News

Fri
29
Jul

Detention center to take more time, money

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

As prison-operating company LaSalle Corrections works to open the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, and has gotten updated bids on repairs. Consequently, the estimated cost has increased and the estimated date of completion has been extended. 

LaSalle Director of Operations Jay Eason submitted a list of items that need repair. 

“We’re sitting right now at around $67,000,” Eason said of the cost, well over the original estimate of less than $50,000. 

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.

Wed
27
Jul

Mexia residents can take advantage of Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 5-7

By Roxanne Thompson and Tim O’Malley

Mexia News Staff

 

With the Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday quickly approaching, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 5-7, many businesses and residents are expected to benefit. The annual event aims to make back-to-school shopping a little more affordable for shoppers and hopes of local businesses to increase a little more in revenue.

“It absolutely increases sales, because people shop to save money,” said Cheryl Pratka, manager of the Mexia Bealls. “That weekend we will have sales; I just don’t know what that sale will be yet. We’ll have more people coming in the store and shopping.”

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

Wed
27
Jul

County court makes adjustments for prison

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners received a higher estimate of the amount of money needed to repair the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, and prepare it to receive inmates. The running cost is now $67,000, rather than $50,000, and the date of the estimated certification will be closer to the end of August, rather than the earlier estimated date of mid-August. Jay Eason, LaSalle’s director of operations, went over each estimate at the court’s July 26 meeting. 

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

Mon
25
Jul

Budget issues increasing at commissioners court – Sheriff warns that county employee pay must increase

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Budget issues have increased for Limestone County commissioners court as the end of the fiscal year approaches, and the commissiners addressed several of these considerations at their July 12 meeting, including a requested salary increase at the Road and Bridge Department, a budget transfer to keep the Indigent Health Program operating, notification of a new charge for fuel credit cards; and in another financial matter, transfer of a property to the city of Kosse.

Regarding the salary increase, the court discussed the request at length but ultimately decided to take no action until the new budget is created. 

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

Mon
25
Jul

Police chase speeds top 100 mph

Staff Report

A man who allegedly stole a firearm from a Mexia residence Saturday led police on a high-speed chase from Mexia through Teague and beyond before being arrested.

Chantler Leudrae Payne, 18, of Groesbeck, left a residence on Hinchliffe, whose owner called the Mexia Police Department about 2:30 p.m., saying..."

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

Mon
25
Jul

3,400 oppose high speed railway

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Opponents of the proposed high-speed rail project fulfilled their intent to gather petitions from others opposed to the railway, delivering 3,400 signatures to Limestone County commissioners court.

Commissioners received the petitions at their July 12 meeting and heard one other report that touches on the quality of life in Limestone County: the AgriLife Extension Agent Report.

“There has been a lot of opposition in the county to the high-speed rail project, as planned to go through part of the county,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who credited the work of Logan Wilson and his wife, Mary Ann, for placing petitions around the county. 

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

Mon
25
Jul

Local traffic stop leads to meth bust

Staff Report

 

A Mexia woman driving on State Hwy. 14 last week was arrested and taken to jail when a Limestone County deputy allegedly found a controlled substance in her car. 

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

Mon
25
Jul

County taps high-priority road fund for repairs

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court has agreed to use high-priority road funds to repair LCR 456, which runs east from near the Fort Parker State Park entrance. 

The court approved this move at its July 12 meeting and also approved budget transfers for the Road and Bridge Department for another road repair and to buy needed software.

Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest requested $50,000 for the job, which Road Administrator Jerry Herin estimated would cost a total of $69,000. The difference would be paid by Forrest’s precinct road funds.

The length of road to be repaired is about 1.5 miles, Forrest said.

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
22
Jul

New fee to speed up flood plain development applications

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A new flood plain development application fee of $25 will be assessed for those who plan to build in Limestone County, but the trade-off will be a much shorter time, in most cases, in getting the application approved.

County commissioners approved the fee at their July 12 meeting upon recommendation by Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis.

Until now, County Judge Daniel Burkeen has had to manually approve the applications, which would sometimes take weeks, Callis said, since the judge has so many other duties. 

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
22
Jul

Commissioners expected to extend burn ban

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are likely to declare a county-wide burn ban at their meeting this Tuesday, July 26, confirming the emergency burn ban declared by County Judge Daniel Burkeen on Friday, July 15.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing and vote on closing LCR 395, accepting a grant to get body cameras for county deputies, awarding the winning bids on materials the county uses often and recognizing county employees who have achieved certain milestones in years of service. 

As for the emergency ban, it is only good for seven days or the next commissioners court meeint and must be confirmed by the court. The court’s ban is good for 90 days unless the commissioners extend or rescind it. 

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News