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30
Oct

HEROs spend Saturday fundraising for local orgs

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A high school service group held a series of fundraising activities Saturday that not only helped others but also scared up a lot of fun for themselves and the public.
The Mexia High School HEROs group decided to hold several Halloween-related events to raise money for charitable agencies. Around 90 HEROs signed up to help, said Jodie Maki, the groups founder and teacher-sponsor.

Pet Costume Contest
First was the pet costume contest in the parking lot of Reed and Reed Law Firm. Nearly two dozen dog owners entered, dressing up their pets in creative costumes. Each entrant paid $5 to participate, said HERO member Valeria Olvera, 16, who was a judge, along with HERO members Aileen Medina, 16 and Sanjuana Cervantes, 17. The proceeds were to go to LARAS House, Limestone County’s only no-kill animal shelter. The winners included:

Mon
30
Oct

Limestone County’s first families recognized

Mexia News Staff Report

Sat
28
Oct

Mexia City Council making large strides

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
27
Oct

Bats: Part of wildlife at LC state park

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Fort Parker State Park, about halfway between Mexia and Groesbeck, has a variety of wildlife, and people often don’t realize that among the wildlife are bats.
“They are an important part of our eco-system,” said Sherry Price, office manager at the Park, who spoke on the bats to the Rotary Club of Mexia. As part of the Park’s staff, she has studied the animals and teaches Park visitors about them.
When a large flock of what appear to be birds comes out at dusk, Price said, they are very likely bats, not birds, since birds look for places to roost by evening. Bats, on the other hand, come out at night to search for food, usually insects.

Fri
27
Oct

E-911 service now up in Limestone County

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Residents of Limestone County who call 911 from their cell phones should be more easily located through Enhanced 911 service.
The service has become operational in Limestone County but whether it has helped anyone yet is unclear.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked Sheriff Dennis Wilson at the commissioners court’s Oct. 10 meeting whether the Dispatch Department had received any calls through the E-911 service.
Wilson answered by saying there had been no issues as far as he knew.
“I hope they’re using it,” Wilson said. “It would be a great tool. But it is up and going. AT&T is there almost daily, making sure we are the hub for that, and making sure there are no issues with what’s going on with it. It’s one of the deals that’s going to have to grow on the public, to make sure they know that service is out there. As far as on our end, everything is up and going 100 percent.”

Fri
27
Oct

Mexia, Groesbeck PDs enter inter-local agreement

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
25
Oct

County gets tax roll from Tax Assessor-Collector Hall

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court approved the 2017 tax roll at its Oct. 24 meeting.
The court addressed this issue at its Oct. 24 meeting and also approved two grants, addressed citizens’ concerns on road issues, helped honor descendants of the county’s earliest residents and renewed contracts with several volunteer fire departments.
As for the tax roll, Tax Assessor-Collector Stacy Hall presented the information to the court.
“At the end of September,” she said, “we started importing the tax roll, calculating taxes, got final numbers from the Appraisal District and had everything ready to go on Oct. 1.”
She reported that the tax levy this coming year should total $14.68 million. The bills have all been mailed, she noted, and tax payments have already begun coming in.

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
25
Oct

Chamber names Condon Citizen of the Year

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Scott Condon, whose hard work and renovating touch is seen all over downtown Mexia, was named Citizen of the Year Tuesday at the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner.
The honors for Organization of the year went to Caritas of Mexia, whose food pantry feeds many of Limestone County; and whose thrift store offers used clothing and household items for pennies on the dollar.
The Mexia Civic Center was filled Tuesday with city leaders and other caring citizens for the Awards Dinner. Those attending shared a meal catered by the Farm House Restaurant, featuring chicken fried chicken, sides and dessert. FFA student volunteers served the attendees at their tables. The Rev. Marcus Sheffield emceed the event, with help from Chamber President Linda Archibald and Outgoing Chair Clint Flatt. Pianist Linda Fox provided background music during the meal.

Wed
25
Oct

Once was lost but now am found

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Mon
23
Oct

City council hires new city manager

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

The process was long and somewhat strenuous, but the City of Mexia has found a new city manager. Eric Garrity of Fort Worth is scheduled to take the place of City Manger Larry Brown on Dec. 1. Garrity is current Budget Manager for the City of Fort Worth.
Garrity said, “I am from a small town in Mississippi myself. I was really looking to get back to a small town.”
Garrity grew up in Jackson, Miss. After graduating high school he attended college where he quickly learned it was not for him. He said, “College and I did not agree, initially. I looked at joining the Marine Corp because it is a great organization to join. I enlisted and when I made the rank of sergeant, the Corp allowed me to go to college to get my commission.”

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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