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Wed
04
May

Courthouse repairs done, new problem arises

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners received the final report on courthouse repairs made through a grant from the State Historical Commission last year, but they also learned of a new serious problem.
Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis wrote the report, which is required as part of the grant that financed repairs to the courthouse’s staircase assemblies and driveway.
After County Judge Daniel Burkeen presented the report for Callis, who was not at the meeting, he reported on a new situation requiring repair in the basement, in the room that used to house the Department of Public Safety but now is used for District Clerk Carol Jenkins’ very large filing cabinet system.
“The floor was moving down there before, and it’s moving again,” Burkeen told the commissioners. “Sam has had several people look at it; he’s looked at several different options to fix it.”

Wed
04
May

Downtown festival honors Puebla victory

An attendee at the 2014 Cinco de Mayo celebration purchases tickets from volunteers Ana and Norman Orellana, at left. This year’s event is Saturday, May 7.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia’s downtown will be the center of a Cinco de Mayo festival this coming Saturday, May 7, with the entire 200th block of East Commerce closed to traffic.
Both sides of the street there will be lined with booths and tables offering freshly made Mexican food like tacos, gorditas and roasted corn on the cob; and other treats, like icy, fruit-flavored drinks, hamburgers, popcorn and candy. Other tables and tents will sell toys and memorabilia and offer games.
Cinco de Mayo – which means Fifth of May – celebrates a victorious battle of Mexican soldiers over invading French troops, that took place in the city of Puebla de Los Angeles in the Mexican state of Veracruz on May 5, 1862.
Two raffles will run concurrently during the festival: one with first, second and third prizes of $100, a set of dishes and $50, respectively; and which ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Wed
04
May

Two weeks left to seek FEMA aid

Texans who suffered damage or losses from the March 7-29 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding – including Lake Mexia residents – only have until Wednesday, May 18, to register for FEMA assistance.
“We do not want to see anyone lose the opportunity to receive money that they are due,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas. “But as we deal with multiple disasters here in Texas, FEMA must ask survivors to meet this deadline so that we can start the next steps in the recovery process.”
To register, people can go online anytime at DisasterAssistance.gov. Survivors also can register with FEMA by phone (voice, 711 or video relay service) at 800-621-3362 (FEMA), TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Mon
02
May

Early voting for city, ISD spots ends today

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Today is the last day of early voting for local school board and city elections that will be decided in the May 7 general election.
In the Mexia City Council election, District 2 incumbent Laura Rothrock faces Blanca Rivera, while District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles faces Stephen Friday and Colby Archibald. Early voting for this election takes place at the city office, 101 N. McKinney 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3. Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney.

Mon
02
May

Having a fine time!

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight
Dr. Anna Pat Alpert, center, and her daughter, Samantha Murphy, listen as Clint Flatt speaks to them during the social hour.
Navarro College South Professor Harold Mulholland, right, shares a moment with his wife, Judy, and Arthur Hadden, at the Navarro College South gala.

Attendees at the Navarro College South gala fundraiser, including, l-r, Raquel Sanders, Sabrina Jacobs and Alvis Minter, all of Mexia, enjoy appetizers during the social hour preceding dinner at the campus’ Administration Building Saturday evening, April 23. Click the arrow to see more photos from this event.

Mon
02
May

Born to preach: Prairie Hill’s Pastor Fred Sain

Fred and Sally Sain enjoy each other’s company on the porch of their home in Prairie Hill.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Rev. Fred Sain, pastor of Limestone County’s Prairie Hill Baptist Church for more than 66 years, can’t say exactly when he got the call to preach. That’s because some of his earliest memories are preaching on an overturned apple box in the back yard of his family’s home. That was in Garza County, south of Lubbock, in the mid-1930s, when he was five or six years old. Back then, his audience was his parents, John and Ruth Sain, his grandparents and baby brother, Johnny.
Young Fred answered the call on a formal basis years later. By then his family had moved to Slayton, where his father was a cotton gin operator.

Mon
02
May

Limestone Grand Jury indicts 20

Mexia News Staff Report

A grand jury indicted 20 people on 27 charges, including charges of murder and numerous counts of abandoning or endangering a child.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it means a grand jury has found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.

Fri
29
Apr

TLC

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

A Mexia Fire Department firefighter carefully cleans one of the department’s fire trucks Monday, April 11. Another firefighter, not shown, shares the chore.

Wed
27
Apr

Court says it won’t pay for missing cylinders

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court, in a mixed vote, said it will not pay for some missing acetylene gas cylinders, which Mexia’s Matheson welding supply company says it leased to the county in 2013.
The problem is that the cylinders, which are used for welding projects, apparently went missing in 2013, but commissioners did not find out about it until much later. The initial project was for the county to have extra bunkbeds installed at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, which had lost its federal contract to house inmates and whose last inmates were moved out in June 2013. Having more beds would have made the LCDC eligible to bid on new federal contracts.
The court initially approved paying an invoice of $4,751 at the Aug. 12, 2013, meeting to buy a welding machine.

Wed
27
Apr

Re-enactors gather at Confederate Reunion Grounds

Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight
Volunteers with the Confederate Army march smartly to the field of battle.
A lone Yankee soldier prepares to mount his horse at the Civil War re-enactment on Saturday, April 16, at the Confederate Reunion Grounds.
Members of the Sweet Song String Band play Civil War-era songs at the Civil War re-enactment.
Virtually everyone at the Confederate Reunion Grounds on Saturday, April 16, gathers to see the mock battle between Civil War re-enactors.

Confederate forces line up for battle while young officers’ assistants scope out the lay of the land at the Civil War re-enactment at the Confederate Reunion Grounds on Saturday, April 16.

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