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Mon
23
Dec

Austin food bank provides for Limestone needy

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners heard an update on hunger in Central Texas and what they need to know to make sure residents realize what help is available for them.

Kathy Green, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, in Austin, made the presentation at the court’s Dec. 9 meeting.

Capital Area Food Bank is one of 21 food banks in Texas, she told the court. Capital Area Food Bank in turn covers 21 counties, including Limestone. Local food pantries buy groceries from the food bank at very low rates to make sure their shelves are stocked when people come to them for help.

“Basically, the food bank, if you’re not familiar with it, is like the bank, and our partner agencies are like the ATMs,” Green said. “So the partner agencies in our areas get food from us; they may not get 100 percent of their food from us, but they do get a big portion of it.

Fri
20
Dec

Mexia start-up Lide now international company


Lide-Mexia Quality Manager Manuel Bluitt gestures to a co-worker in the yard behind the many buildings that make up the oilfield tank manufacturing company on U.S. 84 east of Mexia. Behind Bluitt can be seen some finished tanks as well as the large rolls of carbon steel used to make the vessels. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Nearly 40 years ago, a man from Cotton Gin, just a few miles east of Mexia, had an idea that has grown to become a productive manufacturing company with an international presence.

That man was Mandeville Lide Jr., known simply as Junior Lide, and that company was Lide Tank, later called Lide Industries and now under the Permian Lide banner.

Though Junior Lide passed away in 2008, the company he built to make storage tanks for the oilfield industry is thriving and supports many local employees and their families.

Although the local company is located in Freestone County, it calls itself “Lide Mexia,” and it significantly impacts the city.

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

Fri
20
Dec

Mexia lit up for Christmas 2

Mexia Garden Club chose the winners of the Mexia Christmas Lighting Contest Tuesday evening. Winning for Best Traditional lighting were Reese and Susan Wynn, at 803 Mesquite. Both winning homes incorporated music into the holiday decorations.
Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight

Fri
20
Dec

Mexia lit up for Christmas

Winners in the Most Creative category in the Mexia Garden Club’s Christmas Lighting Contest, which was judged Tuesday night, were Corwin Whitfield and Debbie Beil at 201A S. Ross Ave. Whitfield makes sure Santa is out on the sidewalk most evenings to talk to any children who happen to come by and make sure he knows what they want for Christmas.
Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight

Fri
20
Dec

Commissioners hold off on loader purchase

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners at last week’s meeting found an opportunity to conserve county money by holding off on trading in a large machine called a loader for a new one, though the deals offered by the companies that sell these machines were tempting.

The court discussed at length its options on trading in the county’s current loader but ultimately decided to make the one it has last a year or two longer. County Road Engineer Ted Kantor had obtained quotes from two companies that would accept the county’s current loader as trade in on a new one. Crediting the trade-in, Cat wanted $75,186 for a new one, while WPI wanted $59,290.50, Kantor told the court.

“On the back-end, Cat would guarantee $125,000 buyback on the next machine; WPI is offering $113,000, so if you look at the end numbers, there’s about $4,000 difference,” he said.

Wed
18
Dec

Juvenile Center drainage problem now fixed

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Since the drainage problem around the county’s Juvenile Detention Center has been fixed and the outside insulation been added, the county is now planning to fix the cracks in the facility’s walls, something the county was reluctant to do before the other problems were addressed. At last week’s commissioners court meeting, Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick reported on these improvements and also gave the monthly statistics on the Center.

“Gary Dyer said those cracks were not changing much since we fixed the drainage and the insulation,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told Swick. “I hope it stabilized the building. I was talking to Sam (Callis, maintenance supervisor) about doing some repairs on those if you think it’s stabilized. He said it hasn’t moved much.”

Wed
18
Dec

Old bridge lit for holidays

Droplets of water from fog look like snowflakes in this image of the old bridge over the Navasota River on Hwy. 14, taken after the annual bridge lighting ceremony on Mon­day, Dec. 9.
Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Wed
18
Dec

Candidate rosters set for spring primary races

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Dec. 8 was the last day for candidates to file to run in the March party primaries, solidifying the line-up for local, state and federal offices.

As expected, Republicans far out-numbered Democrat candidates in local races, with no Limestone County races having a Democrat running at all. There is one Democrat running for the State Senate seat that includes Limestone County, Joel Shapiro, who will face the unopposed Republican incumbent, Charles Schwertner, in the fall general election.

Incumbent State Rep. Kyle Kacal, a Republican, has drawn an opponent in his primary – Timothy Delasandro – but no Democratic opposition come November.

Mon
16
Dec

Sales tax rebates stay below 2012 for Mexia

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions to Mexia were down again last month, and remain below the amount gathered year-to-date last year.

The city of Mexia re­ceived $189,556 this period, down 3.73 percent from the $196,915 reported sent in this month in 2012.

Year-to-date, Mexia has received $2,515,963, down .93 of a percent from the $2,539,830 year-to-date total 12 months ago.

Revenues this month were down 9.88 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $52,395 this period compared to $58,139 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 1.61 percent compared to a year ago.

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

Mon
16
Dec

Making Christmas music, memories

 The Navasota River Community Band performs 'Jingle Bells' and other Christmas favorites at First United Methodist Church's Victorian Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8. Shown here in front are Kelly Rushfeldt on saxophone and Amy Plummer on French horn, at center Andrew Billingsley on baritone and Art Nutt on trumpet, and at rear Bill Ferris on tuba. Not shown are Kristi Flusche on clarinet and Conrad Flusche on trumpet and clarinet.

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