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Wed
21
Dec

Aspiring to play

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia High School senior René Marquez Jr., 18,  has tentative plans to someday become a dental hygienist – but in the back of his mind is a dream to play professional soccer. 

He has a good chance to do something in between by playing soccer in college. Already, four colleges have contacted René, asking if he would be interested in playing for their soccer teams. 

René started school and soccer in Mount Pleasant, about 120 miles east-northeast of Dallas. He played on a select soccer team that was considered really good and often played Dallas teams. Although René only got to play on that team for a year and a half, in that time they won four trophies and a medal or two, mostly first place.

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
21
Dec

Thornton thanks county

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners heard a note of thanks this month from one of the smaller towns in the county for the help the county provides in maintaining and repairing their roads.

Thornton Mayor Kenneth Capps expressed gratitude from the town he represents to commissioners court at its Dec. 13 meeting, for the county’s using the Road and Bridge Department’s heavy machinery and personnel to improve the town’s roads. 

“I’ve come today to say something that probably you don’t hear very often,” Capps began, introducing himself to those who may not have recognized him. 

“I want to tell you how much I appreciate what y’all have helped us do, especially you and you,” he said, pointing to different members of the court. 

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
19
Dec

Commissioners reclaim abandoned road

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners worked with a landowner whose property was in danger of becoming landlocked because an abandoned county road was about to disappear completely after TxDOT completed resurfacing a bridge on FM 2705 over Jack’s Creek. 

Wendell Thomas told the court at its Dec. 13 meeting that the land had been in his family for four or five generations, or since about 1890, when his great-great-grandfather Joe Echols had acquired a tract of about 77 acres next to the Confederate Reunion Grounds, and just off FM 2705. Later the land had been partitioned, Thomas said, with different plots going to different family members, and eventually some lots being sold outside the family.

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
19
Dec

A tale of good, evil, courage, redemption

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A homeschool theater group from Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties performed a play over the weekend at First Baptist Church, Tehuacana, to the apparent delight of the audiences.

The group is called the Tri-County Players, and the play was “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis, first published in 1950. 

The story revolves around four siblings, Peter, 13, Susan, 12, Edmund, 10, and Lucy, 8, who have been evacuated from London to escape the World War II bombings. The four end up in a large country home with an old professor and his cantankerous housekeeper. The youth come upon a large old wardrobe, in the back of which they discover a portal to another world, called Narnia, that is populated by talking animals and other magical creatures. 

Mon
19
Dec

Smoke drives Mexia homeowner from home

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Smoke pouring from an attic warned of a fire in a Mexia home Saturday morning, Dec. 17. 

Cleshay LaRue, who lives in the 800 block of Park Lane, got a call from her nephew, who lives next door to her, that he could see smoke coming from the roof of her house.

He also called 911 to get firefighters on their way. 

LaRue said she then got her dogs and got out of the house. 

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
16
Dec

Mexia woman recalls life with Saudi Arabian royals

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia real estate agent Mitzi Eves has a fairly conventional life now, living in a small town, working full time, married, with two children in the local public school – but in her past is a fascinating chapter she spent working as a personal assistant to a Middle Eastern royal family. 

Mitzi grew up in Mexia as Mitzi Fountain, graduated from Mexia High School and went to Baylor University, where she majored in Family and Consumer Science. After Baylor she moved to Dallas and started working in retail at Lord & Taylor before moving on to Neiman Marcus, where she advanced to management. 

In 1992, one of Mitzi’s associates introduced her to some high-dollar shoppers, a family that was part of the Saudi Arabian royal family.

Fri
16
Dec

MPD joins forces with FBI, ATF

Mexia News Staff Report

Officers from the Mexia Police Department assisted FBI and ATF agents in executing an arrest warrant on a Mexia man early Thursday morning. 

Elgin Rayton Campbell, 30, was arrested on Dec. 15 without incident at a home in Mexia on Dec. 15, about 6 a.m. and transported to a facility in Waco. 

He is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine, more than 500 grams, along with 14 other people, in connection with a methamphetamine ring operating in Central Texas. 

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
16
Dec

LCDC inmate number small – inmate numbers soon to increase

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Although the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, has received only a few Harris County inmates, a larger group was expected to be transferred to the LCDC on Friday, Dec. 15.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen addressed that issue and also spoke briefly on the LCDC being considered for bids on housing other Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, a matter discussed in executive session at the court’s Dec. 13 meeting. 

Burkeen confirmed that only a dozen of the Harris County inmates had arrived in the initial transfer of inmates in early December.

“There are supposed to be some more, probably Friday,” he said. “That’s when they transport them, Fridays. A hundred or so, estimated.”  

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
16
Dec

LCDC inmate number small – inmate numbers soon to increase

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Although the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, has received only a few Harris County inmates, a larger group was expected to be transferred to the LCDC on Friday, Dec. 15.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen addressed that issue and also spoke briefly on the LCDC being considered for bids on housing other Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, a matter discussed in executive session at the court’s Dec. 13 meeting. 

Burkeen confirmed that only a dozen of the Harris County inmates had arrived in the initial transfer of inmates in early December.

“There are supposed to be some more, probably Friday,” he said. “That’s when they transport them, Fridays. A hundred or so, estimated.”  

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
14
Dec

Mums the word on plans to get more inmates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court met with their attorney and several officials with LaSalle Corrections in executive session Tuesday about getting a contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to house additional inmates. Executive sessions are closed to the public because they involve discussions of a sensitive nature and could have a detrimental effect on negotiations with a third party. 

Also at the Dec. 13 meeting, the court made other decisions regarding the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison; assisted a landowner whose property entrance was about to be blocked by TxDOT; approved two employee raises and the renewing of several contracts; and heard reports from the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center. 

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