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Fri
06
Sep

Wortham gearing up for annual Blues Fest

The Wortham Blues Festival is coming back to the historic streets of beautiful downtown Wortham Saturday, Sept. 14, and this year a car show will take place the same day.

This year’s festival will feature a line-up of sizzlin’ Texas Blues beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until midnight.

The gates will open at 3 p.m., so festival-goers should come early in order to get a good spot to enjoy the music. There will be plenty of good food and drinks at the event; however, personal coolers will be permitted (no glass containers). Fans are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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

Fri
06
Sep

Commissioners leave burn ban in place

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court declined to lift the burn ban that had been in effect since June 20 at their last meeting, Aug. 26, and also made decisions on a variety of other issues.

“We are still on average over the Drought Index for the county,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen noted, and no one disagreed.
Also at that meeting, the commissioners authorized the county auditor to publish the county officials’ salaries, which is required by law.

In another personnel-related matter, the court approved for the record the salaries set by the District Judge for the county auditor and staff and the 77th court reporter, all of which include a 3 percent raise.

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

Fri
06
Sep

Batter up

Mexia Lions Club members cook their annual ‘Double Whammy’ pancake breakfast last Friday on the sidewalk outside the Lions Den on Paris Street in Mexia. Bill Lowry pours batter onto a hot griddle, while behind him James McKeand cooks breakfast sausage and Danny Niedecker has a tray ready to take the cooked food inside.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
06
Sep

County to hold hearings on proposed tax rate

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County residents will have the opportunity to express their opinion on the proposed tax rate increase at two hearings – Monday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Sept. 12, both at 10 a.m. in the county courtroom of the Courthouse, in Groesbeck.

The court has proposed raising the tax rate from last year’s $0.5535 percent per $100 valuation to $0.6220 percent to fund its proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which begins Oct. 1 and includes a 3 percent across-the board salary increase for county workers, the first in three years.

The reason given for the tax increase is mainly the decrease in revenues generated by a drop in valuation of the NRG Energy power plant and also the decrease in mineral and other industrial and utility property values.

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

Wed
04
Sep

Holiday wreck blocks Hwy. 171

Mexia Police and other first responders process the scene of a wreck Monday about 11:30 a.m. on Hwy. 14 at its intersection with Hwy. 171. According to the police report, a gray 2011 Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by a Plano man and traveling northbound on Hwy. 14, ran the red light and caused the damages to a black 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck, driven by Jordan Padgett, 18, of Mexia, and also the white box truck. No one was injured.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
04
Sep

Flames devastate Mexia RV home


Flames fully en­gulf an RV Tuesday mor­ning 30 minutes after the man who had been living in it left for work. A couple passing by saw the fire and called 911 then snapped this picture with a cell phone. Mexia News photo/Kristin Byrd

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

An early morning fire in Mexia Tuesday destroyed a recreational vehicle a man was using at his home as well as most of his possessions.

Shortly after Chris Brewer got to his job in Shiloh that day, his mother called to tell him his home was on fire. Brewer had left the RV, which was the size of a modest single-wide mobile home and listed at 901 S. Belknap St., about 5 a.m. that day.

A couple who had been delivering The Mexia News on Belknap saw smoke and flames coming from the home just after 5:30 a.m. and called 911.

The Mexia Fire Department arrived within 5 minutes and quickly doused the flames.

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

Wed
04
Sep

Court watches bills, encourages local buying

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners continued last week to comb the county’s expenses for places to cut. They also reminded department heads to try to buy from county merchants to help boost the local economy.

Upon examining the monthly bills, Commissioner Jerry Allen pointed out that the Adult Probation Department included a bill for valet parking on a trip to Austin.

“They have valet parking on there, $27.06,” Allen said. “They’ve got free parking there.”

County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked County Auditor Debbie Watson whether the funds are provided by the county or state; she confirmed the funding in question was from the state.

“It’s CSCD (Community Supervision Corrections Department, or adult probation) funds; it’s not paid by the county,” she said. “They have their own policies and procedures.”

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

Mon
02
Sep

Rotarians from Mexia help Mexican students


Retired teacher Yolanda Cordova Mancinas shows Mexia Rotarian Lynn Simpson what she is cooking on his visit to Mexico a few weeks ago. Simpson has been involved in helping impoverished students in the Mexican town of Creel since his first visit there in 1996. Contributed photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia college professor and Rotarian Lynn Simpson has long had a soft spot for impoverished children in Mexico.
It started in 1996 when he was living in the Texas Panhandle town of Big Spring. He was teaching in a college there and accepted an invitation to go with a Rotary friend to visit a school in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

“Part of the trip was to go to this little town away up in the mountains called Creel,” he said recently.

Creel was founded as a railway depot and named for Enrique Creel, the governor of Chihuahua, at the time of its founding. The population of the area is an estimated 20,000, though Creel itself is closer to about 5,500.

That first trip was mostly a sightseeing trip for Simpson, but he was inspired to begin helping the people, especially children, living there.

Mon
02
Sep

Multiple choice


Sariah Flores, 8, offers an array of salad dressings to Rusty Trammell, assistant principal, and Shelia Sims, principal, of Mexia Junior High, at the Northcrest Church of Christ teacher appreciation luncheon last Thursday, Aug. 22. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Sariah Flores, 8, offers an array of salad dressings to Rusty Trammell, assistant principal, and Shelia Sims, principal, of Mexia Junior High, at the Northcrest Church of Christ teacher appreciation luncheon last Thursday, Aug. 22.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
02
Sep

Courthouse to get new phones, elevator repair

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court voted at Monday’s meeting to have the Courthouse phone system replaced at the same time the Internet cabling is replaced. The court was also apprised of repairs to the elevator.

IT Specialist William Lane recommended to the court upgrading the phone service wiring at the same time the Courthouse’s Internet lines are rewired so the old telephone wiring can be pulled out at the same time the old Internet wiring is removed.

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