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Mon
06
Mar

LC law enforcement responds to proposed marijuana bill

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Because the Texas Legislature is considering bills to lessen the criminal penalties on possession of small amounts of marijuana, Limestone County law enforcement leaders were asked where they stood in this debate. While all affirmed they would enforce whatever lawmakers decide, they had slightly different answers for whether or not the proposed changes would be positive.
“The Legislature is going to do whatever they want to do,” said Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne. “Whatever they pass is the law we have got to live by. I don’t have an opinion. They make the laws: we enforce them. Whatever the Legislature decides to pass, and however the Attorney General interprets it, and however the Criminal Code is written, that’s what we will enforce.”
Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson was similarly reluctant to give his opinion.

Mon
06
Mar

Texas Bucket List to feature Billy B’s Cafe

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The popular regional TV program Texas Bucket List came to the Groesbeck sale barn’s restaurant, Billy B’s Cafe, Friday to tape a show that will air in May.
The show’s creator and host, Shane McAuliffe, said he chose Billy B’s because he knew firsthand how good the cafe’s food is.
“I’ve actually done a story here before when I worked at KBTX in Bryan-College Station, prior to doing this show,” he said. “I always remembered how good the food was and knew I wanted to come back here when I started Texas Bucket List.”
This segment will showcase Billy B’s as part of the show’s Burger of the Week segment, McAuliffe said.

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.

Wed
01
Mar

Donating blood – An investment in life

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Donating blood is a way to pay forward by helping others live. So says Clinton McCoy, with Carter BloodCare.
“Anytime you give blood, you’re giving forward to life,” he said. McCoy addressed the Rotary Club of Mexia, speaking not only about donating blood in general but also about the realities of blood donation in Central Texas.
Unless people know someone personally to whom they have given blood, they will not see the impact of their blood donation, McCoy noted.
In part that is because of the restrictions of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), which prohibits sharing health information except in a few prescribed instances. For instance, if he were even to acknowledge to a donor that he knew that person had given blood, the company could be shut down, and he would be fined $10,000.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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