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Wed
22
May

MISD unfazed by CSCOPE ruling

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A recent state-level decision to rid Texas of lesson plans that come with a curriculum system used by 78 percent of Texas school districts – including Mexia ISD – will have little or no effect on operations here.
On Monday, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, announced the CSCOPE curriculum management system will no longer provide lesson plans for 877 public school districts currently using them.
School superintendents who testified in a recent Senate Education Committee hearing said the system is widely used because it is flexible and affordable.
Mexia ISD began using the management system in the 2010-11 school year. Donna Savage, MISD director of curriculum and instruction said she will attend a meeting Tuesday to learn more about the decision on CSCOPE’s lessons.

Mon
20
May

Mexia software engineer moves the money

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
When people pay with a check, they tend to think of it as just another form of money, but once the check is accepted by the payee, it takes on a secret life in an unseen, electronic world – and a man in Mexia is a key player in that world.
Tommy Eves is an advanced software architect for Jack Henry and Associates and is one of three people charged with making sure the money deposited each day into banks and credit unions serviced by Jack Henry and Associates gets “moved,” that is, gets credited electronically by that night.
Recently, Eves explained his incredibly complex job to members of the Rotary Club of Mexia. His office is near Dallas, but he does much of his work from his Mexia home.

Mon
20
May

Go West

Women prepare meals for fundraiser

Kindra Hill, at left, checks on marinating chicken wings while Kim Barker prepares to serve two hamburger plates at the ‘Wings for West’ fundraiser Saturday at Mexia’s VFW Post 4694. The money raised was to help people in West trying to recover from the explosion that destroyed many homes there.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
20
May

Fire contained at LCDC

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Fri
17
May

Clean energy

Student volunteers, from left, Terrance Freeman, Jeremy Price and Ariel Ballard pick up trash from the creek that runs through Hughes Park, in Mexia, as part of a clean-up effort May 9. The event saw 95 members of HERO, a program at Mexia High School that channels students efforts in volunteer charitable activities, take part in the day’s activities.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
17
May

City Council to swear in four re-elected incumbents

Mexia’s City Council will swear in four incumbents re-elected for new terms this past Saturday when the group meets Tuesday night.
On Saturday, District 1 City Councilman Glenn McGuire, with 33 votes, defeated opponent Jacqueline Gee, who drew 18 votes, while District 3 Councilman Kelvin Beachum earned 5 votes to beat opponent Ed Rhodes, who drew one vote.
There were a total of four expiring terms, but Mayor Troy Miller and District 4 Council member Judy Chambers drew no opponents, so their races were canceled.
After Tuesday’s meeting is called to order and the minutes and accounts payable are approved, Council will canvass Saturday’s election, approve a resolution declaring the results valid, give the oath of office to McGuire, Beachum, Miller and Chambers, then choose a mayor pro tem for the following year.

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Fri
17
May

Mexia ISD board president Brown resigns

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Wed
15
May

Work, career lead Mexia woman through full life

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Mary Edwards looks at reality with clear, unflinching eyes and has lived her life accordingly.
Born in 1933 at her parents’ home on Alice Street in Mexia, young Mary got her first job as just a little girl, working in a laundry.
“I started out at the Mexia Steam Laundry that used to be on Kaufman Street,” Edwards, who turned 81 in April, said recently. “We used to do all the prisoners’ sheets. We ran the mangle,” she said referring to a pressing machine that ironed flat the freshly cleaned laundry. “We used to put a thousand prisoners sheets through the mangle every day. I still went to school. I was 9 when I started, 11 when I quit. We worked after school and on Saturdays. I made 50 cents a day after school and a dollar on Saturdays.”
When she quit the laundry she got a better offer.

Wed
15
May

County mulls joining GCD – passes for now

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
At Monday’s commissioners court meeting, Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners he had met the previous Friday with David Bailey, director of Mid-Texas Groundwater Conservation District, which covers Freestone, Leon and Madison counties. Burkeen reminded the court that in the past Limestone County has decided not to join a groundwater conservation district.

Wed
15
May

Hump day

Hannah Jacobs, 3, of Mexia, makes friends with a camel, with a boost from her grandmother Rebecca Jacobs Tuesday afternoon. The animal was part of Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm, of Nickerson, Kan., which set up shop in Mexia for a few days. Owners of the petting zoo will be in town until Sunday on U.S. 84 in the lot between Chickadoodles and Rowdy Ranch.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

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