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Wed
01
Oct

Parkview looks for new CEO with Zachary moving up


Kevin Zachary, the dual CEO of Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia and Ennis Regional Medical Center, is moving to another position within the LifePoint Hospitals network at the end of October. Contributed photo

Parkview Regional Hospital and Ennis Regional Medical Center have announced that Kevin Zachary will step down from his position as chief executive officer (CEO) of both facilities, effective Oct. 31.
Zachary, who has served as CEO of Parkview Regional since 2011 and CEO of Ennis Regional since 2013, is leaving to be CEO of Logan Regional Medical Center in Logan, West Va., another hospital within the LifePoint Hospitals network.
“We are grateful to Kevin for his stellar leadership of both Parkview Regional and Ennis Regional and are excited for him to continue serving LifePoint in his new post at Logan Regional Medical Center,” said Robert Klein, chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Hospitals’ Central Group, of which Parkview Regional Hospital and Ennis Regional Medical Center are a part.

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Wed
01
Oct

Burn ban continues as county dries up

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
No action was taken to lift the burn ban at Limestone County commissioners court’s Sept. 22 meeting, but the court did agree to put blacktop on four miles of a road in the southern part of the county that gets so dusty it is a safety hazard. The court discussed but ultimately tabled a vote on buying a tank to store red diesel.
Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton told the court the Keetch-Byram Drought Index readings of the county’s moisture indicate conditions have gotten even drier than they had been. KBDI readings range from zero, meaning total saturation, to 700, meaning no moisture whatsoever. A reading of 570 is considered drought stage, but the burn ban may be initiated even before that reading is reached if conditions are considered dangerous. The current burn ban has been in effect since Aug. 4.
“I understand our KBDI has actually gone up to 600-something,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen said to Groveton.

Fri
26
Sep

Two left homeless after Mexia house fire


Mexia and Teague firefighters reassess what tasks to do next after flames seem to be extinguished in a home at 1206 E. Palestine in Mexia Wednesday evening. A woman and her father, who had been living in the house, escaped without injury but most of their belongings were lost. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A woman and her elderly father fled for their lives late Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out in their Mexia home.
The fire started about 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 24 in a wooden frame house at 1206 E. Palestine Street.
Della Forge said she and her father, Arthur Lee Forge, who lived in the home, said they heard an unexpected sound and suddenly realized their house was on fire.
“I don’t know what happened,” Forge said. “It just started popping. The wires, I guess.”

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Fri
26
Sep

Mexia puts limits on sex offenders in city


Mexia resident Ada Connor addresses the Mexia City Council at its Sept. 23 meeting, questioning the details of a new ordinance that would limit where registered sex offenders may be in Mexia. After Mexia Sgt. Detective Rodney Irvin spoke about the ordinance, the council approved it. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Registered sex offenders in Mexia will find new limitations on where they can go and where they can live after city council passed a new ordinance to that effect Tuesday.
The new law makes it illegal for certain sexual offenders to reside within 1,000 feet of premises where children gather, or loiter within 300 feet of the public way around a child-safety zone. The ordinance provides exceptions and penalties, including a fine not to exceed $2,000 per day of a continuing violation.
Child-safety zones include the city park, churches, playgrounds and restaurants with playground equipment.
“This proposed ordinance is really to protect the health, safety and welfare of children in this community,” Mexia Sgt. Detective Rodney Irvin told the council before the vote.

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Wed
24
Sep

Bluegrass is Saturday at Reunion Grounds


The Bluegrass Solution, of Houston, will be in concert at the Con­fed­erate Reunion Grounds this Saturday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. Ad­mission is free and re­freshments will be served. Mexia News file photo

Camp Coffee, Cobbler, and Jam Music Series
Back by popular de­mand, the Bluegrass Solution from Houston will entertain visitors with their hard-driving bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music Saturday evening, Sept. 27.
Everyone is invited to gather 6-8 p.m. under the 1893 Dance Pavilion within the Confederate Reunion Grounds, 1738 FM 2705, Mexia.
Guests will also enjoy cobblers cooked over the campfire by Mexia’s Boy Scout Troop 70 along with coffee provided by Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds.

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Wed
24
Sep

County public hearing draws familiar faces


Former Limestone County Judge Elenor Holmes urges commissioners court at Monday’s public hearing on the budget and new tax rate to adequately fund Old Fort Parker. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County officials held the final public hearing before voting on the budget and new tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year. The hearing took place Monday, Sept. 22, shortly after the end of the regular commissioners court meeting.
Three people spoke, one on behalf of providing adequate funding for Old Fort Parker; and two urging the court to use fiscal restraint regarding the tax rate.
Although the court had announced that an anonymous donor had pledged the additional $6,000 requested by the Old Fort Parker board of directors, County Judge Elenor Holmes said she wanted to be sure the members of the court realized how significant Old Fort Parker is.
She said the fort’s dire financial situation makes running the fort difficult for Sarah McReynolds, who oversees the day-to-day operation of the facility.

Mon
22
Sep

Limestone may create new elections administrator office

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County may get its own elections administrator in January. County commissioners moved budget lines to the anticipated new office at their Sept. 8 meeting when they were discussing the budget. The court made a few more decisions concerning the Nov. 4 election at the same meeting, accepted the salaries of the county auditor, her staff and district court personnel; and also heard reports from the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center.

During budget planning, County Judge Daniel Burkeen noted that funds from the county clerk’s office would be moved in the new budget that begins Oct. 1 to a new elections administrator office that if approved would be set up by the county to begin Jan. 1. Funds from the treasurers office designated for voter registration also were moved to the election administrator office in the budget.

Mon
22
Sep

Pawsitively adorable

Three-year-old Caleb Shamblin (in front with the pom and cow bell) was ready to run out on the field with his Paw Patrol buddies last Friday night at Black Cat Field before the start of Mexia’s game against Waco La Vega. For more on that game, and other sports news, turn to Pages B1 and B3.
Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Mon
22
Sep

NRG, CAD June lawsuit settlement announced

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Although the lawsuit between NRG Energy and the Limestone County Appraisal District was settled in June, that fact was not announced in commissioners court until its Monday, Sept. 8 meeting.

Because NRG disputed the appraisal board’s 2013 valuation, it filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 of that year in the 77th District Court, which is the prescribed way for it to handle such a disagreement. The Appraisal Board, which uses outside professionals for such a significant and important task, had reduced its valuation of the main NRG plant from $765.76 million in 2012 to $724 million in 2013. NRG, however, filed the lawsuit, claiming the valuation should have been lower.

By the time the 2014 appraisal of $696 million came out in January 2014, the 2013 dispute was still going on, with no word of progress, and NRG disputed the 2014 valuation as well.

Wed
17
Sep

Judge scolds Old Fort Parker board


Those at the Sept. 15 Old Fort Parker board meeting listen as County Judge Daniel Burkeen, left, expresses his displeasure at the board for distributing a flyer that some thought indicated the board was considering closing the fort. Representatives of all three entities that own the fort, Limestone County, the city of Groesbeck and the city of Mexia, attended the meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
When Monday’s meeting of the board of directors of Old Fort Parker was called to “discuss the future of the fort” – after Limestone County commissioners voted not to increase funding to the historic facility – many concluded the board was considering closing the fort. That did not happen at the board meeting, and it was made clear to the 50 or so in attendance that the fort is very much a part of Limestone County and would not close if the three entities that own it – the county and the cities of Groesbeck and Mexia – have any say in the matter.
The three entities share approximately equally in their support, Mexia and the county contributing $14,000 each annually and the city of Groesbeck $15,000.

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