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Wed
01
Mar

County appoints Phillips to Historical Commission

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners appointed longtime Groesbeck resident Joe Louis Phillips to the County Historical Commission.
The court made the appointment at its Feb. 28 meeting and also made decisions concerning the May 6 city and school board elections, passed on initiating a burn ban, renewed a contract with Travis County and voted on other financial and legal matters.
As for the appointment of Phillips, County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court that Phillips had been very involved in the county, running the Booker T. Washington Park for a while.
Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen also spoke for Phillips, conveying Phillips’ gratitude for being considered for the appointment.

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Wed
01
Mar

Fire destroys historic MSSLC building

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A fire broke out at the Mexia State Supported Living Center Monday night, almost completely destroying an old wooden barracks on the campus.
Mexia Fire Chief Robert LaFoy said that a security guard making the rounds discovered the fire.
The barracks were used to house prisoners of war during World War II. The building was currently being used for storage.
The Mexia Fire Department received the call at 9:36 p.m., joining the volunteer fire departments of MSSLC, Lake Mexia, Groesbeck, Coolidge and Tehuacana in fighting the blaze.
“We sent one ambulance just in case, one engine, rescue and the ladder, so four trucks,” LaFoy said. “I don’t know how many people we had out there, nine or 10. We left about 1 o’clock the next morning.”
LaFoy said MSSLC has asked state fire marshals to investigate the cause of the fire.
No one was in the building, and there were no injuries.

Tue
28
Feb

Lions Club foundations focus on human needs

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Lions Club International Foundation supports, through grants, the service work of the Lions Club; but many people do not realize there is a separate foundation called the Texas Lions Foundation that awards grants only within Texas.
Dick Robinson, the highest ranking Lion in Texas, a former District Governor in the Lions Club and a former Lions International ambassador, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about both the Lions Club International Foundation and the Texas Lions Foundation, telling members some of what they do and why people should support them.
Whereas the international foundation was established in 1968, the Texas Lions Foundation was established in 1984. Its purpose is to serve humanitarian needs and disaster relief in Texas.

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Tue
28
Feb

County inmate occupancy rise slightly, still on the low end

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Work on the Limestone County-owned prison continues, while the number of inmates increased, slightly, with just over 18 percent of the available beds in use in January.
County commissioners heard a report at their Feb. 14 meeting from Limestone County Detention Center Warden Charles Vondra, with LaSalle Corrections, the company that runs the LCDC. The court also approved the January payment from LaSalle and payment of LCDC invoices.
LaSalle is restoring the prison a portion at a time. To date, 254 beds have been opened of the more than 1,000 originally available.
“The main thing is right now,” Vondra said, “we continue to move along and continue to work on our projects, trying to get everything we’ll need, as well as our plumbing and our lighting, and issues like that. Currently we have 46 inmates out there, but we’re steadily working with other counties, trying to get some inmates.”

Fri
24
Feb

$10 dog spay-neuter coming

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
While the high price of spaying or neutering a dog – which can run well over $100 – has kept some animal owners from getting their pet fixed, the price for Limestone County residents is being knocked down to only ten bucks.
LARAS House, or Limestone Animal Rescue Adoption Shelter, is working with a generous donor who is putting up the money to provide $10 spay-neuter vouchers that Limestone County residents may use to get their dogs fixed through a participating local veterinarian.

Fri
24
Feb

Expect increase in gas utilities

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
24
Feb

County commissioners to check precinct boundaries

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners plan to make more election decisions at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
The commissioners court will also renew a contract with Travis County, make an appointment to the Historical Commission and accept several racial profiling reports.
Regarding the elections, the court will first review election precincts to make sure they comply with Texas Election law, section 42.031, which concerns precinct boundaries.

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Wed
22
Feb

Show barn price cut for youth horse show

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An organization putting on a multi-county horse show in April asked for and received a reduction in price for renting the show barn at the Limestone County fairgrounds for the event.
Annette McCloskey, who teaches horsemanship to youth in Limestone County, asked the commissioners at their Feb. 14 meeting to consider waiving or reducing the price of using the show barn at the event, planned for April 22-23.
She told the court that for the past four years she has been teaching Limestone County youth how to prepare to compete in the county fairs’ horse shows. She started a horse project group that meets weekly, and that group has grown to include 20 youth from Limestone County as well as additional youth from other nearby counties.

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Wed
22
Feb

LC, Mexia economy up by 2.04 percent

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
22
Feb

MISD board reassigns AD/coach Chambers

By Harry S. Darby
Publisher

The Mexia Blackcats will have a new head football coach on the sidelines for the 2017 season.
The Board of Trustees of the Mexia Independent School District took the action Monday night at their regularly scheduled meeting. As of Feb. 22, Coach George “Lamont” Chambers has been reassigned to other duties within the school district.
“After discussions with the board, it was determined that we wanted to go in another direction with our athletic department,” said Mexia ISD Superintendent Dr. Lyle DuBus. “And Coach Chambers has been reassigned.” 

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