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Mon
27
Oct

Will to survive


Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight

In the opening ceremonies of Limestone County’s Relay for Life, survivors and caregivers are honored as they walk the first lap. Residents of Mexia, Groesbeck and other nearby cities came together to raise funds for the American Cancer Society at Fort Parker State Park Saturday, Oct. 18, in a 12 hour-long marathon of activities.

To see more photos of this event, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
27
Oct

County addresses prison water leak, jail issues

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Limestone County commissioners court took care of business matters at its Oct. 13 meeting concerning the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison near Groesbeck that the county is managing while it looks for a prison management company to run the facility. The court also dealt with matters concerning the county jail and the juvenile detention center.
Jail Administrator David Turbiarte, who is helping with matters at the LCDC, told the court about a water leak at the prison.
“Right now it’s coming up underneath the floor in one of the boiler rooms on the A side,” Turbiarte said. “We’ve got the water shut off at the valve that goes directly to it.”
He said that workers are starting to dig up the ground to try to locate the source of the leak.

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

Mon
27
Oct

City holds off on increased park funding

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia decided to hold off on increasing funding to Old Fort Parker until the facility’s board has a better handle on management of the park.
The cities of Mexia and Groesbeck and Limestone County jointly own and fund the fort, and had been paying about equal shares for its operations: Mexia and the county contributing $14,000 each annually and the city of Groesbeck, $15,000. Old Fort Parker has two employees, a full-time director and a part-time helper.
The city of Mexia did not raise the amount given to the $20,000 sought from each entity, staying with the annual $14,000 donation. At the time, the city noted fort officials could ask for that amount to be increased at any time.
The county voted to pay the same $14,000 amount in the new budget year, which began Oct. 1, but which includes an additional $6,000 from a private donor. The city of Groesbeck raised its annual fort funding to $20,000.

Fri
17
Oct

Five injured in head-on collision


There was extensive front-end damage to both cars involved in a head-on wreck on Bailey Street near Mexia High School Wednesday. Five people were taken to hospitals, two by air ambulance. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Five people were transported to hospitals after a head-on wreck in front of Mexia Junior High School Wednesday.
According to Mexia Police reports, the crash occurred when Ashley Lanette Hudson, 21, was driving a gray 2005 Buick Le Sabre and pulled out of the Mexia Junior High School parking lot in the 1100 block of Bailey. It was on Oct. 15 about 5:30 p.m. that Hudson turned right, or north, but turned too widely and went into the southbound lane.
Driving southbound on Bailey was a 16-year-old girl in a green 2005 Chrysler Pacifica van, which then hit Hudson head on. Both car and van went airborne and came to rest on the southbound shoulder of Bailey. According to the report, neither vehicle showed signs of the driver applying the brakes.

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

Fri
17
Oct

Jail time given to Mexia tax preparers

Three Mexia tax preparers indicted on federal charges that they filed false claims to the IRS on behalf of staff and customers for years were sentenced Tuesday after making plea agreements.
According to documents from the U.S. District Court in Waco, the government alleges people who owned and/or worked at A-Kind Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Mexia, roughly between Jan. 1, 2007 and at least April 15, 2010, filled out tax forms with fake claims, often involving bogus farm or business losses.
A-Kind owner Patricia “Sissy” Foley, who pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to commit tax fraud, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In addition, she was ordered to pay $842,815 restitution to the IRS.

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

Fri
17
Oct

Loans, buses top MISD agenda

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees will consider approving a local loan as it continues to look for new ways to fund a portion of the long list of infrastructure and maintenance projects identified in the district's 2012 facilities study.
The loan, and consideration of the purchase of as many as four additional new buses, highlight the board's agenda Monday for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the board room at the MISD administration building.
The loan proposal is to finance $2.3 million, to be repaid with maintenance and operations (M&O) funds to reduce the amount needed in a bond issue, which would require additional taxes.

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

Fri
17
Oct

Early general election voting starts Monday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Voters may cast ballots on a number of state races and a proposed state constitutional amendment regarding money for highways when early voting for the November general election begins Monday.
Locally, there is only one candidate for each county race, with the exception of the battle between Republican W.A. “Sonny” Baker and Democrat incumbent William “Pete” Kirvin for the Precinct 2 county commissioner's seat.
Coolidge ISD voters will decide if they want to approve $1 million in school building bonds for rehab, expansion and improvements to existing buildings and to buy new school buses. Axtell ISD voters living in Limestone County will choose four trustees from among six candidates.

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

Wed
15
Oct

Courts flip-flop, Texas Voter ID rules back in effect for November

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

After a U.S. District Court last Thursday struck down Texas’ new Voter ID law, a federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated it for the November election.
Senate Bill 14, passed in 2011, requires voters in Texas to provide one of seven forms of photo identification at polling locations.
Last week’s ruling, made by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, determined the law is unconstitutional and similar to a poll tax designed to dissuade minorities from voting.
Tuesday’s ruling, by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, temporarily blocks last week’s ruling. The appeals court didn’t rule on the merits of the law, but rather decided it’s too close to the fall general election to change the rules. Early voting starts Oct. 20.

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
15
Oct

Ebola prompts MISD to ban Dallas travel

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia ISD has banned all travel to the Dallas area due to the Ebola outbreak in that city that has claimed one life and infected at least two others.
“I have also asked that all trips to the Dallas area be suspended until further notice,“ Superintendent Sharon Ross wrote in a memo to parents Tuesday.
Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding. It is spread through contact with infected body fluids. Ebola is not transmitted through the air.

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

Tue
14
Oct

Her majesty


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

The 2014 Mexia High School Coming Home Queen – from the Class of 1964 – was crowned before Friday’s Homecoming football game is Gail McCullough Smith. For more photos from Homecoming, see Page 3.

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