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Fri
21
Jun

County court handling jail, juvenile issues

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners heard welcome news at last week’s commissioners court meeting about the money its Juvenile Detention Center is bringing in each month by housing juvenile offenders from nearby counties.

“We took in about $7,000 (the previous) month on contracts,” said Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick of April figures, “and then in May we took in about another $7,000 on contract detention, so the average is about seven. If we continue that, we’ll be well over the budgeted amount.”

On another issue, Swick asked the court about getting training in completing the required paperwork for employees using the Family and Maternal Leave Act. Passed in 1993, the FMLA requires employers to allow 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who have a newborn, newly adopted or foster child, or a sick family member.

Fri
21
Jun

Commissioners to vote on burn ban, sand supplies

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners will vote at Monday’s meeting on extending the emergency burn ban declared Thursday by County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

A county judge may declare an emergency burn ban, but it is only effective for seven days unless the commissioners court extends it.

They are expected to extend the ban since the Keetch-Byram Drought Index shows the county to be extremely dry overall and predicts condition will worsen in the next two weeks.

In other business, the court will recognize employees whose service has reached certain milestones.

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

Fri
21
Jun

Heart of the matter

Emergency Medical Technician Bill Taylor shows MacKenzie Commander, 11, left, and Aiden Kyle, 9, right, how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a CPR dummy while Skylar Phillips, 11, watches at rear. This learning experience took place Friday, June 14, at Navarro College South’s Kids College. Each day last week, dozens of Mexia schoolchildren in first through sixth grades attended sessions to learn about the world around them.

Wed
19
Jun

Library an intellectual oasis


Shien Dee Pullman, librarian of Gibbs Memorial Library, in Mexia, scans a DVD movie, one of many thousands of items that can be checked out free from the library. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Wed
19
Jun

Many visit Mexia for Dunbar-Douglass reunion


Some of the women and children attending the Dunbar-Douglas Reunion last Saturday line dance under the trees on Main Street near the former site of Dunbar High School. Shown here, front row from left, are Judy Chambers, of Mexia, Beverly Gerald, of Dallas, and Stephanie High, of Mexia. On the second row are Lamika Beachum-Herrin, of Dallas, and Pam Beachum, of Mexia. Behind Beachum-Herrin is Nikie Brooks. See more photos from the reunion on Page 6. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

People from all over Texas and even other states were in Mexia this past weekend for the annual Dunbar-Douglass Reunion.
Dunbar High and Douglass Elementary were the schools established to educate African-American children in Mexia before segregation was achieved in the fall of 1968.
The weekend began with a banquet Friday evening at the Civic Center, where Mayor Troy Miller welcomed the attendees. Keynote speaker Monroe Mayes Jr., a motivational speaker from Dallas, entertained and inspired. Also that evening, Arthur Moore, of Oakland, Calif., and Imogene Lacey, of Dallas, were announced as king and queen of the weekend. Lacey, who is in a nursing home, could not attend, but her sister Blanche Ferrell, also of Dallas, accepted the award for her.

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

Wed
19
Jun

County burn ban looms as region dries up

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The days of Limestone County residents having no burn ban may soon be ending according to Limestone County court, which met Monday, June 10. The commissioners also got a hint of changes coming to the Fairgrounds that could see more stalls added to accommodate larger numbers of people who lease the facility for their events.
Commissioners took no action on the burn ban at the meeting but noted that dry conditions may change that in the near future.
“We’re still below the drought level index, but we’re starting to see some fires,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen. “It’s supposed to be in the upper 90s this week, and it looks like we’re just not going to get any significant rain.”
Burkeen said by next meeting – which is set for this coming Monday, June 24 – “probably expect that if something doesn’t change it’s going to get kind of critical.”

Mon
17
Jun

Library hosts Irish storyteller-musician


Storyteller Tom McDermott plays a reproduction of an ancient Irish drum at a show he put on at Gibbs Memorial Library on May 25. He also played a guitar and another stringed instrument and told stories both real and fiction. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Nearly everyone enjoys hearing a good story, and residents had the opportunity to hear a professional storyteller at Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library recently.

Tom McDermott, of Fort Worth, was the headliner in the storytelling event held May 25. Though turnout was light, those who attended appeared to be fascinated by McDermott, who played several musical instruments including a guitar, a ukelele and a reproduction of an ancient Irish drum called a bodhran.

Mon
17
Jun

New company hired to fix LCDC tile problem

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

County commissioners have stopped waiting for the company that installed tile in the kitchen at its private prison to fix the leak problem and are getting a different company to make the repairs while the county pursues a settlement with the original flooring company.

The county has had a dispute with Gabriel’s Flooring Solutions, which installed the tile several years ago, because water leaked behind the tiles and has significantly damaged the walls of the building housing the kitchen. Gabriel’s made some repairs over the years, but the water continued leaking through the tiles and the damage has increased.

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the tiles started coming up almost immediately after being installed.

“They said this paint would last forever, but it lasted like two weeks and started coming up,” he said later.

Wed
12
Jun

County to note storm shelter locations

Limestone County is hoping those with storm shelters will register them with the county to help provide aid in case of disaster.
According to Matt Groveton, Limestone County emergency management coordinator, the Limestone County Storm Shelter Registry is a program initiated by the Limestone County Office of Emergency Management.

“The purpose of the Storm Shelter Registry is to provide a database of storm shelter locations in Limestone County to assist emergency agencies in providing aid to victims of severe weather,” he said in a press release. “The registry will be a valuable tool for emergency agencies in locating and assisting residents that may have been trapped in their storm shelters by tornado debris.”

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

Wed
12
Jun

Court tours flood control structures


Members of Limestone County Commissioners Court, the local and state soil and water conservation boards and the Natural Resources Conservation Service tour flood control structures like this one in the northwest corner of the county Monday and Tuesday. The earthen dam can be seen along the horizon; the fishing pier was constructed by the landowner, who also stocked the water in the pool with fish. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Several members of Limestone County commissioners court took time Monday after their regular meeting to tour some of the county’s flood control structures, which are all in the northwest part of the county.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Commissioner Jerry Allen, whose father was involved in building some of the structures in the 1950s and 1960s, were accompanied by Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation District technician Ed Schwille, who conducted the tour, and members of the local and state soil and water conservation boards as well as representatives of the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. Commissioners John McCarver and William “Pete” Kirven, and County Engineer Ted Kantor took a similar tour on Tuesday.

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