, explaining what is needed and requesting permission to apply for the Texas Courthouse Restoration Grant from the State Historical Commission to fund the work.

Through its Courthouse Preservation Grant, the Commission has about $4.2 million to distribute among 30 applicants. Callis said the Commission would award as much as $400,000 to a single applicant.

Projecting photographic images onto a screen to illustrate what he was describing, Callis listed the problem as leaks that allow rain water to enter, cracks in ceilings, walls and sidewalks, and deterioration of concrete balustrades and mortar between brickwork.

Wed
29
Jan

Fine kettle of fish

Braydan Urban, 5, of Groesbeck, admires his catch of fish at the Youth Trout Clinic Saturday at Fort Parker State Park. The event was co-sponsored by the Mexia Bass Club and Texas Parks and Wildlife, and was funded by donations from area businesses.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
29
Jan

DPS chase nets stolen truck, three arrests


Dustin Ryan Kunkle, left, of Corsicana, Anastasia Guillory, right, of Waco, and Jesse Hurt, not shown, also of Waco, were arrested Friday, Jan. 24, after a high-speed chase through Mexia by State Trooper Donnie Carter.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A high-speed chase that raced through a residential area of Mexia Friday night ended with three arrested and a stolen truck recovered.

The incident started just before 10:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, when Department of Public Safety Trooper Donnie Carter was on routine patrol several miles west of Mexia. He spotted a white Chevrolet pickup truck on U.S. 84 that had been stolen earlier in Hill County. Carter tried to make a traffic stop, but instead of stopping, the driver sped away.

Carter pursued the truck, with speeds rising to more than 90 mph, according to Trooper Harpin Myers, a DPS public information officer.

When the truck came into Mexia, the driver turned south on Hwy. 14, quickly leading Carter and a Mexia Police officer past the airport and crossing into northbound traffic several times, according to Myers. The truck then made a U-turn and went north on Hwy. 14.

Mon
27
Jan

Mexia teen performs at bowl game halftime show


Seventeen-year-old Andre’ya Fleming shows one of the colorful flags she uses skillfully in the Mexia High School color guard, like one she used at the Capital One All-American halftime show in Orlando on Jan. 1. Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Jan. 1 was memorable for 17-year-old Andre’ya Fleming, of Mexia, not so much because of the new year but because of what she did that day: she performed in the Capital One Bowl halftime show in Orlando along with hundreds of other talented teenagers.

The previous summer, the Mexia High School junior, who plays clarinet in the band and is its color guard captain, attended All American Camp in Brownwood, where she was selected to take part with her flags in the Capital One Bowl halftime show.

Those chosen for the show would have to pay their own way, but not surprisingly, her mother, Yvette Forge, helped and they made plans for the event.

The two left Mexia Dec. 28, and flew to Orlando, enjoying side trips to Disney World and Universal Studios while they were there.

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

Mon
27
Jan

Tales of olden days

Volunteer Glenda Nelson, right, in pioneer dress, tells stories Saturday, Jan. 18, to those visiting the Confederate Reunion Grounds, of how life used to be in Texas.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
27
Jan

County preps for elections, honors staffers


Limestone County employees achieving 10 years of service were recognized at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, including, l-r, Billy Mack, Lloyd McCormick, Carol Bostain, Stacy Hall, Debbie Watson and David Bell (not shown). Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

More preparations were made at the Limestone County commissioners court’s Jan. 13 meeting for spring elections: city of Mexia, Mexia Independent School District, and primaries for both Democrat and Republican parties. At the same meeting, county employees and Crime Stoppers were recognized for their work.

Mexia City Secretary Christi Shivers appeared before the court to discuss and approve a request by Mexia to lease county election equipment for its May 10 general election. County Clerk Peggy Beck confirmed the contract was the standard one used, and the motion passed.

Also at the meeting, the court approved a contract with Mexia ISD to hold their May 10 election. Deputy County Clerk Jennifer Johnson told the court the contract was standard and the same one they have used each year.

Fri
24
Jan

Hundreds of area youth to ‘reset’ themselves


Kevin Jones, youth pastor at First Baptist Church, Mexia, is looking forward to Reset Weekend, a youth event for all denominations set for Feb. 7-9. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Hundreds of local high school and junior high students are planning to hit the reset button on their lives by attending First Baptist Church’s Reset Weekend Feb. 7-9.

The event is sponsored by the Baptist churches of Mexia, Groesbeck, Wortham and Coolidge but is open to sixth through 12th graders of all denominations.

Youth Pastor Kevin Jones is directing the event and expects 300-400 teens, more than a hundred from Mexia alone.

All those attending will stay at host homes in Mexia, even those who live in Mexia, so the experience is the same for all those attending.

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

Fri
24
Jan

Banquet honors 2013 football season


Coach Lamonte Chambers, right, was pleased to present the Shield of Honor Award to senior Kaylon Watson, left, during Thursday night’s football banquet. Watson was a versatile player for the Blackcat football team playing several different positions on both offense and defense. See more photos from the banquet on Page 10. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

“Strive to win this award, strive to do things the right way … because if everybody that’s here was a freshman, on the JV, tries to do the things it takes to win this award or any other award … your team’s going to be better. You’re going to win. You’re not going to win just four games, you’re going to win 14 games.” Those were just some of the encouraging words aimed towards Blackcats players from Mexia alumnus, Justin Reed, who was a former recipient of the distinguished Shield of Honor award presented to a football player each year during the annual awards banquet held at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center.

Fri
24
Jan

County moving forward to claim road money

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are expected at their meeting Monday to vote to set up a County Energy Transportation Zone in the southern half of the county. This is one of several required steps for the county to receive at least $431,109 from a fund the state set up to reimburse counties for road damage caused by the large trucks used in oil and gas exploration.

The county held a public hearing Dec. 23, which was the first step; then waited 30 days, as required. If the commissioners vote to set up the zone, they discussed in their Dec. 9 meeting using the same boundaries as those of Emergency Service districts No. 1 and 2 since they were already drawn and time was short.

Also on the agenda is the appointment of members to an advisory board for the zone.

Wed
22
Jan

Sales tax receipts take an upward turn for Mexia

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions to Mexia inched up last month, and are above the amount gathered year-to-date last year.

The city of Mexia re­ceived $200,910 this period, up .14 percent from the $200,626 reported sent in January in 2013.

Revenues this month were up 2.81 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $55,578 this period compared to $54,055 a year ago. Elsewhere in Limestone County, Kosse saw revenues rise 1.1 percent when compared to the same month a year ago, to $4,499. Thornton’s figure was $1,064, a 4.3 percent decrease from the same month in 2013.

Coolidge saw an increase of 18.95 percent this month, to $1,540, up from $1,294 a year ago.

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

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