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Fri
12
Jan

Blood drives taking place in January

Mexia State Supported Living Center, H-E-B, Mexia LTC Nursing and Rehab to host drives with Carter BloodCare
Less than 4 percent of eligible donors give blood, according to Carter BloodCare. In the winter months, it is especially challenging to encourage folks to take time for blood donation – and the request for blood products by hospitals, for their patients, does not wane.
Daily, more than 600 patients require blood transfusions for serious health concerns. For this reason, healthy volunteer blood donors are in high demand in January and continue to give a priceless New Year’s blessing: the gift of life.
Mexia State Supported Living Center is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 600 North Highway 171 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Venterlene McIlveen at 254-562-1303.

Fri
12
Jan

Court gets word of final prison inspection

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen confirmed Friday, Jan. 9, the inspection of F Building at the Limestone County Detention Center on Wednesday had gone well, with only one minor paperwork error that would be fixed before the week’s end.
County commissioners learned at their Jan. 9 meeting the final inspection was to take place the following day. Also at the meeting, commissioners approved the purchase of a new pug mill, accepted $1,200 in donations for bullet-proof vests, made election and personnel decisions, and handled other matters.
As for the prison inspection, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson and LaSalle Corrections, which runs the prison, have been working together and with the county for months to get F Building certified so about an additional 92 beds will open up, increasing the income potential of the facility.
“I hope it will get us moving forward with that,” Burkeen said at the meeting.

Fri
12
Jan

Council to discuss buying land near rodeo arena

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Mexia Rodeo Arena may become easier to park in, if the Mexia city council decides to accept a proposal to purchase property adjacent to the Arena. The council will discuss the matter at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Council members also expects to order the May 5 election, renew a cemetery maintenance contract and pursue declaring a downtown building as dangerous.
Regarding the land around the arena, the council plans only to discuss at this point the possibility of purchasing property “in and around” the Rodeo Arena to enhance the facility. The idea is that many people have complained that getting into and out of the parking area is difficult. Buying small pieces of land nearby might improve the situation.

Fri
12
Jan

Mayor’s financial fears allayed over Industrial Park

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The joint meeting Tuesday between Mexia City Council and Mexia Economic Development Corporation went far to rid city leaders of their second-thoughts over the money the EDC plans to spend on improvements at the Industrial Park intended to make construction-ready sites for new businesses.
The agenda for the meeting listed three main items:
• Possible revisions to the plans for road improvements at the Industrial Park;
• Developing ideas for improving communication between City Council and the EDC; and
• Developing planning topics for the EDC and the council for 2018;
On the first agenda item, Mayor Richard Duncan noted the council had not approved an additional 1,800 feet of new road intended to provide sites ready for construction for new businesses.

Fri
12
Jan

There is Hope

Center offers options for unplanned pregnancies
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Women in Limestone County with an unplanned pregnancy have a place to go for help without leaving the county.
Center for Hope is located outside Mexia, near Tehuacana, and offers a variety of services, all free: pregnancy tests, pregnancy decision coaching by trained advocates, material resources like baby clothing, diapers, wipes and other needful items. post-decision support, no matter what the choice is, and independent living classes. Off-site services like sonograms are also available on a limited basis through a facility in Waco.
Center for Hope is an affiliate of CareNet, a national pregnancy resource organization that provides help and encouragement for women – and men – facing difficult decisions because of an unintended pregnancy.

Tue
09
Jan

High-speed rail opponent attorney sees progress

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Dallas attorney and Limestone County landowner Blake Beckham gave Limestone County commissioners news of progress in the fight against the proposed high-speed railway between Dallas and Houston.
Beckham, of the law firm The Beckham Group, gave his report at the Dec. 28 commissioners court meeting, noting he has represented Limestone as well as other counties in their opposition to the high-speed rail project before the Service Transportation Board in Washington, D.C.
Beckham’s land, on the east side of Limestone County, would be one of those directly affected.
“I love my land,” he said, “and all the rural people I’ve met have a real affinity with their own land. The cities say, ‘Who cares, we’re just going through some guy’s ranch,’ but that’s been in his family for 100 years. They don’t understand heritage and family pride in property.”

Tue
09
Jan

Dutch-oven demo shows ease of campfire cooking

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Personnel at the Confederate Reunion Grounds demonstrated, before the bitter cold weather set in, how to cook over a campfire with a Dutch oven.
Site Manager Amanda McVay made biscuits, sausage gravy and scrambled eggs before a group of about a dozen park visitors, some having driven from far distances.
Volunteer from the audience Amanda Burkeen, 12, helped McVay prepare the food.
McVay recommended not placing the biscuits too close together, to ensure they were fluffy.
“For biscuits, we don’t want a lot of fire on the bottom because we don’t want the bottoms to burn,” she said.
Once the biscuits were all in the pot, McVay covered the Dutch oven with a lipped lid and placed hot coals across the top to ensure the heat was more evenly applied.

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.

Tue
09
Jan

‘Who will pick up the torch?’

MLK parade, program this Saturday
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia residents will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Saturday, Jan. 13, with a parade and a program afterward.
Lineup for the parade is 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Commerce and Kaufman. Organizers are inviting anyone who values the principle of equality that Dr. King promoted to show up to either walk or ride in the parade – or just watch and encourage the entrants as they pass by.
The parade itself starts at 10 a.m., and if history is anything to judge by, there will be many walkers.

Fri
05
Jan

Veterans Pardners say ‘22 a day is not OK’

Mexia News Staff Report
Veterans are familiar with this number; many civilians are not. According to a 2012 study of death certificates in 21 states from 1999 to 2011, an average of nearly 22 United States veterans a day commit suicide.
While some place the number higher or lower, the point is, many veterans need help, and the Mexia group Veterans Pardners intends to provide that help for veterans in and around Limestone County.
“This is not acceptable to us at Veterans Pardners,” said Joe “JoeRob” Roberts of the 22-a-day statistic. “That is 158 souls lost to us every week, which is equivalent to a military company; that’s 660 to 682 a month, the size of a battalion. In a year, we lose 7,832 – the number of service members in a military division. If we lost a company, a battalion, or a division at one time, the news would be on every media station and in every newspaper in the United States. Yet, these service members slip away in relative silence.”

Fri
05
Jan

City council, EDC to meet jointly Tuesday

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Mexia city council will hold a special joint meeting with the Mexia Economic Development Corporation next week to help improve communications between the two bodies.
The meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. at the EDC office, 214 N. Sherman.
The agenda includes three main items for discussing and possibly taking action upon:
• Revisions to plans for the planned road infrastructure project in the Industrial Park.
• Development of ideas to improve communication between the EDC and the council.
• Development of strategic planning topics for the EDC and the council for 2018.

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.

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