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26
Dec

AgriLife’s Washington now certified to train food handlers

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

With a new Texas law requiring that all employees who handle food take a Food Handlers Class, Limestone County’s AgriLife Office has stepped up to offer classes and testing for the new requirements. 

The new law also requires that every business that handles food have at least one employee certified in Food Manager Training. 

Gabby Washington, Limestone County’s AgriLife Extension Agent for Food and Consumer Science, is now certified to teach both classes and give the respective tests. 

“I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from people in the community, saying this is something we need,” Washington said. “Even at gas stations, where they serve food a little bit, they need to have a Food Handlers Card.”

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
26
Dec

Traditions to be cherished, remembered

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Traditions can be a funny thing carried down from one generation to another. For example, a mother was preparing a roast for a special holiday and it was tradition to use a particular roasting pan she inherited to cook the meat. The pan was far too small for any decent size roast or turkey. She decided to ask her mother what was so special about using this particular roasting pan. The mother, who had used that same pan until her daughter got married, had no idea what was so special about the pan. She replied, “Well, that is what my mother always used until I got married.” When the two had gone to ask why she used the pan, she sheepishly replied, “The others were too big for my oven.”

Traditions, in the same way, can sometimes lose the meaning and can get lost to the next generation.

Mon
26
Dec

Inmate threatens to sue county after drinking hand sanitizer

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A Limestone County inmate is threatening to sue the county over an incident in which he managed to access hand sanitizer and consumed it.

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson advised commissioners at their Dec. 13 meeting that an inmate spent five days at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest, which turned out to be because of his ingesting the product.

Wilson mentioned the inmate’s hospital stay to the court because he had to provide deputies to guard the inmate while he was hospitalized, driving up Wilson’s overtime budget. 

Later, County Judge Daniel Burkeen received a letter from the inmate’s attorney, threatening to sue the county because of the incident. 

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
22
Dec

More of Limestone’s early families to be recognized

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

People whose ancestors date to the early years of Limestone County will be recognized at Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting through the First Families Program. 

The court will not only honor the families at the Dec. 27 meeting but also re-appoint members of the County Historical Commission, complete a contract to provide pharmacy services for county jail inmates, and take action on paying for some electronic installation and paying a property owner for extra right-of-way the county is now using on his property. 

Wed
21
Dec

Aspiring to play

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia High School senior René Marquez Jr., 18,  has tentative plans to someday become a dental hygienist – but in the back of his mind is a dream to play professional soccer. 

He has a good chance to do something in between by playing soccer in college. Already, four colleges have contacted René, asking if he would be interested in playing for their soccer teams. 

René started school and soccer in Mount Pleasant, about 120 miles east-northeast of Dallas. He played on a select soccer team that was considered really good and often played Dallas teams. Although René only got to play on that team for a year and a half, in that time they won four trophies and a medal or two, mostly first place.

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
21
Dec

Thornton thanks county

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners heard a note of thanks this month from one of the smaller towns in the county for the help the county provides in maintaining and repairing their roads.

Thornton Mayor Kenneth Capps expressed gratitude from the town he represents to commissioners court at its Dec. 13 meeting, for the county’s using the Road and Bridge Department’s heavy machinery and personnel to improve the town’s roads. 

“I’ve come today to say something that probably you don’t hear very often,” Capps began, introducing himself to those who may not have recognized him. 

“I want to tell you how much I appreciate what y’all have helped us do, especially you and you,” he said, pointing to different members of the court. 

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
19
Dec

Commissioners reclaim abandoned road

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners worked with a landowner whose property was in danger of becoming landlocked because an abandoned county road was about to disappear completely after TxDOT completed resurfacing a bridge on FM 2705 over Jack’s Creek. 

Wendell Thomas told the court at its Dec. 13 meeting that the land had been in his family for four or five generations, or since about 1890, when his great-great-grandfather Joe Echols had acquired a tract of about 77 acres next to the Confederate Reunion Grounds, and just off FM 2705. Later the land had been partitioned, Thomas said, with different plots going to different family members, and eventually some lots being sold outside the family.

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
19
Dec

A tale of good, evil, courage, redemption

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A homeschool theater group from Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties performed a play over the weekend at First Baptist Church, Tehuacana, to the apparent delight of the audiences.

The group is called the Tri-County Players, and the play was “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis, first published in 1950. 

The story revolves around four siblings, Peter, 13, Susan, 12, Edmund, 10, and Lucy, 8, who have been evacuated from London to escape the World War II bombings. The four end up in a large country home with an old professor and his cantankerous housekeeper. The youth come upon a large old wardrobe, in the back of which they discover a portal to another world, called Narnia, that is populated by talking animals and other magical creatures. 

Mon
19
Dec

Smoke drives Mexia homeowner from home

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Smoke pouring from an attic warned of a fire in a Mexia home Saturday morning, Dec. 17. 

Cleshay LaRue, who lives in the 800 block of Park Lane, got a call from her nephew, who lives next door to her, that he could see smoke coming from the roof of her house.

He also called 911 to get firefighters on their way. 

LaRue said she then got her dogs and got out of the house. 

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
16
Dec

Mexia woman recalls life with Saudi Arabian royals

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia real estate agent Mitzi Eves has a fairly conventional life now, living in a small town, working full time, married, with two children in the local public school – but in her past is a fascinating chapter she spent working as a personal assistant to a Middle Eastern royal family. 

Mitzi grew up in Mexia as Mitzi Fountain, graduated from Mexia High School and went to Baylor University, where she majored in Family and Consumer Science. After Baylor she moved to Dallas and started working in retail at Lord & Taylor before moving on to Neiman Marcus, where she advanced to management. 

In 1992, one of Mitzi’s associates introduced her to some high-dollar shoppers, a family that was part of the Saudi Arabian royal family.

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