News

Wed
22
Feb

Show barn price cut for youth horse show

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An organization putting on a multi-county horse show in April asked for and received a reduction in price for renting the show barn at the Limestone County fairgrounds for the event.
Annette McCloskey, who teaches horsemanship to youth in Limestone County, asked the commissioners at their Feb. 14 meeting to consider waiving or reducing the price of using the show barn at the event, planned for April 22-23.
She told the court that for the past four years she has been teaching Limestone County youth how to prepare to compete in the county fairs’ horse shows. She started a horse project group that meets weekly, and that group has grown to include 20 youth from Limestone County as well as additional youth from other nearby counties.

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Wed
22
Feb

LC, Mexia economy up by 2.04 percent

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
22
Feb

MISD board reassigns AD/coach Chambers

By Harry S. Darby
Publisher

The Mexia Blackcats will have a new head football coach on the sidelines for the 2017 season.
The Board of Trustees of the Mexia Independent School District took the action Monday night at their regularly scheduled meeting. As of Feb. 22, Coach George “Lamont” Chambers has been reassigned to other duties within the school district.
“After discussions with the board, it was determined that we wanted to go in another direction with our athletic department,” said Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Lyle DuBus. “And Coach Chambers has been reassigned.” 

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Mon
20
Feb

Watching a hard life become a good life – Part 3

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Mon
20
Feb

Court says tax rate cap decrease bad for county

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
After Limestone County commissioners court passed a resolution at their Feb. 14 meeting against proposed Senate Bill 2, the members of the court explained more about why they oppose it.
SB 2 would cap tax rate increases at 4 percent, as opposed to the current 8 percent, unless an election on the proposed rate increase were held.
State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, of District 7, in Harris County, had some success in the 2015 legislative session in putting restrictions on tax increases but a bill similar to the current SB 2 was defeated. According to Bettencourt’s website, however, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Bettencourt to serve as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief, and his ideas have resulted in proposed SB 2, titled the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017.

Fri
17
Feb

Watching a hard life become a good life – Part 2

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

In the previous issue, we read of Lewis High’s start in life, born in Freestone County, Texas, along with his twin sister, Louise, in 1932, to sharecroppers Joe Willie and Annie Matilda (Franklin) High. The family lived on a succession of farms of landowners, some good and fair, others, like a Mr. Black, who took advantage of Joe High. Black tried to intimidate Joe High into giving him his government subsidy check, but when the sharecropper refused to be cowed, Black told Joe High he would have to find his own barn in which to put his share of the crops, which, of course, he did not have.

Fri
17
Feb

Sheriff’s Office scores one more bullet-proof vest

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Another Limestone County Sheriff’s Deputy will be protected from gunfire, thanks to Point Enterprise’s Good Will Club, which donated $600, the cost of a bullet-proof vest, to the county for that purpose.
Limestone County commissioners accepted the donation at their Feb. 14 meeting and took care of other Sheriff’s Office matters, including approving several routine raises, approving new hires, and hearing the January statistics, both for the Sheriff’s Office and the Juvenile Detention Center.
When Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported to commissioners court last year that he did not have enough bullet-proof vests for all his deputies, members of several groups in the county started pooling their money to buy some of the protective gear.

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Fri
17
Feb

Mexia EDC awarded $1.2M grant

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.2 million grant to the Mexia Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) of Limestone County to make critical roadway infrastructure improvements needed to boost capacity at the Mexia Industrial Park and open additional land to development. According to grantee estimates, the project will help to retain more than 100 jobs.
“The Economic Development Administration works with communities across the nation to improve their infrastructure in support of business development,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs Tom Guevara. “This EDA investment will allow established businesses – including manufacturers - to grow and will help attract new businesses to the region.”

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Thu
16
Feb

Watching a hard life become a good life – Part 1

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The home of 84-year-old Lewis High Sr., of Mexia, is pretty quiet these days, but memories of long ago come back to him.
Lewis and his twin sister, Louise, were born in September 1932 to Joe Willy High and his wife, Annie Matillie (Franklin) High, in a rural area of Freestone County. Joe High was a sharecropper, and that was a difficult life, renting land to farm in exchange for a share of the crops produced. Lewis and Louise had six brothers and one sister. The boys tended the hogs and cows, and brought in wood for the fireplace and stove.
“We had to do that before we came in to eat,” Lewis said. “Those were our chores. Everybody knew what they had to do, and they done it. It wasn’t like, ‘Mommy I don’t want to do it,’ or ‘Daddy, I don’t want to do it’ – you done it.”

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Thu
16
Feb

County restates opposition to state tax rate caps

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners passed a resolution opposing a bill being considered by the Texas Legislature in the current session that would reduce tax rate increase caps without voter approval from the current 8 percent to 4 percent.
The court voted on the resolution at its Feb. 14 meeting and also addressed issues concerning the fairgrounds, law enforcement, the Road and Bridge Department and elections.
The bill lowering tax rate increases is Senate Bill 2, and the court passed opposition to the idea in general in the fall but now that there is a specific bill, Limestone commissioners court focused its opposition on that bill.

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