News

Wed
21
Aug

Court begins groundwork for next elections

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court made decisions at last Monday’s meeting affecting next year’s elections, leaving the burn ban in place and moving monies around in the budget to make possible some key purchases.

Deputy County Clerk Jennifer Johnson, a key figure in the county’s elections, explained how names came to be on the list.

“The party chairs for each party submit a recommendation list,” she said, “and then according to each voting precinct’s results in the last gubernatorial election, whichever gubernatorial candidate received the most votes in that precinct, they get to choose the presiding judge, and the other party gets to choose the alternate judge, which is based on their recommendation.

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Wed
21
Aug

Check engine light

Dennis McCoslin, of Marquez, an employee of Trim Aire, checks the cockpit of a 36-seat private plane at the Limestone County Airport earlier this month. Trim Aire had to complete 235 pages of checks on the plane, most of them normal maintenance required for aircraft.
Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Wed
21
Aug

County to see infrastructure improvements

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners received news that TxDOT is willing replace three of its bridges, though that could be several months in the future.

The court approved an advanced funding agreement with TxDOT these bridges:
• LCR 250 at Tehuacana Creek.
• LCR 723 at Steele Creek Relief.
• LCR 723 at Mills Creek.

Burkeen explained later how the funding agreement works.

“They (build) these bridges,” Burkeen said of TxDOT. “We have to do a matching contribution, but we do that by fixing other bridges that need to be fixed.”

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Wed
21
Aug

City considers first tax increase in 8 years

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

After eight years without an increase, the city of Mexia is considering a slight raise in the property tax rate.

At Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting, City Council set its proposed tax rate of $0.7600 per $100 in taxable value, an increase from last year’s rate of $0.7292 per $100.

Last year ’s tax base was $243,733,269, whereas this year, properties in the city are worth $253,178,973, after subtracting value of new property.

The proposed tax rate is above the effective tax rate – the rate at which the city would bring in the same amount of revenue as the previous year, adjusted for any changes in property values – which is $0.6999 per $100 of value.

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Mon
19
Aug

Wortham varsity, JV win


Wortham Lady Bulldog Elisha Libhart plays solid defense at the net against the Mildred Lady Eagles last Friday night, Aug. 16, at home. Libhart shows why she leads the team in kill shots as she slams another point past the Lady Eagle defenders during match play. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The numbers 25 and 23 must have been the magic key in Wortham’s junior varsity and varsity victories Friday night, Aug. 16 at home.

The Lady Bulldogs JV sweep the Mildred Lady Eagles by those numbers, 25-23, 25-23 and in the first set of the varsity game Wortham won it by the same score, 25-23. They also went on to sweep Mildred after winning the other two sets, 25-17 and 25-12.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a slow start and it may have been due to feeling a little jittery as the Dawson Lady Bulldogs were in the stands scouting them out.

But that feeling quickly went away after the first set and the Wortham front line settled down and gave the fans plenty to cheer about, especially after Elisha Libhart put on a display of “kill” shots.

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Mon
19
Aug

Blackcats scrimmage against Teague, Ferris


Deldrick Hobbs gets ready to snag an interception inside the Mexia red zone Friday night against Ferris. Hobbs’ interception was one of three turnovers created by the Blackcats defense. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

One team may be hard to take on during a scrimmage, let alone two.

That situation didn’t seem to bother this year’s Blackcat football team as they stood toe-to-toe with both the Teague Lions and Ferris Yellow Jackets this past Friday night at Black Cat Field.

Mexia’s offense moved the ball fairly well on the first series, as both quarterbacks (Jaylon Gipson and Ronald Jackson) picked up decent yardage on run plays.

“They did some things I felt we need to improve on,” said Head Coach Lamonte Chambers.

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Mon
19
Aug

Prison getting fixed for future inmates

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Though the Limestone County Detention Center currently has no inmates, the county is continuing needed repairs and maintenance, so commissioners approved several invoices at Monday’s commissioners court meeting and heard about future needed expenses.

Although LCDC administrator Mike Sutton is no longer on the payroll of MTC, the company contracted to run Limestone County’s private prison, he is being paid by the county as a jailer so he can oversee the repairs and also help in marketing the facility to potential users. He is working there along with a skeleton crew of three other workers.

Mon
19
Aug

Dome home under construction in Mexia


James McKeand, of Mexia, checks on the construction of the dome home he and his wife, Dawn, are having built on the property behind his business on FM 39, south of Mexia. Paint and other finishes may be applied later. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A Mexia family is building their dream home, but it won’t have pillars, gables, tiles on the roof or many other familiar architectural details. James and Dawn McKeand are building a Monolithic Dome structure for their new home.

At first they just toyed with the idea of building a dome home, but after going to the company, Monolithic Dome Homes, in the Texas town of Italy, and touring the property, they became more serious about the idea. Then James McKeand went to a workshop to learn more about dome homes.

“That’s what really kicked it into high gear, when I actually got to get really up-close and personal with the technology,” he said.
He learned that monolithic dome structures cost less to build, are so well insulated that energy costs are slashed, can be as beautiful and comfortable as traditionally built homes, and are extremely safe in tornadoes or hurricanes.

Mon
19
Aug

Limestone commissioners name bid winners

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Winners of bids on two items advertised by Limestone County were named at last Monday’s meeting, and the winner of a previous bid was corrected.

A 2007 Ford Crown Victoria had been advertised for sale to a law-enforcement agency. The county received a bid of $1,000 from Constable Pct. 3 Glen Shoemaker, and a second bid from Chicago Motors. The second bid’s amount was not stated but was rejected.

“Chicago Motors is not a law-enforcement agency, which is what the bid specified,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, “so I’d suggest we’d be required to accept the bid of Glen Shoemaker.

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Fri
16
Aug

Bridge to close Monday for replacement

The Texas Department of Transportation will close Farm to Market Road 339 at Elm Creek, in Limestone County, on Monday, Aug 19.

The closure allows construction to begin to replace the bridge at that location, with a higher and wider concrete and steel bridge that meets current roadway safety and design specifications and upgrades the approaches to the bridge as well.

This bridge replacement is part of a larger, more than $850,000, project that began in May of this year and also replaced the bridge on FM 342 at Cottonwood Creek. That structure is tentatively scheduled to open by mid-September of this year. The FM 339 structure replacement is tentatively scheduled to be completed by mid to late December of this year.

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