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Fri
12
Dec

Mexia to renew curfew

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia will vote on renewing its curfew for minors at Tuesday’s city council meeting, but residents will be able to tell the council their thoughts on the proposal before the vote.
Besides this issue, the council is expected to consider a request to remove certain traffic signs near the Mexia schools; approve an application for a community block grant; hear from a resident for whom the city forgave an old lien on a tax-foreclosed property a few weeks ago; and approve a vehicle purchase for the Animal Control Department.
The youth curfew has been in place since 1990, but a new state law requires that it be reconsidered every three years, and that the city hold public hearings and vote whether to keep it in place. A previous hearing on the ordinance was held at the council’s Nov. 18 meeting, but no one spoke on the issue at that time.

Fri
12
Dec

Disagreement on bill marks county meeting

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved paying the bills for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, at their Dec. 8 meeting, but in a split vote. The commissioners court took care of this matter, and also heard reports on the jail and juvenile detention center.
The invoices for the LCDC included:
• $3,120 to the city of Groesbeck for the monthly water bill.
• $80 for sand to replace that lost in recent excavations to fix a water leak.
• $393 to the law firm of Haley & Olson for legal services.
Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven voted against the motion to pay the bills. Later he explained that he objected only to paying the invoice from Haley & Olson because he said the commissioners did not request the consultation and he did not know what it was about.

Wed
10
Dec

Market days


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Preston Cobb, 3, and his sister, Miranda, 2, of Coolidge, sit with Santa a few minutes while professional photographer Brandi Garza, not shown, takes their picture.

Wed
10
Dec

High-speed rail may cut through Limestone County


This map from the Texas Department of Transportation shows the two main routes being proposed for the high-speed rail line as would pass through Freestone County and possibly dip into Limestone County. The blue route follows existing railroads; the green route follows existing utility lines. TxDOT map

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The high-speed rail line planned to be built between Dallas and Houston could cross into Limestone County, possibly impacting communities near the southeastern edge of the county: Personville, Fair Oaks and East Lake Limestone. This prospect was brought to the attention of commissioners court at its meeting Monday, Dec. 8, by Frank Johnson, a resident in that area of the county who encouraged the court to pass a resolution against the proposed rail line.
The company planning to build the high-speed rail line is called Texas Central High-Speed Railway. Federal and state approval require an environmental impact study must be conducted before the project can be approved, which is what the Federal Railroad Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation are now doing. Public meetings were held in October and again in early December for residents in the 11 counties affected to give feedback on the proposed rail line.

Mon
08
Dec

Limestone County Grand Jury indicts 13 on 17 charges

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
08
Dec

Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe lead Christmas parade


Roy and Florence Jones, of Mexia, this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe, were featured in the Mexia Christmas Parade. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia’s Roy and Florence Jones were chosen to be this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe, and they rode through town in style near the head of the city’s ‘Night of Twinkling Lights’ Christmas Parade on Thursday, Dec. 4.
Roy Jones graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1946, and Florence Gamble graduated from Mexia High School the same year. Despite the intense rivalry between the two schools, this Groesbeck boy and Mexia girl crossed the Navasota River that separates the two cities, fell in love and married, now marking 64 years of marriage.
They were had a daughter, Kathy, and a son, Kenny.
Kenny Jones graduated from Mexia High School in 1975 and married Marsha Rubel in 1979; and the couple had four sons.
Florence Jones was employed at Mexia High School in 1971 as secretary to the principal and retired in 1993. She said she enjoyed every year she worked for the school.

Mon
08
Dec

Christmas events fill season with spirit

Mexia News Staff Report

The annual Mexia Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights kicked off the holiday season for many on Thursday, but other events continue to be filled with the holiday spirit.
First place winner in this year’s Mexia’s Christmas Parade of Lights was Citizens National Bank’s float, with that of Incommons Bank taking second place.
Roy and Florence Jones were this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe, featured in that parade (see story below.)
Other events to keep in mind include:

Wed
03
Dec

Council forgives money owed on lot purchase

Managing Editor
Mexia City Council agreed to dismiss a $2,556 lien on a lot the city sold to a woman in June.
Council approved a request from Renee Turner to buy the city-owned vacant lot at 309 W. Bowie for $900 at its June 18 regular monthly meeting. The city owned the land because of years of past-due taxes. They stated having the lot cared for would be an asset to the city, noting the lot is across the street from Turner’s home.
Turner asked to appear before the Council to discuss the lot. She said she was unaware of all the back taxes owed on the property.
“It’s more than I realized,” she said. “Plus, I’ve spent $1,200 already to clear the property.”

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

Mon
01
Dec

Giddyup!


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

A pre-ride of the Thanksgiving Day Trailride at Old Fort Parker makes its way south on Hwy. 14 on Monday, Nov. 25. At least five wagons with teams of horses or mules made up the trail ride, organized by Dean Decker, of Rogers.

Mon
01
Dec

Burn ban off radar at commissioners court

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Since Limestone County continues to enjoy relatively moist conditions after frequent recent rains, county commissioners took no action on reinitiating a burn ban at their Nov. 24 meeting. The court also agreed to pay for justice of the peace training and a system to post weather warnings online automatically; as well as approve hay-cutting rights at the airport and take care of a number of other, smaller issues.
Considering a burn ban is a standing item on the agenda of commissioners court meetings; the court did not even discuss the possibility of imposing a ban, most likely because of the recent spate of rainy weather.
In other matters, the court approved paying its portion of conference expenses for newly elected Justice of the Peace Mike Bell, who is replacing the retiring Freda Gremminger in Precinct 2.

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