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Fri
27
Jan

Sheriff - The voice to those who have no voice

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A Texas jail inmate by definition already has problems, but if that person also has mental health issues, the other problems are compounded, in part because Texas has not yet developed a quick way to help inmates with mental health problems get help for their condition.
Those inmates do, however, have an advocate who is traveling around Texas trying to raise awareness of this serious problem: Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson.
Wilson has spoken at countless venues across the state, but recently spoke both to the Mexia Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mexia on the plight of Texas inmates with mental health conditions.
“Mental health has become my passion,” Wilson said, “and it will be the pony I ride off into the sunset on because I will never quit trying to be the voice for those who often have no voice that suffer from mental health illness.”

Wed
25
Jan

County prison population continues to run low

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The inmate population at the Limestone County Detention Center remains very low, but County Judge Daniel Burkeen is confident the number housed in the county-owned private prison will rise.
That subject came up during the commissioners court’s Jan. 24 meeting, when the court also dealt with routine LCDC issues, refrained from initiating a burn ban, appointed or re-appointed board members to Emergency Services District No. 2, and made other minor decisions.
As for the LCDC, Warden Charles Vondra told the court there were only eight inmates in the county-owned prison that morning. There are currently 254 inmate beds available.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
25
Jan

Home, Sweet Home

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When the popular, Waco-based TV show Fixer Upper filmed an episode in Mexia last September, the identity of the homeowners was shrouded in secrecy to ensure maximum suspense. The show featuring the Mexia home finally aired on HGTV on Tuesday night, Jan. 24, however, to the delight of many in this town, perhaps none more so than the owners themselves, Kelvin and Culetta Beachum.
After show hosts and house renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines showed the Beachums three possibilities, the couple chose a home on U.S. 84 several miles west of the city, a four-bedroom brick house with maroon trim and a huge yard in front and back.
With a total budget of $160,000, the purchase price of $130,000 left $30,000 for renovations. While that is not an insignificant amount, spreading the $30,000 to the entire home and yard meant only some cosmetic changes could be made.

Mon
23
Jan

4-H homeschooler surprised with award at court

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When 4-H student Emma Lewis, 17, accompanied her fellow homeschoolers to Limestone County commissioners court on Jan. 10, she thought the group was on a field trip. They were on a field trip, but she did not know the focus of the morning was not to be the workings of a court but on awarding her the 4-H Gold Star Award.
Shortly after the meeting began, County Judge Daniel Burkeen called the award winner to come to the front.
“Emma is one of our 4-H students in our homeschool group, the Limestone Leaders,” Burkeen told those attending the meeting, after announcing Emma’s award.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
23
Jan

MSSLC does laundry for five state facilities

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
After 15 years of working at the Mexia State Supported Living Center’s laundry, Scott Moore has concluded that he was destined for it, or maybe it for him.
Born and raised in Mexia, Moore applied to work at the MSSLC in 2002, attracted by the retirement benefits. He thought he was getting his foot in the door and – though doing the laundry might be considered a humble job – he figured he could later move to a
different department.
Back then, the Laundry Department was set up almost like a Laundromat, he said, and handled only the laundry of what at that time was the Mexia State School.
“That first week, I thought I was going to die!” he said, speaking to the Rotary Club of Mexia about his experiences at MSSLC. “I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into.”

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
23
Jan

Limestone deputies stop assault suspect after chase

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A man fleeing law enforcement after an alleged assault in Crockett was apprehended at a traffic stop with help from Limestone County deputies Friday.
The suspect, identified as Fredrick Scott Jr., 26, of Crockett, is accused of assaulting and severely injuring a 64-year-old man who is a family member, in a home in the 200 block of Darius Street in Crockett then fleeing in a 2002 black Ford Taurus.
Crockett Police Department put out an all-points bulletin on the vehicle and suspect, and Houston County put the Crockett schools on lockdown until the suspect was located since the incident happened near the schools.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
23
Jan

Stolen Waco car found in Limestone creek

Mexia News Staff Report

A hunter using a drone found a car upside down in a creek on LCR 150 in Limestone County Saturday.
Limestone County Dennis Wilson said the vehicle, a silver 2014 Dodge Dart four-door sedan, had been reported stolen by the Lacy Lakeview Police Department.
“He saw it when he was flying his drone over the area, I guess where his lease is,” Wilson said of the hunter.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
20
Jan

Court to name ESD board members

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are expected to make appointments or re-appointments to Emergency Services District No. 1 next week, after doing the same for ESD No. 2 at the court’s Jan. 10 meeting.
Commissioners court meets on Tuesday, Jan. 24, with a short agenda that also includes renewing an agreement with the county’s Senior Service Project, accepting a donation for the county’s K9 officer and agreeing to allow the city of Groesbeck to use its wood chipper.
Regarding the ESD appointments, the county has only the two emergency services districts, which cover most of the southern half of the county. ESDs are political subdivisions of the state that support emergency services in the districts they cover by imposing a tax on residents there, then using the money collected to fund emergency services in that district.

Fri
20
Jan

Trout clinic may spark youth fishing interest

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An opportunity for Limestone County youth to learn about fishing and enjoy the great outdoors is coming next weekend, Jan. 28-29, to Fort Parker State Park.
The 26th Annual Youth Trout Fishing Clinic, hosted jointly by the Park and the Mexia Bass Club, will take place at Springfield Lake, inside the park. Children 12 and under are free; the $4 park entrance fee only applies to anyone 13 and older.
Volunteer park rangers and Bass Club members will be on hand to show the children how to tie knots, bait hooks, cast fishing lines and catch fish. All equipment and bait will be provided for use at no charge.

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
20
Jan

DAR compliments county for flag use

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis was complimented in commissioners court for his correct use and display of the U.S. flag.
The Daughters of the American Revolution wrote County Judge Daniel Burkeen, commending the county on its handling of the flag, and Burkeen in turn credited Callis since that is one of his many responsibilities.
“With the current scrutiny of the traditions and symbols of our nation, our Association is very pleased to commend your office on the proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of the flag of the United States of America,” Burkeen read from the letter at the Jan. 10 meeting.

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.

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