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Fri
11
Nov

Veterans Service Office gives County vets a hand

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

When veterans in Limestone County need assistance from the Veterans Administration, there is someone who stands ready to help them: Veterans Service Officer Don Beene.

Every Texas county is required to have a Veterans Service Officer to ensure veterans have help interacting with the VA. Beene, who has been on the job over three years, may often be found in his office in the Mexia Courthouse Annex, 205 S. McKinney, next to the Mexia Fire Station. His scheduled days to work are Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m to noon, and 1-4 p.m. His office phone number is 254-562-6288.

Beene’s dedication to his job is such that he is willing to come by the office outside of his regular hours if a veteran cannot go see him during his usual time of operation. 

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
11
Nov

LC voters make their mark

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

The voters of Limestone County came out in high numbers during the recent presidential election letting their vote to be counted.

Limestone County Election Administrator Jennifer Johnson said, “Voter turnout for this election was an amazing 56 percent for Limestone County alone.”

Limestone County has matched voter turnout results in 2012 and 2008.

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
09
Nov

LCDC expects Harris County inmates within week

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

In response to heavy rain across Limestone County over the weekend, commissioners court let expire the emergency burn ban declared two weeks ago by County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

The court made that decision at their Nov. 8 meeting and also learned the latest update on the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison; approved contracts concerning fire and ambulance service, access to recycling and library service, and financial income to the county; and heard the statistics from law enforcement for October. 

Regarding the burn ban being allowed to expire, Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton confirmed that the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which measures the dryness of the soil, had dropped 200 points since Burkeen declared the emergency ban on Oct. 25. 

Mon
07
Nov

People of Mexia, together make food drive work

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Each year, on the Friday before Thanksgiving, the people of Mexia work together to collect food for its two food pantries, and that day is next Friday, Nov. 18. 

Nine central Texas counties hold the Food for Families Food Drive concurrently each year at this time, with the food donated staying in the county where it is collected, or in this case, staying in the city where it is collected. 

Caritas Food Pantry is hosting the Mexia location of the food drive, and the donations collected will be split 60/40 with Glad Tidings Food Pantry at the end of the day. The drive starts at 6 a.m. at Caritas, which is at 111 N. Paris Street, and usually closes down when people stop coming by, about 6-7 p.m. 

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
07
Nov

County road money ‘rolled back’ to precincts

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners re-instated to their precinct accounts funds that had not been spent at the end of the last fiscal year, which was Sept. 30. Only two commissioners were affected, Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen and Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest. Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver and Commissioner Pct. 2 W.A. “Sonny” Baker had spent all the money in their precinct budgets. 

The court made the decision at its Oct. 25 meeting after some discussion.

Forrest noted that, because in former County Engineer Ted Kantor’s Road and Bridge books, he used to roll the money left in the budget at the end of the year, Forrest thought that practice would continue. Kantor, however, left the county’s employment at the end of May.

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
04
Nov

Gulf War vets urged to register for benefits

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Local veteran advocacy groups are urging those who have served in the Gulf War to sign up for the Gulf War Registry before the Dec. 31 deadline to ensure they receive all their veterans benefits. 

According to the VA website, the Gulf War Registry Health Exam may alert veterans to the potential of long-term health problems they may develop as a result of environmental exposures during their time in the military. The data obtained through the registry exam may help the VA understand health problems veterans experience and respond more effectively.

Veterans eligible to register are those who served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, the later two of which are current operations.

Fri
04
Nov

Rainfall to determine burn ban fate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners may confirm and extend the county burn ban, which was declared on an emergency basis by County Judge Daniel Burkeen on Oct. 25 – or they may not since some rain has fallen and more is expected over the weekend.

Commissioners will weigh in on the issue at their meeting Tuesday, Nov. 8, and also discuss and probably approve renewing contracts with local volunteer fire departments, and other entities that provide services to residents; and possibly approve agreements and contracts concerning areas of cooperation with other county and local government entities to house another county’s overflow inmates and provide IT service; and accepting funds from the state for mental health counseling of juvenile detainees. 

Fri
04
Nov

Head-on collision leaves two fatalities

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

Early Thursday morning, at 7:05 a.m., there was a head on crash resulting in two fatalities.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson said, “A 2015 Buick was driving west on U.S. 84 at Farm-to-Market 1245 when it collided head-on with an eastbound 2011 Toyota pick-up truck.”

The driver of the Buick was Carlton Brown, 44 years old of Mexia. Ronnie Dean Perry, 55 years old of Hewitt, was driving the Toyota pickup.

Both drivers were alone in their vehicles and both were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Wilson said, “The accident remains under investigation.”

Wed
02
Nov

County Child Welfare Board seeking people to serve on the board

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County’s Child Welfare Board is approaching a crisis in its low number of board members, so they are looking for people who would be willing to serve on the board. 

The board works under the authority of commissioners court and usually has about 12 members. They are down to only six, however, and two of those anticipate leaving soon because of personal commitments. 

County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked the county commissioners at their Oct. 25 meeting to look around for people who would be interested in serving on the board. 

“They work to provide for the needs of the children who are in foster care that aren’t otherwise provided for,” said Burkeen, who served as president of the board for several years before taking office. “They do a good job with it.”

Wed
02
Nov

Mexia to host county-wide Relay for Life Nov. 5

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

This Saturday, Nov. 5, is the annual Relay for Life, when those who have been involved in cancer show that they can laugh in the face of the dreaded disease. Although Relay is a fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society’s search for a cancer cure, it is decidedly positive and joyful, even when remembering and honoring those who have succumbed to cancer. 

This year’s Limestone County Relay will be held at Blackcat Stadium, where there is plenty of room to spread out. The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m., and admission is free. A dinner for any cancer survivors will be held at the Mexia Junior High Cafeteria 4-5 p.m.

Co-leads Lisa Stewart and Bobbie Kohler are encouraging everyone in the county, whether Mexia, Groesbeck, Coolidge, Thornton or Kosse – to come, even for just a short while, to honor those they may have known who have fought the fight against cancer. 

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