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Fri
20
Jan

Court to name ESD board members

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are expected to make appointments or re-appointments to Emergency Services District No. 1 next week, after doing the same for ESD No. 2 at the court’s Jan. 10 meeting.
Commissioners court meets on Tuesday, Jan. 24, with a short agenda that also includes renewing an agreement with the county’s Senior Service Project, accepting a donation for the county’s K9 officer and agreeing to allow the city of Groesbeck to use its wood chipper.
Regarding the ESD appointments, the county has only the two emergency services districts, which cover most of the southern half of the county. ESDs are political subdivisions of the state that support emergency services in the districts they cover by imposing a tax on residents there, then using the money collected to fund emergency services in that district.

Fri
20
Jan

Trout clinic may spark youth fishing interest

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An opportunity for Limestone County youth to learn about fishing and enjoy the great outdoors is coming next weekend, Jan. 28-29, to Fort Parker State Park.
The 26th Annual Youth Trout Fishing Clinic, hosted jointly by the Park and the Mexia Bass Club, will take place at Springfield Lake, inside the park. Children 12 and under are free; the $4 park entrance fee only applies to anyone 13 and older.
Volunteer park rangers and Bass Club members will be on hand to show the children how to tie knots, bait hooks, cast fishing lines and catch fish. All equipment and bait will be provided for use at no charge.

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Fri
20
Jan

DAR compliments county for flag use

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis was complimented in commissioners court for his correct use and display of the U.S. flag.
The Daughters of the American Revolution wrote County Judge Daniel Burkeen, commending the county on its handling of the flag, and Burkeen in turn credited Callis since that is one of his many responsibilities.
“With the current scrutiny of the traditions and symbols of our nation, our Association is very pleased to commend your office on the proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of the flag of the United States of America,” Burkeen read from the letter at the Jan. 10 meeting.

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Wed
18
Jan

Making new appearances

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Like many small Texas towns, Mexia struggles with the appearance of its downtown area, once a hub of activity, now punctuated by vacant, deteriorated buildings and faded signs from decades ago. A group called Mexia Downtown, however, formed last spring, aims to make downtown vibrant and attractive again, so residents look on it with pride and invite their friends to see it.
“We can make it great again,” said Mitzi Eves, president of Mexia Downtown, “and that’s the goal: to have people feel like they’re coming home.”
Heavily involved in the group and its goal are the Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Wed
18
Jan

Court supports direct funding of task force

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Limestone County is throwing its support behind getting dedicated funding for the Heart of Texas Automobile Theft Task Force.
Commissioners were asked to approved a resolution to that effect at their most recent meeting, which was Jan. 10. The court also approved raises for the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, Jail and Dispatch Department, and heard statistics on LEC activities.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson reminded the court that it had passed the Task Force funding resolution two years ago, during the state’s last legislative session.
“As y’all are aware, the 85th Legislative session is fixing to begin,” Wilson told the court. “This is simply a mechanism where we have a House representative filing a bill to make the funding dedicated funding, get it out of the GR (General Revenue) funding.”

Tue
17
Jan

Parade participants show pride in MLK legacy

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An estimated 150-200 people took part in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade through downtown Mexia streets Saturday.
The cold, damp weather could not suppress the almost universal smiles and sense of joy and pride in the event.
Most of those participating were actually in the parade, with the Mexia Police leading in a marked Tahoe, its lights flashing. Other Mexia Police officers blocked off the parade route and directed traffic.

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Mon
16
Jan

New superintendent born into education

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
There was conversation around the DuBus dining table each weeknight when Lyle DuBus was growing up, and it was always about what had happened at school that day. That’s the way Mexia Independent School District’s new Superintendent Dr. Lyle Dubus remembers it.
DuBus has only been the Mexia ISD superintendent since the first week of January. His background, however, could be tailor-made for Mexia, from his years of experience as a teacher, administrator and superintendent; his strong computer background; and his experience in both small and large districts, in those going through bond and building programs and those for whom he increased the student population through developing an attractive curriculum.
“I was born into a school family,” DuBus said. “I grew up with a passion for the business, and as I grew older, with that passion for helping children.”

Mon
16
Jan

Severe wind damages MSSLC buildings

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Strong, tornado-like winds swept across the Mexia State Supported Living Center campus very early Monday, ripping off portions of the tops and sides of buildings, but no people were injured.
Debris was evident on most of the streets and yards of the MSSLC, and large, heavy metal objects that had been blown off buildings by the winds lay in the grass or were even lodged in the tops of trees.
“We either had a tornado or straight-line winds; we haven’t got the official notice yet,” said MSSLC Public Information Officer Debrah Burgess that morning as she surveyed the damage about 9 a.m.

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Fri
13
Jan

To fend off hack attempts – Do not click here

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
With computer use virtually universal in the United States, people have to concern themselves not only with staying up-to-date on using computer hardware and software, but more and more they need to become savvy on attacks from hackers and how to avoid them.
Stephen Wells, who has his own computer business in Groesbeck called Wells IT Service, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about these incidents, specifically phishing, which refers to hackers trying to trick a computer user into allowing the hacker to access their files; and also ransomware, which lets a hacker freeze a computer user’s data until they pay money to get it released.
Basically, both methods of attack involve a hacker sending an email to a computer user, enticing the victim to click on a link. Refraining from clicking on an unknown link is key to remaining safe from the hacker’s attack.

Fri
13
Jan

More county prison repairs planned

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
LaSalle Corrections, the prison-operating company running the Limestone County Detention Center, has provided estimates on the next steps it plans to take in restoring the county-owned prison to a fully functioning facility.
LCDC Warden Charles Vondra presented county commissioners at their Jan. 10 meeting quotes on the cost of repairing the F Building and the Education Building.
He said the walls of the F Building have separated from the hallway. Also, the doors to the concrete porches of both F Building and the Education Building are off plumb and cannot be closed properly.
One estimate is $16,275 to fix the entrance door and $11,000 for doors, frames, pulls and hinges.

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