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Wed
23
Sep

Four Sheriff’s Office workers’ salaries bumped

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved raises for four Sheriff’s Office employees at their Sept. 14 meeting, but three were automatic adjustments. The court approved those changes and also heard the August statistics from the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center, as well as the August report on sheriff deputies’ activities.
The raises were as follows:
• Deputy Derak Rostockyj – six-month probationary increase.
• Jailer Richard Jones – six-month probationary increase.
• Jailer Ed Nehring – three-year step raise of $1,040.
• Dispatcher Kristi Coslin – certificate pay increase of $600.
Step raises are given to deputies, jailers and dispatchers at three and five years employment to encourage them to stay with the county, providing less turnover and therefore more stability.

Mon
21
Sep

Always in our hearts...

Bradley Bruckner, front left, and Tyler Bateman cook fish filets, french fries and hush puppies in propane-fueled fryers at the second annual Reagan Jacobs Scholarship Fundraiser Fish Fry, on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Coolidge Community Center. Bruckner was a nephew of the late Jacobs. Many other family members and friends worked together to put on the event.

To read more, see the Tuesday, Sept. 22, edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
21
Sep

Mexia sales tax rebates up 2.73 percent from last year

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The city of Mexia’s sales tax rebates for September dipped less than a percent compared to last year, while Coolidge’s total took a huge leap for the month.

“State revenues for fiscal 2015 came in very close to the amounts we projected in January before the legislative session,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “As we predicted, the Texas economy has seen moderate growth despite weakness in the energy sector. The accuracy of our fiscal 2015 estimate provides a firm foundation as we begin to prepare the Certification Revenue Estimate.”

Hegar also announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $638.1 million in local sales tax allocations for September, which represents an increase of 1.7 percent compared to September 2014.

To read more, see the Tuesday, Sept. 22, edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
21
Sep

County employees to start clocking hours

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County employees are about to begin a new time clock system for tracking their hours in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. County commissioners gave the OK to start using the new time clock system at their Sept. 14 meeting, and also made other personnel payroll decisions, including approving for the record the salaries of the county auditor, her staff and the district court employees; agreeing to increase raises at the Road and Bridge Department and significantly increasing the pay for the backhoe operator position.

Mon
14
Sep

No one injured in two weekend house fires

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
No one was injured in separate house fires on Saturday and Sunday in Mexia, but two homes were completely destroyed and two others severely damaged.
In the first event, a Mexia woman, her father and her three children fled from their burning home Saturday night, saving their lives but losing all their belongings.
Kizzie Eldridge said she and her three children, ages 12, 11 and 9, were watching TV when her father, Edward Eldridge, ran into the room and told her to call 911 because the house was on fire. That was about 8:26 p.m.
Edward Eldridge, who owned the house at 1109 E. Commerce, stayed inside at first to try to douse the flames with buckets of water. He finally left, too, after burning his arm.

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
14
Sep

Mexia’s Mike Wright credits ‘giants’ in his life

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Looking back on his years growing up in Mexia, Mike Wright, now the vice president and general manager of KWTX-TV station in Waco and its sister station, KBTX-TV in Bryan-College Station, sees the enormous influence on his life of those he knew as a youth.
Wright’s being named in 2013 as Broadcaster of the Year by the Texas Association of Broadcasters, was the culmination of a broadcasting career that started at age 11, when the owners of Mexia’s KBUS let him come in to the station to learn how things worked.
Recently, Wright spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia, recounting his experiences growing up in this small town and describing some of the people and events he will never forget.

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
11
Sep

Library patrons to get closer look at moon

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
People may see the moon throughout their entire life and not really think much about it or see many details of its appearance. In 2010, however, a special night, called Observe the Moon Night, was set aside to take a closer look once a year at this heavenly body, and Mexia residents will have the chance to participate in that annual event next weekend.
Observe the Moon Night this year takes place Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. About 300 events in an estimated 50-plus countries around the world are currently scheduled, though other non-registered events are expected to take place as people and groups hold their own Observe the Moon Night.
Mexia will mark Observe the Moon Night at Gibbs Memorial Library, with telescopes and binoculars for those attending to be able to more clearly see details of the moon’s terrain.

Fri
11
Sep

Food distribution event set for Sept. 17

By Brenda Sommer Managing Editor There will be another food distribution for those needing it, an event which will now be held monthly. The Capital Area Food Bank will hold the event from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at Caritas of Mexia, 111 N. Paris Road. This food distribution is open to anyone in the public who might have a need for food assistance. No documents are needed to receive food. Any families interested in attending need only show up at Caritas at noon. There will be a form attendees will have to complete noting the number of people in their household and they will also need to self-declare their income, but no proof of this information will be required. The Capital Area Food Bank will continue holding these distributions on the third Thursday of each month, with the help of Bethsaida Baptist Church. The event will be held at the same time and place, becoming a regular service starting with this distribution.

Fri
11
Sep

County to announce details on adoption of tax rate, budget

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are expected to announce at this Monday’s commissioners court meeting the date, time and place of the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2015-16 tax rate and budget – which is expected to be their Sept. 28 meeting. The court will make many other financial decisions, too, including approving salaries for court personnel and salary adjustments for Sheriff’s Office employees; using priority road funds for repairs; accepting donations and grants; and make decisions concerning personnel and law enforcement issues.
One financial matter on the agenda is approving for the record the salaries set by the district judges for the county auditor and her staff, as well as the court reporters for the 77th and 87th District courts.
In other matters concerning salaries, the court will consider salary adjustments for the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the deputies, jailers and dispatchers.

Wed
09
Sep

Suspect sought in FM 39 robbery, shooting

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A suspect description has been released of the man who robbed the residents of a rural Limestone County home Sunday, shot one of them and briefly took another hostage.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson said the violent nightmare began around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, when two men who’d been fishing at Richland-Chambers Lake returned to their home on FM 39, at the same time as the girlfriend of one of the men drove up as well. The men, James Meyers and Quincy Dunn, share the home, which is located in Fallon, about eight miles south of Mexia and very near the turn-off to FM 1953.
They were approached by a man, who had covered his face with a bandana, and was armed with a handgun and a shotgun. The robber is described as a black male, about 5-feet, 7-inches tall and with a medium build.

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

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