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03
Oct

Ada Connor laid to rest – Who will pick up the torch?

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
29
Sep

Local author’s book performed as play by college thespians

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Local author and Navarro College professor Dr. Anna Kantor’s children’s book The Kantorbury Tails was performed as a play last Friday, Sept. 22, for Mexia’s younger students.
Kantor, head of Navarro’s English Department, published The Kantorbury Tails in 2016. In cooperation with Navarro College Theater Department Chair Dr. Shellie O’Neal, Kantor wrote a script for a play version of her book called Kantorbury Tails – Live.
The book is based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which describes various characters traveling together on a pilgrimage in England in the late 1300s. In The Kantorbuy Tails, the action takes place in lyrical prose, like Chaucer’s story, but the characters are cute dogs, each with a distinctive personality. Also, the stories focus on lessons in positive character traits or behavior for children to learn.

Fri
29
Sep

Limestone allocated $272K in local sales tax

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Thu
28
Sep

Two arrested in Mexia drug bust

Mexia News Staff Report
A Teague woman and a Mexia man were arrested near Mexia on Sept. 19 and charged with drug and firearm violations.
Tiffaney Starr, 37, and Jimmy Dale Owens, 39, were arrested by a Limestone County deputy after a suspicious car was reported parked near the Mexia city limits.
The two were transported to the Limestone County Jail, where Starr was charged with possession of a controlled substance greater than 1 gram and less than 4 grams; possession of a dangerous drug; theft of a firearm and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Owens was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
“Sgt. David Bell with the Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force was summoned to assist,” according to the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, which noted that the firearm in Starr’s possession had been stolen in a recent burglary in the county.

Thu
28
Sep

City taking steps to make offer to possible new city manager

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Thu
28
Sep

National Night Out coming next Tuesday

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia area residents are invited to come out to meet local and area law enforcement officers on National Night Out, which is Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Mexia City Park.
The free event runs 6-9 p.m. and many fun activities are planned for all ages, especially young people. This is the third consecutive year for holding National Night Out in Mexia, though two other such events were held before that.
According to Mexia Police Officer Sgt. Brian Bell, who has been organizing the event, the goal is to develop the relationship between Mexia’s police officers and the community.
Bell spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia about what is planned for the event.

Thu
28
Sep

County tax rate drops below effective rate

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court approved at its Sept. 26 meeting the budget for the new fiscal year. First, however, the court held a public hearing to allow residents to express their thoughts on the proposed budget. No one attended the meeting to speak at the hearing, however, possibly because the court had held multiple budget work sessions over the previous seven weeks.
Following approval of the budget, the court approved the new tax rate of $0.7724 per $100 of property valuation. County Judge Daniel Burkeen pointed out that the rate was slightly higher than last year but lower than the effective tax rate, which is the tax rate that would produce the same amount of tax levy, or funds, as the previous year.
“It brings in less money than last year,” he said, “which is considered a tax decrease under the state’s definition … this is a 4.07 percent decrease from last year’s budget.”

Thu
28
Sep

Community churches breaking down walls

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Tue
26
Sep

MHS royal court prepares for coronation night

Mexia News Staff Report

Tue
26
Sep

Appeals Court upholds conviction of Teague woman in uncle’s murder

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The conviction of a Teague woman in a capital murder case has been upheld by the 10th Court of Appeals, in Waco. The decision was issued on Sept. 13.
Attorneys for Amber Hope Halford, now 21, had filed appeals on four issues regarding the original conviction, which was decided at trial Oct. 25, 2016.

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