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One teen killed, four others injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash near Groesbeck

By Jennifer Paul
Special to The News
The Texas Department of Public Safety said one teen died and four other teens were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash near Groesbeck overnight on Wednesday, March 14.
Five teenagers were riding in a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer driven by a 17-year-old Mexia boy traveling southwest on LCR 398 about two miles west of Groesbeck around 2 a.m. The driver lost control at a curve and rolled, according to Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Roberts.
A 16-year-old boy from Pleasanton who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, two 15-year-old boys from Groesbeck and a 16-year-old Groesbeck girl, were all taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waco with what were said to be non-incapacitating injuries. The names of the victims weren’t released.
The crash is still under investigation.

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Hubbard City Drug Store, Sims as top citizen, business

The Greater Hubbard Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce plans for its annual Awards Banquet. It will be held on Saturday, March 24, in the Haralson Family Life Center, 208 N.W. Second Street, with festivities getting underway at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 30 Years” and will focus on the establishment of the Chamber, which was officially organized in 1988.
The Chamber Board of Directors is pleased to announce the names of those to be recognized at this year’s banquet. The Business of the Year Award will go to Hubbard City Drug Store, and Terry Reddell will be the Hall of Fame honoree. As in past years, a number of new businesses will also be recognized at the banquet.

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19
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Mexia seeing what the survey says

City begins the slow process of developing cemetery addition
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
One of Mexia’s oldest cemeteries, Mexia Memorial Cemetery, was enlarged in 2004 by the donation of seven acres of adjacent land, and the city is now taking the initial steps to establish new plots there.
City Council voted at its February meeting to spend up to $1,000 to have one block of the addition surveyed so the city could establish the plots and begin selling them.
As part of that plan, the city would like a cemetery association established to manage the cemetery. Consequently, the city invited interested parties, such as people whose relatives are buried there, as well as local funeral home professionals, to attend an organizational meeting March 26.

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16
Mar

Fairgrounds staying booked

A summary of Limestone County commissioners court’s March 13 meeting
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court continues to prepare the Fairgrounds for more activities, with the county fair coming up in April.
The court heard a report on Fairground activities at its March 13 meeting and also heard a report on the county’s flood control structures, and took care of other matters concerning the county’s infrastructure and finances.
Fairgrounds manager Kenneth Ellis said the facility continues to have activities almost nightly. The annual county fair and youth livestock show is next month, he reminded the commissioners. He also said he expects a large water tank that will capture rainwater from the roof of the show barn to be delivered at any time. A pad on which the tank will sit has been prepared for it. Ellis also said that the parking lot needs to be treated for weeds.

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16
Mar

Cut cable silences Mexia phones, Internet

Mexia News Staff Report
Telephone and Internet service was interrupted in Mexia and Teague most of Thursday after a road construction crew accidentally cut a fiber optic cable.
Details are sketchy, but the problem began around mid-morning, leaving almost everyone affected one way or another, whether they were unable to contact people by phone, use their credit cards or conduct other types of business.
Almost any activity based on telephone or Internet came to a screeching halt when those services went dark, with stores only able to accept cash; and other types of businesses having to use paper records
Service began returning around 6 p.m. with the welcome sound of multiple notification alerts sounding on various telephones.
An AT&T spokesman confirmed Friday morning what had happened and reported that the problem was now resolved.

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16
Mar

City may put police officer at school district

Atmos bills could decrease $15 yearly on average
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The city of Mexia may provide a school resource officer, meaning a police officer that provides security and prevents crime, to the Mexia school district if city council approves the move at its meeting Tuesday.
The council will discuss and possibly take action on this proposal at its March 20 meeting and also likely approve a slight reduction in rates from Atmos Energy, credit people jailed for fines at a much higher rate, and make other decisions that affect the city’s finances and quality of life.
As for the school police officer, Mexia ISD currently relies primarily on School District Police Chief Jess Whisler. The proposal is to authorize City Manager Eric Garretty to negotiate and conclude an agreement to provide an officer for this purpose.

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12
Mar

Mexia to hold annual spring clean pickup

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia residents who have some large discards in their garage or backyard will be glad to know a quick, easy and free way to get rid of them: Mexia’s annual spring clean pickup will happen March 19-22.
Large items, such as broken washing machines or dryers, old furniture, unwanted lumber, paper and plastic will be picked up and taken to the landfill.
Work crews will begin at 7 a.m., so all discards must be on the curb by that time. Once the crews pass by, they will not return.
Certain items are not eligible for pick up and will not be taken: tires, brush, batteries, paint, refrigerators, air conditioners and hazardous materials.

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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12
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Prison buildings could open in 4-6 months

Job salaries upped to $13 an hour
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court’s hopes to re-open two more buildings at its county-owned prison could come to pass in less than six months, if all goes as quickly as planned.
Also, LaSalle Corrections, which operates the Limestone County Detention Center, has more than 30 positions open and just raised its initial salary for certified correctional officers from $10 an hour to $13 an hour. Later, positions in vocational instruction and case management may be offered if a proposed contract is successful.
The court has closely monitored the LCDC as it works with LaSalle to bring the facility back online as a fully functioning prison, which in times past was a source of steady income for the county and also provided high-paying jobs for the local economy.

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09
Mar

Black pleads ‘not guilty’ to charges of killing trooper

By April Walker
Special to The Mexia News
Dabrett Black was arraigned in the court of Judge H.D. Black last Thursday and pleaded “not guilty” to killing DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Thanksgiving Day.
The judge, who once presided over the 77th District Court, was visiting from another district in place of current 77th District Court Judge Patrick Simmons. Simmons is on medical leave but will be back in time for the pre-trial hearing, which is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7.
The suspect is being defended by Susan Anderson, an assistant public defender with the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases office, in Terrell. The Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases office is the largest collaborative effort between counties and a state-funded program in the formative years in the United States.

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
Mar

Garage sale fees may be more trouble than they’re worth

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Before Mexia city council passed on the opportunity to omit the fees from obtaining garage-sale permits, they discussed why they would even consider it and why they did not take that step.
The discussion took place at the council’s February meeting, with the idea of doing away with the fees, suggested by City Manager Eric Garretty.
In researching the ramifications of this step, Garretty discovered the fees only generate about $600 a year. Personnel must be present to issue the permit and the sign, but they are often in the field, he noted. Plus, cash-handling and issuing receipts are involved, adding to the time needed to process the request.
“Are we really getting our money’s worth off a $5 garage-sale permit, rather than simply enforcing the ordinances related to garage sales?” Garretty asked the council.

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