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Mon
19
Oct

Early voting begins for constitutional changes

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Early voting for the Nov. 3 Election began yesterday and continues through Friday, Oct. 30, but there are no Mexia issues on the ballot.
The election will decide the fate of seven amendments to the Texas constitution. Groesbeck ISD voters will also decide whether to issue $8 million in bonds for construction and renovation of school buildings and to buy buses and technology.
There are two polling sites for early voters: the county courthouse in Groesbeck or the courthouse annex in Mexia.
For voting at the annex in Mexia, located at 205 S. McKinney St., the hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 20-23, and Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30.
The schedule for voting at the courthouse at 200 W. State St. in Groesbeck is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 20-23, and Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30.

Wed
14
Oct

City's sales tax rebate dips a bit this month

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for October a bit over 6 percent compared to last year, although the city’s rebates, year-to-date remain above those collected at the same time last year.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $616.2 million in local sales tax allocations for October, which represents a decrease of 0.9 percent compared to October 2014. These allocations are based on monthly sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly.
Hegar also said today that sales tax revenue for the state in September was $2.2 billion, up 1.9 percent compared to September 2014.

Mon
12
Oct

Bolled over

Edmund Schuster, at right, with the Farm Bureau, demonstrates to students at Mexia’s R.Q. Sims Intermediate School how cotton is ginned, that is, the fiber is separated from the stem and other plant remains. The demonstration was part of Ag Day at Sims, held Sept. 22. At rear left is P.E. teacher Justin Chambers. See more photos from this event on Page A8.

Mon
12
Oct

Coolidge ISD officially opens new stadium

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The brand-new Coolidge ISD football stadium, created with enthusiastic voter support, opened Friday night to a full house and happy crowd of supporters.
The month-long rains in May delayed construction and set back opening of the facility, which the district hoped to open Sept. 1.
Construction came about after Coolidge ISD voters passed a $1 million bond Nov. 6, by a huge margin, 209-65.
The bond money was set aside to build a new bus barn, and a new sports complex to replace their bare-bones football stadium.

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

Mon
12
Oct

College Night coming to MISD Monday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia ISD will have a wide variety of school and financial aid experts on hand next Monday, Oct. 19, when it hosts College Night.
The event is open to junior and senior students and their parents in Mexia and in surrounding communities as well. It takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school library.

Fri
09
Oct

Local VFW Auxiliary now accepting applications from males

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Come Monday, Mexia’s VFW Ladies Auxiliary may have its first male members officially on board, and new club name, to boot.
The move comes after an Aug. 21 resolution passed at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, amending their bylaws to allow men to join the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The clubs will now be known simply as VFW Auxiliaries.
Members of the auxiliary of VFW Post 4694 in Mexia are more than ready for the change.
“We began accepting applications from men on Aug. 21,” said Brittany Chapman, auxiliary secretary. “We’ve have two, thus far, that I know of that have applied.”

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

Wed
07
Oct

Night on the town

Fun truly was available for those of all ages, including te little kids enjoying several bounce houses. National Night Out, hosted Tuesday by the Mexia Police Department, is a way for the public to interact with local law enforcers in a low-key way. To see many more photos of this event, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News.

Wed
07
Oct

Food packs ensure weekend meals for some kids

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
It’s easy to take food for granted, but some children in Mexia don’t have that luxury. In fact, Saturday and Sunday can mean lean times for kids in some Mexia households. To help those children, the Packs of Kindness program sends small packages of non-perishable food home with those students whose families need financial help.
The food package can mean the difference between a child spending the weekend feeling satiated and relaxed versus suffering the pangs of hunger since they don’t have access to the school cafeteria as they do Monday through Friday.

Wed
07
Oct

County keeps burn ban, passes measures to care for residents

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s burn ban will continue for now. County commissioners decided at their Sept. 28 meeting to let the burn ban stand. The court made other decisions that affect the lives of county residents, including providing meals for seniors, health care for the indigent and psychological care for those who need it.
As for the burn ban, the commissioners could hardly do anything other than let the burn ban stand since the Keetch Byram Drough Index is approaching the highest readings seen in years. Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton said the Keetch Byram Drough Index reading for Limestone County that day was an average of 751. The KBDI measures moisture in the soil and ranges from zero, meaning saturation, to 800, meaning virtually no moisture whatsoever. A reading of 575 is generally agreed to indicate drought.

Mon
05
Oct

County seals new fiscal year budget, tax rate

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court held a public hearing at its Sept. 28 meeting to take public comments on the proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, but no one attended to comment, possibly because the commissioners have held about five budget work sessions in the past six weeks, so there were no surprises.
The court made several financial decisions including taking the final vote on the budget and tax rate, voting to oppose a new power line, the cost of which will be borne by rate payers, and establishing a new purchasing policy.
The court approved the proposed new budget as it had been amended for weeks through budget work sessions.

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

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