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Fri
21
Nov

Puppy love


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Brynlee Nelson, 4, of Hewitt, comforts Andy, a 9-month-old Dachshund mix, at the LARAS House pet adoption event held at Kirby’s Barbeque last month. Recently, Andy’s brother was adopted, leaving the pup feeling somewhat forlorn. LARAS House volunteers say Andy is friendly and likes to swim; he has been neutered and is available for adoption.

Fri
21
Nov

Woman victim of stabbing yesterday

Few details were available as of press time yesterday in the Friday morning stabbing of a woman in Mexia.
Around 10:30 a.m., a woman used a cell phone to call 911, and her call was routed from the sheriff's office to Mexia PD dispatchers. After talking to the woman and dispatching EMS and police to try and find her, the caller then said she'd been stabbed.
First responders rushed to find her, because she gave little identifying information on her location.
The woman was eventually located behind the Valero gas station at 915 Tehuacana Dr., which also houses Ruby's Food Mart No. 6.
The victim had been stabbed and the knife was still lodged in her body when numerous police and at least two EMS units responded to the scene.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
21
Nov

Firefighters rush to house fire


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

While neighbors watch, Mexia Fire Department firefighters hustle to get hoses to the flames engulfing a fuse box at 207 S. Ross Avenue in Mexia just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. After they extinguished those flames, the firefighters used a ram to break in the front door and continue their work inside. Homeowner Julie Avila, of Jewett, not shown, works in Mexia and was called to the scene. Avila said she rents the house to a mother and four children, who were living there. No one appeared to be home at the time of the fire. Mexia Police officers blocked the street and provided traffic control.

Fri
21
Nov

County may renew Auto Theft Task Force membership

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are considered likely to approve at their upcoming meeting Monday renewing the county’s involvement in the Auto Theft Task Force, a multi-agency effort at curbing vehicle theft.
The court will also hear the advantages of being a member of the Texas Association of Counties, renew the county’s commitment to the Indigent Defense Fund and vote on possibly approving two resolutions, one regarding crime and the other medical issues.
The presentation on TAC will be made by Isaac Garcia, a representative of that organization.
One resolution is to establish Dec. 2 as Tree of Angels Day in Limestone County. The event is intended to honor and remember crime victims and their families.

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Thu
20
Nov

Three arrests made in Coolidge shooting, robbery

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Three men are in Limestone County Jail on charges stemming from a Nov. 2 robbery in which a man was shot multiple times.
All three men were charged earlier this week with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with bond set at $2 million each. The suspects are:
• Shilomar Calhoun, 21, of Mexia
• Ycoveack Stevenson, 25, of Mexia
• Terrence Calhoun, 18, of Coolidge.

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Fri
14
Nov

Sims students the focus of drop-out prevention program


Lydia Lockhart, of Communities in Schools, shows one of the jackets in the clothes closet she maintains at R.Q. Sims Intermediate School with gently worn clothing for students who need help in that area. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
For the second consecutive year, Mexia’s R.Q. Sims Intermediate School has a drop-out prevention program in place to try to alleviate the problems that cause students to drop out of school in the first place.
The program is called Communities in Schools, a nationwide program active in 26 states, the largest of its kind. Social service professional Lydia Lockhart is the Communities in School representative that works with Sims students, who are fourth- and fifth-graders. She has her own classroom, not to teach, but as a safe place for students to visit outside of their regular classes.
“If there’s something going on in their lives, if they need to share or maybe they’re having a fight with a friend or are being bullied, they can come to me and feel safe, and feel like it’s a place where they can share what’s going on,” she said recently.

Fri
14
Nov

Limits on lame duck commissioner set

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court at its Nov. 10 meeting set a limit on spending by Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven, who was unsuccessful in his re-election bid in the Nov. 4 General Election. The court also learned that Groesbeck had sold a lot that the county owned, but the sale simply means money for the county it was not expecting and another property back on the tax roll.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen reminded the court that the move to limit what Kirven could spend was required by law.
“It’s called the Lame Duck Law,” Burkeen said. “I thought this was an optional thing, but (Waco attorney) Mike Dixon tells me it is actually mandatory that we set limits when a commissioner is not re-elected, on how much they can spend. The law is automatic that they can’t spend (beyond) what we set, so according to Mike Dixon we’re just supposed to set an amount.”
“That’s what I was concerned about,” Kirven said.

Fri
14
Nov

City to discuss change to juvenile curfew

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council will hold the first of two required public hearings needed to renew the city's youth curfew ordinance when they meets Tuesday.
Two public hearings are required before the emergency ordinance affecting those age 17 or younger and their parents, first passed in 1990, can be renewed. The city attorney is suggesting only one change of the ordinance, which currently makes an exception to the curfew for children "carrying out an errand directed by his or her parent, guardian or conservator."
Another ordinance before Council is one proposed to ban people from raising domestic fowl or poultry for commercial purposes in the city or within 5,000 feet of the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction. The ordinance is proposed "in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare of real property, occupied or unoccupied," citing sanitation and odors as undesirable.

Wed
12
Nov

Electrical fire scorches home


Mexia firefighters examine the wall of a home that caught fire, apparently from an electrical outlet where an air compressor was connected. The fire happened Monday, Nov. 10, about 4 p.m. off Hinchliffe Road, about 3 miles south of Mexia. Homeowner Monte Fleming can be seen at far right. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Flames flared and smoke billowed in the carport of a Limestone County home south of Mexia Monday chasing the occupants outside to safety in the cold windy afternoon.
Amy Fleming was helping her neighbor’s three children with their homework around 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the home she shares with her husband, Monte, when they suddenly realized there was a fire.
“We were inside and saw the smoke,” she said.
They all hurried outside and Amy Fleming called 911.
Firefighters from Mexia, State School and Shiloh fire departments responded, bringing with them at least seven vehicles including an EMS unit, two large fire trucks, a medium fire truck, two grass trucks and a car.
Other first responders arrived in pickup trucks to the home, which is in the 100 block of Private Road 5488, about 3 miles south of the city off Hinchliffe Road.

Wed
12
Nov

County nearing end of state road fund grant

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are approaching the end of the county’s initial $503,797 County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone Grant monies, the state funds that reimburse counties for damage to roads from oil-and-gas trucks and machinery. Consequently, there will not be enough money to repair some of the roads on the original list, meaning repairs will have to be paid by county funds again.
One such road is LCR 474, which Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven had the County Road and Bridge Department repair about two weeks ago at a cost of about $35,000, then requested reimbursement from the CETRZ funds at the commissioners’ Nov. 10 meeting.

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