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Wed
24
Aug

Jewett mine to close: NRG cancels coal contract

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

NRG Energy announced Wednesday that it will stop using lignite from the Jewett mine at the end of this year and will use cleaner-burning Powder River Basin coal, which is transported from its source in Wyoming and Montana. 

Consequently, the Jewett mine will be closing, though Texas Westmoreland, which operates the mine, said in a press release that it expects reclamation efforts to go on for several years at the site.

NRG said the decision was for economical reasons, citing several challenges it faces. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
24
Aug

Court keeps effective tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioner’s court agreed to leave the burn ban off in light of extensive and widespread rains across the county. 

Commissioners took care of this and other matters at their Aug. 23 meeting, including confirming the tax rate for the coming year; making several decisions concerning roads; approving plans for the Nov. 8 General Election; and making several minor decisions involving law enforcement. 

No vote was needed or taken on keeping the burn ban lifted. County Judge Daniel Burkeen had lifted the ban on Aug. 18 after the rain had continued for the previous six days.

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Wed
24
Aug

Sheriff to use forfeiture money to upgrade

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson has told county commissioners that he intends to use some of his forfeiture money to upgrade his armory.

He estimated the amount in the fund to be around $30,000-$40,000 and proposes to spend about half of it. 

“What we’re in dire need of is we have got to have an upgrade of our tactical gear: bullet-proof vests and also our weapons as well,” Wilson said. “We’re severely outgunned right now by the criminals we face every day. I’ve got to get my guys some updated, upgraded weapons so we can be protected.”

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Mon
22
Aug

Fed standards could provide county new source of inmates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A new federal standard to protect inmates from sexual assault could provide the conditions for Limestone County Detention Center to have access to a large group of inmates. 

That is what Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson is telling county commissioners. 

The standard is called the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, and was passed by Congress in 2003, to try to protect those being confined from unwanted sexual activity from other inmates as well as from staff.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
22
Aug

LMC’s PETS therapy: A fun way to health

Staff Writer

Being in the hospital can be unpleasant, even if the care and conditions are excellent, so therapists sometimes use the joy that animals can engender to make their patients’ journey back to health easier and more pleasant.

The concept is called pet therapy, and Limestone Medical Center, in Groesbeck, has a pet therapy program called PETS, or pet-enhanced therapy services.

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Mon
22
Aug

Feds to end private prisons

Staff Writer

The Justice Department’s announcement that it has decided to phase out the use of private prisons to house federal inmates raised questions in some quarters about the future of the Limestone County Detention Center.

The county-owned prison has been empty since June 2013, when the federal government removed the last of its prisoners there, and county officials have been trying since then to locate a new source of inmates to restore the income to the county, as well as the high-paying jobs it represents.

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Mon
22
Aug

Mexia PD, FDEA, ATF, TGW make early bust

The Mexia Police Department assisted federal agents with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm, and Texas Game Wardens with the arrest of Charles Earl Cooper age 39 of Mexia on the morning of August 19. 

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Fri
19
Aug

Council proposes tax rate increase

Mexia residents may be required to open up their check book for another tax rate increase for the 2016/2017 proposed city budget.

Mexia resident and former city council member Laura Rothrack was given opportunity to speak after a call to order and invocation. She requested of the council, “When you look at the budget, see if there are some places where you can do some cut-back to bring that rate down. I am not the only person that is going to be hurt by it. There are going to be other people, too, that are going to go through this same fiascle of having to pay these taxes if they don’t have it to pay.”

Mexia resident Gary Lawson said, “In the four years where we had been living we have never seen the pot holes  tended to, until recently. It is a little improvement and we appreciate it. We do not mind if the tax rate increases, if [that is what it will take] to make improvements.” 

Fri
19
Aug

Expect a Double Whammy

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The first Blackcat football game of the year on Friday, Aug. 26, will be made much sweeter by the Mexia Lions Club’s Double Whammy pancake breakfast and supper. 

Residents and football fans can start the day off right by stopping by the Lions Den, at 201 N. Paris Street near the corner of Commerce before work that morning – any time between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. – to get a plate of pancakes, with butter and syrup to their liking, along with breakfast sausage and either coffee or orange juice. At $5 a plate, the price is right.

There will be plenty of tables to visit with friends, or attendees may order their plates to go. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
19
Aug

County judge lifts burn ban

Mexia News Staff Report

 

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen lifted the burn ban Thursday, Aug. 18,  after extensive rains fell across much of the county starting Friday, Aug. 12, and continuing the succeeding week, with even more rain predicted. 

Limestone County commissioners are expected to confirm the lifting of the burn ban at their meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23. 

Commissioners plan also to hold another budget work session at the end of the meeting, make decisions on the upcoming election, designate signatories on the Inmate Trust Account, approve paying for fence construction on LCR 250, authorize the cleaning of Brown Cemetery and approve abandoning the planned streets in Farrar. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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