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Mon
27
May

State water board approves loan to Wortham

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mon
27
May

School district learns cost of laptops for all

by Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Wed
22
May

Tax holiday for appliances this weekend

If your old refrigerator or washing machine is driving your electric bill into the stratosphere, you might want to buy energy-efficient replacements this weekend and save money at the same time.
Refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, ceiling fans and a few other products with the EPA Energy Star certification are exempt from state and local sales taxes this weekend as part of the annual Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, the state comptroller’s office said.
Eligible products with the Energy Star logo will be exempt from sales taxes from Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. The Energy Star logo means a product meets federal energy-efficiency guidelines.
The tax-free holiday also applies to Internet sales of eligible products paid for during the weekend, and scheduled for delivery to the purchaser.
The products qualifying for the tax exemption are:

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

Wed
22
May

County to open jail management bids Friday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Wed
22
May

MISD unfazed by CSCOPE ruling


Mexia Independent School District Secretary Phyllis Connell, left, leads newly re-elected school board members Culetta Beachum, center, and Cheryl Cockrell in swearing their oaths of office at Monday’s school board meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A recent state-level decision to rid Texas of lesson plans that come with a curriculum system used by 78 percent of Texas school districts – including Mexia ISD – will have little or no effect on operations here.
On Monday, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, announced the CSCOPE curriculum management system will no longer provide lesson plans for 877 public school districts currently using them.
School superintendents who testified in a recent Senate Education Committee hearing said the system is widely used because it is flexible and affordable.
Mexia ISD began using the management system in the 2010-11 school year. Donna Savage, MISD director of curriculum and instruction said she will attend a meeting Tuesday to learn more about the decision on CSCOPE’s lessons.

Mon
20
May

Mexia software engineer moves the money


Mexia’s Tommy Eves, an advanced software engineer with Jack Henry and Associates, tells members of the Rotary Club of Mexia how his company makes money move between banks and individuals. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
When people pay with a check, they tend to think of it as just another form of money, but once the check is accepted by the payee, it takes on a secret life in an unseen, electronic world – and a man in Mexia is a key player in that world.
Tommy Eves is an advanced software architect for Jack Henry and Associates and is one of three people charged with making sure the money deposited each day into banks and credit unions serviced by Jack Henry and Associates gets “moved,” that is, gets credited electronically by that night.
Recently, Eves explained his incredibly complex job to members of the Rotary Club of Mexia. His office is near Dallas, but he does much of his work from his Mexia home.

Mon
20
May

Go West

Women prepare meals for fundraiser

Kindra Hill, at left, checks on marinating chicken wings while Kim Barker prepares to serve two hamburger plates at the ‘Wings for West’ fundraiser Saturday at Mexia’s VFW Post 4694. The money raised was to help people in West trying to recover from the explosion that destroyed many homes there.
Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mon
20
May

Fire contained at LCDC

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Fri
17
May

Clean energy


Student volunteers, from left, Terrance Freeman, Jeremy Price and Ariel Ballard pick up trash from the creek that runs through Hughes Park, in Mexia, as part of a clean-up effort May 9. The event saw 95 members of HERO, a program at Mexia High School that channels students efforts in volunteer charitable activities, take part in the day’s activities. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Student volunteers, from left, Terrance Freeman, Jeremy Price and Ariel Ballard pick up trash from the creek that runs through Hughes Park, in Mexia, as part of a clean-up effort May 9. The event saw 95 members of HERO, a program at Mexia High School that channels students efforts in volunteer charitable activities, take part in the day’s activities.

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Fri
17
May

City Council to swear in four re-elected incumbents

Mexia’s City Council will swear in four incumbents re-elected for new terms this past Saturday when the group meets Tuesday night.
On Saturday, District 1 City Councilman Glenn McGuire, with 33 votes, defeated opponent Jacqueline Gee, who drew 18 votes, while District 3 Councilman Kelvin Beachum earned 5 votes to beat opponent Ed Rhodes, who drew one vote.
There were a total of four expiring terms, but Mayor Troy Miller and District 4 Council member Judy Chambers drew no opponents, so their races were canceled.
After Tuesday’s meeting is called to order and the minutes and accounts payable are approved, Council will canvass Saturday’s election, approve a resolution declaring the results valid, give the oath of office to McGuire, Beachum, Miller and Chambers, then choose a mayor pro tem for the following year.

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