News

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.

Wed
30
Aug

Limestone, Freestone county economic market steady

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
30
Aug

Hurricane flooding impacts local fuel prices, availability

By Roxanne Thompson and Tim O’Malley
Mexia News Staff
With most of Texas’ oil refineries located along the coast and the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey there, slow-downs in oil production are rippling through the industry and causing problems for some gas stations and resuppliers that come directly from the hubs of Houston.
Much of Houston is still underwater, and the situation could worsen, with more showers falling Tuesday. Also, on Tuesday, a levy west of Houston breached, meaning flood waters were pouring uncontrolled over its top, considered quite dangerous, as the waters can damage the dam itself. The National Weather Service said earlier in the week that Houston and its suburbs could end up with as much as 50 inches of rain by the end of the week. Forecasts early Wednesday, however, gave some hope, with several days without rain forecast.

Wed
30
Aug

Hurricane-displaced inmates coming to Limestone prison

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County has received well over 100 inmates from around Houston after severe flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey impacted that area. Close to another hundred could join them if the county can finish repairs on one more building at Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison.
The item was added to the agenda of the Aug. 29 meeting on an emergency basis, and commissioners court approved taking immediate steps to make the repairs.
The court heard a report from County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Sheriff Dennis Wilson on the matter.
“F Building has some issues that we had delayed the fixing of in the control system, the intercom system, because we didn’t have a demand for it at the time,” Burkeen said. “Well, now we need those beds; that’s close to another hundred beds.”

Wed
30
Aug

Game opponents change due to Hurricane Harvey

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The start of the 2017 Texas high school football season has officially begun!
Area schools hit the field tonight and throughout the weekend, some opening play against a different opponent than originally scheduled, while others visit new digs at recently remodeled stadiums.
According to a list of cancellations and reschedules - due to Hurricane Harvey - tweeted by Texas Football, the Teague Lions were scheduled to host the Caldwell Hornets Friday night, but will end up playing against the Madisonville Mustangs in Madisonville instead. Madisonville was originally scheduled to host Diboll this Friday night.
The Mexia Blackcats travel to Athens for tomorrow evening’s season opener to play the Hornets.

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
30
Aug

Mexia groups reach out

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
As the dire need of Houston residents becomes more apparent in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, more Mexia organizations are stepping up to provide needed items for their fellow Texans.
A 4-H group made over 500 sandwiches to deliver to one of the devastated cities; a nursing home is serving as a drop-off point for donations; and a service club is contributing money to an emergency relief fund.
The 4-H club is a very active group called the Limestone Leaders, headed by Tami Lewis, Annette McCloskey and Lynn Parsons; many of the members are homeschoolers.
Lewis and McCloskey had seen the TV coverage and felt they had to do something.

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.

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