News

Tue
05
Jul

County firms up inmate phone plan, makes financial decisions

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their June 28 meeting to sign a contract with a company called Securus to provide inmate telephone service reflecting terms discussed at the court’s previous meeting, which was on June 14.
The court also approved raises for employees at the LCSO, Road and Bridge Department and Tax Office; approved paying invoices and making financial transfers to stay on budget; renewed an agreement to house overflow inmates for another county; and refrained from implementing a burn ban – though the commissioners noted the south end of the county was starting to dry up.
Regarding the inmate telephone plan, the option Securus proposed that was ultimately accepted was a 21-cent-per-minute rate and a commission to the county of 75 percent. Securus is the county’s current inmate telephone service provider.

Tue
05
Jul

News from the County/District Attorney’s Office

Recent pleas/trials in District Court, June 2016
• Ryan Miller; motion to revoke probation-arson. Cause #12875-A Sentence: 11 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Payment of $19,599 as condition of parole when released from prison.
• William Jordan Bond, motion to revoke probation-possession of a controlled substance; sentence: 18 months in TDCJ-State Jail Division.
• Craig Steven Dawkins; possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone; sentence: six years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division; possession of a controlled substance, two counts; sentence: eight months on each charge; TDCJ-State Jail Division.
• Wesley Clay Ticknor; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams; sentence: 20 years, TDCJ-Institutional Division.
• Johnathan Ross Davis; tampering with physical evidence; sentence: four years, TDCJ-Institutional Division.

Tue
05
Jul

Hwy. 14 crash

Mexia News photo/Harry T. Darby

This white Ford Ranger king cab pickup landed in front of Kirby’s Barbecue on Hwy. 14 around 2 p.m. Friday, after it was in a collision with a blue Nissan Altima sedan, which ended up in the ditch on the other side of the road. Injuries from the wreck were non life-threatening, emergency personnel said. No further information on this accident was available at presstime Friday.

Fri
01
Jul

Habitat spruces up home for next owner

Limestone County Master Gardeners, l-r, Nancy Davis, Debbie Cannon and Jan Miller work on the flowerbeds at a Habitat for Humanity house in Mexia.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Habitat for Humanity group is about to put another family into a Habitat home, probably in July.
The home is not newly built but one in which the former Habitat homeowner got a job transfer to a new city. She left the house in good shape, however, so Habitat volunteers and the couple that is planning to move in were able to clean and rehab it fairly quickly, said Habitat board member Jan Miller. Even so, the new couple was required to work at least 100 hours each on the house.
“They’ve earned their sweat equity hours, which was a requirement, because we want people to have ownership,” Miller explained.

Fri
01
Jul

Consider fires, injuries when using fireworks

This Texas A&M Forest Service graphic shows that Limestone County, and much of East and Central Texas, could be in near-drought to drought conditions in about two weeks.

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
01
Jul

Stop signs going in after public hearing

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
No one appeared at a public hearing the county held on the proposal to install stop signs on Honest Ridge Road, at the intersection of LCR 368 and 374, so Limestone County commissioners voted to have the signs installed.
The court made that decision at its June 28 meeting just after the hearing, and discussed and took action on other road issues, including approving the closure of LCR 395, using priority road funds to repair LCR 244 and tentatively approving buying an excavator and hiring someone to build fences needed where county bridges are being constructed.
The intersection that will get the stop signs is located in a rural area west of Lake Mexia and south of U.S. 84.
DPS Trooper Kenneth Shields had made a presentation to the court at its May 24 meeting requesting the commissioners consider installing some kind of traffic control at that intersection since there had been several wrecks there.

Wed
29
Jun

Mexia's Boomin' on the Fourth should be a real blast

VFW Ladies Auxiliary member Nicole Burns pins a buddy poppy onto the sleeve of Bill Lee, of Mexia, at last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Mexia City Park.

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
29
Jun

County looks to LaSalle to fill empty prison

Executives of LaSalle Corrections present to Limestone County commissioners court at its June 28 meeting a proposal to run the Limestone County Detention Center on an interim basis.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, may have a real chance to get inmates soon – and the jobs and income that go with them.
Commissioners at their June 28 meeting opened the one proposal they had received after advertising for an interim prison operator at the LCDC. The proposal was from LaSalle Corrections, whose corporate office is in Dripping Springs.
LaSalle’s Chief Financial Officer Tim Kurpiewski gave a short presentation to the commissioners, noting that LaSalle currently manages jail or prison facilities in McLennan, Johnson, Jefferson, Bowie and Parker counties.
LaSalle is currently turning down requests to house inmates at its other facilities, Kurpiewski said, and the company believes it could accept some of those contracts if they could use the LCDC.

Wed
29
Jun

First Families: Seth Hurin Bates

A Texas historical marker was placed in 1962 at the gravesite of Seth Hurin Bates, in the Glenwood Cemetery, which is now called Fort Parker Memorial Park.

First Families of Limestone County
From the Limestone County Historical Commission

Wed
29
Jun

State Regent swears in new NSDAR chapter officers

State Regent Judy Ostler, right, is shown installing officers for the Jonathan Hardin Chapter, NSDAR.

The Jonathan Hardin Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held the final meeting of its chapter year May 11 at Gibbs Memorial Library.
Regent Kathleen McKee called the meeting to order followed by Chaplain Ann Gokey giving the invocation. A special guest, State Regent of Texas Judy Callaway Ostler, was recognized.
Following the DAR ritual and pledges to the American and Texas flags, McKee read the President General’s letter to all DAR chapters, and Sandra McLeod gave the national defense report.
Nancy Rula read the minutes of the April meeting, and various committee chairmen gave their reports. Billie Bournias reported there are 180 members including new member Susie Lawrence, who was inducted into DAR membership.
Louise Martin as chairman of the committee, The Flag of the United States, reported that she had sent letters to businesses in Limestone and Freestone counties citing the correct ways to display the flag.

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