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Wed
28
Jun

Drivers may avoid jail, tow on overdue fines

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Drivers with unpaid fines who are pulled over by a law enforcement officer in Limestone County will no longer automatically go to jail but will be able to pay their overdue fines on the side of the road with a credit card.
County commissioners approved implementing this system at their June 27 meeting and also voted to adjust the county’s drug and alcohol policy and purchase a new tractor with a boom cutter; and made other minor decisions regarding personnel and budget.
As for the new system of being able to avoid jail by paying overdue fines when pulled over, the system is expected to be implemented in the next few months.

Tue
27
Jun

Local attorney to read Declaration of Independence at Courthouse

Mexia News Staff Report

Groesbeck attorney and Municipal Judge Michelle Latray will read the Declaration of Independence at the Limestone County Courthouse next Friday, June 30, as part of a patriotic project to take place in every Texas county.
Members of the Cen-Tex Bar Association honor America each year by reading the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Limestone County Courthouse. This year, however, in addition to Limestone County, members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association will branch out to surrounding counties and hold readings across the state as well.
The reading is part of an effort by the Association to organize readings in all 254 Texas counties this year.
The Limestone County event happens at 9 a.m., when Latray will appear inside the foyer of the Limestone County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend as a show of support for the nation, with Independence Day coming so soon afterward.

Tue
27
Jun

Mexia Lions Club car show to brighten downtown streets

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors of all makes, models and colors will line the streets of downtown Mexia on Tuesday, July 4, as the Mexia Lions Club holds its annual Red, White and Blue Car Show.
Admission is free for those wanting to simply admire the vehicles, which will, no doubt, be cleaned and shined for the competition.
There is still time also for those who own a vehicle they are especially proud of to enter it in the show. Registration costs $20 per car through July 3; then $25 on the day of the show. Contact Bill Matthews at 254-625-2546 or by email at matth65@nctv.com to register.

Tue
27
Jun

County historians accept state award

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County Historical Commission members accepted a certificate from county commissioners, representing the Distinguished Service Award they had received from the State Historical Commission for their work last year.
Present at commissioners court’s June 13 meeting for the award presentation were County Commission President William Reagan and members Bruce Jordan, Linda Jordan, Joe Phillips and Donald “Bubba” McDonald.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen expressed appreciation on behalf of the court for the work the members had done that had resulted in the 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.

Fri
23
Jun

People with overdue fines may see reprieve

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
People with warrants for their arrest because of unpaid fines in Limestone County may have relief on the way. County commissioners anticipate hearing at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, June 27, a presentation from a company called TxTECSIQ, which is requesting a contract agreement with the county to work to keep people with fines out of jail.
Besides hearing that presentation, the court will likely expand its Drug and Alcohol Testing policy; and approve the purchase of a special brush cutter and the hiring of a new investigator.
Regarding the possible deal to help people resolve their arrest warrants for fines, County Judge Daniel Burkeen said Thursday that he does not know all the details except that the service would be free to the county.
“It’s not supposed to cost us anything,” Burkeen said, “[and] could save us money if we don’t have to lock those people up.”

Fri
23
Jun

County shows steady sales tax for the month of April

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Cities and counties across the state will see another check from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hagar. Taxing districts will see a total of $640 million in local sales tax collections for June, a 3.6 percent increase from June 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly.
“The cities of Round Rock, Frisco, San Antonio, Midland and Odessa saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “The cities of Houston and Austin saw small decreases.”
Limestone County, for the month, saw a 6.937 percent decrease from this time last year while maintaining total sales tax year-to-date at $1,707,448.05, just .326 percent less from total figures this time last year.
Freestone County saw a better month with an increase of 1.77 percent, but still in the negative year-to-date of 4.32 percent from this time last year. YTD Freestone County earned $1,193,527.36.

Fri
23
Jun

Out-of-town landowners donate for bullet-proof vest

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A couple in Mexico, Jimmy and Christine White, who own land in Groesbeck, have contributed toward making life safer in Limestone County by making a donation to buy a bullet-proof vest for a county deputy.
Sheriff’s Office Patrol Capt. Lee Cox brought to commissioners court’s June 13 meeting a $600 check the Whites had contributed to the Sheriff’s Office so the commissioners could accept it for the record, which is required of all monetary donations.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson expressed his pleasure and gratitude for the donation.
“Thank you very much; we appreciate that,” he said. “We always appreciate the support from the public.”

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.

Wed
21
Jun

LCDC prison to empty – for now

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
LaSalle Corrections, the company that operates the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison, is moving the inmates and staff from the facility to other prisons they operate for the foreseeable future.
Rumors about the change swirled Tuesday, after some LaSalle staff members were notified of the change, but LaSalle itself refused comment when contacted.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said Tuesday that the prison is not closing down.
“They just don’t have a population right now, so they’re trying to wind down expenses until a population comes along,” he said. “They’re waiting on the federal government, their budget and all that process. They’re trying to use the staff somewhere else, some over in Waco and other places. LaSalle has to just save costs here until they get a better population.”

Wed
21
Jun

New finance director gives MISD an A-plus

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia Independent School District got a new executive director of business and finance this past school year, and after checking the state of the district’s finances, he has pronounced the Mexia school district financially “as solid as a rock.”
In fact, Dr. Brian Ziemer says, if anyone hears otherwise, they should talk to him.
Ziemer started his position at Mexia ISD in December 2016, having most recently been Chief Financial Officer for Santa Fe Community College, in New Mexico, and also serving as a consultant and lecturer for Texas A&M University. He has 27 years experience as a CPA and a certified secondary teacher in Texas.

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.

Mon
19
Jun

Bistone WSD H2O project nearly complete

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Bistone Water Supply District is about to complete a huge project that included replacing one of its major water tanks and making other significant upgrades, including installing smart water meters for all its customers.
Installing the meters is the final phase of the project and began May 1. As of June 15, about 50 percent of the meters had been installed, with 90 percent of them projected to be installed by the end of June.
Brent Locke, who has been general manager of Bistone for 26 years, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club on the project, focusing on the smart meters; but he also talked about how the project began.

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.

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