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Fri
17
Jun

County may hire road administrator, not engineer

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have raised the salary of Road Foreman Jerry Herrin, who is now also the county road administrator, by $1,000 a month to reflect the additional duties he is performing since former County Engineer Ted Kantor resigned effective May 31.
“We’re anticipating having to make him permanent road administrator,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told commissioners at their June 14 meeting. He noted that the county has not advertised for a new engineer because he is still developing a job description for the position.
Since attorney Mike Dixon, who often provides the court legal counsel, was at the meeting on a different matter, Burkeen asked Dixon if the county was required to advertise for a county engineer before making Herrin the permanent road administrator.
Dixon said the county was not required to do so but that it could put out a request for qualifications.

Fri
17
Jun

Sales tax rebates uneven locally; down statewide

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Sales tax rebates were all over the map for the cities in the Bistone area in the latest report from the state comptroller’s office.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $618 million in local sales tax allocations for June, 1.8 percent less than in June 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly.
Sales tax rebates overall have been lower in the state due to a slower economy in the wake of falling oil prices.
“Energy-centric cities such as Midland, Odessa and Corpus Christi continued to see decreases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Meanwhile, other areas of the state helped offset those losses as Austin, El Paso and Irving saw moderate increases in allocations.”
Limestone County

Wed
15
Jun

City pool opens for summer

Mexia News photos/Roxanne Thompson
Brielle Spence, 3, left, and Rylei Fleming, 4, test the waters of the Mexia city swimming pool.
Jimmy Rincker Jr. spends time in the Mexia city swimming pool with his son, Zack, 6, and nephew, Nathan Rincker, 10, at rear right.
Jose Estrada, at left, watches to see who wins a foot race between his daughters, Arihana Estrada, 7, and Victoria, 14.
Braxtyn French, 6, Zack Rincker, 6, and Alexis Bardwell, 9, prepare to test the waters.

The Mexia city swimming pool opened for the summer on Wednesday, June 8, to the delight of fans of all things aquatic. Here's some photos of opening day fun, including this shot, showing Lifeguard Eric Wells, 17, watching as swimmers, l-r, Haunna Phillips, 14, Natalie Torres, 14, and Kiana Mora, 12, take a running leap into the Mexia city swimming pool.

Wed
15
Jun

Mexia Rodeo promises fun, excitement

Bareback riders had a tough go of it at last year’s Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
This year’s Mexia Rodeo is just a few days away – Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25 – and fans of rodeo competition have a full line-up to look forward to.
Now in its 86th year, the Mexia Rodeo consistently ranks as one of the top rodeos, winning UPRA Rodeo of the Year for 10 years straight. Its concessions are also voted the best in Texas by those attending.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. each evening, with youth events starting at 6 p.m.
Youth events include mutton bustin’ for boys and girls 7 and under, who will ride a sheep bareback, trying to stay on longer than the other contestants.

Wed
15
Jun

Hiring investigator at prison on hold for now

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A proposal to hire a private investigator to track down tools and other items missing from the county prison appears to have been put aside for now, though a new plan to find the missing items has not yet been developed.
Toward the end of the commissioners court’s June 14 meeting, the court went into executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss matters concerning the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013. Although the precise matters discussed are confidential, known only to court members, the meeting agenda noted that they concerned “compliance with statutory operating standards/property inventory and claims.”

Wed
15
Jun

Court to hear about risk management

Mexia News Staff Report
A representative of the Texas Association of Counties will give a presentation to the Limestone County commissioners court in a specially called meeting on Monday, June 20.
The subject of the presentation is risk management.
The presentation is the only item on the agenda, and is for information only. No business will be conducted, nor action taken.
The meeting begins at 11 a.m. in the county courtroom of the courthouse, 200 W. State Street in Groesbeck.

Mon
13
Jun

Flooding closes roads, damages property Monday morning

Water was pouring over FM 39 about a mile south of the Mexia city limits, as this photo taken about 7:15 a.m. Monday shows.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Simply getting to work became an extreme water sport for many BiStone residents Monday morning as flooding caused by heavy overnight rainfall closed roads and swamped houses and businesses.
The weather station at Limestone County Airport recorded 5.77 inches overnight, with 6.51 inches reported in a station on FM 1365 in Mexia. The Lake Mexia station reported 5.6 inches, with a station on I-45 between Fairfield and Streetman reporting 5.41 inches of rain.
By around 6:45 a.m. Monday, flooding with swift water over roadways was reported in multiple locations in and around Mexia, including Hwy. 14, U.S. 84, Hwy. 171, FM 39, FM 1365, as well as Belknap, Tyler, Red River and many other city streets. Drivers were unable to move between Groesbeck and Mexia, to jobs at Mexia State Supported Living Center, among others.

Mon
13
Jun

Wreck takes lives of Wortham couple

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A Hill County wreck took the lives of a Wortham couple Thursday, while a wreck on U.S. 84 seriously injured an Axtell man Saturday.
Thursday’s wreck took place at 1:30 p.m. just outside Bynum on Hwy. 171, a mile south of its intersection with Hill CR 1242. Dallas Jones, 31, of Frisco was driving a 2007 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup and towing a commercial motor vehicle northbound on Hwy. 171, entering a curve in the road. Headed southbound was William Marks, 81, of Wortham, driving a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup, with his wife Linda, 77, in the passenger seat. As well, Timothy Suter, 60, of Franklin was headed southbound in a Ford F-350 pickup, towing a trailer.

Mon
13
Jun

Kosse Homecoming weekend a blast of fun

A huge flag celebrating the memory of the Kosse Greyhounds was one of the many highlights of the Kosse Homecoming Parade Saturday morning.
Mariel Howard, 11, of Waco, trades a rubber chicken she caught for a treat-filled egg from the 4-H float at the Kosse Homecoming Parade Saturday, June 11.
Jaedi Goodman, 14, of Groesbeck, at left, plays with her second-cousin Hatley Coker, 2, of Thornton, while the child’s mother, Sara Coker, Jaedi’s cousin, looks on.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Hundreds turned out for the annual Kosse Homecoming this weekend, with the highlight being the parade and barbecue dinner following at the Kosse Community Center.
The sun shone brightly among puffy white clouds, and a slight breeze blew to make for perfect parade-watching weather.
Attendees sat on benches along the street or on the curbs to watch the entries pass by. Many of those on floats or vehicles in the parade threw handfuls of candies to the watching children, who scrambled for the treats.
Some entries included Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, the city of Kosse, the pioneer families of Graham and Whitlow, 4-H members, the Kosse Class of 1958 and also the Class of 1938, which included Katherine Swinnea, said to be one of only four remaining class members.

Mon
13
Jun

Milestone celebrated at Carry-On

Carry-On General Manager Marty Cargile, left and Wayne Bishop, vice president of operations, address workers of Carry-On Trailer Corp. in Mexia to congratulate them on American Trailer Works’ completion of its three-millionth trailer.

American Trailer Works, manufacturer of utility and cargo trailers and parent company of Mexia’s Carry-On trailer facility, has manufactured its three-millionth trailer.
ATW, which manufactures trailers at 12 locations in North America under the Carry-On, PJ, RC and Middlebury Trailer brands, built the three-millionth trailer at its new aluminum trailer manufacturing plant in Missouri Valley, Iowa.
“At ATW, we always strive to be the first in the industry in innovation and customer service. So this is a historic day for ATW and for the North American trailer industry, as we are the first company to reach the three-million trailer mark,” said John Burgess, ATW group president of utility trailers. “This is a testament to the dedication of all of our employees at each of our 12 plants…”

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