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Thu
02
Feb

Gipson signs Letter of Intent with Texas State Bobcats

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

It is not every season that a Division I university comes to a smaller school for talent. This year was the exception as Mexia senior Jaylen Gipson signed a Letter of Intent to play for the Texas State Bobcats.
Gipson and his family gathered in the Mexia gymnasium with fellow school classmates to celebrate the occasion.
Gipson said, “I was surprised. You don’t expect getting too many D-I offers in a small school. I put in a bunch of hard work and it paid off.”

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Mon
30
Jan

Shiloh VFD station on the rise

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Shiloh’s volunteer firefighters are working on their new fire station, which is taking shape on the corner of LCR 439 and LCR 431, right in the middle of Shiloh.
The Fire Department had purchased the property several years ago, and the Texas Forestry Service did the initial clearing of the land, which had been covered by much brush, several very large trees and a house. The Fire Department had Allen and Shivers Construction do additional clearing, and then the Shiloh VFD firefighters finished that big task.
“We had to continue to work it down and burn off the brush,” said Shiloh Fire Chief David Snow. “I had brush piles almost as high as that building, where the doors are.”

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
30
Jan

Friends of deceased dog lover donate to K-9 deputy

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A Lake Limestone man, who passed away in November 2016, was thought of so highly by his friends and neighbors that they made a donation in his memory for the care for Limestone County Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy Jack.
Gordon Miller died Nov. 28, at age 83. His neighbor, Jan Roper, is credited with coming up with the idea of collecting donations from Miller’s friends to make a donation toward the county’s drug-sniffing German shepherd. Another of Miller’s neighbors, Lonah Walters, organized the collection. Lonah and Bob Walters were in court for the presentation of the donation at commissioners court’s Jan. 24 meeting.

Fri
27
Jan

LCSO deputies assist feds in arrest

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted the U.S. Marshals Service and the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) in the arrest of Draylon Montrell Roberts, 26, Thursday, Jan. 26, near his home on Denton Street in Mexia.
An arrest warrant had been issued for Roberts by McLennan County for an aggravated armed robbery.
“Our office and the Marshals office both had gotten information about where he might be,” said Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson.

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Fri
27
Jan

MISD sets election date

By Harry T. Darby
Editor/Publisher
The Mexia Independent School Board of Trustees has set a spring election date for two positions on their board. The election will take place May 6.
The seats up for election are for Place 4 and Place 5. Place 4 is currently held by Kim Williams and Place 5 was, until her recent resignation, held by Rachel Hernandez. Both places are three year terms.
According to the passed resolution:
Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at Mexia ISD Administration Building, 616 N. Red River Street, Mexia, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning on April 24 and ending May 2.
As of press time, Marty Cargile has applied for the position in Place 4 and Ricky Sanders II has applied for position of Place 5. March 10 is the final day to file as a candidate.
The board also agreed to contract with Limestone County to conduct and oversee the election.

Fri
27
Jan

Sheriff - The voice to those who have no voice

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A Texas jail inmate by definition already has problems, but if that person also has mental health issues, the other problems are compounded, in part because Texas has not yet developed a quick way to help inmates with mental health problems get help for their condition.
Those inmates do, however, have an advocate who is traveling around Texas trying to raise awareness of this serious problem: Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson.
Wilson has spoken at countless venues across the state, but recently spoke both to the Mexia Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mexia on the plight of Texas inmates with mental health conditions.
“Mental health has become my passion,” Wilson said, “and it will be the pony I ride off into the sunset on because I will never quit trying to be the voice for those who often have no voice that suffer from mental health illness.”

Wed
25
Jan

County prison population continues to run low

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The inmate population at the Limestone County Detention Center remains very low, but County Judge Daniel Burkeen is confident the number housed in the county-owned private prison will rise.
That subject came up during the commissioners court’s Jan. 24 meeting, when the court also dealt with routine LCDC issues, refrained from initiating a burn ban, appointed or re-appointed board members to Emergency Services District No. 2, and made other minor decisions.
As for the LCDC, Warden Charles Vondra told the court there were only eight inmates in the county-owned prison that morning. There are currently 254 inmate beds available.

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Wed
25
Jan

Home, Sweet Home

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When the popular, Waco-based TV show Fixer Upper filmed an episode in Mexia last September, the identity of the homeowners was shrouded in secrecy to ensure maximum suspense. The show featuring the Mexia home finally aired on HGTV on Tuesday night, Jan. 24, however, to the delight of many in this town, perhaps none more so than the owners themselves, Kelvin and Culetta Beachum.
After show hosts and house renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines showed the Beachums three possibilities, the couple chose a home on U.S. 84 several miles west of the city, a four-bedroom brick house with maroon trim and a huge yard in front and back.
With a total budget of $160,000, the purchase price of $130,000 left $30,000 for renovations. While that is not an insignificant amount, spreading the $30,000 to the entire home and yard meant only some cosmetic changes could be made.

Mon
23
Jan

4-H homeschooler surprised with award at court

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When 4-H student Emma Lewis, 17, accompanied her fellow homeschoolers to Limestone County commissioners court on Jan. 10, she thought the group was on a field trip. They were on a field trip, but she did not know the focus of the morning was not to be the workings of a court but on awarding her the 4-H Gold Star Award.
Shortly after the meeting began, County Judge Daniel Burkeen called the award winner to come to the front.
“Emma is one of our 4-H students in our homeschool group, the Limestone Leaders,” Burkeen told those attending the meeting, after announcing Emma’s award.

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Mon
23
Jan

MSSLC does laundry for five state facilities

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
After 15 years of working at the Mexia State Supported Living Center’s laundry, Scott Moore has concluded that he was destined for it, or maybe it for him.
Born and raised in Mexia, Moore applied to work at the MSSLC in 2002, attracted by the retirement benefits. He thought he was getting his foot in the door and – though doing the laundry might be considered a humble job – he figured he could later move to a
different department.
Back then, the Laundry Department was set up almost like a Laundromat, he said, and handled only the laundry of what at that time was the Mexia State School.
“That first week, I thought I was going to die!” he said, speaking to the Rotary Club of Mexia about his experiences at MSSLC. “I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into.”

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