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Tue
05
Jul

Broad stripes, bright stars

Mexia News photos/Harry T. Darby
Bailee Williford, left, trails behind Cutler Montgomery as they walk in First United Methodist Church Mexia’s Preschool parade, held Friday morning.
Tori Thomas, left, and Andrew Morris wave their flags to celebrate our nation’s independence during Friday’s preschool parade.
Lily Floyd is too little to march in the FUMC preschool’s parade Friday, but that didn’t keep her from showing off her pride in our country.
Parker Meyer’s shirt, left, sums up the spirit of the holiday as he marches along with Alyssa Hadden during the parade Friday.
First United Methodist Church’s Preschool music teacher Deborah Hullum leads the kids in patriotic songs along the parade route Friday.

From left, Kendall Cargille, Cason Floyd and Richard Hogan show off their patriotism with plenty of flags, stars and stripes during the First United Methodist Church's preschool’s parade Friday morning.

Tue
05
Jul

Retiring together as they worked together: Holloway and Louise Martin

Holloway and Louise Martin examine papers in the law office they share as they prepared to close down Holloway’s law office at the end of June, concluding more than 50 years of practice.
Holloway Martin, center, greets longtime friends and associates District Judge P.K. Reiter, left, and County Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest at a retirement reception for Holloway and his wife, Louise.
Friends congratulate retiring legal secretary Louise Martin at a retirement reception in honor of her and husband Holloway Martin. Shown here, l-r, are Sara Sims, Madie Forrester, Martin and Jeri Jackson.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A couple who has seen a lot of Mexia history in the last half century has retired: Holloway and Louise Martin closed the law office they share at the end of June after his 56 years of practice.
Alhough they have been a successful team, with Louise working as Holloway’s legal secretary, they are not reluctant to end their work years and start retirement.
“We’ve enjoyed it – and we’re looking forward to quitting,” he said in his last days of working. “We don’t really have any plans – well, go see our grandkids.”
The Martins have twin nine-year-old grandchildren, a boy and girl, in Coppell.
“It’s just time,” he said. “Fifty-six years is a plenty long time.”

Tue
05
Jul

County firms up inmate phone plan, makes financial decisions

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their June 28 meeting to sign a contract with a company called Securus to provide inmate telephone service reflecting terms discussed at the court’s previous meeting, which was on June 14.
The court also approved raises for employees at the LCSO, Road and Bridge Department and Tax Office; approved paying invoices and making financial transfers to stay on budget; renewed an agreement to house overflow inmates for another county; and refrained from implementing a burn ban – though the commissioners noted the south end of the county was starting to dry up.
Regarding the inmate telephone plan, the option Securus proposed that was ultimately accepted was a 21-cent-per-minute rate and a commission to the county of 75 percent. Securus is the county’s current inmate telephone service provider.

Tue
05
Jul

News from the County/District Attorney’s Office

Recent pleas/trials in District Court, June 2016
• Ryan Miller; motion to revoke probation-arson. Cause #12875-A Sentence: 11 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Payment of $19,599 as condition of parole when released from prison.
• William Jordan Bond, motion to revoke probation-possession of a controlled substance; sentence: 18 months in TDCJ-State Jail Division.
• Craig Steven Dawkins; possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone; sentence: six years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division; possession of a controlled substance, two counts; sentence: eight months on each charge; TDCJ-State Jail Division.
• Wesley Clay Ticknor; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams; sentence: 20 years, TDCJ-Institutional Division.
• Johnathan Ross Davis; tampering with physical evidence; sentence: four years, TDCJ-Institutional Division.

Tue
05
Jul

Hwy. 14 crash

Mexia News photo/Harry T. Darby

This white Ford Ranger king cab pickup landed in front of Kirby’s Barbecue on Hwy. 14 around 2 p.m. Friday, after it was in a collision with a blue Nissan Altima sedan, which ended up in the ditch on the other side of the road. Injuries from the wreck were non life-threatening, emergency personnel said. No further information on this accident was available at presstime Friday.

Fri
01
Jul

Habitat spruces up home for next owner

Limestone County Master Gardeners, l-r, Nancy Davis, Debbie Cannon and Jan Miller work on the flowerbeds at a Habitat for Humanity house in Mexia.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Habitat for Humanity group is about to put another family into a Habitat home, probably in July.
The home is not newly built but one in which the former Habitat homeowner got a job transfer to a new city. She left the house in good shape, however, so Habitat volunteers and the couple that is planning to move in were able to clean and rehab it fairly quickly, said Habitat board member Jan Miller. Even so, the new couple was required to work at least 100 hours each on the house.
“They’ve earned their sweat equity hours, which was a requirement, because we want people to have ownership,” Miller explained.

Fri
01
Jul

Consider fires, injuries when using fireworks

This Texas A&M Forest Service graphic shows that Limestone County, and much of East and Central Texas, could be in near-drought to drought conditions in about two weeks.

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
01
Jul

Stop signs going in after public hearing

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
No one appeared at a public hearing the county held on the proposal to install stop signs on Honest Ridge Road, at the intersection of LCR 368 and 374, so Limestone County commissioners voted to have the signs installed.
The court made that decision at its June 28 meeting just after the hearing, and discussed and took action on other road issues, including approving the closure of LCR 395, using priority road funds to repair LCR 244 and tentatively approving buying an excavator and hiring someone to build fences needed where county bridges are being constructed.
The intersection that will get the stop signs is located in a rural area west of Lake Mexia and south of U.S. 84.
DPS Trooper Kenneth Shields had made a presentation to the court at its May 24 meeting requesting the commissioners consider installing some kind of traffic control at that intersection since there had been several wrecks there.

Wed
29
Jun

Mexia's Boomin' on the Fourth should be a real blast

VFW Ladies Auxiliary member Nicole Burns pins a buddy poppy onto the sleeve of Bill Lee, of Mexia, at last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Mexia City Park.

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
29
Jun

County looks to LaSalle to fill empty prison

Executives of LaSalle Corrections present to Limestone County commissioners court at its June 28 meeting a proposal to run the Limestone County Detention Center on an interim basis.

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, may have a real chance to get inmates soon – and the jobs and income that go with them.
Commissioners at their June 28 meeting opened the one proposal they had received after advertising for an interim prison operator at the LCDC. The proposal was from LaSalle Corrections, whose corporate office is in Dripping Springs.
LaSalle’s Chief Financial Officer Tim Kurpiewski gave a short presentation to the commissioners, noting that LaSalle currently manages jail or prison facilities in McLennan, Johnson, Jefferson, Bowie and Parker counties.
LaSalle is currently turning down requests to house inmates at its other facilities, Kurpiewski said, and the company believes it could accept some of those contracts if they could use the LCDC.

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