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Fri
08
Nov

Gas leak means late school start


Gas company officials were digging in this area outside A.B. McBay Elementary Friday, to find an underground leak that caused classes at all Mexia ISD campuses to delay opening by two hours that day. Contributed photo/Mexia ISD

An underground gas leak at Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary School Thursday caused a two-hour delay starting the school day for all Mexis ISD students Friday morning.

“There was just a routine check of our gas and when the guy came out to check … he noticed in the back of the cafeteria at McBay that when they put their instrument down in the ground, there was a high percentage of gas odor,” said Dr. Sharon Ross, Mexia ISD superintendent. “He said ... they recommend shutting it off until they can find where the leak is.”

Ross found out about the leak, which is underground and did not present a danger, around 3:05 p.m. Thursday. School lets out at 3:20 p.m.

Fri
08
Nov

Septic system officer may start issuing citations

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners will consider at next Tuesday’s meeting possibly authorizing Sam Callis, the county’s On-Site Sewage Facilities officer, to issue citations in unincorporated areas of Limestone County for OSSF violations. The court will also discuss and vote on several financial matters.

The meeting will be held Tuesday instead of Monday because of the Veterans Day holiday.

An item tabled at last meeting because County Judge Daniel Burkeen was absent and several commissioners wanted his input involves authorizing a large comp time bill from the Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner John McCarver facilitated the last meeting and noted that the invoice was very high.

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

Fri
08
Nov

Limestone collecting Christmas shoebox gifts


The Rev. Marcus Sheffield, pastor of First Baptist Church, Mexia, stacks packed Christmas shoebox gifts in a hallway of the church. The congregants have already turned in 200 of the gifts and they will be added to those from other local churches to be distributed to impoverished children around the world. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Packaging a Christmas shoebox gift for poor children around the world has become a tradition for many, so much so that Limestone County has its own drop-off point for Operation Christmas Child gifts.

The designated location is Calvary Baptist Church, 519 S. McKinney St. in Mexia, which will be open for drop-offs one week only Nov. 18-25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers will be present to accept the shoeboxes of gifts, which are anticipated to number about 2,000 this year in Limestone County.

“Operation Christmas Child spreads the Gospel of Jesus all around the world to children who may not otherwise hear about Jesus,” said Debra Bishop, secretary at Calvary, when asked why she was personally involved in the project.

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

Fri
08
Nov

County gets final property tax revenue tally

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners learned at last week’s meeting how much money the new tax levy is expected to bring in based on the Appraisal Board’s final appraisal rolls. They also dealt with other financial and contractual issues.

County Tax Assessor-Collector Stacy Hall presented the finalized tax rolls to the court for approval.

“I imported the appraisal roll, and our system applied the tax rate, which created a tax levy for the general fund of $13,794,697.95; the Road and Bridge Fund, $498,578.22; and Farm to Market Fund, $473,146.04; for a total levy of $14,766,422.21,” Hall said.

The commissioners approved the tax rolls as presented.

On a separate matter, the court approved changes to the contracts with attorneys David Moore and Shirley Spivey, who provide legal services for defendants with mental health issues.

Wed
06
Nov

Mexia prepares to restock its food pantries


Mexia residents from many different ages, backgrounds and groups work together to make the annual Food for Families food drive a success. This group of students and teachers unload cases of food donations so they can be weighed during last year’s drive. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The people of Mexia give generously to many causes, and one of the largest is happening this month with the Food for Families food drive.

The event is the largest one-day food drive in the state and will take place in nine counties in central Texas on Friday, Nov. 22, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

That’s nearly three weeks away, but Marjorie Parks, who is coordinating the Mexia part of the drive for the second consecutive year, began weeks ago talking to local groups to enlist their help.

Parks is on the board of directors for Caritas, one of the two food pantries in Mexia that will benefit from the drive. She has gone to Mexia Independent School District, Navarro Junior College, Parkview Regional Hospital, all the banks and many of the churches to try to get the word out. Two of the groups she spoke to recently were the Mexia Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mexia, both service organizations.

Wed
06
Nov

Sauce-a music

Alexis Winter, 3, of Groesbeck, looks to Gena Salazar, 16, also of Groesbeck, as Saxman, of the duo Southpaw and Saxman, serenades her with a soprano saxophone. The occasion was the LARAS House Spay-ghetti Supper fundraiser Saturday evening at Enge-Washington Intermediate School, in Groesbeck.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
06
Nov

All nine constitutional amendments pass

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

All nine proposed amendments to the state constitution were approved Tuesday by Texas voters, including allowing tax breaks for veterans and their survivors, and reverse mortgage loans, and funding the statewide water plan with $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Limestone County turnout for the election, which only included the constitutional amendments, was about low, with only 892 of the county’s 13,033 registered voters casting ballots, or 6.84 percent. County totals were in line with the statewide sums, within 1-to-3 percentage points for most propositions.

The numbers below, giving statewide and county totals and percentages, list “For” vote totals and percentages first.

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

Mon
04
Nov

Court denies murderer’s appeal

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A Mexia man convicted of murder has lost an appeal that argued he was incompetent to stand trial.

Chad Michael Musgrove was convicted in January of capital murder in the 2011 shooting death of his father after a week-long trial before a Limestone County jury. The verdict carries an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Tenth Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Musgrove’s appeal, which argued in two ways he wasn’t competent to stand trial. The ruling discussed the results of a four-hour evaluation of Musgrove by Dr. William Lee Carter, that was used to determine if Musgrove was competent to stand trial. While found to be delusional, the expert said Musgrove was able to understand what was taking place and to assist in his defense.

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

Mon
04
Nov

Hole in one

Mexia city workers replace sewer pipes on Canton Street recently, part of a 2009 agreement wtih the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in which the city must spend a set amount of money every other year to replace old sewer pipes to improve the city’s sewer system.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
04
Nov

Education commissioner tours Mexia schools


Mexia Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross introduces State Education Commissioner Michael Williams during a welcoming reception Thursday. Williams is touring a school in each of the state’s 20 educational service regions. Mexia News photo/ Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Texas’ Commissioner of Education made a visit to Mexia ISD Thursday, addressing and taking questions from a small group assembled to greet him before touring the district’s campuses.

Michael Williams, a lawyer and former multi-term member of the Texas Railroad Commission, was appointed Commissioner of Education in August 2012 by Gov. Rick Perry. Williams is the first African-American elected to the Railroad Commission and the first African-American Commissioner of Education in Texas.

He visited the district on the invitation of MISD Superintendent Sharon Ross, as part of an ongoing tour of different districts in the state.

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

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