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Wed
08
Jun

County to search for short-term prison operator

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are looking for a company to operate the county prison on an interim basis for anticipated short-term contracts while they wait for a bigger contract to come through. Commissioners court dealt with this and other financial matters at their May 24 meeting, including discussing the need to raise fees at the Fairgrounds, accepting a financial report and making several budget resolutions; and also approving an agreement that would provide the county’s vital statistics to the state.
Commissioners voted on the decision to advertise for an interim operator for the prison after returning to open session from an executive session, which is closed to the public.
The Limestone County Detention Center is privately owned by the county and has been empty since June 2013.

Wed
08
Jun

After all that rain

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

This grassfire, which happened Monday just off FM 39 near LCR 455, is a reminder that weeks of rain don’t stop the threat of wildfire. Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze, which did not harm homes or structures. The fire consumed about two acres of pasture.

Wed
08
Jun

CHC hears updates on El Camino Real, oral histories

The Limestone County Historical Commission held its regular meeting May 3 in the Limestone County Courtroom. Members present were Linda Jordan, Bruce Jordan, Bubba McDonald, Dixie Hoover and William Reagan.
After Chairman Reagan called the meeting to order and a quorum was verified, the minutes of the previous meeting were presented, discussed and accepted by unanimous vote.
McDonald said he attended the oral history conference at Baylor but said it was geared more towards colleges developing oral history programs.
He said he did learn that Baylor has had its oral history program since 1975 and has over 6,000 oral histories of which about 70 percent are transcribed.
He said he spoke with Michelle Holland about the completion of the Limestone CHC’s final transcriptions and was told that it might be a while, but since the CHC had someone attending the conference, the Limestone County transcripts would have priority.

Wed
08
Jun

Man of the Year

Mexia News photo/Roxanne Thompson

Mexia Lions Club President Robin Green, at right, presents Lion Donald Beene with the Lion of the Year Award at the club’s May 24 meeting.

Mon
06
Jun

Rural intersection to get four-way stop signs

Patti Roe, right, tells Limestone County commissioners her family has come to a mutually satisfactory agreement with Alan and Dawn Schieff, left, about access to land off LCR 747.
Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, right, reads the inscription on a combination clock and plaque of appreciation the county gave outgoing County Engineer Ted Kantor.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their May 24 meeting to post notice of their intent to install four-way stop signs at LCR 368 at its intersection with LCR 374, a rural intersection west of Lake Mexia and south of US 84.
The court dealt with this and other matters concerning roads and the Road and Bridge Department, including approving the placement of a gate across the end of LCR 747, presenting a plaque to outgoing County Engineer Ted Kantor, and naming a temporary Road and Bridge administrator.
Regarding the new four-way stop, DPS Trooper Kenneth Shields made a presentation to the court showing why a stop sign or yield sign should be installed at the intersection of LCR 368 and LCR 374.
Shields said he worked a crash at that intersection on May 6, and noted that traffic signs might have prevented the accident.

Mon
06
Jun

Freestone County grand jury indicts nine

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
03
Jun

Wylie’s strength leads to NBC win

Mexia native Bennie Wylie Jr. shows a sign showing the hastag for the NBC series he and his partner won Thursday night.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Former Blackcat and current fitness trainer Bennie Wylie Jr. and his partner have won the first season of the NBC reality fitness program STRONG.
The finale of the hour-long program, which debuted April 13, was broadcast Thursday night. Wylie and his partner won by 16 seconds and will split a $300,000 prize.
STRONG began with 10 teams, each consisting of a male fitness trainer and a female trainee. Wylie, 39, was paired with 35-year-old Jill May, a mother of four who lives in Willmar, Minnesota.
Trainees got to pick their trainers, Wylie said.

Fri
03
Jun

Three MISD campuses will get new lighting

A.B. McBay Elementary classrooms, like this one photographed in January 2015, will be brighter next school year, after bond-funded lighting upgrades are installed this summer.

By Harry T. Darby
Publisher
When students walk into three of the four Mexia ISD campuses, the administration wants to make sure it’s a bright new day.
In a specially called meeting Tuesday, the board of trustees voted 7-0 to spend bond money to improve the lighting at A.B. McBay Elementary, R.Q. Sims Intermediate and Mexia Junior High schools. The high school is scheduled for lighting upgrades in the summer of 2017.
The accepted bid, which was the only bid submitted, was by F.S.G. of Dallas, at a total cost of $706,000. Work is expected to start and be completed before the students return Aug. 22 for the 2016-17 school year.
The original estimate for all four campuses, including the high school, was $2.3 million. This is a part of the $15.5 million bond package approved by voters in 2015.
The project will convert the lighting systems on the campuses from fluorescent to more energy-efficient and brighter LED lighting.

Fri
03
Jun

They're good citizens

Contributed photo

The Coolidge Elementary Good Citizens for the sixth six weeks have been named. They were recognized for showing pride in their community, volunteering to help others, being honest, following rules, sharing and showing respect. They are, l-r, front row: Litzy Perez, Blair Jackson, Kevin Salazar, Bo Hunter Self, Dekodeh Finley, Maleah Garcia and Jakobe Brown; back row: Jessica Samaniego, Tommy Dixon, Christian Martinez, Zurnique Love, Teresa Bailon-Carrizal and Joel Loredo.

Wed
01
Jun

Library Friends to hold book sale this weekend

The annual Friends of the Library’s book sale at Gibbs Memorial Library runs today through Saturday, June 2-4, in the library’s community room.

Mexia News Staff Report

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