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Wed
12
Mar

Council OKs tax abatements on second vote

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
City Council agreed on their second look at the issue to grant tax abatements to a new company after a lively half-hour City Council meeting Tuesday.
The move, which will cost the city approximately $47,340 in tax revenue over five years, was approved in a 3-2-1 vote
At a March 4 called meeting, Council agreed unanimously to grant a $150,000 forgivable loan to Rogers Manufacturing Corp., but balked at allowing a second request to have taxes forgiven, voting 3-2 to deny the request.
Rogers will be making trusses in a building on Industrial Boulevard it has agreed to buy from Carry-On trailers. That project will cost $2.3 million and employ 21 people with an annual payroll of $600,000.

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

Wed
05
Mar

Never too young


Raylee Masters, of Thornton, eyes the arena as she gets firmly grounded on her sheep in the mutton bustin’ contest Friday at the county Fairgrounds, part of the annual county fair in Limestone County. For more photos from the mutton bustin’ competition, turn to Page 8. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Raylee Masters, of Thornton, eyes the arena as she gets firmly grounded on her sheep in the mutton bustin’ contest Friday at the county Fairgrounds, part of the annual county fair in Limestone County. For more photos from the mutton bustin’ competition, turn to Page 8.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
05
Mar

Primary election results announced


Election workers, seated from left, Lede Salazar, of Groesbeck, and Robbie Pettigrew, of Kosse, check in the first electronic ballots for Limestone County to be turned in Tuesday evening at the Courthouse, those from election judge Debbie Hall, of Precinct 301 at 7:28 p.m. At rear from left, are election workers Connie Stratton and Rene Jefferson. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Results in Limestone County local-interest races in the March 4 Republican primary elections are:
State Senator, District 5
Charles Schwertner, R (i) 1,899 100%

State Rep. District 12
Timothy Delasandro, R 596 27.76%
Kyle Kacal, R (i) 1,551 72.24%

District Judge, 87th Judicial District
Deborah Oakes Evans, R (i) 1,974 100%

District Clerk  
Carol Sue Jenkins, R (i) 1,418 62.55%
Valerie Henson, R 849 37.45%

County Judge  
Daniel Burkeen, R (i) 2,025 100%

County Clerk
Peggy Beck, R (i) 2,150 100%

County Treasurer
Carol Pickett, R 1,946 100%

Pct. 2, County Commissioner  
W.A. (Sonny) Baker, R 176 51.61%
Brad Connally, R 165 48.39%

Pct. 4, County Commissioner:  
Bobby Forrest, R (i) 438 68.01%
Joe Teel, R 206 31.99%

Pct. 1, Justice of the Peace
Marcus Ray Hanna, R (i) 659 100%

Mon
03
Mar

Ice, bitter cold close schools, roads


Ice melts from the branches of a crepe myrtle outside Mexia High School Monday morning after a winter storm left roads slick and caused cancellation of all MISD classes that day. Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
An ice storm caused school closings, utility failures and nerve-wracking drives for Mexia-area drivers Monday morning, but hard freezes should be gone for the rest of the week.
Mexia ISD on Sunday sent an announcement it would delay school opening by two hours the next day, but around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, classes were canceled for the day.
There were reports of power outages in the Tehuacana area, but not in the city of Mexia, although some fallen branches were being removed from residential roadways Monday morning.
Internet provided by Northland Cable failed Monday morning, a problem the company said was caused by electrical loss.

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

Mon
03
Mar

DECA team is state champion


Shown here is Mexia’s state champion DECA Financial Literacy Promotion team, l-r, Helena Westphal-Franklin, Jossie Palacios and Sarah Contreras. They next compete in Atlanta, Ga. in May. Contributed photo

The Mexia DECA 2014 Financial Literacy Promotion team earned the state championship at a recent competition held in Dallas and are on their way to international competition.
The competition, against 3A, 4A and 5A schools, took place the weekend of Feb. 22 at the Texas DECA State Conference, attended by 3,000 students and advisers from all over Texas.
Team members Sarah Contreras and Helena Westphal-Franklin, both seniors, and sophomore Jossie Palacios won the state trophy and will now compete at the international conference in May in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wed
26
Feb

Fair rodeo starts Friday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Grab your hat and slide on your boots – the annual Limestone County Fair Association starts tomorrow.
On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1, the annual rodeo will take place at at the Limestone County Fairgrounds in Groesbeck. The rodeo is usually the kick-off of the week-long youth livestock show, but this year the fair itself takes place at the end of the month.
Books for rodeo opened on Feb. 24 for timed events from 2-10 p.m. at 903-873-5214, and Feb. 25 from 2-10 p.m. for Rough Stock Events.
There will be Mutton Bustin on Friday only. It is $20 to enter; call 254-645-0429 today, Feb. 27. You may also enter on Friday night at 8 p.m.

Wed
26
Feb

Early voting ends Friday, primary is Tuesday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Early voting ends Friday for the spring primary election, with Election Day coming up Tuesday, March 4.
There are two polling sites for early voters: the county courthouse in Groesbeck or the courthouse annex in Mexia. Voters may only choose candidates in one party.
You may vote Thursday-Friday, Feb. 27-28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the courthouse at 200 W. State St. in Groesbeck; or from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the same two days at the Mexia county annex at 205 S. McKinney.
On Tuesday, voters must vote at their actual precinct, the number of which appears on voter registration cards.
This will be the first election in which Texas’ new Voter ID law will be enforced. To vote, one must show one of the following:

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

Wed
19
Feb

Pet of the Week


Cocomo is a Labrador Retriever mix who was one of six in a litter who were hand cared for by several LARAS House board members. He is a warm, friendly puppy who is up-to-date on his shots. Call LARAS House at 254-292-9552 to adopt Cocomo.

Cocomo is a Labrador Retriever mix who was one of six in a litter who were hand cared for by several LARAS House board members. He is a warm, friendly puppy who is up-to-date on his shots. Call LARAS House at 254-292-9552 to adopt Cocomo.

Wed
19
Feb

City water rate hike approved

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
In a split vote, Mexia City Council agreed to hike the city's water and sewer rates to cover bonds taken out by its water supplier without notice to the city.
Back in September, Council was looking into legal remedies after its supplier, Bistone Water Supply District took out a $6 million loan for improvements without notifying the city, a move now means 27- to 30-percent higher water bills for city residents.
At Tuesday night's Council meeting, around eight residents attended, with two addressing the Council about the proposed rates. City Manager Larry Brown explained that the city had no choice but to raise rates, because bills from Bistone will reflect the cost of repaying its bonds.

Wed
19
Feb

All-volunteer Caritas a marvel to organizers


Hattie Morgan, left, and Myrna Carter, volunteers at the Mexia thrift store Caritas, work together to ring up purchases by a customer recently. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Those who run Mexia food pantry and thrift store Caritas still look back in wonder at the life-altering change they made to their organization when they went all-volunteer five years ago.
They had been struggling to fund three paid workers and trying to price the second-hand items they sell in their store – at the corner of Commerce and McKinney streets – at what they hoped were reasonable prices. The problem was, they were losing money.
“One of the primary reasons we were going to all-volunteer operations was the fact that the 18 months prior, we were losing $1,500 a month to operate the store,” said Caritas board member Andrew Taulton. “We had to do something; we couldn’t operate the store at that type of loss because we just didn’t have the funds.”
Then the inspiration hit them: from now on, they would only use volunteers to accomplish their mission to help Mexia’s most struggling residents.

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