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Fri
22
Apr

Mexia annex, DPS may get new phone service

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer Limestone County commissioners plan to discuss at their meeting Tuesday, April 26, a possible new telephone service provider for the Courthouse Annex in Mexia and the County Department of Public Service office, which is in Groesbeck. The court plans to deal with this matter and also a disputed bill for the Limestone County Detention Center, consider salary adjustments at the Sheriff’s Office and a request to partially close LCR Comanche at Booker T. Washington Park on April 30. Court watchers are advised to notice the new meeting days for the court: the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, starting with this meeting. The telephone company the court will consider selecting for the Mexia annex and DPS office is STV Communications. Also on the agenda is discussion of a disputed bill for some gas cylinders that went missing several years ago from the LCDC, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.

Wed
20
Apr

Early voting to start in city, school elections

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Early voting begins Monday for numerous local school board and city elections that will be decided in the May 7 general election.
There are three positions open on the Mexia City Council and three spots available on the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees.
Open seats in the May 7 city election were those of District 2, held by Laura Rothrock, Arthur Busby in District 5 and District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles.
Busby, who works at XTO Energy, drew no opponent and will retain his seat.
Rothrock, a retired school teacher, has drawn an opponent, Blanca Rivera, who is a homemaker. Liles has two opponents: Stephen Friday, owner/chef at Joe Friday’s Diner in Mexia, and Colby Archibald, who is self-employed in information technology and services.

Wed
20
Apr

Fair thee well

Krissy Chappell, of Tehuacana, helps her children, Katlyn, 9, and Chance, 12, as the youngsters wait to show the sheep they have raised for the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show on Thursday, April 14.
Sammie Jacobs, 17, guides her Hampshire pig during the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show. Behind her at left is Jaci Henderson, and at rear right is Colton Robinette.
Jada Gipson, 15, at left, of Mexia, puts new wood shavings in the stall of her heifer Stripes, while her  sister, Jazlyn, 12, watches.
Jimmy Owens, 17, of Mexia, hydrates his goat before showing her at the Limestone County Fair and Youth Livestock Show, on Thursday, April 15.

Limestone County Youth Fair took place last week, drawing hundreds of students and their families to the county fairgrounds at Groesbeck. Here's some photos of events that took place during competition. (Mexia News photos by Roxanne McKnight)

Wed
20
Apr

FEMA opens center at Lake Mexia

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens today at the Lake Mexia Volunteer Fire Department for lake residents affected by March floods.
Matt Groveton, Limestone County emergency management coordinator said Wednesday that Lake Mexia residents who have been unable to meet with FEMA regarding lake flooding are encouraged to visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. It opens at noon, Thursday, April 21, at the Lake Mexia Volunteer Fire Department, 291 LCR 377, for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage in Limestone County as a result of the flooding from March 7-29.
Specialists from the state of Texas, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, nongovernmental organizations and the local community will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
The dates and hours of operation are as follows:
Thursday, April 21: noon-6 p.m.

Wed
20
Apr

Law enforcers warn against IRS phone scams

Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Limestone County residents are being warned that scam phone calls pretending to be from the IRS are inundating phones all across the area.
Both the Mexia Police Department and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office have issued warnings about IRS phone scams this week. The caller says they’re with the IRS and have filed a lawsuit against you for back taxes, and that you must arrange to pay them immediately or be arrested, deported or have your driver’s license suspended. This is a lie.
Police and the IRS advise you to hang up and ignore such calls, or delete and block them if they come to your cell phone. The IRS does not call people on the phone, and certainly doesn’t threaten arrest by phone, or ask for banking or credit card numbers by phone.

Tue
19
Apr

Deluge strikes county; more rain on the way

This map, created by the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office, shows rainfall totals from 7 a.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Monday.
This National Weather Service map shows the areas at biggest risk of strong to severe storms Wednesday, an area that includes Limestone and all adjacent counties.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Rains and thunderstorms that began Saturday are expected to continue through at least Wednesday, and a flash flood watch remains in effect for Limestone, Freestone and many other area counties this morning.
The National Weather Service said Monday afternoon that “periods of rain and thunderstorms are expected through daybreak Tuesday.
“An additional 2 to 3 inches of rain will be possible across the watch area through Tuesday morning,” the NWS forecast stated. “A few spots may experience additional rainfall amounts in excess of 3 inches. This additional rainfall may result in a continued threat for flash flooding. Lingering showers and thunderstorms are expected through mid-week.

Tue
19
Apr

Bidding farewell

Mexia News photo/Harry T. Darby

Greg Goodrum helps spot buyers at the Limestone County Fair and Stock Show auction Saturday afternoon. Goodrum is a retired agriculture teacher with the Mexia Independent School District. See more photos and highlights from the sale in our upcoming special section of LCYF auction results.

Tue
19
Apr

‘First families’ of Limestone County honored

Descendants of some of Limestone County’s first residents gather on the steps of the county courthouse after a ceremony at commissioners court on Monday, April 11, where they were presented with certificates recognizing them and their relationship to their respective ancestors.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The culmination of a program of the Limestone County Historical Commission to identify and honor descendants of Limestone County’s first families took place at commissioners court Monday, April 11.
Twenty-three descendants of 41 people who lived in Limestone County at some time in its first 50 years of existence, 1846-1896, were issued certificates from the Historical Commission in recognition of their ancestors’ early influence in the county.
Linda Jordan, vice president of the Historical Commission, conducted the ceremony and reminded the court that Limestone County was established April 11, 1946 – exactly 170 years to the day before Monday’s meeting – by Texas Governor James Pinckney Henderson.
Each person receiving the certificate had submitted information proving that their ancestor had lived in Limestone County prior to 1896 and that they are a descendant of that early settler.

Tue
19
Apr

Plan calls for deputy training at prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners are considering approving agreements with several security firms to use the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, for training purposes.
While the companies would not pay for using the facility, the county would come out ahead financially because Limestone County deputies would be allowed to participate at no charge in the training that would go on there, rather than the county’s paying for them to go elsewhere for training to keep up their skills and certifications.
“They want to use really just J Building is what Lee (Cox, Sheriff’s Office patrol division) told me for training purposes,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court at its April 11 meeting. “In exchange, they’d let our people train out there for no cost; that may be oversimplifying it.”

Tue
19
Apr

Freestone County issues indictments

A grand jury indicted nine people on nine charges, including charges of failing to register as a sex offender and burglary.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it means a grand jury has found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
Indicted March 30 by the Freestone County Grand Jury were:
• Callie Jolene Pruitt, 30, of Teague, on a charge of possession of less than a gram of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), for an offense that allegedly occurred Jan. 1. She remains in custody.
• Jacob Dwain Riddle, 17, of Oakwood, on a charge of burglary of a building, for an offense that allegedly occurred Dec. 23. He was released on bond.
• Michael Anthony Passmore, 17, of Teague, on a charge of burglary of a building, for an offense that allegedly occurred Dec. 23. He was released on bond.

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