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Tue
19
Jun

No pre-trial motions so far for trooper’s accused killer

No motions were filed by Freestone County Attorney Brian Evans during last week’s pre-trial held for Dabrett Black, who is accused of the murder of DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Thanksgiving Day. 2017.
Black has entered a plea of “not guilty.” Assisting Evans during this case is Lisa Tanner, an attorney with the Attorney General’s office.
Black was led into the district courtroom, shackled at the waist, by Freestone County deputies Thursday, June 7. As Evans and Black’s attorney, Susan Anderson, were speaking to 77th District Judge Patrick Simmons, the inmate sat laughing and grinning at the defendant’s table.

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

Tue
19
Jun

County judge wants LCDC contract renegotiated ASAP

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Limestone County Commissioners Court heard an update on the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison, at the June 12 meeting, with County Judge Richard Duncan expressing the importance of turning financial losses into gains.
Capt. Mary Farley with LaSalle Corrections, the company that runs the LCDC, reported there were 268 inmates that day and said the chillers for Buildings A and C are expected to be delivered on July 2. She also noted LaSalle continues to recruit new employees from the area.
Duncan said that after studying the budget, he believes the prison needs 325 to 340 inmates a day to break even, and he asked Farley and Sheriff Dennis Wilson if either had any idea when the inmate population would reach those levels.

Tue
19
Jun

Shhhh! It’s summer reading time at Gibbs

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Summer doesn’t have to be boring for Mexia kids, especially when they can get into the summer reading program offered by Gibbs Memorial Library.
Gibbs Librarian ShienDee Pullman reminds parents that getting their child involved in the program will greatly benefit the child.
“Summer reading helps the child retain their reading skills and helps improve reading skills because they’re continuing to read,” Pullman said.
Registration is free for any Limestone County resident and runs June 25-30, so parents might want to pencil that on their calendar. The program itself begins the following week, Tuesday, July 3, and runs through Thursday, July 26.
Registration must be completed in person at Gibbs, which is located at 305 E. Rusk in Mexia, behind Sonic and west one block.

Tue
19
Jun

Weaver still competing in rodeo at 62

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
In his younger days, Teddy Weaver used to compete in rodeos throughout the state of Texas — and beyond. He even competed at the prestigious Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming.
Now, at 62, Weaver doesn’t compete much anymore. His time is spent running the family ranch in Wortham, which was established in 1872. He is proud to say he’s a fifth-generation cowboy. His son, Ketch Weaver, is a sixth-generation and his granddaughter, 7-year-old Kodi Ann Weaver, is a seventh-generation.
But Teddy makes it a point to compete in the Mexia Rodeo every year in the wild cow-milking event. Sandwiched between the Fairfield and Teague rodeos, Mexia begins today, June 20, and will run through Saturday, June 23.
Weaver has competed at Mexia for some 45 years, since he was a teenager.

Fri
15
Jun

Commissioners enact burn ban; judge discusses attorney fees

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Limestone County commissioners initiated a countywide burn ban at their June 12 meeting.
They also increased the amount of money to pay down on the new Sheriff’s Office vehicles, heard County Judge Richard Duncan’s plan to save money on legal fees, approved commissioning a topographical and boundary survey, and took action on other financial and personnel matters for the county.

Fri
15
Jun

Youngsters have chance to compete

One feature of the 88th annual Mexia Rodeo, as has been the case throughout its history, will be events that give youngsters a chance to compete.
The youth events will begin at 6 p.m. each night leading up to the main performance at 7:30 p.m. The rodeo will run from June 20-23 at the Mexia Rodeo Complex.
The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
The action will get under way with mutton bustin’ at 6 p.m., followed by breakaway roping at 6:15 p.m., ribbon roping at 6:45 p.m. and barrel racing at 7 p.m.
The mutton bustin’ will be for children 7 years old and under. The maximum weight is 50 pounds. The first place overall winner will receive a belt buckle. There will be a jackpot payout each night.

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.

Fri
15
Jun

‘And they call the thing rodeo’

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
Conrad Heagan and Brad Hicks are veterans of the Mexia Rodeo. And both plan to compete this year when the 88th annual event comes to town June 20-23 at the Mexia Rodeo Grounds.
Events will include team roping, tie-down roping, saddle-bronc riding, bareback-bronc riding, ranch-bronc riding, bull-riding, cowgirl’s breakaway roping and cowgirl’s barrel racing.
And, of course, the events in which Heagan and Hicks will be participating – double-mugging and wild-cow milking.
Those two events aren’t nearly as silly as they sound.
Heagan noted the similarities and differences between double-mugging and tie-down roping.
“It’s (double-mugging is) like calf roping, with the exception the (cow) is bigger and there’s two people,” Heagan said. “But it works like calf roping. You’ve got to get him on his side and tie three legs together.”

Wed
13
Jun

City continues Hughes Park renovations

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Improvements at Mexia’s Hughes City Park continue, with workers pouring more concrete June 5 to lengthen the walkway beside the creek.
Scott Condon, who heads the Hughes Park Committee, said Thursday that this concrete job is part of the original plan City Council made to straighten the creek as it goes through the park and line it with walkways, benches, light posts and trash receptacles.
Later, as funds become available, the plan is to extend the walkways to the street and the perimeter of the park so those who enjoy walking will have a safe, even place to walk.

Wed
13
Jun

Most cities see increase in sales tax revenue

The state Comptroller’s Office is sending more than $700 million in sales tax revenue to taxing entities across the state this month, and most Limestone County cities will see an increase in the totals.
Hegar announced Wednesday, June 6, that his office will send a total of $710.4 million to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts in local sales tax returns for June, an increase of 11 percent over June of last year. These figures are based on April sales reported in May.
The amount to be received by Texas cities alone is $456,955,590; an increase of a little over 10 percent over the comparable payment last year of $415,173,711.
Payments for Texas cities year-to-date total $2,915,377,408, an increase of 7.42 percent over year-to-date payments in June 2017, which totaled $2,714,117,306.

Wed
13
Jun

Woman gives German shepherd to veteran in need of service dog

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An Austin veteran and his family drove Saturday to Mexia to accept a German shepherd puppy that will be trained as a service dog for the man, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The exchange began when Phillip Garcia’s 11-year-old daughter, Chastity, saw an ad on Craigslist for a purebred German shepherd puppy. Connie Davis of Groesbeck had placed the ad, and Chastity texted her to ask if the puppy’s owner would consider donating the animal to her father for the emotional support.
Davis described how she replied to the text request: “I had to sleep on it, pray to Jesus about it,” she said, “and I texted back, ‘Well, I might consider it.’”

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