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Mon
23
Apr

MHS student makes history with essay

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.cm
Tessa Chambers wrote an essay to enter in the UIL’s Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition. It was submitted in February, and the Mexia High School student forgot all about it -- until last week.
That’s when the UIL informed the school that Chambers was one of 12 state finalists. She and her English teacher, Dr. Jodie Maki, will attend the UIL Essay Awards ceremony May 4 in Austin.
The top six finishers will receive medals. In addition, Maki said, Chambers’ essay will be archived on the University of Texas campus. The 12 state finalists also are eligible for scholarships based on their achievement.
It is believed this is the first time a Mexia student has been chosen as a state finalist in the competition, which began in 1995.
News of being chosen as a state finalist came as a surprise to Chambers.

Mon
23
Apr

Some Pig

Will Taylor of Mexia 4-H walks his pig around the ring during the Class 1 Hampshire Competition at the Limestone County Fairgrounds on Thursday morning. Showing and judging will continue throughout the weekend. Photo by Skip Leon/The Mexia News

Tue
17
Apr

Limestone County Fair weather friends

Most everyone at the Limestone County Fair barbecue cook-off was a little bleary-eyed Saturday morning after Friday night’s Go Texan tournaments. that helped kick off the 2018 Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show. Clynt Platt, of Glen Rose, comforts his dog, Miller, while Mexia’s Barry Helweg watches.
Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Fri
13
Apr

Shivers, Wolfe marry

Christopher Lee Shivers and JoAnna Jones Wolfe were married on March 18, 2018. A small outdoor ceremony was held locally at a beautiful, private home. Christopher, son of Terry Don & Janise Shivers, of Mexia, works with his father at Allen & Shivers Excavation. JoAnna, daughter of Tony and Julia Jones, of Fayetteville, N.C., moved to Mexia where she began working at the Mexia EDC. The couple met online a few years ago playing on Xbox Live, and they are excited to begin their journey as Player 1 and Player 2 for life.

Fri
13
Apr

A hands-on city manager

Yes, that’s Mexia’s can-do city manager, Eric Garretty, stepping in Wednesday, spreading “sandy loam” for a couple hours to help get the Mexia Rodeo Arena in shape for the upcoming rodeo in June. Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Fri
13
Apr

H-E-B honors local worker for excellence

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
One of Mexia H-E-B’s employees, Elizabeth “Liz” Perales, was recognized recently at a special event in Waco called the Women of Distinction celebration.
Perales was honored along with 23 other Central Texas H-E-B women employees on April 6 at the Ridgewood Country Club in Waco. The award is intended to reward female employees for their devotion to excellence and civic leadership. Each winner received the most votes from their co-workers.
Perales found out about being named to receive the award a month ago.
“I was surprised, excited,” she said. “I’m honored.”
Perales said she found the celebration event highly enjoyable.

Mon
09
Apr

Maddox, Johnston wed

Dustin Matthew Maddox and Lindsay Roberts Johnston exchanged wedding vows on March 17, 2018. Dustin & Lindsay were accompanied by friends and family during a beautiful ceremony in Aubrey. Dustin is from Cedar Hill and is the defensive coordinator at Mexia High Shool. Lindsay is from Carrollton and is ready to cheer on her husband for life!

Fri
06
Apr

Woman flies from Chicago to adopt LARAS House dog

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Animals don’t get much say in their fate, but one Mexia dog may have gotten her dream come true: After waiting nearly four years in the LARAS House animal shelter, she was reunited with her sister and now has a forever home with a loving owner.
It all started in 2014, when Kathryn Shehan was living in Dallas and began looking for a dog to adopt. Each time she found one online, the dog would be gone by the time she called. Finally, she broadened her search area to include LARAS House, Limestone County’s only no-kill animal shelter. Searching through Adopt-a-Pet, an online pet finding service, Kathryn found Tessie and her sister, Bessie Lou, which were a mix of German short-haired pointer and lab. She quickly called LARAS House and drove to Limestone County.
Tessie and Bessie had been found abandoned as puppies and had been turned in to the shelter. When Kathryn located them, they were five months old.

Mon
02
Apr

Hunting in their Sunday finest

First picture: Keelyn Hobbs, 2, shares his golden Easter egg with Jariana Davis, 2, after Easter Sunday services at Sweet Home Baptist Church.
Second picture: Jordan Ravnell, 5, already has a full basket at the Easter egg hunt after services Sunday at Sweet Home Baptist Church.
Photos by Roxanne Thompson

Fri
30
Mar

Thrift and style can go hand-in-hand

Caritas event shows what store offers
By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Local volunteer models showed off some of the best Caritas thrift store items Saturday at the store’s Rockin’ Spring Fashion Show, held at the Mexia Civic Center.
Caritas held the fashion show so people could realize that the store has hidden gems, just waiting to be found by the careful shopper.
About 15 men and women of various ages modeled styles they had found, ranging from casual to formal.
Emceeing the event was Caritas board member John Turpin, who described each outfit.
Admission was $2 or five canned food items, the proceeds going to benefit clients of the Caritas food pantry, which provides boxes of food monthly for low-income families in the county.

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