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Local traffic stop leads to meth bust

Staff Report

 

A Mexia woman driving on State Hwy. 14 last week was arrested and taken to jail when a Limestone County deputy allegedly found a controlled substance in her car. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
25
Jul

County taps high-priority road fund for repairs

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court has agreed to use high-priority road funds to repair LCR 456, which runs east from near the Fort Parker State Park entrance. 

The court approved this move at its July 12 meeting and also approved budget transfers for the Road and Bridge Department for another road repair and to buy needed software.

Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest requested $50,000 for the job, which Road Administrator Jerry Herin estimated would cost a total of $69,000. The difference would be paid by Forrest’s precinct road funds.

The length of road to be repaired is about 1.5 miles, Forrest said.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
22
Jul

New fee to speed up flood plain development applications

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A new flood plain development application fee of $25 will be assessed for those who plan to build in Limestone County, but the trade-off will be a much shorter time, in most cases, in getting the application approved.

County commissioners approved the fee at their July 12 meeting upon recommendation by Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis.

Until now, County Judge Daniel Burkeen has had to manually approve the applications, which would sometimes take weeks, Callis said, since the judge has so many other duties. 

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
22
Jul

Commissioners expected to extend burn ban

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are likely to declare a county-wide burn ban at their meeting this Tuesday, July 26, confirming the emergency burn ban declared by County Judge Daniel Burkeen on Friday, July 15.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing and vote on closing LCR 395, accepting a grant to get body cameras for county deputies, awarding the winning bids on materials the county uses often and recognizing county employees who have achieved certain milestones in years of service. 

As for the emergency ban, it is only good for seven days or the next commissioners court meeint and must be confirmed by the court. The court’s ban is good for 90 days unless the commissioners extend or rescind it. 

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
22
Jul

City council votes down increase in trash rates

By Tim O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

There were some community members who attended the City of Mexia city council’s regular meeting on July 19 to express their concerns of a possible rate increase for trash pick up services. Republic Services was on the agenda to make such a request. 

City resident Gary Lawson said, “I have some concerns about the increase of the trash pick up. Please, ask a lot of questions about that. Our bills are already high. Ask questions and have discussions about it.”

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
20
Jul

Texas Sales Tax Holiday will benefit Mexia residents

Mexia residents can take advantage of this year’s sales tax holiday, declared by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar , scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7.

Shoppers can save money on certain items priced for less than $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“As families all over our state prepare to send their children back to school, we hope folks take advantage of this opportunity to get the supplies they need and save some money in the process,” Hegar said. “As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up. This event provides Texas families with some relief from state and local sales taxes.”

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at texastaxholiday.org.

Wed
20
Jul

Step raises OK’d for law enforcement employees

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners approved salary increases for the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, jail and Dispatch Department. 

The court addressed this and other matters concerning law enforcement at their July 12 meeting, including hearing the June statistics for the Law Enforcement Center and the Juvenile Detention Center; and approving payment of invoices for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.

Those approved for raises include:

Read more in Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
20
Jul

National Day of the Cowboy is this Saturday

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

This Saturday, July 23, has been set aside to celebrate cowboy culture, values and ways, and some Mexia residents think that is only right. 

It’s called the National Day of the Cowboy, and according to lifelong Mexia resident Dick Flatt, honoring cowboy culture is important. 

“If you’re a Texas history person of any caliber, you should care that there’s a day set aside for this holiday,” he said. “It’s not costing anything; it’s just a day set aside to honor the traditional cowboy way of life.”

Read more in Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call The Mexia News at 254-562-2868.

Mon
18
Jul

Specific requirements of burn ban declaration

Mexia News Staff Report

When Limestone County Commissioners Court issues a burn ban, such as it’s most recent ban issued July 15, the order contains many specific requirements, especially related to the field of welding, that often are not included in The Mexia News.

Listed below are the details of the burn ban helpful to all residents, including specific requirements for those who weld.

First, the burn ban is issued when part or all of the unincorporated area of the county would be exacerbated by outdoor burning. 

The part of the government code permitting the county to issue a burn ban is based on Local Government Code 352.081, as well as other statutes. 

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
18
Jul

County Vietnam vets ‘welcomed home’

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Thirty Vietnam-era military veterans who live in Limestone County were honored in a special ceremony Saturday at Mexia’s VFW Lancaster Post 4694. 

The Mexia Peer Support Center, which serves all of Limestone County, sponsored the event. Representatives of a variety of veteran’s organizations attended and worked together to show respect to the veterans. 

An estimated 150-200 attended the ceremony and included those who served in all the major military branches: Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. Those attending were local including those from cities across central Texas, such as Waco, Killeen and Copperas Cove. One of the larger contingencies was a group of about a dozen members of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association, Genevieve Chapter 94, of Killeen, who lent their support to the event.

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