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01
Dec

Juvenile Detention Center fix deemed successful

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The comfort level at Limestone County’s Juvenile Detention Center is much higher than a few years ago, when cracks in the walls allowed cold air to enter in the winter time and dropped the temperatures to uncomfortably low levels. Exterior insulation was added earlier this year, and the recent cold snap was the first big test of the repairs. Limestone County commissioners heard this positive report at Monday’s commissioners court meeting and also discussed issues at the Fairgrounds.

Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick told the commissioners the installation of insulation around the outer walls of the detention center has solved its problem retaining a comfortable interior temperature.

“The insulation seems to be working; it’s warm out there,” he told the court.

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

Wed
27
Nov

Fees to rent Civic Center changed

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council changed the rental fees for the Civic Center when they met Nov. 19.

The city had been charging a higher rental rate for use of the Civic Center to those who live outside the city limits.

However, many people who want to use the facility, while living outside the city limits, own businesses within the city.

More frequently, some renters don’t live in the city limits but have a relative who does sign off on the contract, then that person doesn’t want to be responsible for the cost of lapses in cleanup or damage, City Manager Larry Brown told Council members.

“We’ve had two or three recently,” Brown said at the Nov. 19 regular monthly Council meeting. “One tore stuff up,” to the tune of $200 in damages, he added.

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

Wed
27
Nov

She’ll gobble it up

Mary Lightsey cuts slices of turkey into bite-sized pieces for her niece, Alyssa Hadden, 2, at Point Enterprise’s Thanksgiving dinner this past Saturday. Lightsey said the weather was so cold she wore a snowsuit all day as she worked on the farm she and her sister, Lisa Hadden, run nearby.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
27
Nov

Commissioners question sheriff on use of OnStar

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

At least one temper appeared to flare at Monday’s Limestone County commissioners court meeting when commissioners questioned Sheriff Dennis Wilson about charging OnStar service to the Sheriff’s Office VISA card.

One of the first items on the agenda of each meeting is to approve payment of bills, and for months, the commissioners have been combing through the bills, questioning any they thought might be excessive or inappropriate for the current tight economic situation.
Commissioners William “Pete” Kirven asked Wilson Monday about an item on the bill for $323.67, which was noted as “OnStar Customer Care.”

Wilson said the charge was for basic satellite phone service for himself and his three commanders, R.T. Beck, Murray Agnew and Capt. Chris Henson and was needed if regular phone service is not available.

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

Mon
25
Nov

Weather cools food drive total but not volunteers


Caritas volunteer Rick Washington, left, and board member Shane Alexander weigh boxes of donated food at the Food For Families food drive Friday in the parking lot of BBVA/Compas Bank in Mexia. Behind them, Caritas board member Marjorie Parks keeps track of the weight of each box. See more photos from this event on Page 12. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia’s Food for Families food drive Friday brought in much food, though far short of its goal thanks to exceptionally cold weather.

Marjorie Parks, who directed the event in Mexia, said around mid-morning that she was pleased with the turnout and donations.

“We’re about a fourth of the way there,” she said at 10 a.m., but she was well aware that the miserable weather would cut down on their totals for the drive.

The temperature was 39 degrees when the drive began at 6 a.m. and fell several more degrees throughout the day. Mist and drizzle also fell throughout the day, made worse by windy conditions.

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

Mon
25
Nov

County to trade for new motor grader

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The county will be trading in its motorgrader for a new one, taking advantage of an offer for a trade-in from the company the county purchased the machinery from originally.

Limestone County commissioners approved this move at the Nov. 12, commissioners court meeting and also agreed to advertise for the right to cut hay at the airport.

County Engineer Ted Kantor requested approval of the buyback offer.

“We budgeted $65,000, and the trade difference comes in at $62,594, so I’d ask y’all to approve that,” Kantor said.
Commissioner Jerry Allen, however, questioned whether the purchase was within legal guidelines.

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

Mon
25
Nov

Frigid low temps to continue

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Limestone County folks were lucky to be east of I-35, dodging sleet and freezing rain for the most part Sunday and yesterday, though below-freezing low temperatures will continue through Thanksgiving night.

Forecasts from the National Weather Service placed Limestone County under a winter weather warning for Sunday afternoon through last night. That called for a high likelihood of ice pellets, sleet and ice accumulations across the county, but temperatures never fell below freezing. Instead, rain and wet roads were the major hazards Sunday and Monday morning, though a chance of snow remained for last night as another cold front moved into Texas.

Today there is a chance of light snow this morning, but that chance will end by lunchtime.

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

Fri
22
Nov

Warden’s job more than hunting, fishing


Limestone County Game Warden Trent Marker shows some sets of antlers from deer that were illegally killed by local hunters. Also shown is a telephone device that was used to send an electrical current into a body of water, which stuns fish and brings them to the surface – another illegal hunting method. Marker found the device in Lake Limestone. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Trent Marker is the only game warden assigned to Limestone County, and that usually keeps him busy checking on all those who like to hunt and fish.

Being a game warden is not often thought of as a dangerous assignment, but he was injured Oct. 4 when he and a fellow game warden were involved in a car wreck while pursuing a man they had seen driving without lights on a country road. Marker’s supervisor at Texas Parks and Wildlife, Capt. Michael Hanson, reports that Marker is still in rehabilitation but is expected to be back at work in a few weeks.

Just before the accident, Marker spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia about his job and where his duties take him.

Fri
22
Nov

Stop signs, contracts up before county commissioners

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

County Commissioners will consider agreements with other jurisdictions and adding stop signs to a county road when they meet Monday morning.

The agenda for the meeting includes setting a public hearing and posting notice about stop signs on LCR 462. That road zig-zags east from Hwy. 14 south of Forest Glade nearly to FM 39 near Shiloh. The agenda doesn’t state where the signs would be either erected or removed.

Commissioners will look into agreements and contracts with the 77th Judicial District and Anderson County, for the detention of juvenile offenders. They will also consider an agreement to reimburse for mental health counseling services with a party not named in the agenda, and to consider an interlocal agreement between Limestone and Lubbock counties to have a regional public defender for capital (death-penalty) cases.

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

Fri
22
Nov

Rain, bitter cold expected to stick around


Spencer Price and Donna Jones do a little catch-and-release at Lake Mexia Wednesday afternoon before the weather turned cold again. Frigid weather arrived yesterday before dawn and should continue through Thanksgiving. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Keep your hatches battened, because the cold front that blew into the region before dawn yesterday isn’t going away anytime soon, and conditions likely will get worse before they improve.

Temperatures dropped from the high 70s here Thursday evening to the 30s by morning as a major Arctic front swooped across the country. Combined with high winds, yesterday’s wind chill was at the freezing point yesterday. Those north winds will continue to average around 15 mph today, and with a high temperature of only 43 degrees expected, wind chill will remain a major factor here.

The low Saturday night will be at or below freezing, with a high Sunday of only 42 degrees. The low Sunday night will be in the mid 30s with a high Monday again at only 42 degrees. Monday’s low will also be in the mid-30s, but the high Tuesday could reach the low 50s, according to the weather service.

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