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Thu
14
Apr

Commissioners may change meetings to Tuesdays

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court may start meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month instead of the second and fourth Monday after Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest suggested the change at the court’s March 28 meeting. Commissioners briefly discussed the idea and also heard several other minor matters.
No decision on changing the meeting day has been made yet, since the item was not on the agenda, but Forrest gave several reasons for his proposed change:
• The county judge and county department heads would have time to put together new information that develops over the weekend related to agenda items.
He pointed out that County Judge Daniel Burkeen had had to come in to work on Easter Sunday because of an agenda item for their meeting that day.
• Tuesday meetings would not require changes for Monday holidays, which usually happens about twice a year now.

Mon
11
Apr

Annual youth fair rodeo a thriller

This young cowgirl gets ready to sprint to the finish line during Saturday night’s barrel racing competition at Limestone County Fairgrounds Arena.
 Fans at the Limestone County Youth Fair annual rodeo gave this gal plenty of support as she rounded the final barrel and headed to the finish line.
There was probably more excitement during this ride than the rider hoped for during competition Saturday night at the rodeo.
This clown narrowly escapes a raging rampage during Saturday night’s Youth Fair rodeo at the Limestone County Fairgrounds arena in Groesbeck.
Bull fighter Cody Cooper had a bit of trouble loading his car during Saturday night’s rodeo.
Rider one direction, sheep in the other is how this ride turned out for the young lady participating in the muttin’ bustin’ event Saturday night.
This fellow shows how it’s done during this past Saturday night’s saddle bronc event during the Limestone County Youth Fair rodeo.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
11
Apr

FCC rules to limit price of inmate phone calls

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County has approved issuing a Request for Proposals, or bids, on providing telephone service for county inmates through a different company than it has been using. Commissioners learned, however, that recent Federal Communications Commission rulings limiting the amount companies may charge will probably mean less income for the county no matter which company it uses.
The court made its decision at its March 28 meeting and also took care of other minor decisions concerning law enforcement.
“There were some proposed changes in the law,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court regarding inmate telephone service providers. “There still may be some changes in the law, but the sheriff had wanted to go ahead and get going with it.”

Mon
11
Apr

Navarro College gala makes its return

Shown at Navarro College South's last gala fundraiser are, l-r, are Kathy and John Stubbs, Elizabeth Shabazz and Bridgett Henderson. This year's gala is Saturday, April 23.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Well-wishers of Navarro College South will be glad to learn that the college is holding a gala fundraiser to provide scholarships for its students.
The last Navarro gala was held in 2012, but Navarro administrators have re-instated this Limestone County favorite, and it’s set for Saturday, April 23, at the new administration building, at 901 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first hour reserved for social interaction, and for reviewing and bidding on the many silent auction items available. Dinner will follow about 7 p.m., followed by a live auction of high-quality prizes.
The purpose of the fundraiser is to help Navarro College South students, who hail from across Limestone as well as Freestone and Leon counties, with their college expenses.

Mon
11
Apr

Mexia LTC hosts Easter party

Winners of the 7-12 age group at the Mexia LTC Easter egg hunt are, l-r, Christopher Hernandez, Emily Sullivan and Ayden Richardson.
Grand prize winner of a big Easter bunny was Ty Carroll.
Winners in the 6-and-under age group are, l-r, Kross Montgomery, Jakiyre Henderson and Isaiah Hernandez

Mexia LTC held their Easter egg hunt and party on Friday, March 25.
Contributed photos

Mon
11
Apr

Strolling along

Contributed photo

The Mexia Garden Club will be sponsoring their Backyard Garden Stroll from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 1. One of the five gardens featured this year is the one in front of Gibbs Memorial Library. The Mexia Garden Club has cultivated this water-wise flower bed as one of their many civic projects. This year the library has been designated as the starting point for the Stroll, where you may purchase your tickets. You may also get tickets by calling 254-562-6885 or 254-747-2745.

Fri
08
Apr

Grand jury issues indictments

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
08
Apr

Wind turbines could be coming to Coolidge

Wind turbines use blades like these whoppers shown passing through Mexia on March 1, but it’s not known what size turbines would be in place if a plan to create a wind farm near Coolidge comes to fruition.

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Large wind turbines like those that have sprung up around the country could also appear in Limestone County at some point.
Several landowners in Coolidge have leased land to a company that is putting together a package to provide locations for wind turbines. The landowners say they are not yet at liberty to name the company involved, but the land has been leased, the wind speed tested, and the plan is being developed.
Bill Ward is one of at least four landowners who were approached by the unnamed company about the project.
He said that several years ago a different company approached him for a similar project that ultimately fell through.
“Then we had some people come to us last year to look at it,” he said. “I contacted another project, and that’s who we ended up leasing to.”

Fri
08
Apr

Rollover

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

Tall grass didn’t stop emergency workers and witnesses to this rollover accident from helping the driver of this Ford kingcab F-150, who suffered a head laceration after the vehicle rolled several times and through a culvert before coming to a stop.
The wreck took place in the 1500 block of Hwy. 171 yesterday, right in front of LARAS House animal shelter.
Witnesses said the driver, from Groesbeck, veered off the eastbound lane around 12:45 p.m. Friday, striking the end cap of a guard rail, then flipping repeatedly.
He was the only occupant of the truck. He was conscious when taken to the hospital. No further information was available at presstime Friday.

Fri
08
Apr

No injuries

Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

The driver of this Ford Mustang shows a child what happened to his car after an accident at the intersection of Milam and Ross Friday morning. The wreck involved the Mustang and a Ford Super-Duty four-door pickup belonging to a Halliburton subsidiary. The driver of the Mustang and his passenger, a baby, were not injured, nor was the driver of the pickup. The cause of the accident was unknown at presstime Friday.

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