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Fri
17
Oct

Early general election voting starts Monday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Voters may cast ballots on a number of state races and a proposed state constitutional amendment regarding money for highways when early voting for the November general election begins Monday.
Locally, there is only one candidate for each county race, with the exception of the battle between Republican W.A. “Sonny” Baker and Democrat incumbent William “Pete” Kirvin for the Precinct 2 county commissioner's seat.
Coolidge ISD voters will decide if they want to approve $1 million in school building bonds for rehab, expansion and improvements to existing buildings and to buy new school buses. Axtell ISD voters living in Limestone County will choose four trustees from among six candidates.

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Wed
15
Oct

Courts flip-flop, Texas Voter ID rules back in effect for November

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

After a U.S. District Court last Thursday struck down Texas’ new Voter ID law, a federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated it for the November election.
Senate Bill 14, passed in 2011, requires voters in Texas to provide one of seven forms of photo identification at polling locations.
Last week’s ruling, made by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, determined the law is unconstitutional and similar to a poll tax designed to dissuade minorities from voting.
Tuesday’s ruling, by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, temporarily blocks last week’s ruling. The appeals court didn’t rule on the merits of the law, but rather decided it’s too close to the fall general election to change the rules. Early voting starts Oct. 20.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
15
Oct

Ebola prompts MISD to ban Dallas travel

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia ISD has banned all travel to the Dallas area due to the Ebola outbreak in that city that has claimed one life and infected at least two others.
“I have also asked that all trips to the Dallas area be suspended until further notice,“ Superintendent Sharon Ross wrote in a memo to parents Tuesday.
Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding. It is spread through contact with infected body fluids. Ebola is not transmitted through the air.

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Tue
14
Oct

Her majesty


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

The 2014 Mexia High School Coming Home Queen – from the Class of 1964 – was crowned before Friday’s Homecoming football game is Gail McCullough Smith. For more photos from Homecoming, see Page 3.

Tue
14
Oct

Sales tax rebates up this month for city, county

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County and the city of Mexia fell in line with the statewide trend of increased sales tax rebates for October.
State sales tax revenue in September was $2.17 billion, up 7.9 percent compared to September 2013, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. The comptroller will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their October local sales tax allocations totaling $621.7 million, up 7.2 percent compared to October 2013.
Limestone County’s cities will receive $272,647.78 total in October, up 3.16 percent from last October’s $264,284.90. Year to date, the county has received $2,857,263.92, up 2.24 percent from last October’s year-to-date total at this time of $2,794,439.20.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
13
Oct

Burn Ban lifted

The burn ban for Limestone County was lifted Monday by order of the Commissioners Court. Rainfall from Saturday through dawn Monday brought 2.5 inches of rain to Mexia.
A burn ban had been in effect since Aug. 4.

Fri
10
Oct

High school continues Homecoming traditions


Mexia High School’s 2014 Homecoming Queen Denise Garcia takes a ride around the stadium at halftime in the Blackcats’ Friday night football game against the Rusk Eagles. Driving the car is Niel Padgett, from the honored class of 1964, in his 2005 Ford Mustang GT. See more Homecoming photos on pages 3 and 10, and in next week’s Mexia News. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Homecoming weekend was a swirl of activities in Mexia as current students wrote the book on this year’s Homecoming Queen – and King – and the Blackcats beat the Rusk Eagles. Meanwhile, former students met up to touch base with friends and celebrate their years as classmates and recall the adventures they shared “back then.”
Mexia High School senior Denise Garcia was chosen as this year’s Homecoming Queen in ceremonies at halftime during Friday night’s game.
The other senior contenders served as princess in the Homecoming court including Rebeca Castillo, Dabresha Gamble, Katilyn Gipson, Caroline Kendall, Estefania Suarez and Nicole Williams.
The other high school classes were represented in the Homecoming court as well, including Genesis Riojas as junior duchess, Ty-Zane Williams as sophomore duchess and Destini Hutchison as freshman duchess.

Fri
10
Oct

County makes more plans for election

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners will be making additional plans for the Nov. 4 General Election at Monday’s commissioners court meeting. They also may discuss and take action on the burn ban, using priority road funds for LCR 463; and contracts with volunteer fire departments, South Limestone Hospital District, Rockwall County and CenturyLink Software.
Decisions the court plans to make Monday regarding the upcoming election include:
• Authorizing the county judge to sign a notice of election and publish the notice for a week before Oct. 23.
• Appoint any vacant precinct positions for presiding and alternate judges.
• Appoint presiding and alternate judges to the central counting area on Election Night.
• Appoint deputy clerks for early voting in person.
• Set consideration for use of public buildings for Election Day.

Wed
08
Oct

Homecoming queen to be chosen Friday


Mexia High School Homecoming senior princesses vying for Homecoming Queen include, l-r, Denise Vanessa Garcia, Caroline Elizabeth Kendall, Estefania Suarez, Katilyn Leigh Gipson, Nicole Williams, Dabresha Le’Shea Gamble and Rebeca Castillo. Photo courtesy of Blackcat Paparazzi

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
08
Oct

Grants to help seniors, airport, Sheriff’s Office

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved at their Sept. 22 meeting accepting grants that will feed senior citizens, maintain the airport’s automated weather system and buy updated equipment for the Sheriff’s Office dispatchers. The court also approved several budget transfers and expenditures involving the jail and the courthouse.
Theresa Tilotta, project director for the Limestone County Senior Citizens Services Project, presented to the court the Texans Feeding Texans Grant, from the Texas Department of Agriculture that requires the county to provide $25,000 in matching funds. She said Senior Citizens had served about 2,000 more meals this last year than the previous year. She said the center served 19,613 homebound meals for those who can’t get to one of the county’s feeding centers, and served a total of 243 seniors in the county.

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