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Fri
22
Jul

City council votes down increase in trash rates

By Tim O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

There were some community members who attended the City of Mexia city council’s regular meeting on July 19 to express their concerns of a possible rate increase for trash pick up services. Republic Services was on the agenda to make such a request. 

City resident Gary Lawson said, “I have some concerns about the increase of the trash pick up. Please, ask a lot of questions about that. Our bills are already high. Ask questions and have discussions about it.”

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

Wed
20
Jul

Texas Sales Tax Holiday will benefit Mexia residents

Mexia residents can take advantage of this year’s sales tax holiday, declared by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar , scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7.

Shoppers can save money on certain items priced for less than $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“As families all over our state prepare to send their children back to school, we hope folks take advantage of this opportunity to get the supplies they need and save some money in the process,” Hegar said. “As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up. This event provides Texas families with some relief from state and local sales taxes.”

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at texastaxholiday.org.

Wed
20
Jul

Step raises OK’d for law enforcement employees

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners approved salary increases for the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, jail and Dispatch Department. 

The court addressed this and other matters concerning law enforcement at their July 12 meeting, including hearing the June statistics for the Law Enforcement Center and the Juvenile Detention Center; and approving payment of invoices for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.

Those approved for raises include:

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

Wed
20
Jul

National Day of the Cowboy is this Saturday

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

This Saturday, July 23, has been set aside to celebrate cowboy culture, values and ways, and some Mexia residents think that is only right. 

It’s called the National Day of the Cowboy, and according to lifelong Mexia resident Dick Flatt, honoring cowboy culture is important. 

“If you’re a Texas history person of any caliber, you should care that there’s a day set aside for this holiday,” he said. “It’s not costing anything; it’s just a day set aside to honor the traditional cowboy way of life.”

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

Mon
18
Jul

Specific requirements of burn ban declaration

Mexia News Staff Report

When Limestone County Commissioners Court issues a burn ban, such as it’s most recent ban issued July 15, the order contains many specific requirements, especially related to the field of welding, that often are not included in The Mexia News.

Listed below are the details of the burn ban helpful to all residents, including specific requirements for those who weld.

First, the burn ban is issued when part or all of the unincorporated area of the county would be exacerbated by outdoor burning. 

The part of the government code permitting the county to issue a burn ban is based on Local Government Code 352.081, as well as other statutes. 

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

Mon
18
Jul

County Vietnam vets ‘welcomed home’

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Thirty Vietnam-era military veterans who live in Limestone County were honored in a special ceremony Saturday at Mexia’s VFW Lancaster Post 4694. 

The Mexia Peer Support Center, which serves all of Limestone County, sponsored the event. Representatives of a variety of veteran’s organizations attended and worked together to show respect to the veterans. 

An estimated 150-200 attended the ceremony and included those who served in all the major military branches: Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. Those attending were local including those from cities across central Texas, such as Waco, Killeen and Copperas Cove. One of the larger contingencies was a group of about a dozen members of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association, Genevieve Chapter 94, of Killeen, who lent their support to the event.

Mon
18
Jul

Road use agreement for windmill companies approved

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A windmill farm for Limestone County, possibly more than one, is closer to reality, but county leaders want to ensure that trucks bringing in the very large parts required do not damage the roads and end up costing the county rather than contributing to the economy. 

Commissioners court approved a road use agreement at their July 12 meeting for one or more companies expected to build a windmill farm near Coolidge.

Commissioner Pct. 2 W.A. “Sonny” Baker and Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen spoke to those whose land may be used for the windmills.

Burkeen said many counties require oil and gas companies to post a bond before they are allowed to bring in heavy machinery, which can damage roads significantly. 

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

Fri
15
Jul

The Mexia News gets new managing editor

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Mexia News has a new Managing Editor, Tim O’Malley, whose first day on the job was Wednesday, July 13. He replaces former Managing Editor Brenda Sommer, who was promoted to editor of the Graham Leader, a sister paper to The News. 

O’Malley has been with Moser Community Media, parent company to The Mexia News, for four years, starting at The Jackson County Herald Tribune in Edna in the fall of 2012. 

His most recent position was at The Cuero Record, where he was reporter/photographer for more than three years, covering not only Cuero but also Yorktown and Nordheim. 

O’Malley is settling into his new position at The Mexia News as well as the city, which he said he already enjoys.

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

Fri
15
Jul

Children’s Gibbs Library summer reading program still on

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The summer reading program at Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library still has two weeks remaining for children 3-14 looking for something fun and interesting to do. 

The program started July 5 and will continue through Saturday, July 30, with the final end-of-program party on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m. at the library.

Although sign-ups are over, children not yet involved may still show up for the program activities, said Gibbs Librarian SchienDee Pullman. 

“They can come to story time; they can come to craft time,” Pullman said. “It’s just that they won’t get a certificate or a book bag.”

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

Fri
15
Jul

Mexia woman killed in wreck

Mexia News
staff reports

 

A Mexia woman was killed early Thursday afternoon after she was thrown from the truck she was in during a roll-over accident on FM 1331 near the entrance to Taylor Park in Taylor.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report, Christopher Jamal Henderson, 26, of Groesbeck, was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer at an unsafe speed along FM 1331.

Because of the speed, Henderson was unable to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control. 

LaPassion Rene Granger, 19, was thrown from the Explorer and killed.

Henderson was taken to Seton Williamson County. He is listed as in stable condition.

Neither Granger nor Henderson was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

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