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20
Jun

County trying to dial back inmate call costs

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their June 14 meeting on a new inmate telephone service plan that offers a relatively cheap option to those incarcerated in the county.
Previously, the court had put in a request for bids on the service and received eight options from at least four different providers.
Commissioners had requested that attorney Mike Dixon study the plans with County Auditor Debbie Watson and recommend the one they thought best.
Dixon reported to the court their analysis of the bid options, which will provide service at the county jail, juvenile detention center, the old jail in case it were ever to be used again for inmates, and the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been closed since June 2013.
The attorney and auditor focused on four factors: cost to inmates, revenue to the county, technology and fit to the current system.

Mon
20
Jun

Mexia church to bridge gap in students’ meals

Michael Hensley, the new youth pastor at First United Methodist Church, Mexia, speaks to the Mexia Lions Club about a summer program to feed Mexia children.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Although many low-income Mexia schoolchildren receive a small package of food items each Friday during the school year so they will have something to eat over the weekend, what happens during the summer, when the kids are not in school?
First United Methodist Church, which coordinates the weekend food distribution during the school year through a program called Packs of Kindness, is hosting a summer feeding program for children.
The feeding program is organized through the Texas Hunger Initiative and administered statewide.
The plan is for children to come to FUMC each weekday, noon to 1 p.m. to eat a box lunch.
The program begins July 11, which is the Monday after summer school ends, and will conclude in mid-August, the week before the new school year begins.
FUMC’s new youth minister Michael Hensley spoke recently to the Mexia Lions Club on the summer feeding program.

Mon
20
Jun

Tehuacana News

By Bill Ferris

Fri
17
Jun

New canopy keeps kids shady, safe, cool

The entire student body and caregivers of First United Methodist Mexia Preschool gather under the new shade canopy donated by Kody and Chelsea Yerger.
Five little ones are shown enjoying the new canopies atop the First United Methodist Mexia Preschool’s ‘Bye Bye Buggies.’

Kids at First Methodist Preschool Mexia are enjoying summer days during outside times safely, after volunteers and donors came together to donate a big shade canopy which covers most of the playground.
Some 75 children attend the preschool, located at 208 N. Kaufman in Mexia.
Conversations began months ago with director, Sherry Miller about the possibility of the canopy.
Months ago, Kody and Chelsea Yerger met with preschool director Sherry Miller about the possibility of a canopy, to replace the smaller metal cover that existed at the time. The couple investigated all options, met with contractors, measured, planned, and even removed the metal cover themselves. Then, they donated a 43-by-30-by-10-foot canopy to the preschool, a size large enough to cover most of the playground.

Fri
17
Jun

County may hire road administrator, not engineer

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have raised the salary of Road Foreman Jerry Herrin, who is now also the county road administrator, by $1,000 a month to reflect the additional duties he is performing since former County Engineer Ted Kantor resigned effective May 31.
“We’re anticipating having to make him permanent road administrator,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told commissioners at their June 14 meeting. He noted that the county has not advertised for a new engineer because he is still developing a job description for the position.
Since attorney Mike Dixon, who often provides the court legal counsel, was at the meeting on a different matter, Burkeen asked Dixon if the county was required to advertise for a county engineer before making Herrin the permanent road administrator.
Dixon said the county was not required to do so but that it could put out a request for qualifications.

Fri
17
Jun

Sales tax rebates uneven locally; down statewide

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Sales tax rebates were all over the map for the cities in the Bistone area in the latest report from the state comptroller’s office.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $618 million in local sales tax allocations for June, 1.8 percent less than in June 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly.
Sales tax rebates overall have been lower in the state due to a slower economy in the wake of falling oil prices.
“Energy-centric cities such as Midland, Odessa and Corpus Christi continued to see decreases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Meanwhile, other areas of the state helped offset those losses as Austin, El Paso and Irving saw moderate increases in allocations.”
Limestone County

Wed
15
Jun

City pool opens for summer

Mexia News photos/Roxanne Thompson
Brielle Spence, 3, left, and Rylei Fleming, 4, test the waters of the Mexia city swimming pool.
Jimmy Rincker Jr. spends time in the Mexia city swimming pool with his son, Zack, 6, and nephew, Nathan Rincker, 10, at rear right.
Jose Estrada, at left, watches to see who wins a foot race between his daughters, Arihana Estrada, 7, and Victoria, 14.
Braxtyn French, 6, Zack Rincker, 6, and Alexis Bardwell, 9, prepare to test the waters.

The Mexia city swimming pool opened for the summer on Wednesday, June 8, to the delight of fans of all things aquatic. Here's some photos of opening day fun, including this shot, showing Lifeguard Eric Wells, 17, watching as swimmers, l-r, Haunna Phillips, 14, Natalie Torres, 14, and Kiana Mora, 12, take a running leap into the Mexia city swimming pool.

Wed
15
Jun

Mexia Rodeo promises fun, excitement

Bareback riders had a tough go of it at last year’s Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
This year’s Mexia Rodeo is just a few days away – Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25 – and fans of rodeo competition have a full line-up to look forward to.
Now in its 86th year, the Mexia Rodeo consistently ranks as one of the top rodeos, winning UPRA Rodeo of the Year for 10 years straight. Its concessions are also voted the best in Texas by those attending.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. each evening, with youth events starting at 6 p.m.
Youth events include mutton bustin’ for boys and girls 7 and under, who will ride a sheep bareback, trying to stay on longer than the other contestants.

Wed
15
Jun

Hiring investigator at prison on hold for now

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A proposal to hire a private investigator to track down tools and other items missing from the county prison appears to have been put aside for now, though a new plan to find the missing items has not yet been developed.
Toward the end of the commissioners court’s June 14 meeting, the court went into executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss matters concerning the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013. Although the precise matters discussed are confidential, known only to court members, the meeting agenda noted that they concerned “compliance with statutory operating standards/property inventory and claims.”

Wed
15
Jun

Court to hear about risk management

Mexia News Staff Report
A representative of the Texas Association of Counties will give a presentation to the Limestone County commissioners court in a specially called meeting on Monday, June 20.
The subject of the presentation is risk management.
The presentation is the only item on the agenda, and is for information only. No business will be conducted, nor action taken.
The meeting begins at 11 a.m. in the county courtroom of the courthouse, 200 W. State Street in Groesbeck.

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