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02
Mar

Only one race contested in May local elections

There will be one contested race for Mexia ISD’s two open slots on the board of trustees, and none for the four open positions on City Council, when this May’s elections roll around.
The filing deadline for a place on the May 9 ballot for both the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees election and Mexia City Council elections was Friday, Feb. 27.
Places 6 and 7 were open on the Mexia ISD, spots currently filled by Jackie Craig and Ron Fowler, respectively. Both have filed for re-election, but Craig has drawn an opponent, Israel Flores.
Seats up for grabs on the Mexia City Council were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller.
All four of those candidates have filed for re-election, and they are the only candidates who did so.

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

Wed
25
Feb

Snowfall a rare treat for Limestone County


Michelle Lugo, left, and Candy Robles, both Mexia High School seniors, enjoy Wednesday morning’s snowfall with a few minutes of snowball fighting. Lugo said she was asleep when she received a MISD text informing her class was canceled. But she didn’t realize it had snowed until Daniela Angeles, also an MHS senior, woke her up and told her. For more photos from the snowfall, see Pages 3, 8 and 10. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
School kids enjoyed a “snow day” Wednesday as the first significant snowfall since February 2011 made for a slushy Mexia morning.
Snowflakes begin to fall around 7:30 a.m. in Mexia, continuing until around 9:30 a.m. within the city limits. Warmer temperatures and peeking sunshine melted frozen slush off roadways by lunchtime, but snow up to an inch remained on cooler surfaces like lawns and landscaping.
Limestone County was part of a band of snow forecast by the National Weather Service for at least 46 North Texas counties, with the heaviest snows predicted north of a line from Athens to Fairfield to Cameron.
“As of 9:20 a.m., it’s still snowing pretty good east of a line from Greenville to Terrell to Groesbeck,” the Limestone County Emergency Management office reported yesterday.

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

Mon
16
Feb

Got the X factor


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

R.Q. Sims Intermediate School students, l-r, Tyonna Hubbard, 10, Essence Robertson, 10, and Kyra Robertson, 11, show their dancing skills at the auditions for the upcoming Rotary Club Talent Show. Tryouts were held this week for Mexia students from first through 12th grades.

Mon
16
Feb

County Clerk to get new compact filing system

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted at their Feb. 9 commissioners court meeting to make several improvements concerning the courthouse, approved contracts concerning leasing county equipment and accepting reimbursement for county expenses, and signed off on the sale of some tax-foreclosed properties.
One improvement at the courthouse the court approved was to buy an efficient, compact record storage system for the County Clerk’s office that will make some of the old records more secure.
Currently, some of the old records are being stored in a room beneath one of the courthouse’s staircases, an area that is not climate-controlled.
“Since we moved Jennifer (Johnson, former deputy county clerk) and the elections out, that frees up some space for Peggy (Beck, county clerk) to move her filing down there, rather than move it to separate storage,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

Fri
13
Feb

Lots of sweethearts


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia Lions Club’s sweethearts clap along to the Hank Williams oldie ‘Hey, Good Lookin’ at the club’s Valentine’s party, held Tuesday evening, Feb. 10, at the Farm House Restaurant. Shown here, l-r, are Bre Gamble, Tejal Patel, Kealey Machacek-Harkless and Katilyn Gipson.

To see more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
13
Feb

Prison gets another look from feds for contracts

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took a small but necessary step at Monday’s commissioners court meeting to get the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, back in business.
Toward the end of their Feb. 9 meeting, the court went into executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss matters concerning the LCDC. After just over an hour, the court returned to open session, and approved the submission of the LCDC by Management and Training Corporation, a Utah-based prison-operating facility to be considered for either of two federal contracts – called CAR-16 and CAR-17 – to house inmates on a long-term basis.
MTC has been working for months on its proposal to the Bureau of Prisons for the LCDC to be considered for either of the contracts.

Fri
13
Feb

MISD board could OK bond election Monday

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
With a Feb. 27 deadline approaching, the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees is expected to consider a proposal Monday night to call a bond election for May 9.
Monday is the board’s only regularly-scheduled meeting before the deadline. If an election is not called by Feb. 27, the next time the district will be able to put a measure on the ballot is November.
The board will have to determine specific details of the ballot measure, but administrators have said the proposal will be all inclusive and will not likely break the bond into multiple propositions.

Mon
09
Feb

County to put in new yield sign at busy intersection

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County residents who live on LCR 750 near LCR 751 may soon have a safer ride to and from home. County commissioners set in motion the process required to add a yield sign at the intersection at their Jan. 26 meeting. They also addressed two other safety issues: upgrading the courthouse security system and refraining from initiating a burn ban.
County Commissioner Pct. 4 John McCarver proposed putting a yield sign on LCR 751, citing requests for one from residents in the area. The intersection is near the west side of Lake Limestone and about 18 miles southeast of Groesbeck.
“LCR 750 and 751 come together there and it’s just not (right),” McCarver said. “When they built those roads, they weren’t thinking. I guess 750 was built first, and then they added 751.”

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

Mon
09
Feb

MISD adds more bond issue forums

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
In an effort to reach more taxpayers, Mexia ISD has added three more meetings to its list intended to share information on district facilities needs.
The final originally scheduled meetings are 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tonight (Tuesday) in the junior high cafeteria.
First Baptist Church will host a meeting beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday, and St. Luke’s at 405 S. Belknap will host one at 6 p.m., Thursday. Administrators and consulting engineer Jim Hanks will address the Noon Lions Club Meeting on Feb. 17.
These bring the total number of forums scheduled to 12 as the district works to gather feedback from the community on its support for the current bond proposal. The school board is expected to consider the proposal at its Feb. 16 meeting and will have to decide whether to call bond election for May 9 or delay the issue. The deadline to call a May election is Feb. 27.

Mon
09
Feb

County puts law firm change on hold

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although at least one Limestone County Commissioner has made up his mind that the county needs to change its legal representation, he and the rest of commissioners court agreed to wait at least until the next meeting to make the change since the county’s current attorney is in the middle of delicate financial negotiating on the county’s behalf. The court addressed that and several other minor issues regarding the prison and the Sheriff’s Office at its Jan. 26 meeting.

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