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08
Jun

Mexia funeral director notes changes over time


Mexia Rotary President John Stubbs, right, a funeral director by trade, shows some antiques from his field at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Mexia. At left, Rotarians Jack Beene and Bobby Forrest examine an old photograph, old funeral tools and a ‘cooling table,’ which would leave the body in the right position for the casket. Behind them is a retrieval basket, which was used to take the remains from the place of residence to the funeral home. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The funeral business has changed considerably over the years, but mainly technical details rather than the human side.
“The supplies, equipment, techniques: all those things have changed and improved, but the underlying goal that we still have is taking care of the dead, serving their families and helping out the best we can when that time comes,” says Mexia’s John Stubbs Jr.
Stubbs grew up in the funeral business, since his father, John S. Stubbs Sr. was a longtime funeral director in Mexia. The senior John Stubbs began working for Mexia funeral director J.I. Riddle in 1945. Much later, John Stubbs Sr. co-founded the current Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in 1968 with colleague J.L. Blair.

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Mon
08
Jun

Class of 2015 recognized at commencement


Utter joy breaks out on the faces of Mexia High School graduating seniors and they prepare to throw their mortarboards in the air as commencement exercises conclude Friday night at Blackcat Field. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Graduating Mexia High School seniors walked across a stage set up at Blackcat Field Friday evening to receive their diploma, close a chapter in their lives and begin a new one.
As the familiar graduation music “Pomp and Circumstance” played, the soon-to-be graduates in black caps and gowns filed one-by-one in a stately manner across the 50-yard line and took a seat in the white chairs set up beside the dais.
The visitors side of the football field, where the audience sat, was overflowing with proud, smiling family members and friends, many fanning themselves with programs in the warmth as the sun was setting.

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Fri
05
Jun

Final approval likely ahead for new subdivision

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County will soon request bids on products and services it uses extensively year round.
County commissioners are expected to discuss and probably agree at their meeting Monday, June 8, to have the county auditor advertise for its annual bids; also give final approval on a plat for a new subdivision, sign a contract to obtain medical supplies through a cooperative and recognize the work of a helicopter rescue crew that rescued three boaters in the county recently.
The request for bids comes each year at this time and is intended to garner a good price for commonly used products and services through a relatively high volume of items purchased.

Fri
05
Jun

City pool opens Saturday


Lyndi Barker, 2, of Fairfield, tests the dancing fountains at Mexia swimming pool last summer. The pool opens for the 2015 summer season today at 11 a.m. Mexia News file photo

By Brenda Sommer Managing Editor Get out your water wings and swimsuits – the Mexia city pool opens today. Pool opening day is Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m., lasting until 7 p.m. The pool will be closed Mondays, but will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Aug. 8. General admission will cost $4 per person. Season pass costs are: individual, $100; family of four; $250, each additional member, $50.

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Wed
03
Jun

MISD approves bid on first project

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Wed
27
May

Memorial Day ceremony held to honor those lost to war


About 85 people attended the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Limestone County courthouse Monday, May 25. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The annual county-wide ceremony for Memorial Day was held at the Limestone County courthouse Monday, with around 85-90 attending.
The event took place in front of the southern steps of the building.
This year a musical group called Breaking Silence sang several patriotic songs, including the “Star-Spangled Banner” and a medley of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful” and “America (My County Tis of Thee).” The group is composed of home-schooled students from Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen gave the keynote speech, in which he reminded those attending of the sacrifice – sometimes extreme sacrifice – of the nation’s defenders.

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Wed
27
May

County spared worst of this week’s storms


The powerful, flood-fueled waters of the Navasota River flow over the spillway beside Lake Mexia Dam Tuesday, May 26. LCR 377 lies beneath the overflow. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Limestone County may have been spared the worst of this week’s Texas flooding, but did have its share of unwanted water rushing across saturated soil.
In addition, rainfall totals in the county for the first five months of this year are at or above those of all of 2014.

Fri
22
May

Sales tax receipts take welcome turn upward

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for April rose a bit compared to last year, and totals in two of the other four taxing entities in Limestone County were also up for the month.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said that state sales tax revenue in April was $2.3 billion, up 1.1 percent compared to April 2014.
“As we predicted in January, state revenues have grown at a moderate pace. April is the second consecutive month of relatively slow growth in sales tax revenue, and I remain cautiously optimistic about our economic progress,” Hegar said. “Growth in total sales tax revenues collected this month was muted by the significant slowdown in the oil and gas mining sector; however, collections from other major economic sectors – including retail and wholesale trade, restaurants, construction, and manufacturing – continued to grow. This marks the 61st consecutive month of growth in sales tax collections.”

Wed
20
May

Where honor is due

Mexia High School graduating seniors were awarded a total of $143,825 in scholarships at the school’s annual scholarship award ceremony, held at the Mexia Convention Center Thursday, May 14. Shown here, front row, l-r, are Guillermo Mendoza, Kassandra Velazquez, Debresha Gamble, Cheyenne Thompson, Rebeca Castillo, Cristal Calvillo, Tejal Patel and Denise Garcia. On the second row, l-r, are Estefania Suarez, Caroline Kendall, Hannah Yeldell, Jaqueline Mares, Andre’ya Fleming, Krystyna Lacefield and Kandice Mack. On the third row, l-r, are Josh York, Quang Nguyen, Alex Lin, Candy Robles and Viviana Briseño. On the top row, l-r, are Kyler Hancock, Ronald Jackson, Shelby Hileman, Curk Harris, Blake Lewis, Quavious Gamble and Anthony Wylie.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
20
May

Mexia ISD school bond sale plan proceeding

The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees set the ball rolling Monday for the next phase in the bond process.
On the heels of the May 9 passage of the $15.5 million bond package, the board set a special meeting for June 1 to lay out the plan for selling the bonds and getting started on the work to be done.
According to a timetable provided by the district’s bond counsel, the target date for having the bond funds in hand is August.
Planning is already under way for the projects scheduled under the $2.3 million maintenance and operations (M&O) loan approved last fall, including outside steps at the DC Campus and HVAC work at the high school.

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