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Fri
13
Oct

A perfect night out

The National Night Out, held on Oct 11, was a great success even if it meant rescheduling from the rains in the previous week.
Lieutenant C.W. Boyd took the program by the reins when Mexia Chief of Police Brian Bell asked her for some help.
Boyd said, “This is my very first time to do this. Bell has been so busy with the department he asked me for help and I said okay.”
Boyd was a little concerned when the original National Night Out had to be rescheduled. She said, “When it was rescheduled I went home and cried. And while setting up there was still so much more to do. But I can see it was a great success.”
The evening was not lacking for anything. Calvary Baptist Church cooked and prepared 1,000 hot dogs, and handed out about 400 slices of pizza donated by Caesar’s Pizza.
The Boy’s Scouts had camp set up with a pit fire to allow anyone for roasted marshmallows and/or s’mores.

Fri
13
Oct

Best ISO rating to top 90 percent of West Lake with new substation

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
More homeowners in the West Lake Limestone Volunteer Fire Department’s coverage area may get lower insurance rates if a new substation is approved for Lake Limestone Park No. 3.
Limestone County commissioners heard an update at their Sept. 26 meeting on the Department’s request to put in a substation at the park.
Park No. 3 is actually on the east side of Lake Limestone. According to West Lake Fire Chief Allen McWhirter, West Lake VFD’s area extends to both sides of the lake at its northern end.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court that work is proceeding on the request but that some legal aspects need to be completed first.

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.

Thu
12
Oct

Beachum challenge update to feed hungry people in three counties

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
One in six Texans struggles with hunger, according to research by the Central Texas Food Bank – but in Limestone County the struggle is even more common, with one in five adults and an even higher percentage of children either hungry or not sure where they will get their next meal.
Mexia favorite son Kelvin Beachum took a significant step to change those statistics, however, starting this past July, when he issued a matching challenge for anyone who would donate to the food bank to benefit the tri-county area of Limestone, Freestone and McClennan counties.
Beachum will match every gift toward this goal, up to $50,000. Further, he pledged that if the entire $50,000 is raised, he will double his match to $100,000, making a total of $150,000 to feed the hungry of the three counties.

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.

Thu
12
Oct

TxDOT accepts LC’s request extension for building bridge

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
TxDOT Public Information Officer Ken Roberts has confirmed that the extension request Limestone County filed for building a bridge that was supposed to have been done around 2013 has been approved. He also confirmed that there is no kind of penalty for the lag in doing the work.
When the Texas Department of Public Transportation informed Limestone County last month that TxDOT would no longer replace county bridges for at least seven years, no one was sure how the problem could be worked out.
The first notice that there was a problem was at the court’s Sept. 26 meeting, when Limestone County Road Administrator Jerry Herin, who heads the Road and Bridge Department, told commissioners about the problem.

Mon
09
Oct

Parkview surgeon explains gall bladder surgery, prevention

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A new general surgeon at Parkview Regional Hospital, Dr. Donald “Don” Jackson, recently spoke about an organ of the body that produces symptoms that may fool a less-experienced doctor into many a misdiagnoses.
Jackson spoke both to the Mexia Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mexia, telling what he does as a general surgeon. First, however, he spoke a little about himself. Although he started working at Parkview around the end of July, he actually used to fill in occasionally for another Parkview surgeon around 17 years ago and says he feels at home.
Jackson lives in Palestine, where he was born and raised. He left his hometown to attend Morehouse College, in Atlanta, followed by the Morehouse School of Medicine. Following that, he completed his surgery training in Los Angeles, at the Kingview UCLA Medical Center.

Mon
09
Oct

Chambers is new TML Region 9 President

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Mon
09
Oct

Mexia families to get help applying for college funds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia High School seniors who need help paying for college next year should save the date of Nov. 1, and plan on going to the high school that evening to get started applying for student aid.
Financial aid experts will be on hand in the school’s computer labs to help families complete their FAFSA application from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step to take for virtually any aid because many financial aid programs require a completed FAFSA to determine not only whether a student qualifies for financial aid, but how much they may receive.
Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Lyle DuBus pointed out that students should file the FAFSA even if they are not sure what they will do next year.

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.

Fri
06
Oct

County hears Fairground improvements, plans for more

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Penny Gray, Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen’s appointed County Fairgrounds committee leader, reported the progress on what had been accomplished and other plans the committee hopes to implement.
She made the report at the court’s Sept. 26 meeting, first noting that she had formed a subcommittee of about five from the original committee of about 10.
“I took the liberty of forming a subcommittee out of that because I’ve always been able to work with a smaller group of people,” she told the court.
As for the projects already accomplished, Gray first noted the contractors building the two dressing rooms are on schedule to begin construction around the end of October. Gray thanked Groesbeck’s Citizens State Bank and Farmers State Bank for underwriting the project.

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
06
Oct

Commissioners file petition against County Judge Burkeen

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
06
Oct

Limestone County to receive more vests

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The people of Limestone County, especially a church in Thornton, are again showing their care for the safety of Sheriff’s deputies by donating money to buy seven more bullet-proof vests.
County commissioners are expected to accept the donations at their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The court will also recognize a 4-H student who has achieved 4-H’s highest honor, approve several agreements concerning the Road and Bridge Department, the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, and make their final approval on a new website to encourage tourism in Limestone County.
As for the Sheriff’s Office donations, the plans are for representatives of First United Methodist Church, Thornton, to present the funds to the court. In a similar but separate matter, resident Evelyn Beard will make her own donation to buy a bullet-proof vest for deputies.

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