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Fri
22
Nov

Stop signs, contracts up before county commissioners

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

County Commissioners will consider agreements with other jurisdictions and adding stop signs to a county road when they meet Monday morning.

The agenda for the meeting includes setting a public hearing and posting notice about stop signs on LCR 462. That road zig-zags east from Hwy. 14 south of Forest Glade nearly to FM 39 near Shiloh. The agenda doesn’t state where the signs would be either erected or removed.

Commissioners will look into agreements and contracts with the 77th Judicial District and Anderson County, for the detention of juvenile offenders. They will also consider an agreement to reimburse for mental health counseling services with a party not named in the agenda, and to consider an interlocal agreement between Limestone and Lubbock counties to have a regional public defender for capital (death-penalty) cases.

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Fri
22
Nov

Rain, bitter cold expected to stick around


Spencer Price and Donna Jones do a little catch-and-release at Lake Mexia Wednesday afternoon before the weather turned cold again. Frigid weather arrived yesterday before dawn and should continue through Thanksgiving. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Keep your hatches battened, because the cold front that blew into the region before dawn yesterday isn’t going away anytime soon, and conditions likely will get worse before they improve.

Temperatures dropped from the high 70s here Thursday evening to the 30s by morning as a major Arctic front swooped across the country. Combined with high winds, yesterday’s wind chill was at the freezing point yesterday. Those north winds will continue to average around 15 mph today, and with a high temperature of only 43 degrees expected, wind chill will remain a major factor here.

The low Saturday night will be at or below freezing, with a high Sunday of only 42 degrees. The low Sunday night will be in the mid 30s with a high Monday again at only 42 degrees. Monday’s low will also be in the mid-30s, but the high Tuesday could reach the low 50s, according to the weather service.

Wed
20
Nov

Rebuilding Ladycats plan for ‘fun’ basketball season


Ladycat basketball coach Randy Barger gestures to his players at Tuesday’s game against Waco University. With at least two key players out for medical reasons, the girls lost the game 59-51. Read sports coverage of the game on Page 7. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia High School girls basketball coach Randy Barger is still basking in the warmth of the Ladycats’ 3-A state championship win last year. It seems not a week goes by, he says, that he doesn’t hear from two or three of his former players, either by phone or text, saying they still can’t believe it really happened.

But as all coaches know, it’s what is happening this season that fans want to know about, so Barger spoke on that subject to the Mexia Lions Club Tuesday, especially since he lost 11 players to graduation, and people want an idea how the season will go.
Barger is using the three returning players as a core to start the rebuilding process.

One of those returning is Na’Tesha “T” Owens, who was a freshman last year yet was named Most Valuable Player in the state championship game.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
20
Nov

Septic officer may now cite violators

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners have now authorized Sam Callis, the county’s On-Site Septic Facility Officer, to issue citations for out-of-compliance septic facilities.

Commissioners handled this and several other matters concerning law enforcement at last week’s commissioners court meeting.

The former county OSSF representative, the late Buddy Stewart, was a peace officer, so he was already authorized to give people tickets for offenses. Callis, however, is not a peace officer, so the court had to give him the authority to issue the citations.

Wed
20
Nov

The play’s the thing

Munchkins in the Land of Oz are thrilled to learn that the Wicked Witch of the East has been killed when a tornado dropped a house on her. Oz! the Musical, an adaption of The Wizard of Oz, was performed by Mexia Blackcat Theatre Nov. 16-17 using the talents of dozens of local children.
Mexia News photos/ Roxanne McKnight

Wed
20
Nov

City sales tax rebates drop again this month

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions to Mexia were down again last month, and remain below the amount gathered year-to-date last year.

The city of Mexia received $208,011 this period, down 4.16 percent from the $217,051 reported sent in this month in 2012. Year-to-date, Mexia has received $2,326,407, down .7 of a percent from the $2,342,915 year-to-date total 12 months ago.

Revenues this month were up 8.6 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $69,757 this period compared to $64,231 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 2.64 percent compared to a year ago.

Elsewhere in Limestone County, Kosse saw revenues rise 7.6 percent when compared to the same month a year ago, to $6,907. Thornton’s figure was $1,578, a 16.39 percent decrease from September 2012.

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Mon
18
Nov

Belknap home destroyed

Firefighters race to extinguish a blaze around noon yesterday at an unoccupied house on Belknap at Fannin. The old home was boarded up and had been empty for some time, said homeowner Minnie Mack, who inherited the house from her late mother. The fire was discovered by two city workers who saw smoke coming from the wood structure just before noon and called 911. The flames burned nearby trees and bushes and severed a power line running to the house. Mack said neither electricity, nor gas nor any other utility was connected to the home. It is believed no one was in the home when the fire consumed it.
Mexia News photos/ Brenda Sommer

Mon
18
Nov

County helps NRG with tax refund zoning

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Representatives of NRG Energy power plant in south Limestone County attended commissioners court meeting Monday to request that the county continue its support for an enterprise zone that makes the plant eligible for a state tax refund.

The proposed resolution was to authorize the county to nominate NRG Texas Power to the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division through the Economic Development Bank for designation as a qualified business enterprise project under the Texas Enterprise Zone Act.

“This is something we did five years ago to create an enterprise zone for NRG, which assists them in their projects out there,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners. “We kept that going and renewed every year, and now’s the time we have to reapply for that.”

Fri
15
Nov

Bluegrass Christmas coming to Reunion Grounds


Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds will be selling cooked apple, peach and cherry cobblers like these during the park’s “A Bluegrass Christmas” event on Sunday, Dec. 8. Funds raised by the Friends will be used to support future preservation projects and educational programming. Contributed photo/ Confederate Reunion Grounds SHS

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site invites the public to celebrate the holiday season with “A Bluegrass Christmas” from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Admission is free.

The schedule of events for the day will include performances by The Bluegrass Solution, a Houston-based bluegrass band, playing hard-driving traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music beneath the historic 1893 dance pavilion. There will also be a special guest appearance by Karl Shiflett, nationally acclaimed band leader of “The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show.”

“The event is part of the ‘Camp Coffee, Cobbler & Jam’ music series that presents different genres of music and campfire cooking historically related to the Confederate Reunion Grounds,” Dixie Hoover, site manager, said. “We will also be decorating the historic pavilion for the holiday season this year.”

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Fri
15
Nov

MISD board may restore hot water

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD trustees may agree to buy a car or two and restore hot water to the high school when they meet Monday night.

At their last meeting, the board considered buying two sedans to save on fuel costs, rather than continuing to use their large, aging SUVs because most trips for which the Suburbans are used don’t involve large numbers of people.

Last month the board looked at three bids for sedans: two 2014 Ford Fusions for $18,900 each from Dick Scott Ford; two Chevrolet Malibus, year not stated, for $20,455 each, from Beene Motors; and two 2013 Dodge Avengers for $17,900 each, from Allen Samuels Dodge.

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