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Fri
19
Aug

Council proposes tax rate increase

Mexia residents may be required to open up their check book for another tax rate increase for the 2016/2017 proposed city budget.

Mexia resident and former city council member Laura Rothrack was given opportunity to speak after a call to order and invocation. She requested of the council, “When you look at the budget, see if there are some places where you can do some cut-back to bring that rate down. I am not the only person that is going to be hurt by it. There are going to be other people, too, that are going to go through this same fiascle of having to pay these taxes if they don’t have it to pay.”

Mexia resident Gary Lawson said, “In the four years where we had been living we have never seen the pot holes  tended to, until recently. It is a little improvement and we appreciate it. We do not mind if the tax rate increases, if [that is what it will take] to make improvements.” 

Fri
19
Aug

Expect a Double Whammy

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The first Blackcat football game of the year on Friday, Aug. 26, will be made much sweeter by the Mexia Lions Club’s Double Whammy pancake breakfast and supper. 

Residents and football fans can start the day off right by stopping by the Lions Den, at 201 N. Paris Street near the corner of Commerce before work that morning – any time between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. – to get a plate of pancakes, with butter and syrup to their liking, along with breakfast sausage and either coffee or orange juice. At $5 a plate, the price is right.

There will be plenty of tables to visit with friends, or attendees may order their plates to go. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
19
Aug

County judge lifts burn ban

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen lifted the burn ban Thursday, Aug. 18,  after extensive rains fell across much of the county starting Friday, Aug. 12, and continuing the succeeding week, with even more rain predicted. 

Limestone County commissioners are expected to confirm the lifting of the burn ban at their meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23. 

Commissioners plan also to hold another budget work session at the end of the meeting, make decisions on the upcoming election, designate signatories on the Inmate Trust Account, approve paying for fence construction on LCR 250, authorize the cleaning of Brown Cemetery and approve abandoning the planned streets in Farrar. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
17
Aug

Teachers get school supplies from Beachum, World Vision

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia native and Jacksonville Jaguar Offensive Tackle Kelvin Beachum Jr. teamed up with World Vision to give teachers at Mexia and Coolidge Independent School districts a school supply shopping spree Monday, Aug. 15. 

World Vision parked its mobile Teacher Resource Center outside R.Q. Sims Intermediate School, on North Ross, and about 74 teachers – 60 from Mexia and 14 from Coolidge – got new school supplies, backpacks, and other resources for the teachers’ classrooms. 

World Vision offers the event in partnership with sponsors, to school districts in which the poverty rate exceeds 70 percent. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
17
Aug

Wreck sends four to hospital

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A car hit an SUV on U.S. 84 in Mexia Thursday, Aug. 11, sending four people involved to the hospital. 

The wreck happened just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 84 and College Street, on the western end of Mexia. 

According to the report by Mexia Police Sgt. Brian Bell, Kaley Pearson, 30, of Buffalo, was traveling eastbound in a silver 2013 Toyota Camry right behind a white 2005 Buick Rendevous, driven by Jaloria Kirven, 30, of Mexia. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
17
Aug

MISD Board postpone Ross’s replacement

By Harry T. Darby

Editor/Publisher

 

The Mexia Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday evening and postponed any action on replacing outgoing Mexia ISD Superintendent, Dr. Sharon Ross.

In a unanimous vote, the board voted to hold a special meeting August 29 to revisit the matter. Ross’s last scheduled day with the district is Aug. 31. Ross announced earlier in the month that she planned to retire.

In her letter to the school district she wrote, “God has blessed me to be the leader of Mexia ISD for the past three years and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences on this journey. After much prayer and sincere thought, the time has come for me to change directions and focus on other areas in my life. The next chapter is much greater and I look forward to new adventures.”

Tue
16
Aug

Mexia groups leave no child without

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

If any Mexia child starting school this year doesn’t have enough school supplies, it isn’t for lack of opportunity.

At least 28 Mexia organizations worked together to provide supplies for 400 students in what has become an annual school supply giveaway, held this year on Saturday, Aug. 13. 

The event was held at the Mexia Junior High cafetorium, which was jammed with lines of tables that the students’ parents or guardians guided them through. Volunteers from the organizations manned the tables handing out the item their business, church or club was providing.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Tue
16
Aug

Coolidge home total loss

Staff Writer

Firefighters from four different departments responded to a house fire in Coolidge on Friday, Aug. 12, when the call went out a little after 2 p.m. 

At least four fire trucks and an EMS unit lined the 400 block of North Second Street, a little north of it’s intersection with Armour, with firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze in the 100-degree heat. Meanwhile, Game Warden Mark Anderson directed traffic away from the fire scene.

Billowing from the top of the wooden structure was a large amount of smoke, sometimes thick and black, other times white tinged with yellow. The wind blew the smoke sideways until it covered the neighborhood and even at times State Hwy. 171, a block away. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Tue
16
Aug

Hernandez sentenced to 12-years in prison

Mexia Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Possession in a Drug Free Zone

A Limestone County 77th District Court jury sentenced Francisco Javier Hernandez to 12 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Tuesday, Aug. 9 after convicting him of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone. The 28-year old Mexia man was prosecuted for possessing methamphetamine found after he was pulled over in December 2015 for a traffic violation. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
12
Aug

Debate to justify county raises

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court made another attempt to finalize the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. 

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who writes the county’s initial budget, began the second budget work session, held Aug. 9, by telling commissioners he did not think this was a good time for raises beyond those already agreed upon for all Road and Bridge employees and for all the deputies.  

“This is a bad year; there’s no money available,” Burkeen said. “This is not a raise year. I did propose a few increases and adjustments. Those were not to give an across-the-board cost-of living raise but to address specific issues: at Road and Bridge, where we’re having turnover; and at Law Enforcement, where we’re having turnover and trouble keeping up, because I just don’t think we can afford an across-the-board raise.” 

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