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Fri
22
Dec

Burn ban likely to stay off now

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are expected to confirm next week the lifting of the burn ban, which County Judge Daniel Burkeen lifted on Dec. 19 after rain fell and more was forecast.
Those planning to attend next week’s meeting, should note that it will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27, rather than the usual Tuesday because of the holiday schedule. Besides voting on the burn ban, commissioners will also hear a presentation from an attorney interested in representing the county in opioid litigation, sign off on TxDOT’s building two county bridges and award hay-cutting rights at the airport.
As for lifting the burn ban, the county judge may initiate or lift a burn ban on an emergency basis in between commissioners court meetings, but the commissioners must then either confirm or deny the action at their subsequent meeting.

Fri
22
Dec

Mexia residents share their Christmas traditions

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Several Mexia-area people shared their Christmas traditions, things they do almost – if not every – year. The presence of children usually made the holiday sweeter, and sadly, the absence of children sometimes made people forego celebrating Christmas at all. Some people did not do anything to mark Christmas, either because of a family tragedy or simply because the children were grown. Others, however, hung onto the promise of the season and celebrated anyway or made merry with the people in their lives. Some shared traditions that were funny, others touching, but most rang a familiar tone because they were like what so many other families do themselves. Included are Christmas traditions shared by some of The Mexia News’ own employees, and we all hope you enjoy Christmas with loved ones and repeat – or start – your own Christmas traditions.

Wed
20
Dec

County to pursue declaring easement a neighborhood road

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
After a Limestone County resident asked county commissioners to establish that a small road extension that accesses his rural property is either a county road or a neighborhood road, the court decided to pursue the neighborhood road option.
John Ward made the request at the commissioners court’s Dec. 12 meeting. The unnamed extension of LCR 380 is a few miles south of Lake Mexia. Four or five other neighbors also have land adjacent to the extension. As the discussion developed, the road extension was described as mainly an easement that has been used as a road in the past.
Ward, however, said he was certain the extension had been a county road at some point.

Wed
20
Dec

Motorcycle club makes Christmas right for Harvey victims

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Three families staying in Limestone County since they fled the wrath of Hurricane Harvey in late August will get a good Christmas dinner and gifts for their children, courtesy of the Brotherhood Forever Motorcycle Club.
The biker group planned a Christmas party for Saturday, Dec. 16, with the focus on those families, which includes six adults and nine children.
“We’re going to have dinner prepared for them,” said Club Treasurer Lori Roberts, “turkeys and ham, and the fixings, and then the kids are going to have gifts.”
The members were busy that morning cooking up a feast of fried turkeys, ham and other treats at the group’s club house on FM 2838. The families were to arrive later in the morning.

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.

Mon
18
Dec

County gets $5,825 Fairgrounds cash donation

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A $5,825 donation was made to the Limestone County commissioners court for the Fairgrounds, in part through the efforts of longtime Fairgrounds supporters Arnold and Penny Gray. The couple spent much time sharing their vision for the Fairgrounds with others, inspiring many to donate toward that end.
The Grays presented the check at the court’s Dec. 12 meeting, noting that it was the total of donations the couple had obtained from many sources.
“This is a check that Arnold and I have been working on for three years for horse stalls in the amount of $5,824.80,” Penny Gray said. “It represents donations from the city of Groesbeck, the city of Thornton, Joe Neason Contracting, Kosse Community Improvement Association; we’ve had some miscellaneous small donations when people would buy things and leave $10 and say, ‘Put it on the horse stalls’; and we’ve had several memorials.”

Mon
18
Dec

‘Mexia Mile’ marker, route going up downtown

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Those who walk for their health – or have been planning to start – will soon have a one-mile route marked in downtown Mexia.
Not only will walkers know how far they have walked but they will be able to admire some of the improved areas in the city.
The project was directed by Mexia Economic Development Corporation Administrative Assistant JoAnna Wolfe, who is heavily involved in all the EDC events, but this was her first solo project in Mexia.
Wolfe had to not only plan the project and order the needed materials but also get input from Police Chief Brian Bell to make sure the route was safe and obtain approval from the Mexia City Council and the EDC board.

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
15
Dec

Christmas play

Thornton family Marvin Vera Sr. and wife Christen Bridges, and their sons Marvin Jr., 3, left, and Jaxson, 2, make Christmas ornaments at the Christmas at the Confederate Reunion Grounds event, held Saturday, Dec. 9.  Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
Allen Cooper, 12, of Broaddus, almost scores a snowball headshot to his sister, Allana, 11, at the Christmas at the Confederate Reunion Grounds event, which took place Saturday, Dec. 9. The snowballs were actually made of balled-up lightweight fabric.

Christmas play

Fri
15
Dec

Mexia Rotarians get leadership camp report

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Last summer may seem long ago, but recently Mexia High School student Jordan Carroll spoke about his experience at last summer’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – and soon the Rotary Club of Mexia will begin looking for candidates for next summer’s RYLA camp.
Like every other student who has gone through RYLA camp, Jordan spoke in positive terms about his experience. RYLA helps develop leadership skills in the high school juniors and seniors who attend, not through a classroom environment but through firsthand active and fun experiences.
The camp lasts a week and is held at McKinney Roughs in Bastrop each July. The Rotary Club of Mexia pays the cost of the camp and arranges transportation for those campers the club sponsors to attend. Each day is packed with a variety of activities that build self-confidence and bring out each youth’s personality and responsibility.

Fri
15
Dec

Court interviews second legal firm

Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners interviewed, at their Dec. 12 meeting, the law firm of Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee, which is one of three firms that have applied to become the county’s new legal representative.
The county had advertised a Request for Qualifications from law firms because it had, had the same legal representative for about 35 years, and the court members wanted to see what was available.
Since the county’s former legal representative did not respond to the RFQ, a new firm must be chosen. Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee is the second firm to be interviewed. Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee has offices in Waco, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, but the Waco location would handle Limestone County if it is chosen to provide the county’s legal representation.

Wed
13
Dec

Navarro screens Polar Express movie for local kids

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Youngsters in pajamas were not an uncommon sight at Navarro College South, in Mexia, last Friday when the college showed The Polar Express, the 2004 Christmas movie classic.
The college’s Polar Express Night happened Dec. 8, with parents invited to bring their children wearing their comfy pj’s and a blanket so the little ones could stretch out on the floor of the main room of the College’s Administration Building.
College Dean Christina Mims provided every detail to make the night especially pleasant and memorable, including having Santa Claus himself there in a big chair by the fireplace, assisted by an elf, with a photographer. Around a dozen adults attended the event and another 20 young people, the youngest of whom either sought a few minutes on Santa’s lap or were introduced to the jolly elf for the first time.

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