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Mon
23
May

MHMR to ensure inmate mental patients helped

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved an agreement with MHMR to evaluate county jail inmates who may have mental health problems. Commissioners dealt with this at their May 10 meeting and also re-appointed a representative to a local board, renewed a contract with a nearby county to house overflow inmates, heard April statistics from the jail and juvenile detention facility, and read a letter of commendation for a Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen later explained more about the MHMR agreement.
“It’s for jail services as part of the jail diversion, to try to keep mental health patients out of the jail, to identify them,” he said.
A team of MHMR representatives will go to the jail to determine if the inmates in question have needs, if they are doing fine or if they need to be referred to a mental health facility, he said.

Mon
23
May

Court mulls fix for courthouse floor buckling

County mulls solution to courthouse basement buckling
By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are looking for a cost-effective repair for the shifting floor in the basement of the courthouse until the county may obtain grant funding for a more permanent repair.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis has had several companies examine the floor to see what they could do.

Mon
23
May

Top Gear

Contributed photo/Kay Roark

Mexia student K.J. Jackson, left, is barely recognizable as he tries on part of the gear worn by Mexia firefighters when they battle fires. Lt. Trent Barker, right, of the Mexia Fire Department, spoke to the CTE Criminal Justice Classes at Mexia High School on April 21. The Criminal Justice program introduces students to different areas of law enforcement as well as other public service careers.

Fri
20
May

New officers step up

Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma officers for 2016-18 are, l-r, parliamentarian Alicia Smith, treasurer Martha Kirgan, corresponding secretary Sandra Lee, recording secretary Vickie McDougal, second vice president Goldia Liles, president Dr. Anna Pat Alpert; and Dr. Lisa Rogers, who installed the new officers.

Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma officers for 2016-18 are, l-r, parliamentarian Alicia Smith, treasurer Martha Kirgan, corresponding secretary Sandra Lee, recording secretary Vickie McDougal, second vice president Goldia Liles, president Dr. Anna Pat Alpert; and Dr. Lisa Rogers, who installed the new officers.

Fri
20
May

Lake study to improve county’s grant odds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have agreed to fund a study on Lake Mexia to establish flood levels, which is expected to increase the county’s chances of winning grant money for flood victims.
The decision was made at commissioners court’s May 10 meeting at the recommendation of County Engineer Ted Kantor.
He told the court he thought some grant applications were turned down last year because that information had not been established.
“They score those grants by a benefit-cost analysis,” Kantor said. “That’s based on the savings they think we’re going to have in flood claims that don’t happen versus what could have happened. Part of the data that’s based on are the flood levels, and we don’t have any flood levels as a baseline. We’re just using an empirical number. We’re basically using a number that’s a little bit higher than the worst event, and that’s our best available data.”

Fri
20
May

Party at the park

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight
James and Gloria Kirven, of Mexia, share a bench and conversation with three-year-old Za’Liyah McClendon, of Coolidge, at the Juneteenth fundraiser at Booker T. Washington Park on Saturday, May 14.
Tristyn McKinney, 9, of Houston, pushes the merry-go-round faster to the delight of his cousin Juliana McKinney, 3, of Ardmore, Okla. The children were just two of a dozen or more kids having fun at a Juneteenth fundraiser at Booker T. Washington Park near Mexia on Saturday, May 14.
Madelline Kirven-Gamble, of Dallas, at left, and Jeneanne Kirven, of College Station, make hamburgers with all the trimmings at the concession stand at Booker T. Washington Park. The event was a fundraiser on Saturday, May 14, for the Juneteenth celebration next month.
Dallas-based DJ group MVP, whose stage names are, l-r, D.J. Stevie B, Cuzn Jed and Charlie Moe do mic checks before they begin a performance at the Juneteenth fundraiser, held at Booker T. Washington Park on Saturday, May 14.

Several of those attending the Juneteenth fundraiser in Booker T. Washington Park on Saturday, May 14, do the Wobble, a line dance, in the grass to recorded music. Shown here, l-r, are Niya Jordon, 15, of Houston, her mother, Tonia Jordon, Madeline Kirven-Gamble, of Dallas, Jalorie Kirven, and at rear right, obscured, are Tray Gamble, 15, of Dallas,and Regina Kirven, of Sunnyvale.

Fri
20
May

Court may get PI to find missing prison property

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners may hire a private investigator to track down items missing and presumed stolen from the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.
Discussion of this possibility is on the agenda of the commissioners court meeting next Tuesday, May 26, along with moving toward closing the end portion of LCR 747, placing a stop sign at a rural intersection, hiring an engineering firm to look at the shifting courthouse basement floor, and holding an executive session about the LCDC. In an unexpected development, the court also may start a search for a replacement for County Engineer Ted Kantor, who has tendered his resignation.

Fri
20
May

Runoff Election Day is next Tuesday, May 24

Mexia News Staff Report

Tuesday, May 24, is the final day for voters to weigh in on the runoff election for the Democrat and Republican primaries.
Early voting for this election took place May 16-20, with voters casting their ballots at either of two early voting locations.
Voting on Election Day, however, will be in consolidated precincts as follows. Precinct 103 - Kosse Community Center, 200 N. SH 14 in Kosse. Precincts 204 and 205 - Coolidge Civic Center, 806 Bell St. in Coolidge. Precincts 101, 102, 104, 301, 303, 402 and 406 - Limestone County Courthouse, 200 W. State Street, Room G13 in Groesbeck.
Precincts 201, 202, 203, 206, 302, 304, 305, 401, 403, 404 and 405 - Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney St. in Mexia.
Polling places will be open for voting on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Wed
18
May

NDAR awards essay contest winners

Jackie Tidwell, chairman of the American History committee, Jonathan Hardin Chapter of NSDAR, congratulates the winners in the Christopher Columbus essay contest: Jackson Tacker, of Wortham, Ella Samford, of Groesbeck, and Keylan Asberry, of Groesbeck.
Pamela Marshall, left, regent of the Come and Take It chapter of Bryan and state chairman of the Guardian Trust Campaign committee, is shown with Kathleen McKee, regent of the Jonathan Hardin Chapter.

The Jonathan Hardin chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, held a regular meeting April 13 at Gibbs Memorial Library, with Regent Kathleen McKee presiding. The invocation was given by Chaplain Ann Gokey, followed by the members repeating the DAR ritual, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, the salute to the Texas flag, the American’s Creed, and the preamble to the Constitution. McKee read the President General’s monthly letter to all chapters, and Sandra McLeod gave the National Defense report. Jackie Tidwell, American History Committee chairman, welcomed the winners of this year’s American History essay contest. The contest was open to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in area schools. This year is the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, and the essay was to be written on how a colonial family would have reacted to the provisions of this act.

Wed
18
May

New City Council members take oaths of office

Mexia City Secretary Christi Shivers, right, administers the oath of office and swears in new city council members, l-r, Arthur ‘Chunky’ Busby, Stephen Friday and Blanca Rivera at the city council’s May 17 meeting.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Three Mexia city council members were sworn in at Tuesday’s city council meeting: Arthur “Chunky” Busby, who was re-elected to the District 5 seat he has held since 2002; and council newcomers Stephen Friday, who replaces Bobby Jack Liles in District 6, and Blanca Rivera, who won the seat formerly held by Laura Rothrock in District 2.
All three expressed a positive outlook about their next two years on the council, with Busby saying he would continue to express himself about what is best for the city and its residents.
“I’ve been doing it a long time,” Busby said of his work on the city council. “I enjoy working for my community. I’m just here to voice my opinion on what’s best for Mexia and try to do everything I can to please the citizens of Mexia.”
Friday spoke of two developments he hopes to pursue.

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