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Mon
22
May

New MISD AD hits reset button

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia ISD’s new athletic director, Coach Frank Sandoval, has only been on the job a month, but he has spent that month working intensely with the high school football players to prepare them for a return to the strength and energy that propelled them to the heights of performance in past years.
The new AD spoke both to the Mexia Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mexia about his goals for his players, which are not just to improve their physical condition but to develop within them a new attitude of high achievement.
“I’ve been talking to them about that Blackcat magic,” Sandoval said, “what that looks like, what that sounds like, what it’s going to be: and that’s moving with a sense of urgency – and that’s what we’re going to bring back.”
Sandoval challenges his players on several levels. First he stresses that good grades are absolutely required to even participate in the football program.

Mon
22
May

County honors fallen law enforcement officers

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Law enforcement officers from across Limestone County as well as members of the public gathered at the courthouse for the 10th annual Peace Officer Memorial Friday, May 19.
Most prominent were Limestone County Sheriff’s Office personnel, including Sheriff Dennis Wilson, Chief Deputy Murray Agnew and many deputies. Also well represented were Groesbeck Police Officers, including Chief Chris Henson. Mexia Police officers were there, too, including Chief Richard Hawthorne and several of his officers.
Patrol Capt. Lee Cox was emcee for the ceremony, welcoming those present and introducing those who were part of the program as the ceremony progressed. Stacy Duffield sang the national anthem to open the ceremony, and Sgt. Jason Ash gave an opening prayer.

Mon
22
May

Owens makes surprise visit

Mexia News Staff Report

Former Mexia Ladycat basketball standout, Na’Teshia “Tee” Owens made a surprise visit to the Ladycats Spring Sports Banquet held last Monday night.
Owens, a freshman player for the Xavier University Musketeers women’s basketball team this past season, is currently rehabilitating after having knee surgery at the end of this basketball year, but should be ready to go at the start of the 2017-18 season.
During her first year at XU, she played in all 30 games for the Musketeers, averaging 9.5 minutes per game and 2.8 points per game. She also had 31 assists, nine steals and two blocks and averaged 1.7 rebounds during the time she was on the court.
“My first season went well,” Owens said. “We didn’t do as good as we planned, but we’ll bounce back this year!”

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
19
May

Not just pretty painted rocks

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

There is a craze in the town of Mexia with painted rocks appearing in some of the most strangest places, but it is not by accident nor a coincidence and it has taken off like boulders.
Debbie Nelson and her husband moved to Mexia five years ago from Mansfield. She is the secretary to assistant superintendent for the Mexia Independent School District.
During the Mexia Artsfest in April, children were painting rocks and Nelson had an idea. She said, “What I am doing is actually a game. It is kind of like Pokemon accept with people and rocks. You paint a rock and on the the back you write ‘keep or hide you decide.’ It is a hide and seek. When you get ready to hide your rock you take a picture and give a hint on Facebook where it is.”
The craze was a little confusing at first. Lisa Flatt inquired that she found a painted rock and wanted to know what it was all about.

Fri
19
May

County finds funds to pay for final 2016 road repairs

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have finally found the money to pay for repairs done on LCR 486, which were begun last summer before the county’s dozer broke down.
Commissioners plan to transfer money from the contingencies fund for that purpose at their May 23 meeting. Also on the agenda that day are appointment of a rabies control officer, hearing a proposal to allow third-party insurance premiums to be deducted from employees’ paychecks and clarification of the county’s retirement policy.
As for the road repair funding, County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the members of the court had talked about what to do on the matter but never put it on the agenda. The work was completed just after the new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2016. Money had been allocated for the repairs last year but the bills did not get paid from last year’s budget.

Fri
19
May

Former Mexia resident murdered in Oklahoma

Mexia News Staff Report

A man originally from Mexia was shot and killed in Oklahoma City Monday, May 15.
Oklahoma City Police were called at 12:53 a.m. to the 200th block of SW 38th Street, when someone noticed a man lying in the street.
When officers arrived, they realized the man had been shot and transferred him to a hospital.
The man, identified as Jerry Timothy Hudson, 46, of Oklahoma City, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
His family in Mexia is trying to arrange for Hudson’s body to be transferred to Mexia for burial.
A suspect in the murder was apprehended Thursday. According to Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Gary Knight, Jose Mascote Reyes, 60, also of Oklahoma City, was arrested and is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail, charged with first degree murder in Hudson’s death.

Wed
17
May

Mental health bills still alive: No progress seen

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Wed
17
May

Mexia teacher receives Golden Shovel Award

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia High School culinary arts teacher Steffanie Lane has been awarded the Golden Shovel Award from Education Service Center Region 12.
Each month, ESC Region 12 chooses a teacher to recognize for using digital innovation in the classroom. Mexia ISD Instructional Technologist Tracy Porter nominated Lane, who was chosen as the ESC’s February recipient.
Porter trains Mexia ISD teachers how to integrate technology into their classrooms.
“This award is given to educators that are using technology in an innovative way to provide meaningful learning experiences for their students,” Porter said of Lane.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
15
May

Smaller revenue cap detrimental to county according to sheriff

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Mon
15
May

Mexia college-bound grads get scholarship help

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia High School graduates were rewarded for their hard work over the past four years by being awarded scholarships totaling at least $805,880, with more money still coming in.
The awards were announced Thursday, May 11, in a program at the high school auditorium.
Dozens of presenters, mostly representatives of local organizations and businesses, filled the stage in a semi-circle, each taking turns announcing the winners of their respective scholarships and presenting a certificate with details of the award.
The top recipient was Jaylen Gipson, who received a football scholarship to Texas State University for $25,000 per semester for eight semesters, which will total $200,000 when his four years are complete.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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