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Fri
13
Feb

Lots of sweethearts


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia Lions Club’s sweethearts clap along to the Hank Williams oldie ‘Hey, Good Lookin’ at the club’s Valentine’s party, held Tuesday evening, Feb. 10, at the Farm House Restaurant. Shown here, l-r, are Bre Gamble, Tejal Patel, Kealey Machacek-Harkless and Katilyn Gipson.

To see more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
13
Feb

Prison gets another look from feds for contracts

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took a small but necessary step at Monday’s commissioners court meeting to get the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, back in business.
Toward the end of their Feb. 9 meeting, the court went into executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss matters concerning the LCDC. After just over an hour, the court returned to open session, and approved the submission of the LCDC by Management and Training Corporation, a Utah-based prison-operating facility to be considered for either of two federal contracts – called CAR-16 and CAR-17 – to house inmates on a long-term basis.
MTC has been working for months on its proposal to the Bureau of Prisons for the LCDC to be considered for either of the contracts.

Fri
13
Feb

MISD board could OK bond election Monday

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
With a Feb. 27 deadline approaching, the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees is expected to consider a proposal Monday night to call a bond election for May 9.
Monday is the board’s only regularly-scheduled meeting before the deadline. If an election is not called by Feb. 27, the next time the district will be able to put a measure on the ballot is November.
The board will have to determine specific details of the ballot measure, but administrators have said the proposal will be all inclusive and will not likely break the bond into multiple propositions.

Mon
09
Feb

County to put in new yield sign at busy intersection

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County residents who live on LCR 750 near LCR 751 may soon have a safer ride to and from home. County commissioners set in motion the process required to add a yield sign at the intersection at their Jan. 26 meeting. They also addressed two other safety issues: upgrading the courthouse security system and refraining from initiating a burn ban.
County Commissioner Pct. 4 John McCarver proposed putting a yield sign on LCR 751, citing requests for one from residents in the area. The intersection is near the west side of Lake Limestone and about 18 miles southeast of Groesbeck.
“LCR 750 and 751 come together there and it’s just not (right),” McCarver said. “When they built those roads, they weren’t thinking. I guess 750 was built first, and then they added 751.”

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Mon
09
Feb

MISD adds more bond issue forums

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
In an effort to reach more taxpayers, Mexia ISD has added three more meetings to its list intended to share information on district facilities needs.
The final originally scheduled meetings are 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tonight (Tuesday) in the junior high cafeteria.
First Baptist Church will host a meeting beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday, and St. Luke’s at 405 S. Belknap will host one at 6 p.m., Thursday. Administrators and consulting engineer Jim Hanks will address the Noon Lions Club Meeting on Feb. 17.
These bring the total number of forums scheduled to 12 as the district works to gather feedback from the community on its support for the current bond proposal. The school board is expected to consider the proposal at its Feb. 16 meeting and will have to decide whether to call bond election for May 9 or delay the issue. The deadline to call a May election is Feb. 27.

Mon
09
Feb

County puts law firm change on hold

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although at least one Limestone County Commissioner has made up his mind that the county needs to change its legal representation, he and the rest of commissioners court agreed to wait at least until the next meeting to make the change since the county’s current attorney is in the middle of delicate financial negotiating on the county’s behalf. The court addressed that and several other minor issues regarding the prison and the Sheriff’s Office at its Jan. 26 meeting.

Fri
30
Jan

Court has to replenish OT funds at Sheriff’s Office

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court approved converting comp time to overtime pay for Sheriff’s Office personnel who worked overtime during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but the commissioners had to add funds to the Sheriff’s Office's overtime budget since it was already depleted three months into the fiscal year. The cause of the shortage, however, is in dispute.
Assistant Auditor Natasha Badgett, who was filling in at the court’s Jan. 26 meeting for County Auditor Debbie Watson, said the Sheriff’s Office’s original $60,000 overtime budget was down to only $2,541, but more than $8,235 had been needed to pay workers’ holiday overtime pay, which was why the overtime had been converted to comp time.
To pay for the shortfall and also cover possible other overtime pay through the end of this budget year, the court transferred $30,000 to the Sheriff’s Office's overtime budget line.

Fri
30
Jan

County replaces culverts on North Ross


Old, rusted culverts that had been removed from beneath Mexia’s Ross Avenue are loaded onto a flatbed truck to be hauled away by Limestone County Road and Bridge Department workers on Wednesday, Jan. 28. A routine check about a month previously had revealed that the road seemed to be caving in slightly. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Drivers on Ross Avenue just north of the Mexia city limits had to take a detour earlier this week while the Limestone County Road and Bridge Department replaced three large culverts that run beneath the street.
A tributary to nearby Salt Creek runs beneath the street through three large culverts, just south of a railroad underpass and Ross’ intersection with Hwy. 14.
The area often floods in heavy rains, causing the road to be closed. Salt Creek crosses Hwy. 14 just north of that intersection.
According to County Engineer Ted Kantor, who heads the Road and Bridge Department, the problem was discovered about four to six weeks ago through the department’s routine checks. Workers noticed that the north edge of the street appeared to be subsiding slightly.
Because the culverts are so large – 7 feet in diameter and 60 feet long – they had to be special ordered, Kantor said.

Fri
30
Jan

MISD hosts first forum on possible bond issue

Mexia ISD’s engineering consultant Jim Hanks spelled out the details of the plan coming together for the district’s proposed bond package Friday morning, to kick off a series of seven meetings intended to inform voters on facilities needs.
The 45-minute presentation included details of the planned projects, photos to show examples of why the work is needed and projected costs. At the end of the presentation, Hanks addressed a number of questions that have already been asked regarding he proposals, then opened the floor to questions.
Hanks began by outlining a list of immediate need issues the district has already planned to do with a $2.3 million loan it is seeking which would be paid through maintenance and operations funds, rather than adding to the bond total. These issues include ventilation and HVAC work at the high school and steps at the alternative campus.

Fri
23
Jan

LMC prepares for annual luncheon, fashion show

The LMC Foundation and LMC Volunteers are getting ready for the third annual Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. at the new Groesbeck Convention Center.
The idea behind the event is to promote locally owned and operated boutiques in Limestone County. Fashions will be provided by Merle Norman, Sew Creative Embroidery, Peek in the Attic, Madison’s Loft, Sassy Sisters, Craft Gallery, Bling it up and Diamonds and Dust.
This event has become one that the community looks forward to attending each year, organizers said. The tables are dressed with beautiful linens, china place settings and always finished with elegant centerpieces. The models are selected by each store owner and the child models are always a huge crowd pleaser.

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