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Fri
22
May

Sales tax receipts take welcome turn upward

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for April rose a bit 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 that state sales tax revenue in April was $2.3 billion, up 1.1 percent compared to April 2014.
“As we predicted in January, state revenues have grown at a moderate pace. April is the second consecutive month of relatively slow growth in sales tax revenue, and I remain cautiously optimistic about our economic progress,” Hegar said. “Growth in total sales tax revenues collected this month was muted by the significant slowdown in the oil and gas mining sector; however, collections from other major economic sectors – including retail and wholesale trade, restaurants, construction, and manufacturing – continued to grow. This marks the 61st consecutive month of growth in sales tax collections.”

Wed
20
May

Where honor is due

Mexia High School graduating seniors were awarded a total of $143,825 in scholarships at the school’s annual scholarship award ceremony, held at the Mexia Convention Center Thursday, May 14. Shown here, front row, l-r, are Guillermo Mendoza, Kassandra Velazquez, Debresha Gamble, Cheyenne Thompson, Rebeca Castillo, Cristal Calvillo, Tejal Patel and Denise Garcia. On the second row, l-r, are Estefania Suarez, Caroline Kendall, Hannah Yeldell, Jaqueline Mares, Andre’ya Fleming, Krystyna Lacefield and Kandice Mack. On the third row, l-r, are Josh York, Quang Nguyen, Alex Lin, Candy Robles and Viviana Briseño. On the top row, l-r, are Kyler Hancock, Ronald Jackson, Shelby Hileman, Curk Harris, Blake Lewis, Quavious Gamble and Anthony Wylie.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
20
May

Mexia ISD school bond sale plan proceeding

The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees set the ball rolling Monday for the next phase in the bond process.
On the heels of the May 9 passage of the $15.5 million bond package, the board set a special meeting for June 1 to lay out the plan for selling the bonds and getting started on the work to be done.
According to a timetable provided by the district’s bond counsel, the target date for having the bond funds in hand is August.
Planning is already under way for the projects scheduled under the $2.3 million maintenance and operations (M&O) loan approved last fall, including outside steps at the DC Campus and HVAC work at the high school.

To continue reading, see Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
18
May

‘Betcha can’t pick just one’


Sally Beene, left, and Louise Martin, both of Mexia, try to decide which rose to vote for as best of show at the Mexia Garden Club’s rose show, held Sunday, May 3, at Gibbs Memorial Library, in Mexia. Anyone who desired could enter the show, and enter as many roses as they wanted. The show attracted rose lovers not only from Mexia but also from neighboring towns. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Rose show winners

People’s Choice Art Winners
First place - Karina Rivera
Second place - Taylor Commander
Third place - Kelly Tran and Miguel Varrios

People’s Choice Rose Winners
First place - Jan Miller
Second place - Patsy Robinson, Ruth Anne Eberle, Debbie Burgess
Third place - Sue Franks

Raffle Winners
Jewelry - Patty Manley
Birdbath garden art - Laura Rothrock
Bird feeder - Nancy Davis
Plant in antique pitcher - Lu Ann Campbell
Purse - Pat Cox
Gardening book - Loy Beth Greer
Teapot - Ann Smith
Thirty-one purse - Judy Johnson
Ceramic planter - Liz McDaniel
Earthkind rose - Linda Waldrop
5 Arboretum tickets - Ann Pendleton
“Cat” rock - Carol Matthews

Mon
18
May

Prison contract change good news for county

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer

A plan by the federal government to spread inmates around, using smaller prisons and therefore needing more facilities, could mean Limestone County’s private prison has a better shot at landing a contract it’s been trying to win. Although the executive session at Limestone County commissioners court’s May 11 meeting was not open to the public, court watchers were able to glean some information about what is happening behind the scenes concerning the county-owned private prison, and the county’s quest to make it operational again. The LCDC has been empty since June 2013, three months after a long-term contract to house federal inmates ended unexpectedly. Since then, the county has struggled to find another source of inmates to continue to generate income from the facility.

To continue reading, see the Tuesday edition of The Mexia News.

Fri
15
May

Mesquite Tree royalty selected


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Coolidge Mesquite Tree Pageant entrants pause after the event to congratulate each other. Chosen King was Keelan Shirley, Queen was Kinsley Jackson, Prince was D.J. Jones, and Princess was Isabella Lerma. Announcing was former pageant winner Madyson Chappell, 12. Shown here, front row, l-r, are Kenzleigh Zuniga, 2, and her mother, Carra Sturdivant, who is holding her other daughter, Kaitlyn Zuniga, 1, then Miranda Cobb, 3, on the lap of her mother, Margaret Cobb, and Aubrey Campbell, on the lap of her mother, Kristen Rogers. On the second row, l-r, are Korrissa ‘Kory’ Winstead, 3, Laura Martinez, 7, Jovanni Lerma, 5, Keelan Shirley, 8, Kaley Mason, 6, and Isabella Lerma, 3. Finally, on the top row, l-r, are Elizabeth Ferstl, 10, Kinsley Jackson, 7, Mariah Leathers, 1, in the arms of her mother, Mary Leathers, and D.J. Jones, being held by his mother, Cassey Daniels. Not shown is Preston Cobb.

Fri
15
May

Re-elected mayor, council members to be sworn in

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council will give the oath of office to three re-elected Council members and the mayor when they hold their May meeting Tuesday
Seats up for grabs were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller. None drew an opponent, so all were declared winners of their races and their election, which would have taken place May 9, was canceled.
Council will elect a mayor pro tem after the oaths of office are made.

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
13
May

Lake flooding recedes, but rain still likely


Still waters Tuesday morning followed major flooding on Lake Mexia Monday, which kept this mobile home surrounded, leaving two dogs nowhere to nap but on the porch. Forecasts call for light to heavy rains for the next eight days. For more photos of the flooding at Lake Mexia, see Page 3. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Lake Mexia is back down to almost normal levels after flooding caused about 100 people to be evacuated from the area Monday, although more rainfall is predicted daily for at least the next eight days.
Homes along the water’s edge had to deal with a rise of 4.91 feet that occurred rapidly Monday morning, the run-off from heavy rains over the watershed of the Navasota River. A weather station on the lake recorded 2.8 inches of rain that morning. U.S. 84 and many smaller roads had submerged lanes or had to be closed entirely that morning.
Rain chances with daily totals between mere hundredths of an inch to .81 of an inch are forecast for each day through Friday, May 22. Because heavy rains during April and continuing through today have saturated soil throughout the region, the possibility of flooding will remain high until the skies clear.

Mon
11
May

Voters approve Mexia ISD bond proposals

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Voters approved both Mexia ISD bond propositions Saturday, giving the go-ahead for the district to spend $15.5 million on facilities.
They also reelected Place 6 incumbent Jackie Craig for another three-year term. She defeated Israel Flores III by 127 votes.
Proposition 1, which includes $13.2 million for repairs and maintenance to campus and athletic facilities, passed with 56 percent of the vote. Proposition 2, with funds earmarked to repay the $2.3 million Maintenance and Operations (M&O) budget loan taken out by the district this spring, passed with 57 percent of the vote.
“I’d like to thank all of our supporters and all the citizens of Mexia who voted for the bond,” said MISD Superintendent Sharon Ross. “I’d like to say when we take care of our schools as the needs arise then we won’t have to try and do something huge and large like this if we take care of our buildings like we plan to.”

Mon
11
May

Flooding wreaks havoc on Lake Mexia area


Department of Public Safety Trooper Donnie “Bubba” Carter, barefoot and with a chain from a winch on a TxDOT truck attached to his belt, helps Jennifer Flowers to safety Monday morning along U.S. 84 West. The entire bottomland section along the highway, for miles past the Lake Mexia bridge, was entirely inundated with floodwaters. Flowers had just cut open a gate to a pasture in hopes of convincing about 20 head of cattle, stranded in high water, to come to safety, but once the gate opened, the current accelerated and she needed just a bit of assistance traversing the 15 feet or so from the gate to safety. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Heavy rainfall Sunday night into Monday morning flooded roadways and homes, stranded cattle in high water and caused some Lake Mexia residents to be evacuated from their homes yesterday, and more rain is forecast for the entire rest of the week.
The Limestone Office of Emergency Management issued a warning that major flooding was “imminent” on Lake Mexia early Monday, and that prediction was accurate.
Lake Mexia resident Alena Smith said water rose 2 feet in two hours starting at 8 a.m. Monday.
“Water is now inside our home,” she said at 1 p.m. “We have not had a flood this bad on Lake Mexia in several years.”
The city of Mexia reported firefighters were evacuating residents from low areas on Lake Mexia at noon Monday.

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

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