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Wed
19
Apr

Court hears March law enforcement stats

Mexia News Staff Report

The Limestone County Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, County Jail and Dispatch Department, reported its March statistics to commissioners court, as did the Juvenile Detention Center.
The commissioners court meeting took place April 11; and Chief Deputy Murray Agnew reported for the Law Enforcement Center as follows:
• There were 151 inmates in the jail that morning; 24 of whom were Freestone County males and nine Freestone females.
• Deputies traveled 3,400 miles taking inmates to Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities, which took 162 hours.
• The cost of that transport was $5,100.
• The Dispatch Center received 3,187 calls, of which 965 were 911 calls.

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Tue
18
Apr

Mexia Artsfest draws crowd

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia area artists of all kinds of media put their work on display Saturday in an art contest, part of the Mexia Artsfest – what is hoped by its organizers to be the first of many celebrations of the arts in Mexia.
The main feature of the event was an art contest with three age categories, plus a category for any age in which the artist was to express what they love about Mexia.
The entries were displayed on long tables inside the Mexia Civic Center, with plenty of room between, so people could walk up and down, admiring the artwork.
First-place winners in the four categories were as follows:

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Tue
18
Apr

County may seek more help from LCFA

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court plans to ask the Limestone County Fair Association to provide more help in the future in setting up the Fairgrounds for the annual county fair and cleaning up afterward.
The issue arose at the court’s April 11 meeting, when the court members had to deal with a high amount of overtime hours accumulated by Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners that he thought something needed to be done regarding the amount of work Ellis has been providing at no cost to the LCFA, which puts on the fair.

Fri
14
Apr

Sheriff’s Office dispatchers honored

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers were recognized at commissioners court for the service they provide in emergencies.
Four Dispatch Department employees – Sheila Shockley, Jessie Barton, Kit Waldrop and Sgt. William Barton – representing all the county tele-communicators, appeared at the court’s April 11 meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen read a proclamation the court issued making that week – April 9-15 – National Public Safety Tele-communications Week in Limestone County.
Some of the reasons the proclamation gave for the recognition included:

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Fri
14
Apr

Mexia school bus hits trailer near MPD

Mexia News Staff Report

A Mexia ISD school bus hit a trailer parked on Palestine Street causing a chain reaction of wrecked parked vehicles in Mexia Monday, but no one was injured.
The accident happened at 3:55 p.m. on April 10, in the 100 block of East Palestine, next to the Mexia Police Station.
A school district bus driver, Kimberly Cunningham, 54, had just dropped off a student on Railroad Street then turned east onto Palestine.
According to the police report, the 1998 International bus hit a legally parked tow trailer in the left rear, pushing both the trailer and a 1990 Chevrolet Silverado parked in front of the trailer into a 2016 Ford F150 pickup truck parked at the head of the line.

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Fri
14
Apr

Judge Burkeen arrested on DWI

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of driving while intoxicated.
Mart Police Chief Paul Cardenas verified that Burkeen was arrested April 12 by an officer who noticed Burkeen’s car muffler and exhaust pipe were dragging on the ground.
Cardenas was reluctant to give additional information about the incident, but several news sources, with access to the McLennan County Jail’s affidavit, reported that when the police officer stopped Burkeen about 2 p.m., the officer observed that his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. The officer then conducted a field sobriety test, which Burkeen failed.
Burkeen was arrested on suspicion of DWI and transported to the McLennan County Jail. A blood test there showed his blood alcohol level to be .112, which is over the .08 legal limit.

Wed
12
Apr

Mexia teens get to drive impaired – legally

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A program that uses a DUI simulator to show how difficult safe driving can be while impaired was used in a presentation to Mexia Hugh School students Tuesday, April 11.
The Watch UR BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) – pronounced “Watch Your Back” – program was created by the Texas Department of Transportation, whose officers process more than their fair share of fatality wrecks caused by people driving while drunk or on drugs, especially in the spring around prom and graduation time.
The DUI simulator uses vision-distorting goggles and a drivers seat and steering wheel coordinated with a video. Students sit in the drivers seat while wearing the goggles and attempt to maneuver a video-based driving course while wearing the goggles. They generally end up “crashing” or being stopped by a police officer or in other negative circumstances.

Wed
12
Apr

County moving to answer IRS doc request

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Little was said in open court at Limestone County commissioners court’s meeting Tuesday about the IRS request for documents as part of an audit of the financing of the jail. The matter was handled at an executive session, when commissioners planned to consult with the court’s attorney.
Other matters at the regular meeting concerned honoring the Sheriff’s Office dispatchers, hearing reports on the county-owned prison and fairgrounds; and other matters.
Regarding the IRS request, although County Judge Daniel Burkeen may not discuss what was discussed in executive session, he did summarize what the court did after returning to open session.
“The only action was to approve a power of attorney for our attorneys to talk to the IRS,” he said, “and an engagement letter with a tax lawyer.”

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Wed
12
Apr

Lake Mexia residents given volunteer evacuation notice

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Tue
11
Apr

Groesbeck truants found safe

Mexia News Staff Report

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