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Mon
27
Mar

Castin’ Around

Tom Fox, Castin' Around
The Mexia Bass Club held it’s March two-day tournament on big Sam Rayburn Resevoir this past weekend.  We were blessed with fair weather and easy winds, and most people caught fish.  The lake was in good shape.  Member Wayne Smith put together a crawfish boil on Friday night, and everyone ate and had a great time.
Overall winners of the tournament were Steve Hughes and Bert Harrison with a total of 29.46 pounds.  Steve also had big bass of a little over 8 pounds.  Second place went to Ron Williams and Ron Talbot with 27.49 pounds.  Third place was John Arabie and son-in-law Toby Viaz.  They weighed 26.15 pounds.  The club now uses team weight instead of individual weight as we have gone to a team format.

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.

Mon
27
Mar

New Alamo book is a must for history lovers

Jerry Turner, Special to the News
Alamo fans get on your fastest horse, car, or walking shoes and beat a path to the nearest bookstore to get your copy of this new book. Blood of Noble Men - The Battle of the Alamo - Siege and Battle written by Alan Huffines and published by Eaken Press.  It is a dandy for those who want to know more about the most glorious period in history - Texas or otherwise. The author has taken contemporary accounts of what happened during those days of February and March of 1836 and used his skill with prose to write a vivid story. Events of each day are explained, discussed or other wise illuminated by Huffines’ cast of real life characters which include Texians, Mexicans and noncombatants. He paralleled the accounts of all three classes of observers.  Where this was not possible, he arranged the accounts by date and time.

Mon
27
Mar

This is no trail ride

Horse show judge Joe Gotti, of Cushing, leads the Limestone County Fair Horse Show contestants through the path they are to take in the competition on Saturday, March 25. The event was held all day at the County Fairgrounds. Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Mon
27
Mar

I Remember When: Marcie Lee King

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
At 99, going on 100 years of age, Marcie Lee King has seen a lot of living on this earth – and most of it was in Mexia.
She was born in Buffalo, in Leon County, to Robert and Lubertha Phillips, in early February 1918, when the United States had been in World War I for less than a year.
The Phillips family moved to Mexia when little Marcie Lee was two years old, and some of her earliest memories are still fresh in her mind.
Because both her parents cooked for a living, Marcie Lee learned to appreciate good cooking from an early age. Robert Phillips was a cook at Jimmy’s Cafe, on Commerce Street, where many businesses were located at the time.
“He was quiet and liked to read the newspaper,” King remembers. “He’d come home and bring the papers with him.”

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
24
Mar

State lawmakers file 18 bills concerning TCR

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
24
Mar

County fair kickoff to set tone for fair week

Limestone County Fair organizers have planned something new this year that is certain to please its fans: a fair kickoff on March 31-April 1, which is the weekend before fair week so people can enjoy themselves as they gear up for the youth livestock show.
The kickoff weekend takes the place of the rodeo that is usually held before the fair, and its component events include a barbecue cook-off; tournaments of horseshoes, washers and dominos; and a Bart Crow concert, all at the county fairgrounds.
Co-sponsors of the kickoff weekend are the Limestone County Fair Association and Go Texan, the state organization that promotes all things made in Texas.

Fri
24
Mar

Court may oppose state takeover of county records

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is expected to pass a resolution at its meeting Tuesday in support of a state bill intended to prevent the state from having county records made part of a statewide database.
The resolution is just one item on the agenda of the court’s March 28 meeting; other items the court plans to discuss and possibly take action on include approving a new contract to increase the county’s Internet speed, renewing a grant with the state that pays for the Victims Assistance Coordinator, approving routine raises at the Sheriff’s Office, Road and Bridge and County Attorney’s offices, and limiting employee reimbursement for convention expenses; as well as other decisions.
Regarding the proposed resolution supporting House Bill 1258, the bill appears to be a takeover of county records that some believe would not be in the best interests of the public.

Wed
22
Mar

Mexia’s H20 receives no violations

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
22
Mar

WPD makes two arrests after 3-month investigation

By April Walker
Special to The Mexia News

Wed
22
Mar

County computer system ‘mega’ fast

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County has found a way to increase the speed of its computer system, which is expected to help not only employees but also the customers they assist.
Commissioners voted on this step at their March 14 meeting and also heard a solution to the problem of where to move old county files after they have been scanned into the system; and approved several budget transfers.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court that he had asked computer consultant Steve Wells to check the county’s computer system to determine why it was so slow. Wells discovered that the Sheriff’s deputies’ mobile data units were using a great deal of the bandwidth. So he suggested the county increase its bandwidth from 15 megabytes to 50 megabytes, and allocate 20 of those megabytes for the mobile data units.

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