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Thu
10
Jul

A particular set of skillet skills


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Maggie Contreras, of Mexia, lets loose a skillet in the Women’s Skillet Toss Friday, July 4, part of Mexia Chamber of Commerce’s Boomin’ on the Fourth Independence Day celebration.

To see more photos from Boomin' on the Fourth events, pick up a copy of the Thursday edition of The Mexia News.

Thu
10
Jul

Every dog has his day


To see more photos from Boomin' on the Fourth events, pick up a copy of the Thursday edition of The Mexia News. Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Coco the dog, left, and Abbie, a Chihuahua-poodle mix, try to decide whether friendship is an option for them while the pets’ owners, Tucker Flatt, 10, of Round Rock, at left, and Kate Hogan, of Mexia, wait patiently. The animals were part of the Boomin’ on the Fourth Pet Parade at Mexia City Park Friday, July 4. Abbie won first place overall.

Thu
10
Jul

Mom runs Mexia 5K for military son, daughter


Kenda Eckols, runner No. 44 in blue, of Kosse, begins Mexia’s Firecracker 5K Run on July 4, at Mexia City Park. She said she made the run in honor of her son, Marine Janzen Eckols, and daughter, Taylin Eckols, who is in the Air Force. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Two former Limestone County residents now in the armed forces were present in spirit at Mexia’s Firecracker 5K Run last Friday, though physically they were respectively hundreds and thousands of miles away.
Kenda Eckols, of Kosse, ran the 5K in honor of her daughter, Air Force 2nd Lt. Taylin Eckols, 24, stationed in Columbus, Miss., and her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Janzen Eckols, 21, stationed in Kuwait.
“They are in different areas of the world,” Kenda Eckols said. “I wanted to run in honor of them.”
Taylin graduated from Groesbeck High School in 2008 and earned her BBS in kinesiology from The University of Texas-Tyler in 2012.
Janzen joined the Marines in August 2012, right after his graduation from Groesbeck High.
Attending her brother’s bootcamp graduation deeply affected Taylin Eckols, her mother said.

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

Wed
02
Jul

For all ages


To see way more photos of the rodeo's youth events, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Nobody said it was going to be easy to get the ribbon off the calf’s tail, but this young lady in her bare feet gave it a shot anyway. This is one segment of the youth version of tie-down roping. First, a rider must rope the calf, then either he or someone else will come in to make sure the calf stays down and third, another person comes in to snatch the ribbon from the calf’s tail and run back to the chute. Best time wins!

Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Wed
02
Jul

County settles with LCDC operator Sutton


Waco attorney Herb Bristow, rear left, reads to Limestone County commissioners at their June 30 meeting the terms of a proposed settlement agreement between the county and Mike Sutton, former operator of the Limestone County Detention Center. Also shown at rear are Sheriff Dennis Wilson, center, and IT Director William Lane, top right; seated in front, l-r, are Commissioner William ‘Pete’ Kirven, County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Commissioner Jerry Allen. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Monday saw a resolution of the financial and legal disagreement between Limestone County and Mike Sutton, former operator and longtime warden and administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county’s privately owned but currently empty prison.
Commissioners had called a special meeting for Monday, June 30, with the main item an executive session – which is closed to the public – to discuss the ongoing dispute. Votes may not be made in closed sessions, though, so when the court returned to open session, the county’s Waco-based attorney Herb Bristow read aloud the proposed settlement agreement before the court voted unanimously to accept the deal.

Mon
30
Jun

Foot-deep mud


Pouring rains led to one of the muddiest annual Mexia Rodeos in living memory, held over the weekend and sponsored by the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

These two cowboys put a double-mugging on this steer in about a foot of mud and water.

Mon
30
Jun

County advertising for new prison operator

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Fri
27
Jun

Boomin’ on the Fourth makes holiday fun


The women’s skillet-toss contest gives fun-loving gals a chance to compete in a unique way at the Independence Day celebration – Boomin’ on the Fourth – which happens next Friday, July 4 at Mexia City Park from 8 a.m. to midnight. The skillet-toss contest starts at 9:30 a.m. Mexia News file photo

Mexia residents who enjoy Independence Day are invited to the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Boomin’ on the Fourth celebration next Friday, July 4, where they will see traditional events along with a few new twists.
One new feature this year is a live concert, from 8 p.m. to midnight by Classie Ballou and his Wrecking Crew, who will perform at the pavilion at Mexia City Park, which is across South Bonham Street from Parkview Regional Hospital. The leader of the Waco-based band is described as a Creole rocker from south Louisiana, and the music he and his band perform – much of it original – as a merging of zydeco, swamp pop, Latin-themed jazz, and rhythm and blues, with a horn section that keeps people hopping to its hot beat.
But that’s for the night time.

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

Fri
27
Jun

County calls special meeting on LCDC dispute

Limestone County commissioners court has called a special meeting for Monday, June 30, with the main agenda item an executive session to discuss the county’s dispute with former warden and administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center Mike Sutton.
Sutton put together a company to run the county-owned prison on an interim basis beginning Dec. 17, 2013, with an initial payment of $50,000 a month to cover the salaries of Sutton and two employees, plus utilities and other costs, but not including the insurance on the complex or capital expenditures.

Fri
27
Jun

Collegial atmosphere

Children have fun learning a song-and-dance routine taught by Jodi Young at Navarro College South, in Mexia, part of Navarro’s ‘Kids College’ held June 23-26. Shown here in front are Drew Doege, 5, of Wortham, and Laynee Morrow, 6, of Groesbeck. At rear, l-r, are Riley Wallace, 6, of Mexia, Aiden Moss, 6, of Groesbeck, Calee Barham, 5, of Mexia, and Landrie Pringle, 6, of Groesbeck.

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