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Wed
02
Sep

Burn ban remains, serious drought returns


This graphic shows Limestone County as one of two pockets of extreme fire danger as of yesterday. Contributed graphic

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although Limestone County received light rainfall recently, it was not enough for the county commissioners to consider lifting the burn ban at their most recent meeting, Aug. 24.
The court did vote on issues concerning quality of life: approving the new county holiday schedule, hearing a report on the recycling center, noting a meeting with railroad officials on the recent train derailments near Kosse and Bremond, and approving utility line agreements.
At the commissioners court’s meeting, no one attempted to lift the burn ban, which has been in effect since Aug. 5.
“Leave it where it is,” said Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen.

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

Wed
02
Sep

For a good paws


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

LARAS House well-wishers, l-r, Linda and Ken Waldrop, and Susan and Reese Winn, play at the blackjack table, run by dealer ‘Susan,’ at LARAS House’s Casino Night, held at The Farm House Restaurant Saturday, Aug. 22. The fundraisers the group sponsors help pay for the expense of housing the animals at the no-kill shelter. For more photos from Casino Night, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
02
Sep

TxDOT to rehab old Navasota River Bridge


The old Navasota River bridge, shown here being decorated for Christmas back in November, will be renovated by the state’s transportation department, which is trying to preserve the state’s historic iron-truss bridges. Limestone County has more metal truss bridges than any other county in the state. This bridge is called a ‘Warren pony truss bridge.’ Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mon
31
Aug

Gunfire rings out during Walmart robbery


An armed robbery late Saturday, Aug. 29, brought a strong response from local law enforcement agencies and first responders, including the Mexia Police Department, Mexia Fire Department and EMS units, and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office personnel. No one was injured, and the two suspects escaped on foot after they allegedly fired guns inside the incident during the robbery. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Police are still looking for two men who fired a pistol while robbing Mexia’s Walmart store Saturday night, leaving with bags of cash after pistol-whipping a clerk.
According to Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne, the robbery took place around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 30, when two black males, between 5-feet, 8-inches and 6-feet tall entered the store, located at 1406 E. Milam.
One man was thin, wearing one white glove, orange wind pants and a hunter green T-shirt, topped with a jacket on his head covering long dreadlocks. The second suspect, who had a green bandana covering his face, was wearing a black skullcap, black long-sleeved shirt with “Texas” across the chest, black pants and white gloves. He was carrying a pistol.

Mon
31
Aug

Mexia Lions to host pancake breakfast


Mexia Lions show they can have fun whatever they do as Club President Joe Lucas tosses a pancake to Robin Green at last year’s Double Whammy pancake breakfast, while Howard Sealey cooks up more of the popular breakfast treats. This year’s Double Whammy will be Friday, Sept. 4, 6:30-9:30 a.m. and again that evening, 4:40-6:30 p.m. Plates are $5 for two large fluffy pancakes, breakfast sausage and coffee or juice. Attendees are welcome to order plates to go for work or may dine in at the Lions Den, on Paris Street at Commerce. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The first Mexia Blackcat football home game of the season – Friday, Sept. 4, this year – means it’s time for the Double Whammy: a pancake breakfast and dinner, hosted by the Mexia Lions Club.
The idea is to get together with friends or co-workers for hot, fresh pancakes, breakfast sausage, juice or coffee at the Lions Den, on Paris Street at Commerce, in Mexia. The morning session is open 6:30-9:30 a.m. There are plenty of tables to eat at the Lions den, but take-out orders are welcome, too.
Dine in or take out, it’s $5 a plate.
Then, in the evening, mom can take a break from cooking, and the whole family can stop by the Lions Den, 4:40-6:30 p.m. to have a pancake dinner before going to watch the Blackcats play.

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

Mon
31
Aug

Courthouse restoration grant work nearly done


Steve Jenkins, rear right, community liaison for Luminant Mine and Power Plant, near Kosse, presents a donation of $1,000 on behalf of the company to benefit the Limestone County Fairgrounds at commissioners court’s July 27 meeting. Accepting the check are Judge Daniel Burkeen, standing, and, seated l-r, Commissioners Bobby Forrest, Jerry Allen, W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker and John McCarver. The court voted to accept the donation at the following meeting, on Aug. 10. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis gave a short update to commissioners court at its Aug. 10 meeting on the restoration work on the courthouse provided by a grant from the State Historical Commission. The court also approved paying Callis for his overtime hours in lieu of his taking comp time and made several other financial decisions.

Fri
28
Aug

Band aid


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Members of the Mexia High School Blackcat Band march up and down the streets of Mexia on Saturday, Aug. 22, for a fundraiser for their trip to Disneyworld next spring. They were accompanied on their march by Mexia police and other adults.

Mon
24
Aug

Welcome back!


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

The fellowship hall of Northcrest Church of Christ is filled with Mexia Independent School District Employees for the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, held Thursday, Aug. 20. Shown here, l-r, are teachers aide Brenda Hamilton, teachers Rhonda Mills, Margaret Reynolds and Jessica Cisneros, and library aide Jodi Huff.

Mon
24
Aug

And so it begins…


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Kaedyn Shepherd, 6, (above) gives his mom, Brittany Beard, a reassuring smile just before she drops him off for his first day of first grade at A.B. McBay Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 24.

Mon
24
Aug

County sets fee for new legal service

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County has amended its list of fees that sheriffs and constables may charge for services to include the new “order of retrieval” passed by the Texas Legislature in May that will take effect Sept. 1. Commissioners also heard statistics for July from the Sheriff’s Office and juvenile detention center, and other recent developments at both facilities.
The new law lets people who are not allowed into their former residence to go inside, accompanied by a law officer, to retrieve important property: medicine, medical records and supplies; clothing, child-care items, legal and financial documents, checks and bank cards or credit cards in their name; employment records and personal identification documents.
The currently fees for other services did not change, and the base fee for the order of retrieval was established at $125 plus $30 per hour if the job exceeds one hour.

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