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Mon
13
Mar

Psychologist gives tips on improving performance – Part 2

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Part 2
In Part 1, sport psychologist Trey Stubbs, a Mexia native who now works for the Army at Fort Hood, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about how he trains soldiers to use psychological skills to improve their performance, not only in combat but in all areas of life. Stubbs spoke first on two profoundly different outlooks on life: a fixed mindset, which expects the negative, versus a growth mindset, which expects the positive. The second principle Stubbs spoke about showed how changing the thought people have in response to an event can change their consequential behavior. He now goes on to describe other helpful mental constructs that people may use to improve their performance.

Fri
10
Mar

LC stable economy YTD

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will see another check from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar as he announced $619.7 million in local sales tax allocations for March. Statewide, there was a 5.8 percent increase than there was in March 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.
Hegar said, “The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Austin saw noticeable increases in sale tax allocations. The cities of McAllen and Sugar land saw noticeable decreases.”
Among those cities in the area of Freestone County, Teague saw increases of 21.62 percent while Fairfield, Streetman and Wortham share in the month of decreases in sales revenue. Wortham took the hardest hit seeing a monthly decrease by 68.25 percent reducing their overall revenue for the year with a negative 10.99 percent.

Fri
10
Mar

Psychologist gives tips on improving performance

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Sport psychologist Trey Stubbs trains Army soldiers how to use psychological tips that can improve their performance, not only in combat but in all areas of life. Stubbs spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently, sharing some of those tips.
A Mexia native and 2003 graduate of Mexia High School, Stubbs went on to earn his bachelors degree from Syracuse University in 2007, then completed a masters in sport and performance psychology at Springfield College, in Springfield, Mass. These days, he works at Fort Hood, training soldiers not only in the classroom but in the field.

Fri
10
Mar

County to lease election equipment to local cities

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners plan to make decisions at their meeting on Tuesday, March 14 regarding the May 6 city and school board elections, mainly about leasing voting equipment and approving precinct boundaries. The court will also nominate one of its members to the Appraisal District Board, consider reimbursing the gas company for a mistake the company made, sign off on the sale of a couple of tax-foreclosed properties and make other decisions.
As for the election decisions, the court will probably approve requests to lease election equipment to the city of Groesbeck and the Groesbeck Independent School District for the May elections. A similar request from the city of Wortham and Wortham ISD is expected to pass, as well as a lease of election equipment to the city of Kosse.

Fri
10
Mar

Young Coolidge girl accidentally killed

Mexia News Staff Report

A four-year old Coolidge girl was accidentally killed Monday, but because the Coolidge police and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating what happened, details are still forthcoming.
Coolidge Police Chief Paul Nowak said he was called to the home about 5:10 p.m. on Monday, March 6.
The victim was Brianna Lizeth Garcia.
A Mexia Fire Department EMS unit also responded to the scene.
Nowak said they attempted CPR on the little girl. She was transported by ambulance to Parkview Regional Hospital, in Mexia.
Sheriff’s Office personnel are helping in the investigation, Nowak said.
Brianna Garcia’s funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at First Baptist Church, Coolidge. Visitation was to be held Friday, 5-7 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, in Mexia.

Wed
08
Mar

Bee-keeping good for honey, pollination

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Some people may consider taking up beekeeping, not only for the honey produced but to help respond to large declines in bee populations. Phil Ainslie, a beekeeper in Temple, addressed the Mexia Lions Club recently on this subject, speaking on the benefits of honey and keeping bees, what is behind the bee decline and what it takes to start a beehive.
Ainslie does beekeeping as a hobby, giving the extra honey to family and friends, but he is considering selling it to cover some of his costs. The flavor of his honey varies, depending on what the bees are pollinating. His fall honey, primarily derived from broom weed, is darker and has a strong flavor. His summer honey, made from wildflowers, sunflowers and cotton, has a milder flavor.

Wed
08
Mar

Phone threat puts schools on perimeter lockdown

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia schools were back to normal operation Wednesday morning after being on a perimeter lockdown the previous day in response to a generalized phone threat.
Someone called a Mexia store with an indirect threat “to schools” Monday night, so the Mexia Independent School District opened Tuesday with a perimeter lockdown, meaning all exterior doors were kept locked as a precaution.
Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne said the call was made to the Mexia Walmart Monday about 11 p.m.
“They said it sounded like a young white male,” he said. “He asked if they sold guns, and when they said yes, he said he had been playing Call to Duty – which is a video game – and that it was about time he tried it out at the schools.”

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
08
Mar

To catch a scammer

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Phone scams target millions of Americans every year and many people fall victim as they are threatened with law suits or guaranteed free vacations. According to Callersmart.com, one of the most infamous phone scams, the IRS scam, has stolen over $14 million collectively since October 2013.
However, there is one woman in Mexia that has not allowed a dime to leave her pocketbook, but more importantly, personal information for the caller to take advantage of her.
Mary Cobb just turned 80 years old and has been a life long resident of Mexia. She is familiar with someone calling for personal information and such threats of a suit against her.
She said, “Last year I got two calls saying they were from the Internal Revenue Service. One was a man and the other was a woman. They said they were going to file a suit against me. They wanted some information and my social security number.”

Mon
06
Mar

LC law enforcement responds to proposed marijuana bill

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Because the Texas Legislature is considering bills to lessen the criminal penalties on possession of small amounts of marijuana, Limestone County law enforcement leaders were asked where they stood in this debate. While all affirmed they would enforce whatever lawmakers decide, they had slightly different answers for whether or not the proposed changes would be positive.
“The Legislature is going to do whatever they want to do,” said Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne. “Whatever they pass is the law we have got to live by. I don’t have an opinion. They make the laws: we enforce them. Whatever the Legislature decides to pass, and however the Attorney General interprets it, and however the Criminal Code is written, that’s what we will enforce.”
Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson was similarly reluctant to give his opinion.

Mon
06
Mar

Texas Bucket List to feature Billy B’s Cafe

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The popular regional TV program Texas Bucket List came to the Groesbeck sale barn’s restaurant, Billy B’s Cafe, Friday to tape a show that will air in May.
The show’s creator and host, Shane McAuliffe, said he chose Billy B’s because he knew firsthand how good the cafe’s food is.
“I’ve actually done a story here before when I worked at KBTX in Bryan-College Station, prior to doing this show,” he said. “I always remembered how good the food was and knew I wanted to come back here when I started Texas Bucket List.”
This segment will showcase Billy B’s as part of the show’s Burger of the Week segment, McAuliffe said.

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.

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