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01
Aug

Long-time county employees recognized

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court has recognized county employees who have completed five and 10-year milestones in years of service and given them certificates of recognition. Those recognized included: 

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Mon
01
Aug

Val Sunday – doing what’s best for kids

Staff Writer

Mexia High School’s new principal has a history of putting kids first, starting with her own, and now expanding her reach to those at Mexia High School. 

Val Sunday was enjoying a successful, high-paying career in sales and marketing 11 years ago. 

She worked for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, selling the business to other companies that needed rental cars. 

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Mon
01
Aug

Several home, car burglaries reported in Mexia area

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A teenager broke into a Mexia home during the early morning hours two weeks ago came very close to being shot but for the mercy of a Mexia man. 

Several burglaries in the area have happened. Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne confirmed that three burglaries were reported in Mexia in the past month that he believes may be related to each other, one on Briarwood, a second on Oak Hill Drive, one on Crestline and a fourth on Mesquite.

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Fri
29
Jul

H-E-B makes clean sweep in blood drive

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Mexia H-E-B grocery store is known for donating to the community and supporting community events, but recently the store performed so successfully it was awarded trophies by the H-E-B corporate office. 

The Mexia H-E-B holds four blood drives each year through Carter BloodCare, said Mexia store manager Craig Mytton, and the time had come for the June 9 blood drive. 

About two dozen H-E-B stores in the north central region of Texas, including the Mexia store, compete for trophies each summer in three categories: the largest number of blood donations for that event, the largest amount of donations for the year and the largest increase from the previous year.

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Fri
29
Jul

Detention center to take more time, money

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

As prison-operating company LaSalle Corrections works to open the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, and has gotten updated bids on repairs. Consequently, the estimated cost has increased and the estimated date of completion has been extended. 

LaSalle Director of Operations Jay Eason submitted a list of items that need repair. 

“We’re sitting right now at around $67,000,” Eason said of the cost, well over the original estimate of less than $50,000. 

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Wed
27
Jul

Mexia residents can take advantage of Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 5-7

By Roxanne Thompson and Tim O’Malley

Mexia News Staff

 

With the Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday quickly approaching, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 5-7, many businesses and residents are expected to benefit. The annual event aims to make back-to-school shopping a little more affordable for shoppers and hopes of local businesses to increase a little more in revenue.

“It absolutely increases sales, because people shop to save money,” said Cheryl Pratka, manager of the Mexia Bealls. “That weekend we will have sales; I just don’t know what that sale will be yet. We’ll have more people coming in the store and shopping.”

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Wed
27
Jul

County court makes adjustments for prison

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners received a higher estimate of the amount of money needed to repair the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, and prepare it to receive inmates. The running cost is now $67,000, rather than $50,000, and the date of the estimated certification will be closer to the end of August, rather than the earlier estimated date of mid-August. Jay Eason, LaSalle’s director of operations, went over each estimate at the court’s July 26 meeting. 

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Mon
25
Jul

Budget issues increasing at commissioners court – Sheriff warns that county employee pay must increase

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Budget issues have increased for Limestone County commissioners court as the end of the fiscal year approaches, and the commissiners addressed several of these considerations at their July 12 meeting, including a requested salary increase at the Road and Bridge Department, a budget transfer to keep the Indigent Health Program operating, notification of a new charge for fuel credit cards; and in another financial matter, transfer of a property to the city of Kosse.

Regarding the salary increase, the court discussed the request at length but ultimately decided to take no action until the new budget is created. 

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Mon
25
Jul

Police chase speeds top 100 mph

Staff Report

A man who allegedly stole a firearm from a Mexia residence Saturday led police on a high-speed chase from Mexia through Teague and beyond before being arrested.

Chantler Leudrae Payne, 18, of Groesbeck, left a residence on Hinchliffe, whose owner called the Mexia Police Department about 2:30 p.m., saying..."

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Mon
25
Jul

3,400 oppose high speed railway

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Opponents of the proposed high-speed rail project fulfilled their intent to gather petitions from others opposed to the railway, delivering 3,400 signatures to Limestone County commissioners court.

Commissioners received the petitions at their July 12 meeting and heard one other report that touches on the quality of life in Limestone County: the AgriLife Extension Agent Report.

“There has been a lot of opposition in the county to the high-speed rail project, as planned to go through part of the county,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who credited the work of Logan Wilson and his wife, Mary Ann, for placing petitions around the county. 

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