Community

Tue
19
Jun

Time to stop and smell the flowers

ucker Flatt, at right, and his friend Conrad Schoenberger, both 14 and both of Round Rock, share a light moment as they check out the field of sunflowers at the home of Tucker’s grandparents, Dick and Linda Flatt. The Flatts plant sunflowers every year in the field in front of their home on U.S. 84 east of Mexia, often creating a sea of yellow blooms.
Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Tue
19
Jun

Final touches

Revendy Rhodes, who says his nickname is “Pork Chop,” trims some weeds at the Mexia Rodeo Complex on Monday. Rhodes, who is on the Mexia Rodeo Committee, was helping to prepare the grounds for the 88th annual Mexia Rodeo, which kicks off today, June 20, and will run through Saturday, June 23.
Photo by Skip Leon/The Mexia News

Fri
15
Jun

Shiloh man enjoys strong sense of love large family brings

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Father’s Day is tomorrow, and one local dad, Kent White, of Shiloh, will have plenty of Father’s Day wishes from his 15 children.
Kent is from Montana and met his wife, Dawn, in 1998 when she was a discipleship intern at the church she was attending in her home state of North Dakota.
Both were 20 when they met, and Dawn was seven months pregnant from a relationship with a former boyfriend. By then she had renewed her life and was involved in the church. She and Kent developed a friendship and eventually a deep love for each other, and they ended up doing the internship together.
Nearly two years after they met, when Dawn’s baby, a girl she named named Riley, was 20 months old, Kent and Dawn married. Kent loved and accepted Riley so completely that he asked to adopt the child as part of the wedding ceremony.

Fri
15
Jun

LARAS House to offer an intern-scholarship

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
LARAS House, Limestone County’s no-kill shelter for dogs and cats, has received a $5,000 grant that will help pay for a scholarship-based internship, a billboard to promote LARAS House’s work and also provide items for those willing to foster a shelter animal at their home.
The scholarship is being offered to high school graduates enrolling in an accredited college program and provides $500 for the fall 2018 semester, renewable for another $500 for the spring semester, for a total of $1,000. The intern must work 50 hours of work-study each semester as he or she learns about the shelter, interacts with the animals, participates in fundraising and communicates their knowledge on social media. Details are available at larashouseshelter.org/intern.

Fri
15
Jun

Friends of former Mexia pastor, community leader remember him fondly

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
A former Mexia pastor and community leader, the Rev. Richard Henry Bollin, was laid to rest Saturday, June 9, in Dallas, at God’s Word Missionary Baptist Church, where he had been pastor.
Bollin was born the eighth of 10 children to James Murphy and Della Rose Sims Bollin, in McKinney on March 12, 1950.
Bollin and his wife, Wanda Thomas Bollin, lived in Mexia more than 20 years. From 1987 to 1990 Bollin pastored Sweet Home Baptist Church, where many of his wife’s family were, and still are, members. In fact, a group from Sweet Home attended Bollin’s funeral in Dallas, and the following day spoke of their memories of him.
“He was a good pastor, very committed to the church; everybody loved him.” said Ella Busby, who is a cousin to Bollin’s widow.

Wed
13
Jun

Jobs you can bank on

David Spiares, of Tehuacana, center, and his mother, Carrie Spiares, get information from Susan Huffman and Lindsey Danner, with Citizens State Bank, at Navarro College’s Job and Education Fair, held at the Mexia Civic Center on June 8.
Photo by Roxanne Thompson

Fri
08
Jun

Dunbar-Douglass alumni, descendants to hold large reunion

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Alumni and descendants of alumni from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, which also included elementary and junior high grades, and Frederick Douglass Elementary School, which were Mexia’s schools for African-American children in the days of segregation, will hold a reunion on Saturday, June 16.
The action begins at 11 a.m. at the Fiesta Ballroom in Mexia, 200 W. Titus, with a variety of activities, including a meet-and-greet, barbecue lunch, dominoes, cards, bingo and other games. Association president Bernadean Dixon, one of the reunion’s organizers, promises lots of food, fun and laughter, including sharing of memories. The first session ends at 5 p.m., giving attendees time to prepare for the evening’s activities.

Tue
05
Jun

Homeschool students graduate in joint ceremony

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Seven homeschool students from a three-county area marked their graduation Saturday in a ceremony at First Baptist Church in Fairfield.
While homeschooling is personalized to each student, about a dozen homeschooling families from Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties share knowledge and other resources with each other through a group called the Tri-County Homeschool Co-op.
The parents of each graduate presented their child with the diploma he or she had earned in an emotional speech that was partly a summary of their long journey, partly a blessing and partly a commissioning into their future.
“There is no valedictorian because they all technically graduate from separate schools,” said Tami Lewis, co-leader of the co-op and mother of Emma Lewis of Thornton, one of Saturday’s graduates.

Tue
05
Jun

Summertime skills

Mexia receiver Jadrian Smith, left, battles a defender for the ball during a 7-on-7 game at Teague Tuesday.
Photo by Skip Leon/The Mexia News

Mon
21
May

Mexia bird-watchers keep an eye out for hummingbirds

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Limestone County’s bird-watchers, the LOONS, an acronym for Limestone Organization of Nature Students, just completed their annual season this month and want people to know important information about their tiniest, and some think most fascinating, flying creatures, the hummingbirds.
Longtime bird-watcher Linda Flatt addressed the Mexia Lions Club recently, both about the bird-watching group and about the birds themselves.
Members of the LOONS meet the first Tuesday of the month, September through May, from 8 a.m. to noon to go throughout the county to find, identify and watch birds. They stop for the summer months because of the heat and also because the trees have so many leaves that spotting birds is difficult.
“The hummingbirds are here,” Flatt said, “and this is the time of year to feed them.”

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