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Wed
22
Apr

Board approves $2.3 million Mexia ISD loan

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Regardless of whether or not the community approves a $15.5 million bond package, Mexia ISD now has $2.3 million to work with as it begins to tackle its facilities issues.
The Mexia ISD board gave final approval Monday for the loan, currently scheduled to be paid for through the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) budget.
The board initiated the loan last fall in an effort to locate other funds to use on facilities projects both to begin some of the work more quickly and show the community the district was doing all it could to minimize the tax burden of a bond.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
22
Apr

Here you go, Miss!


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Incommons Bank of Mexia President Greg Stubbs hands a treat to Tiffany Davila, 2, of Fairfield, while her mother, Ana Davila, watches at the second annual Mexia Boomtown History and Market Day, held in the green area on Milam Street next to H-E-B grocery store, which sponsored the event with the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce. See more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
22
Apr

West Lakes VFD finds gem of a fire truck


ESD No. 2 President Lou Ann Bedwell, at rear, and West Lake Limestone Fire Chief Warren Miller apprise Limestone County commissioners at the court’s April 23 meeting of the department’s plans to buy a used fire truck. At front left is County Clerk Peggy Beck, who keeps minutes at the meetings. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
It took two years to find it, but West Lake Limestone Volunteer Fire Department has located exactly the fire truck it was looking for: a used, one-owner, low-mileage at a great price.
West Lakes Fire Chief Warren Miller and Emergency Services District No. 2 President Lou Ann Bedwell gave an update on the department’s efforts to procure a new fire truck to the commissioners at their April 13 meeting.
The emergency service district is responsible for obtaining the financing for the department. Both the district and the department operate independently from commissioners court but usually keep the court apprised of their activities.
Bedwell told the court the ESD is in the process of purchasing the fire truck for $110,000. Because they are about $25,000 short of the total needed, the District plans to take out a three-year loan for $25,000, which has annual payments of $9,000.

Fri
17
Apr

LCR 463 to be extensively reworked

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners settled a dispute over priority road funds in a split vote at their April 13 meeting, outvoting one commissioner who wanted an extra $48,000 from the fund for one job.
The court had originally approved the repairs at its Oct. 13, 2014, meeting using $98,000 from the priority road fund to resurface and put a seal coat on highly traveled LCR 463. The road begins at Fannin Street and Hwy. 14 on the south side of Mexia and runs south, basically parallel but west of Hwy. 14 for about 4 miles before curving eastward and stopping at Hwy.14’s intersection with FM 2705.
The county received notice that the job would be much more expensive than previously bid. Wheeler Construction, the company that is to do the work, now recommends an overlay, which raises the price to $146,861.

Fri
17
Apr

Several injured


Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The Dodge Neon sedan at left and white Ford F-150 at right collided Friday shortly before 8 a.m. in the intersection on U.S. 84 in front of Walmart, injuring several occupants of the car. Four ambulances, including one from Teague Fire Department, took the driver and passengers of the car for hospital treatment. Several of the car’s passengers were Mexia ISD students. The driver of the pickup was not injured. The wreck blocked traffic on the highway for about an hour. The cause of the wreck and conditions of the injured were unavailable from Mexia police at presstime yesterday afternoon.

Fri
17
Apr

MISD faces air quality issues at high school

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Evidence of mold has forced the closure of the gym, coaches offices, locker rooms and auditorium on the lower level of the high school.
The precautionary measure was taken Wednesday, after results of a recent air quality study at the high school were shared with a dozen administrators and school board members.
Emil Studinka, with Edwards Environmental, conducted the tests and said the issues should be taken seriously and addressed quickly, but he emphasized that there was no reason to panic.
“The sky isn’t falling,” he said. “I’ve got a few data points that are elevated. Mold is mostly an allergen, we’re not having people dropping out right now. We’re taking precautionary steps so we don’t have any of that.

Wed
15
Apr

County to let Fair Association sell beer at rodeo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Beer will be sold for the first time at the Limestone County Fair Rodeo this weekend, and that doesn’t sit well in some quarters.
Officials from the Limestone County Fair Association received permission from the county commissioners at their April 13 meeting to get a temporary liquor license for the event. The motion passed 4-1, with County Judge Daniel Burkeen the lone nay vote.
LCFA President Ronnie Pettigrew and board members Ty de Cordova and Kendall Funderburk sat down with the court to make their request, citing the need to increase sales at the rodeo, which takes place April 17-18.
“We’re trying to make this rodeo get bigger and better, and right now it’s just holding its own,” Pettigrew said.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
13
Apr

Academically inclined


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

UIL students all but camped out in the the hallways of Navarro College South, in Mexia, last week when 245 students converged on the school for the annual UIL competition. Some categories of competition were spelling, accounting, prose, literary criticism, persuasive speaking, poetry. Eight school districts took part in the competition, including Arp, Eustace, Frankston, Malakoff, Mildred, Rice, Troup and West Rusk.

Mon
13
Apr

Monthly sales taxes all over the boards

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for March are up a hair compared to last year, and totals in two of the other four taxing entities in Limestone County were also up for the month.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said state sales tax revenue in March $2.12 billion, up 1.5 percent compared to March 2014.
"State sales tax collections have now grown for 60 consecutive months despite weakening in the energy sector. This moderated growth was expected and is currently in line with estimates presented in January," Hegar said. "Receipts in the construction, services and restaurant sectors remained relatively strong. We will continue to monitor the state’s economic activity and its impact on key revenue sources.”

Mon
13
Apr

Civil War to come alive at Confederate Reunion Grounds


A line of Confederate soldiers smartly lets off a volley of fire while a second line reloads their long guns at last year’s re-enactment of a Civil War battle at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Some years the Yankees prevail and others the Rebs rout the Northerners. Last year the Confederate forces were trounced decisively, staging one final attack in which all were cut down. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The South will rise again – next weekend.
The annual Civil War re-enactment and living history event will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Attendees will see men and women of various ages in period costumes, watch illustrations of 1800-era skills and get within yards of a mock battle, complete with soldiers, horses, long guns and cannon.
This, the 21st year for the re-enactment at the Joseph E. Johnston Confederate Reunion Grounds, is significant, according to Dixie Hoover, site manager of the state historic site.
“This is the last year for the sesquicentennial events of the Civil War,” Hoover said. “It’s a great event and is a way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the War.”
A group called Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds is hosting the re-enactment, but the estimated 150-200 re-enactors expected to attend are with the 12th Texas Artillery.

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