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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Mon
19
Jun

Commissioners vote 3-2 to move funds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When Limestone County commissioners court voted 3-2 at its June 13 meeting to move almost all the $300,000 from the Road and Bridge Contingencies Fund – also called the Priority Roads Fund – into the Road and Bridge Materials Fund, it was far from the usually unanimous votes that characterize the court’s decisions.
Of the total money available, $5,181 allocated to purchasing a pressure washer, and all the rest – $294,819 – went to the Road Material Fund.
Three of the commissioners, Pct. 1 John McCarver, Pct. 2 W.A. “Sonny” Baker, and Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest, voted to make the transfer, McCarver and Forrest arguing that they had seen significant decreases in road repair money the past few years and needed to get the funds back into Road and Bridge so they could use the money to make repairs before the fiscal year ends.

Fri
16
Jun

Moon brothers parole denied

Mexia News Staff Report

Parole has been denied again for Frank Moon and Vernon Moon, brothers who were convicted, along with a third man, Robert Wayne Spikes, of sexual assault of a 17-year-old Mexia girl in 1984.
Roy DeFriend, county attorney for Limestone County, reported the news on Wednesday, June 14.
“The Board of Pardons and Parole has once again denied parole for brothers Frank Moon and Vernon Moon,” DeFriend wrote in an email.
Vernon Moon’s current consideration of parole was denied May 2; and the next review date for his possible parole is scheduled for March 1, 2020.

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Wed
14
Jun

Mexia Rodeo promises double header of fun, entertainment

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Top, professional rodeo action will be on display next week at the 87th Annual Mexia Rodeo on Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24. This year’s event will be double the fun with two rodeos each day, one at 11 a.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m.
The three-day event, co-sponsored by the city of Mexia and the Mexia Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Mexia Rodeo Grounds, just off Tyler Street at Smith.
The gates open each morning at 10:30 a.m. for the day rodeo, which starts at 11 a.m. – and families and those on a budget will be pleased to learn has free admission. The concession stands will be open for the day rodeo, just as they will be in the evening.
“Those contestants can stay and compete again in the big night rodeo at 7:30 p.m.,” said Chamber President Linda Archibald. “That’s what the double header means.”

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