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Dec

Giddyup!


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

A pre-ride of the Thanksgiving Day Trailride at Old Fort Parker makes its way south on Hwy. 14 on Monday, Nov. 25. At least five wagons with teams of horses or mules made up the trail ride, organized by Dean Decker, of Rogers.

Mon
01
Dec

Burn ban off radar at commissioners court

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Since Limestone County continues to enjoy relatively moist conditions after frequent recent rains, county commissioners took no action on reinitiating a burn ban at their Nov. 24 meeting. The court also agreed to pay for justice of the peace training and a system to post weather warnings online automatically; as well as approve hay-cutting rights at the airport and take care of a number of other, smaller issues.
Considering a burn ban is a standing item on the agenda of commissioners court meetings; the court did not even discuss the possibility of imposing a ban, most likely because of the recent spate of rainy weather.
In other matters, the court approved paying its portion of conference expenses for newly elected Justice of the Peace Mike Bell, who is replacing the retiring Freda Gremminger in Precinct 2.

Mon
24
Nov

Mexia group focuses the power of compassion


Sunday Crider, left, makes a purchase at Mexia’s Peek in the Attic gift shop as part of the group Mexia Organized Acts of Kindness, or MOAK, while store volunteer Laquita Sunday, right, and sales clerk Pam Little finalize the transaction. Each Saturday until Christmas, MOAK is drawing the names of three locally based Mexia stores for members to focus for spending, thus supporting local merchants. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The hearts of Mexia residents are big, and a group called Mexia Organized Acts of Kindness, or MOAK, focuses caring hearts to make a difference in the lives of others.
OAK groups are the brainchild of Sunday Crider, who recently moved back to the Mexia area after being away for 25 years. She now lives in Wortham but comes to shop and see friends and family in Mexia, where she grew up and graduated in the 1980s.
While Crider was living in Midlothian in 2012, her daughter had a classmate whose father died in a tragic incident.
“Mom, we should do something,” Crider’s daughter told her.

Mon
24
Nov

County’s pug mill repair project almost complete

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s effort to save money by mixing its own oil and sand for rural roads is about to come to fruition, meaning oil-and-sand roads that have been waiting to be fixed should not have much longer to wait. Commissioners court heard an update on the situation and also accepted a bid on sand, agreed to trade in the motor grader and renewed contracts with several county entities.
The court decided months ago, when preparing this fiscal year’s budget, to rehabilitate its old pug mill rather than pay thousands of dollars to have an expert do it. Even so, it has taken time for County Engineer Ted Kantor to clean the inner workings of the device and order hard-to-find parts. Meanwhile, Commissioner Bobby Forrest has had to wait 90 days to fix oil-and-sand roads in his precinct because the county had none mixed; and winter weather is near, when fixing roads often cannot be done.

Fri
21
Nov

Puppy love


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Brynlee Nelson, 4, of Hewitt, comforts Andy, a 9-month-old Dachshund mix, at the LARAS House pet adoption event held at Kirby’s Barbeque last month. Recently, Andy’s brother was adopted, leaving the pup feeling somewhat forlorn. LARAS House volunteers say Andy is friendly and likes to swim; he has been neutered and is available for adoption.

Fri
21
Nov

Woman victim of stabbing yesterday

Few details were available as of press time yesterday in the Friday morning stabbing of a woman in Mexia.
Around 10:30 a.m., a woman used a cell phone to call 911, and her call was routed from the sheriff's office to Mexia PD dispatchers. After talking to the woman and dispatching EMS and police to try and find her, the caller then said she'd been stabbed.
First responders rushed to find her, because she gave little identifying information on her location.
The woman was eventually located behind the Valero gas station at 915 Tehuacana Dr., which also houses Ruby's Food Mart No. 6.
The victim had been stabbed and the knife was still lodged in her body when numerous police and at least two EMS units responded to the scene.

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

Fri
21
Nov

Firefighters rush to house fire


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

While neighbors watch, Mexia Fire Department firefighters hustle to get hoses to the flames engulfing a fuse box at 207 S. Ross Avenue in Mexia just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. After they extinguished those flames, the firefighters used a ram to break in the front door and continue their work inside. Homeowner Julie Avila, of Jewett, not shown, works in Mexia and was called to the scene. Avila said she rents the house to a mother and four children, who were living there. No one appeared to be home at the time of the fire. Mexia Police officers blocked the street and provided traffic control.

Fri
21
Nov

County may renew Auto Theft Task Force membership

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are considered likely to approve at their upcoming meeting Monday renewing the county’s involvement in the Auto Theft Task Force, a multi-agency effort at curbing vehicle theft.
The court will also hear the advantages of being a member of the Texas Association of Counties, renew the county’s commitment to the Indigent Defense Fund and vote on possibly approving two resolutions, one regarding crime and the other medical issues.
The presentation on TAC will be made by Isaac Garcia, a representative of that organization.
One resolution is to establish Dec. 2 as Tree of Angels Day in Limestone County. The event is intended to honor and remember crime victims and their families.

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

Thu
20
Nov

Three arrests made in Coolidge shooting, robbery

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Three men are in Limestone County Jail on charges stemming from a Nov. 2 robbery in which a man was shot multiple times.
All three men were charged earlier this week with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with bond set at $2 million each. The suspects are:
• Shilomar Calhoun, 21, of Mexia
• Ycoveack Stevenson, 25, of Mexia
• Terrence Calhoun, 18, of Coolidge.

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

Fri
14
Nov

Sims students the focus of drop-out prevention program


Lydia Lockhart, of Communities in Schools, shows one of the jackets in the clothes closet she maintains at R.Q. Sims Intermediate School with gently worn clothing for students who need help in that area. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
For the second consecutive year, Mexia’s R.Q. Sims Intermediate School has a drop-out prevention program in place to try to alleviate the problems that cause students to drop out of school in the first place.
The program is called Communities in Schools, a nationwide program active in 26 states, the largest of its kind. Social service professional Lydia Lockhart is the Communities in School representative that works with Sims students, who are fourth- and fifth-graders. She has her own classroom, not to teach, but as a safe place for students to visit outside of their regular classes.
“If there’s something going on in their lives, if they need to share or maybe they’re having a fight with a friend or are being bullied, they can come to me and feel safe, and feel like it’s a place where they can share what’s going on,” she said recently.

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