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09
Oct

Mexia families to get help applying for college funds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia High School seniors who need help paying for college next year should save the date of Nov. 1, and plan on going to the high school that evening to get started applying for student aid.
Financial aid experts will be on hand in the school’s computer labs to help families complete their FAFSA application from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step to take for virtually any aid because many financial aid programs require a completed FAFSA to determine not only whether a student qualifies for financial aid, but how much they may receive.
Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Lyle DuBus pointed out that students should file the FAFSA even if they are not sure what they will do next year.

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
06
Oct

County hears Fairground improvements, plans for more

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Penny Gray, Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen’s appointed County Fairgrounds committee leader, reported the progress on what had been accomplished and other plans the committee hopes to implement.
She made the report at the court’s Sept. 26 meeting, first noting that she had formed a subcommittee of about five from the original committee of about 10.
“I took the liberty of forming a subcommittee out of that because I’ve always been able to work with a smaller group of people,” she told the court.
As for the projects already accomplished, Gray first noted the contractors building the two dressing rooms are on schedule to begin construction around the end of October. Gray thanked Groesbeck’s Citizens State Bank and Farmers State Bank for underwriting the project.

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
06
Oct

Commissioners file petition against County Judge Burkeen

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
06
Oct

Limestone County to receive more vests

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The people of Limestone County, especially a church in Thornton, are again showing their care for the safety of Sheriff’s deputies by donating money to buy seven more bullet-proof vests.
County commissioners are expected to accept the donations at their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The court will also recognize a 4-H student who has achieved 4-H’s highest honor, approve several agreements concerning the Road and Bridge Department, the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, and make their final approval on a new website to encourage tourism in Limestone County.
As for the Sheriff’s Office donations, the plans are for representatives of First United Methodist Church, Thornton, to present the funds to the court. In a similar but separate matter, resident Evelyn Beard will make her own donation to buy a bullet-proof vest for deputies.

Thu
05
Oct

County Commissioners consider changing law firms

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court will publicize a Request for Qualifications from attorneys interested in representing the county in legal matters, possibly cutting its ties with the firm of Haley and Olsen, which has represented the county for more than 30 years.
Changing law firms has been brought up at past meetings, mainly by Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver, but that option had not been pursued.
At the court’s Sept. 26 meeting, however, the item was on the agenda. County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court that Sheriff Dennis Wilson had requested the county begin using the services of Georgetown attorney George Hyde, who had handled a litigation matter for the county through the Texas Association of Counties.

Thu
05
Oct

Bridges to Better Health 5K Run awards top runners, walker

Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Running and walking enthusiasts across the area met for the Bridges to Better Health 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Old Navasota River Bridge.
The top male runner was Diego Rivera, of Mexia, with a time of 17:20. The top female runner was Macie Martinez, of Mexia, with a time of 20:16. The top walker was Gracen Allen, of the Teague area.
The health-oriented event is sponsored jointly by Parkview Regional Hospital, in Mexia, and Limestone Medical Center, in Groesbeck. They started the Bridges 5K in 2012, so this was the sixth annual run.
Fifty runners participated and about 25 walkers. The numbers were lower than usual because the Groesbeck High School track team, which usually sends dozens of runners, had a conflicting event.

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.

Thu
05
Oct

Mexia couple in Vegas during mass shooting

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Dr. Charlotte Kimmel and her husband, Dr. Andrew Griffin arrived in Las Vegas this past Sunday, Oct. 1, just hours before the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history. Fortunately they escaped injury themselves.
“We were just off the strip at the Rio Casino, and we had just been to see Penn & Teller, the magicians,” Kimmel said Tuesday. She and Griffin had just gotten out of the show and were waiting for a cab, intending to go to the Strip.
“As we’re standing there,” she continued, “the people in front of us had their iPhones out and they said, ‘Oh, my God, there’s been a shooting in downtown Vegas at the Strip.’ So I started to try to look for it, and they kept talking about, ‘it’s really bad,’ etcetera.”
At that point, Kimmel said a young couple arrived from the Strip.

Tue
03
Oct

Two arrested in Mexia drug bust

Mexia News Staff Report

A Teague woman and a Mexia man were arrested near Mexia on Sept. 19 and charged with drug and firearm violations.
Tiffaney Starr, 37, and Jimmy Dale Owens, 39, were arrested by a Limestone County deputy after a suspicious car was reported parked near the Mexia city limits.
The two were transported to the Limestone County Jail, where Starr was charged with possession of a controlled substance greater than 1 gram and less than 4 grams; possession of a dangerous drug; theft of a firearm and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Owens was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
“Sgt. David Bell with the Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force was summoned to assist,” according to the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, which noted that the firearm in Starr’s possession had been stolen in a recent burglary in the county.

Tue
03
Oct

Most Distinguished Alumnus Philip Wayne Shoemaker

Most Distinguished Alumnus Philip Wayne Shoemaker
Highly intelligent and capable of significant academic prowess, Mexia High School’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Philip Wayne Shoemaker, from the Mexia Ex- Students’ Association’s Class of 1967, admits that he seldom studied in school.
Fellow Blackcats in Shoemaker’s chemistry and physics classes often perceived him as advanced in knowledge and awareness of the subject matter, but his grades did not reflect those characteristics. His teachers often encouraged him to strive to be more involved with his pursuit of academic learning. Shoemaker, however, says that he had little direction from home about what he should do with his life, but Mexia High teachers like Ed Kidd, Edmund Schuster, Dale Brown, W. N. Stone, Coach McQueen and others attempted to advise him that preparation for his adventure in life began in high school. Nevertheless, he did not push himself to be all that he could be.

Tue
03
Oct

LCDC Warden predicts higher prison population

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
LaSalle Corrections Warden Richard Alford gave Limestone County commissioners, at their Sept. 26 meeting, a detailed update on LaSalle’s work in restoring the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison, and said he anticipates population numbers to increase and stay at a sustainable figure.
The court has been monitoring the progress of restoring the prison since it was a significant income stream for the county in the past and could become so again if agreements could be inked with other entities to house enough inmates.
LaSalle already runs prisons nearby, such as the Jack Harwell Detention Center, in Waco, so they can move inmates and employees between the two prisons when needed.
Limestone County has already signed inter-local agreements with other counties to hold their overflow inmates, and the county gets paid a certain amount from LaSalle for housing those offenders.

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