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01
Jun

Chain reaction

Mexia News photo/Roxanne Thompson

Mexia’s Jerry Allen said he was sitting at the stop light on U.S. 84 westbound at Hwy. 14, on Friday afternoon, May 20, in his white GMC Sierra pickup truck. About 4:30 p.m. a woman driving a Nissan Maxima allegedly ran into the red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck behind Allen, pushing the red truck into Allen’s. No one was seriously injured, but the Maxima had significant front end damage, and the trucks had minor damage to their bumpers.

Mon
30
May

Never forget

Mexia News photo/Roxanne Thompson

After placing a wreath on a symbolic grave, representing U.S. armed forces members who gave their lives in service to their country, Lynnette Young, Ladies Auxiliary president of VFW Post 4694, pauses to honor the nation’s war dead. At rear right, is VFW Commander Ray Marsh, who conducted the Post’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30.

Mon
30
May

Sales tax rebates stable for Limestone towns

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for May are down by a little bit – .89 of a percent compared to this month last year – and also down less than a percent year-to-date.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $767.7 million in local sales tax allocations for May, 1.1 percent more than in May 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in March by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in January, February and March by quarterly filers.
“The cities of Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and Fort Worth saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Energy-centric cities such as Houston, Odessa and Midland continue to see decreases in sales tax allocations.”
Limestone County

Mon
30
May

MHS seniors receive numerous scholarships

Top honors for the Mexia High class of 2016 go to Valedictorian Jossie Palacios, left, and Salutatorian Jose Lara, right.
Mexia High School class of 2016’s Top Ten Percent are, l-r, back row: Jossie Palacios, Nathaniel Hallmark, Cody Baker and Rahi Patel; front row: Kelly Vu, Karina Rivera, Jose Lara and Micah Rogers. Not shown are Julissa Alvarez and Ana Castaneda.

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Fri
27
May

Court still considering hiring PI to find tools

Limestone County Commissioner John McCarver, right, and County Judge Daniel Burkeen, left, discuss what to do about missing items at the county-owned prison.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners say they will make one last effort to convince the sheriff and district attorney to investigate the disappearance of tools and other county-owned property from the county prison before the court considers hiring a private investigator to track down the missing items.
Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver appears to be leading the effort to find the missing property.
“Since we’ve had problems with anybody being able to look into what happened to this stuff, we’re looking at the possibility of hiring a private investigator, and maybe he could help us find the solution to what happened to this stuff,” McCarver said at the court’s May 24 meeting. “Maybe we can get some of it back.”

Fri
27
May

Mexia native to receive A&M’s highest honor

Mexia native David G. Eller is shown being notified that he will be given the Texas A&M 2016 Distinguished Alumni by a member of Texas A&M’s Ross Volunteers honor guard.

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Fri
27
May

Opening day for city pool is June 8

Efrain Barco, 5, and his cousin Giselle Yepez, 4, run through the waterspouts at Mexia swimming pool on opening day last year. The pool opens for the summer this year June 8.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Get your water wings and swimsuits out of storage – the Mexia city pool opens soon.
Pool opening day is Wednesday, June 8, at 1 p.m., lasting until 6 p.m. The pool will be closed Mondays, but will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.
General admission will cost $4 per person. Season pass costs are: individual, $100; family of four; $250, each additional member, $50.
Rentals are being accepted, and bookings may be made for 7 to 9 p.m., with the exception of all Mondays (due to cleaning) and July 4.
Renters must go to the city manager’s office to sign up/ pay for parties. Phone call reservations will not be accepted.
The 2016 rental rate for parties with a maximum of 75 people are based on the number attending and the length of the party. Those rates are:
• up to 49 people: $130.
• 50 - 75 people: $145.

Fri
27
May

Summer school offered at MISD

Attention parents!
Mexia ISD is offering summer school for qualifying bilingual and English as a Second Language students who live in the district and are entering kindergarten or first grade.
Classes take place at A.B. McBay Elementary School, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. They begin Monday, June 6, and end Thursday, June 30. Breakfast and lunch will be served to students.
Pick up an application at McBay Elementary, at 1000 N. Ross Ave. in Mexia.
For questions, call McBay Principal Brenda Sellers at 254-562-4030 or Director of District Services Shelli Killingsworth at 254-562-4000.

Wed
25
May

‘Shattered Dreams’ brings home DWI danger

Mexia High students were grim-faced as they watched Mexia EMS staff “treat” one of the pretend-victims of a staged car crash at the school Tuesday.
DPS Trooper Chet Seelinger gives the horizontal gaze nystagmus test to the pretend-drunken driver who was the “cause” of the staged accident.
John Stubbs, left, and Collin Stubbs, of Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, load the “deceased” driver during the Shattered Dreams event Tuesday.
Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross, center, tapes a video. Shown pretending to be injured are junior Ian Chambers, on hood, and senior Rahi Patel in the back seat.
Mexia High students took the graphic staged accident scene seriously during Tuesday’s Shattered Dreams event.
Volunteer Roxanne Morris applies gory makeup to Mexia High junior Colton Jones.
Mexia High students gather around two wrecked vehicles, donated by Lee’s Wrecker Service, to watch emergency workers deal with the aftermath of a simulated drunken driving accident Tuesday.
Three Mexia High students, who played the parts of drunken passengers, are “arrested.”

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia High School students witnessed this week what the worst-case scenario of drinking and driving might be like when the school district hosted Shattered Dreams, a staged event that shows students the dramatic and graphic aftermath of a DUI accident.
The main scene took place Tuesday morning, May 24, at 9:30 on Bailey Street, behind the high school.
Two wrecked cars were quickly and quietly set in the street while most students were inside the school. Four students in one car had been made up to appear significantly injured, with movie-type gore and blood. Four students in the second car played the parts of teens who had been drinking. Police and deputies responded to the scene as they would to an actual wreck, followed by EMS units and an air ambulance helicopter.

Wed
25
May

Cut cable kills regional cell, Internet services

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