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Fri
04
Aug

Emergency burn ban expected to continue

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is expected to approve the emergency burn ban that County Judge Daniel Burkeen placed on the county on Friday afternoon, July 28.
The court will consider taking action on the ban at its upcoming meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8. Also at the meeting, the court will receive the certified appraisal values and calculated tax rate for 2017, accept a donation toward a bullet-proof vest and work out details for the Indigent Health program for the upcoming fiscal year.

Wed
02
Aug

Fairgrounds improvements slowly moving forward

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Plans for installing additional horse stalls in the show barn of the Limestone County Fairgrounds are moving slowly, but moving forward. Also, a committee whose goal is to find ways to improve the Fairgrounds is proceeding with plans to add two dressing rooms at the show barn.
County commissioners heard an update on the horse stall project at their July 25 meeting from Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis.
Ellis said he had found a good price on some horse stalls from a company called Saratoga Stalls, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The company was offering up to 20 lightly used portable horse stalls, located in Houston, for $900 a set. The total price would be $18,000 plus about $1,000 for freight.
“The best price we had so far was between $1,300 and $1,500 a stall,” Ellis told the court.

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
02
Aug

Political correctness: The great disease in this century

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Some doctoral theses elicit a yawn and collect dust, but the thesis Andy Hopkins is working on may elicit sparks among those who value politically correctness.
Hopkins is the son of Gwen Bartsch, who has a home at Lake Mexia and is an active member of the Mexia Lions Club. He spent 21 years in the Army, specializing as a Korean linguist, cryptographer and military intelligence officer. Now retired from the Army, Hopkins works at Waco’s L3 Technologies, which provides security for military and commercial customers around the world. Hopkins already had an MBA and decided to pursue a doctorate. His thesis is on political correctness and its corrosive effects on people’s lives, freedom and national security.
The United States has a history of embracing free speech, he noted, but as political correctness has grown in strength, free speech has suffered, and Americans now have to be fearful of what they say, write and think.

Mon
31
Jul

Katy Callis aids in finding missing elderly woman

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

An elderly Daingerfield woman, Setsuko Lee, went missing on July 18 only to be located with the help of administrative assistant Katy Callis of the Department of Public Safety office in Groesbeck.
Setsuko Lee, a septuagenarian, had been living her life independently, in Daingerfield, about 135 miles east of Dallas. She resides with her adult son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, and another renter in the same home. Lee’s son is her only family relative, but she has developed, over the years, a network of friends who deeply care about her.
Lee offers rides to people when they needed them. So, when a friend of hers asked for a ride to Dallas Love Field Airport, a 142 mile trip one way, it was not unusual and did not trigger any worries with her friends.

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
31
Jul

Rain showers put off county burn ban

Summary of Limestone County commissioners court’s July 25 meeting
Limestone County commissioners did not after all consider, at their July 25 meeting, re-initiating a burn ban because significant rain fell the day before the meeting.
The court also made other administrative decisions, such as arranging backup of voter registrations and adding a Dumpster to a county park; made financial decisions, such as choosing an employee health plan and determining the winners of annual bids; and made law enforcement decisions, such as approving MHMR’s evaluating jail inmates, and the hiring of five new jailers and giving raises to two others.
As for discussion on a burn ban, the court continually checks the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which the previous week had been rising, indicating increasingly dry conditions. The rain of Monday, July 24, however, was expected to bring the numbers down again, meaning no burn ban was necessary.

Mon
31
Jul

Street repairs, landfill complaints hot topics at City council meeting

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
28
Jul

New area of Lake Limestone eroding near county road

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners learned of a new section of LCR 750A, which runs very close to Lake Limestone, that is being threatened by water erosion.
Resident Don Middleton, who lives near the lake, appeared at commissioners court at its July 11 meeting, requesting that the county do something to repair the erosion.
Middleton said that Road Administrator Jerry Herin was already working on the problem, as was Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver, but he wanted the court to know of the situation.
With the help of IT Director Sean Richardson, Middleton pointed out the affected area on a satellite map projected on the television screen in the courtroom so the court members could know exactly where the problem was.

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
28
Jul

$1M extra funds on line in proposed MISD election

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia Independent School District has a chance to use a technique that would allow it to generate an extra $1 million a year – every year – from state funds if voters approve the move.
The school district considers this step so important it would hold a special election on Oct. 14 rather than running the proposal in the November election. The only problem Superintendent Dr. Lyle DuBuse and Executive Director of Finance and Business Dr. Brian Ziemer see is that the numbers are confusing, so they are trying to explain how the process works so voters can understand it and hopefully pass the proposal.

Wed
26
Jul

District AgriLife Manager commends LC agents

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
AgriLife District Extension Administrator Donald Kelm commended Limestone County AgriLife agents David Groschke and Gabrielle Washington to Limestone commissioners at their July 11 meeting, listing the duo’s many activities over the past year.
Kelm said part of the reason for his annual visit was to let the court know how much he appreciates the members’ support for the agents’ work in the county.
“If it wasn’t for that support, we wouldn’t be able to have the Extension program we do in the county,” said Kelm, whose District 8 includes 21 counties, including Limestone.
Besides speaking about the agents, Kelm told the judge and commissioners about a new program the Extension Service is starting called Path to the Plate, which is a curriculum intended to counter negative stories about agricultural production.

Wed
26
Jul

Cindy Walker tribute concert wows crowd

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Cindy Walker tribute concert this past weekend was everything it was intended to be – and then some – and organizers say they hope to produce a similar tribute concert to the Mexia songwriter annually from now on.
Turnout was heavy, as expected, as fans of the popular songwriter, including many who knew her personally, packed the Mexia Civic Center Saturday night, July 22.
KWTX-TV’s news anchor Gordon Collier was an easy-going, friendly emcee, speaking to the crowd as if he knew them personally and making jokes on himself as he introduced the various acts. He also introduced local dignitaries and read the Mexia proclamation making July 20, which was Walker’s birthday, to be Cindy Walker Day in Mexia in perpetuity.

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