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Sat
08
Oct

Padded cells need of renovation

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court is expected to accept a penalty of just over $5,700 imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor for non-standard computation of employee hours. 

The court will take a vote on the matter at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11, and also accept the final version of the 2016 tax rolls, approve refurbishing padded cells at the county jail, sign off on exchanging some heavy machinery, accept a grant from the state for indigent defense and discuss a list of bridges the state is proposing replacing. 

Regarding the federal penalty, the commissioners met in executive session at their last meeting, on Sept. 27, to discuss the matter, but when they returned to open session, they realized that no action item had been listed on the meeting’s agenda, so they could not vote on the penalty at that time.

Sat
08
Oct

Possible Mexican cartel pot farm found near Kosse:

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies helped Robertson County Sheriff’s Office last week in by far the largest seizure of marijuana plants in Robertson County’s history. 

Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak had called for help from nearby county deputies to help in the seizure of 5,900 plants that had been growing in a wooded area in Robertson County, east of Kosse.

“That is the largest grow field we’ve ever seized,” Yezak said. “Before that one, we got one about five years before, down on the south end of our county, close to Brazos County. That one was a little over 1,300 plants.”

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Wed
05
Oct

Pay increases still persist at county level

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A retired district judge does not agree with the commissioners court’s decision to only use a civil engineer when needed rather than hiring a full-time engineer, but the county judge says Limestone County simply cannot afford that expense.

Retired District Judge P.K. Reiter, during the public comments section of the commissioners court’s Sept. 27 meeting, urged the court to increase the amount budgeted for a county engineer.

Until May 31, the county had on its payroll civil engineer Ted Kantor; but Kantor, who had held the position about 15 years, resigned effective that date to take a job in another county, reportedly with a hefty pay increase. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
03
Oct

Group helps Limestone cancer patients with travel costs

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The cost of treating cancer can be overwhelming, but a Limestone County group is trying to focus just on helping cancer patients with their expenses of going out of town for treatment.

They’re emulating a similar program in Freestone County that has been doing the same for nearly four years.  

There had been no similar group in Limestone County until earlier this year, when Missy Sullivan and April Parolini heard about a cancer patient who needed help with travel expenses.  

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Mon
03
Oct

Auditor staff raises ire in court

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Just before Limestone County commissioners gave the final vote on the budget, they approved for the record raises for the county auditor’s three assistants, but in a split vote. 

County Auditor Debbie Watson said her salary, which was $54,704, did not go up, but she requested and received raises for her three assistants.

The first assistant auditor would get a raise to $43,215, including a supplement of $2,500 for purchasing tasks. The second assistant auditor would get a raise to $40,125 including a supplement of $3,500 for purchasing tasks. The third assistant would get a raise to $34,111. 

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Fri
30
Sep

City Council lowers Ad Valorum Tax for new budget

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Mexia home and business owners will have a little reprieve after the city council voted to reduce the originally proposed Ad Valorem Tax Rate of $0.08956 to $0.0804 during the regular scheduled meeting on Sept. 20.

The governing body of the City of Mexia held two public hearings before their regular scheduled meeting and allowed the community to have a third public hearing during the meeting before discussion and possible action. 

Though, there was not an open seat in the room, only one individual spoke up about the Ad Valorem Tax Rate.

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Fri
30
Sep

Limestone County penalized $5.7K

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The penalty the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed for Limestone County for paying some employees in a non-standard way is just over $5,700 after negotiations. 

The penalty was issued because an audit by the Department of Labor found that the county had allowed dispatchers and some jailers to schedule their 80 hours over their two-week pay periods unevenly, such as 32 hours one week and 48 hours the second week. 

County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the Sheriff’s Office had allowed the practice at the employees’ request, and both sides had agreed to it. The county did not have to pay overtime, and employees could schedule long weekends or take extra days off to suit their personal schedule.  

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Wed
28
Sep

National Night Out offers fun for families

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia residents will have a chance to go to a fun, free event at the city park on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when the Mexia Police Department hosts its fourth annual National Night Out. 

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9, and organizers have lined up many features that will be sure to please, including free hot dogs and soft drinks, games and activities, music and giveaways for the kids – and most importantly – the opportunity to meet the police officers who keep Mexia safe. 

Sgt. Brian Bell recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia about National Night Out, encouraging everyone not only to attend themselves but to bring family members and any children they know. 

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Wed
28
Sep

County sets new budget, tax-rate before deadline

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners took a final vote on the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year, putting them in place at their Sept. 27 meeting, just days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Commissioners also addressed many financial matters, accepting and awarding grants and a donation, approving raises and budget amendments for several departments; and hearing an update on preparations to re-open the county-owned prison, and also hearing a plea from a retired district judge to increase the amount budgeted to hire a county engineer.

Before the vote on the budget and tax rate, the court held a public hearing so citizens could make any final comments on the matter. No one showed up for the hearing, however, so it closed after one minute. 

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Wed
28
Sep

Frisco man charged in Kirvin couple’s deaths

Mexia News Staff Report

 

A central Texas man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of a Kirvin couple in a wreck that happened in June.

The wreck happened June 9 about 1:30 p.m. in Hill County, on State Hwy. 171, just south of Bynum.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Sgt. D.L. Wilson, Dallas Clinton Jones, 31, of Frisco, was heading northbound on State Hwy. 171 near its intersection with FM 1242 when the wreck occurred. 

Jones was driving a 2007 GMC pickup truck and pulling a trailer when he approached a curve and crossed into the southbound lane in a no-passing zone. Jones’ truck collided head on with a small pickup truck being driven by William Grover Marks, 81. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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