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18
Nov

Planning needed for end-of-life issues

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
As people approach the end of life, issues arise that were not needed before, and several Mexia companies collaborated recently to address them, including preparing a will, pre-planning a funeral, obtaining hospice care and ordering a monument for a gravesite.
Aspects of making a will were addressed by Mexia attorney Benjie Reed.
“The root of the reason you have a will is to be sure that your property goes to the person you want it to go to,” Reed said. “In Texas, if you don’t write a will, the Texas Legislature has written a will for you.”
For example, a common misunderstanding is the belief that if someone dies without a will, their spouse gets what was theirs. On the contrary, if that person was previously married, their estate would likely go to the previous spouse, the child of the previous spouse, or possibly to a grandchild the person didn’t even know they had.

Wed
18
Nov

LCDC water line shorts power line

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners learned at their Nov. 9 meeting that a water leak at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, has shorted out an electric line affecting at least one important system.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners about the situation, noting that Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis had been working on it.
“I think they’ve got the water shut off to it,” Burkeen said. “The water lines and electrical lines have just run helter-skelter out there, but they’ve finally got that figured out. It has shorted out the electricity to our lift station, which has been a problem, so they’ve got a generator out there running the lift station right now.”

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
18
Nov

Outside-limits city water service decision tabled

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The owner of a home outside the city limits will have to wait yet another month to find out if City Council will agree to provide water service to her house.
At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, Council tabled any action on the request for the second month in a row, pending research.
Frances Cook requested water and sewer service at the Oct. 20 Council meeting, stating the city had been providing those to the home prior to her recent purchase of the property, located at 1249 Hwy. 171. Additionally, she said she was told by the water department and city manager, prior to her purchase of the property, that she could receive city water services.

Mon
16
Nov

Courthouse shaping up

Limestone County Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis points to the now repaired wall of the 77th District Court, which had been marred by cracks and paint damage from a leak in the window. Repairs to the historic courthouse were paid for in part by a grant from the State Historical Commission.

Mon
16
Nov

District report has good news – mostly – on Mexia schools

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia Independent School District held a meeting to report on its ratings by the state and standardized test results, with the district, elementary, junior high and high school campuses achieving Met Standard, but the intermediate school rated Improvement Required.
Mexia Independent School District held its Second Annual District at a Glance on Thursday, Nov. 5, to report on its accomplishments and assessments by the Texas Education Agency.
Each campus as well as the district gets graded by the state on each of four areas: Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness. Current evaluations for Texas school districts only include the two ratings: Met Standard or Improvement Required.
McBay additionally earned three of seven distinction designations: top 25 percent in student progress, top 25 percent in Closing Performance Gaps, and postsecondary readiness.

Mon
16
Nov

Court enforces vehicle policy on employee

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court voted to have a county employee turn over the keys to a county-owned vehicle he has allegedly been driving for personal use even after the court voted at a previous meeting to retract his authorization to take home the vehicle.
County employees may never use a county-owned vehicle for personal use, even when they are authorized to take home a county vehicle, except for minor incidentals such as stopping at a store or gas station on the way home from work.
Until recently, however, the county did not have an official vehicle policy, and five Road and Bridge Department employees as well as four other county employees had been taking home county vehicles for a long time, presumably with the knowledge of their department heads, but not with direct authorization of the commissioners court.

Mon
16
Nov

New city hall to hold open house Wednesday

Residents are invited to an open house at Mexia’s new City Hall, 101 N. McKinney, catty-cornered from Mexia Convention Center, in what used to be the Citizens National Bank.
The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m.
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 Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
11
Nov

Honoring those who served

Members of American Legion Post 288 wait patiently with their rifles to make a 21-gun salute at the Veterans Day ceremony at the Limestone County Courthouse Wednesday, Nov. 11. Shown here, l-r, are George Humble and Rand Bates, of Groesbeck, and Jim Howard, of Kosse. For more photos from Veterans Day events, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe online!

Wed
11
Nov

Food drive to restock Mexia-area pantries

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
As the weather turns cooler, thoughts turn to holidays and their accompanying feasting. Limestone County residents, however – as well as residents of eight other nearby counties – will spend Nov. 20, the Friday before Thanksgiving, collecting food donations to fill the pantries of their community food banks.
The annual food drive is called Food for Families and is said to be the largest single-day food drive in the state.
The collection point in Mexia is at the Caritas food pantry, 111 N. Paris, starting at 6 a.m. and continuing until about 7 p.m.
All the food collected at Caritas will remain in Mexia, divided between the Caritas and Glad Tidings food pantries.

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
11
Nov

Commissioners approve jailer promotion, grants

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved a salary adjustment at the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, for Jailer Robert McCullen, who was promoted to a corporal position. The court took care of that and other law enforcement matters at their Oct. 26 meeting, including accepting grants to help pay for indigent defense and for the Victims Assistance Coordinator in the County District Attorney’s office; accepting a financial statement from Adult Probation and getting a brief update on the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.
McCullen’s raise adds $3,048 annually to his salary and was already included in the new fiscal year budget, which began Oct. 1.
In other matters, the court approved a resolution concerning the annual indigent defense grant.

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