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Wed
02
Apr

County unlikely to get Courthouse grant, says Callis

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although Limestone County Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis applied on behalf of the county for funds from the state Historical Commission to renovate the Courthouse, he told commissioners court Monday he doesn’t have much hope for receiving the grant.
Callis told the court he had gone to Austin the previous week to testify before the Historical Commission on needed repairs at the Courthouse, but he said other counties had courthouses that seemed in much more dire need of repair than that of Limestone, so he didn’t have much expectation of getting any funding this year.
He noted that $17 million had been requested by various counties, but the commission only had $4 million available.
“Hopefully next year they can find more money to give to those guys who can reapply for these grants each and every year to try to do something to keep the Courthouse straight,” he said.

Mon
31
Mar

LMC health fair chance for free tests, info, fun


Medical professionals and representatives of local health agencies line the hallways of Limestone Medical Center, in Groesbeck, to offer free information, answer general health questions and tell what they can offer. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County residents will have the opportunity to get free health information and health screenings in a fun environment next week at Limestone Medical Center’s annual Spring Fling health fair.
This is the fifth year for the event, which is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LMC, in Groesbeck.
The halls of the hospital will be lined with dozens of vendors providing information about a variety of health topics, said Kimberly Meyer, LMC Director of Marketing and Public Relations.
“Everything’s free, all the services,” Meyer said, “and it’s for anyone. Since we do it annually, our goal is for it to be an event that people will come to, to get their health screened. Even the healthy person can come and chart their health each year.”

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

Mon
31
Mar

MPD offers prescription drug recycling program

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia Police Department is offering the public a safe way to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medicines through April 26.
Residents may come by the department, at 211 N. Sherman, anytime to drop off medicines. The department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and people can simply drop their pills off at the dispatch window in the lobby.
Medicine take-back programs for disposal are a good way to remove expired, unwanted or unused medicines from the home and reduce the chance that others may accidentally take the medicine, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
There are some medicines that are especially harmful and possibly deadly in a single dose, if taken accidentally by someone other than the person the medicine was prescribed for. These medicines should not be thrown in the trash.

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

Mon
31
Mar

Simply grand


Sammy Lenamon, 6, of Groesbeck, is almost overcome by affection from her pet boxer, Bella, as the two wait for the pet show to begin at the Limestone County Fair last Thursday, March 27. Mexia News photos/ Roxanne McKnight

Sammy Lenamon, 6, of Groesbeck, is almost overcome by affection from her pet boxer, Bella, as the two wait for the pet show to begin at the Limestone County Fair last Thursday, March 27.
Mexia News photos/ Roxanne McKnight

Mon
31
Mar

Guard gives city first shot to buy armory

Mexia City Council will consider an offer to purchase the old Mexia National Guard Armory building on Tyler Street at a special meeting tonight.
A March 10 letter from Joint Force Headquarters in Austin states the property was acquired from the city of Mexia in 1957 but has been declared “excess,” meaning the Guard no longer needs the building. Because the land was acquired from the city, the letter states, the military is giving the city the first chance to buy the building.
The 15,620-square-foot building, built in 1962, sits on 5.725 acres, and is valued by the an appraiser hired by the Guard at $220,000. The city has long been interested in acquiring the facility to consolidate city offices into one location.

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

Mon
24
Mar

Bluegrass, cobbler coming to Reunion Grounds


The Bluegrass Solution, a Houston-based bluegrass band, will play during a free concert Saturday, March 29, between 1 and 4 p.m. The band plays traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music and will perform beneath the park's 1893 dance pavilion. Contributed photo

A free afternoon of live bluegrass music is on tap for March 29 at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site.
The schedule for the day includes performances by The Bluegrass Solution, a Houston-based bluegrass band, playing hard driving traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music beneath the park's historic 1893 dance pavilion.
There will also be a special guest appearance by Karl Shiflett, nationally acclaimed bandleader of The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show. The music show, which is free, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
“The event is part of the ‘Camp Coffee, Cobbler & Jam’ music series that features 19th century through early-20th century music events celebrating the different genres of music and campfire cooking historically related to the Confederate Reunion Grounds,” said Dixie Hoover, site manager.

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

Mon
24
Mar

Four-day county fair launches Wednesday


Mexia FFA student David Sarabia, 13, exercises the Yorkshire pig he is raising to show in the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show March 26-29. Hundreds of children across the county are preparing for the event, whether they are showing animals or entering food items, or sewn or agricultural mechanical projects. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Hundreds of youths and their parents are making final preparations for the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show, coming up Wednesday through Saturday, March 26-29.
Cattle are having their fur clipped, pigs are being washed, goats and sheep are being groomed, chickens and rabbits are being prepared; and 4-H and FFA students who plan to enter food dishes, sewn items, artwork or agricultural mechanics projects are putting the final touches on their entries.
Residents who don’t have a child involved may help make the event a success by simply attending the fair, said David Groschke, Limestone County’s AgriLife Extension Agent of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Mon
17
Mar

County gets road project list for state grant funds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County Engineer Ted Kantor submitted to Limestone County commissioners court at Monday’s meeting a list of proposed road repairs to be funded by the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone grant.
The county is in the process of applying to receive $431,109, which the state has set aside for Limestone County to reimburse it for damage done to its roads by the oversized vehicles and machinery of the oil-and-gas industry.

Mon
17
Mar

Texting and driving bad as drinking and driving

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Drivers who wouldn’t dream of drinking and driving are putting themselves and others at risk by texting or even just talking on a cell phone while driving. That is the message of Marcy McFarland, trauma coordinator at Parkview Regional Hospital, in Mexia.
In her work at the hospital, McFarland has seen her share of motor vehicle crash victims. She recently spoke to the Mexia Lions Club on this subject and is looking for other venues where she can talk about this sometimes unacknowledged dangerous behavior.

Mon
17
Mar

They're totally stumped


Gary Ross, left, and Shelby Hileman, 16, right, grind down a tree stump while other workers for Ricky Lide prepare the ground for the foundation of the new Economic Development Corp. building at the corner of Sherman and Palestine streets. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Gary Ross, left, and Shelby Hileman, 16, right, grind down a tree stump while other workers for Ricky Lide prepare the ground for the foundation of the new Economic Development Corp. building at the corner of Sherman and Palestine streets.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

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