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Mon
27
Nov

Changing rooms go up at Fairgrounds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Another project to improve the Limestone County Fairgrounds has been implemented, which is building changing rooms for the competitors who use the facility, and other improvements are in the works.
Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis credits longtime Fairgrounds supporter Penny Gray with coming up with the idea. Until now, contestants have had to change in the restrooms.
Gray was appointed in 2016 to head up a committee to develop ideas to improve the Fairgrounds, making the facility more attractive, not only to local youth, who frequently use the show barn, but also to potential customers, groups that might rent the Fairgrounds for their activities.
“This idea started a couple of years ago,” Ellis said. “Ms. Gray mentioned that it would be nice, especially for the ladies, to have a place to change other than the women’s restroom. So the idea was born from that, and we’ve been working on it ever since.”

Mon
27
Nov

Toys for Tots requests help buying gifts

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Children’s hearts can be crushed if they don’t receive Christmas gifts, so one local group is working to make sure that doesn’t happen in Limestone County.
Alvis Minter directs Toys for Tots in Limestone and also Freestone, Leon and Navarro counties; and he is asking those who are willing to help in the project to donate toys for children ages infant to 12. The toys may be of any size and value and will go to children in low-income families across the county so the little ones will have toys on Christmas morning.
The way it works is that families who would like to receive toys for their children will apply on Registration Night, which is Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 27-28, 6-8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Mexia, 209 E. Carthage. Registration requires proof of residence, proof of income and the Social Security card for each child living with the family.

Mon
27
Nov

Troopers across the state show family support

The Mexia News Staff

Fri
24
Nov

Rotary chili during parade night

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
This Thursday, on the night of Mexia’s Christmas parade, attendees are encouraged to drop by Rotary Hall and get a bowl of chili to warm up for the evening.
The Rotary Club of Mexia is holding the Christmas Chili Supper on Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m. at Rotary Hall, 315 E. Commerce Street.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s at parade time but will dip into the 40s that night, so a good bowl of chili may just hit the spot.
Top notch Mexia restaurant Joe Friday’s Diner is catering the chili, courtesy of Rotarian and chef extraordinaire Stephen Friday.
The Mexia Rotarians hold the event each year, not only as a fundraiser for their community projects, but also to promote friendliness and fellowship.

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
24
Nov

Mexia DPS Trooper shot, killed

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
24
Nov

Commissioners to consider re-instating burn ban

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
County commissioners may re-initiate a county-wide burn ban at their upcoming meeting Tuesday since measures of dryness have increased. The court lifted the burn ban at their Nov. 14 meeting, agreeing that they could put it back on two weeks later if needed.
The court will address this and other matters at its Nov. 28 meeting, including interviewing the first possible candidate for new legal representation to speak to the commissioners, casting its votes for board of directors for the Limestone County Appraisal District and making other decisions on county business.

Fri
24
Nov

Mexia’s 14th Annual Christmas Parade this Thursday

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Stars will twinkle on the streets of Mexia this Thursday, Nov. 30, when the city starts the Christmas holidays with its 14th Annual Christmas Parade.
Since night falls so early this time of year, the skies will be dark at 6 p.m. when the event begins. Consequently, each entry will be lighted, so spectators lining the streets may ooh and aah at the brilliant displays of Christmas floats, whose theme will be “Winter Wonderland.”
Parade marshals will be Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe, a longtime Mexia couple whose identity is a secret until revealed at the parade.
Just a few of the other confirmed entries include the Mexia High School Blackcat Marching Band, Navarro College, Parkview Regional Hospital and Ronald McDonald. Other local businesses, churches and groups perennially take part in the parade, too, showing their interest in, and care for, the community.

Wed
22
Nov

Boating the Navasota made easier

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Boaters around Limestone County who want to enjoy the Navasota River can look forward to a new boat ramp in the next couple of months. That’s because Fort Parker State Park’s boat ramp to the Navasota River – the only public boat ramp to the river in Limestone County – is being rebuilt.
Park Superintendent Mike Loftice said he wasn’t sure when the old one was built.
“It was here way before I came, which is 10 years now,” he said.
But the new boat ramp is scheduled to be finished by the end of January 2018 at the latest.
“It could be done before then,” Loftice said, “even before the new year, depending on whether they run into any snags or anything because they are actually a little bit ahead of schedule.”
The project, Loftice said, has been a long time coming.

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
22
Nov

Mexia residents express thankfulness

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Mexia News continued its tradition of reaching out to residents to ask their thoughts at Thanksgiving, especially what they are grateful for over the past year.
Almost everyone mentioned being grateful for their family and friends. Some had lost beloved family members, making this holiday a difficult time. Others spoke of God, His blessings, their faith and the state of the nation. Some mentioned being grateful just to be alive having been challenged by illness or looking back over many Thanksgivings.
Whatever readers are grateful for, employees and staff of The Mexia News, too, are grateful for many of the same things in our respective lives – and we are grateful for our readers, who share life together with us in a special place called Mexia.
The following are just a few people we caught up with as they were going about their daily lives. We wish them – and everyone – a happy Thanksgiving!

Mon
20
Nov

Food drive pulls in 25,000 pounds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia residents worked together Friday to collect 12 and a half tons of food to help those who receive food from Caritas food pantry.
The project was the Food For Families Food Drive, held each year on the Friday before Thanksgiving.
Caritas of Mexia board Vice President Marjorie Parks directed the Mexia portion of the drive, with other board members helping. Other volunteers from the community helped accept the food, then sort it and put it away. Some of those groups included the Mexia High School Student Council, Navarro College nursing students and also individual volunteers.
As trucks, cars and at least one school bus pulled up in front of the Caritas food pantry, at 111 Paris in Mexia, volunteers helped unload boxes and bags of non-perishable items and took them inside.

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