News

Sat
09
Sep

City budget public hearing Sept. 12

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
08
Sep

Local restaurant gets shut down

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Whataburger, located on Milam St. in Mexia, was shut down on Thursday, Sept. 7 after several attempts were made to deal with public complaints and the infestation of insects in and outside the building.
Employees of the local Whataburger declined comment and directed all inquiries to their corporate media relations.
Whataburger Corporate Communications replied, via email, with the following statement, ““Our Mexia restaurant was closed to conduct a thorough cleaning, but has since reopened for business following no violations on a recent inspection. We invite customers to join us for their next meal, and look forward to serving them.”
An initial, unannounced, health inspection was conducted on July 19 after Mexia city Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Glover received a complaint from a patron of the restaurant.

Wed
06
Sep

Cheer clinic gets youth squad prepped for home game

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Mexia High School cheerleaders started more than four dozen little Mexia girls on the way to becoming Blackcat cheerleaders when they held a cheer clinic at the high school gym Saturday.
Fifty girls attended, from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. They were divided into three groups by grade: pre-k through kindergarten, first through second grades, and third through fifth grades, with each group being led by several varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders.
The teens taught the young girls the different cheers and showed them how to perform them.
The clinic ran from 9 a.m. to noon, with a snack break. The culmination of the morning was a performance for the young ones’ parents at 11:30 in the gym.

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
06
Sep

County sets date for final vote on tax rate, budget

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Sat
02
Sep

Domestic pet recruited for service in rescue, drug-sniffing

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County is getting an additional K9 officer since Constable Pct. 3 Glenn Shoemaker’s offer to have his dog trained in these skills was approved by county commissioners. Not only will his dog, Teddy, be trained in detecting illegal drugs but he will also be trained in search-and-rescue skills.
The decision was made at the court’s Aug. 15 meeting, bringing to three the number of drug-sniffing K9 teams in Limestone County. Teddy and Shoemaker will join the Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Officer Jack and his partner Deputy Emonty Means; and Groesbeck Police Department’s new K9 Officer Opal, with her partner Officer Brad Martin, as three such resources available in the county.
“That would be a great asset to the county and everybody around that needs especially a rescue dog,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

Sat
02
Sep

‘Where I started’

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

There’s a new officer in town, actually, he has been here all along, just with another department. Officer Gary Gipson, Mexia native, MISD Class of 1989, was sworn in to the Mexia Police Department on Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. City Secretary Christi Shivers sworn him in with Sgt. Brain Bell there to put on the badge.
“Brian and I are classmates. We both graduated from high school together,” said Gispson.
Gipson joined the US Marines after high school and served four years active duty. His first tour of duty was with Charlie Company 1st Battalion and finished with 2nd Battalion Charlie Company in North Carolina. Gipson said, “I was security force during my first tour in the Philippine providing security for the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay.

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.

Sat
02
Sep

Navarro College South honors local authors, artists

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Authors, artists and other creative people from the Mexia area were recognized by Navarro College South at a reception on Friday, Aug. 25.
Those honored included Staci Aclin, Gail Griffin, Dr. Anna Kantor, Fred Neale, Corey Posey, Virginia Riddle, John Marc Roberson and Joel Shoemake.
Each featured artist had a table on which they displayed their work. Those attending could walk between the tables, meet the author or artist, ask questions and see what their work entailed.
About 30 attended the reception; and the writers, artists and organizers hope to hold a similar event in the spring of 2018 to encourage youth to pursue the fine arts, and possibly get a stronger turnout, Kantor said.

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
01
Sep

Streetman volunteer sinks boat after dozens of rescues

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
It seems each day that goes by reveals more Mexia groups, churches and clubs pulling together to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in whatever way they can.
One of the first people to respond, Paul Barker, of Streetman, and his crew of several other helpers rescued about 40 people in his boat before becoming victims themselves when they hit very rough water and the boat overturned and sank.

Fri
01
Sep

Local church feeding hurricane evacuees

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Some Hurricane Harvey evacuees are staying in Mexia hotels and getting fed by at least one local church.
Camino de Salvacion Church, which is in the former theater at the corner of Palestine and Sherman streets in Mexia, has been serving lunch and dinner at their church daily for about 50 evacuees to help them with their expenses. The church also has clothing and hygiene product donations available for the evacuees.
Church member and volunteer Aide Mota said Thursday that some of the evacuees are staying at the Best Western Hotel and others at the Comfort Inn. They report their home towns as Bay City, Katy, Cypress and Lake Jackson, she said.
“We’ve been serving food since Day 1,” Mota said. “We feel so glad to be able to help them. That way they don’t have to spend the money they have on eating out.”

Fri
01
Sep

First Mexia home football game means – pancakes

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The first Blackcat football game of the season kicks off Friday, Sept. 8, and that day also kicks off the Mexia Lions Club’s Double Whammy pancake fundraiser.
Hungry fans will have their choice of either breakfast or dinner – or both – so families don’t have to cook that day.
Tickets are $5 a plate, and that includes large fluffy pancakes with butter and syrup, breakfast sausage and either orange juice or coffee.
People may eat at the Lions Den, 201 N. Paris Street, near the corner of Commerce, or order to-go plates and eat at home or at work. Those who eat at the den are welcome to get “seconds” if they desire.

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.

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