News

Mon
23
Mar

Prison roof repairs holding out rain

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Recent heavy rains with no apparent leaks at the Limestone County Detention Center seem to prove that the roof repairs were successful. The commissioners court heard this and other good news about the county-owned private prison at its March 9 meeting, made plans to advertise for the county depository contract and made other decisions concerning county matters.
Jail Administrator David Turrubiarte told the court that he had checked the county-owned private prison that morning and there were no signs of leaks.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen had positive news concerning the LCDC’s $7,800 January water and sewage bill, which was exceptionally high because of an underground water pipe leak. The court had agreed at its Feb. 9 meeting to ask the city of Groesbeck to remove the sewage portion of that bill since the facility was empty and therefore not producing sewage.

Fri
20
Mar

County fair a culmination of kids’ ag work


The pet show is a perennially popular event at the Limestone County Fair, and the reason can be seen in this picture from the 2012 fair. This year’s pet show is Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m., and is open to local children who show up early to sign up. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County youth have been working for weeks, months and even a year in some cases, on their county fair projects, and the big reveal is Wednesday through Saturday, March 25-28.
That’s when the students’ work will be showcased to see how it stacks up against not only each others’ efforts but against the standard of excellence that the FFA, 4-H, ag teachers and Limestone County Fair Association have established for the different activities.
Each day, the Show Barn of the County Fairgrounds will be a beehive of activity as the different animals are shown and judged, as well as baked and canned items in the family and consumer science category, and welded items in the field of agriculture mechanics.

Fri
20
Mar

South Limestone lines to play role in power grid

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Representatives of Cross Texas Transmission will be at Monday’s commissioners court meeting to give an update about their company’s plan to build electrical power transmission lines across the far southeast corner of Limestone County. Commissioners will also consider at the March 23 meeting retaining a surveyor for a dispute regarding the county line, putting up the money for another Efficient Towns and Counties Grant, approving more salary changes for Sheriff’s Office personnel and making other decisions on county matters.
A representative of Cross Texas Transmission had made a presentation for the court Oct. 27, 2014, introducing the power line project. At that time he said the new lines would start about a mile within Limestone County and proceed south to Grimes County.

Wed
18
Mar

City cancels May election

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
There will be no election for four open City Council spots come May, because none of the candidates drew an opponent.
On Tuesday night during their regular monthly meeting, Mexia City Council voted to accept the three candidates – all incumbents – as victors, and cancel the election, sparing the city the expense.
The filing deadline for a place on the May 9 ballot was Friday, Feb. 27.
Seats up for grabs on the Mexia City Council were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller.
All four of those candidates filed for re-election, and they were the only candidates who did so. Those four incumbents will continue in office for another two-year term.

Fri
13
Mar

Home invasion victim dies; capital murder charges pending

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The homeowner shot in a Teague home invasion Monday died early Friday afternoon from his injuries, and the Texas Ranger in charge of the investigation is about to charge three people with capital murder in the case.
The homeowner, 45-year-old Doug Hurst, was shot in the stomach during a gun battle with his attackers, and had been in Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in critical condition since he was shot.
“Ranger (Jake) Burson just let me know (of Hurst’s death),” said Trooper D.L. Wilson, who is handling media inquiries for the Texas Rangers, the agency leading the investigation into the home invasion.
A total of four arrests have now been made in relation to the crime, in which a teen was killed while allegedly breaking into Hurst’s home.

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

Fri
13
Mar

Three dead in two accidents Wednesday night

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Two accidents – one in Limestone County, the other in Freestone County – took three lives Wednesday night.
A Mexia man and his passenger died Wednesday night in a two-vehicle collision near Fairfield.
The Department of Public Safety said the accident occurred about 6:50 p.m. March 11 on FM 27, about 4 miles west of Fairfield in Freestone County.
Ian Spence, 21, of Mexia was driving a 2003 Chevy Impala westbound on the 70 mph road when his car drifted off onto the westbound unimproved shoulder. Spence overcorrected to his left and began to slide, crossing his lane and entering oncoming traffic.
The Impala collided with an eastbound 2008 Jeep Cherokee driven by Marion “Denise” Ryno, 56, of Wortham. The front of the Jeep hit the Impala on its passenger side.

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

Fri
13
Mar

Detour ahead


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia City Water Department personnel work on a leak in a pipe beneath Milam Street Tuesday afternoon, March 9. The leak was repaired and the road patched by the end of the day.

Fri
13
Mar

Horse Show set for March 22


Young horse enthusiasts hold their animals steady while a professional judge evaluates them at a former Limestone County Fair horse show. This year’s annual horse show is planned for Sunday, March 22, at the show barn of the county fairgrounds, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing most of the day. Residents are encouraged to attend the event to see the youth and their animals. Admission is free. Mexia News file photo

Those who enjoy horses will want to mark their calendars for Sunday, March 22, which is when the annual Limestone County Fair Horse Show is scheduled.
The event will be held at the show barn of the county fairgrounds, near Groesbeck beginning at 10 a.m.
Entrants will begin checking in between 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 that morning.
The deadline for validation of entries was to be Saturday, March 7. There is a modest fee for registration of each horse and small fees for each event.

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

Wed
11
Mar

New city building to provide needed space


Lee Gomez, of Axtell, left, and Tim Dale, of Mexia, both workers with Bi-Stone Building Supply, examine a wall they are constructing in Mexia’s new city office building at the corner of McKinney and Main. According to City Manager Larry Brown, the Water Department, payroll personnel, building inspector, code compliance officer, city secretary, and the city manager and his administrative assistant will be able to move their offices into the new location in four to six weeks. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Work on Mexia’s new office building is proceeding, and city employees are expected to move into their new, more spacious offices in four to six weeks, if all goes according to plan.
The city took possession of the new building approximately Feb. 21, when Citizens National Bank moved to its new location on Milam Street.
City Council in July gave final approval via resolution to swap the building at 405 E. Milam once occupied by the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce and the city Economic Development Corp., for the building at 101 N. McKinney, known for many years to Mexia residents as the First Mexia Bank Building.
According to Mexia City Manager Larry Brown, Scott Condon of Bi-Stone Building Supply is doing some of the renovations, particularly moving some of the interior walls, but Brown is trying to keep the cost of the updates low. The biggest change being made is moving a wall to make the bathrooms ADA compliant.

Wed
11
Mar

All systems go for prison contract applications


Members of the Limestone County commissioners court at their March 9 meeting listen to Waco attorney Herb Bristow speak of the result of his negotiations with prison-operating company Management and Training Corporation concerning applications for two long-term federal contracts to house inmates that MTC is submitting on behalf of the Limestone County Detention Center. Shown here, clockwise from left, are County Judge Daniel Burkeen, commissioners W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker and John McCarver, and Bristow. Also present but not shown are commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have signed off on agreements with a prison-operating company to submit applications for two different federal contracts to house inmates at the county-owned private prison, and this time the county has a better chance of winning one of them.
The court action took place following an executive session, which is closed to the public, during a break in the proceedings of the regular meeting Monday, March 9.
After the court returned to open session, Waco attorney Herb Bristow, who advises the county on legal matters, listed the main highlights of the applications being submitted by Utah-based Management and Training Corporation to use the Limestone County Detention Center for either of two proposals to house federal inmates. The proposals are called CAR-16, which would use 2,000 beds, and CAR-17, which calls for 2,400 beds.

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