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Flooding closes roads, damages property Monday morning

Water was pouring over FM 39 about a mile south of the Mexia city limits, as this photo taken about 7:15 a.m. Monday shows.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Simply getting to work became an extreme water sport for many BiStone residents Monday morning as flooding caused by heavy overnight rainfall closed roads and swamped houses and businesses.
The weather station at Limestone County Airport recorded 5.77 inches overnight, with 6.51 inches reported in a station on FM 1365 in Mexia. The Lake Mexia station reported 5.6 inches, with a station on I-45 between Fairfield and Streetman reporting 5.41 inches of rain.
By around 6:45 a.m. Monday, flooding with swift water over roadways was reported in multiple locations in and around Mexia, including Hwy. 14, U.S. 84, Hwy. 171, FM 39, FM 1365, as well as Belknap, Tyler, Red River and many other city streets. Drivers were unable to move between Groesbeck and Mexia, to jobs at Mexia State Supported Living Center, among others.

Mon
13
Jun

Wreck takes lives of Wortham couple

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A Hill County wreck took the lives of a Wortham couple Thursday, while a wreck on U.S. 84 seriously injured an Axtell man Saturday.
Thursday’s wreck took place at 1:30 p.m. just outside Bynum on Hwy. 171, a mile south of its intersection with Hill CR 1242. Dallas Jones, 31, of Frisco was driving a 2007 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup and towing a commercial motor vehicle northbound on Hwy. 171, entering a curve in the road. Headed southbound was William Marks, 81, of Wortham, driving a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup, with his wife Linda, 77, in the passenger seat. As well, Timothy Suter, 60, of Franklin was headed southbound in a Ford F-350 pickup, towing a trailer.

Mon
13
Jun

Kosse Homecoming weekend a blast of fun

A huge flag celebrating the memory of the Kosse Greyhounds was one of the many highlights of the Kosse Homecoming Parade Saturday morning.
Mariel Howard, 11, of Waco, trades a rubber chicken she caught for a treat-filled egg from the 4-H float at the Kosse Homecoming Parade Saturday, June 11.
Jaedi Goodman, 14, of Groesbeck, at left, plays with her second-cousin Hatley Coker, 2, of Thornton, while the child’s mother, Sara Coker, Jaedi’s cousin, looks on.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Hundreds turned out for the annual Kosse Homecoming this weekend, with the highlight being the parade and barbecue dinner following at the Kosse Community Center.
The sun shone brightly among puffy white clouds, and a slight breeze blew to make for perfect parade-watching weather.
Attendees sat on benches along the street or on the curbs to watch the entries pass by. Many of those on floats or vehicles in the parade threw handfuls of candies to the watching children, who scrambled for the treats.
Some entries included Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, the city of Kosse, the pioneer families of Graham and Whitlow, 4-H members, the Kosse Class of 1958 and also the Class of 1938, which included Katherine Swinnea, said to be one of only four remaining class members.

Mon
13
Jun

Milestone celebrated at Carry-On

Carry-On General Manager Marty Cargile, left and Wayne Bishop, vice president of operations, address workers of Carry-On Trailer Corp. in Mexia to congratulate them on American Trailer Works’ completion of its three-millionth trailer.

American Trailer Works, manufacturer of utility and cargo trailers and parent company of Mexia’s Carry-On trailer facility, has manufactured its three-millionth trailer.
ATW, which manufactures trailers at 12 locations in North America under the Carry-On, PJ, RC and Middlebury Trailer brands, built the three-millionth trailer at its new aluminum trailer manufacturing plant in Missouri Valley, Iowa.
“At ATW, we always strive to be the first in the industry in innovation and customer service. So this is a historic day for ATW and for the North American trailer industry, as we are the first company to reach the three-million trailer mark,” said John Burgess, ATW group president of utility trailers. “This is a testament to the dedication of all of our employees at each of our 12 plants…”

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13
Jun

Tehuacana News

By Bill Farris

Fri
10
Jun

Limestone bridge to be replaced at minimal cost

The wooden bridge over LCR 250, near Wortham, is scheduled to be replaced with a concrete bridge at no cost by Texas Department of Transportation.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Texas Department of Transportation is about to replace the bridge over Limestone County’s LCR 250, near Wortham, at no cost to the county, except for compensating the nearby landowner $5,000.
County Engineer Ted Kantor said that to meet the state’s current standards, the new bridge would need to be moved over onto what is now private land.
“Due to their design criterion and the geometry of the road and the creek, they can’t design and put it back where it is,” Kantor told the court. “It’s too close to the creek. We need to move it over onto David Bates’ property. Usually there is very little right-of-way acquisition in these deals; we wind up putting the bridge back where it was. You can ask the landowners to donate a little bit of land. I can’t tell you how far the bridge is moving over, but it’s moving over entirely on Mr. Bates’ property.”
The water line and fence will have to be redone, too, Kantor said.

Fri
10
Jun

Good reads

Mexia News photos/Roxanne Thompson
Eu Villaces, of Mexia, studies with interest books offered at the annual book sale at Gibbs Memorial Library on Saturday, June 4.

The Friends of Gibbs Memorial Library held their annual book sale this past weekend. Patsy Johnson, left, recalls a lifetime of going to the library as she browses books at the annual book sale at Gibbs Memorial Library on Saturday, June 4. ‘I’ve been coming to the library for 70 years,’ she said. ‘That was one place my mother let us come by ourselves.’ Next to Johnson are Michelda Brown and her daughter, Kamrye Brown.

Fri
10
Jun

Well-deserved honor

Contributed photo

Dion and Dena Looney, 604 S. Ave. D in Wortham, were recognized with the Wortham Garden Club’s Yard of the Month’s sign on June 8 at their home. Mr. and Mrs. Looney work on their large yard almost every day. Mr. Looney was on the mower when club members arrived to put the sign in the yard. The couple are shown here after accepting the club’s sign.

Fri
10
Jun

County to hear details about hiring investigator

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Two Limestone County commissioners are expected to report to commissioners court at its meeting next Tuesday on the cost and possible details about hiring a private investigator to track down missing tools and other items from the county prison
The court plans to discuss and possibly take action on this item at its June 14 meeting and also to hold an executive session to discuss a possible contract with a prison operating company to run the prison on a short-term basis. Other matters scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting are awarding a contract to provide inmate telephone service at the county jail, approving raises at the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, jail and dispatchers; and authorizing the county auditor to advertise for annual bids on often-used items.

Fri
10
Jun

Annual Lake Mexia boat parade coming up July 2

Get your boats ready, polished up and decorated to the hilt.
It’s time again for the Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade at Lake Mexia, sponsored by the Lake Mexia Citizens Association.
This parade takes place every year close to July 4, and this year it will kick off the holiday festivities and be held Saturday, July 2, at 2 p.m. at the Lake Mexia Recreation/Marina area.
Boats will be decorated in patriotic themes and start at the marina, circle the north portion of the lake then return past the marina and circle the south part of the lake, before returning to the marina for judging and awards.
There should be plenty of water in the lake this year so sand bars should not be a problem.
Everyone is welcome, and you don’t have to live at the lake or be an association member to participate.
There will be monetary prizes for first, second and third places, of $75, $50 and $25 respectively.

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