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Wed
11
Jan

County gives Gold Star Award to Emma Lewis

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County homeschooled student Emma Lewis was awarded the 4-H Gold Star Award, the highest county award available, at the commissioners court’s Jan. 10 meeting.
Commissioners also agreed to lease out county-owned voting machines for the spring city and school board elections, heard estimates for continued restoration at the county-owned prison, and made decisions concerning the Law Enforcement Center and other matters.
Regarding the Gold Star Award, Gabby Washington, the county’s AgriLife Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science, presented the award in the form of a certificate.

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.

Tue
10
Jan

Mexia to mark MLK Day with parade

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Residents of Mexia and surrounding areas are being invited to take part in Mexia’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade on Saturday, Jan. 14.
Organizer Ada Conner is inviting Limestone County residents of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to show their support for Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideal of equal rights for all by being in the parade, either driving a vehicle or simply walking in union with others in the parade. Alternately, those who want to support the event may simply come and watch.
“We invite everyone to come, people from the schools, public officials, just everybody, everyone, regardless of race,” she said.

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.

Tue
10
Jan

Mexia’s Mike Wright receives honors

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia native and Mexia High School graduate Mike Wright was honored last week for 25 years of service to the community of Bryan-College Station, where he has been general manager of that city’s KBTX-TV station before also becoming general manager of its sister station, KWTX in Waco.
The event to honor Wright was called “The Wright Stuff: A Tribute to Mike Wright. Held at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club on Thursday, Jan. 5, the tribute was part of a fundraiser for the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.
In his typically self-deprecating manner, Wright said he didn’t feel that he deserved the attention.

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Fri
06
Jan

LC to discuss assisting city, MISD school board in May elections

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is already preparing to assist in the city and school board elections in May by committing to lease county voting equipment to the city of Mexia.
Commissioners will vote on this issue at their Jan. 10 meeting and also recognize a local student who has excelled in 4-H activities, approve an agreement with the city of Kosse to pave their roads and with Johnson County to house their inmates, as well as address a variety of other matters.
Regarding the lease of election equipment, the county receives extra income by leasing out the machines, as in this case, and sometimes also conducts the election if requested. The lease with Mexia is only for use of the machines.

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Fri
06
Jan

Deputy wants to guide youth to a better life

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When Emonty “Emo” Means reached the fourth grade, his life fell apart. His single mom was living in Mexia with her five children and had been selling drugs. After she got caught, she began using drugs.
“That’s when everything went crazy,” Emo said. “It was very traumatic, big time. I lost my brothers and sisters, I lost my mom; everything just went crazy.”
His mother went to prison for a while, and Emo and his four younger siblings, two sisters and two brothers, were parceled out among relatives.
Emo went to live with his grandfather in Dallas for a while, but his granddad was already taking care of four other grandchildren. Young Emo felt his grandfather loved him, but the situation was tense financially. One day he heard something he wasn’t supposed to hear.

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Fri
06
Jan

Mexia woman injured in SH 14 wreck

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A Mexia woman was injured in a car wreck Thursday when a gravel truck pulled in front of her on State Hwy. 14 just south of its intersection with FM 1633.
The incident happened Jan. 5 about 6:50 a.m. in the 400 block of SH 14.
According to Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne, Melissa Colllins Easterling was driving southbound on MLK Hwy in a 2011 Buick Enclave SUV when a man in a gravel truck on FM 1633 tried to turn north onto SH 14, and Easterling was unable to avoid hitting him.

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Fri
06
Jan

Mexia hardware store burglarized

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A burglar broke into Jackson’s True Value Hardware Store in Mexia on Wednesday night, Jan. 4, around midnight, and stole several Stihl chainsaws and Weedeaters.
A security camera revealed that the suspect was completely covered, so they have not yet been identified.
Steve Jackson, of Jackson’s True Value Hardware Store said, “We got an image but couldn’t see the faces.”

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Wed
04
Jan

Source of gunshots in Mexia unknown

Mexia News Staff Report

The sound of gunshots was reported Tuesday morning about 8:15 a.m. near the intersection of Tyler and McKinney in Mexia, but nothing came of it.
Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne said officers responded to the scene of the report, but were unable to locate the source of the gunshots.

Wed
04
Jan

Driver in highway stand-off chased through Mexia

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Reporter
A man alleged to have stolen two trucks, attempted to steal a third, robbed a gas station at gunpoint and fired on a Limestone County deputy, led officers on a chase Tuesday morning. The incident ended two counties away when a SWAT team arrested the man after a standoff with deputies brought IH-45 to a stop in both directions.
Clint Michael Hobbs, 28, of Bryan, began by allegedly stealing a truck from people he was staying with in Bryan. Around 8 a.m., the Limestone Sheriff’s Office was called about a possible robbery near the intersection of FM 39 and FM 164, about 13 miles east of Groesbeck. The suspect was said to have threatened his victim with a gun.
By the time deputies responded, the suspect had driven up FM 39 and had a second physical altercation, this time with a garbage truck driver, in which the suspect again threatened his victim with a gun.

Wed
04
Jan

Stranded I-35 driver killed in crash with Mexia truck

Mexia News Staff Report

A driver who had pulled his pickup truck off IH-35, south of Waco, was killed when a tractor-trailer driver veered out of the lane and hit the stranded vehicle.
The wreck happened Sunday, Jan. 1, about 8:15 p.m. The driver who died was identified as Brian William Magenheimer, 59, of Corsicana. He had parked his 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck on the right shoulder of the northbound lane, near mile-marker 314 in Troy.
A 2012 Freightliner semi, owned by Mission Petroleum, of Houston, and driven by a 24-year-old Mexia man, hit the left side of the pickup, running over it and crushing the driver’s side.

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