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Wed
15
Nov

Owens takes oath to protect and to serve

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
15
Nov

Limestone burn ban lifted for now

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their Nov. 14 meeting to lift the county-wide burn ban, which has been in effect since Sept. 26.
The ban could return in a week or two, however, if conditions warrant, they agreed.
Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen brought up the possibility of lifting the ban, telling the court that he has had residents calling him to request the ban be lifted.
According to Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton, whose advice the court seeks in these matters, the county average reading of soil dryness was 502, well below the 575 that indicates drought and triggers a burn ban.
The readings are established by Texas A&M University’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which ranges from zero, meaning saturation, to 800, meaning no detectable moisture whatsoever.

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
15
Nov

VFW pins veterans to show gratitude

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s VFW Post 4694 honored veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11, in a special ceremony presenting the vets special pins as a token of gratitude for their service.
Giving veterans the pins was just part of a ceremony highlighted by keynote speaker Joe “JoeRob” Robert, a veteran of the Air Force, telling about changes in the way he and other volunteers are providing help to veterans.
First, though, Post Commander Lamar Evans welcomed those attending, thanking the veterans for their answering the call of their nation to service.
“It’s a day we thank the service men and women that are currently serving and have served in the past,” Evans said of Veterans Day. “It’s a day the living celebrate their service, but it’s also a time to remember the ones that are no longer here and the ones that have fallen in our country’s wars.”

Mon
13
Nov

Big food drive is this Friday

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The people of Limestone County will collect non-perishable food items this Friday, Nov. 17, to help their neighbors who otherwise might go hungry.
The occasion is the annual Food for Families food drive, a project to restock food pantries as winter begins and the holidays approach.
Mexia-area residents, churches, businesses and organizations will work together from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day to donate food at the Caritas food pantry, 111 N. Paris Street in Mexia. All items donated to Caritas will stay at that food pantry, which benefits county residents who live north of the Navasota River.
Caritas board President Andrew Taulton urges anyone who can help to take part in the effort. He said the need for food has increased in the wake of several major business closings.

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
13
Nov

Courthouse ceremony honors veterans

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County veterans were honored for their service on Friday, Nov.10, on the south steps of the courthouse, in Groesbeck.
American Legion Post No. 288 produced the event, beginning with Legionnaire and County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who welcomed attendees to the ceremony and later gave the keynote address.
County Veterans Service Officer Don Beene acted as chaplain, opening the event in prayer.
Youths Charlie Agnew and her brother, Colton, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Legionnaire Russ Foster sang “God Bless America,” with attendees joining in song.
In Burkeen’s speech, he acknowledged that the attendees were honoring veterans by their presence.

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
13
Nov

Shoebox-gift drop-off sites open Nov. 13-20

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
13
Nov

WWII vet Bug Paschal honored for his service – Part 2

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Part 2
In the previous issue, Mexia’s Jennings Bryan “Bug” Paschal Jr. talked about his time in the Army during World War II. He was captured by the German Nazis in February 1945 and spent six weeks as a POW, nearly starving to death and being used to do utility work for the German Army. Then, as the Americans pushed back, the POWs woke up one morning to find their guards had disappeared.

Fri
10
Nov

Commissioners to canvass election votes

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners will canvass the precinct returns of Tuesday’s Constitutional Amendment Election at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Besides that task, the court will open requests from law firms to provide the county legal services, consider lifting the burn ban; and make many other decisions concerning county business.
As for canvassing the election, this task, though required by law, is usually routine in nature and quickly accomplished.
In other matters, the court will take the next step in considering new legal representation when the commissioners open responses to the county’s Request for Qualifications, which has been advertised in different ways and places in the last few weeks. They plan to review the responses and schedule promising respondents for an interview at a future meeting.

Fri
10
Nov

All seven amendments passed

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
10
Nov

WWII vet Bug Paschal honored for his service – Part I

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
World War II veteran Jennings Bryan “Bug” Paschal Jr., of Mexia, flew to Washington D.C., with his son Joe at the end of September to view some of the military monuments honoring veterans from different wars and conflicts.
The trip was courtesy of the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to show respect for veterans in this way, providing honor for their service and closure to their experiences.

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