Group unveils tourism site live and on FB Live

By Roxanne Thompson
Limestone County’s new tourism website ( went online with a splash Thursday night during a kickoff event at Old Fort Parker, one of the high-profile historic sites featured on the website – which may just be the beginning of promoting tourism in the county.
About 45 people, including local dignitaries, well-wishers and other people from all over the county who had a hand in the development of the new website met in the Hinchliffe Visitors Center at Old Fort Parker to see a live, interactive showing of the website and its features.
Site Director Sarah McReynolds hosted and Ken Givens emceed, with input from Larry Smith, whom many credit with stepping in when former EDC Director Susan Cates left Limestone County to take a job elsewhere. McReynolds credited Cates for her vision in coming up with the idea of the tourism website. With Smith’s diligence and work, and also with help and funding by the county, the cities of Mexia and Groesbeck, and those cities’ respective Economic Development Corporations, the vision has become a reality.
Smith said he had previously made a similar public relations effort in Glen Rose with marked success and wanted to perform a similar effort for Limestone County. He said there was no question that the tourism website will help Limestone County and predicted the website will have a powerful financial impact on it.
“The website is really just the first step for a full tourism promotion program for the entire county,” Smith said. “It’s going to bring new business, income and jobs.”

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