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Wed
18
Oct

4-H Gold Star winners lauded

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took time at their Oct. 10 meeting to recognize two Limestone County home-schooled 4-H students – Sarah Hall and Isaac Lewis – for being awarded the 4-H Gold Star Award.
The court had mentioned one of the Gold Star winners at a previous meeting, but with the award material in, the court made a more formal presentation of the awards to both winners.
AgriLife Extension Agent Gabby Washington made the presentation, describing the two students as worthy of the honor they received.
“They have shown citizenship, leadership and project experience,” Washington said.

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.

Wed
18
Oct

Luminant closing Freestone, Milam power plants

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Luminant announced last week that it will close, for economic reasons, two coal-fueled, two-unit power plants in Central Texas: Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County, and the Sandow Power Plant in Milam County.
Big Brown is scheduled to close Feb. 12, 2018, with about 200 employees expected to lose their jobs. The plant’s associated Turlington Mine was already scheduled for closing by the end of 2017.
Whether the job losses will affect Limestone County economically is unclear, but Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen said it might impact Limestone indirectly.
“That’s our neighbors,” Burkeen said Tuesday, “and I don’t know how many people from Limestone County work over there, but Freestone County people come to Mexia to go shopping. We have to say, our economies are intermingled, so it’s not a good thing for us; it’s not a good thing for the region.”

Wed
18
Oct

Chief Bell: A sense of service, duty, honor

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor
Brian Bell, now Chief of Police for the Mexia Police Department, never, did he think that being a law enforcement officer was his way of life, but he already had the mindset of service, duty and honor.
Bell, born in Houston, was raised in Dallas. He graduated high school in 1998 and started college at Texas Tech. He moved back to Dallas and went to work for Global Nomads Group, a United Nations, a non-profit company. That company moved to New York so Bell decided to work for an Albanian family in the Italian restaurant business.

Tue
17
Oct

Robert Flatt: Unique outlook on life in light of disease

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Robert Flatt, of Houston, who has Parkinson’s disease, spoke in Mexia recently, sharing his unique outlook on life and his determination to stay positive while living life as fully as he can within his physical limitations.
Flatt and his wife, Nancy, who is also his caregiver, had ended up in Mexia, staying with his cousin Dick Flatt and wife Linda when Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands of Houston residents in late August.
Introducing his cousin, Dick Flatt bragged on Robert’s high level of intelligence, making sure no one stereotyped Robert as anything less than smart because of his difficulty standing still and speaking clearly while he addressed the Mexia Lions Club, where Dick Flatt is a longtime member.
Since Dick Flatt was close to his cousin growing up, he remembers Robert as the smart high school student who won the state championship in slide rule competition.

Tue
17
Oct

County prison building only needs two inspections to open

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson told commissioners court last week that F Building at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, is very nearly ready to open, which will increase the prison’s bed capacity by 96.
Commissioners heard this report at their Oct. 10 meeting and made other decisions concerning law enforcement, the county’s roads and bridges, and the quality of life in Limestone County.
Concerning the LCDC, Wilson said he and LaSalle Corrections, the company that operates the prison, were waiting for the state fire marshal’s office to send a fire inspector to check F Building, and that was the last significant action they had to take to get it ready for occupancy. Once the building passes the fire inspection, he said he would arrange for the Jail Commission to do its final inspection to certify the building as ready to house inmates.

Tue
17
Oct

MISD to build fieldhouse

By Harry T. Darby
Publisher

Fri
13
Oct

Ministers call for volunteers to show care to troubled vets

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Two Mexia men are planning a one-day mission trip to the Houston area in November to serve veterans being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, and they are putting out a call for others who would like to go with them.
Lay minister Kent Kendall and youth minister Michael Hensley, of First United Methodist Church, are organizing a trip to Camp Hope, located in Spring, which is part of the PTSD Foundation of America.
Camp Hope, which opened in 2012, allows veterans and their immediate family members to stay for 90-day programs that include group lessons and support sessions.
Kendall and Hensley spoke to the Mexia Lions Club earlier this week about Camp Hope and their plan to travel there in the latter part of November and show their care for the vets through cooking a meal for them, playing music and listening. First, though, Hensley spoke about the high rate of suicide among veterans.

Fri
13
Oct

A perfect night out

The National Night Out, held on Oct 11, was a great success even if it meant rescheduling from the rains in the previous week.
Lieutenant C.W. Boyd took the program by the reins when Mexia Chief of Police Brian Bell asked her for some help.
Boyd said, “This is my very first time to do this. Bell has been so busy with the department he asked me for help and I said okay.”
Boyd was a little concerned when the original National Night Out had to be rescheduled. She said, “When it was rescheduled I went home and cried. And while setting up there was still so much more to do. But I can see it was a great success.”
The evening was not lacking for anything. Calvary Baptist Church cooked and prepared 1,000 hot dogs, and handed out about 400 slices of pizza donated by Caesar’s Pizza.
The Boy’s Scouts had camp set up with a pit fire to allow anyone for roasted marshmallows and/or s’mores.

Fri
13
Oct

Best ISO rating to top 90 percent of West Lake with new substation

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
More homeowners in the West Lake Limestone Volunteer Fire Department’s coverage area may get lower insurance rates if a new substation is approved for Lake Limestone Park No. 3.
Limestone County commissioners heard an update at their Sept. 26 meeting on the Department’s request to put in a substation at the park.
Park No. 3 is actually on the east side of Lake Limestone. According to West Lake Fire Chief Allen McWhirter, West Lake VFD’s area extends to both sides of the lake at its northern end.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court that work is proceeding on the request but that some legal aspects need to be completed first.

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

Thu
12
Oct

Beachum challenge update to feed hungry people in three counties

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
One in six Texans struggles with hunger, according to research by the Central Texas Food Bank – but in Limestone County the struggle is even more common, with one in five adults and an even higher percentage of children either hungry or not sure where they will get their next meal.
Mexia favorite son Kelvin Beachum took a significant step to change those statistics, however, starting this past July, when he issued a matching challenge for anyone who would donate to the food bank to benefit the tri-county area of Limestone, Freestone and McClennan counties.
Beachum will match every gift toward this goal, up to $50,000. Further, he pledged that if the entire $50,000 is raised, he will double his match to $100,000, making a total of $150,000 to feed the hungry of the three counties.

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.

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