News

Fri
05
Jul

Inmate housing pay rising for county

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are expected to sign a new payment schedule with the U.S. Marshal’s Service at Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

The amount the county receives from the government for each inmate has been the same for several years, but a representative of MTC, the company that is taking over running the county’s private prison, has been in Washington, D.C., negotiating a higher rate.

In other business, the court will consider granting a tax abatement for Chalmers Equipment, an Oklahoma-based oil equipment company that may open in Groesbeck.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the Texas Historical Commission will recognize Limestone County’s historical commission with a Distinguished Service Award.

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

Fri
05
Jul

County Fairground improvements on the way

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

At last week’s commissioners court meeting, Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen described some improvements planned for the Fairgrounds.

“We think a speaker system is going to address the sound out there,” said Burkeen, adding that the city of Groesbeck may contribute to its cost.

“I feel like the PA (public address) system is going to work fine,” agreed Kenneth Ellis, general manager of the Fairgrounds. “The only thing we might have to do is add two speakers, and that’s a minimal cost compared to a whole system.”

“We’re looking at, and have been talking about, getting some (additional) horse stalls out there, which we’ve had a big demand for,” added Burkeen. “We’ve got room to add 50 stalls or so; that’s something we’ve just got in the thinking process, that plus some more RV hook-ups out there, which are fairly economical, and there’s a demand for them.”

Wed
03
Jul

City loans $25K to LARAS House

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia’s City Council heard a complaint about loud music coming from vehicles, loaned money to an animal shelter and sold a vacant lot during their last meeting.
At its June 18 regular monthly meeting, Rita Thomas took the opportunity during the public comment portion to ask for an update to the city’s 1988 ordinance barring loud music. She asked for higher fines and more enforcement.
Council approved a request from Renee Turner to buy the city-owned vacant lot at 309 W. Bowie for $900.
At their April regular monthly meeting, Council members considered but turned down a request by Carlin Brooks to buy the same lot for $400. The city owned the land because of years of past-due taxes.
Council member Judy Chambers moved the purchase be approved, “with the stipulation the property is kept up.” Arthur Busby seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously with Bobby Jack Liles absent for the meeting.

Wed
03
Jul

Mexia ISD pleased with newest test scores

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia ISD administrators received state assessment scores recently, and are pleased with the overall picture and gains seen in a number of areas.
Donna Savage, MISD director of curriculum and instruction, presented test results to district trustees at the board’s June 17 regular monthly meeting.
She began with high school scores in the TAKS tests, which are being phased out in favor of end-of-course final exams, called STAAR. She said in English/language arts, social studies and science, while students did not always pass or meet the state passing average, most sub-populations (African American, hispanic, white and economically disadvantaged) did well compared to the district’s scores last year.
“Math is still an area we need to work on,” Savage said, noting the scores for all groups in that category were lower than those last year.

Wed
03
Jul

Pre-school patriots


Gentry Platt, 3, leads her friends in the Fourth of July parade held Wednesday morning at First Methodist Pre-School in Mexia. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Gentry Platt, 3, leads her friends in the Fourth of July parade held Wednesday morning at First Methodist Pre-School in Mexia.

Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
01
Jul

Of bison men


Volunteers for “a wild ride’ entertain the crowd at the Mexia Rodeo Friday, June 21, as they try their luck riding an American bison and, in the background, a Watusi steer. See more photos from the annual Mexia Rodeo on Page 10. Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

Volunteers for “a wild ride’ entertain the crowd at the Mexia Rodeo Friday, June 21, as they try their luck riding an American bison and, in the background, a Watusi steer. See more photos from the annual Mexia Rodeo on Page 10.

Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

Mon
01
Jul

Boomin’ On The Fourth Festival Schedule Thursday, July 4

7 a.m
Registration for Firecracker 5K Run/1Mile Walk, Hughes City Park Pavilion 

8 a.m.
Firecracker 5K Run begins, Hughes City Park Pavilion 

8:15 a.m.
Firecracker 1 Mile Walk begins, Hughes City Park Pavilion 

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Music Festival Food Court and Vendor Village, around Hughes City Park Pavilion 

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mexia Car Show, Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles and Low Riders,
downtown Mexia
Bi-Stone Antique Tractor Club Show and Races,
downtown Mexia
H-E-B Kids Karnival, inflatable water slides, obstacle courses, face painting and more, Hughes City Park

9:30 a.m. 
Women’s Skillet Toss, Hughes City Park    

10 a.m.
Pets on Parade contest, Hughes City Park Pavilion 

10:30 a.m. to noon            
Girls Activities and Crafts, Hughes City Park                  

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free swimming, Mexia City Pool 

Mon
01
Jul

Parade float your boat?

Dust off the pontoons, tune up the motors, clean out the bass boats and polish up the jet skis, and decorate your watercraft with your best Red White and Blue decorations.  
The 9th annual Lake Mexia Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade is being held this year at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6. This parade is hosted by the Lake Mexia Citizen Association.  
Entry fee per boat or watercraft is $5.  Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated entries in the each categories.
There will be a rules and line up meeting on Wednesday, July 3 – which is the deadline to register – and you can register at that time also.  
Contact Regina Eckert at 254-562-2180 or 254-747-2089 with any questions or for more information.
If you don’t have a boat, bring your lawn chairs, and plan on coming out to watch the decorated boats as they float by.

Mon
01
Jul

County cooks up LCDC temporary kitchen deal

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Fri
28
Jun

Plans ready for Mexia’s Boomin’ 4th

Mexia’s ready for fireworks and fun with the city’s big Independence Day festivities just around the corner.
The 33rd annual “Boomin’ On The Fourth” festival next Thursday starts off with a bang – pun intended – as running and walking enthusiasts meet at the City Park Pavilion for the annual Firecracker 5K run/1 mile walk.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the fee is $20, which includes a souvenir T-shirt while supplies last.
The pavilion is off South Bonham Street and across from Parkview Regional Hospital.
There will be overall, first, second and third place finishers in each running group, based on 5-year age differences starting with age 14 and under and continuing through age 60 plus. In the walking group, winners are the first five male and first five female finishers. For information call the Mexia Chamber of Commerce at 254-562-5569.

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