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Wed
30
Nov

Mexia Commons in the works

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Mexia Economic Development Corporation completed an Economic Feasibility Study and Initial Site Analysis with Burditt Consulting for the development of an Athletic Complex. The goal of the study was to determine both the ability of Mexia EDC in partnership with the City of Mexia to fund the project, as well as operate the Athletic Complex as an economic asset to the community. 

Mexia EDC Director Susan Cates said, “The talks about an Athletic Complex precedes me. I brought in a consultant to address two primary questions, Can we do it? and What are the benefits?”

Wed
30
Nov

LC deputy injured in night club attack

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

 

A Limestone County deputy is recovering at home after being injured in an attack at a Waco night club, where he was working part-time as a security guard.

The incident happened Saturday, Nov. 27, about 1:45 a.m. at the Junction 84 nightclub, 6512 Waco Dr. 

According to a Waco Police Department report, a man on the dance floor began fighting, and Deputy Tracy Edwards went onto the dance floor to try to escort the man outside. 

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
Nov

Three sought in Walmart thefts

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Mexia Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman and two men whose images were recorded on the Mexia Walmart’s security cameras. The police want to question the three about merchandise that was stolen from the Mexia store. 

The dates the thefts occurred were not immediately available, but one photo was posted to the Mexia Police Department’s Facebook page on Nov. 26 and the other two on Nov. 27, so the thefts are believed to have taken place shortly before those dates. 

Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne said he was not sure whether the three people are connected in some way or separate. 

“We’re trying to identify them and work up warrants,” Hawthorne said. “We’re not sure if they’re local or not.”

Anyone who can help identify the three is asked to call the Mexia Police Department at 254-562-4140.

Wed
30
Nov

Stanford denied appeal to Supreme Court

Mexia News Staff Report

 

A Supreme Court appeal by Mexia native Robert Allen Stanford was denied Monday, Nov. 28, in his request for a review of the lower court’s 2015 decision to allow his previous conviction of fraud to stand.

Stanford was originally arrested by federal authorities in February 2009 on multiple counts of fraud and related charges in connection with Stanford Financial Group, of which he was director. 

Basically, the charges were that Stanford ran a Ponzi-like scheme that convinced investors to invest $7 billion in certificates of deposit through his company. His literature describing the investment claimed higher interest rates than were available at that time through other market sources.

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.

Mon
28
Nov

County prison now says inmates coming Dec. 2

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Officials with LaSalle Corrections believe that the Harris County inmates they anticipate being transferred for housing at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, will start arriving on Friday, Dec. 2. 

The company had issued several other dates in the past four months that it believed the inmates would start arriving – as early as August – that didn’t pan out. 

Warden Charles “Chuck” Vondra, however, believes this date is relatively certain.

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.

Mon
28
Nov

Human trafficking not so far away

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Slavery is often considered something that happened long ago or far away – certainly not in the United States these days. Sadly, it is found very close to Mexia, and an international, Waco-based organization called Unbound is trying to put a stop to it. 

One of Unbound’s volunteers, Waco attorney Dawn Taylor, spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia on the subject, describing the different roles of those involved in trafficking. She told how young women often get involved in that lifestyle and what traffickers look for; and noted what people should look for if they suspect someone they know is being trafficked.  

Mon
28
Nov

DOL FLSA Rule quashed

Mexia News Staff

 

The Obama Administration’s effort to beef up labor laws was dealt a major blow when the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.

On Nov. 22 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction, halting the planned Dec. 1 effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule.

Fri
25
Nov

County gets new inmate arrival date

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners received a new update at their Nov. 22 meeting on when inmates might start arriving at the Limestone County Detention Center. Commissioners heard this development and also decided not to re-initiate the burn ban, canvassed election returns, accepted donations to the Sheriff’s Office, and approved issuing other declarations, contracts and agreements. 

Regarding the LCDC, the county-owned prison is being prepared by LaSalle Corrections to re-open after it has been closed since June 2013, The newest date that inmates are expected to arrive is Dec. 2 and involves inmates from Harris County. 

The court also approved paying LCDC invoices totaling $16,745 for utilities, telephone and Internet service.

Fri
25
Nov

Chili dinner for a chilly night

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A big bowl of chili can really warm a body and hit the spot on a cold winter’s evening, and Mexia area residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the traditional Texas dish the night of Mexia’s Christmas parade on Thursday, Dec. 1. 

A chili dinner with all the trimmings, like crackers, onions and grated cheese, plus a soft drink and dessert, will be served at Rotary Hall, 315 E. Commerce Street, 5-8 p.m., which is before, during and after the 6 p.m. Christmas parade. 

“We invite everybody in Mexia to come out to the Rotary Hall and have some delicious chili,” said Rotary President Larry Reynolds. “The chili is being prepared by Joe Friday’s Diner, and the desserts are mostly homemade, as they are being provided by Rotarians.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased from any Mexia Rotarian or at the door.

Fri
25
Nov

Christmas Parade to light up Mexia streets

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia’s annual Christmas Parade of Lights promises to be a fun time for the whole family as the city streets light up with floats, at least one band playing music, decorated cars and pickup trucks, horses and fire trucks. Organizers say Santa Claus himself has found time in his busy schedule to make an appearance on one of Mexia’s fire trucks at the end of the parade. 

The parade begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, with the theme “Christmas on Main.” People from all across the area are invited to attend, according to Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce President Linda Archibald. 

“This is an event that attracts shoppers and Christmas lovers from across the county and all the surrounding counties,” Archibald said. “From 100 miles around, people come to make sure they enjoy our Christmas Parade of Lights, which has been quite popular and famous now for about 15 years.”

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