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Wed
06
Aug

Super-sized school supply giveaway is Saturday, Aug. 16


H-E-B Drug GM Manager Jackie Craig shows Mauricio Castillo, 12, of Mexia, some school supplies the grocery store is offering for sale. H-E-B is one of many Mexia businesses holding a big school supply drive and giveaway Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, at Mexia High School’s south parking lot. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia businesses and organizations have long supported Mexia schoolchildren with giveaways of needed school supplies, but this year many groups are coordinating their efforts into one big school supply drive on Saturday, Aug. 16, complete with free food, soft drinks, music and fun.
The coordinated group is called Mexia Cares, and the school supplies are intended for Mexia students from pre-school through fifth grade. The event is to take place at the south parking lot, which is between Mexia High and R.Q. Sims Intermediate schools, behind the tennis courts, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Attendees are encouraged to park either at the high school or at Sims, then walk to the south parking lot, which will be lined with booths or tables of participating businesses, churches and groups.

Wed
06
Aug

County extension agents’ work highlighted


AgriLife Extension District Manger Donald Kelm, top left, gives Limestone County Commissioners an update on the county’s two extension agents, David Groschke and Vanessa Casad, at the court’s July 28 meeting. Also at left is County Clerk Peggy Beck, taking minutes; at right, from top, are Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton, Commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Commissioner William ‘Pete’ Kirven. Not shown is Commissioner John McCarver. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners heard a report on the recent activities of the county’s two AgriLife Extension Agents, David Groschke and Vanessa Casad at the July 28 commissioners court meeting.
AgriLife District Extension Administrator Donald Kelm made the report, first expressing appreciation for the court’s support for the program.
“On behalf of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, I just want to take this opportunity to tell you how much we appreciate the support that you provide the extension program here in Limestone County. … None of (this) would be available to the youth here in Limestone County if it wasn’t for your support of Extension.”
He introduced a project called EarthKind Water Conservation that is being implemented in all 21 counties of District 8, which includes Limestone County.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
04
Aug

Burn ban declared

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners declined to initiate a burn ban at their meeting Monday, July 28, but acknowledged the increasingly dry conditions in the county and agreed that County Judge Daniel Burkeen could initiate an emergency burn ban – which he did Monday, Aug. 4.
Although the occasional rain had kept the burn ban off so far, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index has indicated the land is continually getting drier. Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton told the court at the July 28 meeting that the KBDI measurement averaged 464 for the county that day.

Fri
01
Aug

A LEGO up on the competition


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

LEGO Camp participants, l-r, Jacob Boyd, 8, of Mexia, Kyra Christopher, 9, of Tehuacana, and Oliver Eves, 9, of Mexia, compare the collision car the constructed with the car of another team Thursday, July 31, at Navarro College. The camp taught kids some of the basics of robotics, like gears, wheels and pulleys.

Fri
01
Aug

Bond election deferred to May

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees took the advice of the facilities committee Wednesday, choosing to delay a potential bond election until May of next year, rather than call one in November.
None of the board members commented on the decision during the meeting. The consensus among committee members and Superintendent Sharon Ross was that more time would be needed to sell the public on a bond election than was available if it were called for November.
The new timetable means the board will have to call an election by late February for a May vote.
Even with the decision to postpone an election, Ross continued to emphasize the immediate facilities needs in the district. When referencing most of the work to be done, the district has labeled it as deferred maintenance, but Ross wanted to be sure everyone had an idea of what those items were and how much the upgrades and repairs were needed.

Wed
30
Jul

First responders swarm Mexia’s Swarco


Mexia Police Officer Shannon Rousey, left, and Detective Rodney Irvin stand ready to help with the situation at Mexia manufacturing plant Swarco Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. Several police cars, fire trucks and an EMS unit responded to the call. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia Fire Department trucks, an EMS unit and several Mexia Police cars responded to Swarco, 900 N. Denton in Mexia, late Tuesday afternoon after a 911 caller was thought to have reported a gas leak. There was no gas leak, but there was a glass leak. Swarco makes the glass beads used in reflective highway and airport markers.
The call came in about 5:25 p.m., said Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne, and first responders were on the scene of the company within a few minutes.

Mon
28
Jul

You lucky dog


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Vince Allen, of Aubrey, left, deals a hand of blackjack to, l-r, Donald ‘Bubba’ McDonald, Carolyn Toomer and Tracy Thornton, all of Mexia, at the LARAS House Casino Night fundraiser Saturday at the Mexia Civic Center. Limestone Animal Rescue & Adoption Shelter (LARAS House) is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter situated on 5 acres in Mexia. Included on the grounds is a 10-kennel facility, quarantine unit and storage, and a office/ meeting room. LARAS House has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes since its founding in 2008. LARAS House pets receive the highest quality medical care, are given all their first-year shots and are spayed /neutered before adoption.

Mon
28
Jul

Courthouse anniversary party planned

Mexia News Staff Report

Plans are in the works to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Limestone County Courthouse, which was built in 1924.
A celebration on the lawn of the old building will be held Saturday, Oct. 11.
Tentative plans include speakers, hot dogs, activities for children and fireworks.
Organizers are looking for donations to help defray the cost of the event.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News.

Mon
28
Jul

County to buy own computer servers

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The county has decided to buy its own computer servers rather than pay an outside company for the service, and a recent, unrecoverable computer crash of one of the county’s 13 servers has shown the urgency of getting them in place soon.
“We did last weekend have a server for Odyssey crash, and it was unrepairable,” said the county’s Information Technology Director William Lane.
Odyssey is the name of the computer software the county uses to conduct all its business.
“We’re just lucky it was a job server and not something like the database server,” he said. “If that would have crashed and been unrepairable, it would have been catastrophic to the county to lose that much data.”
An unrecoverable crash of the database server would have meant the loss of 15-20 years worth of data that had been entered into the computer, he said.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News.

Fri
25
Jul

County closes road, to close second in a month

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court voted to close LCR 362 at the request of nearby landowner Henry Tippie after no one showed up to the July 14 public hearing on the proposal. The court also scheduled a public hearing on closing another county road, voted to continue its $10 annual road and bridge fee on vehicle registrations, and agreed to haul 900 tons of rock for the new Groesbeck Volunteer Fire Department building.
After the hearing began and while waiting for anyone to arrive to speak, County Judge Daniel Burkeen went over the reasons the county was considering closing the road.
“I’ve been out there; it veers off of (LCR) 358,” he said. “It’s a dead-end road about a half mile long. All the land is owned by one landowner, so it’s not really of any use to anybody else other than people going down there on dead-end roads like they do and causing trouble.”

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