Year In Review
In 2013 The Mexico Ledger reported on several important events that occurred within the city or to its citizens. Some of the most stand-out stories are listed here.
In early January the city of Mexico surpassed a challenge to collect 50,000 pounds of food to help fight local hunger. According to Help Center Director Gary Jones, the cash and food donations collected in the drive totaled 65,000 pounds and more donations were expected.
Near the end of January a jury found former Mexico attorney James A. Clampitt guilty of two felony charges, vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. The accident occurred on June 13, 2010, when Clampitt's SUV hit Richard Cobb while Cobb was driving a riding lawnmower. Cobb died three days later due to his injuries.
The weight of heavy snow collapsed the roof of the Mexico VFW Hall.
Three Mexico High school wrestlers medaled at the state tourney. Sophomore Hunter Smith came in sixth. Freshmen Jordan Jones came in fifth. Senior Jake Vitale completed his record-breaking year by earning third place.
Mid America Brick filed Chapter 11 reorganization in bankruptcy court. According to a press release from the company, as part of the reorganization, MAB obtained financial backing from a consortium led by an affiliate of Advantage Capital Partners to bolster its liquidity and enable it to focus on the continued growth of its core product lines of architectural and residential brick.
In late February Mexico was buried under another seven inches of heavy snow after experiencing an initial eight inches. Fallen trees and power lines were a major concern.
Robby Miller was presented the Col. C.R. Stribling Community Service award at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
A local family received national honors after being nominated by an exchange student. The McCubbins were awarded the "Host Family of the Month" in a national contest held by the Ayusa program. The family was nominated by their German high schooler guest, Michelle Dischleit.
Chris Denham was named director of Hart Career Center.
Mexico Bulldogs varsity basketball team ended the season 24-4 after falling to the Normandy Vikings in the state quarterfinals.
Charles and Georgia DeVault received the Dale H. Schnarre Rural Citizens award at the 2013 Agricultural Appreciation dinner.
A signing ceremony finalized an agreement that brought Audrain Medical Center into SSM Health Care. SSM and AMC signed an agreement under which SSM will own and operate the medical center and its nine MedChoice rural clinics.
In the April elections Chris Williams retained his city council seat, and the 35-cent road district ended in a 102-102 tie. There was a manual recount which ended in a tie and the issue was brought up again in August and passed.
Ron Loesch was reelected mayor, Steve Nichols remained pro tem and Chris Williams took the oath again.
A local kindergartener was presented a "Hero Award" for calling 9-1-1 and saving her mother's life. On a November afternoon, 2012, Alyssa Webb came home from kindergarten to find her mother, Kayla McQueen, unconscious on the floor and called 9-1-1. Audrain County E-911 Joint Communications personnel saluted the "Little Hero" during the Audrain Emergency Services employee appreciation dinner, April 19. According to McQueen, her fainting episode was due to a reaction she was having from recent appendicitis surgery.
Dr. Peter Perll was reelected president of Mexico School Board.
Mexico Area Family YMCA held an open house for its newly remodeled facility.
A local WWII veteran received his high school diploma with the Mexico High School Class of 2013. Frank Kramer, 86, dropped out of high school in 1945 and joined the military. He received his diploma as part of "Operation Recognition" which awards full diplomas to qualifying veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
MHS seniors were presented scholarships amounting to $653,292 plus.
Shelby Ringdahl was crowned Miss Missouri 2013. Tess Mandoli was named Miss Missouri Missouri's Outstanding Teen.
MHS staff and students saved a teacher's life. Roger Turner suffered a heart attack, while teaching his summer school health class. School Resource Officer Jeremy Brouillard administered CPR. Dr. Terry Robinson and Nurse Angie Anderson used an automated external defibrillator to restore Turner's heart rate.
Audrain Relay For Life event raised more than $77,340. The event's new location at Mexico High School worked out well.
The Handi-Shop shelter workshop celebrated its 40th anniversary in the community.
Gib Graham was presented an American Red Cross Lifesaver Award. Graham aided a man who had lost control of his pick-up and was run over.
Mexico City Council approved industrial development revenue bonds for Bee Gee Holding Co. which leases to Gold Crest Distributing.
Shamrock Proppants, a Kirkwood-based manufacturer of cargo ceramic proppants, purchased Mid America Brick for $5.2 million.
The old Wabash Train Depot came down after standing for 123 years.
A donation of land in Mexico brought the dream of a new Help Center closer.
Audrain County Health Department moved to its new location on Elmwood Drive.
VFW Hall came down after the roof fell in from an earlier snowstorm.
Graf & Sons received the Commerce & Industry Appreciation award at the Chamber's 29th annual Commerce & Industrial Appreciation Dinner.
Abby Gooch, Kaylee Stone and Layne Ray competed in the state golf championship.
A+ For Mexico Education awarded $29,933.70 in grants to area teachers.
Jami Brandow and Malik Holman earned all-state in cross-country.
Debrielle Pagee-Merill was named 2014 Miss Audrain's Outstanding Teen; Hanna Runyon was named 2014 Miss East Central; and Maikieta Brantley was named 2014 Miss Missouri.
Steve Wieberg was named to the college Football Playoff Selection Committee.
The County Market reopened after being closed for remodeling.
The new Moser's grocery story opened for business.