News

Tue
05
Jun

Changes coming in how law enforcement deals with mental-health issues

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, who serves on several state boards on mental health, gave county commissioners a preview at the court’s May 22 meeting on what changes in the treatment of mental health in Texas will mean to the county.
He focused on Senate Bill 292, which is intended to prevent recidivism caused by mental health issues.
SB 292 will provide money to jails for diversion projects, Wilson said, in part by funding workers through the LMHA, or Local Mental Health Authority in Waco, which has more access to the inmates.
“The mental health issues across the state are huge,” Wilson told the court. “We’ve been battling them for several years down in Austin; we continue to battle them.”

Tue
05
Jun

To protect – not control – and serve

Mexia animal-related ordinances to have new focus
By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Mexia Police Chief Brian Bell is working on overhauling the city’s ordinances concerning animals, changing the focus from controlling animals to protecting them; and also making changes to ensure the ordinances conform to state and federal laws, and raising the fees.
Bell most recently presented his proposed changes to City Council at its May 15 meeting, following up on a presentation at the council’s March 20 meeting, but he has been working on the project since at least December 2017.
The proposed ordinances concerning animals are 48 pages long, and interested parties may get a copy online on the city’s website (cityofmexia.com). Those who require access to a hard copy may visit City Hall and ask for Dee Lindvay, or go to the Police Department’s Dispatch Office.

Fri
01
Jun

Duncan sworn in as Limestone County judge

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Former Mexia Mayor Richard Duncan took the oath of office and became the new Limestone County judge on Friday, June 1, with county commissioners, county employees, family members, local and area dignitaries, supporters and other well-wishers on hand.
The ceremony took place in the county courtroom of the courthouse in Groesbeck after commissioners court held a brief meeting to appoint Duncan as county judge. In that meeting, outgoing County Judge Daniel Burkeen expressed best wishes to Duncan and encouraged county department heads to support Duncan and show him the same courtesies and cooperation they had shown him.
Precinct 1 Commissioner John McCarver welcomed Duncan to the county judge position.

Fri
01
Jun

The News will come to you on Wednesdays now

The Mexia News is reworking its publication schedule to better serve you, our readers.
The Tuesday paper, which has been printed on Monday afternoons, will change to a Wednesday publication, beginning the first week of June.
Among the benefits this change offers is giving our reporters more time to gather news that happened over the weekend. We’ll be able to get that to you in a more timely manner.
It will also give our customers more time to get their mid-week ads into the paper. The display advertising deadline for the mid-week paper will be 10 a.m. Monday instead of 2 p.m. Friday.
Deadline for obituaries and classified line ads will move to 3 p.m. Monday for the mid-week paper.
The mid-week newspaper will be delivered via carrier to homes and stores on Tuesday evenings and will be in mailboxes Wednesday.

Fri
01
Jun

City water crew hits gas line; all clear

Mexia News Staff Report
A city work crew hit a natural gas line while working on a water line Tuesday morning in a grassy field on the south side of the Milam overpass near the intersection of West Carthage and North Belknap.
“Some people in the area may be able to smell the natural-gas odor,” said Mexia City Manager Eric Garretty. “Atmos (Energy, gas company) is monitoring the air, but it’s a relatively small leak. There isn’t any danger.”
City workers and Atmos workers worked together to fix the leak that occurred about 10:30 a.m. when city workers struck the line.
Following safety precautions, the Atmos workers dug a hole a distance from the break and used a special clamp to stop the flow of gas.

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
01
Jun

Fugitive found

Man escapes Groesbeck police; arrested in Temple
By Alexandra Cannon
Special to The Mexia News
A Groesbeck man is in Bell County Jail after escaping custody of local law enforcement and spending two days on the run.
Groesbeck police officers Daniel Pantalici and David Alvarado were on patrol Monday morning, May 28, when they observed Tristan Neason, 31, walking on the 200 block of West Yeagua Street, Groesbeck Police Chief, Chris Henson said. The officers were aware Neason had two outstanding arrest warrants and attempted to make contact with him, but Neason fled and Pantalici pursued on foot.

Fri
01
Jun

‘Fake’ news: Authorities arrest, charge group of men with passing counterfeit $100 bills

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Mexia Police Department officers were busy at the end of May, arresting four men allegedly passing counterfeit $100 bills; arresting a man causing a disturbance who unlawfully possessed controlled substances and a gun; and investigating the theft of three large mowers from an auction house.

Tue
29
May

Wortham graduates 41 students

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
With Pomp and Circumstance, the 41 members of the Wortham High School Class of 2018 received their diplomas at the graduation ceremony at the Wortham gym Saturday morning.
In addition, scholarship winners were announced and scholarships handed out before the awarding of diplomas.
The 41 seniors walked in one by one as “Pomp and Circumstance” played throughout the gym, which was filled to capacity with many sitting in seats on the floor and the rest of the crowd filling the stands. Some stood against the side walls of the gym.
The procession saw seniors, all carrying bouquets of blue roses, walk down one aisle and up the next among the nearly 300 people seated on the floor.

Tue
29
May

Commissioners to increase maintenance staff

By RoxanneThompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Limestone County commissioners agreed to add a full-time employee to the Maintenance Department after Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis made an extended presentation concerning the amount of work needed to maintain the courthouse and other county facilities.
The court dealt with this matter at its May 22 meeting and also set a date and time to swear in the new county judge, heard an update on the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison; heard about upcoming state changes in dealing with mental health issues and took care of other routine business for the county.

Tue
29
May

City council hears update on food truck requirements

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Because of the increase in the popularity and number of food trucks, Mexia city council heard a presentation on the city’s regulatory requirements for mobile retail vendors, so they could consider whether to add more restrictions on food trucks operating inside the city.
Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Glover addressed the council on this subject at the city’s May 15 meeting, and City Manager Eric Garretty told council members that the city could, if it so chooses, enact additional restrictions on the mobile food vendors.
Garretty indicated that his main concern was whether the businesses are both collecting the sales tax and also paying that tax to the state so the city is accurately credited with it. The city receives a monthly refund of a certain amount of the sales tax collected, so its accurate reporting is important to the city.

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