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Wed
21
Sep

Court opposes caps on appraisal revenue increases

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County officials have weighed in against the state’s placing caps on appraisal increases as well as revenue increases – a topic expected to be brought up in the 2017 state legislature. 

Both County Judge Daniel Burkeen and County Sheriff Dennis Wilson spoke against the caps, which were proposed in the 2015 legislature but rejected.

The proposal is being led by State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, who sees the issue as control of government growth by the voters. 

His bill in the last session, SB-182, would have changed the rollback tax rate from 8 percent to 4 percent and made the tax rollback election automatic rather than something taxpayers could petition to have. 

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.

Mon
19
Sep

K-9 unit to join LC Sheriff’s Office

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office will soon have a specially trained drug-detecting dog to aid in finding hidden drug stashes.  

Sheriff Dennis Wilson announced the donation to Limestone County commissioners at their Sept. 13 meeting, and the court approved the offer.

“This is an opportunity that came to us from a very well-known drug-dog training facility,” Wilson said. “They are making the dog available to us at no cost.”

The county must pay for the training the company is recommending, which is located in Houston.  

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.

Mon
19
Sep

City holds final public meeting

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

The public will have one more opportunity to speak up about the proposed budget tonight at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 101 N. McKinney St., before the city council cast their vote on the tax rate that will result in a rate increase of 10.79 percent from last year.

The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year is $0.8956 for each $100 of taxable value.

Mexia City Manager Larry Brown said the increase will help infrastructure improvements, including an overlay of roads.

At the second public hearing held on Sept. 13, several Mexia residents and business owners had their say.

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
16
Sep

Woman’s Friday Club recognizes top Mexia students

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Woman’s Friday Club, of Mexia, continued a long tradition of rewarding academic excellence by awarding scholarships to some of the Mexia High School May graduates who ranked top in their class; and memorial blankets to students of other classes who maintained high grades. 

The 57th annual awards were conferred by the Club’s Academic Scholarship Awards Program in a ceremony on Thursday morning, Sept. 15, at Mexia High School Auditorium. 

The club credits the businesses and people of Mexia, who contribute the funds for the blankets and scholarships.

Eight of the May graduates were awarded scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $3,300. None could be present since they are in college; but most were represented by a parent or other close relative. 

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
16
Sep

County judge says railway a bad deal; company refutes

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A group of Limestone County citizens encouraged county commissioners to establish a policy prohibiting high-speed rail lines from crossing of county roads – which they did after County Judge Daniel Burkeen listed many objections against the project. The company, however, later countered his arguments with their own view of the situation.

Nearly a dozen people, including Logan Wilson, went to the commissioners court’s Sept. 13 meeting to show support for the proposed policy. 

Wilson, who spearheaded a petition drive this past summer to keep high-speed railways out of Limestone County, spoke briefly to the court as well as to those attending the meeting. 

“We had a petition some time ago against the high-speed rail,” Wilson said. “We got some 3,422 signatures, and most of you here have probably signed it; and I appreciate that.”

Wed
14
Sep

LaSalle requests, gets help with large ticket items

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners agreed to take their final vote on the new budget and tax rate for Fiscal Year 2016-17 at 10 a.m. at their Sept. 27 meeting, which will be held in the usual location of the county courtroom at the courthouse. 

The court addressed that issue at its Sept. 13 meeting and also agreed to pay for two expensive items that LaSalle Corrections has encountered in preparing the county-owned prison for new inmates. The commissioners voted to prohibit high-speed rail lines from crossing county roads; to pay out some county employees with large accumulations of overtime hours; and they made a number of other decisions concerning county business.

Wed
14
Sep

State releases sales tax

The State of Texas can expect another check from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, but it will not be near the amount as it was the previous month

Cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will receive $629.2 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 1.4 percent less than in September 2015 and $140.1 million less than last month. These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.

Limestone County will see a drop this month by 3.82 percent while Freestone County will handle a larger drop of 20.02 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.

Mon
12
Sep

Navy veteran finds new hope for life in sports

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

For many people, playing sport activities stop soon after high school graduation. For Mexia High School graduate Leticia “Tish” Baugher, however, it’s the opposite. She played a little volleyball in high school, but these days, more than 20 years later, she is getting more involved with sports – adaptive sports, which are for people who have experienced a significant injury. 

Tish was born in Mexico, but came to the United States with her family when she was about five years old. She was Tish Rodriguez then, and the family moved to Mexia, where she grew up, graduating from Mexia High School in 1995. 

A year before she graduated she talked to a Navy recruiter and signed up in the delayed entry program, which meant she would enter the Navy soon after graduation. 

Mon
12
Sep

Cedar Hill Burial Park in dispute of right of way

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

People with loved ones buried in Cedar Hill Burial Park, a mile west of Mexia, were upset recently when they found they could not drive into the cemetery to visit the graves. A disagreement about a driveway the cemetery has shared with an adjacent homeowner is the center of the dispute.

The owner of the private cemetery had not constructed an entrance but instead had relied upon the homeowner adjacent to the cemetery to let his driveway be used. That arrangement went on for nearly 10 years but changed in August after the homeowners, William and Mitsy Barber, experienced several thefts of valuable items from the home and began closing the driveway gate to keep out those who had no business there. 

Mon
12
Sep

Kennedy charged with 10 counts possession of child pornography

A Wortham man is in jail, charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.  

David Lloyd Kennedy, 44, was arrested Aug. 25, after Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit received reports alleging Kennedy had uploaded images of child pornography to a website. 

According to the Attorney General’s website, the CEU executed a search warrant of Kennedy’s home and seized several digital storage devices. 

Examination of the devices showed large numbers of files containing child pornography. 

Under questioning, Kennedy admitted using child pornography in the past but denied current involvement.

Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and/or a fine of as much as $10,000.

The CEU announced Kennedy’s arrest Friday, and said the state had made 15 arrests of alleged offenders and 22 arrests for online solicitation of minors.

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