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Dec

Sales tax rebates stay below 2012 for Mexia

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions to Mexia were down again last month, and remain below the amount gathered year-to-date last year.

The city of Mexia re­ceived $189,556 this period, down 3.73 percent from the $196,915 reported sent in this month in 2012.

Year-to-date, Mexia has received $2,515,963, down .93 of a percent from the $2,539,830 year-to-date total 12 months ago.

Revenues this month were down 9.88 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $52,395 this period compared to $58,139 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 1.61 percent compared to a year ago.

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

Mon
16
Dec

Making Christmas music, memories

 The Navasota River Community Band performs 'Jingle Bells' and other Christmas favorites at First United Methodist Church's Victorian Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8. Shown here in front are Kelly Rushfeldt on saxophone and Amy Plummer on French horn, at center Andrew Billingsley on baritone and Art Nutt on trumpet, and at rear Bill Ferris on tuba. Not shown are Kristi Flusche on clarinet and Conrad Flusche on trumpet and clarinet.

Mon
16
Dec

County gets access to state road damage grant

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County has been allocated close to half a million dollars as its share of a fund set aside by the state to reimburse counties for wear and tear on their roads by oversized trucks in the current oil boom.

County commissioners learned this good news at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting and made plans to take the first step to meet the requirements to redeem the money, which is to schedule a public hearing for what is called the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone Grant.

Fri
13
Dec

Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe: Elmer and Martha Beene

Longtime Mexia residents Elmer and Martha Beene were selected as Mexia’s 2013 Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe. Consequently, they were honored in the town’s annual Christmas Parade of Lights, leading the parade in a beautiful new sports car.

Elmer graduated from Groesbeck High School and served 18 months in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Baylor University in 1954.

Martha graduated from Mexia High School in 1957 and began working for Hubert Harrison Furniture.

Elmer moved to Mexia in 1960 and became a partner of Ferguson Motor Sales the local Chevrolet-Olds dealer at that time.

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

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.

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