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Wed
29
May

County makes decision on new prison operator

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners decided Wednesday that Management and Training Corporation will be the new operator of the Limestone County Detention Center, ending a two-month period of uncertainty about the county’s private prison.
“It was just a totality of the terms,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen. “MTC is a candidate for a long-term Bureau of Prisons contract, which would add some stability to the facility for the county. They were willing to make us some short-term guarantees that even if the inmate numbers were down, we'd be able to keep the place open and keep the jobs there. That meant a lot to us. Those were the two main things.”

Mon
27
May

Nailed it


Police take statements after this Toyota Matrix subcompact bashed into the front of California Nails on East Milam Monday morning. The vehicle’s driver and passenger were on their way to work at the salon when the accident occurred. No one was injured. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Police take statements after this Toyota Matrix subcompact bashed into the front of California Nails on East Milam Monday morning. The vehicle’s driver and passenger were on their way to work at the salon when the accident occurred. No one was injured.

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Mon
27
May

Not forgotten


Jeff Scarbrough, junior vice commander of Mexia’s VFW Post 4694, places a bouquet of white flowers, symbolizing purity, at the grave of a veteran in Mexia Cemetery at the Memorial Day service Monday. Behind him, from left, are Chaplain Travis McAllister, Senior Vice Commander Tom Parker, Commander Ray Marsh and Ladies Auxiliary President Lynnette Young. Photos of other Memorial Day events in this area may be seen in today's edition. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Jeff Scarbrough, junior vice commander of Mexia’s VFW Post 4694, places a bouquet of white flowers, symbolizing purity, at the grave of a veteran in Mexia Cemetery at the Memorial Day service Monday. Behind him, from left, are Chaplain Travis McAllister, Senior Vice Commander Tom Parker, Commander Ray Marsh and Ladies Auxiliary President Lynnette Young. Photos of other Memorial Day events in this area may be seen in today's edition.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
27
May

State water board approves loan to Wortham

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mon
27
May

School district learns cost of laptops for all

by Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Wed
22
May

Tax holiday for appliances this weekend

If your old refrigerator or washing machine is driving your electric bill into the stratosphere, you might want to buy energy-efficient replacements this weekend and save money at the same time.
Refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, ceiling fans and a few other products with the EPA Energy Star certification are exempt from state and local sales taxes this weekend as part of the annual Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, the state comptroller’s office said.
Eligible products with the Energy Star logo will be exempt from sales taxes from Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. The Energy Star logo means a product meets federal energy-efficiency guidelines.
The tax-free holiday also applies to Internet sales of eligible products paid for during the weekend, and scheduled for delivery to the purchaser.
The products qualifying for the tax exemption are:

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

Wed
22
May

County to open jail management bids Friday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Wed
22
May

MISD unfazed by CSCOPE ruling


Mexia Independent School District Secretary Phyllis Connell, left, leads newly re-elected school board members Culetta Beachum, center, and Cheryl Cockrell in swearing their oaths of office at Monday’s school board meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A recent state-level decision to rid Texas of lesson plans that come with a curriculum system used by 78 percent of Texas school districts – including Mexia ISD – will have little or no effect on operations here.
On Monday, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, announced the CSCOPE curriculum management system will no longer provide lesson plans for 877 public school districts currently using them.
School superintendents who testified in a recent Senate Education Committee hearing said the system is widely used because it is flexible and affordable.
Mexia ISD began using the management system in the 2010-11 school year. Donna Savage, MISD director of curriculum and instruction said she will attend a meeting Tuesday to learn more about the decision on CSCOPE’s lessons.

Mon
20
May

Mexia software engineer moves the money


Mexia’s Tommy Eves, an advanced software engineer with Jack Henry and Associates, tells members of the Rotary Club of Mexia how his company makes money move between banks and individuals. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
When people pay with a check, they tend to think of it as just another form of money, but once the check is accepted by the payee, it takes on a secret life in an unseen, electronic world – and a man in Mexia is a key player in that world.
Tommy Eves is an advanced software architect for Jack Henry and Associates and is one of three people charged with making sure the money deposited each day into banks and credit unions serviced by Jack Henry and Associates gets “moved,” that is, gets credited electronically by that night.
Recently, Eves explained his incredibly complex job to members of the Rotary Club of Mexia. His office is near Dallas, but he does much of his work from his Mexia home.

Mon
20
May

Go West

Women prepare meals for fundraiser

Kindra Hill, at left, checks on marinating chicken wings while Kim Barker prepares to serve two hamburger plates at the ‘Wings for West’ fundraiser Saturday at Mexia’s VFW Post 4694. The money raised was to help people in West trying to recover from the explosion that destroyed many homes there.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

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