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Wed
23
Apr

County to auction retired iron bridge online


This old pony truss bridge was recently removed from use by Limestone County Road and Bridge Department personnel after the Texas Department of Transportation ordered it closed. The county plans to auction it online through local auctioneer Jerry Kennedy. Robbie Pettigrew can be seen looking at the bridge in the yard of the Road and Bridge Department, where she works. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have agreed to sell on the Internet a bridge that the Road and Bridge Department removed from LCR 192. The bridge was closed about a month ago by orders of the Texas Department of Transportation.
County Engineer Ted Kantor said at the commissioners court’s April 14 meeting that the structure was a worn pony truss bridge and he has had several inquiries into it. Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven said he had several inquiries, too. The court agreed to allow auctioneer Jerry Kennedy to sell it on his website.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen noted that most people interested in the bridge were local and asked that those interested be notified about the website. He also said Kennedy would post any required legal notices. The bridge is at the Road and Bridge Department

Wed
23
Apr

First pitch


Former Blackcat and long-time baseball supporter Tink Easterling threw out the first pitch of Mexia’s final home game of the season Tuesday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Ferris

Former Blackcat and long-time baseball supporter Tink Easterling threw out the first pitch of Mexia’s final home game of the season Tuesday night.
Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Ferris

Mon
21
Apr

Mexia sales tax receipts down for month, year

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for April dropped almost 17 percent compared to last year, as did totals in two of the other four taxing entities in Limestone County.

Mexia re­ceived $198,429.89 this period, down 16.65 percent from the $238,082.31 reported sent in this month in 2013.

Year-to-date, Mexia has received $845,984.14, down 2.16 percent from the $864,724.38 year-to-date total 12 months ago.

Revenues this month were up 17.69 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $59,294.06 this period compared to $50,377.39 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 11.33 percent compared to a year ago, for a total of $239,233.36, compared to $214,881.88 at this time last year.

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

Mon
21
Apr

One jump ahead

Geordon Chambers, 7, takes the lead in the sack race at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church’s Easter celebration Saturday, April 19.

Mon
21
Apr

County to maintain flood control structures

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners voted at their April 14 meeting to keep maintaining the flood control structures in the northwest part of the county as a way to prevent larger flooding issues.

Ed Schwille, of the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation Board, which oversees the operation and maintenance of the structures, reported to the court about his plans to apply herbicide to control the brush around the structures in May and June. He said he would need about $7,000 to buy what he needed for the project. He had appeared before the court last month telling the commissioners they would need to consider this upcoming expense.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen told Schwille he had been notified by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that some of the dams in Limestone County were at the end of their expected lifespans, and suggested the county apply for funds to replace them.

Thu
17
Apr

Pet of the Week


Blue is an Australian shepherd/Blue Heeler mix adult male available for adoption. Call LARAS House at 254-292-9552 to adopt Blue.

Blue is an Australian shepherd/Blue Heeler mix adult male turned over to LARAS House by his owner. He is housetrained, walks well on a leash and knows some simple commands (sit, stay). He is good with other dogs and tolerates cats. Blue will be neutered soon. Call LARAS House at 254-292-9552 to adopt Blue.

Thu
17
Apr

MISD green lights driver’s ed

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
After fielding a number of inquiries about why the school district does not offer a driver’s education course, Superintendent Sharon Ross decided to research the idea and bring the question to the school board.
At it’s last meeting, the board voted unanimously – with Kent Kendall absent from the meeting – to move forward with a program slated to begin this summer.
“It all started when I first came and I was talking to a citizen that works downtown who said they had a lot of people coming in looking for a job, but don’t have a drivers license,” Ross said. “It is a lot of our young children who are in high school or they recently graduated.”
While costs for the course and some logistical details have yet to be finalized, Ross said Pat Adams will serve as a contractor to teach the course. The district will use its facilities and will purchase and equip a vehicle for the driving portion of the instruction.

Thu
17
Apr

Time travelers


Two Confederate mounted officers make a quick foray into the battle line to pick off Yankee soldiers in Saturday’s Civil War Re-enactment battle at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Two Confederate mounted officers make a quick foray into the battle line to pick off Yankee soldiers in Saturday’s Civil War Re-enactment battle at the Confederate Reunion Grounds.

Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Thu
17
Apr

Road grant to county now exceeds $500K

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners found out Monday how much larger the transportation infrastructure grant the county is eligible to receive from the state will be. The initial amount was to have been $431,000, but the new amount will be $503,797.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen, in announcing the new grant amount, noted that the higher figure represents a 17-percent increase and said that was better than most counties had received.
“There is some paperwork required that Road and Bridge (Department) will have to keep up with as we spend the money,” Burkeen said. “It’s a reimbursement grant, so as we do the projects on our list, we will get reimbursed at 80 percent of the (cost), up to $503,797.

Fri
11
Apr

Car wreck blocks Milam traffic


The eastbound lane of Milam Street in Mexia was completely blocked Wednesday during the afternoon rush hour when one car hit another in the long string of traffic. One man was injured with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The eastbound lane of Milam Street – the main thoroughfare through Mexia – was completely blocked Wednesday during afternoon rush hour when a driver rear-ended an SUV in front of him.
Elgin Thomas, 26, of Mexia, was driving a black 2011 Toyota Camry eastbound on Milam Street near its intersection with Brooks Street, just before 5 p.m. Driving eastbound just ahead of him was April Nicole Wilson, 23, also of Mexia.
When Wilson stopped to allow another car to turn in front of her, Thomas crashed into the back of her silver 2014 Dodge Journey SUV, causing major damage to the front of his car.

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