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13
Apr

Civil War to come alive at Confederate Reunion Grounds


A line of Confederate soldiers smartly lets off a volley of fire while a second line reloads their long guns at last year’s re-enactment of a Civil War battle at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Some years the Yankees prevail and others the Rebs rout the Northerners. Last year the Confederate forces were trounced decisively, staging one final attack in which all were cut down. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The South will rise again – next weekend.
The annual Civil War re-enactment and living history event will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Attendees will see men and women of various ages in period costumes, watch illustrations of 1800-era skills and get within yards of a mock battle, complete with soldiers, horses, long guns and cannon.
This, the 21st year for the re-enactment at the Joseph E. Johnston Confederate Reunion Grounds, is significant, according to Dixie Hoover, site manager of the state historic site.
“This is the last year for the sesquicentennial events of the Civil War,” Hoover said. “It’s a great event and is a way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the War.”
A group called Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds is hosting the re-enactment, but the estimated 150-200 re-enactors expected to attend are with the 12th Texas Artillery.

Mon
06
Apr

Hoppity Hop Hop


Mexia children Ariana Green, 3, left, takes turns with Gregory Echols, 11, center, and Landon Villatoro, 6, petting a rabbit at the annual Easter egg hunt at Mexia First Assembly of God. See more photos from this event in Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.
Mon
06
Apr

City says no to pay kiosk, yes to 'visiting'

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia is not interested in spending money to make transactions with the public less personal, City Council decided at their last meeting.
John Johnson, of AdComp Systems of Dallas, made his proposal to have the city buy or lease a payment kiosk to Council during their March 17 regular monthly meeting. He said the company’s machine would save the city money while providing service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and said its use is similar to that of an automated teller machine.
The company’s kiosks can take cash, checks or credit cards and can make change except for coins, which would be credited to the customer’s next bill. Johnson said his company has 600 of the machines in various locations and has been making various electronic kiosks for 23 years.

Mon
06
Apr

Senegal dance group to showcase culture

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A dance and music group from the tropical west African country of Senegal will make a stop in Mexia next Saturday, April 11, to share their cultural traditions with the people of Limestone County.
The performance of the African Drum and Dance Troupe is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Mexia Convention Center. The group’s shows are characterized by traditional drumming, acrobatics and dancing, and sharing of folklore and history of Senegal and its culture.
The troupe’s four members, with their colorful costumes, lively dancing and acrobatic feats are said to be enthralling.
Interaction of the performers with audience members makes attending their show a memorable experience for many.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students 16 and under, and free admission for those 5 and under. Tickets are available at the door but may also be purchased in advance by calling 254-562-6661 or 903-390-6197.

Wed
01
Apr

MISD pre-K program expanding

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
In an effort to jumpstart the education of more Mexia children, Mexia ISD has decided to expand its pre-kindergarten program.
“The new program will open up more classes and more seats for more kids in the community,” MISD Superintendent Sharon Ross said. “I know last year we had a couple of kids go to another district because we didn't have any more space left.”
The idea was presented to the board of trustees at its March meeting and passed unanimously. The hope is it will mean more MISD students entering kindergarten ready to learn at the same level.
“This is so we can get a handle on giving them a jumpstart to learning so that when they are in kindergarten they are ready for reading and writing,” Ross said. “This prepares them for that classroom setting. Our hope is we can improve the program and get kids reading by preparing them earlier.”

Fri
27
Mar

Of course, of course


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

McKenzie Self, 12, of Coolidge, heads for the third barrel in the youth barrel racing competition on her sorrel mare Missy on Sunday, March 22, at the Limestone County Fair Horse Show.

Wed
25
Mar

Mexia man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of a child

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
23
Mar

Senior class, teachers show skill on donkeys


Ronald Jackson, a Mexia High School senior, takes a shot at the basket during Wednesday’s donkey basketball game at Mexia High School. The event was a fundraiser for the Class of 2015’s senior trip. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia High School’s Class of 2015 held a donkey basketball tournament last week to raise money for their senior trip.
The games took place in the high school gym Wednesday, March 18, with five student teams and one teacher team trying to show who was best at the skill – a combination of sports, bareback riding, patience, teamwork and a little luck.
Teacher and senior sponsor Jodie Maki took the lead planning and executing the event but credited the other senior sponsors with making it a success, especially teacher and sponsor Becky Armstrong.
A company called Buckeye Donkey Ball provided the donkeys, which use special nylon shoes so their hooves don’t damage gym floors.

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

Mon
23
Mar

Prison roof repairs holding out rain

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Recent heavy rains with no apparent leaks at the Limestone County Detention Center seem to prove that the roof repairs were successful. The commissioners court heard this and other good news about the county-owned private prison at its March 9 meeting, made plans to advertise for the county depository contract and made other decisions concerning county matters.
Jail Administrator David Turrubiarte told the court that he had checked the county-owned private prison that morning and there were no signs of leaks.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen had positive news concerning the LCDC’s $7,800 January water and sewage bill, which was exceptionally high because of an underground water pipe leak. The court had agreed at its Feb. 9 meeting to ask the city of Groesbeck to remove the sewage portion of that bill since the facility was empty and therefore not producing sewage.

Fri
20
Mar

County fair a culmination of kids’ ag work


The pet show is a perennially popular event at the Limestone County Fair, and the reason can be seen in this picture from the 2012 fair. This year’s pet show is Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m., and is open to local children who show up early to sign up. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County youth have been working for weeks, months and even a year in some cases, on their county fair projects, and the big reveal is Wednesday through Saturday, March 25-28.
That’s when the students’ work will be showcased to see how it stacks up against not only each others’ efforts but against the standard of excellence that the FFA, 4-H, ag teachers and Limestone County Fair Association have established for the different activities.
Each day, the Show Barn of the County Fairgrounds will be a beehive of activity as the different animals are shown and judged, as well as baked and canned items in the family and consumer science category, and welded items in the field of agriculture mechanics.

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