• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen presents a certificate representing the State Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award to members of the County Historical Commission for their work the previous year. Shown here, standing l-r, are Burkeen, CHC President William Reagan, Linda and Bruce Jordan, Donald ‘Bubba’ McDonald and Joe Phillips. Seated at front are Commissioner Pct. 2 W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker, left, and Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver.

County historians accept state award

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County Historical Commission members accepted a certificate from county commissioners, representing the Distinguished Service Award they had received from the State Historical Commission for their work last year.

Present at commissioners court’s June 13 meeting for the award presentation were County Commission President William Reagan and members Bruce Jordan, Linda Jordan, Joe Phillips and Donald “Bubba” McDonald.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen expressed appreciation on behalf of the court for the work the members had done that had resulted in the award.

“Once again our County Historical Commission has been recognized by the state for the fine work they do,” Burkeen said as he awarded the certificate. “They’ve been presented with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of all the work they do for our county: preserving our history and so forth. They’ve got a number of people who are very active on that local commission, and we appreciate all the work they do.”

After the meeting, Burkeen explained more on why the County Historical Commission’s work is so valuable.

“We’re really wanting to sell our county’s history,” he said, “because we have such an incredible and diverse history, going back to Old Fort Parker and the early days of the Republic, up through the oil boom. That’s our biggest asset, I think. So we want to do all we can to preserve that and sell that. That’s the main thing to bring people to the county, our history. You can spend a lot of time here going through the different aspects of our history.”

Reagan did not speak at the meeting but later shared his thoughts on the group’s being honored.

“I’m excited and proud we got it,” he said of the Distinguished Service Award. “We work hard to do the things we do.”

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