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Wed
21
Oct

County take-home vehicle policy reconsidered

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court restored, at its Oct. 12 meeting, the take-home vehicle to 911 Address Supervisor Robbie Pettigrew and confirmed the take-home vehicle of Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis. The county has also adjusted how it taxes employees with take-home vehicles to avoid having to collect a $3 daily fee required by the IRS.
A formal vehicle policy was established for the first time at the court’s Sept. 28 meeting, with all law enforcement officers allowed to take home their vehicles as allowed by law. Initially, however, only four Road and Bridge Department employees were authorized to take home county-owned vehicles: County Engineer Ted Kantor, Road Foreman Jerry Herrin, Bridge Foreman James Trantham and Shop Foreman Robert Rader.
Three employees who had previously had permission to take home their county-owned vehicles had the permission withdrawn and could no longer use them for commuting.

Wed
21
Oct

Rain may final come starting Thursday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia and North Texas have their best chance in months of significant rainfall starting today.
Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Thursday afternoon into the evening hours and will spread across all of North Texas Thursday night into Friday,” the National Weather Service Dallas/Fort Worth office has forecast. “Widespread moderate to heavy rainfall can be expected. Showers and thunderstorms will continue across the region on Saturday before tapering off Saturday night.”
In their hazardous weather outlook notice for the weekend, NWS meteorologists said the main threat today through saturday is the potential for very heavy rainfall.
“Many areas will receive between 2 and 5 inches of rainfall which could lead to localized flash flooding,” the notice states.

Mon
19
Oct

Too close for comfort

A grass fire Saturday afternoon moseyed up the driveway and came within a few feet of the front door of this FM 39 house and the home next door, but firefighters stopped the blaze before either residence received serious damage. Wildfires have sprung up all over the county in the last few weeks, in spite of a burn ban, due to lack of rainfall and crispy-dry vegetation. The Keech Byram Drought Index for Limestone County averaged 711 Monday, on a scale of 800, with 800 meaning bone-dry.

Mon
19
Oct

Survivor Janecka sparks hope in those fighting cancer

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Cancer was the last thing on Cindy Janecka’s mind in August 2005. She was not supposed to get breast cancer. She was only 37, healthy, felt great and had no cancer in her family – but she had gotten a mammogram and received the dreaded report from the medical test that yes, it was cancer.
Janecka’s life was filled with everything she had wanted; she was a wife, mother to three children, had a home, a successful career as an individual and family therapist, taught Sunday school.
“I was stunned; I was shocked,” Janecka said. “I felt I had too much going on in life. This couldn’t possibly be happening. I don’t have time to have cancer. I’m too busy to have cancer. And I had no symptoms – there was nothing that gave me any indication I was sick or there was anything wrong with me.

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
19
Oct

Early voting begins for constitutional changes

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Early voting for the Nov. 3 Election began yesterday and continues through Friday, Oct. 30, but there are no Mexia issues on the ballot.
The election will decide the fate of seven amendments to the Texas constitution. Groesbeck ISD voters will also decide whether to issue $8 million in bonds for construction and renovation of school buildings and to buy buses and technology.
There are two polling sites for early voters: the county courthouse in Groesbeck or the courthouse annex in Mexia.
For voting at the annex in Mexia, located at 205 S. McKinney St., the hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 20-23, and Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30.
The schedule for voting at the courthouse at 200 W. State St. in Groesbeck is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 20-23, and Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30.

Wed
14
Oct

City's sales tax rebate dips a bit this month

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia's sales tax rebates for October a bit over 6 percent compared to last year, although the city’s rebates, year-to-date remain above those collected at the same time last year.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $616.2 million in local sales tax allocations for October, which represents a decrease of 0.9 percent compared to October 2014. These allocations are based on monthly sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly.
Hegar also said today that sales tax revenue for the state in September was $2.2 billion, up 1.9 percent compared to September 2014.

Mon
12
Oct

Bolled over

Edmund Schuster, at right, with the Farm Bureau, demonstrates to students at Mexia’s R.Q. Sims Intermediate School how cotton is ginned, that is, the fiber is separated from the stem and other plant remains. The demonstration was part of Ag Day at Sims, held Sept. 22. At rear left is P.E. teacher Justin Chambers. See more photos from this event on Page A8.

Mon
12
Oct

Coolidge ISD officially opens new stadium

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The brand-new Coolidge ISD football stadium, created with enthusiastic voter support, opened Friday night to a full house and happy crowd of supporters.
The month-long rains in May delayed construction and set back opening of the facility, which the district hoped to open Sept. 1.
Construction came about after Coolidge ISD voters passed a $1 million bond Nov. 6, by a huge margin, 209-65.
The bond money was set aside to build a new bus barn, and a new sports complex to replace their bare-bones football stadium.

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
12
Oct

College Night coming to MISD Monday

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia ISD will have a wide variety of school and financial aid experts on hand next Monday, Oct. 19, when it hosts College Night.
The event is open to junior and senior students and their parents in Mexia and in surrounding communities as well. It takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school library.

Fri
09
Oct

Local VFW Auxiliary now accepting applications from males

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Come Monday, Mexia’s VFW Ladies Auxiliary may have its first male members officially on board, and new club name, to boot.
The move comes after an Aug. 21 resolution passed at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, amending their bylaws to allow men to join the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The clubs will now be known simply as VFW Auxiliaries.
Members of the auxiliary of VFW Post 4694 in Mexia are more than ready for the change.
“We began accepting applications from men on Aug. 21,” said Brittany Chapman, auxiliary secretary. “We’ve have two, thus far, that I know of that have applied.”

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

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