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Wed
27
Aug

Making court payments to become easier

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Paying Limestone County court should be much easier in the near future, since commissioners agreed at their Aug. 25 meeting to sign a court payment credit card processing agreement with Tyler Technologies.
The move is part of the e-filing requirement that will be mandatory in about a year, said County Judge Daniel Burkeen. County Clerk Peggy Beck said she hopes to have the system operational in October.
In two other significant agenda items, the court made no changes: The judge and commissioners agreed not to lift the burn ban and not to change the county and district’s 2015 retirement plan.

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Fri
15
Aug

What's the scoop?


Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

It’s hard to tell in this photo if junior varsity football player Oscar Mares is trying to decide which ice cream he wants next, or if he’s simply star struck because the cheerleaders are serving up the frozen treat. As you can see, players were lined up end-to-end to fill their bowls up with all the different flavors of ice cream at the Meet the Blackcats night/Ice Cream Social held at Black Cat Field Thursday evening. See more photos from Thursday’s ice cream social on Page 10.

Fri
15
Aug

MISD making final budget choices

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The Mexia ISD administration and board of trustees is entering the home stretch in budget preparations.
The board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18 for its regular monthly meeting, then again the following Monday, Aug. 25 to vote on the budget.
The limited budget discussion at this week's meeting will center on how raises will be handled for non-teaching positions.
“The major concern and the big question for us is whether or not we will be able to give raises,” said Superintendent Sharon Ross.

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Fri
15
Aug

City preps 2014-15 budget

The proposed budget for the city of Mexia’s new fiscal year will be formally presented when the City Council meets Tuesday evening.
The move comes after a budget workshop held Aug. 12. Once the budget is presented to the city secretary, it must still be passed by the Council at a future meeting, but prior to Oct. 1, when the next fiscal year begins.
Other items on the Council’s agenda include possibly renewing the city’s employee health plan, and accepting the Mexia Economic Development Corporation’s annual budget for its new fiscal year, which also begins Oct. 1.

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Fri
15
Aug

Burkeen proposes 5.4 cent tax rate increase

Mexia News Staff Report

After a decline in county appraisals, Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen is proposing a tax rate increase of about 5.4 cents per $100 in valuation for the county’s new fiscal year.
The current rate of .6220 per $100 would leave the county with about $195,000 less in revenue that it had for the current fiscal year.
Burkeen announced his proposed tax rate in a press release sent Thursday. Limestone County Commissioners Court called a special meeting for Monday, Aug. 18, when it will discuss and propose the new tax rate.
“This budget will allow us to maintain our current level of services without depleting our fund balances,” he wrote.

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Wed
13
Aug

LCR 174 to stay open, commissioners decide


Limestone County residents Dan Harrison and Troy and Donna Gayden explain to Limestone County commissioners why they oppose the closing of LCR 174 at a public hearing on the subject Monday, Aug. 11. Shown here, clockwise from bottom left, are County Commissioner John McCarver, Executive Assistant Lori Moore, Harrison, County Clerk Peggy Beck, Troy and Donna Gayden, County Engineer Ted Kantor, Commissioner Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Commissioner William ‘Pete’ Kirven. Present but not shown is Commissioner Bobby Forrest. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Three residents who live near LCR 174 showed up to a public hearing on its closure Monday, bringing with them a petition from others in the area to keep the road open. Though Limestone County commissioners had appeared to be prepared to close the road before the meeting, after the residents argued they use the road regularly, the court agreed to keep it open.
LCR 174 lies west of Mexia and north of U.S. 84, about halfway between Prairie Hill and Coolidge. It runs northwest to southeast, from LCR 150 to FM 73, a distance of 1.4 miles.
Austin businessman Henry Tippie, who reportedly owns 33,000 acres in Limestone County, requested the closure through Pct. 2 Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven.
The county closed LCR 362 in July at Tippie’s request, but that was a short dead-end road, and Tippie owned the land on both sides of it.

Mon
11
Aug

Gala raises money to help MSSLC residents


While auctioneer Jerry Lee Kennedy, left, calls for bids, Bill Ward, center and Roy Ward, 17, show the prize – a handmade quilt made of Baylor University emblem-decorated fabric. The auction was part of Saturday’s fundraiser to benefit the Mexia State Supported Living Center. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
About 250 well-wishers attended the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council’s annual gala-auction fundraiser Saturday evening.
"We strive for an evening of good food, fellowship and fun for our supporters," said Cheryl B. Cockrell, MSSLC community relations director. "We appreciate the outpouring of their generosity to the mission of the Volunteer Council."
The Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, Mexia, where the gala took place, was filled with round tables covered with white tablecloths and decorated in orange and bronze centerpieces featuring a safari theme. The guests enjoyed appetizers as they waited for dinner and the program to begin. Each place setting included a bottle of “safari water” that looked and tasted very much like bottled Ozarka water was decorated with a colorful square of fabric tied with raffia.

Mon
11
Aug

City's sales tax rebate up for August

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for August rose 3 percent compared to last year, and totals in three of the other four taxing entities in Limestone County also rose.
Mexia re­ceived $231,212.02 this period, down from the $224,467.36 reported sent in this month in 2013.
Year-to-date, Mexia almost level with last year, receiving $1,726,736.17, up .09 of a percentage point from the $1,725,149.44 year-to-date total 12 months ago.
Revenues this month were down 3.41 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $68,908.98 this period compared to $71,344.87 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 7.8 percent compared to a year ago, for a total of $512,970.62, compared to $475,834.41 at this time last year.

Wed
06
Aug

Barbecue, auction to fund Crime Stoppers efforts

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Crime Stoppers, whose motto is “take a bite out of crime,” invites residents to take a bite of barbecue at their fundraiser coming up next month.
One of the group’s largest sources of income is its annual barbecue-auction fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, at Enge-Washington Intermediate School, 701 S. Ellis St. in Groesbeck. Serving is 6-7 p.m., with takeout available for those who can’t stay. Those who do remain, however, will be able to take part in a silent auction, also 6-7 p.m. and a live auction after that, about 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person for the all-you-can-eat meal.
Crime Stoppers Chairman Linda Jordan, of Prairie Hill, spoke at the Rotary Club of Mexia recently to talk about the group and tell how people can impact the solving of crimes in Limestone County.

Wed
06
Aug

Sales tax holiday is this weekend

Shoppers should remember Texas's annual sales tax holiday is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-10.
The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.
Included in the sale are:
• Most footwear and clothing that are sold for less than $100. The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer. For example, if a customer purchases two shirts for $80 each, then both items qualify for the exemption, even though the customer's total purchase price ($160) exceeds $99.99.

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