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Mon
26
Aug

Day one

Mexia mom Sandra Taylor brings her sons, Aaron, 6, left, and Ashton, nearly 5, to the first day of school at A.B. McBay Elementary School Monday. The nervous expectancy on the boys’ faces seems to convey the feeling of many students as Mexia schools gear up for the new school year. See more back-to-school photos on Page 12.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
26
Aug

MISD board passes new budget, lower tax rate

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD trustees on Friday set a $16.262 million General Fund budget and lower tax rate for 2013-14.

The budget and tax rate were adopted by the MISD board in a special meeting Aug. 23, after a public hearing held just before the meeting in which no one showed up to speak.

The budget is an increase from last year’s $15.5 million. The difference comes from an increase in state funding and about $150,000 more in local tax revenues due to increased property values.

It includes a step pay raise for all district employees who were with MISD last year. Step raises are given each year based on longevity, and vary so that there is no consistent overall percentage increase.

Fri
23
Aug

Waco scrimmage a scoring fest for Blackcats


Mexia quarterback Jaylon Gipson launches a pass downfield as Coach Lamonte Chambers, left, and assistant coach Kent Richey, right, look on. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Fri
23
Aug

Annual prayer walk draws more than 200


A little more than 200 people of all ages turned out for the sixth annual prayer walk for Mexia schools Wednesday evening. The people circled the schools, located between Ross Avenue and Bailey Street, stopping at each campus to pray for blessings and protection for the students, teachers and administrators.

By Roxanne McKnight, Staff Writer

A crowd of a little over 200 made the sixth annual prayer walk around Mexia schools Wednesday evening, asking for divine blessings and protection on the schools.
The unstructured event saw a predominance of students, but also many adults – parents, teachers and administrators, even one board member and the superintendent – turn out for the prayer walk.
Students who were willing volunteered to pray aloud at the school they would attend when school starts Monday.
The crowd gathered at 6 p.m. at Mexia First Assembly of God, which is across the street from R.Q. Sims Intermediate School. After an opening prayer by Pastor Brian Hallmark, the people streamed down the street to the high school, stopping at the brick sign with the Blackcat image in front of the school.
After the prayers were said there, the group moved to Mexia Junior High, where dozens of students lifted up their school in prayer.

Fri
23
Aug

Mexia ISD set to lower overall tax rate

With classes for the new school year set to start Monday, Mexia ISD trustees last night met to set the budget and tax rate for 2013-14.
The proposed tax rate was adopted by the MISD board in a special meeting Aug. 12, and a public hearing was set for 5:45 p.m. yesterday, with a special meeting immediately following at 6 p.m. to adopt the tax rate and new $16.262 million budget.
The budget is an increase from last year’s $15.5 million. The difference comes from an increase in state funding and about $150,000 more in local tax revenues due to increased property values.
The district proposes no change in the $1.04 per $100 in valuation rate for
The proposed budget no change in the $1.04 per $100 in valuation rate for Maintenance & Operations, but due to an increase in the total value of taxable property in the district since last year, that same rate will yield a 4.44 percent increase in revenue.

Wed
21
Aug

Court begins groundwork for next elections

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court made decisions at last Monday’s meeting affecting next year’s elections, leaving the burn ban in place and moving monies around in the budget to make possible some key purchases.

Deputy County Clerk Jennifer Johnson, a key figure in the county’s elections, explained how names came to be on the list.

“The party chairs for each party submit a recommendation list,” she said, “and then according to each voting precinct’s results in the last gubernatorial election, whichever gubernatorial candidate received the most votes in that precinct, they get to choose the presiding judge, and the other party gets to choose the alternate judge, which is based on their recommendation.

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

Wed
21
Aug

Check engine light

Dennis McCoslin, of Marquez, an employee of Trim Aire, checks the cockpit of a 36-seat private plane at the Limestone County Airport earlier this month. Trim Aire had to complete 235 pages of checks on the plane, most of them normal maintenance required for aircraft.
Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Wed
21
Aug

County to see infrastructure improvements

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners received news that TxDOT is willing replace three of its bridges, though that could be several months in the future.

The court approved an advanced funding agreement with TxDOT these bridges:
• LCR 250 at Tehuacana Creek.
• LCR 723 at Steele Creek Relief.
• LCR 723 at Mills Creek.

Burkeen explained later how the funding agreement works.

“They (build) these bridges,” Burkeen said of TxDOT. “We have to do a matching contribution, but we do that by fixing other bridges that need to be fixed.”

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

Wed
21
Aug

City considers first tax increase in 8 years

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

After eight years without an increase, the city of Mexia is considering a slight raise in the property tax rate.

At Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting, City Council set its proposed tax rate of $0.7600 per $100 in taxable value, an increase from last year’s rate of $0.7292 per $100.

Last year ’s tax base was $243,733,269, whereas this year, properties in the city are worth $253,178,973, after subtracting value of new property.

The proposed tax rate is above the effective tax rate – the rate at which the city would bring in the same amount of revenue as the previous year, adjusted for any changes in property values – which is $0.6999 per $100 of value.

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

Mon
19
Aug

Wortham varsity, JV win


Wortham Lady Bulldog Elisha Libhart plays solid defense at the net against the Mildred Lady Eagles last Friday night, Aug. 16, at home. Libhart shows why she leads the team in kill shots as she slams another point past the Lady Eagle defenders during match play. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The numbers 25 and 23 must have been the magic key in Wortham’s junior varsity and varsity victories Friday night, Aug. 16 at home.

The Lady Bulldogs JV sweep the Mildred Lady Eagles by those numbers, 25-23, 25-23 and in the first set of the varsity game Wortham won it by the same score, 25-23. They also went on to sweep Mildred after winning the other two sets, 25-17 and 25-12.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a slow start and it may have been due to feeling a little jittery as the Dawson Lady Bulldogs were in the stands scouting them out.

But that feeling quickly went away after the first set and the Wortham front line settled down and gave the fans plenty to cheer about, especially after Elisha Libhart put on a display of “kill” shots.

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

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