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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.

Fri
05
Jan

City pipes withstand subfreezing temps

Two trees in front of civic center cut down
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Despite temperatures in Mexia well below freezing over the New Year’s weekend, Mexia City Manager Eric Garretty reported that the city experienced few problems with the city’s pipes.
Seventeen water pipe problems were called in, Garretty said, but Public Works Supervisor Matt Lindvay found the problems to have occurred on the residents’ side of the pipeline.
“We didn’t have any issues with the city lines,” Garretty said. “Lindvay said he had made a couple of calls to residents who said their water was off, and he said he found that the line from the city line up to the house was frozen.”
All the calls, he said, turned out to be for frozen pipes on the residents’ side.
People can insulate their pipes now, if they don’t leave the water dripping, Garretty said.

Fri
05
Jan

Mexia sees cold, quiet New Year’s weekend

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
With temperatures in the teens and 20s over the final days of 2017 and a cold, bitter wind making conditions miserable, most Mexia residents stayed inside and kept warm -- or tried to.
Mexia Police Lt. Tracy Edwards said the New Year’s weekend was very quiet, judging by the duty report.
“The weather, especially New Year’s Eve, kept pretty much everybody in,” he said, “so it was really calm as far as what it could have been. It seems like everybody had a good, enjoyable New Year’s. We were relatively mild around here; we didn’t have a lot of call volume that night.”
Although Edwards did not work the weekend, as lieutenant, he studied the duty report and spoke to those who were on duty.
Some of the high points of the police department’s duty report showed:

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.

Wed
27
Dec

City council, staff taking deep look at policies, real property

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
27
Dec

Early response to heart attacks vital, says ER director

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Because the time to help heart attack victims is short, Parkview Regional Hospital Emergency Room Director Teri LaFoy and her associates focus on doing everything they can to quickly get the patient to the care they need.
As part of being ER Director, LaFoy educates the public on the need for heart attack victims to get care immediately. She spoke to the Mexia Lions Club earlier in December on this situation she deals with so often, but first, as Parkview’s chest pain coordinator, she reminded those listening of the accreditation that Parkview was awarded in 2016.
“Last year we became chest-pain accredited,” she said, which means the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care has accredited them as a chest pain center.

Tue
26
Dec

Sheriff’s Office struggling to find jailers

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson told county commissioners at their Dec. 12 meeting that he is having trouble filling open positions at the County Jail.
“We’re really struggling with employment in the jail,” Wilson said. “Today I’m seven short, and I’ve had some people out on medical; so it’s beginning to affect what we do daily. Our applicant pool is pitiful, and it’s very hard to hire people when a lot of the people that come to apply can’t get past the criminal background check.”
He said only a few other employees are willing to fill in at the jail where needed in exchange for time off, or comp time, only for overtime pay.

Tue
26
Dec

Mexia family seeks help halting release of daughter’s killer

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Attorney Roy DeFriend is asking that residents write letters to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, asking that the state deny parole to Carlos Don Stultz – convicted killer of Mexia teenager Kathy Jones in 1969.
Stultz’s next parole review is scheduled for Jan 20, 2018, but letters, emails or faxes need to be sent early enough that they may be reviewed by parole personnel.
“Inmate Stultz’s case is currently in review for the parole process, so time is of the essence,” DeFriend said. “Letters can be faxed, emailed or sent by regular mail, but this needs to be done before the end of the year.”
Letters protesting Stultz’s release should be sent to:
Angela McCown, Director
Victim Services Division
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265
Austin, TX 78711-3401
Telephone 512-406-5900
Fax 512-452-0825

Fri
22
Dec

The Mexia News announces publication change

The Mexia News has announced that starting on Jan. 1, 2018, the newspaper will change its printing schedule from three days a week to two. The Mexia News will continue to print on Tuesdays and Saturdays and cease Thursdays.
The Mexia News Publisher, Harry Darby said, “We feel this change will better allow our advertisers and customers to continue to have all their local news and sports but just repackaged in a different manner.” Darby continued, “We will strive to cover as many local events and bring you all the news, the readers are accustomed to but it will be in two issues per week instead of three.”
The Mexia News website and social media will continue to update on a daily basis, so that breaking news can still be brought to the public immediately.

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