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Tue
12
Sep

Limestone County employees recognized for years of service

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners took time at their Aug. 29 meeting to recognize county employees who had reached certain milestones in their years of service.
About twice a year, the court honors employees who have achieved five, 10 and 20 years of service by inviting them to come to a commissioners court meeting and receive a certificate of appreciation.
“We like to recognize our employees that have been with us for a long time,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, “because their experience is valuable to us.
“We appreciate y’all,” he said to those at the meeting.

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Tue
12
Sep

Limestone County adopts donor policy for Fairgrounds

Mexia News Staff Report

As another improvement for the Limestone County Fairgrounds, commissioners court adopted a formal policy on how donations to the Fairgrounds will be recognized.
The policy was submitted by longtime Fairgrounds supporters Arnold and Penny Gray at the Aug. 29 meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the policy would specify the recognition donors receive and how long their name would remain on display.
“We’ve had a number of people donate to the Fairgrounds over the years, and we want to give them recognition for that,” Burkeen told the court, “but we haven’t really had a policy as far as how long they get recognition or what type of recognition they get.”
The policy specifies those other details.
Burkeen said he and Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis had both read the policy.

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Tue
12
Sep

Coolidge’s Jacobs family raises money for scholarship

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
It’s been three years since Coolidge Mayor Reagan Jacobs passed away, and his family hopes to keep his memory alive through a scholarship they work hard to fund each year.
Jacobs, originally from Palestine, had lived in Coolidge for 42 years before his passing and served on the Coolidge city council for the previous 21 years. He had just been elected mayor of Coolidge in May 2014, so when he died unexpectedly on June 7 of that year, many were devastated, especially, of course, his family.
They decided to establish a scholarship in his name and have held a fish fry as a fundraiser for the scholarship each September since then, right after his birthday, which was Sept. 7.
The family raises enough money each year, mainly from the fish fry, to fund three or four $500 scholarships. The family usually buys one prize to raffle to raise more money, with all the proceeds going to the scholarship.

Tue
12
Sep

LC payment practice remains despite AG ruling

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court was confronted with a decision after Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion concerning how counties make payments, which could have resulted in the twice-monthly commissioners court meetings becoming weekly events. After some discussion, however, and consultation with the county treasurer, the court’s members all agreed to continue proceeding as they have been.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen brought the matter to the commissioners’ attention at their Aug. 15 meeting, describing how a dispute in Montgomery County ended in their commissioners asking Attorney General Paxton to issue an opinion on the subject.

Sat
09
Sep

Tehuacana coffee shop sees its last day

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Tehuacana coffee shop Cup of Joe’s had its last business day Saturday, Sept. 2, with some of its faithful customers sitting around one of the tables, part commiserating with owner Bill Ferris, part congratulating him on a good run after three years.
Ferris said his decision to close down was mainly a matter of the time involved, since he had spent about seven hours a day there and didn’t make much of a profit – not that he expected to, he added.
Ferris will re-open the coffee shop one last time on Saturday, Sept. 9, starting at 7 p.m. for a final game of trivia, a semi-regular event there, for anyone who wants to come.
“We did trivia once a month,” Ferris said. “I had a friend from Lake Charles come in and he would always do it. We’ve had poetry, guitars and just all kinds of musical functions, saw a couple of movies.”

Sat
09
Sep

LC budget workshop slated Sept. 12

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have a full agenda for their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, starting with a donation for the County Fairgrounds. The court will also continue to flesh out budget details, make decisions for the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment Election, approve minor salary adjustments as well as agreements to hold overflow inmates from other counties and make other needful decisions.
As for the donation, the court will formally accept the funds from longtime Fairgrounds supporters Arnold and Penny Gray, which will mark the third significant donation to the facility in the past four weeks.
Also at the meeting, the commissioners will hold one more budget workshop as they try to finalize precise amounts to allocate for different budget lines before the final vote, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Sat
09
Sep

City budget public hearing Sept. 12

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
08
Sep

Local restaurant gets shut down

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Whataburger, located on Milam St. in Mexia, was shut down on Thursday, Sept. 7 after several attempts were made to deal with public complaints and the infestation of insects in and outside the building.
Employees of the local Whataburger declined comment and directed all inquiries to their corporate media relations.
Whataburger Corporate Communications replied, via email, with the following statement, ““Our Mexia restaurant was closed to conduct a thorough cleaning, but has since reopened for business following no violations on a recent inspection. We invite customers to join us for their next meal, and look forward to serving them.”
An initial, unannounced, health inspection was conducted on July 19 after Mexia city Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Glover received a complaint from a patron of the restaurant.

Wed
06
Sep

Cheer clinic gets youth squad prepped for home game

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Mexia High School cheerleaders started more than four dozen little Mexia girls on the way to becoming Blackcat cheerleaders when they held a cheer clinic at the high school gym Saturday.
Fifty girls attended, from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. They were divided into three groups by grade: pre-k through kindergarten, first through second grades, and third through fifth grades, with each group being led by several varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders.
The teens taught the young girls the different cheers and showed them how to perform them.
The clinic ran from 9 a.m. to noon, with a snack break. The culmination of the morning was a performance for the young ones’ parents at 11:30 in the gym.

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Wed
06
Sep

County sets date for final vote on tax rate, budget

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

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