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23
May

Fallen peace officers honored with service

Limestone County Deputy Emonty Means, at right, salutes fallen officers. Standing at the podium are Patrol Capt. Lee Cox, left, and DPS Trooper Damon Allen.
Limestone County unveil the new memorial monument dedicated to fallen peace officers of Limestone County.
An estimated 100 people attended or took part in the Peace Officers Memorial Service Friday, May 13.
Peace officers from various local branches of law enforcement perform a 21-gun salute to the fallen officers of Limestone County
Officer Richard Geiger plays a mournful melody on the bagpipes as part of the Peace Officers Memorial Service.
After the May 14 Peace Officers Memorial Service, those attending admired the new memorial monument to the county’s law enforcement officers who died while on duty.

By Kim Smith
Special to The Mexia News
The Peace Officer’s Memorial Service was held on the grounds of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and included the unveiling of a monument honoring those who have lost their lives while serving as peace officers.
Captain Lee Cox directed the program, and Sheriff Dennis Wilson took a moment to thank Cox for his hard work and dedication in making all the arrangements for the service and the monument.
The program started at noon on Friday, May 13, with the raising of the flag by Troopers Damon Allen and Damian Conner. The national anthem was sung by Stacey Duffield, who also sang Amazing Grace later in the program. Air Evac Lifeteam conducted a helicopter flyover during the singing of the national anthem. The Rev. Clifton Fox, from Groesbeck Church of Christ, offered the prayer.

Mon
23
May

Fun on the Fifth

Selena Buentello, 13, gets a laugh as Lazaro Perez shows her some of the freshly boiled corn he made at the Cinco de Mayo festival in Mexia.
Mom Marisela Hernandez, left, holds her son Alexander, while his twin, Christopher, watches Rosa Hernande make gorditas.
Eugenio and Maria Lara, of Mexia, take a break for Maria to eat corn while they listen to the bands play at the Cinco de Mayo festival.
Zack Beechum, of Mexia, gives his niece, Adriana Walker, 5, a piggy-back ride around the Cinco de Mayo festival.
Martin Martinez, right, is accompanied on vocals by Carlos Escudero, left, while Martinez’s son Joshua Martinez plays electric guitar at rear.
Russell Martinez, left, on keyboard, and Isaac Paiz, right, on bass guitar, appear intent as they perform with the group Nueva Inspiracion.

Downtown church Nueva Vida Assembly of God hosted the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 7, in the 200th block of East Commerce. The event featured food, fun and Christian music. Here's a look at the day's events, in photos taken by Mexia News Staff Writer Roxanne McKnight.

Mon
23
May

MHMR to ensure inmate mental patients helped

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved an agreement with MHMR to evaluate county jail inmates who may have mental health problems. Commissioners dealt with this at their May 10 meeting and also re-appointed a representative to a local board, renewed a contract with a nearby county to house overflow inmates, heard April statistics from the jail and juvenile detention facility, and read a letter of commendation for a Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen later explained more about the MHMR agreement.
“It’s for jail services as part of the jail diversion, to try to keep mental health patients out of the jail, to identify them,” he said.
A team of MHMR representatives will go to the jail to determine if the inmates in question have needs, if they are doing fine or if they need to be referred to a mental health facility, he said.

Mon
23
May

Court mulls fix for courthouse floor buckling

County mulls solution to courthouse basement buckling
By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are looking for a cost-effective repair for the shifting floor in the basement of the courthouse until the county may obtain grant funding for a more permanent repair.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis has had several companies examine the floor to see what they could do.

Mon
23
May

Top Gear

Contributed photo/Kay Roark

Mexia student K.J. Jackson, left, is barely recognizable as he tries on part of the gear worn by Mexia firefighters when they battle fires. Lt. Trent Barker, right, of the Mexia Fire Department, spoke to the CTE Criminal Justice Classes at Mexia High School on April 21. The Criminal Justice program introduces students to different areas of law enforcement as well as other public service careers.

Fri
20
May

New officers step up

Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma officers for 2016-18 are, l-r, parliamentarian Alicia Smith, treasurer Martha Kirgan, corresponding secretary Sandra Lee, recording secretary Vickie McDougal, second vice president Goldia Liles, president Dr. Anna Pat Alpert; and Dr. Lisa Rogers, who installed the new officers.

Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma officers for 2016-18 are, l-r, parliamentarian Alicia Smith, treasurer Martha Kirgan, corresponding secretary Sandra Lee, recording secretary Vickie McDougal, second vice president Goldia Liles, president Dr. Anna Pat Alpert; and Dr. Lisa Rogers, who installed the new officers.

Fri
20
May

Lake study to improve county’s grant odds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have agreed to fund a study on Lake Mexia to establish flood levels, which is expected to increase the county’s chances of winning grant money for flood victims.
The decision was made at commissioners court’s May 10 meeting at the recommendation of County Engineer Ted Kantor.
He told the court he thought some grant applications were turned down last year because that information had not been established.
“They score those grants by a benefit-cost analysis,” Kantor said. “That’s based on the savings they think we’re going to have in flood claims that don’t happen versus what could have happened. Part of the data that’s based on are the flood levels, and we don’t have any flood levels as a baseline. We’re just using an empirical number. We’re basically using a number that’s a little bit higher than the worst event, and that’s our best available data.”

Fri
20
May

Party at the park

Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight
James and Gloria Kirven, of Mexia, share a bench and conversation with three-year-old Za’Liyah McClendon, of Coolidge, at the Juneteenth fundraiser at Booker T. Washington Park on Saturday, May 14.
Tristyn McKinney, 9, of Houston, pushes the merry-go-round faster to the delight of his cousin Juliana McKinney, 3, of Ardmore, Okla. The children were just two of a dozen or more kids having fun at a Juneteenth fundraiser at Booker T. Washington Park near Mexia on Saturday, May 14.
Madelline Kirven-Gamble, of Dallas, at left, and Jeneanne Kirven, of College Station, make hamburgers with all the trimmings at the concession stand at Booker T. Washington Park. The event was a fundraiser on Saturday, May 14, for the Juneteenth celebration next month.
Dallas-based DJ group MVP, whose stage names are, l-r, D.J. Stevie B, Cuzn Jed and Charlie Moe do mic checks before they begin a performance at the Juneteenth fundraiser, held at Booker T. Washington Park on Saturday, May 14.

Several of those attending the Juneteenth fundraiser in Booker T. Washington Park on Saturday, May 14, do the Wobble, a line dance, in the grass to recorded music. Shown here, l-r, are Niya Jordon, 15, of Houston, her mother, Tonia Jordon, Madeline Kirven-Gamble, of Dallas, Jalorie Kirven, and at rear right, obscured, are Tray Gamble, 15, of Dallas,and Regina Kirven, of Sunnyvale.

Fri
20
May

Court may get PI to find missing prison property

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners may hire a private investigator to track down items missing and presumed stolen from the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.
Discussion of this possibility is on the agenda of the commissioners court meeting next Tuesday, May 26, along with moving toward closing the end portion of LCR 747, placing a stop sign at a rural intersection, hiring an engineering firm to look at the shifting courthouse basement floor, and holding an executive session about the LCDC. In an unexpected development, the court also may start a search for a replacement for County Engineer Ted Kantor, who has tendered his resignation.

Fri
20
May

Runoff Election Day is next Tuesday, May 24

Mexia News Staff Report

Tuesday, May 24, is the final day for voters to weigh in on the runoff election for the Democrat and Republican primaries.
Early voting for this election took place May 16-20, with voters casting their ballots at either of two early voting locations.
Voting on Election Day, however, will be in consolidated precincts as follows. Precinct 103 - Kosse Community Center, 200 N. SH 14 in Kosse. Precincts 204 and 205 - Coolidge Civic Center, 806 Bell St. in Coolidge. Precincts 101, 102, 104, 301, 303, 402 and 406 - Limestone County Courthouse, 200 W. State Street, Room G13 in Groesbeck.
Precincts 201, 202, 203, 206, 302, 304, 305, 401, 403, 404 and 405 - Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney St. in Mexia.
Polling places will be open for voting on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

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