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Sat
23
Sep

Public to get hearing Tuesday on new budget

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A public hearing on the proposed budget for Limestone County’s Fiscal Year 2017-18 will take place Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. The hearing is expected to fall in the middle of the commissioners court meeting.
The court has held numerous budget work sessions over the past month with few or no last-minute changes. However, the commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. for one last budget work session.
After the public hearing closes, the court will vote on the new tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.
Commissioners will discuss whether or not to continue the burn ban put into order Sept. 22. The order, stated by County Judge Daniel Burkeen, “...finding that dry conditions have created dangerous conditions in Limestone County...outdoor burning is banned.”

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Sat
23
Sep

Enforcement may be costly

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor
A host of 19 agenda items were sorted through during the regular scheduled meeting of the Mexia City Council this past Tuesday. With relative ease, as each decision was considered before bring to a vote. The new budget was passed with the new Ad Valorem tax rate of $0.8132. However, two pertinent agenda items were taken into greater discussion concerning city taxpayers and the cosmetics of the city.
Council member Scott Condon requested discussion and possible action regarding vacant lots and buildings within the city. He said, “My concern is in 2017 we spent $22,000 mowing non-city owned lots and only collected $50. My question is if this is normal for us losing this much money mowing people’s lots and, if not, what steps can we go to recover some of this money?”

Sat
23
Sep

Limestone home school student experiences Cactus in a new way

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Emma Lewis, a 17-year-old home-schooled senior from Limestone County, traveled to the Texas panhandle town of Cactus on a one-week mission trip to help refugees who have settled there.
Emma spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about that trip, which she took in July, and her plans to return to Cactus to provide additional help.
Emma was part of a team of six adults and 12 high school-aged youth from an Oklahoma church.
Cactus covers only two square miles and has a population of about 4,000 people. English is just one of many languages spoken there.
The town represents nearly 20 different ethnicities and nationalities: Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and Brazil, among others.

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Wed
20
Sep

Lease out weighs benefits for LCSO

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
After initial disagreements between Limestone County commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office in this year’s budget talks on how many new patrol cars to buy – four or five – all parties appeared satisfied to learn of an offer for the county to lease eight new patrol vehicles for less than half the cost of what was formerly budgeted for four or five vehicles.
The offer was explained at commissioners court’s Sept. 12 meeting by Billy Hughes, with American National Leasing. The company, based in Wichita Falls, has been around for 40 years, and is affiliated with American National Bank & Trust. The company started a program leasing heavy machinery to cities 17 years ago, then expanded to leasing vehicles to sheriff’s offices about eight years ago.

Wed
20
Sep

VFW honors missing military with table ceremony

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s VFW Lancaster Post 4694 performed a POW-MIA table ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16, to honor and respect prisoners of war and those missing in action.
Since the Vietnam war, the custom of setting a single table to remember POWs and MIAs has become common, and Mexia’s VFW has one set virtually at all times.
While Post Commander Lamar Evans described the different parts of the ceremony, various VFW members, almost all from Mexia, brought forward those items to set on a small table.
The table was round, symbolizing the everlasting concern that those left behind have for the POW-MIA.
The chair was empty, symbolizing the fact that the beloved POW-MIA is not present.

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Wed
20
Sep

MISD tax ratification, Constitution Amendment election slated this fall

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Mon
18
Sep

City council to approve new budget tonight

The Mexia News Staff

Mon
18
Sep

Hospice supporters get inspiration to carry on

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Mexia’s Providence Hospice held its second annual Life’s Hope Luncheon to encourage hospice well-wishers to continue to support their mission of easing the situation of people facing their end of life.
The event took place at Joe Friday’s Party Room at the noon hour and featured inspirational speakers who told how hospice care influenced them, either when a loved one was preparing to die or as they worked with hospice patients directly.
Providence nurse Jacinda Allen set the tone for the day by reading a quote from Cecily Saunders, the founder of modern-day hospice:
“You matter because you are you,” she said of those about to die. “You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die. To live until death, not merely exist in pain and or isolation, but to live as fully as possible.”

Mon
18
Sep

New patrol vehicle lease deal to save county $115 K

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Summary of Limestone County commissioners court’s Sept. 12 meeting
Limestone County commissioners court has found a way to lease eight SUVs for the Sheriff’s Office at less than half of what they thought they would have to pay for five sedans.
That welcome news was realized at the court’s Sept. 12 meeting, when the court also left the burn ban off for now, approved receiving enhanced 911 services, and made other financial and personnel decisions for the county.
The presentation on leasing the SUVs was made by American National Leasing Company, which specializes in leasing to law enforcement groups. Consequently, the amount budgeted for vehicles at the Sheriff’s Office was reduced from $215,000 to $100,000.
On a different subject, the commissioners took no action to re-initiate a burn ban. Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton said he thought the county could go without a ban for another week.

Fri
15
Sep

Academic scholarships, blankets presented to Mexia students

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Mexia continued a cherished tradition Thursday when the Woman’s Friday Club presented academic scholarships and memorial blankets to the high school’s top students.
Many of the high school students had gathered in the auditorium to witness the presentation. School administrators and Club officers were on stage, along with representatives from the community.
Rick Sanders, vice president and branch manager of Citizens National Bank, announced the three scholarship winners, which were three May graduates.
Caitlin McGuffee won first place and a $7,000 scholarship. Alanni Conner won second place and a $6,000 scholarship. Ty’Zane Williams won third place and a $5,000 scholarship.

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