News

Thu
17
Apr

Road grant to county now exceeds $500K

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners found out Monday how much larger the transportation infrastructure grant the county is eligible to receive from the state will be. The initial amount was to have been $431,000, but the new amount will be $503,797.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen, in announcing the new grant amount, noted that the higher figure represents a 17-percent increase and said that was better than most counties had received.
“There is some paperwork required that Road and Bridge (Department) will have to keep up with as we spend the money,” Burkeen said. “It’s a reimbursement grant, so as we do the projects on our list, we will get reimbursed at 80 percent of the (cost), up to $503,797.

Fri
11
Apr

Car wreck blocks Milam traffic


The eastbound lane of Milam Street in Mexia was completely blocked Wednesday during the afternoon rush hour when one car hit another in the long string of traffic. One man was injured with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

The eastbound lane of Milam Street – the main thoroughfare through Mexia – was completely blocked Wednesday during afternoon rush hour when a driver rear-ended an SUV in front of him.
Elgin Thomas, 26, of Mexia, was driving a black 2011 Toyota Camry eastbound on Milam Street near its intersection with Brooks Street, just before 5 p.m. Driving eastbound just ahead of him was April Nicole Wilson, 23, also of Mexia.
When Wilson stopped to allow another car to turn in front of her, Thomas crashed into the back of her silver 2014 Dodge Journey SUV, causing major damage to the front of his car.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
11
Apr

City considering banning e-cig sales to youth

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The Mexia City Council will consider adopting an updated emergency water management plan and spending hotel/motel occupancy taxes when they meet April 15.
Council will consider adopting the latest set of updates to its emergency water plan, first adopted in 1998 and amended in 2002, 2005 and 2008. The plan defines triggers for a three-stage conservation plan when water supplies run low, as well as a plan in case something catastrophic disrupts the water supply.
The city receives water from Bistone Municipal Water Supply District, which is contracted to supply up to 4 million gallons of water per day from wells at its Personville Treatment Plant and, if needed, Lake Mexia.
Council also will consider applications for money from the hotel/motel occupancy tax by three groups:

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
09
Apr

Air show fun day coming Saturday at Mexia airport

Kids should look to the skies for inspiration Saturday as The Bronze Eagles Flying Club of Texas holds a fly-in at the Mexia-Limestone County Airport.
The event will feature a mix of vintage and contemporary aircraft and include an air show with tricks and stunts. Visitors may enjoy getting up close to the planes, as well as vendors, a paper-airplane booth, a raffle and other fun events.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and admission is free.
However, donations will be taken for the club’s scholarship fund, which will benefit a local student.
The club is a nonprofit charity flying organization and chapter of the Black Pilots of America. Inspired by black World War II fighter pilots – The Tuskegee Airmen – the Bronze Eagles give youth an opportunity to explore the world of aviation.

Wed
09
Apr

Magical performance


Mexia’s One Act Play, performing “Hansel and Gretel,” competed Saturday, March 29 in Palestine at the district level. While the play didn’t advance, three MHS students won individual awards: Rachael Lozano, Tech Award; Kealey Machacek-Harkless, Honorable Mention All-Star Cast; and Shelbie Bishop, All-Star Cast. Shown here, l-r, back row:  Edward Mendoza, Christina Lloyd, director Jermaine Burks, Kealey Machacek-Harkless, William Dodson, Ashley Sandifer, Rachael Lozano and Andrea Gonzales; next row: Nathan Hallmark, Chris Barber, M’kayla Leger, Alyssa Holifield and Shelbie Bishop; in front, Haylee Gose. The play was performed for the community Saturday in the high school auditorium. Contributed photo

Mexia’s One Act Play, performing “Hansel and Gretel,” competed Saturday, March 29 in Palestine at the district level. While the play didn’t advance, three MHS students won individual awards: Rachael Lozano, Tech Award; Kealey Machacek-Harkless, Honorable Mention All-Star Cast; and Shelbie Bishop, All-Star Cast. Shown here, l-r, back row:  Edward Mendoza, Christina Lloyd, director Jermaine Burks, Kealey Machacek-Harkless, William Dodson, Ashley Sandifer, Rachael Lozano and Andrea Gonzales; next row: Nathan Hallmark, Chris Barber, M’kayla Leger, Alyssa Holifield and Shelbie Bishop; in front, Haylee Gose. The play was performed for the community Saturday in the high school auditorium.

Contributed photo

Wed
09
Apr

State water board keeps planning for drought


Brenner Brown, a team manager with the Texas Water Development Board, speaks to the Mexia Lions Club about the Water Board and how it has changed since the November 2013 election. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

When Texans voted in November to allow the state to take $2 billion from the rainy day fund to provide money for water development projects, the state also reorganized the board, changing it from six part-time members to three full-time.
Brenner Brown, a team manager with the Texas Water Development Board, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently on how the board works and on the state legislation that provides the new funding.
The board was created by the Texas Legislature in 1957 in the wake of a severe drought. Its mission is to help lead, plan and finance water conservation and development as well as to provide information and education on the subject.
“We had some very forward-thinking leadership back in the ’50s,” Brown told the Lions, “and many of our elected officials spent time around the state, looking at the potential and how we were going to deal with our water issues in the future.”

Fri
04
Apr

Horror movie filming under way in Tehuacana


Script supervisor Donna Carlton, left, studies her master copy of the script of ‘Id: Don’t Look in the Basement, part 2,’ while director Anthony Brownrigg, at rear left, speaks with another production worker, and production personnel wait along the wall until needed. The sequel is being shot at Trinity Institute, the former Westminster College, in Tehuacana, the location of the original movie’s filming. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Horror movie buffs are on the edge of their seat as a sequel to the 1973 classic “Don’t Look in the Basement” is being shot at Tehuacana’s Trinity Institute, formerly Westminster College, the scene of the first movie.
The usually empty street beside the old buildings is lined with cars, production trucks and vans as the director, camera operators, actors and technical personnel work on the production. About 40 cast and crew members, almost all from the Dallas area, are on the set each day.
Anthony “Tony” Brownrigg, son of the original director, S.F. Brownrigg, is directing this sequel, and the younger Brownrigg’s mother, Libby Hall, has a small part in it.

Fri
04
Apr

Five bridges to be replaced, one already closed

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have learned which four county bridges the Texas Department of Transportation plans to replace in 2015-16. One will have to be replaced sooner than that, however, which means there will be five new bridges in the next two years.
The list is part of what TxDOT calls its Off-System Bridge Replacement Plan, and County Judge Daniel Burkeen presented it to the court at its March 24 meeting. The initial bridges on the list are those on LCR 208 at Pin Oak Creek, on LCR 800 at Lake Limestone and on LCR 707 at the Sowders Creek Tributary and on LCR 192 at Sandy Creek.
“This is a standard thing,” Burkeen said of the list. “I just got these in, so I thought I’d put them on the agenda so we could talk about them.”
County Engineer Ted Kantor, who oversees the Road and Bridge Department, pointed out that the bridge on LCR 192 was recently condemned by TxDOT.

Wed
02
Apr

Drugs, guns, money nabbed in raid

Mexia News Staff Report

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office back on March 17 seized a large amount of drugs, firearms and currency during a search of Ardith Herring, 53, at the Cefco gas station in Kosse.
Methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia were located at that time and another suspect was identified. The second subject, Jimmy Speer, 35, was searched and a large amount of methamphetamines and money were recovered.
Speer and Herring were arrested and a search warrant was obtained for Speer’s residence, at 737 LCR 707 in Kosse. The search warrant was executed on the same date which resulted in recovering 11 firearms, additional methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and a stolen camper trailer. More than $4,000 in cash was seized. The search warrant resulted in the additional arrest of 56-year-old Alice Hargraves.
The amount of methamphetamines recovered has an estimated street value of approximately $15,000.

Wed
02
Apr

County unlikely to get Courthouse grant, says Callis

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Although Limestone County Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis applied on behalf of the county for funds from the state Historical Commission to renovate the Courthouse, he told commissioners court Monday he doesn’t have much hope for receiving the grant.
Callis told the court he had gone to Austin the previous week to testify before the Historical Commission on needed repairs at the Courthouse, but he said other counties had courthouses that seemed in much more dire need of repair than that of Limestone, so he didn’t have much expectation of getting any funding this year.
He noted that $17 million had been requested by various counties, but the commission only had $4 million available.
“Hopefully next year they can find more money to give to those guys who can reapply for these grants each and every year to try to do something to keep the Courthouse straight,” he said.

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