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Fri
13
Jun

Man allegedly tries to run over MPD officer


Dents can be seen in the back door and rear quarterpanel of this Mexia Police patrol car, and the headlight assembly of the truck that hit it rests atop the trunk, after the sedan was rammed Wednesday by a shoplifting suspect driving a red Chevy pickup. Shown above are, l-r, DPS Trooper Allen, who is investigating the wreck; MPD Chief Richard Hawthorne; MPD Corp. William Rogers, who was driving the patrol car, and a tow truck company employee. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

A Mexia Police corporal was injured after a fleeing suspect in a pickup rammed the officer’s patrol car then allegedly tried to run over the officer during a high-speed chase Wednesday that wound through downtown residential areas of Mexia.
The suspect in the case is 45-year-old Lonnie Gadson of Gatesville. He has been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, evading arrest or detention and theft of property between $50 and $500.
The events began shortly before 3 p.m. June 11 when a call came in from H-E-B, at 701 E. Milam, reporting a man trying to steal a cart of groceries worth $411. According to police, Gadson first fled on foot, then returned to the parking lot and his 2005 red Chevrolet Silverado pickup. As the first officer to respond pulled into the lot, store employees pointed out the now-fleeing truck to the officer, and a pursuit began.

Wed
11
Jun

Reunion Grounds to host Picnic Day


The 12th Texas Artillery are set to appear at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site on Saturday, June 14 for the site's free Picnic Day. The artillery will provide demonstrations, fire their reproduction 3-inch ordnance rifle and discuss the history of the historic cannon during the Red River Campaign and its capture 150 years ago. Contributed photo

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site invites the public to bring their lawn chairs and picnic basket to participate in a Confederate Reunion Picnic Day this Saturday.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and admission is free.
“The Confederate veterans historically held a Picnic Day in late spring at the Joe Johnston Camp 94 to plan for the upcoming annual reunion held on the full moon of July or August,” said Dixie Hoover, site manager. “We will gather around and beneath the historic 1893 Dance Pavilion built by the veterans to picnic and enjoy the natural beauty of the site just as they did over 100 years ago.
At least 110 Model A Fords (1928 – 1931) are expected to tour through the site in the morning as part of the 51st Model A Ford Texas Tour 2014. The vehicles and their drivers will stop for layovers through noon for the public to view and visit with their drivers.

Wed
11
Jun

One last time


With pinkie fingers interlocked, the Wortham High class of 2014 sings the school song during commencement ceremonies, held June 7. For more photos from the Wortham commencement ceremonies, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

With pinkie fingers interlocked, the Wortham High class of 2014 sings the school song during commencement ceremonies, held June 7. For more photos from the Wortham commencement ceremonies, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
11
Jun

Second man sentenced in game warden assaults

The second of two men arrested last fall for assaulting two Texas game wardens following a high-speed pursuit in Limestone County has been sentenced to 30 years in prison following guilty pleas to five felonies.
Four others charged with helping hide the two men convicted of the assaults also have entered pleas and received sentences.
Two Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens had been doing surveillance in response to complaints of illegal road hunting on the morning of Oct. 5, 2013 when they saw a vehicle without headlights and followed it. They watched it enter private property in Limestone County. After hearing breaking glass, wardens suspected a burglary was taking place. When the vehicle started to leave the property, the wardens tried to stop it.

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

Wed
11
Jun

Annual county Juneteenth celebration begins Saturday

This week marks the beginning of the annual Limestone County Juneteenth celebration, which takes place June 14-19 at Booker T. Washington Park, previously known as Comanche Crossing, originally located on the banks of the Navasota River.
On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was read on the Stroud Plantation, home to Limestone County’s largest population of slaves. This took place two-and-a-half years after the proclamation was issued by President Lincoln.
The sound of the good news led freed people to want to celebrate freedom. They gathered at Comanche Crossing, which had been a picnic ground since the early 1880s.

Wed
11
Jun

Commissioners, judge, LCDC operator at odds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although Limestone County commissioners court met in executive session Monday about the future of the Limestone County Detention Center, disagreements and accusations among the members of the court about running the now-vacant prison and the contract with longtime center administrator Mike Sutton came out into the open before the session and afterward.
It began just before the executive session, when Commissioner John McCarver asked County Judge Daniel Burkeen why he delayed in sending the 30-day termination notice letter to Sutton that had been voted upon at the May 12 meeting.
“When we gave you an order to send Sutton that letter on May 12, I was curious why you didn’t do it until May 23,” McCarver said.
“Just – I was tied up with some other stuff,” Burkeen told him.
“If you had told us, we could have gotten that letter out,” McCarver said.

Mon
09
Jun

Up, up and away


At the final moment of Mexia High School’s graduation ceremony Friday evening at Blackcat Field, exultant seniors throw their caps in the air after the tradition of graduates. Behind and at right, school administrators look just as happy at the students’ achievement. There’s more photos from MHS’s graduation on Page 12. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

At the final moment of Mexia High School’s graduation ceremony Friday evening at Blackcat Field, exultant seniors throw their caps in the air after the tradition of graduates. Behind and at right, school administrators look just as happy at the students’ achievement. There’s more photos from MHS’s graduation on Page 12.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
09
Jun

Veterans service officer reports to court

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s Veterans Service Officer Don Beene gave a report on his work to county commissioners at their Tuesday, May 27, meeting. The court also took care of two items concerning the Emergency Services districts.
Beene said that in 2012, veterans in Limestone County received $13,058,000 from the VA; and in 2013, they received $15,631,000. The amount sounds large, he noted, until one considers that they are divided among 1,615 veterans.
“I think it’s less than $10,000 per veteran that you’re getting,” he said.
Beene expressed thanks to the commissioners for allowing him to serve in his position.
“I’m really enjoying this, and it’s really amazing,” he said.
He recounted several stories in which he was able to resolve problems of veteran clients.

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

Fri
06
Jun

Pastors put blessings on 2014 graduates


A group of friends from Mexia High School pose together for their loved ones to take pictures after the baccalaureate service. The seniors will graduate Friday evening, June 6, at Blackcat Stadium Football Field. Shown here in their graduation robes, l-r, are Shawn Hobbs, Ostell Johnson, Chavor Gamble, Travion Grey and Donnell Gamble. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia graduating seniors were commended and encouraged by local church leaders at the annual baccalaureate service Sunday, June 1.
The event was held at the high school auditorium, which was just about filled to capacity.
Though the event is voluntary and not an official school function because of its religious nature, most of the graduates attended, entering to “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by Wynona Lipsett on the auditorium’s grand piano.

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

Mon
02
Jun

Community rallies to support Perales family


Javier Perales

A local business is raising funds to help a family bury their son, who died Thursday in a traffic accident.
“It was with great sadness that we learned about the loss of our deli/bakery partner and friend Javier Perales on Thursday afternoon,” said Craig Mytton, manager of H-E-B. “He will be forever remembered for his kindness, outgoing personality, smile, and how he greeted everyone he met with a kind word.”
Perales, who was 21 when he died, worked at the store for about a year in maintenance, deli and bakery.
He died in a one-vehicle rollover accident May 29 on FM 39.
H-E-B heard of the family’s need to pay for the funeral and other expenses, so delivered food to them Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We also told them that we knew about their financial need and would do whatever we could to help them out,” Mytton said.
Mexia H-E-B is still accepting donations for the family through Tuesday evening.

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