News

Fri
26
May

Webinar offers new ideas to implement changes

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia Economic Development Corporation hosted a webinar earlier this month on how to make a town more open to new ideas, and attendees came away appearing to find the material helpful.
The webinar – which is like a seminar, except the speakers broadcast from an online location – was held May 12 at the Mexia Business Resource Center, the building on McKinney Street that houses the Mexia EDC and the Chamber of Commerce.
The object of the webinar was to address the mindset that people who try to make changes in small towns often confront, such as “We’ve already tried that before,” or “That’s not how we do things here.” Those phrases and that mindset have stopped positive change many times and discouraged those who have ideas they would like to try in their town.

Fri
26
May

Rincker sighs relief on HB62

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Thu
25
May

Motorcycle club’s vet fundraiser featured steaming crawfish

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Big red mud bugs – or crawfish, or crayfish – were on the menu Saturday and were steaming in large cookers across the backyard of the Brotherhood Forever Motorcyle Club’s Clubhouse, to raise money for wounded veterans.
This was the Third Annual Mud Bugs for Wounded Heroes Crawfish Boil, with proceeds earmarked for the Mexia Peer Support Center, an organization that helps veterans in Limestone County with a variety of needs.
The group offered burger plates for the faint of heart, but assured those who bought the hamburgers – which were quite good – that they “didn’t know what they were missing.”

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.

Thu
25
May

County Fairgrounds to get prices for upgrade

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have given the OK for Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis to get prices for installing additional RV hookups and horse stalls at the County Fairgrounds in a bid to get more business.
Commissioners agreed to pursue this action at their May 23 meeting and made other financial decisions; made several personnel decisions, such as appointing a rabies control officer; and made several decisions touching county roads.
As for the County Fairgrounds, the decision to pursue possible upgrades was restricted at this time to getting prices, with the notation that any further action would be presented to the court first. Also, the money used would be taken from a fund limited to use for economic development as well as money previously donated for this purpose.

Mon
22
May

New MISD AD hits reset button

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia ISD’s new athletic director, Coach Frank Sandoval, has only been on the job a month, but he has spent that month working intensely with the high school football players to prepare them for a return to the strength and energy that propelled them to the heights of performance in past years.
The new AD spoke both to the Mexia Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mexia about his goals for his players, which are not just to improve their physical condition but to develop within them a new attitude of high achievement.
“I’ve been talking to them about that Blackcat magic,” Sandoval said, “what that looks like, what that sounds like, what it’s going to be: and that’s moving with a sense of urgency – and that’s what we’re going to bring back.”
Sandoval challenges his players on several levels. First he stresses that good grades are absolutely required to even participate in the football program.

Mon
22
May

County honors fallen law enforcement officers

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Law enforcement officers from across Limestone County as well as members of the public gathered at the courthouse for the 10th annual Peace Officer Memorial Friday, May 19.
Most prominent were Limestone County Sheriff’s Office personnel, including Sheriff Dennis Wilson, Chief Deputy Murray Agnew and many deputies. Also well represented were Groesbeck Police Officers, including Chief Chris Henson. Mexia Police officers were there, too, including Chief Richard Hawthorne and several of his officers.
Patrol Capt. Lee Cox was emcee for the ceremony, welcoming those present and introducing those who were part of the program as the ceremony progressed. Stacy Duffield sang the national anthem to open the ceremony, and Sgt. Jason Ash gave an opening prayer.

Mon
22
May

Owens makes surprise visit

Mexia News Staff Report

Former Mexia Ladycat basketball standout, Na’Teshia “Tee” Owens made a surprise visit to the Ladycats Spring Sports Banquet held last Monday night.
Owens, a freshman player for the Xavier University Musketeers women’s basketball team this past season, is currently rehabilitating after having knee surgery at the end of this basketball year, but should be ready to go at the start of the 2017-18 season.
During her first year at XU, she played in all 30 games for the Musketeers, averaging 9.5 minutes per game and 2.8 points per game. She also had 31 assists, nine steals and two blocks and averaged 1.7 rebounds during the time she was on the court.
“My first season went well,” Owens said. “We didn’t do as good as we planned, but we’ll bounce back this year!”

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
19
May

Not just pretty painted rocks

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

There is a craze in the town of Mexia with painted rocks appearing in some of the most strangest places, but it is not by accident nor a coincidence and it has taken off like boulders.
Debbie Nelson and her husband moved to Mexia five years ago from Mansfield. She is the secretary to assistant superintendent for the Mexia Independent School District.
During the Mexia Artsfest in April, children were painting rocks and Nelson had an idea. She said, “What I am doing is actually a game. It is kind of like Pokemon accept with people and rocks. You paint a rock and on the the back you write ‘keep or hide you decide.’ It is a hide and seek. When you get ready to hide your rock you take a picture and give a hint on Facebook where it is.”
The craze was a little confusing at first. Lisa Flatt inquired that she found a painted rock and wanted to know what it was all about.

Fri
19
May

County finds funds to pay for final 2016 road repairs

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have finally found the money to pay for repairs done on LCR 486, which were begun last summer before the county’s dozer broke down.
Commissioners plan to transfer money from the contingencies fund for that purpose at their May 23 meeting. Also on the agenda that day are appointment of a rabies control officer, hearing a proposal to allow third-party insurance premiums to be deducted from employees’ paychecks and clarification of the county’s retirement policy.
As for the road repair funding, County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the members of the court had talked about what to do on the matter but never put it on the agenda. The work was completed just after the new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2016. Money had been allocated for the repairs last year but the bills did not get paid from last year’s budget.

Fri
19
May

Former Mexia resident murdered in Oklahoma

Mexia News Staff Report

A man originally from Mexia was shot and killed in Oklahoma City Monday, May 15.
Oklahoma City Police were called at 12:53 a.m. to the 200th block of SW 38th Street, when someone noticed a man lying in the street.
When officers arrived, they realized the man had been shot and transferred him to a hospital.
The man, identified as Jerry Timothy Hudson, 46, of Oklahoma City, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
His family in Mexia is trying to arrange for Hudson’s body to be transferred to Mexia for burial.
A suspect in the murder was apprehended Thursday. According to Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Gary Knight, Jose Mascote Reyes, 60, also of Oklahoma City, was arrested and is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail, charged with first degree murder in Hudson’s death.

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