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Wed
14
May

County to cut LCDC warden, hire maintenance man

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted to cancel their contract with Mike Sutton, the longtime warden of the Limestone County Detention Center, but they made clear it was nothing personal.
After nearly a year of fruitless searches for new inmates for the county-owned private prison, the court agreed at its meeting Monday, May 12, to take a significant step to reduce the weight of its expense on county coffers.
“Judge, I believe we’ve come to the point where we probably need to give our management company a 30-day notice,” Commissioner John McCarver told County Judge Daniel Burkeen, referring to the interim company Sutton put together to keep the prison operational while Sutton and Burkeen, possibly others, searched for a new source of inmates.
“Let me just update everybody on where we stand on inmates,” Burkeen said.

Wed
14
May

Memorial Week


Mexia Police Department gathered May 12 as Mayor Troy Miller declared May 15 to be Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week of May 11-17 to be Peace Officer's Memorial Week in Mexia. Shown here are, l-r, seated, Miller and City Manager Larry Brown; front row, seated: Corp. William Rogers, Candice Boyd, Detective Richard Hundley, Detective Rodney Irvin, Mitchell Rector, K-9 Officer Kristopher Dossey and K-9 Tomi; standing: Britton Argumaniz, Richard McGowan, Anthony Donoso, Sgt. Bobby Coslin, Kevin Nickels, Brandon Smith, Chief Richard Hawthorne, Dustin Davis, Craig Player, Corp. Shannon Rousey, Miguel Almanza, Larell Tolbert, Sgt. Brian Bell and Corp. Larry Armstrong. Contributed Photo/Brandi Garza

Mexia Police Department gathered May 12 as Mayor Troy Miller declared May 15 to be Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week of May 11-17 to be Peace Officer's Memorial Week in Mexia. Shown here are, l-r, seated, Miller and City Manager Larry Brown; front row, seated: Corp. William Rogers, Candice Boyd, Detective Richard Hundley, Detective Rodney Irvin, Mitchell Rector, K-9 Officer Kristopher Dossey and K-9 Tomi; standing: Britton Argumaniz, Richard McGowan, Anthony Donoso, Sgt. Bobby Coslin, Kevin Nickels, Brandon Smith, Chief Richard Hawthorne, Dustin Davis, Craig Player, Corp. Shannon Rousey, Miguel Almanza, Larell Tolbert, Sgt. Brian Bell and Corp. Larry Armstrong.

Contributed Photo/Brandi Garza

Wed
14
May

Dumped in the dark


These two puppies were illegally dumped over the fence at LARAS House last Saturday evening, May 10. That could have exposed all the dogs in the shelter to parvo, usually a fatal disease, should these two pups prove to have it. The week before, someone dumped 11 more puppies at the shelter. If you have any information about who may have dumped these puppies, please contact LARAS House at 254-292-9552. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

These two puppies were illegally dumped over the fence at LARAS House last Saturday evening, May 10. That could have exposed all the dogs in the shelter to parvo, usually a fatal disease, should these two pups prove to have it. The week before, someone dumped 11 more puppies at the shelter. If you have any information about who may have dumped these puppies, please contact LARAS House at 254-292-9552.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
09
May

Woman killed in accident on Hwy. 14

A 22-year-old Groesbeck woman died Friday after an accident on Hwy. 14 near the Navasota River.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety's Groesbeck office, a call of an accident at Hwy. 14 and LCR 456 – by the Springfield bait shop – came in at 8:54 a.m. May 9.
Troopers say Juanita Montano, 55, of Teague was driving a 2000 Dodge 1500 pickup when she turned off of LCR 456, trying to cross the northbound lane and head south on Hwy. 14 toward Groesbeck.
She apparently did not see the northbound 2000 Dodge Intrepid sedan being driven on Hwy. 14 by 22-year-old Kezia Ledford of Groesbeck.

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

Mon
05
May

County wins grant to fix Courthouse

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County leaders learned Wednesday that the county has been awarded $41,103 through a Texas Courthouse Restoration Grant from the State Historical Commission.
County Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis had received permission from the commissioners court in January to apply for the loan, but Callis didn’t have confidence the request would be approved.
“I am ecstatic,” Callis said of the award. “This just really helps us out a lot. I was quite surprised because there were so many other counties whose courthouses needed so much more work than ours. As I told the commissioners earlier, I didn’t think the chances were too good. There were 24 counties applying for help. If you added up the amount they were seeking, it was $17.4 million. The Historical Commission only had a little over $4 million to distribute.”
County Judge Daniel Burkeen, too, was pleased with the announcement of the award.

Mon
05
May

MISD gearing up to make bond proposal

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
As Mexia ISD administrators meet to continue to separate the imperative from those things the district can do without and prioritize facilities needs, Superintendent Sharon Ross said they need to be prepared for a November bond election.
“We need solutions,” she said when discussing the safety, security and maintenance issues on the district's campuses, and the first step in finding a solution is gauging community support.
“The most important thing to do, as I've learned, is to ask the community what they're willing to support, and to be honest and up front with them about the fact that we have needs,” Ross said. “They are not wants, they are necessities that we are prioritizing.”
Estimated costs are being calculated by Claycomb Associates, in hopes of bringing those dollar figures to the school board this month, but at the board's last meeting, the district's new financial advisor laid out some basic numbers.

Mon
05
May

Coolidge residents celebrate Mesquite Festival


A large contingent of Shriners ride in Saturday’s Mesquite Festival in Coolidge, including Parade Marshal and Shriner Col. Paul E. Sawyer, who was being driven in this gold Pontiac convertible. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Coolidge residents celebrated their annual Mesquite Festival this past weekend.
They started with a fish fry and bingo Friday evening, crowned new Mesquite royalty Saturday morning, then filled the day with a parade, car show, dance and other fun events.
“The festival is important,” said Coolidge resident Carrie Ogilvie, who helped plan the event. “It’s the main thing that brings Coolidge together.”
About two dozen kids from 6 weeks of age to 10, and their parents, gathered at the Coolidge Community Center early Saturday, with the youngsters competing in six categories to be named to the royal court.
Named Mesquite King was Jayson Zuniga, 9; and the Mesquite Queen was Merissa Mora, 10. Preston Cobb, II, 2, was named Mesquite Prince; and Natalie Mora, 8, was named Mesquite Princess.

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

Fri
02
May

Garden Stroll takes place tomorrow 


The Smith Lodge built by Blake Smith Sr. in 1932, is one of four sites available for view at this year’s Backyard Garden Stroll. The biennial event, hosted by the Mexia Garden Club, is tomorrow, from 2 to 6 p.m., and tickets are still available. Contributed photo

One of the country gardens on the Mexia Garden Club’s Backyard Garden Stroll is the Smith Lodge built by Blake Smith Sr. in 1932. The lodge is now owned by his son, Robert Pat, and his wife, Barbara.
Although the home sits near a busy highway, a winding driveway transports visitors to a serene country setting where they are greeted by a breathtaking elm tree believed to be over 100 years old. The perennial flower beds surrounding the home represent a work in progress, combining oleanders and crepe myrtles with evergreen wax leaf ligustrum, abelias and holly ferns.
The Stroll takes place Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 6 p.m. This year the club presents four beautiful gardens to stroll: the Smith Lodge, Confederate Reunion Grounds, early 20th-century Texas farmhouse replica home of Bob and Sharon Kersten home, built in 2009; and the garden of Judy Erickson.

Fri
02
May

Popsicle stick bridge project tests students’ skills


As Mexia science teacher Bill Matthews lets go of the 10-kg weight hanging from a Popsicle stick bridge constructed by physics students Caroline Kendall, left, and Keristen Washington, the teens react with joy and relief. Through the competition, the students learned about natural forces, research, planning, analysis, follow-through and teamwork. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia High School science teacher Bill Matthews knew he had a winner on his hands when he saw his physics students’ response to his proposed Popsicle stick bridge-building contest.
Matthews was looking for a fun, interesting, hands-on project the kids would enjoy as much as the mousetrap-powered model car race he did last year. He found a winner on the Internet in the Popsicle stick bridge building contest, which is sponsored nationally by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
“I put it on the calendar and told the kids we would do it the last six weeks,” he said. “Well, from the moment I put it down, I was being asked every other day, ‘When are we going to build bridges?’ They were really looking forward to it.”
What may have seemed like fun and games was actually an ingenious lesson in many areas: natural forces, research, planning, analysis, follow-through and teamwork, to name a few.

Fri
02
May

County recognizes airport manager Miller for award


Limestone County commissioners court recognizes Limestone County Airport manager Buddy Miller and wife Barbara at the April 28 commissioners court meeting for the airport’s recent designation as the state’s most improved general aviation airport. Shown here (l-r) are Commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen, Barbara and Buddy Miller, and Commissioners William ‘Pete’ Kirven and John McCarver. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Airport manager Buddy Miller was honored at Monday’s commissioners court for the airport’s recent designation as Texas’ most improved airport.
The award originally had been made at the 32nd Annual Texas Aviation Conference, which was held in Dallas April 9-11.
“Limestone County was designated as the most improved general aviation airport in this state for the past year,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court, “and that is a reflection of the work that Buddy and Barbara have done at the airport, in making those improvements and overseeing and managing the airport.
“We appreciate what y’all do,” he told the Millers.
Miller also received certificates recording resolutions of congratulations from U.S. Rep. Kyle Kacel and State Sen. Charles Schwertner.
“We’re very proud to get that recognition from our state officials,” Burkeen said.

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