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Fri
23
Sep

County to adopt final budget, tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year, giving citizens one final chance to express their thoughts and opinions on them.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at the Sept. 27 meeting, which is expected to be in the middle of the meeting. Other matters to be discussed and possibly voted upon include accepting a donation to the Sheriff’s Office and a grant for the airport; and approving agreements to help some of the county’s smaller towns, refund taxes to a Mexia business and amend a contract for inmate prescriptions. The meeting will conclude with an executive session on a possible penalty pending against the county by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Regarding the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, a final vote on the those matters will take place after the hearing.  

Fri
23
Sep

Building Bridges 5K sees big turnout

Nearly 130 walkers and runners registered for the Fifth Annual Building Bridges for Better Health 5K Run/1Mile Walk. The event, co-hosted by Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck and Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, took participants from the historic bridge spanning the Navasota River to the Old Fort Parker grounds and back.  

The event is largely funded by a grant from the state of Texas and is aimed at reducing hospital readmissions, in part by education and promotion of health and wellness events. The Limestone County Disease Management Coalition, charged with carrying out the grant, helped provide participants with a wealth of health and wellness information. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
23
Sep

Building Bridges 5K sees big turnout

Nearly 130 walkers and runners registered for the Fifth Annual Building Bridges for Better Health 5K Run/1Mile Walk. The event, co-hosted by Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck and Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, took participants from the historic bridge spanning the Navasota River to the Old Fort Parker grounds and back.  

The event is largely funded by a grant from the state of Texas and is aimed at reducing hospital readmissions, in part by education and promotion of health and wellness events. The Limestone County Disease Management Coalition, charged with carrying out the grant, helped provide participants with a wealth of health and wellness information. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
23
Sep

Former Band Booster Club treasurer arrested for theft of funds

By Stephen R. Farris

Reporter, The Mexia News

Groesbeck Police officers made an arrest on Friday, Sept. 9, in connection to the theft of $8,000 or more from the Groesbeck ISD Band Booster Club.

According to Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson, former GISD Band Booster Club treasurer, Jamie Gladden, was the suspect arrested and charged with theft over $1,500, but less than $20,000, along with debit/credit card abuse.

Henson believes the amount of money taken could exceed $30,000 during a time period between January 2014 through August of this year. Further charges could be filed on Gladden – who served as the club’s treasurer since 2012 – after authorities complete their ongoing investigation.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
23
Sep

Feds may fine Limestone County for late OT pay

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court will confer in executive session at next week’s meeting to discuss a penalty being proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor for calculating work hours incorrectly, which was discovered this past spring in a federal audit. 

The offense occurred when the county allowed some Law Enforcement Center dispatchers and some jailers, with agreement on both sides, to count their hours in a non-standard manner. Within a two-week pay period, although the employees worked 80 hours, they were allowed to work more hours one week and less the other, such as working 48 hours in one week and 32 the second. Because the total was 80 hours for a two-week period, the county did not pay overtime. 

Wed
21
Sep

August stats at jail, juvenile center noted

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson recently gave the statistics for the month of August from the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, Jail and Dispatch Department. Similarly, Brian Swick, director of the Juvenile Detention Center, gave the statistics for the juvenile facility. Swick also gave an update on the trench the county Road and Bridge Department is digging for the new fiber optic cable.

According to Wilson, in August:

• Deputies traveled 1,365 miles transporting inmates to Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities. 

• Those trips cost $6,855.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
21
Sep

Expert knee surgeon offers services in Mexia

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia residents who need specialized care for their bones now have the luxury of getting that care in their own home town of Mexia. Parkview Regional Hospital has found a high-level specialist physician, an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Trice, to work in Mexia. 

“We’re very fortunate and blessed to have him in our community here,” said Parkview Chief Operations Officer Austin Wratchford of Trice. “He’s very skilled and talented, and brings a new service to our community, to where people don’t need to drive an hour away to see an orthopedist. They can come right here in their community, close to home.”

Trice spoke recently to the Mexia Lions Club, describing knee surgery, especially focusing on the difference between traditional care versus the newer way of treating knee problems. He offers both approaches, but sees the newer innovations as having better outcomes for patients. 

Wed
21
Sep

Court opposes caps on appraisal revenue increases

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County officials have weighed in against the state’s placing caps on appraisal increases as well as revenue increases – a topic expected to be brought up in the 2017 state legislature. 

Both County Judge Daniel Burkeen and County Sheriff Dennis Wilson spoke against the caps, which were proposed in the 2015 legislature but rejected.

The proposal is being led by State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, who sees the issue as control of government growth by the voters. 

His bill in the last session, SB-182, would have changed the rollback tax rate from 8 percent to 4 percent and made the tax rollback election automatic rather than something taxpayers could petition to have. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Tue
20
Sep

Hit , run at P.E. Cemetery

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A driver crashed into the entrance of Point Enterprise Cemetery on Friday, Sept. 16, shortly before midnight, damaging the wrought iron gate and leaving a large hole in the ground near the fence. 

“I heard the truck racing down LCR 502 and stepped out into the porch,” said Mary Wills, of Dripping Springs, who was visiting Helen Matthews in Point Enterprise. “It skidded onto LCR 504, and I heard it hit the gate. The truck disengaged from the fence, then raced down LCR 504, stopping just around the first bend.”

Wills and her husband, Mike Matthews got into their car and drove up the road until they saw that the fleeing truck had stopped, shortly around the bend. 

“At that point I heard two young men argue and slam the truck several times before driving away,” she said.

Mon
19
Sep

K-9 unit to join LC Sheriff’s Office

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office will soon have a specially trained drug-detecting dog to aid in finding hidden drug stashes.  

Sheriff Dennis Wilson announced the donation to Limestone County commissioners at their Sept. 13 meeting, and the court approved the offer.

“This is an opportunity that came to us from a very well-known drug-dog training facility,” Wilson said. “They are making the dog available to us at no cost.”

The county must pay for the training the company is recommending, which is located in Houston.  

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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