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Sat
21
Oct

McKinney reaping benefits

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A Mexia woman who founded a singing group to minister to those in a Mexia nursing home 25 years ago is benefiting from that same group since she is now living at the nursing home herself.
It was back around 1992 that Mildred McKinney heard of some residents at The Manor nursing home on Hwy. 171 in Mexia who were lonely and depressed.
“I had a friend, Louise Gatlin, from Point Enterprise ,” McKinney said. “We went to the same church and she said, ‘If you’ll just go and read the Bible…’ So that’s how I started, just reading the Bible. Then some friends from the church came and played the piano and sang; we stayed for 45 minutes at least.”
McKinney immediately began going to The Manor weekly. When she looks back, she is still moved by seeing the effect the ministering had on the residents.

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
20
Oct

Early voting of the Constitutional Amendment begins Oct. 23

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

The following article is a voter’s guide comprised from two different sources to help and aid the voter know what is proposed for the 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election and to have a better understanding what is on the ballot. The guide contains both sides of the argument, for and against, allowing the reader to vote while informed. Early voting starts Oct. 23 through Nov. 3, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Limestone County Courthouse Annex - Mexia, Courtroom, located at 205 S. McKinney. The day of the election will be held on Nov. 7 at the Mexia Civic Center.

Wed
18
Oct

4-H Gold Star winners lauded

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took time at their Oct. 10 meeting to recognize two Limestone County home-schooled 4-H students – Sarah Hall and Isaac Lewis – for being awarded the 4-H Gold Star Award.
The court had mentioned one of the Gold Star winners at a previous meeting, but with the award material in, the court made a more formal presentation of the awards to both winners.
AgriLife Extension Agent Gabby Washington made the presentation, describing the two students as worthy of the honor they received.
“They have shown citizenship, leadership and project experience,” Washington said.

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.

Wed
18
Oct

Luminant closing Freestone, Milam power plants

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Luminant announced last week that it will close, for economic reasons, two coal-fueled, two-unit power plants in Central Texas: Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County, and the Sandow Power Plant in Milam County.
Big Brown is scheduled to close Feb. 12, 2018, with about 200 employees expected to lose their jobs. The plant’s associated Turlington Mine was already scheduled for closing by the end of 2017.
Whether the job losses will affect Limestone County economically is unclear, but Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen said it might impact Limestone indirectly.
“That’s our neighbors,” Burkeen said Tuesday, “and I don’t know how many people from Limestone County work over there, but Freestone County people come to Mexia to go shopping. We have to say, our economies are intermingled, so it’s not a good thing for us; it’s not a good thing for the region.”

Wed
18
Oct

Chief Bell: A sense of service, duty, honor

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor
Brian Bell, now Chief of Police for the Mexia Police Department, never, did he think that being a law enforcement officer was his way of life, but he already had the mindset of service, duty and honor.
Bell, born in Houston, was raised in Dallas. He graduated high school in 1998 and started college at Texas Tech. He moved back to Dallas and went to work for Global Nomads Group, a United Nations, a non-profit company. That company moved to New York so Bell decided to work for an Albanian family in the Italian restaurant business.

Tue
17
Oct

Robert Flatt: Unique outlook on life in light of disease

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Robert Flatt, of Houston, who has Parkinson’s disease, spoke in Mexia recently, sharing his unique outlook on life and his determination to stay positive while living life as fully as he can within his physical limitations.
Flatt and his wife, Nancy, who is also his caregiver, had ended up in Mexia, staying with his cousin Dick Flatt and wife Linda when Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands of Houston residents in late August.
Introducing his cousin, Dick Flatt bragged on Robert’s high level of intelligence, making sure no one stereotyped Robert as anything less than smart because of his difficulty standing still and speaking clearly while he addressed the Mexia Lions Club, where Dick Flatt is a longtime member.
Since Dick Flatt was close to his cousin growing up, he remembers Robert as the smart high school student who won the state championship in slide rule competition.

Tue
17
Oct

County prison building only needs two inspections to open

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson told commissioners court last week that F Building at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, is very nearly ready to open, which will increase the prison’s bed capacity by 96.
Commissioners heard this report at their Oct. 10 meeting and made other decisions concerning law enforcement, the county’s roads and bridges, and the quality of life in Limestone County.
Concerning the LCDC, Wilson said he and LaSalle Corrections, the company that operates the prison, were waiting for the state fire marshal’s office to send a fire inspector to check F Building, and that was the last significant action they had to take to get it ready for occupancy. Once the building passes the fire inspection, he said he would arrange for the Jail Commission to do its final inspection to certify the building as ready to house inmates.

Tue
17
Oct

MISD to build fieldhouse

By Harry T. Darby
Publisher

Fri
13
Oct

Ministers call for volunteers to show care to troubled vets

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Two Mexia men are planning a one-day mission trip to the Houston area in November to serve veterans being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, and they are putting out a call for others who would like to go with them.
Lay minister Kent Kendall and youth minister Michael Hensley, of First United Methodist Church, are organizing a trip to Camp Hope, located in Spring, which is part of the PTSD Foundation of America.
Camp Hope, which opened in 2012, allows veterans and their immediate family members to stay for 90-day programs that include group lessons and support sessions.
Kendall and Hensley spoke to the Mexia Lions Club earlier this week about Camp Hope and their plan to travel there in the latter part of November and show their care for the vets through cooking a meal for them, playing music and listening. First, though, Hensley spoke about the high rate of suicide among veterans.

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.

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