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Fri
23
Feb

MHS invites public to final rehearsal

Special to The News
Mexia area residents who enjoy theater will have the chance to see the final rehearsal of Mexia High School’s One Act Play.
The Mexia High School Theatre Arts Department is inviting the public to attend the final dress rehearsal of its One Act Play Contest entry, Chamber Music.
The play is a 1962 one-act play by absurdist playwright Arthur Kopit. The story is set in 1938 and concerns eight famous women from different historical periods who all are interned in the same insane asylum.
The women are — or at least believe they are — author Gertrude Stein, martyr Joan of Arc, activist Susan B. Anthony, politician Queen Isabella of Spain, Constanze Mozart (wife of the famed composer), pilot Amelia Earhart, silent-film actress Pearl White, and explorer Osa Johnson. They have come together to represent the women of the asylum in planning for an attack they believe is soon to come from the men’s ward.

Fri
23
Feb

Author, Mexia native remembered by many as ‘an all-around good guy’

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Many longtime Mexia residents, particularly from Mexia High School’s Class of 1959, were saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Crider on Feb. 12.
Those who knew Bill well invariably describe him in terms like “gentle,” “soft-spoken” or “just a nice guy.” That he was also quite intelligent is proven not only by his earning a Ph.D., but the thoughtfulness of his speech and the many novels, several award-winning, that he wrote over the years.
Bill was born in July 1941 to Billy and Frances Crider and was raised in Mexia. He grew up with a brother, Bob, and a sister, Francelle, in a house on McKinney Street.
After graduating from high school, Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts in English from the University of North Texas, in Denton, and a Ph.D. in English, also from UT-Austin.

Fri
16
Feb

Navarro gala fundraiser promises legacy for generations

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Navarro College South is planning its annual gala fundraiser for 6 p.m. March 3, and organizers are hoping that residents of the three counties it serves – Limestone, Freestone and Leon – will pencil it in on their calendars.
No one may hope that more than Navarro College South Dean Christina Mims.
“This is an opportunity for us to raise money for scholarships that will serve our area students,” she said. “I want to make it clear to everyone that the money raised at our event will only serve our service area: Freestone, Limestone and Leon counties. It won’t go to the main campus or anything like that.”

Fri
16
Feb

Mexia’s got talent

Picture 1: Selena Thomas, 6, exuberantly dances to ‘Jarave Tapatio’ at the Rotary Club Talent Show at A.B. McBay Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 15. The talent show is scheduled for Friday, March 23, at the Mexia High School Auditorium.

Picture 2: Mexia High School senior Jared Johnson joyfully sings ‘Too Good at Goodbyes,’ made famous by Sam Smith, at the Rotary Talent Show tryouts at Mexia High School on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The talent show is scheduled for Friday, March 23, at the Mexia High School Auditorium.

Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Fri
09
Feb

Mexia Goats?

Mexia Police officer Mat Kirk rounds up stray goats on McKinney Street at Hunt on Sunday, Feb. 4, waiting for another officer to help guide the animals to a home nearby where the owner was known to live.
Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Mon
05
Feb

Good Coolidge Citizens

Coolidge Elementary announces its Good Citizens for the third six-week school period.
These students exhibited good behaviors such as showing pride in their community, volunteering to help others, being an honest citizen, following rules and sharing with others, and showing respect to others. Shown here, front row, l-r, are Erica Valle, Mia Brown, Tyson Cox, Jazmin Rodriguez, John Ruiz Perez, Izaak Salazar and Jayla Rodriguez; on the back row, l-r, are Sahira Perez, Jabralyn Brown, Jacoby Brown, Kinsley Jackson, Francascia Barnett and Keelynn Carter. -Contributed photo

Mon
05
Feb

100 years young

Marcie Lee King celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Mexia, surrounded by friends and family. Shown here, front l-r, are Marcia Weathers with Baby Keaton, Marcie Lee King, Alice Sneed, Tammy Weathers with Myah, and Brittany Weathers with Kash. At rear l-r are Bubba Weathers Sr., Briana Weathers, Markail Weathers, Krystal Weathers, Kaden Weathers, A.J. Weathers, Bubba Weathers Jr., and Rodney Weathers. Not shown are Anthony Weathers Sr., Deon Weathers, D.J. Weathers and Baby Amare.

Mon
05
Feb

Unlimited fun

Picture 1 - Mandy Hayes of Austin shows a pistol being auctioned at the Duck’s Unlimited Banquet on Saturday, at The Cowboy Club, while Yazoo Thomas, center, and Lance Jackson act as spotters for bidders.

Picture 2 - Lisa Lauderdale, left, and daughter Riley McDaniel, enjoy a laugh at the Ducks Unlimited Banquet, held Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Cowboy Club, on Highway 14, in Mexia. Lauderdale was on this year’s banquet committee.

Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Mon
05
Feb

Search is on for most talented Mexia students

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Rotary Club of Mexia has set up auditions for Mexia students of all ages so Rotary can discover the most talented as club members prepare for their annual talent show next month. The top 10 winners at the talent show get cash prizes, but the tryouts are the gateway to the winners’ circle.
The youth are invited to refine their skills in music, singing, dance or other areas of talent or skill and come out to the Rotary Club’s tryouts.
“We encourage students of all ages to audition for the talent show,” said Rotarian Jennifer Lynch, who is directing the show. “It’s an excellent opportunity to showcase your talents and possibly win a cash prize!”
The tryouts are scheduled for Feb. 13-15 with auditions at the high school, junior high and elementary school, respectively, after school each day, or about 3:45 p.m. as follows:
Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Mexia High School Auditorium for high school students.

Fri
02
Feb

Knights of Columbus donate for bullet-proof vest

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Knights of Columbus joined a now-long list of Limestone County entities donating to provide bullet-proof vests to protect county deputies.
Five members of the Catholic Church’s fraternal organization presented a check for $600, the amount needed to buy a vest, to commissioners court at its Jan. 23 meeting.
Attending the meeting to make the presentation were Knights members John Schaefer, Edmund Schuster, Dennis Dornak, Leo McGilvray and George Satsky.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson was on hand to take part in accepting the donation, and he expressed his gratitude to the group.

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