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Mon
24
Aug

County sets fee for new legal service

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County has amended its list of fees that sheriffs and constables may charge for services to include the new “order of retrieval” passed by the Texas Legislature in May that will take effect Sept. 1. Commissioners also heard statistics for July from the Sheriff’s Office and juvenile detention center, and other recent developments at both facilities.
The new law lets people who are not allowed into their former residence to go inside, accompanied by a law officer, to retrieve important property: medicine, medical records and supplies; clothing, child-care items, legal and financial documents, checks and bank cards or credit cards in their name; employment records and personal identification documents.
The currently fees for other services did not change, and the base fee for the order of retrieval was established at $125 plus $30 per hour if the job exceeds one hour.

Mon
24
Aug

Council proposed higher tax rate

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia is proposing an 8.2 percent increase in the property tax rate for the coming fiscal year, which will bring in an additional $171,846 in revenue.
The proposed rate, of $.7994 per $100 in valuation, was passed unanimously at the Aug. 18 regular meeting of the City Council, with council members Bobby Jack Liles and Kelvin Beachum absent. That rate is also the “effective rate,” the rate needed to produce the same amount of county revenue as last year, if applied to the same properties.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
19
Aug

BBB expert explains most-common scams

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
While people like to think they’re too smart to be fooled by scam artists, even otherwise savvy computer users can be tricked when the pitch plays on people’s emotions or involves loved ones.
Learning what schemes have been working may help a computer user be alert to scams and also effectively caution family members or friends on what they may encounter online.
Better Business Bureau Regional Director Adam Price was in Mexia recently to speak to the Mexia Lions Club on this subject and described the top ten most popular Internet scams of the past year.
First, however, he spoke of the BBB’s origins and its role in business disputes.

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
19
Aug

Burn ban confirmed by commissioners court

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County commissioners approved a burn ban at their Aug. 10 meeting, confirming the emergency burn ban declared by County Judge Daniel Burkeen on Aug. 5.
“I put the burn ban on, on an emergency basis last week when we went way over the drought level on KBDI (Keetch Byram Drought Index),” Burkeen told the court. “It’s still up there. Obviously, we haven’t got any rain; we haven’t gotten any relief. It’s been well over 100 every day.”
The KBDI is a measure of soil moisture devised by Texas A&M University that ranges from zero, meaning saturation, to 800, meaning almost no moisture whatsoever. A measure of 575 is considered drought.

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
19
Aug

LCDC to get final Bureau of Prisons walk-through

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson reminded commissioners at their Aug. 10 meeting that the Bureau of Prisons would do a final walk-through of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison on Aug. 23.
The LCDC has been empty since June 2013, and the county is trying to win a long-term contract to house federal inmates in it through a prison-operating company called Management and Training Corporation, based in Utah.
The BOP is considering the LCDC for a long-term contract, which was applied for in the spring.
The BOP is the entity that awards the federal prison contracts and is expected to make a decision on the LCDC’s application in the next month or so.

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
19
Aug

Robert Dana Bowers

Funeral services for Robert Bowers will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. at Smith Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 620 MLK St. in Wortham. Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home. Dr. Ronald K. Redmond Sr. will officiate, and Minister Jason Forge will serve as eulogist.
Robert Dana Bowers was born Sept. 23, 1948 in Seattle, Wash., to Robert F. Bowers and Rachael Wynell Bowers. He went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 at his home.
Robert graduated from Irving public schools in Irving. After graduating, he joined the Army on Sept. 26, 1967. Robert met and married the love of his life, Jewell Dean Butcher, on Dec. 11, 1995. His hobbies were traveling, golf, being with his nephews, and playing Ballard, at VFW.
His parents and stepfather, Robert Ruzzamenti, preceded him in death.

Mon
17
Aug

Ready to begin

Mexia’s big school supply giveaway was made fun with games led by DJ Alexx Alexander, center. At left, Tiffany Jacobs and another youth compete to see who can throw three balls into the containers on the heads of Trenton Boone, 7, and Micah Kirven, 8. The event was held Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Mexia Junior High cafetoreum. See more photos from this event on Page 12.

Mon
17
Aug

County finds lower price on LCDC roof repair

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have found a better price on repairing the roof of the Laundry Building at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, near Groesbeck.
At the commissioners court’s July 27 meeting, the court approved a bid of $600 from Lide Construction to apply sealant to the building’s roof, and Lide included a warranty to reseal it if the first application does not work.
At the court’s previous meeting on July 13, the court had tabled a bid of $850 from Centex Roof Systems for the same job and that bid did not include a warranty.
Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen had held out for a warranty at that time, and had suggested the county get someone to actually repair the roof rather than just apply sealant and hope that worked.

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
17
Aug

August sales tax rebates up nearly 10 percent

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Texas’ sales tax revenue is back on track this month, after seeing its first drop in more than five years last month, and the city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for August rose nearly 10 percent compared to last year. Totals in half of the other four taxing entities in Limestone County were also up for the month.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations totaling $760.2 million, which represents an increase of 7.6 percent compared to August 2014.
Hegar also said today that state sales tax revenue in July was $2.4 billion, up 2.7 percent compared to July 2014.

Wed
12
Aug

Slow boil

This massive steam boiler inches its way through the intersection of East Milam (U.S. 84) and North Denton Tuesday around 1:30 p.m., headed to an oil plant in Baytown from Abilene. The vehicle was accompanied by numerous escort vehicles as well as motorcycle police and bucket trucks to lift utility wires clear. Mexia Police helped route traffic around the entire spectacle.

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