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Fri
27
Mar

Of course, of course


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

McKenzie Self, 12, of Coolidge, heads for the third barrel in the youth barrel racing competition on her sorrel mare Missy on Sunday, March 22, at the Limestone County Fair Horse Show.

Wed
25
Mar

Mexia man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of a child

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
23
Mar

Senior class, teachers show skill on donkeys


Ronald Jackson, a Mexia High School senior, takes a shot at the basket during Wednesday’s donkey basketball game at Mexia High School. The event was a fundraiser for the Class of 2015’s senior trip. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia High School’s Class of 2015 held a donkey basketball tournament last week to raise money for their senior trip.
The games took place in the high school gym Wednesday, March 18, with five student teams and one teacher team trying to show who was best at the skill – a combination of sports, bareback riding, patience, teamwork and a little luck.
Teacher and senior sponsor Jodie Maki took the lead planning and executing the event but credited the other senior sponsors with making it a success, especially teacher and sponsor Becky Armstrong.
A company called Buckeye Donkey Ball provided the donkeys, which use special nylon shoes so their hooves don’t damage gym floors.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
23
Mar

Prison roof repairs holding out rain

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Recent heavy rains with no apparent leaks at the Limestone County Detention Center seem to prove that the roof repairs were successful. The commissioners court heard this and other good news about the county-owned private prison at its March 9 meeting, made plans to advertise for the county depository contract and made other decisions concerning county matters.
Jail Administrator David Turrubiarte told the court that he had checked the county-owned private prison that morning and there were no signs of leaks.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen had positive news concerning the LCDC’s $7,800 January water and sewage bill, which was exceptionally high because of an underground water pipe leak. The court had agreed at its Feb. 9 meeting to ask the city of Groesbeck to remove the sewage portion of that bill since the facility was empty and therefore not producing sewage.

Fri
20
Mar

County fair a culmination of kids’ ag work


The pet show is a perennially popular event at the Limestone County Fair, and the reason can be seen in this picture from the 2012 fair. This year’s pet show is Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m., and is open to local children who show up early to sign up. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County youth have been working for weeks, months and even a year in some cases, on their county fair projects, and the big reveal is Wednesday through Saturday, March 25-28.
That’s when the students’ work will be showcased to see how it stacks up against not only each others’ efforts but against the standard of excellence that the FFA, 4-H, ag teachers and Limestone County Fair Association have established for the different activities.
Each day, the Show Barn of the County Fairgrounds will be a beehive of activity as the different animals are shown and judged, as well as baked and canned items in the family and consumer science category, and welded items in the field of agriculture mechanics.

Fri
20
Mar

South Limestone lines to play role in power grid

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Representatives of Cross Texas Transmission will be at Monday’s commissioners court meeting to give an update about their company’s plan to build electrical power transmission lines across the far southeast corner of Limestone County. Commissioners will also consider at the March 23 meeting retaining a surveyor for a dispute regarding the county line, putting up the money for another Efficient Towns and Counties Grant, approving more salary changes for Sheriff’s Office personnel and making other decisions on county matters.
A representative of Cross Texas Transmission had made a presentation for the court Oct. 27, 2014, introducing the power line project. At that time he said the new lines would start about a mile within Limestone County and proceed south to Grimes County.

Wed
18
Mar

City cancels May election

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
There will be no election for four open City Council spots come May, because none of the candidates drew an opponent.
On Tuesday night during their regular monthly meeting, Mexia City Council voted to accept the three candidates – all incumbents – as victors, and cancel the election, sparing the city the expense.
The filing deadline for a place on the May 9 ballot was Friday, Feb. 27.
Seats up for grabs on the Mexia City Council were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller.
All four of those candidates filed for re-election, and they were the only candidates who did so. Those four incumbents will continue in office for another two-year term.

Fri
13
Mar

Home invasion victim dies; capital murder charges pending

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The homeowner shot in a Teague home invasion Monday died early Friday afternoon from his injuries, and the Texas Ranger in charge of the investigation is about to charge three people with capital murder in the case.
The homeowner, 45-year-old Doug Hurst, was shot in the stomach during a gun battle with his attackers, and had been in Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in critical condition since he was shot.
“Ranger (Jake) Burson just let me know (of Hurst’s death),” said Trooper D.L. Wilson, who is handling media inquiries for the Texas Rangers, the agency leading the investigation into the home invasion.
A total of four arrests have now been made in relation to the crime, in which a teen was killed while allegedly breaking into Hurst’s home.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
13
Mar

Three dead in two accidents Wednesday night

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Two accidents – one in Limestone County, the other in Freestone County – took three lives Wednesday night.
A Mexia man and his passenger died Wednesday night in a two-vehicle collision near Fairfield.
The Department of Public Safety said the accident occurred about 6:50 p.m. March 11 on FM 27, about 4 miles west of Fairfield in Freestone County.
Ian Spence, 21, of Mexia was driving a 2003 Chevy Impala westbound on the 70 mph road when his car drifted off onto the westbound unimproved shoulder. Spence overcorrected to his left and began to slide, crossing his lane and entering oncoming traffic.
The Impala collided with an eastbound 2008 Jeep Cherokee driven by Marion “Denise” Ryno, 56, of Wortham. The front of the Jeep hit the Impala on its passenger side.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
13
Mar

Detour ahead


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia City Water Department personnel work on a leak in a pipe beneath Milam Street Tuesday afternoon, March 9. The leak was repaired and the road patched by the end of the day.

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