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Wed
31
Aug

MISD board looks to fill Superintendent vacancy

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The Mexia Independent School District Board (MISD) of Trustees met Monday evening and by a 4-3 vote, offered the position of interim uperintendent to Dennis Hill. Hill is a retired superintendent of the Llano Texas School District and most recently served in the same role in Loraine. 

As of press time, Hill and MISD have not signed off on the employment contract.

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
29
Aug

Big crowds support MSSLC gala event

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, Mexia, was filled Saturday evening with people from across Limestone County enjoying the annual gala fundraiser of the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council. 

An estimated 200 plus attended the event, which raises money for the Volunteer Council to provide homey touches to the lives of MSSLC residents. 

The theme this year was Mardi Gras and each guest was given several strands of beads in a nod to the New Orleans celebration. Women also received masks decorated with small feathers the color of peacock feathers.

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Mon
29
Aug

Damaged flood control structures need repair

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Extensive damage to Limestone County roads, bridges and personal property has been avoided this past year because of the 22 flood control structures along the Richland Creek watershed, but some of the structures require repairs to continue to function. 

That’s what Ed Schwille, with the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation District, told commissioners court recently, noting the exceptional rainfall of the past year. 

“I have some records that said from September 2015 to May 2016, there was over 80 inches of rain that fell in that watershed,” Schwille told commissioners at their last meeting.

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Wed
24
Aug

Mexia daycare owner Clements retiring after 45 years

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Longtime daycare owner-operator Kathy Clements is saying farewell to her clients as she closes her business next week. 

To celebrate her retirement and give her a chance to say goodbye – and give former clients and other well-wishers a chance to tell her goodbye – the Clements family is hosting a come-and-go retirement party on Sunday, Aug. 28, 3-5 p.m. at 503 Miller Street in Mexia. 

Kathy’s long journey began just four days after she and her husband, Mike, got married back on Sept. 7, 1971.  

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Wed
24
Aug

Jewett mine to close: NRG cancels coal contract

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

NRG Energy announced Wednesday that it will stop using lignite from the Jewett mine at the end of this year and will use cleaner-burning Powder River Basin coal, which is transported from its source in Wyoming and Montana. 

Consequently, the Jewett mine will be closing, though Texas Westmoreland, which operates the mine, said in a press release that it expects reclamation efforts to go on for several years at the site.

NRG said the decision was for economical reasons, citing several challenges it faces. 

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Wed
24
Aug

Court keeps effective tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioner’s court agreed to leave the burn ban off in light of extensive and widespread rains across the county. 

Commissioners took care of this and other matters at their Aug. 23 meeting, including confirming the tax rate for the coming year; making several decisions concerning roads; approving plans for the Nov. 8 General Election; and making several minor decisions involving law enforcement. 

No vote was needed or taken on keeping the burn ban lifted. County Judge Daniel Burkeen had lifted the ban on Aug. 18 after the rain had continued for the previous six days.

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Wed
24
Aug

Sheriff to use forfeiture money to upgrade

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson has told county commissioners that he intends to use some of his forfeiture money to upgrade his armory.

He estimated the amount in the fund to be around $30,000-$40,000 and proposes to spend about half of it. 

“What we’re in dire need of is we have got to have an upgrade of our tactical gear: bullet-proof vests and also our weapons as well,” Wilson said. “We’re severely outgunned right now by the criminals we face every day. I’ve got to get my guys some updated, upgraded weapons so we can be protected.”

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Mon
22
Aug

Fed standards could provide county new source of inmates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A new federal standard to protect inmates from sexual assault could provide the conditions for Limestone County Detention Center to have access to a large group of inmates. 

That is what Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson is telling county commissioners. 

The standard is called the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, and was passed by Congress in 2003, to try to protect those being confined from unwanted sexual activity from other inmates as well as from staff.

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Mon
22
Aug

LMC’s PETS therapy: A fun way to health

Staff Writer

Being in the hospital can be unpleasant, even if the care and conditions are excellent, so therapists sometimes use the joy that animals can engender to make their patients’ journey back to health easier and more pleasant.

The concept is called pet therapy, and Limestone Medical Center, in Groesbeck, has a pet therapy program called PETS, or pet-enhanced therapy services.

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Mon
22
Aug

Feds to end private prisons

Staff Writer

The Justice Department’s announcement that it has decided to phase out the use of private prisons to house federal inmates raised questions in some quarters about the future of the Limestone County Detention Center.

The county-owned prison has been empty since June 2013, when the federal government removed the last of its prisoners there, and county officials have been trying since then to locate a new source of inmates to restore the income to the county, as well as the high-paying jobs it represents.

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