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Mon
09
Feb

County puts law firm change on hold

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although at least one Limestone County Commissioner has made up his mind that the county needs to change its legal representation, he and the rest of commissioners court agreed to wait at least until the next meeting to make the change since the county’s current attorney is in the middle of delicate financial negotiating on the county’s behalf. The court addressed that and several other minor issues regarding the prison and the Sheriff’s Office at its Jan. 26 meeting.

Fri
30
Jan

Court has to replenish OT funds at Sheriff’s Office

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court approved converting comp time to overtime pay for Sheriff’s Office personnel who worked overtime during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but the commissioners had to add funds to the Sheriff’s Office's overtime budget since it was already depleted three months into the fiscal year. The cause of the shortage, however, is in dispute.
Assistant Auditor Natasha Badgett, who was filling in at the court’s Jan. 26 meeting for County Auditor Debbie Watson, said the Sheriff’s Office’s original $60,000 overtime budget was down to only $2,541, but more than $8,235 had been needed to pay workers’ holiday overtime pay, which was why the overtime had been converted to comp time.
To pay for the shortfall and also cover possible other overtime pay through the end of this budget year, the court transferred $30,000 to the Sheriff’s Office's overtime budget line.

Fri
30
Jan

County replaces culverts on North Ross


Old, rusted culverts that had been removed from beneath Mexia’s Ross Avenue are loaded onto a flatbed truck to be hauled away by Limestone County Road and Bridge Department workers on Wednesday, Jan. 28. A routine check about a month previously had revealed that the road seemed to be caving in slightly. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Drivers on Ross Avenue just north of the Mexia city limits had to take a detour earlier this week while the Limestone County Road and Bridge Department replaced three large culverts that run beneath the street.
A tributary to nearby Salt Creek runs beneath the street through three large culverts, just south of a railroad underpass and Ross’ intersection with Hwy. 14.
The area often floods in heavy rains, causing the road to be closed. Salt Creek crosses Hwy. 14 just north of that intersection.
According to County Engineer Ted Kantor, who heads the Road and Bridge Department, the problem was discovered about four to six weeks ago through the department’s routine checks. Workers noticed that the north edge of the street appeared to be subsiding slightly.
Because the culverts are so large – 7 feet in diameter and 60 feet long – they had to be special ordered, Kantor said.

Fri
30
Jan

MISD hosts first forum on possible bond issue

Mexia ISD’s engineering consultant Jim Hanks spelled out the details of the plan coming together for the district’s proposed bond package Friday morning, to kick off a series of seven meetings intended to inform voters on facilities needs.
The 45-minute presentation included details of the planned projects, photos to show examples of why the work is needed and projected costs. At the end of the presentation, Hanks addressed a number of questions that have already been asked regarding he proposals, then opened the floor to questions.
Hanks began by outlining a list of immediate need issues the district has already planned to do with a $2.3 million loan it is seeking which would be paid through maintenance and operations funds, rather than adding to the bond total. These issues include ventilation and HVAC work at the high school and steps at the alternative campus.

Fri
23
Jan

LMC prepares for annual luncheon, fashion show

The LMC Foundation and LMC Volunteers are getting ready for the third annual Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. at the new Groesbeck Convention Center.
The idea behind the event is to promote locally owned and operated boutiques in Limestone County. Fashions will be provided by Merle Norman, Sew Creative Embroidery, Peek in the Attic, Madison’s Loft, Sassy Sisters, Craft Gallery, Bling it up and Diamonds and Dust.
This event has become one that the community looks forward to attending each year, organizers said. The tables are dressed with beautiful linens, china place settings and always finished with elegant centerpieces. The models are selected by each store owner and the child models are always a huge crowd pleaser.

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
23
Jan

Students do well in Lions Club competitions


Mexia High School senior Quang Nguyen practices reading his essay on diabetes to the Mexia Lions Club at its Jan. 13 meeting. Nguyen went on to win first place in the Essay Contest at the Lions District 2-X3 Mid-winter Conference Jan. 17 in Palestine, winning $300. He advances to state competition, to be held May 23 in Bryan-College Station. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Two Mexia High School seniors competed in district-wide Lions Club contests for youth last Saturday, placing first and second place in their respective categories.
Quang Nguyen, 18, won first place in the Essay Contest category, reading aloud for the judges his informative piece on diabetes. The subject matter was determined by the Lions Club, which has worked almost since its inception to fight blindness, and diabetes is one cause of blindness.
Nguyen will advance to state competition, to be held May 23 at the Hilton Hotel in Bryan-College Station.

Fri
23
Jan

County commissioners may switch law firms

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County may get new legal representation to replace the law firm that has been providing it counsel for about 30 years. County commissioners will consider this issue at their meeting Monday, Jan. 26, and also arrange to buy new deputy patrol cars and courthouse security cameras, and begin the process of putting a yield sign on LCR 751.
The county is currently being represented by the law firm of Haley & Olson, which is based in Waco but has a Dallas office. Proposals on the agenda would cancel the county’s contract with Haley & Olson, and instead hire the law firm of Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee, also Waco based and with offices in Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.
In other business, the court may consider approving a contract to obtain new patrol vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office.

Wed
14
Jan

Road & Bridge workers take free CPR training


Employees of Limestone County’s Road and Bridge Department practice the Heimlich maneuver during a CPR class they attended at their office Dec 8. At left, Niles Harrison practices on Butch Nichols, while at right, James Daylor tries the maneuver on Jose Hidrogo. The teacher of the class, Jean Bosch, of the West Lake Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, has offered to give a similar class to other groups within the county at no charge. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s Road and Bridge Department employees took a significant step recently that could save lives in case someone’s heart stops, or if someone starts choking.
Twenty-eight of the Department’s 29 employees, took a CPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitation – training class, including how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, as part of their monthly safety meeting on Monday, Dec. 8.
“We’d rather the guys know how to do CPR and never need to do it, than need to do CPR and not know how to do it,” said Robbie Pettigrew, Road and Bridge Administrative Assistant, who schedules the safety meetings.
Most people are familiar with what CPR entails: applying chest compressions to someone whose heart has stopped beating. What many people don’t realize is that in recent years medical authorities have discovered that a slightly different way of performing CPR is as effective or even more effective than the traditional method.

Wed
14
Jan

Road issues continue at commissioners court


Bonnie Echols, shown here, appeared in Limestone County commissioners court’s meeting Monday, Jan. 12, to speak against a recent proposal by a neighboring landowner for the county to build a road through Echols’ property near LCR 190A. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
More issues with county roads surfaced at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, with one landowner objecting to a recent request by his adjoining neighbor for the county to build a road through his property; and another group of landowners protesting what they thought was the county’s changing their public road to a private road.
The first road matter began several weeks ago, when landowner Mike Kirven requested that the county extend LCR 190A so he could more easily get to his property, which is land locked. Kirven attended commissioners court on three consecutive meetings to make the request, but County Judge Daniel Burkeen said he would have to research the situation.
It turned out that if LCR190A were to be extended in the way Kirven requested, it would cut through land owned by his neighbor Mr. Bonnie Echols.

Mon
12
Jan

Mexia to honor MLK Jr. with parade


Mexia residents are invited to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Monday, Jan. 19, with a parade through downtown starting at 10 a.m. Like these celebrants at last year’s parade, people of all ages and backgrounds are expected and may start the parade lineup at 9:30 at the intersection of Commerce and Canton streets, next to First United Methodist Church. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Residents of Mexia will celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade Saturday morning, Jan. 17.
Parade organizer Ada Connor is asking that all residents come out to honor what Dr. King did to advance civil rights for all people.
“We are asking everyone in the entire community to participate in this,” Connor said. “We want to show some unity as far as what is going on for this holiday. We’re hoping that people will just come and participate.”
The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Commerce Street at its intersection with Canton, next to First United Methodist Church, with a line-up beginning at 9:30.
People who want to be in the parade are asked to come and either walk in the procession, drive a car or truck or enter any other vehicle. Bicycles are also welcome. Calling ahead is not required.

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