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Wed
11
Nov

Commissioners approve jailer promotion, grants

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved a salary adjustment at the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, for Jailer Robert McCullen, who was promoted to a corporal position. The court took care of that and other law enforcement matters at their Oct. 26 meeting, including accepting grants to help pay for indigent defense and for the Victims Assistance Coordinator in the County District Attorney’s office; accepting a financial statement from Adult Probation and getting a brief update on the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.
McCullen’s raise adds $3,048 annually to his salary and was already included in the new fiscal year budget, which began Oct. 1.
In other matters, the court approved a resolution concerning the annual indigent defense grant.

Mon
09
Nov

Wreck Friday night takes life of Mexia woman

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A 28-year-old Mexia woman has died after a two-vehicle wreck Friday night on Hwy. 14.
The crash took place around 11:23 p.m. near the county airport, where Hwy. 14 intersects CR 464, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, which investigated the accident.
Aurelia Salazar, 33, of Mexia, was driving a 2007 Dodge Ram double-cab pickup southbound when she slowed to make a left turn onto CR 464. Amanda Rincker, 28, of Mexia was driving behind her in a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
Rincker did not notice the Ram had slowed, and her truck crashed into the back of Salazar’s pickup. The collision sent the Ram across the road and into the ditch on the eastbound side of the highway. Rincker’s truck ended up in the ditch on the west side of the road, facing south.

Mon
09
Nov

Burn ban lifted

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their meeting Monday to lift the burn ban.
The county-wide ban on outdoor burning had been in effect since Aug. 5, when County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared the ban on an emergency basis in response to numerous grass fires, extremely dry conditions and no rain in sight.
Commissioners court approved the ban at its subsequent meeting Aug. 10, as required for the ban to remain in place for 90 days unless lifted sooner.

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Mon
09
Nov

Boil-water notice ends

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The city of Mexia’s water customers spent the weekend under a boil-water notice after a pipeline break.
The city manager’s office issued the notice about 9:45 a.m. Saturday after water pressure dropped to a level that automatically triggers a boil-water notice.
“The city of Mexia had a 12-inch pipeline split apart and their water tower emptied out, causing the pipeline pressure inside the city limits to drop below an acceptable level,” said R. Brent Locke, chief operator of the Bistone Municipal Water Supply District, which provides the city’s water. “Their pressure was restored by valving off the damaged section and replacing it.”

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Mon
09
Nov

Hunt still on for escapee

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
An inmate who escaped from custody at the Limestone County courthouse Friday has not yet been recaptured.
Randy Hill, of Wortham, had been out on bond and was at the district courtroom of the courthouse for a hearing on Nov. 6, when he escaped.
According to Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, Hill had been offered a plea deal and rejected it, after which his attorney petitioned to be removed from the case.
“Apparently, he wasn’t satisfied with the offer the D.A. had made,” Wilson said, “and when he refused to accept the plea offer, his attorney informed him that he was going to get off of his bond. The judge had remanded him to our custody, and in the process, he walked out of the courtroom.”

Wed
04
Nov

High-speed railway threatens family ranch

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Sixth-generation Limestone County rancher Charles Little, whose family ranching operations would be cut in two by the proposed high-speed rail route between Dallas and Houston, is looking for answers and not finding any he likes.
He and his wife, Sue Little, his mother, Nelta Little, son Clinton Little and wife Monica are distressed at the prospect of a 200-plus-mile-per-hour train speeding every 30-60 minutes, 18 hours a day through their quiet rural property near Personville, in the far eastern portion of Limestone County.
Little’s family ranch has been in operation continually since 1854. A certificate from the state of Texas congratulating the family for at least 100 years of production was awarded to the Littles in 1984 and is displayed on the wall of his home.

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Wed
04
Nov

Groesbeck ISD voters turn down bond proposal

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Groesbeck ISD voters shot down an $8 million bond package by a wide margin during Tuesday’s general election. There were no other local matters to be decided in the election, which also saw the approval of all seven proposed amendments to the state constitution.
With all boxes counted, 662 voters in GISD, or 63 percent, voted against the bonds, while 37 percent, or 389 voters, were in favor. The district would have used the money to build, renovate and equip school buildings, and buy buses and technology.
The seven statewide proposals dealt with everything from property tax exemptions to raffles to where state officials live. As well, there were proposals regarding hunting and fishing, and road funding and construction. All passed by wide margins.

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Mon
02
Nov

Whoops!

A Mexia Police officer taks notes at the the intersection of Bailey and Sumpter after a semi tractor-trailer missed the turn and landed in a ditch Monday morning, Nov. 2. No one was injured in the accident. The truck is with CAN Transport, of Lufkin.

Mon
02
Nov

Dozer leased because county’s is broken

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved a plan to lease a dozer to complete some tasks that have been on hold for months; and also approved several other contracts concerning quality of life issues.
During the budget process, the members of the court had debated whether the best way to conserve money was to repair the county’s old dozer, which keeps breaking down, or get a better used dozer.
At their Oct. 12 meeting, the court approved leasing a dozer for a month since the old one is still inoperable.

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Mon
02
Nov

Constitutional election takes place today

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Voters head to the polls today to decide seven amendments to the state constitution, but no Mexia issues are on the ballot.
Early voting for the Nov. 3 Election ended Friday, Oct. 30.
Groesbeck ISD voters today will also decide whether to issue $8 million in bonds for construction and renovation of school buildings and to buy buses and technology.
There are consolidated polling sites for voters today, who may cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are, by precinct:

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