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Fri
09
Feb

Veterans Pardners to hold Vietnam War commemoration

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
This year continues the 13-year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and Mexia-based Veterans Pardners wants to note that fact and also honor veterans of that era.
Veterans Pardners will hold its fourth commemorative program on Saturday, Feb. 17, 1-3 p.m. at Mexia’s VFW Lancaster Post 4694, 309 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Highway.
Whether a veteran actually deployed to Vietnam is immaterial: Any U.S. veteran who served between Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, is invited to contact Veterans Pardners to be part of the ceremony.
The deadline to register for this event is Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.. That’s in just two days, so veterans are requested to hurry and call or text their name, branch of service, highest rank achieved and years of service (for example 1963-68) to 903-915-1462; or email that information to mpsc4vets@gmail.com.

Fri
09
Feb

Commissioners turn their eyes to planning May elections

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Now that Limestone County commissioners have completed plans for the March 6 primary elections, they plan to turn their attention at their Tuesday, Feb. 10, meeting to decisions for the May 5 city and school board elections.
The court will also address many other issues at the meeting, including approving some raise requests, approving contracts to house the inmates of other counties, hearing and approving reports from several sources, taking steps to apply for a grant to help pay for courthouse restorations, and making decisions on a multitude of other matters.
As for the May 5 election plans, the court is being asked to approve contracts to
• Conduct the Mexia ISD election.
• Lease election equipment to the cities of Groesbeck, Fairfield and Kosse; to Groesbeck ISD, and to Wortham and Wortham ISD for a joint election.

Fri
09
Feb

Health fair to offer free screenings, info

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia area residents are being encouraged to attend a community health fair that will offer free health screenings, health information and tips, and more.
The event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 16, at the Mexia Civic Center, from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free and open to anyone with an interest in improving their health.
At last count, about 40 healthcare vendors have said they will take part, manning tables or booths inside the civic center, with plenty of room and time to ask questions and hear the answers from people on the front line of healthcare.
Hosting the health fair are Parkview Regional Hospital, the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce and the Advocacy Center.
Jennifer Lynch, with Parkview, expressed hope that many people will take advantage of what the health fair will offer.

Mon
05
Feb

Parkview Regional earns 4-star rating

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Administrators of Parkview Regional Hospital, in Mexia, announced in January that the hospital is now rated four-star, which puts it in the top 40 percent of all hospitals in the United States. The rating was given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, or CMS.
Parkview CEO Bob Honeycutt attributes the improved rating to continual improvements the hospital has made over the past three years that resulted in a better experience for patients and improved communication among the caregivers and support staff.
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Edwina Henry concurs. She and Honeycutt spoke recently on the improved rating.
“We didn’t focus on any one particular thing,” she said. “We just focused on the patient’s and family’s experience and expanded from that, making sure that these initiatives were important to the patient. The one thing we worked on more than anything was communication.”

Fri
02
Feb

Be sure to register to vote in primaries

By Tom Hawkins
Special to The News
The public is reminded to be sure to register to vote for the elections of 2018 as there will be some very important elections conducted this year on the local, state and national levels.
For any questions about voter registration contact Jennifer Southard, Limestone County Election Administration. Her office is located on the bottom floor of the Limestone County Courthouse. Voters may register to vote in her office.
To vote in the first primary election on March 6, one must be registered to vote by Feb. 5. To vote in local elections including the school, city, and hospital board elections on May 5, one must be registered to vote by April 5. To vote in the primary runoff election on May 22, one must be registered to vote by April 23. To vote in the general election Nov. 6, one must be registered to vote by Oct. 8.
Register to vote today and be ready to vote in all of the above stated elections.

Fri
02
Feb

Emotions run high on high-speed rail

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Emotions ran high Wednesday evening at Mexia High School Auditorium during a public hearing on the proposed high-speed railway by Texas Central Railway.
The specially enclosed tracks would cut through the southeastern edge of Limestone County as they follow an angular route between Dallas and Houston. Consequently, most of those speaking were landowners who face losing some or even all of their land to Texas Central, either by selling it willingly or being forced to do so through eminent domain. At this point, the company has not yet been determined to have that power.

Fri
02
Feb

Blackcats to play in tough football district

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
You’d think Texas high school football coaches, players and fans were waiting for Santa Claus with the highly anticipated 2018-20 UIL realignment coming out at 9 a.m. this past Thursday.
Twitter users quickly announced where their teams wound up as soon as the UIL made their announcement.
Good news for Mexia fans, the Blackcats will not head east, but rather stay in a more westward direction.
Mexia — which finished 6-6 overall and in second place in District 9-4A Division II last season — will be in seven-team District 8-4A DII for at least the 2018 and 2019 football seasons.
Fairfield, Lorena, Robinson, Salado and Waco Connally all stay in the new district. Added to the mix is the Madisonville Mustangs.

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.

Mon
29
Jan

Billington community members willing to build fire substation if it will shorten VFD response time

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A man who lives in the Billington community on the far northwest side of Limestone County requested help from commissioners at their Jan. 23 meeting in getting one of the volunteer fire departments to house a fire truck there in an effort to shorten response time.
He is unlikely to get it, however, with Prairie Hill Volunteer Fire Department so short-handed.
Ken Tucker explained that a Jan. 15 grass fire burned a large portion of his hayfield, and the first of several responding volunteer fire departments did not arrive for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Four departments ultimately responded, and Tucker said he was not criticizing the departments, only wanting to get better fire protection.

Mon
29
Jan

Peak month for flu activity is February

By Cristin Parker
Special to The News
BI-STONE AREA, Texas – It hasn’t started the zombie apocalypse, but this year’s flu season is turning out to be one of the worst on record, locally and across the nation.
Healthcare officials have reported the virus is widespread and unusually active in every state in the U.S., except Hawaii. The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) has confirmed 2,355 deaths so far in Texas from pneumonia and influenza during the 2017-18 influenza season, which started Oct. 1, 2017.

Mon
29
Jan

Players, coaches honor state-champ coach Cobb on 80th

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Many former Mexia Blackcats, especially those who played under or coached with legendary football coach Norman Cobb took a trip down memory
lane Saturday night at Joe Friday’s Diner.
The gathering was in honor of Cobb’s 80th birthday (which was officially on Sunday) with many of his former players -- including several from the 1989 state championship team -- coaching staff, friends and family members in attendance.
Cobb -- who was born in Wheelock, graduated high school from Franklin and college from Wichita State -- was the head football coach here in Mexia from 1984 to 1990, leading the Blackcats to the state championship title back in 1989. Cobb posted a record of 56-19-4 during his time with the Blackcats.
“I feel like a million dollars,” Cobb said toward the end of the evening.

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