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Wed
25
Sep

MHS Homecoming 2013 plans ramping up


Shown here is the court for 2013 Mexia High School Homecoming Queen. They are, l-r, back row: Cierra Ratliff, Samantha Jacobs, Amber Busby, Noemi Soto, Tasia Irvin and Amiee Owens; front row: Petra Albiter and Mia Wells. Not shown is Lilibeth Ortiz. Contributed photo/Paparazzi Photography

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

This year’s Homecoming Court has been announced at Mexia High School, as preparations continue for a weekend full of Homecoming-related events.

This year’s court consists of nine students: six senior princesses eligible to be named queen, and three duchesses, one each from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes. Duchess are not eligible to be named queen.

This year’s princesses are:

• Petra Albiter, daughter of Vicki and Andre Smith. Petra is senior yearbook editor, a member of the Spanish Club, and has been in Student Council and played volleyball for the past two years. She was a duchess in last year’s court, and has been a member of the MHS Heroes for the last two years. She plans to attend Sam Houston State University after graduation, and earn a degree in cosmetology. Her escort will be her father.

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

Wed
25
Sep

Budget approved; tax rate increase passes


Alan Hughes, center, president of South Limestone County Water Supply, questions Limestone County commissioners court at Monday’s final public hearing before the vote that passed the new budget. Hughes expressed concern about the higher tax rate and residents’ ability to afford to pay it. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court approved the proposed $24.34 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, with changes made to move almost half a million dollars to the contingencies fund in case the NRG lawsuit ruling takes more money from the county. Monday’s vote was not unanimous, however, as Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven voted against.

Since the NRG Energy Power Plant is contesting its appraisal, maintaining it should be much lower than it is, commissioners held a budget workshop last week to come up with places in the budget to put a hold on spending so the county would not be caught short if the tax income from the plant is much lower than expected.

Commissioner Bobby Forrest explained what they did in the public hearing that took place just before Monday’s vote, and that information can be found on Page 12.

Mon
23
Sep

Shelter a first step for domestic violence victims


Jennifer Hawks, director of advocacy and outreach for the Family Abuse Center, in Waco, speaks to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently about the clients she serves, some of which are from Limestone County. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Domestic abuse cuts across all socio-economic, class, racial and religious lines, and affects people in Limestone County – maybe even someone you know. Maybe even you.

Jennifer Hawks is director of advocacy and outreach for the Family Abuse Center, in Waco, which serves victims of domestic violence cases in Limestone County. She said she has seen more victims come forward from this county – and is glad.

“While that’s not a good thing that they’re experiencing more domestic violence, we’re fixing to step up our efforts,” she explains.

Also, she notes, when numbers are down, that may simply be a result of victims not reporting the abuse they have experienced.

Mon
23
Sep

County plans road repairs at park, LCR 198


Mr. Bonnie Echols, of Houston, addresses Limestone County commissioners court Monday, Sept. 9, asking for redress for damage done to his hayfield on LCR 198 by county trucks turning around in it. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court unanimously agreed at last Monday’s meeting to use some priority road funds to make repairs to the road and parking lot of County Park No. 2.

“John (McCarver, commissioner) and I had talked about this, to try to fix those maybe out of priority road money since they are county parks to make that park more accessible,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, “and maybe do some work on the boat ramp there, too, so we have at least one boat ramp that makes the lake accessible.”

Burkeen noted that Lake Limestone is down 7 feet so this would be a good time to work on the boat ramp before it rains significantly again.

County Engineer Ted Kantor said he estimated it would take $20,000 to extend the ramp 20-30 feet.

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

Mon
23
Sep

Grass roots movement

This tree, just north of Hughes City Park, lost its creekbed footing and toppled during Friday's rainstorm. The city received about 4 inches of rain Saturday, the first significant rainfall since mid-July. Weather didn’t delay the county’s extending the boat ramp at Lake Limestone.
Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Mon
23
Sep

Five injured in one-car rollover wreck

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Five people – four of then teenagers – were injured in a one-car rollover wreck Saturday afternoon west of Mexia.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 2003 Ford Focus was westbound on U.S. 84 in the county. At 4:50 p.m. Sept. 21, the sedan, driven by Melinda Hudson, 34, of Mexia came up on a vehicle legally stopped in the westbound lane, waiting to make a left turn.

Hudson apparently didn't see the vehicle until the last minute, the DPS said. She took evasive action by jerking the steering wheel to the right, which caused the Ford to cross over private drive, jumping a culvert. She then cut the steering wheel to left, entering into side skid, rolling twice. The sedan came to rest upright, facing south, in the bar ditch. No other vehicles were hit.

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

Fri
20
Sep

County closes out block grant

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court closed out an old community development block grant, completing the requirements needed to finish the paperwork for it. The commissioners also approved the sale of 14 Groesbeck lots that had been struck off the tax rolls.

The court approved three administrative actions required for the county to have on file to close out the last Community Development Block Grant, which was administered by County Engineer Ted Kantor.

“It’s the one we got through the state to help fix some bridges from some flooding several years ago,” Burkeen said later.

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

Fri
20
Sep

Court to take final vote on budget, tax increase

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court will convene Monday, with the most pressing items the proposed budget and new tax rate.

As part of the meeting, one final hearing for the public to express its views on the proposed budget will take place at 10 a.m.

Following the hearing, the commissioners will vote on accepting the budget and then vote on accepting the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2013. The new budget and fiscal year begin Oct. 1.

Up in the air is whether any action will be taken to lift the burn ban, considered unlikely before Friday, but with 6-10 inches of rain predicted over the weekend because of the remains of a hurricane making it to this area, who knows?

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

Fri
20
Sep

Mexia City Council expected to pass new tax rate

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council has a lot of work to take care of – including passing a budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year – when they meet Tuesday night.

After a public hearing on the matter, the City Council likely will pass its proposed tax rate of $0.7600 per $100 in taxable value, an increase from last year's rate of $0.7292 per $100.

This is the first tax rate increase for the city in eight years, and requested mainly for road repairs.
Other agenda items include:

• A public hearing and possible passage of amendments to the current budget.

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

Fri
20
Sep

At the car wash

Milam Street (U.S. 84) filled with run-off from Friday’s most-welcome rains, turning its junction with Red River Street into a soggy mess. Until yesterday, the city hadn’t seen decent rainfall in months: only 2 inches total in July, half an inch in all of August, and until Friday, a tenth of an inch of precipitation this month. Cooler temperatures, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s and 60s, are forecast for the next few days.
Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

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