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Sheriff, judge warn of return of tax limit legislation

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Two Limestone County leaders are warning of legislation being crafted now for the 2017 Texas Legislative session that would slash from 8 percent to 4 percent the amount of a tax increase that county commissioners could make without being required to hold a vote by the citizens.
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson and County Judge Daniel Burkeen both spoke on the subject at the commissioners court’s March 14 meeting.Wilson said that he and Burkeen learned of the effort the previous week at a Texas Association of Counties risk management conference in Galveston.
In the 2015 legislative session, Wilson reminded the court, a similar proposal in the Legislature was defeated. Wilson said that District 7 State Sen. Paul Bettencourt is leading the effort to add the same tax limitation to proposals currently being crafted.

Wed
30
Mar

EDC sponsors Mexia-themed photo contest

Mexia News Staff Report

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28
Mar

GISD wants changes after scuffle during game

By Harry Darby
Publisher
The Mexia Independent School District’s board of trustees reviewed, but took no action, on a request from Groesbeck Independent School District to change seating arrangements at its gymnasium, after a scuffle apparently broke out during a recent basketball game.
The letter was presented and discussed during the board’s monthly meeting held March 21.

Mon
28
Mar

All in one basket

Contributed photo/Melanie Boyd Dick

Kids made the most of it at the Easter egg hunt held Saturday morning by Mexia First Assembly of God Church, on North Ross across from R.Q. Sims Intermediate School. Hundreds showed up for the event, which also featured pony rides, a bounce house, face painting and even a visit from the Easter Bunny.

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28
Mar

County honors tenure of two longtime staffers

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, top left, prepares to present a combination clock and plaque of appreciation to 30-year county employee County Clerk Peggy Beck.
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, at right, is recognized at commissioners court’s March 14 meeting for more than 40 years of service.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners honored two employees for achieving exceptionally long terms of service: County Clerk Peggy Beck, who has served 30 years, and Sheriff Dennis Wilson, who has completed more than 40 years of service to the county. Each was presented a combination clock and plaque of appreciation at the court’s March 14 meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen reminded the court that the county began several years ago recognizing those of its employees who had completed five, 10 and 20 years of service.
“We like keeping good, experienced employees, who are valuable to us in all departments,” he said. “It occurred to us last week that we’ve got some employees and officials who have attained much more even than the 20 years, and they deserve some very special recognition.”
Burkeen first recognized Beck for reaching 30 years this month.

Fri
25
Mar

Convenience store robber sentenced to 40 years

John Jerome Holmes

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A Mexia man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced this week to 40 years in state prison for the aggravated robbery of a Mexia convenience store in March 2015.
John Jerome Holmes, 36, robbed Ruby’s convenience store on Hwy. 171 on March 24, 2015. He pointed a gun at the clerk and threatened to kill him unless he gave Holmes the money in the register. The clerk gave Holmes the money, then Holmes left the store.
A citizen followed Holmes and called Mexia Police Department to let them know where he was. Officers found Holmes inside of a relative’s house, and the sawed-off shotgun use in the crime in Holmes’s vehicle. The money and clothes he wore during the robbery were found in a barbecue pit behind the house.

Fri
25
Mar

MHS teacher jailed on new charge

Montana Joan Davis

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
25
Mar

Steps can save trees from oak wilt

Even large, established oak trees, such as these in Mexia’s Hughes City Park, could be destroyed if infected with the fungus that causes oak wilt disease.

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
25
Mar

County seeks new jail phone service

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is about to issue a Request For Proposals to provide telephone service through a different company for inmates at the county jail. Commissioners are expected to take that step at their meeting Monday, March 28, as well as continue working on finding the right place for a sign to direct people on Hwy. 14 to the county fairgrounds.
Regarding the telephone service, Sheriff Dennis Wilson mentioned at the court’s March 9, 2015, meeting that other inmate telephone service providers across the country bill the users in ways that provide more income to the county. Consequently, the court voted at that time to issue a Request For Proposals for a new company to provide inmate telephone service. The county, however, did not issue an RFP at that time.

Fri
25
Mar

Another $1,100 donated to county’s fallen officer monument

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County received two more donations, totaling $1,100, to pay for the Fallen Officers Memorial Monument planned for the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson presented a $1,000 donation at the commissioners court’s March 14 meeting on behalf of the entire Wilson family and in memory of his grandfather Earl K. Wilson.
“I’m happy to do this publicly,” Wilson said, “but I’m proud to do this on behalf of my family.
“He was an employee here at the Limestone County courthouse, where I grew up,” Wilson said of his grandfather.
The other donation for the monument was $100 from Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Association, presented by Wilson at the same meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked Wilson for confirmation that the monument would be erected in time for the annual Peace Officers Memorial in May, and Wilson said it would.

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