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Fri
23
Feb

Commissioners plan private talk on prison

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners plan an executive session at their meeting Tuesday on matters concerning the county-owned prison, which could mean changes are coming to the facility.
The executive session is planned for the end of the Feb. 27 meeting and a possible vote on the subject matter is also on the agenda. First however, the court will consider approving: a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration on the proposed high-speed rail project, a new contract to obtain a cheaper electricity rate, an agreement to house overflow inmates for McLellan County, and other matters.
While the precise content of the executive session is not public, Warden Richard Alford, at the last commissioners court meeting, said he expects the inmate population, which has been in the mid-200s, to soon go over 300 and remain there. He said representatives of several counties had been talking to him about needing more beds.

Fri
23
Feb

City Council raises fees to raise revenue

A summary of Mexia City Council’s Feb. 20 meeting
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Ccity of Mexia officials has been looking for ways to increase its revenue and has found one way through increasing many of its fees.
City Council took that action at its Feb. 20 meeting and also established rental rates for the armory, ordered the demolition of a fallen building, exempted the city from new international building codes requiring overhead sprinklers and began the process of implementing donated land for use in a cemetery.
Regarding fee increases, the first group of higher fees concerns health inspections, some of which will increase by multiple times their former rates; other fees will remain the same.
City Manager Eric Garretty said the fees had not increased since 2004, and after his staff researched the matter, they noted that the inspection of larger businesses takes more time and should be higher than those of smaller ones.

Fri
23
Feb

Limestone County jailer stops inmate’s suicide

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Three suicide attempts in the past month among inmates at the Limestone County Jail have been successfully blocked, one especially notable because of the actions of a jailer.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported on the incident at commissioners court’s Feb. 13 meeting, commending jailer Alaina Feeney for taking extra steps to check on an inmate, which made the intervention successful.
Wilson told the court he did not know why three inmates tried to hang themselves within such a short period of time. He credited his staff entirely, however, for preventing the inmates’ intended actions.
“Because they were alert and paying attention while they were doing their jobs, three individuals that were fixing to make a bad life choice were interrupted by a correctional officer,” Wilson said.

Mon
19
Feb

Vietnam veterans ‘welcomed home’

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Veterans of the Vietnam era and their families were recognized and honored for their sacrifices, at a Vietnam War 50th anniversary commemoration Saturday.
The event was co-sponsored by Veterans Pardners and VFW Lancaster Post 4694 in Mexia, and was held at the Post. The honorees were given certificates, medals and speeches in their honor.
Nearly 100 people attended the ceremony, and members of both sponsoring groups expressed gratitude to the veterans and their families.
In one part of the program, VFW Post Commander Lamar Evans explained the Missing Man table at the front of the stage, noting each element and describing its symbolism.

Mon
19
Feb

Candidates field questions from concerned citizens

By Alexandra Cannon
Special to The News
Candidates for Limestone County judge, county commissioners (Precincts 2 and 4), and justice of the peace (Precinct 2) stepped into the spotlight Thursday night, Feb. 15, at Groesbeck’s Convention Center in hopes of winning votes in the upcoming Republican Primary.
“Meet the Candidates,” a political forum hosted by the Groesbck Chamber of Commerce, The Mexia News and Groesbeck Journal, saw about 100 citizens from throughout the county in attendance to participate in a conversation about the future of the county under leadership positions up for election March 6, with early voting starting Feb. 20.

Mon
19
Feb

Trooper’s widow, others visit with governor

By Alexandra Cannon
Special to The News
Kasey Allen has been working hard to improve safety for law enforcement agencies statewide since her husband, DPS Trooper Damon Allen, was killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 23, 2017. Kasey Allen, along with Mexia Police Chief Brian Bell, Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson and McLennan County’s Assistant District Attorney Brody Burks traveled Feb. 12 to the Governor’s Mansion for a meeting with Gov. Abbott to discuss making changes to legislation that could benefit law enforcement officers.
After Trooper Allen was killed, Kasey looked into the case and found that the man charged with her husband’s capital murder, Dabrett Black, had been indicted by a grand jury a month prior for aggravated assault against a public servant, and records show other instances in past years including evading arrest after hitting a police cruiser and another assault on a public servant.

Fri
16
Feb

City council to consider renting out armory

Mexia News Staff Report
Mexia city council plans to discuss the possibility of renting out the recently acquired armory and its grounds to people looking for a venue for their private events.
The council will consider that option at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20, and also make decisions about repealing the need for garage sale permits, increase other fees, adopt updated building codes and make other decisions concerning the quality of life in the city.
As for the armory, since the city purchased the building, some have suggested the city use it to complement the ballfields the city is planning to build nearby. In the meantime, renting it out will bring in needed funds.
In other action, the council plans to consider repealing the requirement for garage sale permits.

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
16
Feb

Commissioners opt to stay in clean-air committee

A summary of the Limestone County commissioners court meeting of Feb. 13
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Limestone County commissioners court has decided to remain active in a committee that monitors air quality as a way to avoid possible actions by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Commissioners addressed this and other issues at their Feb. 13 meeting, including tending to matters at the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison, and the sheriff’s office; taking steps to restore the courthouse and made many other decisions on financial matters, elections and the quality of life in the county.

Fri
16
Feb

Citizens get chance to ‘Meet the Candidates

hSpecial to The News
Candidates for Limestone County judge, county commissioners (Precinct 2 and 4), and justice of the peace (Precinct 2) stepped into the spotlight Thursday night at Groesbeck’s Convention Center in hopes of winning votes in the upcoming Republican Primary.
The public forum was hosted by the Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce, The Mexia News and Groesbeck Journal. About 50 citizens from throughout the county were in attendance to participate in a conversation about the future of the county under leadership positions up for election March 6, with early voting starting Feb. 20.
The forum was posted live on the Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page and is still available for viewing if you were unable to attend and would like to see how the event unfolded.

Fri
09
Feb

Parkview Regional earns 4-star rating

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Administrators of Parkview Regional Hospital, in Mexia, announced in January that the hospital is now rated four-star, which puts it in the top 40 percent of all hospitals in the United States. The rating was given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, or CMS.
Parkview CEO Bob Honeycutt attributes the improved rating to continual improvements the hospital has made over the past three years that resulted in a better experience for patients and improved communication among the caregivers and support staff.
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Edwina Henry concurs. She and Honeycutt spoke recently on the improved rating.
“We didn’t focus on any one particular thing,” she said. “We just focused on the patient’s and family’s experience and expanded from that, making sure that these initiatives were important to the patient. The one thing we worked on more than anything was communication.”

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