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Thu
29
Dec

Mexia residents reminded no fireworks in city

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Shooting off fireworks on New Year’s can be fun as long as precautions are taken – and they are used outside the Mexia city limits. 

Mexia Fire Chief Robert LaFoy reminded residents that fireworks are not for use in the city.

“There is a city ordinance, and there are not supposed to be any fireworks shot off in the city limits at all,” LaFoy said Tuesday. “It’s been several years since we’ve had any problems with fireworks, really. That was maybe 2011, when it was really dry.”

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Thu
29
Dec

Limestone County Clerk’s Office wins service award

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Clerk Peggy Beck and her office crew won a state award for service earlier this month and were recognized at the commissioners court’s Dec. 27 meeting.

“The County Clerk’s Office of Limestone County has again been awarded the Five-Star Service Award by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the work they do,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen announced at the meeting. “The letter says, ‘Congratulations on earning the 2016 Five-Star Service Award for diligence in the timely and accurate registration of vital records, which is truly appreciated and has a profound impact on Texas citizens. Anyone can see that your office has gone above and beyond the call of duty, so we would like to present you with an award to celebrate your excellence at the 62nd Annual Vital Statistics Conference.’”

The annual Texas conference was held this year Dec. 7-9 in Austin.  

Wed
28
Dec

Usher in the new year with a midnight hike

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Those looking for a unique way to see in New Year’s may consider signing up for Fort Park State Park’s New Year’s Hike this Saturday night. 

The easy, two-mile hiking event starts at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, and ends at 1 a.m. the next morning, Jan. 1, 2017. 

A park ranger will guide the hikers as they visit the Fort Parker Dam, the old county square, and the historic Springfield Cemetery – where some of the old Springfield residents may just “rise up” for the occasion.

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
28
Dec

New constable Nickels to be sworn in Sunday

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County’s most newly elected official, Pct. 4 Constable Kevin Nickels, will be sworn in to office on Sunday, Jan. 1, at the courthouse at 9 a.m., for anyone who wants to witness the brief ceremony. 

County commissioners were reminded of the plan at their Dec. 27 meeting and also recognized the County Clerk’s Office for receiving a state award, presented certificates to descendants of the county’s earliest settlers, re-appointed members to the County Historical Commission, and signed off on two previously approved bills and a contract with a new pharmacy services provider for the jail.

Mon
26
Dec

AgriLife’s Washington now certified to train food handlers

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

With a new Texas law requiring that all employees who handle food take a Food Handlers Class, Limestone County’s AgriLife Office has stepped up to offer classes and testing for the new requirements. 

The new law also requires that every business that handles food have at least one employee certified in Food Manager Training. 

Gabby Washington, Limestone County’s AgriLife Extension Agent for Food and Consumer Science, is now certified to teach both classes and give the respective tests. 

“I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from people in the community, saying this is something we need,” Washington said. “Even at gas stations, where they serve food a little bit, they need to have a Food Handlers Card.”

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
26
Dec

Traditions to be cherished, remembered

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Traditions can be a funny thing carried down from one generation to another. For example, a mother was preparing a roast for a special holiday and it was tradition to use a particular roasting pan she inherited to cook the meat. The pan was far too small for any decent size roast or turkey. She decided to ask her mother what was so special about using this particular roasting pan. The mother, who had used that same pan until her daughter got married, had no idea what was so special about the pan. She replied, “Well, that is what my mother always used until I got married.” When the two had gone to ask why she used the pan, she sheepishly replied, “The others were too big for my oven.”

Traditions, in the same way, can sometimes lose the meaning and can get lost to the next generation.

Mon
26
Dec

Inmate threatens to sue county after drinking hand sanitizer

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A Limestone County inmate is threatening to sue the county over an incident in which he managed to access hand sanitizer and consumed it.

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson advised commissioners at their Dec. 13 meeting that an inmate spent five days at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest, which turned out to be because of his ingesting the product.

Wilson mentioned the inmate’s hospital stay to the court because he had to provide deputies to guard the inmate while he was hospitalized, driving up Wilson’s overtime budget. 

Later, County Judge Daniel Burkeen received a letter from the inmate’s attorney, threatening to sue the county because of the incident. 

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.

Thu
22
Dec

More of Limestone’s early families to be recognized

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

People whose ancestors date to the early years of Limestone County will be recognized at Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting through the First Families Program. 

The court will not only honor the families at the Dec. 27 meeting but also re-appoint members of the County Historical Commission, complete a contract to provide pharmacy services for county jail inmates, and take action on paying for some electronic installation and paying a property owner for extra right-of-way the county is now using on his property. 

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.

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