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Wed
26
Jul

District AgriLife Manager commends LC agents

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
AgriLife District Extension Administrator Donald Kelm commended Limestone County AgriLife agents David Groschke and Gabrielle Washington to Limestone commissioners at their July 11 meeting, listing the duo’s many activities over the past year.
Kelm said part of the reason for his annual visit was to let the court know how much he appreciates the members’ support for the agents’ work in the county.
“If it wasn’t for that support, we wouldn’t be able to have the Extension program we do in the county,” said Kelm, whose District 8 includes 21 counties, including Limestone.
Besides speaking about the agents, Kelm told the judge and commissioners about a new program the Extension Service is starting called Path to the Plate, which is a curriculum intended to counter negative stories about agricultural production.

Wed
26
Jul

Cindy Walker tribute concert wows crowd

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Cindy Walker tribute concert this past weekend was everything it was intended to be – and then some – and organizers say they hope to produce a similar tribute concert to the Mexia songwriter annually from now on.
Turnout was heavy, as expected, as fans of the popular songwriter, including many who knew her personally, packed the Mexia Civic Center Saturday night, July 22.
KWTX-TV’s news anchor Gordon Collier was an easy-going, friendly emcee, speaking to the crowd as if he knew them personally and making jokes on himself as he introduced the various acts. He also introduced local dignitaries and read the Mexia proclamation making July 20, which was Walker’s birthday, to be Cindy Walker Day in Mexia in perpetuity.

Mon
24
Jul

Fisher family receives plaque, praise, thanks

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When Tom and Rosie Fisher were recognized upon his retirement as superintendent of Fort Parker State Park, people from across the county thanked both of them for all the service they had contributed to the people of Limestone County over the years.
Commissioners presented the Fishers a plaque of appreciation at their July 11 meeting; and with the Fishers to receive the award were three of their four children: Laura, Becky and Jacob.
In the audience were many well-wishers, especially home-school families, since Rosie Fisher home-schooled their children.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen began the expressions of gratitude on behalf of the whole court.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
24
Jul

Pickin’ circle draws Walker fans, musical talent

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Saturday afternoon temperature in Mexia was 98 in the shade, but the heat didn’t keep musicians or fans of Cindy Walker songs away from the pickin’ circle in front of the Cindy Walker mural on McKinney Street.
Nine musicians took part, ranging in age from teenagers to seasoned citizens.
Attorney Roland Brown, of Wimberley, a popular, longtime musician with experience at venues across Texas, brought his acoustic guitar and facilitated the group, but with an easy hand, lending a pleasant, relaxed feeling to the event.
Brown said that although he didn’t meet Walker, he researched her and her songs before the pickin’ circle and was impressed with the number of top songs she wrote, but also her character.
“She wasn’t just a fine musician, she was a fine woman,” Brown said. “The thing that impressed me the most was that when she was in Mexia, she was IN Mexia.”

Fri
21
Jul

Burn ban looming as soil moisture dries up

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners plan to approve, at their July 25 meeting, the winning annual bids on often-used goods and services for the upcoming fiscal year.
The court will also discuss and consider: initiating a burn ban; hirings and minor raises at the Sheriff’s Office; agreements concerning the MHMR and the jail, and crime victim notification; and other matters concerning the finances and quality of life in Limestone County.
Regarding the annual bids, the county saves significant sums of money by buying in bulk. The Auditor’s Office solicited bids several weeks ago on the often-used items, intended for use in fiscal year 2017-18, which begins Oct. 1.

Fri
21
Jul

Beachum named Ambassador at Large for fight against hunger

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Mexia native and NFL player Kelvin Beachum, Jr. has taken his skills to tackle hunger at a whole new level. Since 2015, when Beachum joined with Central Texas Food Bank located in Austin, he has made a sure impact against hunger.
President and CEO Derrick Chubbs of CTFB said, “Kelvin has produced, on his own, 70,000 meals feeding 7,000 people in the tri-county area.”
That area includes Limestone, Freestone and McLennan Counties.
“The reason I sow into these counties, when I was in school playing at Mexia, we played in Fairfield, Teague, Groesbeck, Waco, and West, and all those cities in those counties,” said Beachum.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
19
Jul

Mexia school board modifies dress code

By Harry T. Darby
Publisher

Wed
19
Jul

Area teachers attend rally at Capitol

By Alexandra Cannon
Special to The Mexia News

Wed
19
Jul

Court turns down sheriff’s request for free trailer/truck

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court turned down the Sheriff’s request for a communications trailer and truck from Heart of Texas Council of Governments, because maintenance and insurance cost too much money and time.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen also objected to the transfer being initiated outside the realm of the court.
“I’ve got a problem with this one,” Burkeen said of the request.
He reminded the commissioners that this trailer and truck had been acquired by the county years ago through a grant, but the trailer was poorly built and ended up costing much more than it was worth.
“It was a headache, basically, by trying to keep the truck and trailer working,” Burkeen said. “Six years ago, we transferred this to HOTCOG and asked that they be responsible for maintenance on it. It would still be available to us and available to others in the region to use.

Mon
17
Jul

Beachum, Jr. challenges tri-county area

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Central Texas Food Bank is set to name the former Blackcat Mexia native and NFL star Kelvin Beachum, Jr., Ambassador at Large, in which he’ll be committing $50,000 to support hunger relief in Limestone, Freestone and McLennan Counties.
Beachum has also pledged to double that gift if his original donation is matched.
The potential donations could result in a total of 600,000 meals for Central Texas residents in need.
The tri-county area has a higher rate of hunger, more than the rest of Central Texas, with one in five individuals at risk of hunger.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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