News

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.

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

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.”

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

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.

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

Fri
15
Nov

Crowning achievement

Kindergarten students in the class of A.B. McBay teacher Barbara Day, left, get in a few more hugs with H-E-B mascot Buddy while they wait for the bus to pick them up outside the Mexia grocery story Wednesday. The children had been on a field trip in which they learned about healthy food choices. Also shown is a parent, Juana Padilla, as well as central checkout manager Thomas Carpenter.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McxKnight

Fri
15
Nov

City considers rental fees, lodge grant

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council will consider changing the rental fees for the convention center and a shooting lodge’s request for hotel/motel tax funds when they meet Tuesday night.

Currently the city charges a higher rental rate for use of the convention center to those who live outside the city limits.

However, many people who want to use the facility, while living outside the city limits, own businesses within the city.

Also, some renters don’t live in the city limits but have a relative who does sign off on the contract.

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

Fri
15
Nov

Limestone County’s Eric Ayala runs NYC Marathon


Though suffering from a cold and running in low temperatures and high winds, Limestone County’s Eric Ayala completes the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, placing 212th out of 47,000. Contributed photo/Tiffany Ayala

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County’s Eric Ayala, the seemingly perennial winner of Mexia’s July 4th Firecracker 5K Run the past few years, ran in the New York City Marathon Nov. 3.

He placed a decent 212th out of 47,000, with a time of 2:47 in the 26-mile event.

His mother, Tracey Vasquez, of Mexia, is not at all surprised. The fact that he would someday be a runner was evident early in his life, she said recently.

“I should have known then that he was going to be a marathon runner because he would literally run all day long in circles around the house,” she said. Not run around inside the house; run around the outside of the house.

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

Fri
15
Nov

Food service

Volunteers from Global Heart International Ministries, of Fairfield, unpack donated produce at a food give-away in Mexia Friday morning in the parking lot of the former Safeway grocery store on Paris Street.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
15
Nov

Sheriff’s Office workers to get pay for old OT

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners took up an issue at Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting they had tabled at their last meeting two weeks ago: paying several Sheriff’s Office employees for their overtime hours, rather than having them take time off.

At the Oct. 28 meeting, Commissioner John McCarver, who was conducting the meeting in the absence of County Judge Daniel Burkeen, commented that the number of hours at issue was high and the court agreed to take up the matter when Burkeen returned.

There were eight employees involved, who had accumulated a total of about 60-129 hours, totaling $10,000 in pay. Some of the overtime dated to the move from the old jail to the new jail in the spring of 2011.

Burkeen said he had met with Deputy Sheriff R.T. Beck during the past week to discuss this expense since Beck could not be at Monday’s meeting.

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