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Fri
13
Dec

City to discuss EMS billing contract

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council will have a short agenda Tuesday for their last regular monthly meeting of the year.

First new action item on the board’s agenda is to discuss and possibly take action to approve and renew the contract of City Manager Larry Brown.

Council members also will decide whether to sign up with an ambulance billing company.

The city is considering using the services of Advance Data Processing Inc., a subsidiary of Intermedix Corp., to provide billing, collection and related consulting services to Mexia for the city-operated ambulance system.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
13
Dec

MISD board to tackle employee grievances

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD trustees will spend quality time behind closed doors when they hold their monthly board meeting Monday night.

The board first will take usual reports before hearing how many students take the ACT and SAT exams, which are part of the qualifications colleges use to decide which students to accept. This information was requested by the board at a previous meeting.

Trustees also will look at an April 23-27 trip the Blackcat Band plans to take to Branson, Mo., to tour and perform.

The band will travel by charter bus and stay in a hotel in Branson. They have been raising funds for the trip, which costs $525 per student. District money will not be used for the trip. Board policy is that out-of-state trips must be approved by trustees.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
13
Dec

New fund should help water shortage – someday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

When Texas voters went to the polls Nov. 5, they passed Amendment 6, which could have a significant influence on the future of the Texas water supply.

Before the election, Waco attorney Josh Tetens explained to members of the Rotary Club of Mexia some of the features of the amendment, which help citizens understand how the new law will work.

The Water Development Board in Texas makes a 50-year water plan, which it updates every five years, he reminded those in attendance. The most recent plan was drafted in 2012 and had statistics that indicated Texas’ water problem was deteriorating, which is why the amendment was proposed.

By 2060, water supplies in Texas are expected to decline 10 percent while the population of the state is expected to increase by 82 percent. Currently 25 million people live in the state, but that number is expected to increase to 46 million in the next 50 years.

Fri
13
Dec

Christmas photo fun

Brandi Garza, right, of Phototrappings Photo Studio, takes a picture of Hayden Logan, 4 months, of Fairfield, with Santa last Saturday at the Mexia Civic Center, part of the town’s annual Christmas celebration Mistletoe, Music and Magic, sponsored by the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
13
Dec

Sutton to run LCDC in interim agreement


Attorney Herb Bristow explains to Limestone County commissioners court the terms of two financial settlements, and a contract with Mike Sutton, longtime administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, to run the private prison after Dec. 17, when the current operator leaves. Shown here, clockwise from top left, are County Clerk Peggy Beck, Bristow, Commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Commissioners William ‘Pete’ Kirven and John McCarver. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County authorities have taken up an offer from Mike Sutton, longtime administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, to run the county’s private prison on an interim basis through a new company he has formed beginning Dec. 17. That is the last day Management Training Corporation will officially run the empty facility.

According to County Judge Daniel Burkeen MTC had submitted in writing a 90-day notice to break ties with the LCDC in September, but it did not come up in open court since it was not an actionable item, only a comment at the time that the company was “stepping back from its responsibility.”

At the commissioners court meeting this past Monday, the court went into executive session for an hour, first with only its attorney Herb Bristow, then after about 20 minutes calling in Sutton.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
09
Dec

Mexia’s landfill neat, tidy scientific operation


A worker at the Mexia landfill prepares to work on a load of trash and garbage. What appears to be a low hill in the distance is one of several piles of processed trash that has been mixed with dirt. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Though the Mexia landfill is full of garbage and trash, finding a glimpse of it is rare. The Mexia Lions Club toured the landfill recently and learned some of the basics of the site.

Owned by Republic Services, the landfill is about a mile south of Mexia on LCR 460, which starts out as Belknap Street in the city. The landfill has been there at least since 1980, when the city of Mexia registered it with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said Andrea Kotrla, operations supervisor of the Mexia landfill. BFI bought the landfill from the city in 2002. Later BFI merged with Allied Waste, then Allied merged with Republic Services.

Generally, anything that is picked up in Mexia and other local municipalities, like Wortham, Groesbeck, Kosse and Thornton, is taken to the Mexia site.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
09
Dec

Riot of color

Blinda and Alan Hansen, of Waco, show off their many wares at the Merry Christmas Market Saturday at the Mexia Civic Center. Blinda Hansen said she makes all the items they sell. See more photos from the annual market on Pages 3 and 14.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
09
Dec

Teague shooting lodge gets hotel fund grant

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council granted a shooting lodge’s request for a hotel/motel tax fund grant, though for significantly less than requested.
Caney Creek Lodge and Shooting Sports representatives appeared before the council last month, seeking $50,000 from the city’s hotel occupancy tax.

The lodge, located outside of Teague, has major state and national clay shooting tournaments coming up in 2014 and 2015 that are already filling motels from Fairfield to beyond Mexia, lodge owner Justin Bounds said.

At that October meeting, council members asked why Bounds didn’t seek funding from the city’s Economic Development Corporation, rather than the hotel/motel tax. Bounds said he looked over the rules for each and thought the hotel/motel tax more appropriate.

Fri
06
Dec

Mexia braves cold temps for Christmas parade


With his sleigh apparently in the shop, Santa uses a riding mower from Jackson’s True­Value to make the Mexia Christmas Parade of Lights Thursday night. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A few hundred residents turned out for the Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Mexia Thursday, bundled up against the cold and many wrapped in blankets as the temperature hovered just above freezing.

Many others participated in the parade, on lighted floats, in a marching band, on motorcycles, in the back of pickup trucks emblazoned with the name of their group or cause on the side, and even a few on horseback.

The parade started at the intersection of Commerce and Kaufman streets, proceeded downtown, turned left on Sherman, traveled one block over to Main Street and turned left to proceed back to Kaufman Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe this year were Elmer and Martha Beene, and they led the parade after several police cars established the path for the parade route.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
06
Dec

Commissioners to hear report on private prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners plan to confer in executive session at Monday’s commissioners court meeting regarding the Limestone County Detention Center. The county-owned private prison has been empty since early this past summer, and the county has pinned at least some of its hopes on winning a large, long-term contract with the federal government called CAR-XV.

The winner was to be announced by the end of this year, but though Limestone County is on the relatively short list of those being considered, there has been no indication it has won.

The executive session is scheduled for the end of the meeting, and when the commissioners return to open session, the agenda indicates two LCDC-related items: a report from either the legal advisor or the county judge relating to the operation of the prison, and discussing and possibly taking action related to contracts for the operation of the prison.

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