News

Wed
30
Sep

Officials relocate offices to new City Hall

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Need to pay your water bill? Then you need to know the new Mexia City Hall building is officially open for business.
Back in March, the city had hoped to move into their new, more spacious offices in four to six weeks, but it took AT&T until last week to finally hook up phone lines to the space, 101 N. McKinney.
The city took possession of the new building in February, when Citizens National Bank moved to its new location on Milam Street. City Council in July 2014 gave final approval via resolution to swap the building at 405 E. Milam once occupied by the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce and the city Economic Development Corp., for the McKinney Street building, known for many years as the First Mexia Bank Building.

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

Wed
30
Sep

Court establishes policy on county-owned vehicles

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone county commissioners implemented a policy on county-owned vehicles at their Sept. 28 meeting, deciding who was authorized to take county-owned vehicles home and implementing a $3-a-day charge, as required by the IRS.
Until now the county has not had a formal policy on county-owned vehicles, noted County Judge Daniel Burkeen, other than legal guidelines and IRS requirements.
The policy clarifies that there should be no personal use of county vehicles, he said, whether they are take-home or not take-home, other than incidental private use like stopping by the store on the way home.
Additionally, except for certain exceptions for law enforcement officers, employees who use take-home vehicles will have to pay a $3 daily charge for the benefit of not having to use their own vehicle to commute to work.

Mon
28
Sep

Mexia Police Department Activity Log

Friday, Sept. 4
2:10 a.m. – An officer saw the dome light on in a car parked at some East Grayson apartments, and noticed the back door wasn’t locked. He knew who owned the car, so got the man to come see if the vehicle had been burglarized. It hadn’t; the owner just forgot to turn off the dome light.
4:44 a.m. – An officer noticed an open door at the Lions Club, but it was just one of the members getting ready for the pancake breakfast.
6:33 a.m. – A burglar alarm went off on East Nowlin. There were two broken windows at the house, but they’d been that way for a long time, thanks to the resident’s kids and some baseballs. The alarm was false.
6:54 a.m. – Welfare concern for someone who didn’t show up for work and didn’t answer a knock at the door. No one answered when police knocked, either, but since there was no evidence of a crime or foul play, matters ended here.

Mon
28
Sep

Limestone still waiting on prison decision

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The decision by the Bureau of Prisons on whether the Limestone County Detention Center will win a contract to house federal inmates seems to stay two months in the future.
Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver asked County Judge Daniel Burkeen at the Sept. 14 commissioners court meeting about the status of the LCDC’s bid to obtain the elusive, lucrative contract.
“They’ve done the final walk-through,” Burkeen replied. “Within two months, what Mike Murphy is telling me, they should have the short list down.
Murphy is a representative of Management and Training Corporation, a prison-operating company that has been working with Limestone County to win a federal contract. The county-owned private prison has been empty since June 2013.

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

Mon
28
Sep

Fiction writer gives advice on creating first book

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A successful writer who recently moved to Limestone County was in Mexia recently, giving advice for those who may have a book inside them just waiting to get out.
Sidney Frost, author of at least half a dozen books, including a popular series called The Vengeance Squad, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club, telling how he got his start and describing steps he takes in writing books.
Frost is involved in Stephen Ministries, a non-profit ministry to counsel hurting people, and he incorporates his faith into his stories.
While giving his advice, he told how he got the ideas for some of his books.

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

Fri
25
Sep

Mexia police invite residents to friendly event

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia Police officers are hoping to make contact with residents in a friendly venue called National Night Out, set for Tuesday, Oct. 6.
The idea is to have some fun activities for children and adults along with safety tips and valuable offerings for parents.
National Night Out will take place at Mexia’s city park, 600 Glendale, 6-9 p.m.
Admission is free, and there will be free food and soft drinks, bounce houses, water slides and other fun-themed activities.
Another treat for the kids is to meet the Mexia Police Department’s K9 unit of Officer Anthony Donoso and canine Officer Tomi.
A DJ will play upbeat music to keep the atmosphere light.

Read more in the Saturday edition of The Mexia News.

Fri
25
Sep

Signs of love

Members of the Mexia church Jesucristo es mi Refugio hold banners and flags, and blow shofars, which are trumpets made from ram horns, as they make their way east on Main Street near downtown Mexia. Held Saturday, Sept. 19, this was their third annual March for Jesus. The group made their way to the city park where they had preaching, spiritual dancing and food.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
25
Sep

County to take final vote on budget, tax rate

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court will take the final vote at its meeting Monday, Sept. 28, on the 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which begins Oct. 1. In a related move, the court will approve the tax rate, which is expected to be the effective rate, or $0.6882 per $100 property valuation.
Before the county finalizes the budget, however, commissioners have scheduled one final chance to make any last-minute changes by department heads.
In a separate matter, the court will consider signing a contract between the county and Five Star Correctional Services, a company that proposes providing food service at the county jail. During budget talks, Sheriff Dennis Wilson revealed that he and his administrators had been talking with Five Star, which was offering a significantly lower cost for the job.

Wed
23
Sep

Road repairs to come from priority road funds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners dis­cussed at their Sept. 14 meeting using priority road funds for two county roads and also received a request from a county resident to put an oil-sand finish on his road to reduce the amount of dust generated when people drive on it.
One road under discussion was LCR 244, which is near Tehuacana. Commissioner Pct 2 W.A. “Sonny” Baker, in whose precinct the road lies, said he had spoken to Road Foreman Jerry Herrin about the repairs needed.
“What he’s going to do is go out there and mill it up, and he said that road was bad,” Baker said.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Com­missioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest noted that priority road funds had been used on that road just a few years ago, in 2010.

Wed
23
Sep

Honor bound

Mexia High School May 2015 graduates gather after the Sept. 17 Mexia Academic Excellence and Scholarship Awards by the Woman’s Friday Club. Nine scholarships were awarded, and dozens of current students received the coveted academic blankets acknowledging the students’ academic achievements. The funds for both scholarships and awards are coordinated by the Club but provided by individuals, businesses and groups across the community.
Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

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