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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.

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
03
Jan

Man on crime spree ends in standoff on IH-45

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A man led Texas law enforcement agencies across three counties Tuesday morning in multiple alleged crimes, finally bringing IH-45 to a standstill before being arrested by a SWAT team.
Clint Michael Hobbs, 28, of Bryan, began by allegedly stealing a truck from people he was staying with in Bryan, robbing a man east of Groesbeck, getting into a fight with a garbage collector, shooting at a Limestone County deputy who had attempted a traffic stop on him.
Hobbs eluded officers and headed toward IH-45, allegedly stealing another truck from an oilfield site at gunpoint, committed armed robbery of a gas station in Wortham, then trying unsuccessfully to steal another vehicle at a construction site before heading north on IH-45.
His activities were halted by Navarro County Sheriff’s Office deputies within a very short time, about 9 a.m. north of Richland but south of Corsicana.

Mon
02
Jan

Navarro about to start two ‘gateway’ courses

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A new year may be a time to take a step toward a new career; and for those so inclined, Navarro College South is beginning two courses of classes at its Fairfield facility to provide people a foot in the door to potentially satisfying and lucrative fields of work.

One is Police Academy, tentatively set to run Jan. 9 through Aug. 11; and the other is Certified Nursing Academy classes, set to run Jan. 23 through April 10. The Navarro College Career and Technology Center at Fairfield is located at 961 E. Commerce in Fairfield. 

Navarro College South Dean Joel Michaelis said it’s not too late to get into the classes if those interested hurry. 

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.

Mon
02
Jan

New group of Limestone First Families recognized

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A group of descendants of the early settlers of Limestone County was recognized at the commissioners court’s Dec. 27 meeting. 

The activity was part of an initiative of the County Historical Commission called the First Families Program. The idea is to recognize those with ancestors who lived in Limestone County before 1896, which was the 50th anniversary of the county’s founding in 1846. 

Tuesday’s group was the second so honored for the year; an initial group was recognized by the court in April 2016.

Those recognized had, had to prove both that their ancestors lived in Limestone County prior to 1896 and also that the applicants were direct descendants of those early settlers.

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.

Thu
29
Dec

Mexia residents reminded no fireworks in city

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Shooting off fireworks on New Year’s can be fun as long as precautions are taken – and they are used outside the Mexia city limits. 

Mexia Fire Chief Robert LaFoy reminded residents that fireworks are not for use in the city.

“There is a city ordinance, and there are not supposed to be any fireworks shot off in the city limits at all,” LaFoy said Tuesday. “It’s been several years since we’ve had any problems with fireworks, really. That was maybe 2011, when it was really dry.”

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
29
Dec

Limestone County Clerk’s Office wins service award

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Clerk Peggy Beck and her office crew won a state award for service earlier this month and were recognized at the commissioners court’s Dec. 27 meeting.

“The County Clerk’s Office of Limestone County has again been awarded the Five-Star Service Award by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the work they do,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen announced at the meeting. “The letter says, ‘Congratulations on earning the 2016 Five-Star Service Award for diligence in the timely and accurate registration of vital records, which is truly appreciated and has a profound impact on Texas citizens. Anyone can see that your office has gone above and beyond the call of duty, so we would like to present you with an award to celebrate your excellence at the 62nd Annual Vital Statistics Conference.’”

The annual Texas conference was held this year Dec. 7-9 in Austin.  

Wed
28
Dec

Usher in the new year with a midnight hike

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Those looking for a unique way to see in New Year’s may consider signing up for Fort Park State Park’s New Year’s Hike this Saturday night. 

The easy, two-mile hiking event starts at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, and ends at 1 a.m. the next morning, Jan. 1, 2017. 

A park ranger will guide the hikers as they visit the Fort Parker Dam, the old county square, and the historic Springfield Cemetery – where some of the old Springfield residents may just “rise up” for the occasion.

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
28
Dec

New constable Nickels to be sworn in Sunday

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County’s most newly elected official, Pct. 4 Constable Kevin Nickels, will be sworn in to office on Sunday, Jan. 1, at the courthouse at 9 a.m., for anyone who wants to witness the brief ceremony. 

County commissioners were reminded of the plan at their Dec. 27 meeting and also recognized the County Clerk’s Office for receiving a state award, presented certificates to descendants of the county’s earliest settlers, re-appointed members to the County Historical Commission, and signed off on two previously approved bills and a contract with a new pharmacy services provider for the jail.

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