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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.

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Mon
05
Oct

Our Queen Elizabeth

Elizabeth Sanchez, left, was crowned the 2015 Mexia High School homecoming queen last Friday night during halftime of the Blackcats-Hornets football game. Here she is shown receiving her crown from 2014 queen, Denise Garcia.

Mon
05
Oct

Most distinguished

Mexia High School’s Distinguished Alum for 2015 Kenneth Ellis, front right, is congratulated by Pat Adams, front left, and Bob Crider, center, of the Mexia Alumni Association, before the Mexia Blackcat Homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 2. The Distinguished Alum is chosen from the class celebrating its 50th year reunion, in this case the Class of 1965, many members of which are shown here gathered on the football field with Ellis.

Mon
05
Oct

Class of '65

Mexia High School’s Coming Home Queen for 2015 Diane Pringle Melder, center front, is congratulated by Laura Rothrock, left, and Pat Adams, of the Mexia Alumni Association before the Mexia Blackcat Homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 2. The Coming Home Queen is chosen from the class celebrating its 50th year reunion, in this case the Class of 1965, many members of which are gathered on the field behind Melder.

Wed
30
Sep

Homecoming court an admirable array of young women

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia High School’s Homecoming court has been chosen: seven senior class princesses and a duchess from each of the other classes: junior, sophomore and freshman.
One of the senior princesses will be named Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Blackcat football game at Blackcat Stadium on Friday, Oct. 2. Information about each princess as well as the duchesses may be found below.

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Wed
30
Sep

Officials relocate offices to new City Hall

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Need to pay your water bill? Then you need to know the new Mexia City Hall building is officially open for business.
Back in March, the city had hoped to move into their new, more spacious offices in four to six weeks, but it took AT&T until last week to finally hook up phone lines to the space, 101 N. McKinney.
The city took possession of the new building in February, when Citizens National Bank moved to its new location on Milam Street. City Council in July 2014 gave final approval via resolution to swap the building at 405 E. Milam once occupied by the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce and the city Economic Development Corp., for the McKinney Street building, known for many years as the First Mexia Bank Building.

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Wed
30
Sep

Court establishes policy on county-owned vehicles

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone county commissioners implemented a policy on county-owned vehicles at their Sept. 28 meeting, deciding who was authorized to take county-owned vehicles home and implementing a $3-a-day charge, as required by the IRS.
Until now the county has not had a formal policy on county-owned vehicles, noted County Judge Daniel Burkeen, other than legal guidelines and IRS requirements.
The policy clarifies that there should be no personal use of county vehicles, he said, whether they are take-home or not take-home, other than incidental private use like stopping by the store on the way home.
Additionally, except for certain exceptions for law enforcement officers, employees who use take-home vehicles will have to pay a $3 daily charge for the benefit of not having to use their own vehicle to commute to work.

Mon
28
Sep

Mexia Police Department Activity Log

Friday, Sept. 4
2:10 a.m. – An officer saw the dome light on in a car parked at some East Grayson apartments, and noticed the back door wasn’t locked. He knew who owned the car, so got the man to come see if the vehicle had been burglarized. It hadn’t; the owner just forgot to turn off the dome light.
4:44 a.m. – An officer noticed an open door at the Lions Club, but it was just one of the members getting ready for the pancake breakfast.
6:33 a.m. – A burglar alarm went off on East Nowlin. There were two broken windows at the house, but they’d been that way for a long time, thanks to the resident’s kids and some baseballs. The alarm was false.
6:54 a.m. – Welfare concern for someone who didn’t show up for work and didn’t answer a knock at the door. No one answered when police knocked, either, but since there was no evidence of a crime or foul play, matters ended here.

Mon
28
Sep

Limestone still waiting on prison decision

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The decision by the Bureau of Prisons on whether the Limestone County Detention Center will win a contract to house federal inmates seems to stay two months in the future.
Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver asked County Judge Daniel Burkeen at the Sept. 14 commissioners court meeting about the status of the LCDC’s bid to obtain the elusive, lucrative contract.
“They’ve done the final walk-through,” Burkeen replied. “Within two months, what Mike Murphy is telling me, they should have the short list down.
Murphy is a representative of Management and Training Corporation, a prison-operating company that has been working with Limestone County to win a federal contract. The county-owned private prison has been empty since June 2013.

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