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Mon
23
Oct

Thornton church, resident donate funds for six bullet-proof vests

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A church in Thornton has been likened to “the little church that could” after acquiring donations for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office totaling $3,000 to buy bullet-proof vests for the sheriff’s deputies. Additionally, a Hill County resident donated $600 on her own for the same purpose.
Presentations of the two donations took place at the Limestone County commissioners court’s Oct. 10 meeting, with Sheriff Dennis Wilson on hand to accept the funds.
The $3,000 donation was from First United Methodist Church, Thornton and is not their first donation. They were the first to donate toward this effort when they gave $1,200 at the court’s Sept. 27, 2016, meeting for this purpose. Each bullet-proof vest costs about $600, so this most recent donation should provide for five vests.
Wilson commended the church members and pastor for the big gesture despite the church’s small size.

Mon
23
Oct

Mexia Fire Chief LaFoy: Satisfaction from career

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Longtime Mexia firefighter and current Fire Chief Robert LaFoy had firefighting instilled in him as a child, and he never looked back.
He spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently about the Department he heads and his thoughts and memories of working there.
Being around firefighters and EMTs all his life, as a kid growing up and seeing his father, Dewey LaFoy, and others he admired in that field was probably what influenced him to pursue this career.

Sat
21
Oct

County to recognize First Families of LC

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Descendants of some of Limestone County’s earliest residents will be recognized at next Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting.
Commissioners will present certificates to those descendants at their Oct. 24 meeting and also receive the 2017 Tax Roll, accept a state grant, renew contracts with area fire departments and take care of other matters.
The recognition of descendants is part of the First Families Program, a project of the Limestone County Historical Commission. There have been several other, similar presentations in the past few years.
Also at the meeting, the Tax Assessor-Collector will present the 2017 Tax Roll, in which the county will be given up-to-date financial numbers of how much money the county should receive this year from homeowners and businesses from property taxes.

Sat
21
Oct

Mexia has their own Judge Judy

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Sat
21
Oct

McKinney reaping benefits

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A Mexia woman who founded a singing group to minister to those in a Mexia nursing home 25 years ago is benefiting from that same group since she is now living at the nursing home herself.
It was back around 1992 that Mildred McKinney heard of some residents at The Manor nursing home on Hwy. 171 in Mexia who were lonely and depressed.
“I had a friend, Louise Gatlin, from Point Enterprise ,” McKinney said. “We went to the same church and she said, ‘If you’ll just go and read the Bible…’ So that’s how I started, just reading the Bible. Then some friends from the church came and played the piano and sang; we stayed for 45 minutes at least.”
McKinney immediately began going to The Manor weekly. When she looks back, she is still moved by seeing the effect the ministering had on the residents.

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
20
Oct

Early voting of the Constitutional Amendment begins Oct. 23

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

The following article is a voter’s guide comprised from two different sources to help and aid the voter know what is proposed for the 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election and to have a better understanding what is on the ballot. The guide contains both sides of the argument, for and against, allowing the reader to vote while informed. Early voting starts Oct. 23 through Nov. 3, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Limestone County Courthouse Annex - Mexia, Courtroom, located at 205 S. McKinney. The day of the election will be held on Nov. 7 at the Mexia Civic Center.

Wed
18
Oct

4-H Gold Star winners lauded

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took time at their Oct. 10 meeting to recognize two Limestone County home-schooled 4-H students – Sarah Hall and Isaac Lewis – for being awarded the 4-H Gold Star Award.
The court had mentioned one of the Gold Star winners at a previous meeting, but with the award material in, the court made a more formal presentation of the awards to both winners.
AgriLife Extension Agent Gabby Washington made the presentation, describing the two students as worthy of the honor they received.
“They have shown citizenship, leadership and project experience,” Washington said.

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
18
Oct

Luminant closing Freestone, Milam power plants

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Luminant announced last week that it will close, for economic reasons, two coal-fueled, two-unit power plants in Central Texas: Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County, and the Sandow Power Plant in Milam County.
Big Brown is scheduled to close Feb. 12, 2018, with about 200 employees expected to lose their jobs. The plant’s associated Turlington Mine was already scheduled for closing by the end of 2017.
Whether the job losses will affect Limestone County economically is unclear, but Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen said it might impact Limestone indirectly.
“That’s our neighbors,” Burkeen said Tuesday, “and I don’t know how many people from Limestone County work over there, but Freestone County people come to Mexia to go shopping. We have to say, our economies are intermingled, so it’s not a good thing for us; it’s not a good thing for the region.”

Wed
18
Oct

Chief Bell: A sense of service, duty, honor

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor
Brian Bell, now Chief of Police for the Mexia Police Department, never, did he think that being a law enforcement officer was his way of life, but he already had the mindset of service, duty and honor.
Bell, born in Houston, was raised in Dallas. He graduated high school in 1998 and started college at Texas Tech. He moved back to Dallas and went to work for Global Nomads Group, a United Nations, a non-profit company. That company moved to New York so Bell decided to work for an Albanian family in the Italian restaurant business.

Tue
17
Oct

Robert Flatt: Unique outlook on life in light of disease

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Robert Flatt, of Houston, who has Parkinson’s disease, spoke in Mexia recently, sharing his unique outlook on life and his determination to stay positive while living life as fully as he can within his physical limitations.
Flatt and his wife, Nancy, who is also his caregiver, had ended up in Mexia, staying with his cousin Dick Flatt and wife Linda when Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands of Houston residents in late August.
Introducing his cousin, Dick Flatt bragged on Robert’s high level of intelligence, making sure no one stereotyped Robert as anything less than smart because of his difficulty standing still and speaking clearly while he addressed the Mexia Lions Club, where Dick Flatt is a longtime member.
Since Dick Flatt was close to his cousin growing up, he remembers Robert as the smart high school student who won the state championship in slide rule competition.

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