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Mar

MHS teacher jailed on new charge

Montana Joan Davis

Mexia News Staff Report

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25
Mar

Steps can save trees from oak wilt

Even large, established oak trees, such as these in Mexia’s Hughes City Park, could be destroyed if infected with the fungus that causes oak wilt disease.

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
25
Mar

County seeks new jail phone service

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is about to issue a Request For Proposals to provide telephone service through a different company for inmates at the county jail. Commissioners are expected to take that step at their meeting Monday, March 28, as well as continue working on finding the right place for a sign to direct people on Hwy. 14 to the county fairgrounds.
Regarding the telephone service, Sheriff Dennis Wilson mentioned at the court’s March 9, 2015, meeting that other inmate telephone service providers across the country bill the users in ways that provide more income to the county. Consequently, the court voted at that time to issue a Request For Proposals for a new company to provide inmate telephone service. The county, however, did not issue an RFP at that time.

Fri
25
Mar

Another $1,100 donated to county’s fallen officer monument

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County received two more donations, totaling $1,100, to pay for the Fallen Officers Memorial Monument planned for the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson presented a $1,000 donation at the commissioners court’s March 14 meeting on behalf of the entire Wilson family and in memory of his grandfather Earl K. Wilson.
“I’m happy to do this publicly,” Wilson said, “but I’m proud to do this on behalf of my family.
“He was an employee here at the Limestone County courthouse, where I grew up,” Wilson said of his grandfather.
The other donation for the monument was $100 from Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Association, presented by Wilson at the same meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked Wilson for confirmation that the monument would be erected in time for the annual Peace Officers Memorial in May, and Wilson said it would.

Fri
25
Mar

Second lunchtime wreck

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Two sedans collided on North McKinney just off Milam Street about half an hour after the wreck shown above. The driver of the Chevrolet sedan at left was knocked out when the airbag deployed; the driver of the Nissan sedan was taken to Parkview Regional Hospital. No one else was injured, and there were no life-threatening injuries. No further information on either wreck was available as of presstime Friday.

Fri
25
Mar

First of two Friday wrecks

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The accident above happened shortly after noon Friday, at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and U.S. 84 (West Milam Street), when the Freightliner tractor hauling a trailer (right) and the Chevy Blazer four-door collided. The driver of the Blazer, who was that vehicle’s only occupant, was taken to Parkview Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and was conscious when removed from the car.

Wed
23
Mar

Groveton details Lake Mexia flood for court

Limestone County Emergency Director Matt Groveton gives a report to county commissioners at their March 14 meeting on the March 9 flood at Lake Mexia.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A state-based emergency team under the auspices of FEMA rescued more than a dozen people in the recent flooding at Lake Mexia on March 9; and on March 17, County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared a local state of disaster area in connection with the flood.
Limestone County Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton gave commissioners at their March 14 meeting a summary of how the recent flooding rains affected people, structures and roads around the lake.

Wed
23
Mar

Game warden works toward wildlife preservation

Limestone County Game Warden Trent Marker, left, speaks with Mexia Lions Club members Don Corbitt, center, and Noah New after a presentation he made to the Club earlier this year.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County has only one game warden, Trent Marker, and he makes a point of trying to cover every corner of the county, checking the licenses of hunters and fishermen he encounters.
One of his other duties, however, is speaking to groups about his work, so he was actually in his element recently when he spoke to the Mexia Lions Club.
Marker grew up in Deer Park, near Houston, graduating from high school there in 2003. The population of Deer Park is about 50 percent higher than all of Limestone County – and that’s just fine by him.
“I enjoy the slower lifestyle you get out here and the sense of community you get in the smaller, rural areas,” Marker said.
Before he found his way to Limestone County, however, he went to college at Texas State University, in San Marcos, because a four-year degree is required to become a game warden in Texas.

Wed
23
Mar

Off the road

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

This Chrysler 300 went off Hwy. 171 Wednesday morning, for unknown reasons, drove along in the ditch, demolishing this road sign then dragging it until the car came to a stop at this private road. Those in the car were not seriously injured. No further information on the accident was available at presstime Wednesday. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident, which took place off the westbound side of the road, just before the turn for Westminster Road into Tehuacana.

Wed
23
Mar

Getting down to business

Mexia News photo/Harry Darby

In a joint effort between the Mexia Economic Development Corp. and the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce, the first Downtown Business Alliance meeting was held March 21. Susan Cates, MEDC executive director, is shown here speaking to about 30 local businessmen and community leaders on strategies to help revitalize the local downtown district. The next meeting will be noon, April 27, at the Soda Shoppe, at the corner of Sherman and Main streets.

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