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Wed
11
Mar

All systems go for prison contract applications


Members of the Limestone County commissioners court at their March 9 meeting listen to Waco attorney Herb Bristow speak of the result of his negotiations with prison-operating company Management and Training Corporation concerning applications for two long-term federal contracts to house inmates that MTC is submitting on behalf of the Limestone County Detention Center. Shown here, clockwise from left, are County Judge Daniel Burkeen, commissioners W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker and John McCarver, and Bristow. Also present but not shown are commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have signed off on agreements with a prison-operating company to submit applications for two different federal contracts to house inmates at the county-owned private prison, and this time the county has a better chance of winning one of them.
The court action took place following an executive session, which is closed to the public, during a break in the proceedings of the regular meeting Monday, March 9.
After the court returned to open session, Waco attorney Herb Bristow, who advises the county on legal matters, listed the main highlights of the applications being submitted by Utah-based Management and Training Corporation to use the Limestone County Detention Center for either of two proposals to house federal inmates. The proposals are called CAR-16, which would use 2,000 beds, and CAR-17, which calls for 2,400 beds.

Mon
09
Mar

Coolidge run ends against Waelder


Delvin Smith looks for an opening in the second half as Coolidge cuts into the Waelder lead. Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The Coolidge Yellowjackets (29-6) hit the court in Austin Friday riding a 19-game win streak. They were coming off a win over then second-ranked Laneville, continuing the high-octane attack that characterized the season into the playoffs.
But the Waelder Wildcats had an answer for the high-scoring Yellowjackets, turning the tables and cruising to a 95-65 win in regional semifinal action.
“Our big strength this season has been dictating the tempo and style of play in the game,” said Coolidge coach Bryan Jones. “Today we let them dictate the game and they got in our heads. This was not a Coolidge game.”

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

Wed
04
Mar

'Fully engulfed'


Mexia News photo by Brenda Sommer

By the time this fire was noticed and called in to firefighters, the Wortham Tire Shop was already fully engulfed in flames. The fire occurred about 8 a.m. Wednesday at the shop, located on the east side of the southern edge of Wortham on Hwy. 14. No one was injured in the blaze. The sound of exploding items inside the wood-framed, tin-roofed building made for a frightening environment, and ash rained down on nearby homes and vehicles. The two school buses parked in front of the building, belonging to Wortham ISD, were damaged by the high heat and flames, and one is considered totaled. The buses were on site for repairs. The fire did not spread beyond the shop’s property. It took firefighters an hour to declare the blaze “under control,” and the business is a total loss. Fire Marshall Kelly Craig said the fire likely was electrical in origin, and is not considered suspicious. He said he believes the business was insured.

Mon
02
Mar

Talent show time in Mexia this Friday


The 60th Annual Rotary Club of Mexia Talent Show, scheduled for Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium, promises to showcase Mexia’s talented kids, like Rebecca Gonzalez in the 2014 talent contest, shown here doing a Hula-hoop routine to ‘Mambo No. 5.” Rebecca tied for second place in the junior division. Sixteen acts are scheduled, eight in the junior division, meaning kindergarten through fifth grade, and eight in the senior division, meaning sixth through 12th grades. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia students with performing abilities have been practicing for weeks now and will take the stage this coming Friday, March 6, for the 60th Annual Rotary Club of Mexia Talent Show.
The event will be held at the Mexia High School Auditorium and begins at 7 p.m., with admission of $5 for adults and $3 for students k-12. The auditorium fills up fast for this event, because everyone wants the best seat they can find.
The talent show is usually a real crowd pleaser since residents usually like to see and hear their neighbors and their children perform. Each year, new talent emerges and former favorites return to give their rendition of a popular song or occasionally an original tune.

Mon
02
Mar

Only one race contested in May local elections

There will be one contested race for Mexia ISD’s two open slots on the board of trustees, and none for the four open positions on City Council, when this May’s elections roll around.
The filing deadline for a place on the May 9 ballot for both the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees election and Mexia City Council elections was Friday, Feb. 27.
Places 6 and 7 were open on the Mexia ISD, spots currently filled by Jackie Craig and Ron Fowler, respectively. Both have filed for re-election, but Craig has drawn an opponent, Israel Flores.
Seats up for grabs on the Mexia City Council were those of District 1 Council member Glenn McGuire; Kelvin Beachum, representing District 3; District 4 Council member Judy Chambers and Mayor Troy Miller.
All four of those candidates have filed for re-election, and they are the only candidates who did so.

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

Wed
25
Feb

Snowfall a rare treat for Limestone County


Michelle Lugo, left, and Candy Robles, both Mexia High School seniors, enjoy Wednesday morning’s snowfall with a few minutes of snowball fighting. Lugo said she was asleep when she received a MISD text informing her class was canceled. But she didn’t realize it had snowed until Daniela Angeles, also an MHS senior, woke her up and told her. For more photos from the snowfall, see Pages 3, 8 and 10. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
School kids enjoyed a “snow day” Wednesday as the first significant snowfall since February 2011 made for a slushy Mexia morning.
Snowflakes begin to fall around 7:30 a.m. in Mexia, continuing until around 9:30 a.m. within the city limits. Warmer temperatures and peeking sunshine melted frozen slush off roadways by lunchtime, but snow up to an inch remained on cooler surfaces like lawns and landscaping.
Limestone County was part of a band of snow forecast by the National Weather Service for at least 46 North Texas counties, with the heaviest snows predicted north of a line from Athens to Fairfield to Cameron.
“As of 9:20 a.m., it’s still snowing pretty good east of a line from Greenville to Terrell to Groesbeck,” the Limestone County Emergency Management office reported yesterday.

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

Mon
16
Feb

Got the X factor


Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

R.Q. Sims Intermediate School students, l-r, Tyonna Hubbard, 10, Essence Robertson, 10, and Kyra Robertson, 11, show their dancing skills at the auditions for the upcoming Rotary Club Talent Show. Tryouts were held this week for Mexia students from first through 12th grades.

Mon
16
Feb

County Clerk to get new compact filing system

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted at their Feb. 9 commissioners court meeting to make several improvements concerning the courthouse, approved contracts concerning leasing county equipment and accepting reimbursement for county expenses, and signed off on the sale of some tax-foreclosed properties.
One improvement at the courthouse the court approved was to buy an efficient, compact record storage system for the County Clerk’s office that will make some of the old records more secure.
Currently, some of the old records are being stored in a room beneath one of the courthouse’s staircases, an area that is not climate-controlled.
“Since we moved Jennifer (Johnson, former deputy county clerk) and the elections out, that frees up some space for Peggy (Beck, county clerk) to move her filing down there, rather than move it to separate storage,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

Fri
13
Feb

Lots of sweethearts


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia Lions Club’s sweethearts clap along to the Hank Williams oldie ‘Hey, Good Lookin’ at the club’s Valentine’s party, held Tuesday evening, Feb. 10, at the Farm House Restaurant. Shown here, l-r, are Bre Gamble, Tejal Patel, Kealey Machacek-Harkless and Katilyn Gipson.

To see more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
13
Feb

Prison gets another look from feds for contracts

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took a small but necessary step at Monday’s commissioners court meeting to get the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, back in business.
Toward the end of their Feb. 9 meeting, the court went into executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss matters concerning the LCDC. After just over an hour, the court returned to open session, and approved the submission of the LCDC by Management and Training Corporation, a Utah-based prison-operating facility to be considered for either of two federal contracts – called CAR-16 and CAR-17 – to house inmates on a long-term basis.
MTC has been working for months on its proposal to the Bureau of Prisons for the LCDC to be considered for either of the contracts.

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