News

Fri
12
Jul

Meeting to hear public’s view of city zone changes

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia’s City Council will hold a public hearing on possible changes to the planning and zoning map before their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Several months ago, Council asked the Planning and Zoning board to update the city’s zoning map. After a number of meetings, the map was redrawn “to be more property owner friendly,” said Billy Archibald, the city’s building official.

All property owners and those within 200 feet of planned zoning changes were notified of the possible changes, and of a June 11 P&Z board public hearing on the possible changes.

The final recommended map was drawn up after that hearing. Council must ap­prove the changes for them to become official, and will consider doing so after Tuesday’s hearing.

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

Fri
12
Jul

Prison renovations may entice fed contract

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

MTC, the company that is now running Limestone County’s private prison, is working with the county to prepare the facility to compete for a lucrative, long-term contract the federal government is offering. Preliminary details of the plan, called CAR-XV, were discussed at Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

“CAR XV comes about just because other contracts are ending,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen explained later. “There are two parts, A and B. The A part calls for a prison in the Northeast. The B part calls for a prison in the south. We will be competing for the B contract. We are cheaper than a lot of areas because federal wage rates are lower here, which makes us very competitive.”

Wed
10
Jul

Garbage pickup changes coming next month

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Residents of Mexia will see a big change in their garbage pickup service starting Aug. 5.

No longer may residents put out their own trash cans at the curb after that date, only the 95-gallon, wheeled carts of Allied Waste, the company that provides the service to the city. Allied will issue the carts to each residence the week before the changeover.

Allied Waste representative Laura Capehart, of Corsicana, spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently to get the word out about the change.

Wed
10
Jul

Ross comments on CSCOPE changes, costs

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD trustees got an update on the impact of cancellation of part of their curriculum program when they met last month.

At the board’s June 17 regular monthly meeting, Superintendent Sharon Ross spoke of the effects of the May 20 decision by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative to no longer provide lesson plans for 877 public school districts currently using those provided by CSCOPE, its curriculum management system.

Mexia ISD began using the management system in the 2010-11 school year, and it was used by 78 percent of Texas school districts and praised as flexible and affordable by school administrators. The lesson plans were ended under political pressure from conservatives, who alleged the lessons were riddled with anti-American, Marxist and pro-Islamic lessons.

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

Wed
10
Jul

Car-max

Hundreds of car lovers walked through the streets of downtown Mexia last Thursday for the Lions Club’s Red, White and Blue Car Show, which also featured tractors and motorcycles. See results and more photos from this event on Page 10.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

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

Wed
10
Jul

Court nixes tax cut for Groesbeck business

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners in a split decision at Monday’s commissioners court meeting voted down a proposal to grant a tax abatement to an Oklahoma-based company that has begun construction on a facility in Groesbeck.

Chalmers Equipment, of Tulsa, Okla., which provides equipment for oil field companies, is opening a Groesbeck location, and that city has approved a five-year, decreasing abatement. No one from Chalmers or the city of Groesbeck was at Monday’s meeting to speak for it, however, and the proposal was defeated.

“It’s a facility they’re putting in between Ellison Steel and the highway here on (Hwy) 14; I think they’ve already started work,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, in intnroducing the agenda item. “It would be about a million-dollar facility going on the tax rolls. The plan is to hire at least four people until they have it up and running.”

Mon
08
Jul

Ayala, Rhodes repeat 5K winners


Contestants in Mexia’s Firecracker 5K Run take off Thursday morning from the start line on Bonham Street beside Hughes City Park. The run was part of the city’s Boomin’ on the 4th Independence Day celebration. Top overall winners in both male and female categories were the same as last year: Eric Ayala, of Groesbeck, and Ashley Rhodes, of Wortham. See more Boomin’ on the Fourth photos on Page 10 and in future editions of The Mexia News. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

The results are in from the 2013 Mexia Firecracker 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, held July 4 in Hughes City Park, and the names may seem familiar as they are the same as last year: Eric Ayala was tops in the men’s division, at 17:40, and Ashley Rhodes, coming in 10th overall, was fastest among the women at 22:39.
The other times are as follows:
Males
Ages 14 & under
1. Steve Hicks, 23:00 (11)
2. Evan Mackie, 23:51 (17)
3. Brayden Matthews, 31:20 (32)
Ages 15-19
1. Andy Balderas, 21:58 (9)
2. Zac Matthews, 23:24 (12)
3. Brandon Lansford, 28:42 (28)
4. Steven Lane, 33:24 (38)
Ages 20-24
1. Enrique Velencia, 21:13 (7)
2. Holden McCord, 21:37 (8)
3. Patrick Freeman, 23:30 (13)
4. Christopher Freeman, 23:38 (16)
5. Justin Day, 34:44 (39)

Mon
08
Jul

Activist urges taxpayer activism, engagement

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, voted by Texas Monthly magazine in 2011 as one of the 25 most influential people in Texas politics, spoke at the Mexia Lions Club recently, and his advice to citizens on becoming more engaged in overseeing elected officials applies to those of any political viewpoint.

Before he spoke on that topic, he commended Texas on its thriving economy and attributed it to pro-business decisions. That could change, however, if the state does not continue to support a strong business climate, he said.

“Make no mistake, we have not exactly been paragons of policy virtue these past 20 years; we’ve just made fewer mistakes than the other states,” Sullivan said.

Mon
08
Jul

MISD may broaden drug testing student pool

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD may begin random drug tests from among all high school students, not just those in extracurricular activities or who drive on campus.

At the MISD board’s June 17 regular monthly meeting, trustees followed up on a request by board member Culetta Beachum to see what it would take to expand the program to all students.

Once, the district tested all students in extracurricular activities or who drive on campus at the beginning of the year, then had the testing company choose random students to test throughout the year. Budget cuts eliminated testing all students, and now only random tests from among the pool of between 100 and 150 are made at the high school level, and among junior high students who take part in UIL competitions.

Mon
08
Jul

Woman killed after two-vehicle accident Friday


This accident, which happened just before noon Friday, involved the Buick LeSabre (in front of man in black shirt, left) and the silver Dodge Grand Caravan, in the distance at far right. A passenger in the van died shortly after the accident. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

An 86-year-old Lampasas woman is dead after a two-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. 84 near the eastern edge of Mexia.

At 11:58 a.m. July 5, a tan 2001 Buick LaSabre sedan, driven by 79-year-old Doris Whitten, of Teague, was westbound on East Milam just before the traffic light in front of the Murphy USA/ Walmart. Police said she had a green light of the kind that requires those making a left turn to yield to traffic passing through the intersection.

That’s what Donna Taylor, 57, of Lampasas was trying to do as she headed eastbound through the intersection in her gray 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. In her vehicle were two passengers, Donald and Margaret Taylor, ages 80 and 86, respectively.

The LeSabre’s driver’s side struck the Dodge on its passenger side, sending it careening off the road and into a broad bar ditch. The Buick came to a stop, blocking the intersection.

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