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Fri
01
Aug

Bond election deferred to May

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees took the advice of the facilities committee Wednesday, choosing to delay a potential bond election until May of next year, rather than call one in November.
None of the board members commented on the decision during the meeting. The consensus among committee members and Superintendent Sharon Ross was that more time would be needed to sell the public on a bond election than was available if it were called for November.
The new timetable means the board will have to call an election by late February for a May vote.
Even with the decision to postpone an election, Ross continued to emphasize the immediate facilities needs in the district. When referencing most of the work to be done, the district has labeled it as deferred maintenance, but Ross wanted to be sure everyone had an idea of what those items were and how much the upgrades and repairs were needed.

Wed
30
Jul

First responders swarm Mexia’s Swarco


Mexia Police Officer Shannon Rousey, left, and Detective Rodney Irvin stand ready to help with the situation at Mexia manufacturing plant Swarco Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. Several police cars, fire trucks and an EMS unit responded to the call. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia Fire Department trucks, an EMS unit and several Mexia Police cars responded to Swarco, 900 N. Denton in Mexia, late Tuesday afternoon after a 911 caller was thought to have reported a gas leak. There was no gas leak, but there was a glass leak. Swarco makes the glass beads used in reflective highway and airport markers.
The call came in about 5:25 p.m., said Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne, and first responders were on the scene of the company within a few minutes.

Mon
28
Jul

You lucky dog


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Vince Allen, of Aubrey, left, deals a hand of blackjack to, l-r, Donald ‘Bubba’ McDonald, Carolyn Toomer and Tracy Thornton, all of Mexia, at the LARAS House Casino Night fundraiser Saturday at the Mexia Civic Center. Limestone Animal Rescue & Adoption Shelter (LARAS House) is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter situated on 5 acres in Mexia. Included on the grounds is a 10-kennel facility, quarantine unit and storage, and a office/ meeting room. LARAS House has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes since its founding in 2008. LARAS House pets receive the highest quality medical care, are given all their first-year shots and are spayed /neutered before adoption.

Mon
28
Jul

Courthouse anniversary party planned

Mexia News Staff Report

Plans are in the works to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Limestone County Courthouse, which was built in 1924.
A celebration on the lawn of the old building will be held Saturday, Oct. 11.
Tentative plans include speakers, hot dogs, activities for children and fireworks.
Organizers are looking for donations to help defray the cost of the event.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News.

Mon
28
Jul

County to buy own computer servers

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The county has decided to buy its own computer servers rather than pay an outside company for the service, and a recent, unrecoverable computer crash of one of the county’s 13 servers has shown the urgency of getting them in place soon.
“We did last weekend have a server for Odyssey crash, and it was unrepairable,” said the county’s Information Technology Director William Lane.
Odyssey is the name of the computer software the county uses to conduct all its business.
“We’re just lucky it was a job server and not something like the database server,” he said. “If that would have crashed and been unrepairable, it would have been catastrophic to the county to lose that much data.”
An unrecoverable crash of the database server would have meant the loss of 15-20 years worth of data that had been entered into the computer, he said.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News.

Fri
25
Jul

County closes road, to close second in a month

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court voted to close LCR 362 at the request of nearby landowner Henry Tippie after no one showed up to the July 14 public hearing on the proposal. The court also scheduled a public hearing on closing another county road, voted to continue its $10 annual road and bridge fee on vehicle registrations, and agreed to haul 900 tons of rock for the new Groesbeck Volunteer Fire Department building.
After the hearing began and while waiting for anyone to arrive to speak, County Judge Daniel Burkeen went over the reasons the county was considering closing the road.
“I’ve been out there; it veers off of (LCR) 358,” he said. “It’s a dead-end road about a half mile long. All the land is owned by one landowner, so it’s not really of any use to anybody else other than people going down there on dead-end roads like they do and causing trouble.”

Fri
25
Jul

County historical commission wins state award


Limestone County Historical Commission members receive a plaque representing the State Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award for 2013, presented at the July 14 meeting of the Limestone County commissioners court. Shown here, seated, are Commissioners William ‘Pete’ Kirven and John McCarver; standing, l-r, are Bruce Jordan, County Judge Daniel Burkeen, Bert Harrison, County Historical Commission President William Reagan, Cynthia Pollard, Donald ‘Bubba’ McDonald, Logan Wilson and Linda Jordan. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Limestone County Historical Commission, as well as two of its members, were honored for their work at the Limestone County commissioners court’s July 14 meeting.
The County Historical Commission was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for 2013 from the State Historical Commission. Members of the county group on hand to accept a plaque representing that award were William Reagan, Bruce and Linda Jordan, Logan Wilson, Bert Harrison, Cynthia Pollard and Donald “Bubba” McDonald.

Mon
21
Jul

Needlework group gives hand-stitched treasures to others


Members of the Knit-Wits needle-working group enjoy each other’s company as they do their favorite hobby. Shown here l-r, are Bennie Green, Cathy Tucker and Roxianne Schuster. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A needle and thread can bind fabric together, but the love of needlework binds together a group of Mexia-area women.
They call themselves the Knit-Wits, and they meet every Tuesday morning at First United Methodist Church, Mexia, to share a few hours of camaraderie as they peacefully knit, crochet or even embroider.
The group has been around six years and includes members from various churches and denominations, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic and others. Though most are from Mexia, they welcome all who love needle-work and have at least one member proud to call Groesbeck home.
“Anyone that would want to come, we welcome them,” said Deborah Hogan, one of a dozen needle-workers meeting on a recent Tuesday.

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

Mon
21
Jul

Tehuacana home destroyed by fire


The home of Patrick and Kimberly Meyer, on New Hope Lane, just outside Tehuacana, was almost completely destroyed in a fire Saturday. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia News Staff Report

A house near Tehuacana burned completely this past weekend while the family was away from home.
Tehuacana Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Bennie Murphy said he was at the firehouse cleaning trucks and doing other tasks when he got the call about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.
The house was located at the end of New Hope Lane just across Hwy. 171 from Tehuacana. The home reportedly was owned by Patrick and Kimberly Meyer.
"It probably took me about three minutes to get there," Murphy said. The house was fully involved."

Mon
21
Jul

Burn ban not on yet but looming

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

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