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Mon
19
Jun

Commissioners vote 3-2 to move funds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When Limestone County commissioners court voted 3-2 at its June 13 meeting to move almost all the $300,000 from the Road and Bridge Contingencies Fund – also called the Priority Roads Fund – into the Road and Bridge Materials Fund, it was far from the usually unanimous votes that characterize the court’s decisions.
Of the total money available, $5,181 allocated to purchasing a pressure washer, and all the rest – $294,819 – went to the Road Material Fund.
Three of the commissioners, Pct. 1 John McCarver, Pct. 2 W.A. “Sonny” Baker, and Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest, voted to make the transfer, McCarver and Forrest arguing that they had seen significant decreases in road repair money the past few years and needed to get the funds back into Road and Bridge so they could use the money to make repairs before the fiscal year ends.

Fri
16
Jun

Moon brothers parole denied

Mexia News Staff Report

Parole has been denied again for Frank Moon and Vernon Moon, brothers who were convicted, along with a third man, Robert Wayne Spikes, of sexual assault of a 17-year-old Mexia girl in 1984.
Roy DeFriend, county attorney for Limestone County, reported the news on Wednesday, June 14.
“The Board of Pardons and Parole has once again denied parole for brothers Frank Moon and Vernon Moon,” DeFriend wrote in an email.
Vernon Moon’s current consideration of parole was denied May 2; and the next review date for his possible parole is scheduled for March 1, 2020.

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
14
Jun

Mexia Rodeo promises double header of fun, entertainment

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Top, professional rodeo action will be on display next week at the 87th Annual Mexia Rodeo on Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24. This year’s event will be double the fun with two rodeos each day, one at 11 a.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m.
The three-day event, co-sponsored by the city of Mexia and the Mexia Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Mexia Rodeo Grounds, just off Tyler Street at Smith.
The gates open each morning at 10:30 a.m. for the day rodeo, which starts at 11 a.m. – and families and those on a budget will be pleased to learn has free admission. The concession stands will be open for the day rodeo, just as they will be in the evening.
“Those contestants can stay and compete again in the big night rodeo at 7:30 p.m.,” said Chamber President Linda Archibald. “That’s what the double header means.”

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.

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