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Tue
16
Aug

Hernandez sentenced to 12-years in prison

Mexia Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Possession in a Drug Free Zone

A Limestone County 77th District Court jury sentenced Francisco Javier Hernandez to 12 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Tuesday, Aug. 9 after convicting him of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone. The 28-year old Mexia man was prosecuted for possessing methamphetamine found after he was pulled over in December 2015 for a traffic violation. 

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Fri
12
Aug

Debate to justify county raises

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court made another attempt to finalize the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. 

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who writes the county’s initial budget, began the second budget work session, held Aug. 9, by telling commissioners he did not think this was a good time for raises beyond those already agreed upon for all Road and Bridge employees and for all the deputies.  

“This is a bad year; there’s no money available,” Burkeen said. “This is not a raise year. I did propose a few increases and adjustments. Those were not to give an across-the-board cost-of living raise but to address specific issues: at Road and Bridge, where we’re having turnover; and at Law Enforcement, where we’re having turnover and trouble keeping up, because I just don’t think we can afford an across-the-board raise.” 

Fri
12
Aug

Big party shut down

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Three Limestone County deputies were commended by Patrol Captain Lee Cox for showing courage by running into a place where shots had been fired in a large private party, and where the deputies were outnumbered by the partygoers by more than a hundred to one. 

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 7, and began with Cox and Corporal Ruben Esquivel discovering an outdoor party at the intersection of State Hwy. 14 and FM 1246 in Thornton, with about 400-500 attending. 

The officers checked it out and initially found conditions acceptable, with no underage drinking, parking violations or complaints of loud music. Nevertheless, the officers monitored the situation, keeping visible as they worked traffic on the adjacent highways. 

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Wed
10
Aug

MSSLC Gala proceeds to make life better

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Those considering attending the annual gala fundraiser of the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council have just over two weeks to get their tickets and possibly sponsor a table. 

The gala is set with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, Mexia. 

“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” or “Let the good times roll!” said Cheryl Cockrell, MSSLC community liaison, in a nod to the Mardi Gras theme this year. 

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Wed
10
Aug

County learns of estimated new tax rates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Tax Assessor-Collector Stacy Hall reported to commissioners court at its Aug. 9 meeting the tax rates she estimates will be required for the new fiscal year. 

The court heard this news and also learned the latest update on the cost of preparing the Limestone County Detention Center to open, heard the July statistics on the jail and Juvenile Detention Center and approved closing LCR 402 temporarily on Sept. 17 so the county’s two hospitals can hold a 5K run. 

“The effective tax rate calculated to $0.7622,” Hall told the court, meaning how much the rate would have to be to produce the same revenue as last year.

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Wed
10
Aug

CRG’s fun in education

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County residents looking for fun and free activities for their children and themselves may want to note that the Confederate Reunion Grounds has year-round programming for people of all ages. 

Site educator Julianna Lindsay spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently about the programs the CRG has been offering and also the reason for them. 

“One of the things we try to do at the Texas Historical Commission is not only take care of the sites but also provide ongoing education for the communities,” she said. “We try to tie it to the history of the site, but what constitutes a tie can be very nebulous, depending on how you want to define it. 

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Mon
08
Aug

County workshop raises question of tax revenue, raises

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

As Limestone County commissioners court works on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the commissioners find themselves in the same situation as they have past several years: trying to find places to cut as revenues continue to shrink. 

The court held its first budget workshop Aug. 3, and after County Judge Daniel Burkeen went over many areas of modest cuts and a few increases, he and the commissioners agreed that with property valuations down significantly, the tax rate will have to increase just to keep the revenue amount the same as last year. 

“We’re going to have to raise the tax rate, and still – we won’t bring any more in than last year, probably bring in less, but it will be a tax increase technically,” Burkeen said. 

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Fri
05
Aug

Court to learn property values, required tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court will learn Tuesday, Aug. 9, from the Tax Assessor-Collector not only the 2016 certified appraisal values of properties in the county, but also the calculated effective rate and rollback tax rate. 

The court plans to discuss and possibly take action on designating a county engineer and road administrator, enlisting the services of a local IT company and approving a change in housing inmates to satisfy Travis County.   

Property values are estimating a 15 percent drop for Limestone County. Tax rate s could increase about 7 percent to produce the same amount of revenue as last year. The tax rate to produce the same amount of revenue as the previous year is called the effective tax rate and is not considered a tax increase, even if it is higher than the rate the previous year. 

Fri
05
Aug

Creation vs Evolution: Hard questions asked

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Internationally known speaker and scientist Dr. Carl Baugh plans to give a presentation in Mexia on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at First Baptist Church, on creation versus evolution.

Dale McDaniel, pastor of Tehuacana Baptist Church, invited Baugh to speak in Mexia, and FBC Pastor Marcus Sheffield, invited McDaniel to hold Baugh’s presentation at FBC because of its large size. 

Sheffield, too, thinks highly of Baugh.

“He is one of the premier experts on some of the more difficult questions in the creation-evolution debate,” Sheffield said. “There are people who believe in evolution and others who believe in creation. Obviously, I’m a creationist.

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Wed
03
Aug

Rehabbed Mexia Habitat dedicated: Gamble grateful

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The home that Mexia’s Dwight and Linda Gamble just bought through Habitat for Humanity was dedicated Sunday, July 31, in a touching ceremony. 

Board members and volunteers with the Greater Mexia Area Habitat for Humanity as well as other well-wishers, gathered in the front yard of the house, in the 700 block of East Titus, to hold the ceremony. The event included remarks from the Gambles, Habitat board members and volunteers, a presentation of gifts, and the turning over of the house keys to the Gambles. 

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