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Fri
28
Oct

Mexia HS alums honored by Alumni Association

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Mexia Alumni Association honored two graduates for their lifetime achievement at this year’s Homecoming reception on Saturday, Oct. 22: Frank Proctor, of Dunbar High School, and Dick Flatt, of Mexia High School.

Frank Dillard Proctor was born on June 25, 1944, to the late Rev. Joe Ollie Proctor and the late Dorothy Wynne Proctor.

Frank spent his entire early years in Mexia, attending Dunbar Elementary and graduating from Dunbar in 1962. He was the athletic trainer for the football, basketball and track teams.

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Fri
28
Oct

Sheriff Wilson, court at odds over gas bill

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners had a disagreement with Sheriff Dennis Wilson at their Oct. 25 meeting on whether a receipt he submitted for reimbursement qualified to be paid. Wilson paid it on the spot, but said their reluctance to pay it was not right and expressed deep resentment for their questioning the bill since he pays so many of his own expenses.

  The $36 receipt was for gasoline at a New Mexico gas station, which may have been what brought it to the attention of the court. Wilson had attended a meeting of the Southwest Border Sheriffs Association there, which included sheriffs from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada. He said the meetings rotate into and out of Texas.

“It was a very good training session, with what we’re doing with border security, not only in Texas, but across the United States,” he told the court. 

Wed
26
Oct

Mexia Chamber names organization, citizen of the year

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia’s Gary Lawson was named Citizen of the Year at the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Dinner Tuesday evening, Oct. 25. Also, Fort Parker State Park, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, was named Civic Organization of the Year.

Incoming Chamber Chair Clint Flatt presented Lawson a plaque after introducing him, noting that Lawson was born and raised in Mexia. 

Wed
26
Oct

Burn ban declared

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners decided at Tuesday’s meeting to wait a week to initiate a burn ban, but after several fires broke out during the day, County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared a burn ban on an emergency basis late that afternoon.

The court made this decision at their Oct. 25 meeting and also questioned a $36 gas receipt from Sheriff Dennis Wilson, heard a status report on the prison, approved renewing service agreements with several area fire departments. and moved funds for road repairs back into the commissioners precinct road funds. 

As for the emergency burn ban, Burkeen had appeared ready at Tuesday morning’s meeting to see the burn ban return and asked Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton what he thought. 

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Wed
26
Oct

High-speed train opens competition to design passenger stations

PRESS RELEASE

 

Texas Central, the private developer of the Texas bullet train, announced its sponsorship of a design competition to engage architecture students from accredited Texas universities in Texas to help develop an inspiring vision for stations. Eligible universities include: Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas, Texas Tech, University of Houston, and Rice.

Texas Central, a Texas-based company, is employing a market-led approach that is unlike other high-speed train projects because we are backed by private investors, not public funds. Texas Central is developing a new high-speed passenger rail system that will connect North Texas, the Brazos Valley and Houston that will provide a travel time of less than 90 minutes.

Wed
26
Oct

Polling place doors vandalized

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Vandals painted graffiti on the Mexia Courthouse Annex doors sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday morning, but their signs were quickly removed.

Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Ray Jones said he had driven by the office, at 205 S. McKinney, about 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and found the graffiti.

“I had come here to fax some warrants to the jail, and I parked in the back,” he said. “I came in and did what I had to do, and then I drove around the building, between our building and the fire station, and Lord help me, it was on the doors. It was ‘Trump’ they spray-painted on both doors.”

Jones called the Mexia Police Department to record the incident, and Officer Shannon Rousey responded. 

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Mon
24
Oct

Spurlock, Taulton given highest alumni honors

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Mexia High School’s Class of 1966 chose alumnae Betty (Ingram) Spurlock as Coming Home Queen and Rebecca Taulton as Distinguished Alumni. 

Both were honored before the Homecoming football game at Blackcat Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21. Each was presented a spray of roses; and Spurlock received a tiara, and Taulton a plaque of recognition. 

Spurlock graduated from Mexia High in 1966 and worked for 35 years at 

Southwestern Electric. She is currently employed at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. 

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Mon
24
Oct

Fund-raiser set for historic church

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The cooler weather came at the right time for Point Enterprise’s annual soup-and-cornbread supper, slated for Saturday, Oct. 29. 

The event will take place in the Point Enterprise Clubhouse, 5-7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Point Enterprise Community Association. A donation of $5 is requested for each meal, and the live music is added in at no charge.

There will be a variety of soups for attendees to choose from, and drinks and dessert are included in the meal. 

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Mon
24
Oct

Mexia Police assists Feds in arrest of four

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Four people in a single vehicle were arrested at a traffic stop in Mexia over the weekend through a combined action by BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) agents, Dallas Police, Texas Department of Public Service and Mexia Police. 

The traffic stop and arrests happened around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, in the 1400 block of State Hwy. 14 North, which is inside Mexia city limits. 

Little information was available because the arrest was part of an ongoing investigation according to acting BATF Publication Information Officer Scott Ragsdale, of the Dallas Field Office. 

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Wed
19
Oct

Record-breaking registered voters

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos announced, last Thursday, Texas has more than 15 million registered voters to vote in the November election. 

During the 2016 primaries in March, Texas had 14,238,436 of estimated voting age population. According to a preliminary estimate, Texas has 15,015,700 voters registered, which is about 78 percent of Texas’ estimated voting age population of 19,307,355. That is an increase of over 777,000 making it an all-time high number for the state.  

Secretary of State Cascos said, “If you want to vote you must be registered, so it’s good to see that so many Texans are preparing for this November’s election.”

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