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Mon
31
Aug

Mexia Lions to host pancake breakfast

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The first Mexia Blackcat football home game of the season – Friday, Sept. 4, this year – means it’s time for the Double Whammy: a pancake breakfast and dinner, hosted by the Mexia Lions Club.
The idea is to get together with friends or co-workers for hot, fresh pancakes, breakfast sausage, juice or coffee at the Lions Den, on Paris Street at Commerce, in Mexia. The morning session is open 6:30-9:30 a.m. There are plenty of tables to eat at the Lions den, but take-out orders are welcome, too.
Dine in or take out, it’s $5 a plate.
Then, in the evening, mom can take a break from cooking, and the whole family can stop by the Lions Den, 4:40-6:30 p.m. to have a pancake dinner before going to watch the Blackcats play.

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Mon
31
Aug

Courthouse restoration grant work nearly done

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis gave a short update to commissioners court at its Aug. 10 meeting on the restoration work on the courthouse provided by a grant from the State Historical Commission. The court also approved paying Callis for his overtime hours in lieu of his taking comp time and made several other financial decisions.

Fri
28
Aug

Band aid

Members of the Mexia High School Blackcat Band march up and down the streets of Mexia on Saturday, Aug. 22, for a fundraiser for their trip to Disneyworld next spring. They were accompanied on their march by Mexia police and other adults.

Mon
24
Aug

Welcome back!

The fellowship hall of Northcrest Church of Christ is filled with Mexia Independent School District Employees for the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, held Thursday, Aug. 20. Shown here, l-r, are teachers aide Brenda Hamilton, teachers Rhonda Mills, Margaret Reynolds and Jessica Cisneros, and library aide Jodi Huff.

Mon
24
Aug

And so it begins…

Kaedyn Shepherd, 6, (above) gives his mom, Brittany Beard, a reassuring smile just before she drops him off for his first day of first grade at A.B. McBay Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 24.

Mon
24
Aug

County sets fee for new legal service

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County has amended its list of fees that sheriffs and constables may charge for services to include the new “order of retrieval” passed by the Texas Legislature in May that will take effect Sept. 1. Commissioners also heard statistics for July from the Sheriff’s Office and juvenile detention center, and other recent developments at both facilities.
The new law lets people who are not allowed into their former residence to go inside, accompanied by a law officer, to retrieve important property: medicine, medical records and supplies; clothing, child-care items, legal and financial documents, checks and bank cards or credit cards in their name; employment records and personal identification documents.
The currently fees for other services did not change, and the base fee for the order of retrieval was established at $125 plus $30 per hour if the job exceeds one hour.

Mon
24
Aug

Council proposed higher tax rate

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia is proposing an 8.2 percent increase in the property tax rate for the coming fiscal year, which will bring in an additional $171,846 in revenue.
The proposed rate, of $.7994 per $100 in valuation, was passed unanimously at the Aug. 18 regular meeting of the City Council, with council members Bobby Jack Liles and Kelvin Beachum absent. That rate is also the “effective rate,” the rate needed to produce the same amount of county revenue as last year, if applied to the same properties.

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Wed
19
Aug

BBB expert explains most-common scams

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
While people like to think they’re too smart to be fooled by scam artists, even otherwise savvy computer users can be tricked when the pitch plays on people’s emotions or involves loved ones.
Learning what schemes have been working may help a computer user be alert to scams and also effectively caution family members or friends on what they may encounter online.
Better Business Bureau Regional Director Adam Price was in Mexia recently to speak to the Mexia Lions Club on this subject and described the top ten most popular Internet scams of the past year.
First, however, he spoke of the BBB’s origins and its role in business disputes.

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

Wed
19
Aug

Burn ban confirmed by commissioners court

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County commissioners approved a burn ban at their Aug. 10 meeting, confirming the emergency burn ban declared by County Judge Daniel Burkeen on Aug. 5.
“I put the burn ban on, on an emergency basis last week when we went way over the drought level on KBDI (Keetch Byram Drought Index),” Burkeen told the court. “It’s still up there. Obviously, we haven’t got any rain; we haven’t gotten any relief. It’s been well over 100 every day.”
The KBDI is a measure of soil moisture devised by Texas A&M University that ranges from zero, meaning saturation, to 800, meaning almost no moisture whatsoever. A measure of 575 is considered drought.

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

Wed
19
Aug

LCDC to get final Bureau of Prisons walk-through

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson reminded commissioners at their Aug. 10 meeting that the Bureau of Prisons would do a final walk-through of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison on Aug. 23.
The LCDC has been empty since June 2013, and the county is trying to win a long-term contract to house federal inmates in it through a prison-operating company called Management and Training Corporation, based in Utah.
The BOP is considering the LCDC for a long-term contract, which was applied for in the spring.
The BOP is the entity that awards the federal prison contracts and is expected to make a decision on the LCDC’s application in the next month or so.

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