News

Wed
12
Apr

Lake Mexia residents given volunteer evacuation notice

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Tue
11
Apr

Groesbeck truants found safe

Mexia News Staff Report

Tue
11
Apr

Mural artist begins projects in Mexia

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Mural artist Calina Mishay Johnson is spending this week painting three murals on buildings in downtown Mexia, as part of a revitalization effort.
She started her first painting Saturday, April 8, on the wall of what used to be Bill’s Dollar Store, in the 300 block of Commerce Street, facing the Caritas food pantry parking lot. She and her husband, Kevin Johnson, who assists her, mainly use spray cans of acrylic latex paint; and they use a lift to reach the higher portions of the wall.
The locations for the other two murals are on the side of the Caritas thrift store on McKinney and the Corbitt Building that shares a parking lot with The Mexia News, on Railroad Street.
Mishay Johnson plans to finish the murals during the Artsfest event, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, at the Mexia Civic Center, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fri
07
Apr

Mexia Artsfest to showcase local talent

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Fri
07
Apr

County to address IRS audit request on jail

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners plan to discuss next week a request the county has received from the IRS for documents concerning the financing of the County Jail, part of an audit the IRS is conducting.
The initial part of the discussion will take place in open court at the regular meeting on Tuesday, April 11. Toward the end of the meeting, however, the court members will meet in executive session, which is closed to the public, to consult with the court’s attorney.
Also at the meeting, the court will consider and possibly take action to hire a company to determine why one room in the courthouse basement is sinking, approve an agreement to house McLennan County inmates if needed, recognize Sheriff’s Office dispatchers for their work helping residents in crisis and address some minor personnel matters.

Thu
06
Apr

Forest Glade residents seek relief from truck traffic

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Two Forest Glade residents asked Limestone County commissioners court for help with large numbers of heavy trucks going too fast through their neighborhood; but what, if anything, can be done to remedy the situation is unclear.
Lisa Ferguson and Chris Cockerham attended the commissioners’ March 28 meeting and described unsafe conditions they have seen increasing on FM 1633 between State Hwy. 14 and LCR 463. Multiple trucks each day, they said, many loaded with rocks from the nearby Knife River rock crushing site, drive well in excess of the speed limit, roll through stop signs, produce excessive noise and dust, and sometimes run 24 hours a day.
“They speed,” said Ferguson, who told the court she has lived in Forest Glade for 46 years. “There are small children through there. We are a residential area; this is still our community. This started in 2010, and it’s just gotten excessively worse.”

Tue
04
Apr

Nickels talks about a constable’s life

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Since Limestone County’s newest constable – Constable Pct. 4 Kevin Nickels – was sworn in on Jan. 1, he has been meeting many of his new constituents. He already knows many, however, and they him, because he has been working in law enforcement in Limestone County for 20 years.
Nickels started as an investigator for the Mexia Police Department in 1997 and worked there many years; and he is still listed with the Department as a part-time investigator, he said.
Besides completing the police academy, he earned a bachelor of arts in applied science degree in criminal justice administration at Tarleton State University.
When he filed to run for the constable position last year, to replace retiring constable Jim Boyd, others who had verbally expressed interest stepped back. That may have been in part out of professional courtesy, but Nickels’ years of experience had to have played a role, too.

Tue
04
Apr

County-meal reimbursement policy unchanged for now

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Despite pleas from several county Treasurers Office employees, Limestone County commissioners court left the county policy of meal reimbursement as it is, but the county judge did explain the reason for the policy.

Tue
04
Apr

TxDOT to start four mile road resurface in Mexia

The Texas Department of Transportation (Waco District) will begin a project to repair portions of US 84 in Mexia, April 10.
The project will mill (remove) 2-inches of the existing roadway surface and apply an asphalt overlay to approximately 4-miles of US 84 from SH 14 to North Ross Avenue. The initial work, to repair base failures, will take place Monday thru Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and should last about two weeks. Milling and asphalt inlay will follow, with that work also taking place 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The project is being undertaken by Big Creek Construction, Inc., of Hewitt, at a cost of $1.2 million. It is scheduled for completion in the summer of this year, weather permitting.
Signage warning of road work and temporary lane closures will be posted and motorists can expect temporary lane closures, flaggers and delays within the project area. 

Fri
31
Mar

Master Gardeners build keyhole garden

By Debbie Cannon
Special to The Mexia News
Limestone County Master Gardeners recently rebuilt a keyhole garden at the Groesbeck Housing Authority on Noth Leon Street. Approximately 50 vegetable plants will soon provide fresh, nutritious produce to residents.
A keyhole garden is a six-foot wide “lasagna-style,” raised-bed garden that is capable of watering and fertilizing itself. “Lasagna “ refers to alternating layers of brown natural materials (carbon) with green natural materials (nitrogen) in a 3:1 ratio of carbon to nitrogen.
The brown materials used included thick, water-soaked layers of cardboard, magazines, newspapers, sticks, hay and brown leaves. Green materials used were grass clippings, pulled weeds and cow manure. All layers were soaked with water, then stomped and packed down to just below the wall edge, layer after layer; then topped off with rich compost to insert plants into.

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