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Mon
23
Nov

Fun times!

Debra Bishop, of Mexia, and her grandchildren, Elliot Guthrie, 4, and her brother, Emerson, 6, of Teague, search through tables of treasures at the Fall Festival at First United Methodist Church, Mexia, held Saturday, Nov. 14. For more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
23
Nov

Maynard: Education controversies often manufactured

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Public schools, their textbooks and curricula can be a divisive topic, but State Board of Education District 10 member Tom Maynard tried to clear up some Board issues at a recent visit to Limestone County.
Board of Education District 10 includes Limestone County as well as 16 other full counties and half of Travis County. There are only 15 members of the State Board of Education statewide, so each member represents about 1.7 million citizens, he noted. Currently, the Board affects about 5.1 million Texas students in about 1,227 school districts across the state, including charter schools, which many people do not realize are public schools.
Maynard’s speech was wide-ranging and touched on the textbook adoption process, the Board’s duties and the ultimate purpose of a public school education.

Fri
20
Nov

Office party

Mexia Water Department Customer Service Representative Toni Contreras, left, welcomes Hattie Morgan, of Coolidge, center, and Mamie Frazier, of Mexia, to Mexia’s new City Hall at the open house held at the facility Wednesday, Nov. 18. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
20
Nov

County to take final vote on closing LCR 229

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

County commissioners have a short agenda for their meeting Monday, Nov. 24, but are scheduled to take a final vote on closing LCR 229, which is in Pct. 3 near Tehuacana.

The court will also possibly approve the sale of two tax-foreclosed lots in Groesbeck and renew a contract with Groesbeck’s Maffett Memorial Library.

Pct. 3 Commissioner W.A. “Sonny” Baker requested the closure of LCR 229 at the court’s Aug. 10 meeting, at the suggestion of Steve Miller, who owns the land on both sides of the road.

The road had initially been built by Vulcan Materials when the company planned to do some excavation in that area. Plans changed, however, and the road was never used for that purpose or any other.

Read more in the Saturday edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
18
Nov

Friendly reminder

Children at Aunt Rosie’s Day Care remind residents what to take to this week’s Food for Families food drive this Friday, Nov. 20, at Caritas Food Pantry, 111 N. Paris in Mexia. Shown here, l-r, are Colt Carroll, Erika Beldin, Jakayla Adams, Cole Dietz, Peyton Hargrove, Amani Harris, Emalyn Klosterman and Eli Shaw.

Wed
18
Nov

Planning needed for end-of-life issues

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
As people approach the end of life, issues arise that were not needed before, and several Mexia companies collaborated recently to address them, including preparing a will, pre-planning a funeral, obtaining hospice care and ordering a monument for a gravesite.
Aspects of making a will were addressed by Mexia attorney Benjie Reed.
“The root of the reason you have a will is to be sure that your property goes to the person you want it to go to,” Reed said. “In Texas, if you don’t write a will, the Texas Legislature has written a will for you.”
For example, a common misunderstanding is the belief that if someone dies without a will, their spouse gets what was theirs. On the contrary, if that person was previously married, their estate would likely go to the previous spouse, the child of the previous spouse, or possibly to a grandchild the person didn’t even know they had.

Wed
18
Nov

LCDC water line shorts power line

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners learned at their Nov. 9 meeting that a water leak at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, has shorted out an electric line affecting at least one important system.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners about the situation, noting that Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis had been working on it.
“I think they’ve got the water shut off to it,” Burkeen said. “The water lines and electrical lines have just run helter-skelter out there, but they’ve finally got that figured out. It has shorted out the electricity to our lift station, which has been a problem, so they’ve got a generator out there running the lift station right now.”

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
18
Nov

Outside-limits city water service decision tabled

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The owner of a home outside the city limits will have to wait yet another month to find out if City Council will agree to provide water service to her house.
At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, Council tabled any action on the request for the second month in a row, pending research.
Frances Cook requested water and sewer service at the Oct. 20 Council meeting, stating the city had been providing those to the home prior to her recent purchase of the property, located at 1249 Hwy. 171. Additionally, she said she was told by the water department and city manager, prior to her purchase of the property, that she could receive city water services.

Mon
16
Nov

Courthouse shaping up

Limestone County Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis points to the now repaired wall of the 77th District Court, which had been marred by cracks and paint damage from a leak in the window. Repairs to the historic courthouse were paid for in part by a grant from the State Historical Commission.

Mon
16
Nov

District report has good news – mostly – on Mexia schools

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia Independent School District held a meeting to report on its ratings by the state and standardized test results, with the district, elementary, junior high and high school campuses achieving Met Standard, but the intermediate school rated Improvement Required.
Mexia Independent School District held its Second Annual District at a Glance on Thursday, Nov. 5, to report on its accomplishments and assessments by the Texas Education Agency.
Each campus as well as the district gets graded by the state on each of four areas: Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness. Current evaluations for Texas school districts only include the two ratings: Met Standard or Improvement Required.
McBay additionally earned three of seven distinction designations: top 25 percent in student progress, top 25 percent in Closing Performance Gaps, and postsecondary readiness.

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