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Wed
19
Aug

LCDC to get final Bureau of Prisons walk-through

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson reminded commissioners at their Aug. 10 meeting that the Bureau of Prisons would do a final walk-through of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison on Aug. 23.
The LCDC has been empty since June 2013, and the county is trying to win a long-term contract to house federal inmates in it through a prison-operating company called Management and Training Corporation, based in Utah.
The BOP is considering the LCDC for a long-term contract, which was applied for in the spring.
The BOP is the entity that awards the federal prison contracts and is expected to make a decision on the LCDC’s application in the next month or so.

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Wed
19
Aug

Robert Dana Bowers

Funeral services for Robert Bowers will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. at Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 620 MLK St. in Wortham. Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home. Dr. Ronald K. Redmond Sr. will officiate, and Minister Jason Forge will serve as eulogist.
Robert Dana Bowers was born Sept. 23, 1948 in Seattle, Wash., to Robert F. Bowers and Rachael Wynell Bowers. He went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 at his home.
Robert graduated from Irving public schools in Irving. After graduating, he joined the Army on Sept. 26, 1967. Robert met and married the love of his life, Jewell Dean Butcher, on Dec. 11, 1995. His hobbies were traveling, golf, being with his nephews, and playing Ballard, at VFW.
His parents and stepfather, Robert Ruzzamenti, preceded him in death.

Mon
17
Aug

Ready to begin


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Mexia’s big school supply giveaway was made fun with games led by DJ Alexx Alexander, center. At left, Tiffany Jacobs and another youth compete to see who can throw three balls into the containers on the heads of Trenton Boone, 7, and Micah Kirven, 8. The event was held Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Mexia Junior High cafetoreum. See more photos from this event on Page 12.

Mon
17
Aug

County finds lower price on LCDC roof repair

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have found a better price on repairing the roof of the Laundry Building at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, near Groesbeck.
At the commissioners court’s July 27 meeting, the court approved a bid of $600 from Lide Construction to apply sealant to the building’s roof, and Lide included a warranty to reseal it if the first application does not work.
At the court’s previous meeting on July 13, the court had tabled a bid of $850 from Centex Roof Systems for the same job and that bid did not include a warranty.
Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen had held out for a warranty at that time, and had suggested the county get someone to actually repair the roof rather than just apply sealant and hope that worked.

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

Mon
17
Aug

August sales tax rebates up nearly 10 percent

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Texas’ sales tax revenue is back on track this month, after seeing its first drop in more than five years last month, and the city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for August rose nearly 10 percent compared to last year. Totals in half of the other four taxing entities in Limestone County were also up for the month.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations totaling $760.2 million, which represents an increase of 7.6 percent compared to August 2014.
Hegar also said today that state sales tax revenue in July was $2.4 billion, up 2.7 percent compared to July 2014.

Wed
12
Aug

Slow boil


Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

This massive steam boiler inches its way through the intersection of East Milam (U.S. 84) and North Denton Tuesday around 1:30 p.m., headed to an oil plant in Baytown from Abilene. The vehicle was accompanied by numerous escort vehicles as well as motorcycle police and bucket trucks to lift utility wires clear. Mexia Police helped route traffic around the entire spectacle.

Wed
12
Aug

County property tax rate may go up 3.2 cents

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A 3.97 percent, or $92.29 million, drop in Limestone County’s property values is estimated to require a tax rate about 3.2 cents above last year’s rate, but county commissioners are poring over budget figures to try to make the difference smaller.
Using figures provided by the Limestone County Appraisal District, County Tax Assessor-Collector Stacy Hall told the court at its Aug. 10 meeting that total appraised values for the county increased from $3.47 billion in 2014 to $3.5 billion in 2015; however, after subtracting homestead, agricultural and other exemptions, the net appraised property values dropped from $2.33 billion in 2014 to $2.23 billion in 2015.
Hall said $71.75 million of the drop is due to the lower value of oil and gas, also called mineral and other industrial and utility property, which decreased from just under $670 million in 2014 to less than $600 million this year.

Tue
11
Aug

Flapper's Delight


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Jason and Dee King, of Teague, appear to have arrived straight from the Roaring 20s, the theme of the gala fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 8, that was to benefit the MSSLC Volunteer Council. The event was held at First Baptist Church, Mexia, in the Christian Life Center.
To see lots more photos from the gala, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Tue
11
Aug

County finds funds for inmates medical needs

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved a series of budget transfers at their July 27 meeting to keep an adequate amount of funds available for inmate medical care.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen had noted that only $2,000 remained in the budget for inmate medical care for this fiscal year, which doesn’t end until Sept. 30, but the monthly expense is much higher than that.
County Auditor Debbie Watson said medical expenses for inmates had been averaging about $24,000 monthly.
“We have estimated at least $20,000 a month for medical, so that’s up to $40,000 (for two months),” Watson said, “We did the calculation based on averages for inpatient, outpatient and all that as well. We anticipate it could be up to $46,000.”

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

Tue
11
Aug

County determines winners of annual bids

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Winners of bids on providing goods and services were accepted at Limestone County commissioners court’s July 27 meeting.
Each year, in the months leading up to preparing the new budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the county advertises for companies to bid on items the county uses year round so a competitive price can be assured.
County Auditor Debbie Watson advertised for bids, and they were opened at the meeting. In some cases more than one bid was accepted for the same item so the purchaser may shop two or more sources to obtain the best price at the time of purchase.
The annual bids accepted were as follows:

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