News

Wed
14
Jun

Limestone jail, prison pass surprise inspection

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s jail and private prison received a surprise inspection from the Texas Jail Commission and passed, Sheriff Dennis Wilson told commissioners at their June 13 meeting.
Commissioners court heard this welcome news and also made other decisions regarding law enforcement, financial and personnel issues.
Regarding the Jail Commission’s inspection of the County Jail and the Limestone County Detention Center, Wilson said unannounced jail inspections are the norm now by the Commission. Although the two facilities were approved, several small technological problems were discovered at the prison: the CPU unit in the fire panel failed, as did two sensors in the smoke detectors, so the county has 30 days to repair the faulty equipment.

Wed
14
Jun

Two wrecks, two days: SH 14 sees five injured

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
14
Jun

Atmos: Residents can expect increase of $2.04 per month

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Tue
13
Jun

Dunbar, Douglas students remember the old days

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
During the days of segregation, African American children in Mexia were educated at either Douglass Elementary or Dunbar School, which included both elementary and high school grades. Though the schools had old, second-hand books, and not much money for teaching aids and other educational supplies, the students who attended them appreciated their teachers even now, more than 50 or 60 years later. Consequently, the students’ memories of that time are mixed, said Ada Conner.
Conner attended Douglass Elementary, on East Palestine Street, through eighth grade before transferring to Dunbar School on Main Street for her high school years, eventually graduating in the early 1950s.
Teachers often roomed with families in the community at that time, she said, so students would see their teachers not only in school but also in church and at homes, which she believes made for a stronger community.

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.

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