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Mon
20
Feb

Watching a hard life become a good life – Part 3

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Mon
20
Feb

Court says tax rate cap decrease bad for county

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
After Limestone County commissioners court passed a resolution at their Feb. 14 meeting against proposed Senate Bill 2, the members of the court explained more about why they oppose it.
SB 2 would cap tax rate increases at 4 percent, as opposed to the current 8 percent, unless an election on the proposed rate increase were held.
State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, of District 7, in Harris County, had some success in the 2015 legislative session in putting restrictions on tax increases but a bill similar to the current SB 2 was defeated. According to Bettencourt’s website, however, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Bettencourt to serve as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief, and his ideas have resulted in proposed SB 2, titled the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017.

Fri
17
Feb

Watching a hard life become a good life – Part 2

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

In the previous issue, we read of Lewis High’s start in life, born in Freestone County, Texas, along with his twin sister, Louise, in 1932, to sharecroppers Joe Willie and Annie Matilda (Franklin) High. The family lived on a succession of farms of landowners, some good and fair, others, like a Mr. Black, who took advantage of Joe High. Black tried to intimidate Joe High into giving him his government subsidy check, but when the sharecropper refused to be cowed, Black told Joe High he would have to find his own barn in which to put his share of the crops, which, of course, he did not have.

Fri
17
Feb

Sheriff’s Office scores one more bullet-proof vest

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Another Limestone County Sheriff’s Deputy will be protected from gunfire, thanks to Point Enterprise’s Good Will Club, which donated $600, the cost of a bullet-proof vest, to the county for that purpose.
Limestone County commissioners accepted the donation at their Feb. 14 meeting and took care of other Sheriff’s Office matters, including approving several routine raises, approving new hires, and hearing the January statistics, both for the Sheriff’s Office and the Juvenile Detention Center.
When Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported to commissioners court last year that he did not have enough bullet-proof vests for all his deputies, members of several groups in the county started pooling their money to buy some of the protective gear.

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
17
Feb

Mexia EDC awarded $1.2M grant

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.2 million grant to the Mexia Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) of Limestone County to make critical roadway infrastructure improvements needed to boost capacity at the Mexia Industrial Park and open additional land to development. According to grantee estimates, the project will help to retain more than 100 jobs.
“The Economic Development Administration works with communities across the nation to improve their infrastructure in support of business development,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs Tom Guevara. “This EDA investment will allow established businesses – including manufacturers - to grow and will help attract new businesses to the region.”

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.

Thu
16
Feb

Watching a hard life become a good life – Part 1

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The home of 84-year-old Lewis High Sr., of Mexia, is pretty quiet these days, but memories of long ago come back to him.
Lewis and his twin sister, Louise, were born in September 1932 to Joe Willy High and his wife, Annie Matillie (Franklin) High, in a rural area of Freestone County. Joe High was a sharecropper, and that was a difficult life, renting land to farm in exchange for a share of the crops produced. Lewis and Louise had six brothers and one sister. The boys tended the hogs and cows, and brought in wood for the fireplace and stove.
“We had to do that before we came in to eat,” Lewis said. “Those were our chores. Everybody knew what they had to do, and they done it. It wasn’t like, ‘Mommy I don’t want to do it,’ or ‘Daddy, I don’t want to do it’ – you done it.”

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

Thu
16
Feb

County restates opposition to state tax rate caps

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners passed a resolution opposing a bill being considered by the Texas Legislature in the current session that would reduce tax rate increase caps without voter approval from the current 8 percent to 4 percent.
The court voted on the resolution at its Feb. 14 meeting and also addressed issues concerning the fairgrounds, law enforcement, the Road and Bridge Department and elections.
The bill lowering tax rate increases is Senate Bill 2, and the court passed opposition to the idea in general in the fall but now that there is a specific bill, Limestone commissioners court focused its opposition on that bill.

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

Thu
16
Feb

Nine Mexia residents file to run for public office

Several residents of Mexia have taken interest in this year’s election by filing for one of the seats open on city council.
Seats open for elect offices of Mexia City Council of Mayor and Districts 1,3 and 4 to serve until May of 2019.
• Mayor Troy Miller will run as incumbent. Three challengers have filed to run for mayor. They are Richard Duncan, Arthur (a..k.a. Chunky) Busby, and Laura Rothrock.
• Glen McGuire is the incumbent for Place 1. Four people have filed to run against the incumbent. They are Gary Lawsen, John Schaefer, Clifton “Butch” Newhouse, and Matthew Kuehn.
• Geary Smith was appointed City Council Place 3 and is running for the position. Edward Rhodes has also filed.
• Judy Chambers is the incumbent for Place 4 and is unopposed.

Seats open for City of Wortham, Mayor Rodney Price (incumbent), Council Cliff NeSmith (incumbent) and Mindy McGlone (incumbent). To date, they are unopposed.

Mon
13
Feb

Mexia stores pull recalled Sargento cheese

Mexia News Staff Report

Seven types of recalled Sargento cheese have been pulled from the shelves of major grocery outlets, including in Mexia.
H-E-B General Manager Craig Mytton said the Mexia store did not have any of the lot numbers included in the recall.
Walmart Dairy Department Manager Linda Heard said the store only had a small amount of products from a single lot number of the recalled cheeses, and she pulled them Monday morning when she received the recall notice.

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
13
Feb

Task force looks to break cycle of violence

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County is taking steps to handle domestic violence cases in a way that will result in change for victims and more successful prosecution of abusers.
The Limestone County Domestic Violence Task Force was set up about a year ago and meets about every other month. Organizers believe that by bringing together the different people involved in dealing with domestic violence that their response will be more effective.
Limestone County’s Domestic Violence Task Force is currently composed of a representative of the county’s different law enforcement agencies, the County Attorney’s Office, the Victim Services Coordinator, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and Micah Titterington, with Waco’s Family Abuse Center, who helped set up the task force and plays an advisory role.

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.

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