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Fri
05
May

County agenda brief

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office is looking to get another donation to cover the cost of a bullet-proof vest at Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting.
The commissioners appear to be headed to another short session at the May 9 meeting with only three items on the agenda apart from the standing items.
The $600 donation for the tactical gear is reported to be coming from a company called Insurance Plus, located in Groesbeck.
In other business, the court will consider and most likely approve an interlocal agreement with McLennan County.
Also at the meeting, the court is being asked to approve a budget transfer for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Sherri LeNoir.

Fri
05
May

Henson’s reflection of accident one-year ago

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
March 22 was the one-year anniversary of Chris Henson’s run-in with an 18-wheeler – a match he could have lost permanently. On that morning, in 2016, in his role as Groesbeck Police Chief, he was directing traffic at the intersection of Ellis and Yeagua, which is State Hwy. 14 at State Hwy. 164. Just after 8 a.m., when school traffic was still heavy, he waved a semi on through the intersection, turned his back, and the next thing he remembers is staring up at the ceiling of an EMS unit.
What he never saw was the 18-wheeler making a tight turn, slashing Henson’s head by his right eyebrow as it knocked him to the ground, dislocating his right shoulder, running over the lower half of his body, breaking his left ankle and the three middle fingers of his left hand, tearing tendons from bones, fracturing his pelvis and crushing him internally.

Wed
03
May

Civil War veteran gets headstone dedicated

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
It’s been 97 years, but a Civil War veteran who died in Limestone County got his headstone dedicated this past weekend. Angus Vernon Jones’ great-great-grandson, Thomas Jones, who now lives in Georgetown, arranged for the dedication with his family members, and also with help from the Austin branch of Sons of Confederate Veterans, of which Thomas Jones is now a member.
The ceremony took place Saturday, April 29, at Faulkenberry Cemetery, in Groesbeck. Several members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Major George W. Littlefield Camp 59 of Austin, helped put on the ceremony. The event began with unveiling the headstone, after which a chaplain gave an invocation. Thomas Jones then told how his ancestor came to fight in the Civil War. To complete the ceremony, a cannon was fired three times; and finally, those assembled sang a verse and chorus of “Dixie.” They then shared a fried chicken lunch in the cemetery’s gazebo.

Wed
03
May

Early voting sees trickle in voters

Mexia Staffs Staff Report

Mon
01
May

Former Mexia coach honored at Schreiner reunion

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
01
May

County receives HOTCOG award

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have been notified that the county’s active participation in the Efficient Towns and Counties Regional Co-op Plan that ran from 2011-14 led to the Heart of Texas Council of Governments and its member entities receiving the National Association of Development Organizations’ 2015 Innovation Award.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen read at commissioners court’s April 25 meeting a letter from HOTCOG Executive Director Russell Devorsky congratulating the county on its part in the grant program.
“Without your support and help of fifty-seven other entities in our HOTCOG region this award would not have happened,” Devorsky wrote in the letter, dated April 7.

Fri
28
Apr

Multi-county horse show makes it’s mark

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The area’s first multi-county horse show was held in Limestone County over the weekend, and although participation was not as high as organizers had hoped, they anticipate that the show will grow over time and are already planning next year’s event.
Annette McCloskey, who teaches youth horse riding in Limestone County, planned the show with the help of her business partner, John Joyner, of El Paso, after she realized that there were few or no venues in which youth could compete in horse skills in Limestone and five other nearby counties.
Mainly Limestone County youth took part in this year’s show and one youth from Robertson County. Entries from Navarro County had registered but called to cancel the day before the show.

Fri
28
Apr

Judge reconfirms support for Fair Association

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen clarified his comments from the April 11 commissioners court meeting, reconfirming the county’s support for the county fair and the Fair Association.
His clarification came at the April 25 commissioners court meeting, when the court also learned of several errors in invoices it was about to pay; confirmed the county employees’ retirement benefits plan; approved routine raises and a budget transfer; and were advised of two county inmates who had to be hospitalized and guarded in hospital, racking up significant expenses for the county.
In speaking of his previous statements, Burkeen told the court he wanted to clarify his comments on Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis’ overtime hours, which had run high as he prepared for the fair, requiring a budget transfer; and also clarify his comments on the Limestone County Fair Association.

Fri
28
Apr

LC takes slight dip in sales

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
26
Apr

McCarver asks for, gets Burkeen apology

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver used the commissioners court’s April 25 meeting to tell County Judge Daniel Burkeen he needed to apologize to the commissioners court for Burkeen’s April 12 DWI arrest in Mart. Another resident told Burkeen he should resign.
McCarver’s request for the apology came during the public comments section at the end of the meeting, which had included action items on three routine raises, confirmation of employee retirement benefits and a budget adjustment.
As for the DWI arrest, Burkeen had apologized on two Waco television stations and in both Limestone County newspapers immediately after the incident, admitting his mistake and taking responsibility for it. He attributed a high blood alcohol content reading to mixing a decongestant with a home remedy that included whiskey. McCarver said at Tuesday’s meeting that the court needed its own apology.

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