News

Tue
13
Jun

Bristow promotes freedom of speech

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Freestone County home-schooled student Abigail Bristow showed her understanding of constitutional principles by speaking to the Mexia Lions Club on the subject of freedom of speech.
As part of a tri-county home school group that includes Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties, Bristow has just completed her high school graduation requirements and been awarded her degree. She studied the subject of constitutional freedoms intensely as part of the American Legion Oratorical Contest earlier this spring through Post 288, which covers both Limestone and Freestone counties.
The senior had participated in the contest the past three years, won at district this year and went on to compete at the division level.

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.

Tue
13
Jun

Three drivers hospitalized after three vehicle wreck

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Three drivers in early morning traffic wound up in a wreck and all were hospitalized for their injuries Monday, June 12.
The wreck happened about 7:55 a.m. in the 800 block of South Hwy. 14, about a mile south of Mexia. Mexia Fire Department EMS was called two minutes later.
Details were still sketchy at press time since Mexia Police officers who worked the wreck were still writing their report. Witnesses on the scene, however, said they thought a man in a maroon car had slowed down to turn into a tire shop just off the highway.
The other two vehicles involved were both SUVs, each driven by females with no passengers. Witnesses said one of the vehicles overturned.

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.

Tue
13
Jun

Mexia FUMC welcomes Rev. Pick

By Bob Wright
Special Report
By all accounts from background information, it would appear that Methodist authorities have PICK(ed) a winner for a pastor to serve Mexia’s First United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Jennifer Pick, wife of a Methodist minister, has been assigned to the local church effective July 1. She will preach her first sermon in the local pulpit on July 2, succeeding the Rev. Danny Niedecken.
The new Mexia pastor is a native Texan, having grown up in First United Methodist Church at Red Oak (near Waxahachie). She has further Christian roots planted within Methodism, having served since July of 2015 in a position as “the associate in charge of worship and faith formation” at First UMC in Grapevine. Prior to that Rev. Pick served in a ministerial post at First UMC in Mansfield.

Fri
09
Jun

Court to present state award to CHC

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are planning to honor the County Historical Commission at Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting this Tuesday, June 13, for their receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the State Historical Commission.
The recognition will take place at commissioners court’s meeting on Tuesday, June 13, when the court will also approve minor salary adjustments at the Law Enforcement Center, accept a donation to buy a bullet-proof vest, voice support for a new electrical power station in another county, authorize advertising for annual bids and renew several contracts on various matters.
Regarding the County Historical Commission’s award, the announcement was made in the Thursday, June 8, edition of The Mexia News and is called the Distinguished Service Award.

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.

Fri
09
Jun

Juneteenth to mix solemn remembrance with food, fun, music

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Limestone County Juneteenth celebration is just days away, running from the afternoon of Friday, June 16, and continuing through Monday, June 19.
Organizers are expecting a large influx of participants that Friday and have made more room available by clearing additional land at Booker T. Washington Park, on Lake Mexia, where the event will take place.
One of the highlights is a parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., so groups are expected to camp out Friday night, with RVs, tents and their horses and other vehicles to be used in Saturday’s parade so they may be ready for the morning’s events.
Dr. Sharon Kirven-Henley, who is organizing the parade with her husband, Rex, said the parade route is three miles long and will begin near the Lake Mexia volunteer fire station.

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.

Wed
07
Jun

Rotarians dedicate second bridge at Hughes City Park

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
More than a dozen Rotarians gathered last week to dedicate the new bridge the Rotary Club of Mexia had replaced at Hughes City Park.
This is the second bridge they have replaced at the park, the first one going in a year ago.
Both of the new bridges are built mostly of steel-and-concrete, with wooden planks on which to walk. Both ends are completely level with the ground to allow for easy access by those with wheelchairs and baby strollers. Both bridges have a metal disk with the Rotary logo painted on it, fixed on the center of both sides.
The former bridges were mostly rickety and wooden; and required a step up or down at each end, meaning they were not accessible for those in wheelchairs.

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
07
Jun

Foster Grandparents impact lives

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County retirees on a budget and looking for a meaningful activity might consider becoming a Foster Grandparent. Not only can elders make a little spending money, they will very likely find they become significant to the children with whom they interact.
That is the message of Pamela Ballentine, director of Limestone County’s Foster Grandparent Program since December, who spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently on the program.
Ballentine saw firsthand the influence an elderly volunteer can make when her own children were growing up. She traveled a lot and never got to volunteer at her daughters’ schools – but her parents were there every day through a Foster Grandparent-type program. Her mother would go through different classes, reading to different children, while her father would work with children one-on-one, building trellises or making a scarecrow in the school garden.

Mon
05
Jun

County court clarifies policy of retirement: Workers cannot plan ahead to return

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court voted to close what some call a loophole in the county’s retirement policy that has seen employees appear to retire, remove the cash from their retirement fund but plan all along to get quickly rehired for their old job.
The court voted to update its retirement policy on this issue at its May 23 meeting, following the recommendations of the Texas Association of Counties.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court that TAC has given the county a list of updates it recommends, and for which he is writing resolutions for the court to consider and possibly vote upon, but he only had the one update prepared in time for the May 23 meeting.

Mon
05
Jun

MHS grads cross stage despite damp weather

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When the Mexia High School graduation ceremony and threatening rain clouds collided Friday night, neither side backed down. As the ceremony began, very dark clouds covered most of the sky, and cool breezes kept temperatures pleasant, but the imminent rain held off for a while.
As the notes of “Pomp and Circumstance” faded, the last of the 144 graduating seniors took their seats on six long rows of folding chairs, three on each side of a dais, where school administrators and school board trustees sat in black robes, colorful sashes hanging from their shoulders.
Senior class officer Jaylen Gipson led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag; officer Jo’Rel Lockhart led the Pledge to the Texas flag; and officer Alanni Connor spoke a prayer of benediction for the seniors.

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
02
Jun

Road material funds secured for precint

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners transferred money from the Contingencies Fund to the Road and Bridge Department’s Road Fund despite explanations by County Auditor Debbie Watson that there was no money “left over” from the previous budget, and that there was plenty of money already allocated for road repair and maintenance in the current (2016-17) budget.
The decision was made at the court’s May 23 meeting, when Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen and Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest requested the funds be transferred to make up for unspent money in the previous fiscal year’s budget that had been allocated for use by Precincts 3 and 4.
The court had already voted on the matter at its Oct. 25, 2016, meeting, but it had to be placed on the May 23 meeting agenda and voted upon again.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News