News

Mon
28
Sep

Fiction writer gives advice on creating first book

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A successful writer who recently moved to Limestone County was in Mexia recently, giving advice for those who may have a book inside them just waiting to get out.
Sidney Frost, author of at least half a dozen books, including a popular series called The Vengeance Squad, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club, telling how he got his start and describing steps he takes in writing books.
Frost is involved in Stephen Ministries, a non-profit ministry to counsel hurting people, and he incorporates his faith into his stories.
While giving his advice, he told how he got the ideas for some of his books.

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

Fri
25
Sep

Mexia police invite residents to friendly event

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia Police officers are hoping to make contact with residents in a friendly venue called National Night Out, set for Tuesday, Oct. 6.
The idea is to have some fun activities for children and adults along with safety tips and valuable offerings for parents.
National Night Out will take place at Mexia’s city park, 600 Glendale, 6-9 p.m.
Admission is free, and there will be free food and soft drinks, bounce houses, water slides and other fun-themed activities.
Another treat for the kids is to meet the Mexia Police Department’s K9 unit of Officer Anthony Donoso and canine Officer Tomi.
A DJ will play upbeat music to keep the atmosphere light.

Read more in the Saturday edition of The Mexia News.

Fri
25
Sep

Signs of love

Members of the Mexia church Jesucristo es mi Refugio hold banners and flags, and blow shofars, which are trumpets made from ram horns, as they make their way east on Main Street near downtown Mexia. Held Saturday, Sept. 19, this was their third annual March for Jesus. The group made their way to the city park where they had preaching, spiritual dancing and food.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
25
Sep

County to take final vote on budget, tax rate

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court will take the final vote at its meeting Monday, Sept. 28, on the 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which begins Oct. 1. In a related move, the court will approve the tax rate, which is expected to be the effective rate, or $0.6882 per $100 property valuation.
Before the county finalizes the budget, however, commissioners have scheduled one final chance to make any last-minute changes by department heads.
In a separate matter, the court will consider signing a contract between the county and Five Star Correctional Services, a company that proposes providing food service at the county jail. During budget talks, Sheriff Dennis Wilson revealed that he and his administrators had been talking with Five Star, which was offering a significantly lower cost for the job.

Wed
23
Sep

Road repairs to come from priority road funds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners dis­cussed at their Sept. 14 meeting using priority road funds for two county roads and also received a request from a county resident to put an oil-sand finish on his road to reduce the amount of dust generated when people drive on it.
One road under discussion was LCR 244, which is near Tehuacana. Commissioner Pct 2 W.A. “Sonny” Baker, in whose precinct the road lies, said he had spoken to Road Foreman Jerry Herrin about the repairs needed.
“What he’s going to do is go out there and mill it up, and he said that road was bad,” Baker said.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Com­missioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest noted that priority road funds had been used on that road just a few years ago, in 2010.

Wed
23
Sep

Honor bound

Mexia High School May 2015 graduates gather after the Sept. 17 Mexia Academic Excellence and Scholarship Awards by the Woman’s Friday Club. Nine scholarships were awarded, and dozens of current students received the coveted academic blankets acknowledging the students’ academic achievements. The funds for both scholarships and awards are coordinated by the Club but provided by individuals, businesses and groups across the community.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
23
Sep

Four Sheriff’s Office workers’ salaries bumped

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved raises for four Sheriff’s Office employees at their Sept. 14 meeting, but three were automatic adjustments. The court approved those changes and also heard the August statistics from the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center, as well as the August report on sheriff deputies’ activities.
The raises were as follows:
• Deputy Derak Rostockyj – six-month probationary increase.
• Jailer Richard Jones – six-month probationary increase.
• Jailer Ed Nehring – three-year step raise of $1,040.
• Dispatcher Kristi Coslin – certificate pay increase of $600.
Step raises are given to deputies, jailers and dispatchers at three and five years employment to encourage them to stay with the county, providing less turnover and therefore more stability.

Mon
21
Sep

Always in our hearts...

Bradley Bruckner, front left, and Tyler Bateman cook fish filets, french fries and hush puppies in propane-fueled fryers at the second annual Reagan Jacobs Scholarship Fundraiser Fish Fry, on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Coolidge Community Center. Bruckner was a nephew of the late Jacobs. Many other family members and friends worked together to put on the event.

To read more, see the Tuesday, Sept. 22, edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
21
Sep

Mexia sales tax rebates up 2.73 percent from last year

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for September dipped less than a percent compared to last year, while Coolidge’s total took a huge leap for the month.

“State revenues for fiscal 2015 came in very close to the amounts we projected in January before the legislative session,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “As we predicted, the Texas economy has seen moderate growth despite weakness in the energy sector. The accuracy of our fiscal 2015 estimate provides a firm foundation as we begin to prepare the Certification Revenue Estimate.”

Hegar also announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $638.1 million in local sales tax allocations for September, which represents an increase of 1.7 percent compared to September 2014.

To read more, see the Tuesday, Sept. 22, edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
21
Sep

County employees to start clocking hours

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County employees are about to begin a new time clock system for tracking their hours in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. County commissioners gave the OK to start using the new time clock system at their Sept. 14 meeting, and also made other personnel payroll decisions, including approving for the record the salaries of the county auditor, her staff and the district court employees; agreeing to increase raises at the Road and Bridge Department and significantly increasing the pay for the backhoe operator position.

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