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Wed
23
Oct

Property owner road error dispute heating up

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court addressed what has been an ongoing dispute with the members of the Morgan family, who own four small adjacent lots on LCR 198 near its intersection with LCR 189. The family has appeared in court twice but is now working with attorneys to get the road moved.

The problem started about 2003 or 2004, when the county Road and Bridge Department, in paving the road in front of the Morgans’ land, impinged on a portion of it, turning a corner into a curve. The family doesn’t live in Limestone County so they didn’t notice the error immediately. When they did, they waited several more years to approach the county about it.

Mon
21
Oct

Mexia Lions Club: finding fulfillment serving others


Lions Club International, whose motto is ‘We Serve,’ is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1917. The Mexia Lions Club was founded just four years later.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Several dozen Mexia residents meet regularly for fellowship and to pool their funds and energy to achieve service goals for their community.

The Mexia Lions Club’s active members meet each Tuesday at noon for lunch at their Lions Den on Paris Street. Each member pays monthly dues, which are used to maintain the den, pay for the lunch meals and most of all to further the work of the local and international clubs.

Lions Club International was founded in 1917 as a service organization, its motto “We serve.” The Mexia club was chartered in 1921, so it marked its 90th anniversary in 2011. Some Mexia Lions are the third generation of their families to be members.

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

Mon
21
Oct

County wants LCDC to have interim plan

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are talking to a different jail management company than their current one to possibly consider an interim agreement for housing inmates.

LCDC administrator Mike Sutton told the commissioners at last Monday’s meeting that LaSalle Corrections, one of the jail management companies that had bid unsuccessfully last spring to run the private prison, was to come speak with county officials on Thursday.

Management Training Corporation, the company that won the bid and has the current contract to run the jail, is helping the county in its bid to win CAR-XV, a 10-year federal contract to house inmates, but has shown little interest in running the LCDC apart from CAR-XV or a similar contract.

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

Mon
21
Oct

Aim high

Darren Thomas, of Marquez, takes aim with a Browning 12-gauge shotgun in Navarro College Foundation’s clay shoot fundraiser Saturday at Caney Creek Lodge, near Teague. Watching are other members of the team, and behind them, the next team has arrived at the station.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
21
Oct

Mexia sales tax rebate down again this month

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions to Mexia were down again last month, and have now dropped below the amount gathered year-to-date last year.

The city of Mexia received $201,956 this period, down 11.27 percent from the $227,614 reported sent in this month in 2012. Year-to-date, Mexia has received $2,118,395, down .35 of a percent from the $2,125,864 year-to-date total 12 months ago.

Revenues this month were down 10.66 percent in Groesbeck, with that town set to receive $54,250 this period compared to $60,727 a year ago. That city, year-to-date, is ahead 1.98 percent compared to a year ago.

Elsewhere in Limestone County, Kosse saw revenues rise 11.95 percent when compared to the same month a year ago, to $5,623. Thornton’s figure was $593.16, a 46.89 percent decrease from August 2012.

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

Fri
18
Oct

True colors

These Mexia ISD
students wear pink to show support for breast cancer research during the Battle of the River last Friday, holding a “fill the helmet” fundraiser as well as selling luminarias for the upcoming Relay for Life. They are, from left: D.J. Johnson, Dashia Forge, Reyna Escobedo, Alexis Molina, Kandice Mack and in front, Noemi Soto.
Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Fri
18
Oct

Mexia’s FUMC pumpkin patch now open


First United Methodist Church members George and Jackie Tidwell, at left, confer with FUMC Pastor Danny Niedecken as they set up the church’s annual pumpkin patch earlier this week. The new location is behind Mexia Pest Control at 608 E. Milam St., where it is easily visible to much of the traffic that goes through town. The barn backdrop behind them is available for photo-taking. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fall is in the air and that means the annual pumpkin patch at First United Meth­odist Church is here. FUMC, Tehuacana Methodist and McKinney Baptist churches host fall festivals next Saturday, too.

The pumpkin patch opened Tuesday behind Mexia Pest Control at 608 E. Milam St., where it is easily visible to westbound traffic. The pumpkin patch will be open daily through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FUMC’s Fall Festival will be held next Saturday, Oct. 26 starting at 9 a.m.. Children’s activities will include games, face painting, a cake walk and a bounce house. Children are encouraged to come in Halloween costumes. There will be a costume contest this year with prizes. To enter the contest, children need to go to the costume contest booth be­tween 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to have their picture taken and costume judged. Winners will be announced around noon.

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

Fri
18
Oct

Early voting on amendments starts Monday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Voters need to make sure they have proper I.D. for the November uniform election, for which early voting begins Oct. 21.

The election will decide the fate of nine proposed Texas constitutional amendments.
Eligible Texans may vote early from Monday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Nov. 1 at either the courthouse annex, 205 S. McKinney in Mexia, or the county courthouse in Groesbeck. Early voting takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 21-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1 at the courthouse annex in Mexia, or 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the same days at the courthouse in Groesbeck.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, and on that day, voters must go to their specific consolidated polling site to cast a ballot.

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

Wed
16
Oct

Slick highway sends car into ditch near Mexia


First responders process scene of accident in the driving rain after a Toyota Camry began hydroplaning on U.S. 84 in front of the Lazy Lou Ranch, about 11 miles west of Mexia Tuesday afternoon. The sedan’s passenger was taken to a local hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A couple driving on U.S. 84 about 11 miles west of Mexia Tuesday afternoon began hydroplaning in the rain and landed in a grassy ditch beside the highway.

The man was driving a red late-model Toyota Camry eastbound about 3:25 p.m.when the accident occurred.

The car spun around and landed on the opposite side of the road but did not roll over. It eventually landed almost completely opposite the direction it had been traveling.

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

Wed
16
Oct

Weekend rains dampen threat of burn ban

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The burn ban remains lifted for Limestone County. Heavy rains over the weekend made the ban a non-issue at Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

Also at the meeting, County Road Engineer Ted Kantor reported that he was now receiving daily status reports from the company the Texas Department of Transportation contracted to build several county bridges. Two TxDOT engineers attended the Sept. 23 commissioners court meeting to explain why the bridges were far past deadline and tell commissioners what the plan was to remedy the delay. Part of the agreement was that Kantor would receive daily reports from TxDOT.

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