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Mon
09
Jun

Up, up and away


At the final moment of Mexia High School’s graduation ceremony Friday evening at Blackcat Field, exultant seniors throw their caps in the air after the tradition of graduates. Behind and at right, school administrators look just as happy at the students’ achievement. There’s more photos from MHS’s graduation on Page 12. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

At the final moment of Mexia High School’s graduation ceremony Friday evening at Blackcat Field, exultant seniors throw their caps in the air after the tradition of graduates. Behind and at right, school administrators look just as happy at the students’ achievement. There’s more photos from MHS’s graduation on Page 12.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
09
Jun

Veterans service officer reports to court

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s Veterans Service Officer Don Beene gave a report on his work to county commissioners at their Tuesday, May 27, meeting. The court also took care of two items concerning the Emergency Services districts.
Beene said that in 2012, veterans in Limestone County received $13,058,000 from the VA; and in 2013, they received $15,631,000. The amount sounds large, he noted, until one considers that they are divided among 1,615 veterans.
“I think it’s less than $10,000 per veteran that you’re getting,” he said.
Beene expressed thanks to the commissioners for allowing him to serve in his position.
“I’m really enjoying this, and it’s really amazing,” he said.
He recounted several stories in which he was able to resolve problems of veteran clients.

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

Fri
06
Jun

Pastors put blessings on 2014 graduates


A group of friends from Mexia High School pose together for their loved ones to take pictures after the baccalaureate service. The seniors will graduate Friday evening, June 6, at Blackcat Stadium Football Field. Shown here in their graduation robes, l-r, are Shawn Hobbs, Ostell Johnson, Chavor Gamble, Travion Grey and Donnell Gamble. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia graduating seniors were commended and encouraged by local church leaders at the annual baccalaureate service Sunday, June 1.
The event was held at the high school auditorium, which was just about filled to capacity.
Though the event is voluntary and not an official school function because of its religious nature, most of the graduates attended, entering to “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by Wynona Lipsett on the auditorium’s grand piano.

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

Mon
02
Jun

Community rallies to support Perales family


Javier Perales

A local business is raising funds to help a family bury their son, who died Thursday in a traffic accident.
“It was with great sadness that we learned about the loss of our deli/bakery partner and friend Javier Perales on Thursday afternoon,” said Craig Mytton, manager of H-E-B. “He will be forever remembered for his kindness, outgoing personality, smile, and how he greeted everyone he met with a kind word.”
Perales, who was 21 when he died, worked at the store for about a year in maintenance, deli and bakery.
He died in a one-vehicle rollover accident May 29 on FM 39.
H-E-B heard of the family’s need to pay for the funeral and other expenses, so delivered food to them Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We also told them that we knew about their financial need and would do whatever we could to help them out,” Mytton said.
Mexia H-E-B is still accepting donations for the family through Tuesday evening.

Mon
02
Jun

Singer Shelton Feazell to perform in Mexia


Though he has played on stage with many famous country and western singers, these days, Shelton Feazell uses his talent and time to play in churches and other venues across the United States. Contributed photo

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
02
Jun

Vuong named valedictorian of class of 2014


The Top 10 percent of the Mexia High School Class of 2014 are, l-r, back row: Salutatorian Zane Kantor, Taylor Threat, Keandre Montgomery, Valedictorian Hoa Vuong and Brady Walker; front row: Ling Ni, Reyna Escobedo, Victoria Carroll, Sarah Contreras, Tasia Irvin, Mia Wells, Adriana Venegas and Nemesis Robles. Contributed photo

Mexia High School seniors are winding down the 2014 school year with preparations for commencement services.
Baccalaureate services were held in the Mexia High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 1. The graduation ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6 at Blackcat Stadium Football Field.
The Class of 2014 Valedictorian is Hoa Vuong. Hoa is the son of Hoi Vuong and Lang Tran. He plans to attend the University of Houston.
The Class of 2014 Salutatorian is Zane Kantor. Zane is the son of Ted and Dr. Anna Kantor. He plans to attend Texas A&M University.
The Class of 2014 Top 10 percent are Victoria Kay Carroll, Sarah Lydia Contreras, Reyna Mercedes Escobedo, Tasia Irvin, Edmund Zane Kantor, Keandre Lamarquist Montgomery, Ling Shan Ni, Nemesis O. Robles, Taylor Threat, Adriana Venegas, Hoa Dang Vuong, Brady Colton Walker, and Mia De’Layna Wells.

Mon
02
Jun

Man killed in rollover accident on FM 39


Debris was strewn completely across FM 39 after this rollover wreck just before 5 p.m. May 29, which killed the driver of this Ford Explorer.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A 21-year-old man was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle wreck just outside of Mexia.
According to Waco Department of Public Safety trooper D.L. Wilson, the accident occurred at 4:55 p.m. May 29 about 1.3 miles south of the Mexia city limits on FM 39.
Javier Perales of Coolidge was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport SUV towards Mexia when the accident happened. Witnesses told the DPS that Perales was traveling at a high rate of speed when he entered a curve in the road and lost control of his vehicle.
The SUV drove well into the shallow roadside ditch at least once, and rolled at least three times, Wilson said.
It came to rest upside down between the ditch and northbound lane of FM 39. Debris from both the inside and outside of the Ford was scattered for at least 50 yards across both lanes of the road, and a single tire from the front of the SUV stopped, upright, in the northbound lane.

Wed
28
May

Big Mexia house takes slow ride to Kirvin


Two cranes lift off the first quarter of the old Womack home in Mexia at the corner of Main and Canton streets on May 21, in the process of moving it to a 975-acre ranch in Kirvin. The house was built about 1920-21 by Jack Womack, father of Gene Womack.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia residents watched with interest and a touch of sadness last week as a very large, old two-story Mexia home was picked up and moved down U.S. 84.
The house at 703 E. Main, where Main crosses Canton Street, was bought in spring 2013 by Todd and April Donahoo. The family had been living in the Virgin Islands before they purchased a 975-acre ranch in Kirvin. Todd Donahoo’s father had retired to nearby Streetman several years ago, and Todd and April Donahoo found the Kirvin ranch to their liking and close to their family.
“We bought it last March and then we moved in, in August,” she said. “Well I moved with the kids in August for them to start school, and Todd’s having to go back and forth.”
April Donahoo enrolled their children at Fairfield, while Todd Donahoo, a master plumber and HVAC contractor, traveled between Kirvin and the Virgin Islands finishing business concerns.

Wed
28
May

Mexia kids vow to put a stop to bullying


Lizzie Sider, center right, a teen country singer, performs for Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary and R.Q. Sims Intermediate schools’ students in a special anti-bullying program, held Friday, May 16, in the high school auditorium. Shown here, she invites students to join her on stage to play maracas, sticks and other hand musical instruments

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Students at Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary and R.Q. Sims Intermediate schools met together Friday to be part of a bully-prevention assembly and were moved by the message of Lizzie Sider, a 15-year-old budding country singer.
Sider made Mexia one of her stops at 70 school districts across Texas to encourage young people to resist the urge to bully others and to intervene if they see bullying happening to someone else.
The theme of the morning was “Nobody has the power to ruin your day,” which she said was something her father told her when Sider was struggling emotionally with being bullied.
Her hit song “Butterfly,” which the kids had practiced and sang along with her, was the thread that tied together the program. Many classes had made their own colorful butterflies in art class and raised them above their heads in the nearly full high school auditorium where the concert was held.

Wed
28
May

County to enlarge animal shelter pond

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed to use county equipment to help the county’s only no-kill animal shelter and made other decisions for the county at their May 12 meeting.
Commissioners approved using county equipment to enlarge and deepen a pond on the property of LARAS House animal shelter, located just west of Mexia.
Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven said Peggy Wilson, with LARAS House, requested the county use its machinery to make a small pond on the property larger.
“They want to make it larger and deeper so they can use the water there for the facility and save on their water bill for the animals,” said Commissioner Bobby Forrest. “I think it’s something we could help them with at basically no cost except a little bit of time–"
“And Ted’s equipment,” Kirven agreed, referring to County Engineer Ted Kantor, who directs the Road and Bridge Department.

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