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Mon
29
Jun

Sheriff: LCSO pay is falling behind

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson warned county commissioners that the county is falling behind in its pay scale at the Sheriff’s Office compared to other law enforcement agencies and risks being unable to maintain quality personnel.
Wilson’s comments came after he got some resistance from the court to an increase in pay he requested for two deputies he had promoted to corporal.
The initial request was presented by Jail Administrator Capt. David Turrubiarte.
“We promoted two deputies to corporal, so this would bump their salary up by 50 cents an hour,” said Turrubiarte. “It’s within our budget and it’s not going to make us go over our budget.”
County Judge Daniel Burkeen noted that the change would increase the budget lines.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
29
Jun

Limestone County Clerk’s office ready to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Same-sex couples will be issued marriage licenses in Limestone County after Friday’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court requiring states to allow such marriages.
But so far, there hasn’t been a stampede at the courthouse door to obtain marriage licenses.
Limestone County Clerk Peggy Beck said so far, no license requests have been sought by same-sex couples. She said her office issues an average of no more than 10 marriage licenses a month.
Ahead of Friday’s ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urged county clerks not to give out licenses without the approval of the state. Despite Paxton’s request, clerks in high-population counties, including Travis, Harris, Tarrant, Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Hidalgo and Midland counties, began issuing licenses to waiting couples that very day.

Wed
24
Jun

Lewis gains hit in coach's all-star game

Mexia News Staff Report

Former Blackcats baseball player Blake Lewis picked up the only hit for the North team in their 8-0 loss to the South Tuesday night, at the Central Texas Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Baylor Ballpark in Waco.
Lewis' single to center in the second inning kept the combination of five South pitchers from no-hitting the North team in the game.
Lewis will be playing for SAGU (Southwestern Assemblies of God University) next season in Waxahachie.
During his senior season with the Mexia Blackcats, he hit .372 with four homeruns and was 3-0 on the mound with one save.
The game was originally set for June 16, but incliment weather rolled in that afternoon and forced it to be moved to June 23.
Groesbeck's Jaime Rocha - also from District 18-4A as Lewis - played in the game Tuesday night for the North team.

Wed
24
Jun

Fan-tastic idea!


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Eva Price, left, with The Manor Healthcare Residence, and Brooke Anderson, with Providence Hospice, examine some of the fans they received at a fan drive Monday, June 22, in front of Mexia Pest Control on Milam, in Mexia. The two organizations collected new fans donated by the public that would later be given to Limestone County senior citizen centers to give to elderly and homebound residents without air conditioning. Both organizations are still accepting fan donations.

Wed
24
Jun

County Fairgrounds still lacking stalls for bigger events

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The county is still talking about adding more stalls at the county fairgrounds, but because it hasn’t, it is losing income opportunities and may risk losing at least one of its larger events.
Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis told the court at its June 8 meeting that in May, the fairgrounds had the highest-grossing income month in its history, due in part to one event, he said, in which the facility was far short of the number of stalls needed.
According to personnel in County Judge Daniel Burkeen’s office, the facility took in $6,775 gross in May.

Wed
24
Jun

History professor speaks on emancipation’s realities


Dr. Carey H. Latimore, associate professor of history at San Antonio’s Trinity University, addresses those assembled for a chautauqua on emancipation in Texas and Limestone County at the Confederate Reunion Grounds, held Saturday, June 13. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The freeing of the last of the slaves in the United States is celebrated in the Juneteenth holiday, but the realization of freedom by those slaves was more gradual than often thought. So says associate professor of history Dr. Carey H. Latimore, of Trinity University, in San Antonio. Latimore recently spoke at a chautauqua – an outdoor educational assembly – at the Confederate Reunion Grounds on Emancipation in Texas and Limestone County.
Latimore also talked about why June 19 may be the key date among others, why there was such a lag between the date the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and when it became a reality in Texas, and how Juneteenth is related to the Fourth of July.

Fri
19
Jun

County to apply for historical marker on Cynthia Ann Parker

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
One of Limestone County’s most famous residents in its history may get her own historical marker if approved by the Texas Historic Commission. County commissioners will have the chance to sign off an an application for that marker – on Cynthia Ann Parker – at their meeting this coming Monday, June 22. The court will also honor the County Historical Commission and make several financial decisions concerning roads, electrical service, a foreclosed property and a salary adjustment for a Sheriff’s Office employee.

Mon
15
Jun

Dunbar-Douglass alums looking forward to reunion weekend


The tailgate party after the Dunbar-Douglass Reunion parade usually involves music and spontaneous dance, as in this photo from the 2013 celebration. The annual reunion of the African American schools from pre-integration days, is scheduled for this coming weekend, Friday-Sunday, June 19-21. Mexia News file photo

Staff Writer
Former students of Mexia’s segregation-era African American schools will meet for their annual reunion this coming weekend.
Those were Dunbar High and Douglass Elementary schools, which closed in 1968 and 1969, respectively, when the final students were integrated into the white schools.
The alumni and former students are spread across Texas and several other states but many meet each year in Mexia for a time to reminisce about their school days, and celebrate their lives and accomplishments.
Friday evening, June 19, is the first event of the weekend, with a meet-and-greet at the Mexia Senior Citizens Center, at Sherman and Commerce. The reception begins at 7 p.m., and attendees can renew their acquaintance and pick up their event package there.
“We call it ‘Down Memory Lane,” said Ada Conner, a Dunbar graduate and program coordinator of the reunion. “Every class, every football team, everybody will be saying, ‘Oh, I remember that!’”

Mon
15
Jun

Gulf storm likely to mean lots of rain here


This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration image from yesterday afternoon shows the the size and moisture associated with the storm expected to make landfall today along the Texas coast. The storm is expected to bring considerable amounts of rainfall to East and Central Texas. NOAA Graphic

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A deluge-inducing tropical storm is the last thing water-logged Texas needs right now, but that’s exactly what will unleash dangerous amounts of rainfall on the state starting today.
A tropical storm trying to form in the Gulf of Mexico, after rolling over Cancun and the Yucatan over the weekend, is headed straight for Texas. The timing of the storm could not be worse: Texas experienced record rainfall and major flooding during May, leaving the ground still saturated and lakes at capacity.
“Through Wednesday, widespread rainfall totals could easily average 6 to 8 inches with some amounts exceeding 10 inches,” the Houston forecast from the National Weather Service predicted. “This will obviously lead to a dangerous flood situation.”
The Bistone area forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches of rain during the event, with isolated areas receiving 5 to 8 inches of precipitation.

Mon
08
Jun

Year of sports surprises continues through the spring


Mexia’s Raul Garcia led the team in goals scored again this season and was one of the key players that helped the Blackcats make another playoff appearance. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
This week we’ll close out our Blackcats year in review on sports. Last week we started off with football, volleyball and basketball, but I did however leave out one important fall sports program, cross country.
This is probably the fastest growing program (next to powerlifting) at Mexia High School, with athletes coming out in increased numbers year-after-year and it has been very successful over the past two seasons.
Over 60 athletes competed for Mexia in cross country this past year, with Guillermo Mendoza becoming only the second Blackcats long distance runner in school history to qualify and compete in the state cross country meet. Mexia had several runners competing in the regional meet as well.
So far football, volleyball and both boy’s and girl’s basketball and cross country all competed in post season play for Mexia. So let’s move on to our spring sports.

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