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Mon
28
Mar

County honors tenure of two longtime staffers

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, top left, prepares to present a combination clock and plaque of appreciation to 30-year county employee County Clerk Peggy Beck.
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, at right, is recognized at commissioners court’s March 14 meeting for more than 40 years of service.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners honored two employees for achieving exceptionally long terms of service: County Clerk Peggy Beck, who has served 30 years, and Sheriff Dennis Wilson, who has completed more than 40 years of service to the county. Each was presented a combination clock and plaque of appreciation at the court’s March 14 meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen reminded the court that the county began several years ago recognizing those of its employees who had completed five, 10 and 20 years of service.
“We like keeping good, experienced employees, who are valuable to us in all departments,” he said. “It occurred to us last week that we’ve got some employees and officials who have attained much more even than the 20 years, and they deserve some very special recognition.”
Burkeen first recognized Beck for reaching 30 years this month.

Fri
25
Mar

Convenience store robber sentenced to 40 years

John Jerome Holmes

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A Mexia man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced this week to 40 years in state prison for the aggravated robbery of a Mexia convenience store in March 2015.
John Jerome Holmes, 36, robbed Ruby’s convenience store on Hwy. 171 on March 24, 2015. He pointed a gun at the clerk and threatened to kill him unless he gave Holmes the money in the register. The clerk gave Holmes the money, then Holmes left the store.
A citizen followed Holmes and called Mexia Police Department to let them know where he was. Officers found Holmes inside of a relative’s house, and the sawed-off shotgun use in the crime in Holmes’s vehicle. The money and clothes he wore during the robbery were found in a barbecue pit behind the house.

Fri
25
Mar

MHS teacher jailed on new charge

Montana Joan Davis

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
25
Mar

Steps can save trees from oak wilt

Even large, established oak trees, such as these in Mexia’s Hughes City Park, could be destroyed if infected with the fungus that causes oak wilt disease.

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
25
Mar

County seeks new jail phone service

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is about to issue a Request For Proposals to provide telephone service through a different company for inmates at the county jail. Commissioners are expected to take that step at their meeting Monday, March 28, as well as continue working on finding the right place for a sign to direct people on Hwy. 14 to the county fairgrounds.
Regarding the telephone service, Sheriff Dennis Wilson mentioned at the court’s March 9, 2015, meeting that other inmate telephone service providers across the country bill the users in ways that provide more income to the county. Consequently, the court voted at that time to issue a Request For Proposals for a new company to provide inmate telephone service. The county, however, did not issue an RFP at that time.

Fri
25
Mar

Another $1,100 donated to county’s fallen officer monument

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County received two more donations, totaling $1,100, to pay for the Fallen Officers Memorial Monument planned for the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson presented a $1,000 donation at the commissioners court’s March 14 meeting on behalf of the entire Wilson family and in memory of his grandfather Earl K. Wilson.
“I’m happy to do this publicly,” Wilson said, “but I’m proud to do this on behalf of my family.
“He was an employee here at the Limestone County courthouse, where I grew up,” Wilson said of his grandfather.
The other donation for the monument was $100 from Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Association, presented by Wilson at the same meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked Wilson for confirmation that the monument would be erected in time for the annual Peace Officers Memorial in May, and Wilson said it would.

Fri
25
Mar

Second lunchtime wreck

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Two sedans collided on North McKinney just off Milam Street about half an hour after the wreck shown above. The driver of the Chevrolet sedan at left was knocked out when the airbag deployed; the driver of the Nissan sedan was taken to Parkview Regional Hospital. No one else was injured, and there were no life-threatening injuries. No further information on either wreck was available as of presstime Friday.

Fri
25
Mar

First of two Friday wrecks

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The accident above happened shortly after noon Friday, at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and U.S. 84 (West Milam Street), when the Freightliner tractor hauling a trailer (right) and the Chevy Blazer four-door collided. The driver of the Blazer, who was that vehicle’s only occupant, was taken to Parkview Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and was conscious when removed from the car.

Wed
23
Mar

Groveton details Lake Mexia flood for court

Limestone County Emergency Director Matt Groveton gives a report to county commissioners at their March 14 meeting on the March 9 flood at Lake Mexia.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A state-based emergency team under the auspices of FEMA rescued more than a dozen people in the recent flooding at Lake Mexia on March 9; and on March 17, County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared a local state of disaster area in connection with the flood.
Limestone County Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton gave commissioners at their March 14 meeting a summary of how the recent flooding rains affected people, structures and roads around the lake.

Wed
23
Mar

Game warden works toward wildlife preservation

Limestone County Game Warden Trent Marker, left, speaks with Mexia Lions Club members Don Corbitt, center, and Noah New after a presentation he made to the Club earlier this year.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County has only one game warden, Trent Marker, and he makes a point of trying to cover every corner of the county, checking the licenses of hunters and fishermen he encounters.
One of his other duties, however, is speaking to groups about his work, so he was actually in his element recently when he spoke to the Mexia Lions Club.
Marker grew up in Deer Park, near Houston, graduating from high school there in 2003. The population of Deer Park is about 50 percent higher than all of Limestone County – and that’s just fine by him.
“I enjoy the slower lifestyle you get out here and the sense of community you get in the smaller, rural areas,” Marker said.
Before he found his way to Limestone County, however, he went to college at Texas State University, in San Marcos, because a four-year degree is required to become a game warden in Texas.

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