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Fri
02
Dec

EPA ease demand on LC power plant

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to withdraw a federal plan it had previously proposed that would have required stricter pollution standards for seven Texas power plants, including the NRG Energy power plant in Limestone County as well as Luminant’s Big Brown power plant in Freestone County. 

The proposal follows up on a series of events beginning in 2011, when the EPA issued a new, stricter rule called Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. CSAPR was scheduled to replace the Clean Air Interstate Rule starting on Jan. 1, 2012, but its implementation was affected by a D.C. Circuit Court that stayed and then vacated CSAPR before it could be implemented. 

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the D.C. Circuit’s vacatur, however, on April 29, 2014; so on Oct. 23 of that year, the D.C. Circuit granted EPA’s motion to lift the stay and shift the CSAPR compliance deadlines by three years.

Fri
02
Dec

Groesbeck church supplies bullet-proof vest funds to LCSO

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office will have several more bullet-proof vests to protect its deputies now, thanks to First United Methodist Church, Groesbeck. 

The church donated $1,800 to the county at commissioners court’s Nov. 22 meeting for the purpose of buying the protective gear.

Appearing in court to present the check to Sheriff Dennis Wilson were Pastor Steve and Tana Nance, and Martha Longbotham, representing the church. 

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
02
Dec

Tree of Angels ceremony to honor crime victims

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Those who have been victims of crime in Limestone County will be recognized and honored, either in person or in memory, at the 12th annual Tree of Angels ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 8. 

The event will be held at Groesbeck’s Church on the Rock, 1370 Hwy. 14 North, in Groesbeck, at 6 p.m. on that date. 

County commissioners supported the event by passing a resolution at their Nov. 22 meeting, declaring Dec. 8, 2016, Tree of Angels Day in Limestone County.

Denise Thompson, the county attorney’s crime victim coordinator, is encouraging the public to attend the ceremony to show support for local crime victims. 

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
30
Nov

Mexia Commons in the works

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Mexia Economic Development Corporation completed an Economic Feasibility Study and Initial Site Analysis with Burditt Consulting for the development of an Athletic Complex. The goal of the study was to determine both the ability of Mexia EDC in partnership with the City of Mexia to fund the project, as well as operate the Athletic Complex as an economic asset to the community. 

Mexia EDC Director Susan Cates said, “The talks about an Athletic Complex precedes me. I brought in a consultant to address two primary questions, Can we do it? and What are the benefits?”

Wed
30
Nov

LC deputy injured in night club attack

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

 

A Limestone County deputy is recovering at home after being injured in an attack at a Waco night club, where he was working part-time as a security guard.

The incident happened Saturday, Nov. 27, about 1:45 a.m. at the Junction 84 nightclub, 6512 Waco Dr. 

According to a Waco Police Department report, a man on the dance floor began fighting, and Deputy Tracy Edwards went onto the dance floor to try to escort the man outside. 

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
30
Nov

Three sought in Walmart thefts

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Mexia Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman and two men whose images were recorded on the Mexia Walmart’s security cameras. The police want to question the three about merchandise that was stolen from the Mexia store. 

The dates the thefts occurred were not immediately available, but one photo was posted to the Mexia Police Department’s Facebook page on Nov. 26 and the other two on Nov. 27, so the thefts are believed to have taken place shortly before those dates. 

Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne said he was not sure whether the three people are connected in some way or separate. 

“We’re trying to identify them and work up warrants,” Hawthorne said. “We’re not sure if they’re local or not.”

Anyone who can help identify the three is asked to call the Mexia Police Department at 254-562-4140.

Wed
30
Nov

Stanford denied appeal to Supreme Court

Mexia News Staff Report

 

A Supreme Court appeal by Mexia native Robert Allen Stanford was denied Monday, Nov. 28, in his request for a review of the lower court’s 2015 decision to allow his previous conviction of fraud to stand.

Stanford was originally arrested by federal authorities in February 2009 on multiple counts of fraud and related charges in connection with Stanford Financial Group, of which he was director. 

Basically, the charges were that Stanford ran a Ponzi-like scheme that convinced investors to invest $7 billion in certificates of deposit through his company. His literature describing the investment claimed higher interest rates than were available at that time through other market sources.

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.

Mon
28
Nov

County prison now says inmates coming Dec. 2

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Officials with LaSalle Corrections believe that the Harris County inmates they anticipate being transferred for housing at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, will start arriving on Friday, Dec. 2. 

The company had issued several other dates in the past four months that it believed the inmates would start arriving – as early as August – that didn’t pan out. 

Warden Charles “Chuck” Vondra, however, believes this date is relatively certain.

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
28
Nov

Human trafficking not so far away

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Slavery is often considered something that happened long ago or far away – certainly not in the United States these days. Sadly, it is found very close to Mexia, and an international, Waco-based organization called Unbound is trying to put a stop to it. 

One of Unbound’s volunteers, Waco attorney Dawn Taylor, spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia on the subject, describing the different roles of those involved in trafficking. She told how young women often get involved in that lifestyle and what traffickers look for; and noted what people should look for if they suspect someone they know is being trafficked.  

Mon
28
Nov

DOL FLSA Rule quashed

Mexia News Staff

 

The Obama Administration’s effort to beef up labor laws was dealt a major blow when the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.

On Nov. 22 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction, halting the planned Dec. 1 effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule.

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