News

Wed
27
Jan

Repairs OK’d for two Limestone county roads

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved using priority road fund money at their Jan. 25 meeting to resurface LCR 460, which is the road on which the city dump is located. They also approved road repairs to LCR 486 and heard a proposal from the mayor of Thornton to trade rocks for some oil-and-sand mix.
Priority road money is generally set aside for roads important to the whole county, and Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen pointed out that the other three precincts get value from the road when he asked the court for the money.
Allen said he had spent $5,819 from precinct road funds and used some rock-and-asphalt mix the state had donated to fix another portion, but that left 2.3 miles of road to re-cover with rock. He wanted enough money from the priority road fund to buy the entire remaining materials, which he said was 6,144 tons of rock, which at $7 a ton would cost just over $43,000.

Mon
25
Jan

City sets May election for three Council spots

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council called an election for three positions on the Council, but held off on an ordinance not to allow new water service connections outside the city, when they met Jan. 19.
Open seats in the May 7 election are those of District 2, held by Laura Rothrock, Arthur Busby in District 5 and District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles. The filing deadline for a spot on the ballot is this Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.; early voting begins April 25.
Council was to consider a new ordinance, replacing any other earlier ordinances that conflict with it, that would forbid extending water service to customers outside the city limits.

Mon
25
Jan

Local missionary encourages help for Nepal earthquake victims

Children like this boy carry heavy jugs of water in quake-ravaged Nepal.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The huge earthquake in Nepal that took place April 25, 2015, killed nearly 9,000 people, injured tens of thousands, and displaced nearly half a million, a disaster so huge that the story of it has even touched Limestone County.
Local missionary Roy Frink, who works with long-term incarcerated youth in Mart, also works with a ministry called Allow the Children, which ministers to the poor in Nepal. Frink has reported on conditions in Nepal, not only shortly after the quake but since then.
He had traveled to Nepal twice himself on mission trips before the April 2015 earthquake, and he and his wife, Patricia, send monthly financial support for four children there.

Mon
18
Jan

Mexia honors legacy of Dr. King

Parade marchers remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
People of all ages – but especially many youth in Mexia – were front and center for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Saturday, marching in the parade through the streets of downtown and then converging on St. Luke United Methodist Church for a commemoration program.
A Mexia Police car and Limestone County vehicle led the parade, followed by Boy Scout Troop 1234, of Mexia State Supported Living Center, carrying flags. Dozens of people on foot were next, many carrying signs about Dr. King and his ideals.
Although the weather was cold, with temperatures in the 40s, there was a fair turnout, with people congregated on street corners, bundled up in coats or jackets and waving or calling out when they saw a familiar face in the parade.

Mon
18
Jan

Jail sallyport door repair costing more than expected

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are still trying to fix the jail’s sallyport door and intend to do a thorough job, possibly for less money.
Commissioners court members discussed this matter at their Jan. 11 meeting and also took care of other law enforcement matters, including hearing December statistics on both the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center, and paying bills for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.
Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis updated the court about replacing the sallyport door, which was damaged by an accident recently, but he said he was still waiting for an additional bid on the job, so the court took no action.
Initially, the county was going to just repair the damage of the last accident, and the bid on that was $3,400, well below the insurance company’s $5,000 deductible.

Fri
15
Jan

New EDC director to start this month

Susan Cates takes over this month as director of the Mexia Economic Development Corp.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia’s new Economic Development Corp. director is planning to start the job by the end of January, and the EDC board is expecting good results from her work.
Susan Cates, who is currently the director of economic development for Oak Ridge North, near Conroe, was chosen last month by the Mexia EDC board to fill the vacancy left by former EDC Director Tommy Tucker. According to EDC board president Greg Stubbs, Tucker resigned from his position at the EDC toward the end of 2015 to pursue other career opportunities.
Cates’ resume was quite attractive to the Mexia EDC board, including four years of experience in economic development and eight years in sales and marketing.
“She’s very high energy and smart in the economic development world,” Stubbs said.

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

Fri
15
Jan

City to tackle water service, religious decals

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council will call an election for three positions on the Council, discuss Hinchliffe Road repairs, bar allowing water service outside the city, and decide whether to put stickers stating “In God We Trust” on city vehicles when they meet Tuesday evening.
Open Council seats in the May 7 election are those of District 2, held by Laura Rothrock, Arthur Busby in District 5 and District 6 member Bobby Jack Liles. The filing deadline for a spot on the ballot is this Wednesday, Jan. 20; early voting begins April 25.

Fri
15
Jan

Public hearing scheduled for LCR 187 closure

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took the next step at their Jan. 11 meeting to possibly close a portion of LCR 187, which a landowner had requested at a previous meeting. Commissioners dealt with this matter and one other concerning roads, an accident that involved county equipment.
Regarding the proposed road closure, LCR 187 forms a rectangular loop off FM 2310 near Coolidge. Landowner Tommy Kutscherousky Jr. requested the partial closure of the road at the court’s Dec. 28 meeting. He said the reason for his request was the fact that the county has not maintained the road by grading it or covering it with gravel in many years and consequently it is almost unusable after a heavy rain. Kutscherousky is a rancher and needs the road to access cattle pens and hay fields, he told the court.

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

Fri
15
Jan

Venue changed for MLK program

There has been a change of venue for today’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program, due to problems with the city’s Civic Center.
According to MLK Day organizer Ada Conner, the Jan. 16 program, which takes place immediately after the 10 a.m. parade winds down, will now take place at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 405 S. Belknap. The start time for the program is approximately 10:45 a.m.
The parade, which takes place downtown, is unaffected by the changes, Connor noted.
A gas leak was detected at the Civic Center earlier this week, forcing gas service to be cut until the leak can be found and fixed. Because of this, there is currently no heat in the building.
For more information on MLK Day events, Contact Ada Conner at 254-562-3540.

Wed
13
Jan

County resident finally gets military acknowledgement

Arvid Naslund is honored Dec. 22 at the Mexia Peer Support Center.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Longtime Limestone County resident Arvid Naslund received acknowledgement last month of his appointment to aviation cadet with the U.S. Air Force back in 1948.
The event took place Dec. 22, 2015, and was a long time coming – 67 years, in fact.
The Air Force was created in September 1947, so in 1948, the fledgling branch of the service was looking for talented young men to become pilots. The Air Force Academy was not yet founded, so the AirForce swore in applicants through deferred service.
Naslund passed his exams and was sworn in as aviation cadet in December 1948, but his entry was deferred to May 1949 so he could finish his college career at University of Wisconsin, where he not only excelled academically but was active in sports.

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