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Tue
01
Nov

Revolutionary War buff Matthews tells of use of spies

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Gen. George Washington’s extensive use of spies during the American Revolutionary War is not widely known among non-historians. Mexia’s Bill Matthews, an avid historian who is fascinated by U.S. history, spoke recently to the Mexia Lions Club on the use of spies during the United States’ War of Independence. 

It was not only the Americans, however, who used spies to gain an advantage over their adversaries. 

The military codes used by the American side were sophisticated for the time, Matthews said, and were initiated in the Continental Army by Washington. 

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Tue
01
Nov

Elections head says voting machines OK

Mexia News Staff Report

When Limestone County Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson heard county residents speculating about whether voting machines in Limestone County would possibly flip their votes, as has been reported in other Texas counties, she reached out to assure people of the machines’ integrity.

Below is a summary of her remarks, testifying to all she has done to ensure the voting machines in Limestone County make an accurate record of voters’ intentions.

“I’ve been considering how to address rumors regarding voting issues that have been bombarding the public as of late,” Johnson said. “Here is the best advice I can give as an election official.”

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Tue
01
Nov

Governor reappoints Sheriff Wilson to Jail Commission

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Gov. Greg Abbott has re-appointed Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson to the Commission on Jail Standards with a term to expire on Jan. 31, 2021. 

The announcement was made Friday, Oct. 28, on the Governor’s website. 

“I’m very honored to serve the state of Texas and its citizens,” Wilson said Saturday, “and I’m honored that Gov. Abbott has acknowledged my leadership and has faith in what I can do on the Texas Jail Commission.”

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Fri
28
Oct

Mexia HS alums honored by Alumni Association

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Mexia Alumni Association honored two graduates for their lifetime achievement at this year’s Homecoming reception on Saturday, Oct. 22: Frank Proctor, of Dunbar High School, and Dick Flatt, of Mexia High School.

Frank Dillard Proctor was born on June 25, 1944, to the late Rev. Joe Ollie Proctor and the late Dorothy Wynne Proctor.

Frank spent his entire early years in Mexia, attending Dunbar Elementary and graduating from Dunbar in 1962. He was the athletic trainer for the football, basketball and track teams.

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Fri
28
Oct

Sheriff Wilson, court at odds over gas bill

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners had a disagreement with Sheriff Dennis Wilson at their Oct. 25 meeting on whether a receipt he submitted for reimbursement qualified to be paid. Wilson paid it on the spot, but said their reluctance to pay it was not right and expressed deep resentment for their questioning the bill since he pays so many of his own expenses.

  The $36 receipt was for gasoline at a New Mexico gas station, which may have been what brought it to the attention of the court. Wilson had attended a meeting of the Southwest Border Sheriffs Association there, which included sheriffs from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada. He said the meetings rotate into and out of Texas.

“It was a very good training session, with what we’re doing with border security, not only in Texas, but across the United States,” he told the court. 

Wed
26
Oct

Mexia Chamber names organization, citizen of the year

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia’s Gary Lawson was named Citizen of the Year at the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Dinner Tuesday evening, Oct. 25. Also, Fort Parker State Park, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, was named Civic Organization of the Year.

Incoming Chamber Chair Clint Flatt presented Lawson a plaque after introducing him, noting that Lawson was born and raised in Mexia. 

Wed
26
Oct

Burn ban declared

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners decided at Tuesday’s meeting to wait a week to initiate a burn ban, but after several fires broke out during the day, County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared a burn ban on an emergency basis late that afternoon.

The court made this decision at their Oct. 25 meeting and also questioned a $36 gas receipt from Sheriff Dennis Wilson, heard a status report on the prison, approved renewing service agreements with several area fire departments. and moved funds for road repairs back into the commissioners precinct road funds. 

As for the emergency burn ban, Burkeen had appeared ready at Tuesday morning’s meeting to see the burn ban return and asked Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton what he thought. 

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Wed
26
Oct

High-speed train opens competition to design passenger stations

PRESS RELEASE

 

Texas Central, the private developer of the Texas bullet train, announced its sponsorship of a design competition to engage architecture students from accredited Texas universities in Texas to help develop an inspiring vision for stations. Eligible universities include: Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas, Texas Tech, University of Houston, and Rice.

Texas Central, a Texas-based company, is employing a market-led approach that is unlike other high-speed train projects because we are backed by private investors, not public funds. Texas Central is developing a new high-speed passenger rail system that will connect North Texas, the Brazos Valley and Houston that will provide a travel time of less than 90 minutes.

Wed
26
Oct

Polling place doors vandalized

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Vandals painted graffiti on the Mexia Courthouse Annex doors sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday morning, but their signs were quickly removed.

Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Ray Jones said he had driven by the office, at 205 S. McKinney, about 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and found the graffiti.

“I had come here to fax some warrants to the jail, and I parked in the back,” he said. “I came in and did what I had to do, and then I drove around the building, between our building and the fire station, and Lord help me, it was on the doors. It was ‘Trump’ they spray-painted on both doors.”

Jones called the Mexia Police Department to record the incident, and Officer Shannon Rousey responded. 

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Mon
24
Oct

Spurlock, Taulton given highest alumni honors

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Mexia High School’s Class of 1966 chose alumnae Betty (Ingram) Spurlock as Coming Home Queen and Rebecca Taulton as Distinguished Alumni. 

Both were honored before the Homecoming football game at Blackcat Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21. Each was presented a spray of roses; and Spurlock received a tiara, and Taulton a plaque of recognition. 

Spurlock graduated from Mexia High in 1966 and worked for 35 years at 

Southwestern Electric. She is currently employed at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. 

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