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Wed
12
Oct

Mexia residents on edge about clown sightings

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Clown sightings, reported across the country in recent weeks, have now occurred in Mexia, and some people are worried about them.

Mexia Police investigated three reports of clown sightings on the east side of Mexia over the past week. The police, however, did not find any actual clowns.

In the first report, from Saturday, Oct. 8, about 10:30 p.m., a 29-year-old man reported seeing two people dressed as clowns in a silver or gray Toyota sedan near the Civic Center. They complimented the man on his suit and drove away, he said. The complainant said he was worried that the clowns might have meant him harm, and he called 911. The responding officers were unable to find the clowns or a car fitting the description given.

In the second report,...

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Mon
10
Oct

Pastor says, Don’t give up on the broken

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A new pastor has stepped in at the First United Methodist churches in Tehuacana and Wortham: Chris Rowe, and he has plans and a testimony.

Rowe came on board July 1. Just before coming to Tehuacana, he spent a year as associate pastor at FUMC, Hillsboro, and also as college ministry director at Hill College there. For the two years before that he was college ministry director at the Wesley Foundation at Weatherford College.

This fall semester, Rowe is completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology through Tarleton State University; and he begins seminary studies in January. Rowe spoke of his background and interests to the Lions Club of Mexia recently, including how he was called to the ministry.

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Mon
10
Oct

Thornton church gives funds for bullet proof vests

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A church in Thornton, hearing the many news accounts from across the country of people attacking law enforcement officers, decided to show in a very tangible way their appreciation of Limestone County law enforcement. 

First United Methodist Church of Thornton donated $1,200 to the Sheriff’s Office, enough to buy two bullet-proof vests for county deputies, many of whom have none. 

Kay Alston, chair of the administrative council of Thornton FUMC, and the Rev. Steve Nance, pastor of Thornton FUMC, appeared at commissioners court’s most recent meeting, which was Sept. 27, to present the donation, since donations are required to go through the court. 

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Sat
08
Oct

Padded cells need of renovation

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court is expected to accept a penalty of just over $5,700 imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor for non-standard computation of employee hours. 

The court will take a vote on the matter at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11, and also accept the final version of the 2016 tax rolls, approve refurbishing padded cells at the county jail, sign off on exchanging some heavy machinery, accept a grant from the state for indigent defense and discuss a list of bridges the state is proposing replacing. 

Regarding the federal penalty, the commissioners met in executive session at their last meeting, on Sept. 27, to discuss the matter, but when they returned to open session, they realized that no action item had been listed on the meeting’s agenda, so they could not vote on the penalty at that time.

Sat
08
Oct

Possible Mexican cartel pot farm found near Kosse:

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies helped Robertson County Sheriff’s Office last week in by far the largest seizure of marijuana plants in Robertson County’s history. 

Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak had called for help from nearby county deputies to help in the seizure of 5,900 plants that had been growing in a wooded area in Robertson County, east of Kosse.

“That is the largest grow field we’ve ever seized,” Yezak said. “Before that one, we got one about five years before, down on the south end of our county, close to Brazos County. That one was a little over 1,300 plants.”

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Wed
05
Oct

Pay increases still persist at county level

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A retired district judge does not agree with the commissioners court’s decision to only use a civil engineer when needed rather than hiring a full-time engineer, but the county judge says Limestone County simply cannot afford that expense.

Retired District Judge P.K. Reiter, during the public comments section of the commissioners court’s Sept. 27 meeting, urged the court to increase the amount budgeted for a county engineer.

Until May 31, the county had on its payroll civil engineer Ted Kantor; but Kantor, who had held the position about 15 years, resigned effective that date to take a job in another county, reportedly with a hefty pay increase. 

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Mon
03
Oct

Group helps Limestone cancer patients with travel costs

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The cost of treating cancer can be overwhelming, but a Limestone County group is trying to focus just on helping cancer patients with their expenses of going out of town for treatment.

They’re emulating a similar program in Freestone County that has been doing the same for nearly four years.  

There had been no similar group in Limestone County until earlier this year, when Missy Sullivan and April Parolini heard about a cancer patient who needed help with travel expenses.  

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Mon
03
Oct

Auditor staff raises ire in court

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Just before Limestone County commissioners gave the final vote on the budget, they approved for the record raises for the county auditor’s three assistants, but in a split vote. 

County Auditor Debbie Watson said her salary, which was $54,704, did not go up, but she requested and received raises for her three assistants.

The first assistant auditor would get a raise to $43,215, including a supplement of $2,500 for purchasing tasks. The second assistant auditor would get a raise to $40,125 including a supplement of $3,500 for purchasing tasks. The third assistant would get a raise to $34,111. 

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Fri
30
Sep

City Council lowers Ad Valorum Tax for new budget

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Mexia home and business owners will have a little reprieve after the city council voted to reduce the originally proposed Ad Valorem Tax Rate of $0.08956 to $0.0804 during the regular scheduled meeting on Sept. 20.

The governing body of the City of Mexia held two public hearings before their regular scheduled meeting and allowed the community to have a third public hearing during the meeting before discussion and possible action. 

Though, there was not an open seat in the room, only one individual spoke up about the Ad Valorem Tax Rate.

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Fri
30
Sep

Limestone County penalized $5.7K

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The penalty the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed for Limestone County for paying some employees in a non-standard way is just over $5,700 after negotiations. 

The penalty was issued because an audit by the Department of Labor found that the county had allowed dispatchers and some jailers to schedule their 80 hours over their two-week pay periods unevenly, such as 32 hours one week and 48 hours the second week. 

County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the Sheriff’s Office had allowed the practice at the employees’ request, and both sides had agreed to it. The county did not have to pay overtime, and employees could schedule long weekends or take extra days off to suit their personal schedule.  

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