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Wed
22
Jan

Keeping the dream alive

Sylvia Goodrum performs a praise dance for part of the entertainment at the Martin Luther King Jr. program Saturday, which the Mexia City Council had declared as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the city. Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Wed
22
Jan

Sheriff dispatcher calls triple in past decade

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported to county commissioners court at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting that the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center’s calls have nearly tripled in the past 10 years. The court also learned the county would get upgraded 911 equipment totally free through a grant from the Heart of Texas Council of Governments.

Wilson said he had his dispatch center check the statistics for the past 10 years and report on the total number by year.

“In 2003, we took in 12,840 calls for the year, that’s 1,070 calls a month, for an average of 35.2 calls a day,” Wilson said. “In 2013, we took in 37,247 calls for service, for an average of 3,103 calls a month, for an average of 103.4 calls for service a day.

Mon
20
Jan

MLK Jr. celebration a time of community


Hundreds of Mexia residents participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Saturday morning, with heavy representation by St. Luke United Methodist Church, which sponsored the event, and Mexia ISD board members and administrators. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia residents from all walks of life came together Saturday to celebrate and remember Martin Luther King Jr. and the principles he promoted: equality, dignity, justice and respect for all people, regardless of race, color or creed.

Though the day’s temperatures began in the 30s, the sun quickly warmed those attending the parade, which began at 11 a.m. By then, those who planned to march in the parade were swarming the area in front of the Mexia Civic Center and Mexia Police had begun blocking the intersections of the parade route. Just before the parade started, two bright yellow school buses arrived from Houston filled with the feature performers of the day, Lone Star Choppaz. The student percussion group is affiliated with Victory Preparatory Academy and was formed by and is led by Joe Burleson.

Fri
17
Jan

African children’s choir to perform once again in Mexia


Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir, of Uganda, dance and sing enthusiastically at their 2012 Mexia performance. The group will return to Mexia Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Mexia High School Auditorium. Admission is free. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia residents will be able to watch child singers and dancers from half a world away perform in Mexia in just 11 days.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, of Uganda, will be in concert at Mexia High School Auditorium Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

The performers wear the colorful costumes native to their country and their singing and dancing entranced those attending previous Mexia concerts.

“They gave our community an amazing opportunity to explore a different culture and way of life right here in Mexia,” said Heidi Crosby, a teacher in Mexia who attended the group’s last appearance in Mexia in 2012. “My children were amazed by them also. There was not a boring moment – full of dance, creativity, songs and stories. We loved it.”

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

Fri
17
Jan

City, Mexia ISD to call for May elections

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD's board of trustees and Mexia City Council both will call for elections in May to fill board positions when each entity meets early next week.

Both the city and school district must formally call for the elections, which are set for May 10.

There are three slots opening up on the school board: Place 1, currently held by Kent Kendall, who was appointed last summer to fill the slot of Lon Brown, who resigned; Place 4, held by Rachel Hernandez, board secretary; and Place 5, held by Kim Williams, who is board president.

Early voting for this election will be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays from April 28 through May 6, at the MISD Administrative Office at 616 N. Red River.

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

Wed
15
Jan

Annual Mexia football awards banquet coming up next week

Blackcat football fans will want to mark their calendars for Thursday, Jan. 23, so they won’t miss the annual football awards banquet.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, 500 E. Carthage St. in Mexia.

The Blackcat student athletes as well as the cheerleaders will be introduced to those attending, and many awards will be presented. The highlight of the evening will be presentation of the Shield of Honor, which is given to the athlete who epitomizes not only great athletic ability but is best all-around in qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and academics.

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

Wed
15
Jan

Operation Graduation dinner tickets on sale now; grand prize is $10,000


A ticket just like this one, for the upcoming $10,000 Dinner to benefit Operation Graduation, will bring the owner the coveted grand prize in a few weeks.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Parents and loved ones of Mexia High School graduating seniors have been planning for months a graduation celebration their seniors will never forget – and they’ve got a fundraiser dinner that at least one attendee will likely not forget either.

The group is called Operation Graduation, and their fundraiser is called the $10,000 Dinner because each person who pays the $100 ticket to attend will be entered in a drawing, and one person will go home with the $10,000 prize.

To make the odds better, only 249 tickets will be sold, and they are available now. To make things even more interesting, one additional ticket is being held back for a second-chance drawing.

The $10,000 dinner will be held Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at The Cowboy Club, on Hwy 14 just south of Mexia.

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

Wed
15
Jan

From little acorns grow

Workers Victor Medina, left, and Abdon Olvera, of Mexia’s Tejas Nursery, load oak trees onto a flatbed truck recently for an early-morning delivery the following day for a customer in Dallas.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
15
Jan

Interim detainee source found for prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners learned Monday of a deal in the works to bring some state detainees to the Limestone County Detention Center. They also approved buying the parts to fix the boiler whose pipes froze in the severely cold weather recently.

The initial number of detainees to be housed at the LCDC is small – 116 – but the money the state has agreed to pay, $8.50 to $9 per inmate daily, would generate about $30,000 a month to help offset the expenses of running the private prison.

Mon
13
Jan

23rd Annual kids’ Trout Fishing Clinic coming up Jan. 25-26


The shore of Lake Springfield is wall-to-wall children during last year’s Trout Fishing Clinic, and event for children sponsored by the Mexia Bass Club and the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Fisheries Division. Some 1,100 trout will be stocked in the pond for youth to try to catch. Mexia News file photo

What is better than spending time outdoors with your children?

Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26 are the dates set for the annual Trout Fishing Clinic at Fort Parker State Park. This is an opportunity for children ages 5 to 17 to experience the fun of fishing with help from some of the best fishermen in Limestone County. The cost is $2 for each person age 13 and over. You do not need any equipment, bait or a fishing license for the clinic.

Since 1991, the Mexia Bass Club has held this event each year as a service project to teach the next generation the fun of fishing. With many children growing up behind computer screens and video games, this is an opportunity to get them into the outdoors and to experience the thrill of catching their first fish.

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