News

Fri
24
Mar

Court may oppose state takeover of county records

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is expected to pass a resolution at its meeting Tuesday in support of a state bill intended to prevent the state from having county records made part of a statewide database.
The resolution is just one item on the agenda of the court’s March 28 meeting; other items the court plans to discuss and possibly take action on include approving a new contract to increase the county’s Internet speed, renewing a grant with the state that pays for the Victims Assistance Coordinator, approving routine raises at the Sheriff’s Office, Road and Bridge and County Attorney’s offices, and limiting employee reimbursement for convention expenses; as well as other decisions.
Regarding the proposed resolution supporting House Bill 1258, the bill appears to be a takeover of county records that some believe would not be in the best interests of the public.

Wed
22
Mar

Mexia’s H20 receives no violations

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
22
Mar

WPD makes two arrests after 3-month investigation

By April Walker
Special to The Mexia News

Wed
22
Mar

County computer system ‘mega’ fast

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County has found a way to increase the speed of its computer system, which is expected to help not only employees but also the customers they assist.
Commissioners voted on this step at their March 14 meeting and also heard a solution to the problem of where to move old county files after they have been scanned into the system; and approved several budget transfers.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court that he had asked computer consultant Steve Wells to check the county’s computer system to determine why it was so slow. Wells discovered that the Sheriff’s deputies’ mobile data units were using a great deal of the bandwidth. So he suggested the county increase its bandwidth from 15 megabytes to 50 megabytes, and allocate 20 of those megabytes for the mobile data units.

Wed
22
Mar

LC Fair’s Horse show a time to see top horse-riding skills

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
People who love horses and horsemanship would probably enjoy dropping by the Limestone County Fair’s horse show this weekend in the show barn at the county fairgrounds.
The horse show is Saturday, March 25, starting at 9:30 a.m. and continuing to late afternoon, when the prizes will be awarded. In years past the show was held on Sunday, so those planning to attend should take note.
Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to come and go at whatever time is most convenient for them.
Deana Rand, who is co-superintendent of the show along with Holly Wagner, is inviting anyone who can to come to the show and watch the riders put their horses through their paces. The concession stand will be open, offering food, soft drinks and other treats to make a pleasant time.

Tue
21
Mar

LCSO grateful for donation

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson is thrilled with the $600 anonymous donation the county received to buy another bullet-proof vest.
County commissioners accepted the donation at their March 14 meeting and also approved connecting the Sheriff’s Office jail phone service with the service of the rest of the county; and heard the February statistics from the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center.
Regarding the donated funds, all donations are required to be approved and accepted by commissioners court to be utilized. In the past year, since Wilson revealed in court that the Sheriff’s Office did not have enough bullet-proof vests for all his deputies, two churches and a service organization have donated money to buy several vests, which cost $600 each.

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.

Tue
21
Mar

Hoverboard starts fire in home

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A Mexia family’s electronic toy turned dangerous Sunday night when their self-balancing smart scooter, often called a hoverboard, caught fire while it was recharging.
Three Mexia Fire Department fire trucks and an EMS unit were called on March 19 at 9:16 p.m. about the fire, at 207 S. Canton; they arrived at 9:20.
A firefighter among those responding said the family was recharging the device in the living room and saw it catch fire. The damage inside, he said, was mainly smoke damage and carpet burns where the hoverboard had been sitting.
Firefighters pulled the device out the front door and onto the sidewalk in front of the house.

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
17
Mar

County hears update on LCDC restoration

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their March 14 meeting to pay expenses totally $42,822 to complete another building at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison.
The county officials are monitoring the prison closely since it has the potential to bring in significant income to the county, both directly if a longterm contract can be signed with law enforcement agencies, and indirectly through high-paying jobs that would be offered for workers there.
LCDC Warden Charles Vondra gave a detailed explanation of what is needed to prepare F Building for inspection by the State Jail Commission. Those items include a new computer that controls all the electronics in the building. Vondra said LaSalle Corrections, which is the company operating the prison, sent the computer to a company to get it repaired but were told it was not fixable and would need to be replaced.

Fri
17
Mar

Mexia couple hauls hay to stricken ranchers

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When Mexia’s Scott and Alisha Moore heard about the plight of ranchers in the Texas Panhandle who had lost all the grass on their land and had nothing to feed their cattle, they knew they had to do something. They had some hay left over from various hay-baling jobs they had done last year through their family business, so they took up a load of 23 round bales of hay to Pampa last Saturday, March 11.
The Moores left Mexia at 3 a.m. Saturday for the 425-mile trip to the Panhandle. Their son, Josh Moore, had helped them load the hay bales the night before onto a 40-foot flatbed gooseneck trailer they would pull behind their red Chevrolet dually.
As they drove north, when suddenly they noticed there were a few trucks ahead of them also hauling hay.
When Scott and Alisha stopped to refill their gas tank, people recognized what they were doing and offered to help with their expenses.

Fri
17
Mar

Mexia couple hauls hay to stricken ranchers

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When Mexia’s Scott and Alisha Moore heard about the plight of ranchers in the Texas Panhandle who had lost all the grass on their land and had nothing to feed their cattle, they knew they had to do something. They had some hay left over from various hay-baling jobs they had done last year through their family business, so they took up a load of 23 round bales of hay to Pampa last Saturday, March 11.
The Moores left Mexia at 3 a.m. Saturday for the 425-mile trip to the Panhandle. Their son, Josh Moore, had helped them load the hay bales the night before onto a 40-foot flatbed gooseneck trailer they would pull behind their red Chevrolet dually.
As they drove north, when suddenly they noticed there were a few trucks ahead of them also hauling hay.
When Scott and Alisha stopped to refill their gas tank, people recognized what they were doing and offered to help with their expenses.

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