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Wed
11
Sep

County tax public hearing draws no residents


Rhonda Bass, left, of Groesbeck’s Maffett Memorial Library, and Shien Dee Pullman, of Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library, ask Limestone County commissioners for additional funding at Monday’s meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

by Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court continues to move toward a tax increase and an income raise for county employees, with so far no comment from voters, but also in the face of a possible loss of more revenue from taxes paid by NRG Energy power plant.

No county resident showed up to make comments about the proposed tax rate hike at Monday’s public hearing on the subject. A second hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the county courtroom of the Courthouse, in Groesbeck.

“We seldom have anyone show up at the hearings, and even more seldom have any questions or comments,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen said. “I assume that those who have questions have already gotten their answers through the newspaper stories, asking me, looking at the budget, etc.”

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

Mon
09
Sep

Relay for Life kickoff meeting set for Mexia

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The first meeting for Limestone County’s next Relay for Life is this Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at Mexia’s Coffee Cabaret.

The highly successful American Cancer Society fundraiser called Relay for Life is set for Friday, Oct. 26, at Fort Parker State Park, but it involves weeks of planning and a lot of fun pre-event activities,

The theme of this year’s Relay is “A Ray of Hope… Wishing on a Cure.”

For those who have no idea what Relay for Life is, it’s a 12-hour fundraiser filled with fun competitions between teams whose proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. The society provides direct service to cancer victims as well as funds for research to find a cure for the disease.

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

Mon
09
Sep

Google Street View showcases Mexia, circa 2008


Fitch’s Signs and Nabors Cleaners sport entirely different looks today, at right, than they did in the photo at left, taken from Google’s Street View. Visitors to the Street View website can take a ‘walk’ through a time capsule of Mexia captured in February 2008.

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

If you’ve ever wanted to travel in time, but not wander too far back, Google’s online map feature Street View is just the place for you.

The Google Maps website allows a viewer to look at a traditional map from the viewpoint of a fixed point in the sky, with choices available to show combinations of labeled roads, satellite views and even traffic congestion.

When a viewer zooms in as far as they can to a location, the icon of a man appears, and where-ever the icon is dragged, the viewpoint evolves into street-level views photographed from roadways in big cities and little towns across the world.

In other words, it’s like you can walk down the road, rather than see it from the sky.

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

Mon
09
Sep

County fixing LCDC, still hoping for inmates

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court continues to deal with bills and maintenance issues with the county’s private prison, currently empty. Limestone County Detention Center.

At the court’s meeting of Aug. 26, the commissioners considered a bid of $6,080 the county received from Allen & Shivers to repair a problem with erosion in the recreation yard.

Commissioner Jerry Allen said he and Terry Don Shivers, of Allen & Shivers, had examined the problem in person; and after conferring, they suggest using skirting around the eroding area and filling it in with soil then planting Bermuda or rye grass on top of the dirt to keep it in place.

“It needs something; it’s getting worse and worse,” LCDC administrator Mike Sutton said, adding that he could get some county inmates to help apply the grass seed.

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

Fri
06
Sep

Wortham gearing up for annual Blues Fest

The Wortham Blues Festival is coming back to the historic streets of beautiful downtown Wortham Saturday, Sept. 14, and this year a car show will take place the same day.

This year’s festival will feature a line-up of sizzlin’ Texas Blues beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until midnight.

The gates will open at 3 p.m., so festival-goers should come early in order to get a good spot to enjoy the music. There will be plenty of good food and drinks at the event; however, personal coolers will be permitted (no glass containers). Fans are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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

Fri
06
Sep

Commissioners leave burn ban in place

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court declined to lift the burn ban that had been in effect since June 20 at their last meeting, Aug. 26, and also made decisions on a variety of other issues.

“We are still on average over the Drought Index for the county,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen noted, and no one disagreed.
Also at that meeting, the commissioners authorized the county auditor to publish the county officials’ salaries, which is required by law.

In another personnel-related matter, the court approved for the record the salaries set by the District Judge for the county auditor and staff and the 77th court reporter, all of which include a 3 percent raise.

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

Fri
06
Sep

Batter up

Mexia Lions Club members cook their annual ‘Double Whammy’ pancake breakfast last Friday on the sidewalk outside the Lions Den on Paris Street in Mexia. Bill Lowry pours batter onto a hot griddle, while behind him James McKeand cooks breakfast sausage and Danny Niedecker has a tray ready to take the cooked food inside.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
06
Sep

County to hold hearings on proposed tax rate

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County residents will have the opportunity to express their opinion on the proposed tax rate increase at two hearings – Monday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Sept. 12, both at 10 a.m. in the county courtroom of the Courthouse, in Groesbeck.

The court has proposed raising the tax rate from last year’s $0.5535 percent per $100 valuation to $0.6220 percent to fund its proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which begins Oct. 1 and includes a 3 percent across-the board salary increase for county workers, the first in three years.

The reason given for the tax increase is mainly the decrease in revenues generated by a drop in valuation of the NRG Energy power plant and also the decrease in mineral and other industrial and utility property values.

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

Wed
04
Sep

Holiday wreck blocks Hwy. 171

Mexia Police and other first responders process the scene of a wreck Monday about 11:30 a.m. on Hwy. 14 at its intersection with Hwy. 171. According to the police report, a gray 2011 Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by a Plano man and traveling northbound on Hwy. 14, ran the red light and caused the damages to a black 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck, driven by Jordan Padgett, 18, of Mexia, and also the white box truck. No one was injured.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Wed
04
Sep

Flames devastate Mexia RV home


Flames fully en­gulf an RV Tuesday mor­ning 30 minutes after the man who had been living in it left for work. A couple passing by saw the fire and called 911 then snapped this picture with a cell phone. Mexia News photo/Kristin Byrd

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

An early morning fire in Mexia Tuesday destroyed a recreational vehicle a man was using at his home as well as most of his possessions.

Shortly after Chris Brewer got to his job in Shiloh that day, his mother called to tell him his home was on fire. Brewer had left the RV, which was the size of a modest single-wide mobile home and listed at 901 S. Belknap St., about 5 a.m. that day.

A couple who had been delivering The Mexia News on Belknap saw smoke and flames coming from the home just after 5:30 a.m. and called 911.

The Mexia Fire Department arrived within 5 minutes and quickly doused the flames.

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

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