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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mon
14
Oct

How bazaar, how bazaar

Jodi Huff and Cindy Hallmark, at left, chat with potential customers Lisa Briggs and her daughter, Lacy Briggs, 18, at the Blackcat Bazaar at Mexia High School Saturday. The senior class rented out space to residents to sell crafts, baked goods and garage-sale type of items. Because of the rain, the event was staged on the covered porch in front of the school and turnout was light. See more photos from the Bazaar on Page 12.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
14
Oct

Two die in head-on collision Saturday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A Mexia woman and her mother were killed Saturday after a head-on collision on U.S. 84 in McLennan County.

According to Waco Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson, driver Virginia Olivarez of Mexia and her passenger, Mary Jordan of Buffalo, were westbound around 3 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Wilson said a big rainstorm was underway at the time.

A 2005 Ford Taurus driven by Erik Escobedo-Contreras, 22, of Mexia was eastbound on U.S. 84 when his vehicle crossed the center line, hitting Olivarez’s 2013 Hyundai Elantra head-on.

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