News

Tue
14
Oct

Sales tax rebates up this month for city, county

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County and the city of Mexia fell in line with the statewide trend of increased sales tax rebates for October.
State sales tax revenue in September was $2.17 billion, up 7.9 percent compared to September 2013, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. The comptroller will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their October local sales tax allocations totaling $621.7 million, up 7.2 percent compared to October 2013.
Limestone County’s cities will receive $272,647.78 total in October, up 3.16 percent from last October’s $264,284.90. Year to date, the county has received $2,857,263.92, up 2.24 percent from last October’s year-to-date total at this time of $2,794,439.20.

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Mon
13
Oct

Burn Ban lifted

The burn ban for Limestone County was lifted Monday by order of the Commissioners Court. Rainfall from Saturday through dawn Monday brought 2.5 inches of rain to Mexia.
A burn ban had been in effect since Aug. 4.

Fri
10
Oct

High school continues Homecoming traditions


Mexia High School’s 2014 Homecoming Queen Denise Garcia takes a ride around the stadium at halftime in the Blackcats’ Friday night football game against the Rusk Eagles. Driving the car is Niel Padgett, from the honored class of 1964, in his 2005 Ford Mustang GT. See more Homecoming photos on pages 3 and 10, and in next week’s Mexia News. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Homecoming weekend was a swirl of activities in Mexia as current students wrote the book on this year’s Homecoming Queen – and King – and the Blackcats beat the Rusk Eagles. Meanwhile, former students met up to touch base with friends and celebrate their years as classmates and recall the adventures they shared “back then.”
Mexia High School senior Denise Garcia was chosen as this year’s Homecoming Queen in ceremonies at halftime during Friday night’s game.
The other senior contenders served as princess in the Homecoming court including Rebeca Castillo, Dabresha Gamble, Katilyn Gipson, Caroline Kendall, Estefania Suarez and Nicole Williams.
The other high school classes were represented in the Homecoming court as well, including Genesis Riojas as junior duchess, Ty-Zane Williams as sophomore duchess and Destini Hutchison as freshman duchess.

Fri
10
Oct

County makes more plans for election

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners will be making additional plans for the Nov. 4 General Election at Monday’s commissioners court meeting. They also may discuss and take action on the burn ban, using priority road funds for LCR 463; and contracts with volunteer fire departments, South Limestone Hospital District, Rockwall County and CenturyLink Software.
Decisions the court plans to make Monday regarding the upcoming election include:
• Authorizing the county judge to sign a notice of election and publish the notice for a week before Oct. 23.
• Appoint any vacant precinct positions for presiding and alternate judges.
• Appoint presiding and alternate judges to the central counting area on Election Night.
• Appoint deputy clerks for early voting in person.
• Set consideration for use of public buildings for Election Day.

Wed
08
Oct

Homecoming queen to be chosen Friday


Mexia High School Homecoming senior princesses vying for Homecoming Queen include, l-r, Denise Vanessa Garcia, Caroline Elizabeth Kendall, Estefania Suarez, Katilyn Leigh Gipson, Nicole Williams, Dabresha Le’Shea Gamble and Rebeca Castillo. Photo courtesy of Blackcat Paparazzi

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
08
Oct

Grants to help seniors, airport, Sheriff’s Office

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved at their Sept. 22 meeting accepting grants that will feed senior citizens, maintain the airport’s automated weather system and buy updated equipment for the Sheriff’s Office dispatchers. The court also approved several budget transfers and expenditures involving the jail and the courthouse.
Theresa Tilotta, project director for the Limestone County Senior Citizens Services Project, presented to the court the Texans Feeding Texans Grant, from the Texas Department of Agriculture that requires the county to provide $25,000 in matching funds. She said Senior Citizens had served about 2,000 more meals this last year than the previous year. She said the center served 19,613 homebound meals for those who can’t get to one of the county’s feeding centers, and served a total of 243 seniors in the county.

Fri
03
Oct

City approves incentive loan for new med clinic

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A new urgent medical care clinic will open in Mexia soon, with help from an incentive loan through Mexia’s Economic Development Corporation. City council approved the loan at its Sept. 23 meeting, appointed or re-appointed members to the EDC board and several municipal boards, and approved the sale of a vacant lot.
The Mexia EDC presented to the council its proposal to provide a $40,000 incentive loan to Tejas Urgent Care, which plans to open an urgent medical care clinic in Tejas Plaza on Milam Street.
“They expect to spend a little over $400,000 and create nine new jobs,” Mayor Troy Miller told the council. “The new payroll would be somewhere around $500,000 annually.”

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

Fri
03
Oct

Woman’s Friday Club values education, civic projects


While Woman’s Friday Club member Barbara Vest, left, holds a painting, artist Ruth Simmons Bomer describes her techniques in a demonstration she is giving for the educational portion of a club meeting. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Women in the Mexia area who are interested in education and civic projects will find friends with similar interests in the Woman’s Friday Club.
This uniquely Mexia organization was formed in 1897 by eight housewives who yearned for something more than their many daily tasks.
“They were raising families, mostly young families, and the women had a meaningless existence in a lot of ways, and they wanted something to pique their appetite for learning” said Wynona Lipsett, past president of the Woman’s Friday Club and currently its treasurer.
The founders took turns meeting in each other’s homes every Friday to study books, plays, musical subjects and similar matters. The original purpose of the club was to further the interests and personal growth of the members, but their focus quickly turned outward, especially toward bettering their home city.

Wed
01
Oct

Relay for Life coming to Limestone Oct. 18


People from all backgrounds and walks of life come together in friendly camaraderie at the 2013 Limestone County Relay for Life, a fun way to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Fort Parker State Park, with opening ceremonies starting at 6 p.m. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The battle against cancer is fought on many fronts, and most are difficult. Raising money to help others with the financial cost of cancer, however, can be pleasant, even fun, when it comes to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Limestone County will hold this year’s Relay on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Fort Parker State Park, with opening ceremonies starting at 6 p.m.
Mary Brantner, mission and advocacy chair of Limestone County Relay for Life, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia about the event, along with her daughter Sheila Shields, this year’s co-chair of the Limestone County event with her sister Kim Freeman. Brantner said her family is heavily involved in Relay in memory of her husband and her mother, both of whom died from cancer.
“The area we have picked at Fort Parker is beautiful,” Shields said, noting that the site this year has been moved to a camping area of the park.

Wed
01
Oct

Parkview looks for new CEO with Zachary moving up


Kevin Zachary, the dual CEO of Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia and Ennis Regional Medical Center, is moving to another position within the LifePoint Hospitals network at the end of October. Contributed photo

Parkview Regional Hospital and Ennis Regional Medical Center have announced that Kevin Zachary will step down from his position as chief executive officer (CEO) of both facilities, effective Oct. 31.
Zachary, who has served as CEO of Parkview Regional since 2011 and CEO of Ennis Regional since 2013, is leaving to be CEO of Logan Regional Medical Center in Logan, West Va., another hospital within the LifePoint Hospitals network.
“We are grateful to Kevin for his stellar leadership of both Parkview Regional and Ennis Regional and are excited for him to continue serving LifePoint in his new post at Logan Regional Medical Center,” said Robert Klein, chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Hospitals’ Central Group, of which Parkview Regional Hospital and Ennis Regional Medical Center are a part.

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

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