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Wed
18
Jan

Court supports direct funding of task force

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Limestone County is throwing its support behind getting dedicated funding for the Heart of Texas Automobile Theft Task Force.
Commissioners were asked to approved a resolution to that effect at their most recent meeting, which was Jan. 10. The court also approved raises for the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, Jail and Dispatch Department, and heard statistics on LEC activities.
Sheriff Dennis Wilson reminded the court that it had passed the Task Force funding resolution two years ago, during the state’s last legislative session.
“As y’all are aware, the 85th Legislative session is fixing to begin,” Wilson told the court. “This is simply a mechanism where we have a House representative filing a bill to make the funding dedicated funding, get it out of the GR (General Revenue) funding.”

Tue
17
Jan

Parade participants show pride in MLK legacy

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An estimated 150-200 people took part in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade through downtown Mexia streets Saturday.
The cold, damp weather could not suppress the almost universal smiles and sense of joy and pride in the event.
Most of those participating were actually in the parade, with the Mexia Police leading in a marked Tahoe, its lights flashing. Other Mexia Police officers blocked off the parade route and directed traffic.

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
16
Jan

New superintendent born into education

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
There was conversation around the DuBus dining table each weeknight when Lyle DuBus was growing up, and it was always about what had happened at school that day. That’s the way Mexia Independent School District’s new Superintendent Dr. Lyle Dubus remembers it.
DuBus has only been the Mexia ISD superintendent since the first week of January. His background, however, could be tailor-made for Mexia, from his years of experience as a teacher, administrator and superintendent; his strong computer background; and his experience in both small and large districts, in those going through bond and building programs and those for whom he increased the student population through developing an attractive curriculum.
“I was born into a school family,” DuBus said. “I grew up with a passion for the business, and as I grew older, with that passion for helping children.”

Mon
16
Jan

Severe wind damages MSSLC buildings

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Strong, tornado-like winds swept across the Mexia State Supported Living Center campus very early Monday, ripping off portions of the tops and sides of buildings, but no people were injured.
Debris was evident on most of the streets and yards of the MSSLC, and large, heavy metal objects that had been blown off buildings by the winds lay in the grass or were even lodged in the tops of trees.
“We either had a tornado or straight-line winds; we haven’t got the official notice yet,” said MSSLC Public Information Officer Debrah Burgess that morning as she surveyed the damage about 9 a.m.

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
13
Jan

To fend off hack attempts – Do not click here

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
With computer use virtually universal in the United States, people have to concern themselves not only with staying up-to-date on using computer hardware and software, but more and more they need to become savvy on attacks from hackers and how to avoid them.
Stephen Wells, who has his own computer business in Groesbeck called Wells IT Service, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about these incidents, specifically phishing, which refers to hackers trying to trick a computer user into allowing the hacker to access their files; and also ransomware, which lets a hacker freeze a computer user’s data until they pay money to get it released.
Basically, both methods of attack involve a hacker sending an email to a computer user, enticing the victim to click on a link. Refraining from clicking on an unknown link is key to remaining safe from the hacker’s attack.

Fri
13
Jan

More county prison repairs planned

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
LaSalle Corrections, the prison-operating company running the Limestone County Detention Center, has provided estimates on the next steps it plans to take in restoring the county-owned prison to a fully functioning facility.
LCDC Warden Charles Vondra presented county commissioners at their Jan. 10 meeting quotes on the cost of repairing the F Building and the Education Building.
He said the walls of the F Building have separated from the hallway. Also, the doors to the concrete porches of both F Building and the Education Building are off plumb and cannot be closed properly.
One estimate is $16,275 to fix the entrance door and $11,000 for doors, frames, pulls and hinges.

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.

Wed
11
Jan

Bats a part of state park’s natural beauty

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s Fort Parker State Park is filled with scenes of natural beauty, but one aspect of that beauty involves bats, especially red bats, which are the most prevalent species at the park.
Assistant Superintendent Michael “Mike” Loftice recently spoke to the Mexia Lions Club on the subject, describing the animals’ habits and habitat.
Many people don’t realize the park is a home to bats during the warmer months, he noted. At this time of year, the bats have flown south to warmer climes, primarily in Mexico. Red bats do not congregate in caves, as many other species of bats do, but instead roost in trees, at least 10-12 feet from the ground. Those who wish to observe red bats of Fort Parker State Park may see them when they return about March or April, depending on the weather, Loftice said. They will stay in the park all summer then migrate south again beginning around September.

Wed
11
Jan

County gives Gold Star Award to Emma Lewis

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County homeschooled student Emma Lewis was awarded the 4-H Gold Star Award, the highest county award available, at the commissioners court’s Jan. 10 meeting.
Commissioners also agreed to lease out county-owned voting machines for the spring city and school board elections, heard estimates for continued restoration at the county-owned prison, and made decisions concerning the Law Enforcement Center and other matters.
Regarding the Gold Star Award, Gabby Washington, the county’s AgriLife Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science, presented the award in the form of a certificate.

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.

Tue
10
Jan

Mexia to mark MLK Day with parade

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Residents of Mexia and surrounding areas are being invited to take part in Mexia’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade on Saturday, Jan. 14.
Organizer Ada Conner is inviting Limestone County residents of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to show their support for Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideal of equal rights for all by being in the parade, either driving a vehicle or simply walking in union with others in the parade. Alternately, those who want to support the event may simply come and watch.
“We invite everyone to come, people from the schools, public officials, just everybody, everyone, regardless of race,” she 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.

Tue
10
Jan

Mexia’s Mike Wright receives honors

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia native and Mexia High School graduate Mike Wright was honored last week for 25 years of service to the community of Bryan-College Station, where he has been general manager of that city’s KBTX-TV station before also becoming general manager of its sister station, KWTX in Waco.
The event to honor Wright was called “The Wright Stuff: A Tribute to Mike Wright. Held at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club on Thursday, Jan. 5, the tribute was part of a fundraiser for the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.
In his typically self-deprecating manner, Wright said he didn’t feel that he deserved the attention.

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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