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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.

Wed
28
May

Commissioners mull software upgrade decision

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s commissioners discussed at length – and without coming to a decision – a proposal by IT Director William Lane to change from the county’s hosting its own computer servers to instead paying a company to provide the service.
The discussion took place at the commissioners’ meeting of Tuesday, May 27, when Lane told the court the county’s servers would have to be replaced by next summer.
“Just like Microsoft is about to stop supporting XP, they’re fixing to stop supporting Server 2003, which is what we’re running,” Lane said.
The servers are eight years old and the cost would be about $40,000-$50,000 per server if the county buys its own. The county has 13 servers.

Mon
19
May

Beachum’s first-ever Sportsfest draws pros to Mexia


Camper Jacob Schick (in air with Steelers jersey on) leaps across to make a defensive play in front of Xavier Molina (red shirt-turqoise socks) during a game of touch football at the end of the Saturday morning session at Kelvin Beachum’s Sportsfest 2014 held at Black Cat Field. For more on Sportsfest, turn to pages 3, 8 and 12. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
For the first time ever in Mexia, youngsters received the opportunity to learn a little more about the game of football courtesy of a few guys from the National Football League thanks to former Blackcat and SMU player, Kelvin Beachum Jr.
Beachum – who now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers – brought in players from his team (Cris Carter, Will Johnson, Robert Golden), along with a couple from the Redskins (Richard Crawford, Al Robinson) and one each from the Cowboys (Sterling Moore), Jaguars (Ziggy Hood) and Broncos (Emmanuel Sanders).

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

Mon
19
May

Mart man convicted in game warden assaults

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A man charged with assault after a high-speed chase in the county that injured two game wardens has been convicted of four felonies and will spend decades in prison.
The events began Oct. 4, 2013 on Cottonwood Creek Road near Mart. Two Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game wardens were looking for a man they thought might be Teddie Wayne Davenport, 44, of Mart, when they believed they spotted him with another man in a 2008 Ford pickup towing a utility trailer.
The wardens wanted to talk to Davenport because he was a suspect in a poaching case. They watched as two men pulled up to a home and allegedly began to burglarize it. When they tried to stop the Ford at that location, the pickup rammed their vehicle, then took off down FM 342.

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

Mon
19
May

NRG in talks with county on appraisal lawsuit against county

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A small hint of progress behind the scenes in NRG Energy’s lawsuit against Limestone County was revealed at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said activity is going on between NRG Energy and the county regarding the company’s dispute of its valuation.
“We’re talking about that; I can’t go into the details about that but talks are going on,” Burkeen told the commissioners.
Last fall when NRG filed its lawsuit against Limestone County, which is how this kind of dispute is resolved, commissioners attempted to tamp down unnecessary spending across all departments by moving to the contingencies fund any budget money for items considered non-essential.

Wed
14
May

City taking pool party reservations

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
14
May

Private applicators training to be held in Kosse  

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Limestone and Falls counties host a Private Applicators Pesticide Training and Testing on Friday, May 23, at the Kosse Community Center, 200 N. Hwy. 14 in Kosse. The classroom portion begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues until 11:30 a.m.
Texas Department of Agriculture will administer the written test at 11:30 a.m. This will be the final test offered under this current format in our area. AgriLife has been informed that future tests will only be offered at set testing centers while the training will still be held in county.
The training is open to the public and registration is $60. Two manuals are included in the registration cost and available for pick up at the County Extension Office before the course date. Bring a calculator, pencils and snacks to the training if you wish. 

Wed
14
May

MISD offering summer driver's ed course

Space is limited for a driver's education course to be held at Mexia High School this summer.
The Mexia ISD board of trustees, at the suggestion of Superintendent Sharon Ross, agreed in April to have the school host the course after inquiries from parents who wanted the district to offer it.
Only 32 students who are age 15 before June 16 will be allowed to take the course, which is open to students in the Bi-Stone area.
The course, which includes all classroom and driving components, costs $350 and runs June 16 through July 3 at the high school. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, but students may only miss one class.
Students must bring an original birth certificate and Social Security card to the first day of classes.
Pat Adams will schedule driving times once students receive their permits. For more information, call Adams at 254-747-2799.

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