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Wilson asks citizens to join sheriffs’ association

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson announced Tuesday that Limestone County citizens wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime are invited to become associate members of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.
Membership invitations will go out in the mail over the next several weeks. Associate member funding allows the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas to provide training, technical resources and legislative support on criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state.
In addition, dues are used to support crime prevention and awareness programs, promote public safety, fight drug abuse, provide additional training for sheriffs and their deputies, and provide scholarships for children of law enforcement officers.
Contributions to the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas are tax-deductible.

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14
Mar

County won’t be putting up ‘no open-carry’ signs

AgriLife Extension Agent Gabrielle Washington, left, thanks longtime AgriLife office manager Wanda Powell for her service, during Limestone County commissioners court’s Feb. 22 meeting

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their Feb. 22 meeting not to put up any signs for now prohibiting open-carry of firearms even in places like the fairgrounds, where the county could place them during children’s events. The court also dealt with several personnel matters, including filling an Emergency Services District opening, discussing a personnel matter in closed session and other business.
At previous meetings, the members of the court and department heads discussed whether or not to order signs and where to put up signs either permanently or temporarily. They seemed to agree that open-carry needed to be prohibited at the fairgrounds during events geared to children, such as the county fair.

Mon
14
Mar

City’s sales tax rebates on the rise in March

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for March are back up again, by 8.1 percent compared to this month last year, in spite of the state’s economic slowdown due to a decline in the oil and gas business.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $585.6 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 0.7 percent less than in March 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.
“Energy-centric cities, such as Odessa, Midland, Corpus Christi and Houston, continued to see decreases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Other areas of the state helped to somewhat offset those losses, as cities such as Austin and Dallas saw moderate increases in allocations.”

Fri
11
Mar

Flooding forces Lake Mexia evacuations

A travel trailer on the east side of Lake Mexia is completely surrounded by flood waters Wednesday.
A boat parked in a Lake Mexia yard was caught by flood waters Wednesday at Lake Mexia.
Flood waters creep up the driveway of this Lake Mexia home Wednesday.
Mud hens take advantage of rising waters to feed in the front yard of this Lake Mexia home Wednesday.
One of the picnic tables at the Lake Mexia Marina was less-than-inviting Wednesday.
Booker T. Washington park at Comanche Crossing was inundated by flood waters Wednesday.
Lake Mexia VFD’s big pink truck returns rescuers to the fire station after a patrol seeking those needing rescuing Wednesday. The
Lake Mexia and Shiloh volunteer firefighters and other volunteers take a row boat to be launched into a flooded  neighborhood behind the LMVFD fire house Wednesday.
The Lake Mexia VFD fire house was crowded with television crews from news stations in Waco and Dallas Wednesday.

The Lake Mexia Volunteer Fire Department fire house served as the command cnter for evacuations of homes flooded Wednesday after 7 inches or more of rain fell in two days.
The fire house was crowded with firefighters, volunteers, law enforcement officers and many television crews from news stations in Waco and Dallas.
The department only rescued a few people, because those living in between 100 and 150 flood-surrounded homes left of their own accord, fire department officials said.
The LMVFD Fire Chief Gene Reynolds said lake water levels were at almost normal by Thursday evening.
About 50 homes suffered damage from the flooding, according to the Lake Mexia VFD, and cleanup is expected to take quite awhile.
Check out our slideshow of views from around the lake!

Fri
11
Mar

Former MHS band director Joe Tom Haney dies

Col. Joe Tom Haney

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
11
Mar

Air show to offer fun, excitement for families

Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross, center, introduces three teenagers who had recently earned their licenses to fly during last year’s Family Fun Day Air Show at Limestone County Airport.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County residents will have their own air show Saturday, March 19, at the county airport, along with a whole range of fun activities.
It’s the Second Annual Family Fun Day Air Show, hosted by the Fast Freddie’s Flying Reds Foundation and Greer Mobile Detail.
Admission is free for the event, which starts at 11 a.m. and runs until about 3.
The highlight will be aerial demonstrations by the Bronze Eagles Flying Club of America, a Houston-based, non-profit organization that promotes interest in flying among youth.
Attendees may meet the pilots – some as young as 16 – before and after the flights, said event organizer Freddie Greer Sr.
Younger children will enjoy three bounce houses Greer has arranged to have at the air show.

Thu
10
Mar

Flood waters create havoc

A line of cars creeps through flood waters early Wednesday morning on U.S. 84 near the Lazy Lou Ranch.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Traffic cones sprouted like mushrooms after a rain, as high water from a major storm system made getting around the Bistone area difficult Tuesday and Wednesday.
Limestone County Emergency Management officer Matt Groveton said early Wednesday that the situation was “all hands on deck” in managing traffic at flooded roadways in the county.
“But right now the waters are receding, and there’s no major problems,” he said.
Rainfall amounts in the 4- to 6-inch range were recorded through most of Limestone County during the storm.

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

Thu
10
Mar

Residents are safe

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The cause of this persistent Wednesday morning fire was unknown as of presstime yesterday. The house, on Hwy. 14 near FM 2705, belongs to Angie Reeves, but was unoccupied when the fire broke out. Reeves, who’s lived in the home almost five years, said she’d seen to boarding her children on their school bus and gone to a neighbor’s home for coffee when the blaze was noticed by a passing motorist, who alerted authorities. Crews from Mexia, Shiloh and Groesbeck fire departments were brought in to fight the blaze. Reeves said the home was insured. No more information on the fire was available as of presstime yesterday.

Mon
07
Mar

Talented kids get rewarded for performances

Four- and five-year-old students from Aunt Rosie’s Day Care, dance and sing for those attending the Rotary Club of Mexia’s 61st Annual Talent Show on Friday, March 4, at the Mexia Convention Center.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The Mexia Convention Center was almost completely filled Friday night with those attending the Rotary Club of Mexia’s 61st Annual Talent Show, and it’s safe to say that they got their money’s worth and more.
Family members, friends and other well-wishers were there early to get a good seat, some more than an hour early, to ensure they could see their loved one.
Eighteen acts filled the evening with song, dance and instrumental music, nine each from the junior and senior divisions, respectively. The junior division represented Mexia students from kindergarten through fifth grade, while the senior division covered students in sixth through 12th grades.
Bryan Hallmark, a Mexia ISD teacher and also pastor of Mexia First Assembly of God, was emcee for the event, introducing each act and keeping up a light, running commentary with the audience.

Mon
07
Mar

New injunction in 19th of June Organization squabble

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

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