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Mon
18
May

Prison contract change good news for county

By Roxanne McKnight Staff Writer

A plan by the federal government to spread inmates around, using smaller prisons and therefore needing more facilities, could mean Limestone County’s private prison has a better shot at landing a contract it’s been trying to win. Although the executive session at Limestone County commissioners court’s May 11 meeting was not open to the public, court watchers were able to glean some information about what is happening behind the scenes concerning the county-owned private prison, and the county’s quest to make it operational again. The LCDC has been empty since June 2013, three months after a long-term contract to house federal inmates ended unexpectedly. Since then, the county has struggled to find another source of inmates to continue to generate income from the facility.

To continue reading, see the Tuesday edition of The Mexia News.

Fri
15
May

Mesquite Tree royalty selected

Coolidge Mesquite Tree Pageant entrants pause after the event to congratulate each other. Chosen King was Keelan Shirley, Queen was Kinsley Jackson, Prince was D.J. Jones, and Princess was Isabella Lerma. Announcing was former pageant winner Madyson Chappell, 12. Shown here, front row, l-r, are Kenzleigh Zuniga, 2, and her mother, Carra Sturdivant, who is holding her other daughter, Kaitlyn Zuniga, 1, then Miranda Cobb, 3, on the lap of her mother, Margaret Cobb, and Aubrey Campbell, on the lap of her mother, Kristen Rogers. On the second row, l-r, are Korrissa ‘Kory’ Winstead, 3, Laura Martinez, 7, Jovanni Lerma, 5, Keelan Shirley, 8, Kaley Mason, 6, and Isabella Lerma, 3. Finally, on the top row, l-r, are Elizabeth Ferstl, 10, Kinsley Jackson, 7, Mariah Leathers, 1, in the arms of her mother, Mary Leathers, and D.J. Jones, being held by his mother, Cassey Daniels. Not shown is Preston Cobb.

Fri
15
May

Re-elected mayor, council members to be sworn in

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council will give the oath of office to three re-elected Council members and the mayor when they hold their May meeting Tuesday
Seats up for grabs were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller. None drew an opponent, so all were declared winners of their races and their election, which would have taken place May 9, was canceled.
Council will elect a mayor pro tem after the oaths of office are made.

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Wed
13
May

Lake flooding recedes, but rain still likely

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Lake Mexia is back down to almost normal levels after flooding caused about 100 people to be evacuated from the area Monday, although more rainfall is predicted daily for at least the next eight days.
Homes along the water’s edge had to deal with a rise of 4.91 feet that occurred rapidly Monday morning, the run-off from heavy rains over the watershed of the Navasota River. A weather station on the lake recorded 2.8 inches of rain that morning. U.S. 84 and many smaller roads had submerged lanes or had to be closed entirely that morning.
Rain chances with daily totals between mere hundredths of an inch to .81 of an inch are forecast for each day through Friday, May 22. Because heavy rains during April and continuing through today have saturated soil throughout the region, the possibility of flooding will remain high until the skies clear.

Mon
11
May

Voters approve Mexia ISD bond proposals

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Voters approved both Mexia ISD bond propositions Saturday, giving the go-ahead for the district to spend $15.5 million on facilities.
They also reelected Place 6 incumbent Jackie Craig for another three-year term. She defeated Israel Flores III by 127 votes.
Proposition 1, which includes $13.2 million for repairs and maintenance to campus and athletic facilities, passed with 56 percent of the vote. Proposition 2, with funds earmarked to repay the $2.3 million Maintenance and Operations (M&O) budget loan taken out by the district this spring, passed with 57 percent of the vote.
“I’d like to thank all of our supporters and all the citizens of Mexia who voted for the bond,” said MISD Superintendent Sharon Ross. “I’d like to say when we take care of our schools as the needs arise then we won’t have to try and do something huge and large like this if we take care of our buildings like we plan to.”

Mon
11
May

Flooding wreaks havoc on Lake Mexia area

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Heavy rainfall Sunday night into Monday morning flooded roadways and homes, stranded cattle in high water and caused some Lake Mexia residents to be evacuated from their homes yesterday, and more rain is forecast for the entire rest of the week.
The Limestone Office of Emergency Management issued a warning that major flooding was “imminent” on Lake Mexia early Monday, and that prediction was accurate.
Lake Mexia resident Alena Smith said water rose 2 feet in two hours starting at 8 a.m. Monday.
“Water is now inside our home,” she said at 1 p.m. “We have not had a flood this bad on Lake Mexia in several years.”
The city of Mexia reported firefighters were evacuating residents from low areas on Lake Mexia at noon Monday.

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
11
May

MISD bond proposals pass, Craig re-elected

The election to decide whether to pass $15.5 million in bonds for repairs to Mexia ISD schools passed Saturday. The bonds were broken into two propositions, the first $13.2 million for projects across the district and the second for $2.3 million. The $2.3 million proposition would allow the district to shift the recently approved loan secured through the maintenance and operations budget to the interest and sinking side. The first bond passed 56.41 percent (484 votes) in favor to 43.59 percent (374 votes) against. Results for the second proposition were similar: 496 votes (57.94 percent) in favor vs. 360 votes (42.06 percent) against. Place 6 Mexia ISD Trustee Jackie Craig, with 502 votes, defeated challenger Israel Flores III, who garnered 375 votes. Their’s was the only trustee race this election.

Superintendent Sharon Ross sent appeciation to voters after the election.

Wed
06
May

Voters to decide Mexia ISD issues Saturday

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Mexia voters will decide Saturday who will fill Place 6 on the school board and whether or not to spend $15.5 million in bond funds on maintenance and repairs in the district.
Incumbent Jackie Craig is being challenged on the ballot by Israel Flores for the Place 6 seat.
The bond package consists of two propositions, the first for $13.3 million to cover repairs, deferred maintenance and security upgrades throughout the district. The second proposition is for $2.3 million, which if passed can only be used to pay the recent loan approved through the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) budget.

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

Wed
06
May

Remember the Battle of Puebla

Experienced cooks, l-r, Hilda Olvera, Maria Canizales and Margarita Salinas, all of Mexia, make tortillas on a griddle in one of about a dozen set up in the 200 block of East Commerce Street for the Cinco de Mayo festival on Saturday, May 2. Not shown is their friend and fellow cook Socorro Garcia. See more photos from this event on Page 3.

Wed
06
May

County plans to combine two voting precincts

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Voters in Limestone County Voting Precinct 406 will be combined with those in Voting Precinct 402, but the change should be barely noticeable to voters in either precinct.
The last vestige of the county’s division into two congressional districts will be erased with the combination of the two voting precincts.
Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson explained that before the state’s 2011 redistricting, Limestone County was divided more or less along the Navasota River. Congressional District 6 took up the northeast third of the county, and District 17 covered the southwest two-thirds. Because of the way the lines were drawn, voters in Lake Limestone’s Blackjack Cove were in Voting Precinct 406 and therefore separated from Voting Precinct 402, even though they were surrounded by Voting Precinct 402.

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