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Jun

Mexia's Boomin' on the Fourth should be a real blast

VFW Ladies Auxiliary member Nicole Burns pins a buddy poppy onto the sleeve of Bill Lee, of Mexia, at last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Mexia City Park.

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
29
Jun

County looks to LaSalle to fill empty prison

Executives of LaSalle Corrections present to Limestone County commissioners court at its June 28 meeting a proposal to run the Limestone County Detention Center on an interim basis.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, may have a real chance to get inmates soon – and the jobs and income that go with them.
Commissioners at their June 28 meeting opened the one proposal they had received after advertising for an interim prison operator at the LCDC. The proposal was from LaSalle Corrections, whose corporate office is in Dripping Springs.
LaSalle’s Chief Financial Officer Tim Kurpiewski gave a short presentation to the commissioners, noting that LaSalle currently manages jail or prison facilities in McLennan, Johnson, Jefferson, Bowie and Parker counties.
LaSalle is currently turning down requests to house inmates at its other facilities, Kurpiewski said, and the company believes it could accept some of those contracts if they could use the LCDC.

Wed
29
Jun

First Families: Seth Hurin Bates

A Texas historical marker was placed in 1962 at the gravesite of Seth Hurin Bates, in the Glenwood Cemetery, which is now called Fort Parker Memorial Park.

First Families of Limestone County
From the Limestone County Historical Commission

Wed
29
Jun

State Regent swears in new NSDAR chapter officers

State Regent Judy Ostler, right, is shown installing officers for the Jonathan Hardin Chapter, NSDAR.

The Jonathan Hardin Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held the final meeting of its chapter year May 11 at Gibbs Memorial Library.
Regent Kathleen McKee called the meeting to order followed by Chaplain Ann Gokey giving the invocation. A special guest, State Regent of Texas Judy Callaway Ostler, was recognized.
Following the DAR ritual and pledges to the American and Texas flags, McKee read the President General’s letter to all DAR chapters, and Sandra McLeod gave the national defense report.
Nancy Rula read the minutes of the April meeting, and various committee chairmen gave their reports. Billie Bournias reported there are 180 members including new member Susie Lawrence, who was inducted into DAR membership.
Louise Martin as chairman of the committee, The Flag of the United States, reported that she had sent letters to businesses in Limestone and Freestone counties citing the correct ways to display the flag.

Wed
29
Jun

Feed the children

Mexia News photo/Roxanne Thompson

Mexia Lions, l-r, Gwen Bartsch, Robin Green and Patty Manley inspect the table full of food items that club members brought to a recent meeting to donate to First United Methodist Church, Mexia, for children in its feeding program.

Mon
27
Jun

MSSLC opens store for residents’ handiwork

Mexia State Supported Living Center employees Merrianne Hughes and Travis Wagner arrange merchandise items on shelves in the new MSSLC General Store.
Cheryl Cockrell, left, MSSLC director of community relations, helps MSSLC employee Merrianne Hughes arrange merchandise in the state school’s new general store.
Travis Wagner, with the Mexia State Supported Living Center, tends plants for sale at the MSSLC’s new general store, on Rusk at Sherman.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Mexia State Supported Living Center has opened a small store in Mexia to sell items made by MSSLC residents.
Called the MSSLC General Store, the outlet is located at the intersection of Sherman and Rusk, and its hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The General Store opened at the beginning of June, but the plans are to hold a grand opening around the first week of July. Details will be noted in The Mexia News, as they become available.
Plants from the campus greenhouse are now available at the Mexia store, at competitive prices.
Additionally, merchandise offered at the store includes items made at the campus wood shop, like planters, potting tables and wooden picnic tables and benches; and crafts that residents have made at the campus workshops, like wall art, interior signs, couch cushions and gardening accessories.

Mon
27
Jun

Yes, it’s them!

Mexia News photo/Roxanne Thompson

Chip and Joanna Gaines, of the popular, Waco-based, HGTV show Fixer Upper, were in Mexia’s own Soda Shoppe to film a segment for part of their fourth season. Realtors close to the source, as well as the show’s production personnel, say they are to perform their makeover magic on a house in the Mexia area and film it for a show that is expected to air around January or February 2017.

Mon
27
Jun

Road and Bridge employees get raises

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved raises for six Road and Bridge Department employees at their June 14 meeting and also addressed a variety of issues involving money and people, including authorizing the county auditor to advertise for bids on often-used items; and hearing a report on an accident involving a county vehicle, on May statistics from the Juvenile Detention Center and on statistics on veterans in the county.
Regarding raises for Road and Bridge employees, Joe Herrin was approved for a $1,040 annual raise as a consequence of earning his commercial drivers license. He was also to receive back pay since he had earned the license in January but had not been given the raise at that time. Five other Road and Bridge employees were approved for a 50-cent-per-hour raise for passing their six-month probation period.

Mon
27
Jun

Hearings set on Navasota River needs, quality

The meetings July 14 in College Station and Franklin will focus on the Navasota River.

There are two meetings coming up July 14 for anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone.
The Texas Water Resources Institute, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are hosting both public meetings – one in College Station and one in Franklin.
The meeting times and locations will be:
• 1:30–3:30 p.m. at the College Station Utilities Meeting and Training Facility assembly room, 1601 Graham Road in College Station. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pridgeon Community Center’s Franklin Room, 351 Cooks Lane in Franklin. Registration begins at 6 p.m.
Landowners, homeowners, business owners, concerned citizens and city and county officials are invited to attend either meeting, said Dr. Lucas Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute research scientist.

Mon
27
Jun

Nominations being taken for FSA county committees

It is that time of year again. The Farm Service Agency 2016 County Committee elections begin soon. FSA county committees are a vital and direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
All eligible farmers and ranchers, especially women, minorities, and beginning farmers, are encouraged to get involved by making a nomination and voting in this year’s county committee elections.
This is a great podium for one’s concerns and opinions to be heard. Don’t miss the opportunity.
Concerns can reach decision makers even if one is not a committee member. FSA county committees operate within official federal regulations so local input is provided on federal programs such as:
• Income safety-net loans and payments, including setting county average yields for commodities
• Conservation programs
• Incentive, indemnity, and disaster payments for some commodities
• Emergency programs
• Payment eligibility

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