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Fri
30
Oct

Heart attack victim grateful for help, concern

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Sam McCright’s family wants everyone to know he’s doing much, much better.
McCright, 71, of Terrell, suffered a heart attack while acting as one of the referees at Monday night’s Wortham vs. Gateway Charter Academy rain-delayed football game. Just before halftime at the Dallas game, McCright fell face-forward onto the turf, and his heart stopped beating.
Among the Wortham fans who rushed to aid the retired pharmaceutical salesman were Brandon Gibbs and Scott Batts, both CPR instructors, Rosanne Howard, a registered nurse, and Mexia Fire Chief Clayton Shivers. A portable defibrillator restarted McCright’s heart and he was rushed by ambulance to a Dallas hospital.
The shaken crowd attending the game prayed, individually and in groups, for McCright; eventually, the game resumed.

Wed
28
Oct

Early voting winding down for fall election

Mexia News Staff Report

Early voting for the Nov. 3 Constitutional Amendment Election ends Friday, Oct. 30.
During early voting, Limestone County’s registered voters may cast their ballots at either the courthouse in Groesbeck or the courthouse annex in Mexia, regardless of their voting precinct.
After Friday, the only time left to vote is Election Day, when voters may vote only in their precinct.
Early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the courthouse and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the courthouse annex. A voter registration card is not needed, but picture identification is required.
On the ballot are seven proposed amendments to the state constitution. Groesbeck ISD voters will also decide whether to issue $8 million in bonds for construction and renovation of school buildings and to buy buses and technology.

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
28
Oct

Commissioners deal with heat-related matters

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners dealt with the effects of dry weather at their Oct. 12 meeting.
They left the burn ban in place, a move they continued when they met Monday, after the weekend rains.
On Oct. 12, commissioners dealt with replacing an air conditioning unit, renewing contracts with two county fire departments and hearing a report on a tree planted at the courthouse.
The court approved spending $6,100 for a new air conditioning unit for the County Attorney’s Office, which is in the courthouse.
Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis told the court to expect similar requests over the next few years since most of the other units at the courthouse were 30 years old or older.

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
28
Oct

Wortham fans save Dallas ref after heart attack

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A Dallas football referee may owe his life to quick-acting Wortham fans who ran onto the field to help him after he had a heart attack during a game Monday night.
The Bulldog varsity team was in Dallas Monday, Oct. 26, to play a makeup game against Gateway Charter Academy since their game the previous Friday had been postponed due to flooding.
Just before halftime, one of the referees fell face-forward onto the turf, and lay still.
“The kids were going on to set up the next play,” said Mary Batts, who was at the game with her children, who are Wortham students. “That’s when somebody said, ‘The referee is not moving.’”
“Scott was doing stats like he always does,” she said of her husband. “He and our neighbor, Brandon Gibbs – who work together and teach CPR, first aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) – they took off running.”

Mon
26
Oct

County burn ban continues

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Despite heavy and widespread rain in Limestone County over the weekend, the commissioners court agreed Monday to keep the county burn ban in place for now.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court at its Oct. 26 meeting that he had been getting telephone calls since Saturday from residents wanting to know if the burn ban had been canceled.
“We have a recommendation that because of the excessive dead vegetation that provides fuel for fires, which is still there, has not gone away – all that tends to happen in these situations is the fire trucks get stuck trying to get to it – that we keep the burn ban on,” Burkeen told the court.
Recommendations on the burn ban come from Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton.

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
26
Oct

Break welcome after area flooding

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia escaped the outrageous rain totals experienced both north and south of town since Thursday, receiving just over 6 inches during slow and steady showers from Thursday through Sunday.
Forecasters warn, however, that another round of rains is expected to begin later this week. Emergency responders throughout the area stayed busy with calls of stranded vehicles and roads under water.
On Friday, tornado sirens in Mexia went off, but that was caused by malfunctioning equipment. Mexia police Saturday closed access to Hwy. 171 for about four hours because of flooding outside of Coolidge and Hubbard, causing Mexia State Supported Living Center staff to use U.S. 84 and FM 2838 to get to work.
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
26
Oct

Rain or shine

Residents from all across Limestone County walk together along an indoor track marked by luminarias at Saturday’s Relay for Life. The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser was moved to Mexia Junior High School gym due to rain.

Mon
26
Oct

Sheriff’s Office awards raises, receives donation

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Raises for four Limestone County Sheriff’s Office employees were approved by county commissioners court at their Oct. 12 meeting. The court also approved three new hires, accepted a donation from a former county resident and approved invoices for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, which has been empty since June 2013.
The court approved salary adjustments for:
• Deputy Rashad Smith – six-month probation pay raise.
• Jailer Nancy Costilla – five-year step raise.
• Jailer Anetta Anglin – five-year step raise.
• Jailer Celia Garrison – three-year step raise.
Step raises are awared when Sheriff’s Office employees attain three and five years employment in a bid to keep employees longer.
Six-month raises are standard for all county employees, but County Judge Daniel Burkeen noted the raise for the deputy was not standard.

Wed
21
Oct

Bowled over

VFW Post 4694 bartender Zack Zerkle, left, of Wortham, tries several different entries in the chili cook-off, held Saturday, Oct. 17. At right, Grace Bereman serves chili from another entrant.

To see more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
21
Oct

County take-home vehicle policy reconsidered

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court restored, at its Oct. 12 meeting, the take-home vehicle to 911 Address Supervisor Robbie Pettigrew and confirmed the take-home vehicle of Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis. The county has also adjusted how it taxes employees with take-home vehicles to avoid having to collect a $3 daily fee required by the IRS.
A formal vehicle policy was established for the first time at the court’s Sept. 28 meeting, with all law enforcement officers allowed to take home their vehicles as allowed by law. Initially, however, only four Road and Bridge Department employees were authorized to take home county-owned vehicles: County Engineer Ted Kantor, Road Foreman Jerry Herrin, Bridge Foreman James Trantham and Shop Foreman Robert Rader.
Three employees who had previously had permission to take home their county-owned vehicles had the permission withdrawn and could no longer use them for commuting.

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