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Mon
20
Nov

Food drive pulls in 25,000 pounds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia residents worked together Friday to collect 12 and a half tons of food to help those who receive food from Caritas food pantry.
The project was the Food For Families Food Drive, held each year on the Friday before Thanksgiving.
Caritas of Mexia board Vice President Marjorie Parks directed the Mexia portion of the drive, with other board members helping. Other volunteers from the community helped accept the food, then sort it and put it away. Some of those groups included the Mexia High School Student Council, Navarro College nursing students and also individual volunteers.
As trucks, cars and at least one school bus pulled up in front of the Caritas food pantry, at 111 Paris in Mexia, volunteers helped unload boxes and bags of non-perishable items and took them inside.

Mon
20
Nov

County takes steps to choose new legal firm

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court received and opened three responses to its advertised Request for Qualifications from legal firms. Since its current longtime legal firm of Haley and Olson did not respond, it will not be considered. Consequently, the county will get new legal representation, probably in the next few months.
The court took the step of advertising for legal firms because it was already considering changing its legal representation, in part because at least one commissioner, Pct. 1’s John McCarver, had expressed dissatisfaction with Haley and Olsen. Also, however, County Judge Daniel Burkeen had said that checking to see what is available is a good business practice after using any company for an extended time period. Haley and Olson has represented Limestone County for about 35 years.

Fri
17
Nov

Veterans Day event lights downtown Mexia

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia residents of every age and background came together to mark Veterans Day in a variety of ways at one special event in Mexia on Saturday, Nov. 11.
The occasion was An Evening on Main: Celebration of Thankfulness Saluting Our Veterans, put on by the group Mexia Downtown.
The three-hour event included solemn as well as fun moments, with patriotism mixed with delight: singing, music, prayers, pledges, pride, flags, food and families.

Fri
17
Nov

Canvassed county election returns easily approved

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

A summary of Limestone County commissioners court meeting of Nov. 14
Limestone County commissioners canvassed the election returns from the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment Election but found nothing out of the ordinary and approved the returns.
The court took this step at the Nov. 14 meeting and also opened responses to their request for qualifications from legal firms, heard some bids on a new pug mill and made decisions on a variety of other matters.
As for the canvassing of election returns, the commissioners are required by law to perform this task, which is usually routine in nature.
Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson told the court that there was a larger turnout than expected, mainly because of heavy voting in Groesbeck, where a $5 million school bond was on the ballot – and ultimately passed.
“Groesbeck ISD had a big turnout,” Johnson said.

Wed
15
Nov

Owens takes oath to protect and to serve

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
15
Nov

Limestone burn ban lifted for now

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their Nov. 14 meeting to lift the county-wide burn ban, which has been in effect since Sept. 26.
The ban could return in a week or two, however, if conditions warrant, they agreed.
Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen brought up the possibility of lifting the ban, telling the court that he has had residents calling him to request the ban be lifted.
According to Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton, whose advice the court seeks in these matters, the county average reading of soil dryness was 502, well below the 575 that indicates drought and triggers a burn ban.
The readings are established by Texas A&M University’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which ranges from zero, meaning saturation, to 800, meaning no detectable moisture whatsoever.

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

Wed
15
Nov

VFW pins veterans to show gratitude

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s VFW Post 4694 honored veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11, in a special ceremony presenting the vets special pins as a token of gratitude for their service.
Giving veterans the pins was just part of a ceremony highlighted by keynote speaker Joe “JoeRob” Robert, a veteran of the Air Force, telling about changes in the way he and other volunteers are providing help to veterans.
First, though, Post Commander Lamar Evans welcomed those attending, thanking the veterans for their answering the call of their nation to service.
“It’s a day we thank the service men and women that are currently serving and have served in the past,” Evans said of Veterans Day. “It’s a day the living celebrate their service, but it’s also a time to remember the ones that are no longer here and the ones that have fallen in our country’s wars.”

Mon
13
Nov

Big food drive is this Friday

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The people of Limestone County will collect non-perishable food items this Friday, Nov. 17, to help their neighbors who otherwise might go hungry.
The occasion is the annual Food for Families food drive, a project to restock food pantries as winter begins and the holidays approach.
Mexia-area residents, churches, businesses and organizations will work together from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day to donate food at the Caritas food pantry, 111 N. Paris Street in Mexia. All items donated to Caritas will stay at that food pantry, which benefits county residents who live north of the Navasota River.
Caritas board President Andrew Taulton urges anyone who can help to take part in the effort. He said the need for food has increased in the wake of several major business closings.

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
13
Nov

Courthouse ceremony honors veterans

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County veterans were honored for their service on Friday, Nov.10, on the south steps of the courthouse, in Groesbeck.
American Legion Post No. 288 produced the event, beginning with Legionnaire and County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who welcomed attendees to the ceremony and later gave the keynote address.
County Veterans Service Officer Don Beene acted as chaplain, opening the event in prayer.
Youths Charlie Agnew and her brother, Colton, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Legionnaire Russ Foster sang “God Bless America,” with attendees joining in song.
In Burkeen’s speech, he acknowledged that the attendees were honoring veterans by their presence.

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
13
Nov

Shoebox-gift drop-off sites open Nov. 13-20

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