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Wed
06
May

County plans to combine two voting precincts

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Voters in Limestone County Voting Precinct 406 will be combined with those in Voting Precinct 402, but the change should be barely noticeable to voters in either precinct.
The last vestige of the county’s division into two congressional districts will be erased with the combination of the two voting precincts.
Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson explained that before the state’s 2011 redistricting, Limestone County was divided more or less along the Navasota River. Congressional District 6 took up the northeast third of the county, and District 17 covered the southwest two-thirds. Because of the way the lines were drawn, voters in Lake Limestone’s Blackjack Cove were in Voting Precinct 406 and therefore separated from Voting Precinct 402, even though they were surrounded by Voting Precinct 402.

Mon
04
May

Kids learn way more than sports skills at Beachum’s camp


Camp helper Elaina Molina made sure campers stayed hydrated as the temperature Saturday climbed into the 80s. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The atmosphere Saturday, besides a little on the warm side, was for the most part relaxed, entertaining and fun for the youth - as well as the adults - participating in the Second Annual Community Football Camp 2015, hosted by former Mexia Blackcat and SMU football player, Kelvin Beachum, currently a starter on the offensive line for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Beachum was all over the football field Saturday, sometimes joining in drills or offering pointers to campers then moving on to another spot always with that big, joyful smile he’s known to shine with.
“It’s really beautiful,” Beachum praised. “I love how it’s growing organically and I can’t wait for it to expand and expand into the future.”

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
04
May

Life sentence given in horrific child abuse case

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A 28-year-old Mexia man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for brutally attacking an infant, causing the child permanent brain damage.
In January 2013, the child’s mother left her 5-week-old child in the care of Ben McAlpine while she took an older child to school.
The mother testified that the infant was lethargic that morning, but that she did not know he had been injured until the child began to have a seizure. The child was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, then transported by helicopter to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. There, doctors discovered the full extent of the injuries and began life saving measures.
Dr. Matthew Cox from Children’s Medical Center testified during last week’s Limestone County jury trial the infant numerous injuries included broken ribs, a fractured skull, a broken arm and leg, and a whiplash injury, as well as significant brain trauma.

Mon
04
May

County to get software to prepare for chemical spills


Limestone County Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton, left, speaks at county commissioners court Monday, April 27, about the need for HAZMAT software so the county can respond quickly in case of a chemical spill. At right is Sheriff Dennis Wilson. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Limestone County officials approved buying software that would leave the county better prepared for disasters, especially in light of the chemicals hauled through town on the train. They also began thinking of how to save a county road from being washed away by encroachment from Lake Limestone.
Commissioners made the decision to purchase the HAZMAT software at their April 27 meeting upon Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton’s recommendation.
Groveton explained that the software would help the county plan for a possible train derailment near Groesbeck High School.
“If that were to happen, you would need to react as quickly as possible to identify the agent that’s escaping through the air and to identify a plan of attack,” he said. “You’ve got to decide – and I mean really quick – if you have those students shelter in place or leave. And you’ve got to hold off the parents. That’s a scary prospect.”

Wed
22
Apr

Board approves $2.3 million Mexia ISD loan

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Regardless of whether or not the community approves a $15.5 million bond package, Mexia ISD now has $2.3 million to work with as it begins to tackle its facilities issues.
The Mexia ISD board gave final approval Monday for the loan, currently scheduled to be paid for through the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) budget.
The board initiated the loan last fall in an effort to locate other funds to use on facilities projects both to begin some of the work more quickly and show the community the district was doing all it could to minimize the tax burden of a bond.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
22
Apr

Here you go, Miss!


Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight

Incommons Bank of Mexia President Greg Stubbs hands a treat to Tiffany Davila, 2, of Fairfield, while her mother, Ana Davila, watches at the second annual Mexia Boomtown History and Market Day, held in the green area on Milam Street next to H-E-B grocery store, which sponsored the event with the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce. See more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
22
Apr

West Lakes VFD finds gem of a fire truck


ESD No. 2 President Lou Ann Bedwell, at rear, and West Lake Limestone Fire Chief Warren Miller apprise Limestone County commissioners at the court’s April 23 meeting of the department’s plans to buy a used fire truck. At front left is County Clerk Peggy Beck, who keeps minutes at the meetings. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
It took two years to find it, but West Lake Limestone Volunteer Fire Department has located exactly the fire truck it was looking for: a used, one-owner, low-mileage at a great price.
West Lakes Fire Chief Warren Miller and Emergency Services District No. 2 President Lou Ann Bedwell gave an update on the department’s efforts to procure a new fire truck to the commissioners at their April 13 meeting.
The emergency service district is responsible for obtaining the financing for the department. Both the district and the department operate independently from commissioners court but usually keep the court apprised of their activities.
Bedwell told the court the ESD is in the process of purchasing the fire truck for $110,000. Because they are about $25,000 short of the total needed, the District plans to take out a three-year loan for $25,000, which has annual payments of $9,000.

Fri
17
Apr

LCR 463 to be extensively reworked

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners settled a dispute over priority road funds in a split vote at their April 13 meeting, outvoting one commissioner who wanted an extra $48,000 from the fund for one job.
The court had originally approved the repairs at its Oct. 13, 2014, meeting using $98,000 from the priority road fund to resurface and put a seal coat on highly traveled LCR 463. The road begins at Fannin Street and Hwy. 14 on the south side of Mexia and runs south, basically parallel but west of Hwy. 14 for about 4 miles before curving eastward and stopping at Hwy.14’s intersection with FM 2705.
The county received notice that the job would be much more expensive than previously bid. Wheeler Construction, the company that is to do the work, now recommends an overlay, which raises the price to $146,861.

Fri
17
Apr

Several injured


Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The Dodge Neon sedan at left and white Ford F-150 at right collided Friday shortly before 8 a.m. in the intersection on U.S. 84 in front of Walmart, injuring several occupants of the car. Four ambulances, including one from Teague Fire Department, took the driver and passengers of the car for hospital treatment. Several of the car’s passengers were Mexia ISD students. The driver of the pickup was not injured. The wreck blocked traffic on the highway for about an hour. The cause of the wreck and conditions of the injured were unavailable from Mexia police at presstime yesterday afternoon.

Fri
17
Apr

MISD faces air quality issues at high school

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
Evidence of mold has forced the closure of the gym, coaches offices, locker rooms and auditorium on the lower level of the high school.
The precautionary measure was taken Wednesday, after results of a recent air quality study at the high school were shared with a dozen administrators and school board members.
Emil Studinka, with Edwards Environmental, conducted the tests and said the issues should be taken seriously and addressed quickly, but he emphasized that there was no reason to panic.
“The sky isn’t falling,” he said. “I’ve got a few data points that are elevated. Mold is mostly an allergen, we’re not having people dropping out right now. We’re taking precautionary steps so we don’t have any of that.

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