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06
Jan

County prepares for Appraisal Board move

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners made decisions at their last meeting of the year to ensure the lines of communication remain open between the County Appraisal Board and the County Clerk’s office after the Appraisal Board moves out of the Courthouse basement in a few weeks. The court also approved changes involving the DA’s office and several other financial matters.

Limestone County Chief Appraiser Karen Wietzikoski updated county commissioners at their Dec. 23 meeting on the Board’s upcoming move to its own building beginning on Jan. 15. As part of that move, the court approved setting up unlimited Internet access to the County Clerk’s land records for the Appraisal Board.

Fri
03
Jan

Retired salesman finds true calling in antique tractors


Jack Beene, of Mexia, rides a 1947 Ford 2N before he begins restoring it. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Everybody needs to have a hobby, says Jack Beene, of Mexia, and his love of old tractors defines his.

Beene, now retired from sales and marketing after 38 years with Temple-Inland, spends a good deal of his free time restoring old tractors. He never tires of working on, talking about, or driving them. Recently, he spoke on his hobby to his fellow members of the Rotary Club of Mexia.

“I’ve always enjoyed the farm and tinkering with things,” he said. “My great-granddad bought the farm in 1893. His son, my granddad, had it after that, then my dad farmed after my granddad.”

That makes Jack Beene and his brothers, Don Beene and Bobby Beene, the fourth generation to own the farm. They divided up the original land among themselves and each has his house, but they share in a cattle business.

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Fri
03
Jan

Bids on airport hay-cutting, expansion plans in

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court addressed several issues concerning the county airport at their Dec. 23 meeting, including those involving hay-cutting rights, the cable bill and the job of expanding the taxiway.

The county had advertised for bids on those wishing to cut hay at the airport, but only one was received, that of Frank Sandford, the current holder of those rights.

“He bid $1,826 for a 12-month period,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners. “It works out to $16.60 per acre.”

The court approved Sandford’s bid, and County Clerk Peggy Beck noted that Sanford had the option to renew the contract at the end of the 12 months.

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Fri
03
Jan

Garden Club makes life beautiful in Mexia

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Some of the residents in the Mexia area who like plants and gardens work together through the Mexia Garden Club to promote this past time.

Garden Club President Gayle Beene spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently about the purpose of the garden club, its activities, history and accomplishments. She also encouraged anyone interested to join the group. Though most members are women, the club is open to men, too.

Apart from the members’ personal enjoyment of gardening, the club’s goals are to study and encourage interest in gardening, encourage civic planting, and protect wildflowers and birds.

The club meets monthly for nine months of the year – they break for summer – with each meeting featuring an informative speaker on some aspect of gardening.

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Fri
03
Jan

Till the job is done

Workers for Driver Pipeline, of Irving, work on replacing gas lines on Kaufman Street in Mexia Monday. The company was subcontracted by Atmos for the job.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
03
Jan

County approves interim prison deal

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County officials approved a contract with Mike Sutton, longtime administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, to run the county’s private prison on an interim basis.

The decision was made after the commissioners court came out of executive session after the other agenda items had been dealt with. The executive session was called to discuss matters concerning the operation of the LCDC and included attorney Herb Bristow, who helps the county on legal issues.

When they finished that session and returned to open session, the commissioners approved the contract with Sutton’s company, Detention Management Services, though the contract is not quite finished.

Mon
30
Dec

Wortham Garden Club decorates for Christmas


The new Nativity scene for Wortham is set up downtown thanks to the Wortham Garden Club. Contributed photo

Wortham Garden Club members decorated Wortham for Christmas with the help of David Kennedy and Ryan Lozano on Dec. 4.

The Club provided the ornaments for the downtown tree along with a number of wooden decorations throughout town. They also provided the flowers in the park. A new Nativity scene was added this year.

“The ladies make this a yearly project and enjoy hearing from the citizens of Wortham when they enjoy the Club’s efforts,” said Club member Sandy Willard.

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

Mon
30
Dec

Five fire departments respond to house fire in county


Firefighters work on a house fire on LCR 462 just west of its intersection with LCR 464, and east of Limestone County Airport. Rep­re­sen­ted were Mexia Fire De­part­ment and the volunteer fire departments of Lake Mexia, Tehuacana, Groesbeck and Shiloh. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A house fire in Limestone County Friday night saw five local fire departments respond.

Firefighters were called about 9:10 p.m. to a wooden frame house at 450 LCR 462, near its intersection with LCR 464, which is southeast of Limestone County Airport and east of Hwy 14.

The fire departments of Mexia, Lake Mexia, Tehuacana, Shiloh and Groesbeck responded, bringing about 16-18 personnel and about eight vehicles. Several Mexia Police officers were also on hand to help in ancillary ways.

Mexia firefighter and officer in charge Charlie Pickett said at least two people lived in the house, a couple, but no one was in the home when the fire started.

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

Mon
30
Dec

Plans for reinvestment zone moving forward

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County held a public hearing last Monday, Dec. 23, to get public input on setting up a reinvestment zone in which a state grant will be used to repair county roads damaged by the heavy trucks and machinery associated with oil and gas development.

A public hearing on in­stalling stop signs at a county intersection also was held last Monday.

Though no one from the public attended either hearing, more information about the reinvestment zone was explained.

Creating a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone is one of the requirements for the county to access $431,109 that has been allocated to it by Texas Senate Bill 1747 “to provide funding to counties for transportation infrastructure projects located in areas of the state affected by increased oil and gas production.”

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

Fri
27
Dec

St. Mary’s celebrates Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried to St. Mary’s Catholic Church from Hughes City Park by members of the church, part of ceremonies honoring her feast day. The procession took place Dec. 14, and was followed by a Mass. Contributed photo

St. Mary’s Catholic Church held its annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 and Dec. 14.

Parishioners got up and came to church as early as 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 12 to start the “Mañanitas,” a traditional Hispanic song, in the form of a serenade, sung on special occasions like birthdays. The community of faith rendered various Marian songs to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the Americas, and remember the apparition of her in 1531 with the image still unchanged and exposed at the basilica in the capital of Mexico.

Mass was celebrated at 5:30 a.m. before some devotees went off to work, while the rest stayed to enjoy hot chocolate and pan dulce. The church smelled of fresh flowers laid on the Madonna’s statue.

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