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10
Jul

Medal of Honor to be awarded 48 years after action

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An Army veteran from Michigan is to be awarded the Medal of Honor later this month for heroic actions he took in Vietnam 48 years ago – and he will be the first Medal of Honor recipient awarded by President Donald Trump.
Also, it turns out the veteran has a Limestone connection since his cousin, Claude Monk, lives in Tehuacana; and the whole family is happy to learn of this development.
“I think Jim did a good service for our country,” Monk said, “and we’re all really proud of him.”
James C. “Jim” McCloughan (Mick-clúe-in), of South Haven, Mich., will be awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony on Monday, July 31, in Washington, D.C. The following day, Aug. 1, he will be inducted into the Medal of Honor Heroes Hall of Fame, at the Pentagon.

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Fri
07
Jul

Navarro Dean Michaelis leaving for Kentucky

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A man who has become familiar around Mexia is leaving to accept a job elsewhere, and those who know him believe that Mexia will be the poorer for his absence.
Dr. Joel Michaelis, dean of Navarro College South, is moving to Middlesboro, Ky., to become the Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College,
His last day at Navarro was to be Friday, July 7, and he will move there in the next week or two, while his wife and son remain behind to sell their Waco home.
Michaelis started with Navarro in February 2014 as dean of the South campus, which serves Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties.

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
07
Jul

HOTCOG may offer communications trailer to LC Sheriff’s Office

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office may soon take a step up in its ability to communicate during law enforcement actions because Heart of Texas Council of Governments is offering to give the LCSO a communications trailer and truck.
Limestone County commissioners court will consider approving the offer at its meeting on Tuesday, July 11, and also consider approving a separate, cash donation to the LCSO; minor raises at the LCSO and Road and Bridge Department, buying a new truck for Road and Bridge, and other matters.
Little information was available at press time on the truck and trailer donation, but concerning the monetary donation to the Sheriff’s Office, commissioners will likely approve receipt of a $600 check from a resident to buy a bullet-proof vest for deputies to use.

Fri
07
Jul

Chief Hawthorne retires after serving 40.5 years

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor
One would almost not recognize him at work wearing a pair of stone washed jeans, a white t-shirt and a faded blue ball cap. It was his last day, June 30, as he was cleaning out years of stuff accrued.
At a special city council meeting held at 5:30 p.m. on June 27, the council approved, at the request of Mexia Chief of Police Richard Hawthorne, the 40.5 year veteran’s retirement.
Hawthorne had a stroke while on the operation table a week before Memorial Day. Since his surgery he has been on sick leave. He said, “One of my arteries was blocked 100 percent while the other was at 95 percent. I am doing better, but in this job you have to be 100 percent.”

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Wed
05
Jul

Navarro College develops Quick Career Program

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Those who need to get trained for a good job fast may want to investigate Navarro College’s Quick Careers Program. Within months – not years – adult students of most any age can earn a certificate in one of several fields. Classes in Criminal Justice Corrections, Medical Front Office Professional and Customer Service were, or will be, offered at Navarro College South, in Mexia; Welding and Industrial Maintenance will be taught at Fairfield; and Paralegal Studies will be taught at the Corsicana campus.
According to Navarro College South Dean Dr. Joel Michaelis, community colleges like Navarro specialize in being a bridge between people of any age and the career they want. Consequently, Navarro has put together these packages of courses that are designed to make that happen.

Wed
05
Jul

July 4th Mexia celebration not dampened by rain

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 4, started out with steady rain in Mexia, but residents didn’t let the wet stuff keep them from celebrating the birthday of the nation.
The early events got postponed until 10 a.m.; and by then mud puddles were all that remained of the rain, thunder and lightning that marked the early morning weather.
Since the Firecracker 5K Run was rescheduled by two hours, some people could not stay because they had other plans, so they were refunded their money, but as 10 a.m. approached, new people appeared to take their place. The top male finisher was Kobe Yepez, a 16-year-old from Round Rock, with a time of only 16:57. The top female finisher was Macie Martinez, of Mexia, who had made it to state finals in UIL competition last year. Her father, Pete Martinez, who has often placed in the top few finishers in this and other 5K runs, took second overall this year.

Mon
03
Jul

Haynes float wins “Let Freedom Ring” boat parade

Mexia News Report

The Lake Mexia “Let Freedom Ring” boat parade appeared that it was going to be rained out, but it was a blessing in disguise.
The thunderstorm cleared out by noon this past Saturday cooling off the temperatures and a slight overcast, just enough to shade everyone from the sun. For the boat parade, eight boats registered led by the state game warden.
Jay Posey, president of the Lake Mexia Citizens Assoc. said, “The boat owners were real troopers and dressed their boats in their patriotic best and brought it on. The judges commented that ‘Everyone did an awesome job in decorating their boats and this was really, really hard. Everyone did an amazing job!’”

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Mon
03
Jul

Roadside swipe to lower costs for county, drivers

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County is one of the first counties to implement a new state program in which drivers with past-due fines to the county may pay their bill to a deputy who stops them on the road.
When county commissioners approved adopting the system at their June 27 meeting, Sheriff Dennis Wilson noted that the program was made possible by HB 121 passed at the previous legislative session in June 2015.
The pay-on-the-road system is already being used in Harris County but few others, which means that Limestone will be one of the first counties to implement it.
Because the drivers will be able to clear their overdue fines by swiping a credit card on a device provided by the officer who stopped them, the drivers will avoid the expense and discomfort of going to jail and also having their vehicle towed if no other licensed driver is available to drive the vehicle from where it had been stopped.

Mon
03
Jul

Sterling joins in renovating downtown Mexia

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Many residents of Mexia have observed with appreciation the renovation of old, run-down buildings in downtown Mexia by local contractor and building supply store owner Scott Condon; and now a second contractor, Rory Sterling, has begun similar work in the city’s downtown.
Sterling is about to buy his third old, downtown building and is in the process of restoring the first two to their original charm and grandeur, turning them from rundown eyesores to attractive, functional structures that add to the charm and vitality of downtown Mexia.

Fri
30
Jun

Kendall leads others on life-changing Walk

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Kent Kendall credits an experience he had 12 years ago with changing the course of his life. It was called Walk to Emmaus, a spiritual retreat for all denominations offered through the United Methodist Church.
Walk to Emmaus began as a Methodist movement but evolved into an all-faith movement, which is why it is now open to all denominations. Since Kendall’s original Walk in May 2005, he has helped produce the Walks and will be leading a Walk this fall.
The retreat is a three-day event, either for all men or all women, that usually begins on a Thursday night and runs to Sunday afternoon or evening. The activities center around 15 talks on subject matter having to do with the basic teachings of Christianity and successfully applying those precepts to everyday life.

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