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Fri
01
Apr

City of Mexia ready for annual spring cleanup

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Starting Monday, the city of Mexia will start looking a whole lot better, as the annual spring cleanup gets underway.
The city of Mexia holds the event as a way for residents to get rid of some – but not all – of their unwanted items. This coming week, crews will pick up discarded items dragged to the curb at homes only, not businesses.
The city will pick up lumber, paper goods, plastic, washing machines, dryers and furniture.
However, the city will not pick up brush, tires, refrigerators, air conditioners, paint, batteries or hazardous waste.
Loose items must be contained to keep them from blowing around or being scattered by animals.
Residents are asked to stack items neatly for ease of loading on trucks. Sort your items by type – city workers won’t sort through random heaps of rubble.

Fri
01
Apr

Navarro South holds grand opening for tutoring center

Navarro College Interim Chancellor Dr. Richard Sanchez, front right, greets Dick Flatt at the grand opening of the Mexia college’s new tutoring center.
Officials, faculty and administrators at the Navarro College South campus, in Mexia, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new tutoring center.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Navarro College South, which serves students in Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties, held a grand opening for its new tutoring center – called the Tea(m)2 Center – on Thursday, March 24. Top Navarro officials met at the Mexia-based campus, including Dr. Richard Sanchez, who has returned as interim chancellor after the recent resignation of Dr. Barbara Kavalier.
In another move among Navarro leaders, former Navarro South Dean Dr. Joel Michaelis is back at his old position on the Navarro South campus, beginning on the day of the tutoring center’s grand opening.
He had been serving as executive director of Continuing Education and Business at Navarro’s Waxahachie campus since September 2015.
“I’m thrilled to be back,” Michaelis said.

Wed
30
Mar

Teacher resigns after allegations surface

By Harry Darby
Publisher
A Mexia Independent School District employee facing criminal charges for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student has resigned.
The Mexia ISD board of trustees accepted the resignation of Montana Joan Davis by unanimous vote Monday evening in a special called meeting.
Davis was a business information management teacher and an assistant softball and girls basketball coach.
“We will continue to follow the law and our policies when it comes to the safety and welfare of our children in following up on concerns brought to our attention.” Mexia ISD Superintendent Sharon Ross said Tuesday.
Ross said the district has a number of steps in its policies that outline the actions it takes in situations such as the Davis matter.

Wed
30
Mar

Boomtown Days set for Saturday

Students Marie Martinez, Evelyn Marez, Haleigh Ruiz and Jayda Byers, entertaining the crowd with a spontaneous karaoke performance during last year's Boomtown Days.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia area residents will want to make plans to attend a festival celebrating their town and its history on Saturday, April 2.
This is the third annual Mexia Boomtown History and Market Day, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at H-E-B Community Park, next to the Mexia H-E-B grocery store, 701 E. Milam.
H-E-B and Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting the event, which will be chock-full of fun activities for all ages. Admission is free, and there will be food available at the festival food court, also Mexican food and soft drinks.
A vendor village will offer all kinds of trinkets and treats for sale, as well as antiques, collectibles and crafts.
A live DJ will play music, and attendees may show their skill at karaoke in front of the crowd.

Wed
30
Mar

Sheriff, judge warn of return of tax limit legislation

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Two Limestone County leaders are warning of legislation being crafted now for the 2017 Texas Legislative session that would slash from 8 percent to 4 percent the amount of a tax increase that county commissioners could make without being required to hold a vote by the citizens.
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson and County Judge Daniel Burkeen both spoke on the subject at the commissioners court’s March 14 meeting.Wilson said that he and Burkeen learned of the effort the previous week at a Texas Association of Counties risk management conference in Galveston.
In the 2015 legislative session, Wilson reminded the court, a similar proposal in the Legislature was defeated. Wilson said that District 7 State Sen. Paul Bettencourt is leading the effort to add the same tax limitation to proposals currently being crafted.

Wed
30
Mar

EDC sponsors Mexia-themed photo contest

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
28
Mar

GISD wants changes after scuffle during game

By Harry Darby
Publisher
The Mexia Independent School District’s board of trustees reviewed, but took no action, on a request from Groesbeck Independent School District to change seating arrangements at its gymnasium, after a scuffle apparently broke out during a recent basketball game.
The letter was presented and discussed during the board’s monthly meeting held March 21.

Mon
28
Mar

All in one basket

Contributed photo/Melanie Boyd Dick

Kids made the most of it at the Easter egg hunt held Saturday morning by Mexia First Assembly of God Church, on North Ross across from R.Q. Sims Intermediate School. Hundreds showed up for the event, which also featured pony rides, a bounce house, face painting and even a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Mon
28
Mar

County honors tenure of two longtime staffers

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, top left, prepares to present a combination clock and plaque of appreciation to 30-year county employee County Clerk Peggy Beck.
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, at right, is recognized at commissioners court’s March 14 meeting for more than 40 years of service.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners honored two employees for achieving exceptionally long terms of service: County Clerk Peggy Beck, who has served 30 years, and Sheriff Dennis Wilson, who has completed more than 40 years of service to the county. Each was presented a combination clock and plaque of appreciation at the court’s March 14 meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen reminded the court that the county began several years ago recognizing those of its employees who had completed five, 10 and 20 years of service.
“We like keeping good, experienced employees, who are valuable to us in all departments,” he said. “It occurred to us last week that we’ve got some employees and officials who have attained much more even than the 20 years, and they deserve some very special recognition.”
Burkeen first recognized Beck for reaching 30 years this month.

Fri
25
Mar

Convenience store robber sentenced to 40 years

John Jerome Holmes

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A Mexia man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced this week to 40 years in state prison for the aggravated robbery of a Mexia convenience store in March 2015.
John Jerome Holmes, 36, robbed Ruby’s convenience store on Hwy. 171 on March 24, 2015. He pointed a gun at the clerk and threatened to kill him unless he gave Holmes the money in the register. The clerk gave Holmes the money, then Holmes left the store.
A citizen followed Holmes and called Mexia Police Department to let them know where he was. Officers found Holmes inside of a relative’s house, and the sawed-off shotgun use in the crime in Holmes’s vehicle. The money and clothes he wore during the robbery were found in a barbecue pit behind the house.

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