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Mon
26
Sep

St. Mary’s 56th Annual Church barbecue slated Oct. 2

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Each year around this time, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Mexia, holds a huge barbecue with lots of food and drinks, prizes, games and fun – and this year’s event is only days away. 

The church’s 56th annual barbecue lunch is Sunday, Oct. 2, with serving starting at 11 a.m. and running to 2 p.m. Plates include barbecue beef and sausage, beans, potato salad and slaw; also homemade cake and iced tea. Food may be eaten on the grounds or taken to go. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. St. Mary’s is located at 607 N. Bonham.

At 1 p.m.,  a live auction begins, with all kinds of valuable and interesting prizes going to the highest bidders. One of the most coveted prizes to be auctioned could be the U.S. flag-themed quilt, handmade by members of the Altar Guild. 

Mon
26
Sep

Rotary Club bridging the gap

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Members of the Rotary Club of Mexia dedicated a bridge they were instrumental in replacing, one of three over the creek that runs through Mexia City Park.

The dedication took place Thursday, Sept. 16, with those Rotarians who could be present admiring the new structure.

All three bridges needed replacing, and the Club members chose to replace one bridge as its project for the 2015-16 Rotary year, donating $6,500, which was more than a third of the total price for replacing the structure. The city of Mexia provided the difference. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
26
Sep

Accumulated OT approved for pay

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners have agreed to pay for the accumulated hours of Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis and also a number of Sheriff’s Office employees. 

Callis plays many key roles in the county, repairing virtually anything that needs repair and can rarely be spared to take comp time, noted County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

“As y’all know, Sam’s got a unique situation in that he can’t take time off, or when he does, we yank him back in,” Burkeen said. “He’s got money in his salary line; $3,230 will catch him up on that. He’s worked pretty hard to try to keep it down, but this past year, between the elevator and the lightning strikes and so forth, he has not been able to keep it down.”

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
23
Sep

County to adopt final budget, tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year, giving citizens one final chance to express their thoughts and opinions on them.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at the Sept. 27 meeting, which is expected to be in the middle of the meeting. Other matters to be discussed and possibly voted upon include accepting a donation to the Sheriff’s Office and a grant for the airport; and approving agreements to help some of the county’s smaller towns, refund taxes to a Mexia business and amend a contract for inmate prescriptions. The meeting will conclude with an executive session on a possible penalty pending against the county by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Regarding the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, a final vote on the those matters will take place after the hearing.  

Fri
23
Sep

Building Bridges 5K sees big turnout

Nearly 130 walkers and runners registered for the Fifth Annual Building Bridges for Better Health 5K Run/1Mile Walk. The event, co-hosted by Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck and Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, took participants from the historic bridge spanning the Navasota River to the Old Fort Parker grounds and back.  

The event is largely funded by a grant from the state of Texas and is aimed at reducing hospital readmissions, in part by education and promotion of health and wellness events. The Limestone County Disease Management Coalition, charged with carrying out the grant, helped provide participants with a wealth of health and wellness information. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
23
Sep

Building Bridges 5K sees big turnout

Nearly 130 walkers and runners registered for the Fifth Annual Building Bridges for Better Health 5K Run/1Mile Walk. The event, co-hosted by Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck and Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, took participants from the historic bridge spanning the Navasota River to the Old Fort Parker grounds and back.  

The event is largely funded by a grant from the state of Texas and is aimed at reducing hospital readmissions, in part by education and promotion of health and wellness events. The Limestone County Disease Management Coalition, charged with carrying out the grant, helped provide participants with a wealth of health and wellness information. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
23
Sep

Former Band Booster Club treasurer arrested for theft of funds

By Stephen R. Farris

Reporter, The Mexia News

Groesbeck Police officers made an arrest on Friday, Sept. 9, in connection to the theft of $8,000 or more from the Groesbeck ISD Band Booster Club.

According to Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson, former GISD Band Booster Club treasurer, Jamie Gladden, was the suspect arrested and charged with theft over $1,500, but less than $20,000, along with debit/credit card abuse.

Henson believes the amount of money taken could exceed $30,000 during a time period between January 2014 through August of this year. Further charges could be filed on Gladden – who served as the club’s treasurer since 2012 – after authorities complete their ongoing investigation.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
23
Sep

Feds may fine Limestone County for late OT pay

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court will confer in executive session at next week’s meeting to discuss a penalty being proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor for calculating work hours incorrectly, which was discovered this past spring in a federal audit. 

The offense occurred when the county allowed some Law Enforcement Center dispatchers and some jailers, with agreement on both sides, to count their hours in a non-standard manner. Within a two-week pay period, although the employees worked 80 hours, they were allowed to work more hours one week and less the other, such as working 48 hours in one week and 32 the second. Because the total was 80 hours for a two-week period, the county did not pay overtime. 

Wed
21
Sep

August stats at jail, juvenile center noted

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson recently gave the statistics for the month of August from the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, Jail and Dispatch Department. Similarly, Brian Swick, director of the Juvenile Detention Center, gave the statistics for the juvenile facility. Swick also gave an update on the trench the county Road and Bridge Department is digging for the new fiber optic cable.

According to Wilson, in August:

• Deputies traveled 1,365 miles transporting inmates to Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities. 

• Those trips cost $6,855.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
21
Sep

Expert knee surgeon offers services in Mexia

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia residents who need specialized care for their bones now have the luxury of getting that care in their own home town of Mexia. Parkview Regional Hospital has found a high-level specialist physician, an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Trice, to work in Mexia. 

“We’re very fortunate and blessed to have him in our community here,” said Parkview Chief Operations Officer Austin Wratchford of Trice. “He’s very skilled and talented, and brings a new service to our community, to where people don’t need to drive an hour away to see an orthopedist. They can come right here in their community, close to home.”

Trice spoke recently to the Mexia Lions Club, describing knee surgery, especially focusing on the difference between traditional care versus the newer way of treating knee problems. He offers both approaches, but sees the newer innovations as having better outcomes for patients. 

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