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May

County receives HOTCOG award

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners have been notified that the county’s active participation in the Efficient Towns and Counties Regional Co-op Plan that ran from 2011-14 led to the Heart of Texas Council of Governments and its member entities receiving the National Association of Development Organizations’ 2015 Innovation Award.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen read at commissioners court’s April 25 meeting a letter from HOTCOG Executive Director Russell Devorsky congratulating the county on its part in the grant program.
“Without your support and help of fifty-seven other entities in our HOTCOG region this award would not have happened,” Devorsky wrote in the letter, dated April 7.

Fri
28
Apr

Multi-county horse show makes it’s mark

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The area’s first multi-county horse show was held in Limestone County over the weekend, and although participation was not as high as organizers had hoped, they anticipate that the show will grow over time and are already planning next year’s event.
Annette McCloskey, who teaches youth horse riding in Limestone County, planned the show with the help of her business partner, John Joyner, of El Paso, after she realized that there were few or no venues in which youth could compete in horse skills in Limestone and five other nearby counties.
Mainly Limestone County youth took part in this year’s show and one youth from Robertson County. Entries from Navarro County had registered but called to cancel the day before the show.

Fri
28
Apr

Judge reconfirms support for Fair Association

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen clarified his comments from the April 11 commissioners court meeting, reconfirming the county’s support for the county fair and the Fair Association.
His clarification came at the April 25 commissioners court meeting, when the court also learned of several errors in invoices it was about to pay; confirmed the county employees’ retirement benefits plan; approved routine raises and a budget transfer; and were advised of two county inmates who had to be hospitalized and guarded in hospital, racking up significant expenses for the county.
In speaking of his previous statements, Burkeen told the court he wanted to clarify his comments on Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis’ overtime hours, which had run high as he prepared for the fair, requiring a budget transfer; and also clarify his comments on the Limestone County Fair Association.

Fri
28
Apr

LC takes slight dip in sales

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Wed
26
Apr

McCarver asks for, gets Burkeen apology

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver used the commissioners court’s April 25 meeting to tell County Judge Daniel Burkeen he needed to apologize to the commissioners court for Burkeen’s April 12 DWI arrest in Mart. Another resident told Burkeen he should resign.
McCarver’s request for the apology came during the public comments section at the end of the meeting, which had included action items on three routine raises, confirmation of employee retirement benefits and a budget adjustment.
As for the DWI arrest, Burkeen had apologized on two Waco television stations and in both Limestone County newspapers immediately after the incident, admitting his mistake and taking responsibility for it. He attributed a high blood alcohol content reading to mixing a decongestant with a home remedy that included whiskey. McCarver said at Tuesday’s meeting that the court needed its own apology.

Tue
25
Apr

LMC health fair draws a healthy crowd

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
About 200 people attended Limestone Medical Center’s Spring Fling Health Fair Friday, with many taking advantage of free health screenings.
An estimated 160 participants received checks of their vision, cholesterol, A1C/blood sugar, blood pressure, or grip and balance, said LMC’s marketing director LeeAnn Guest.
Forty-four vendors manned tables offering the health checks and information about services available to county residents, such as regular health care, therapy for health conditions, home health care, nursing home care and disease-specific organizations. Even organizations not usually thought of as health-related, like the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, were represented.

Tue
25
Apr

Wright named announcer at Aggies’ Kyle Field

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia native Mike Wright, vice president and general manager of Bryan’s KBTX and Waco’s KWTX television stations, has been named the new public announcer for Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field.
Wright will be the fourth announcer since the 1950s, when C.K. Esten announced for the Aggies. After Esten retired, Roger Feldman announced at Kyle Field from 1977 to 2000, followed by Chace Murphy from 2001 to the beginning of 2017.
Wright is a familiar and beloved voice in this area, having been the radio announcer for College Station’s A&M Consolidated High School for the past 25 years. He also is the radio voice for the Texas A&M University women’s basketball for seven years and the play-by-play voice for the SEC Network broadcasts.

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
25
Apr

Meet the candidates

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
21
Apr

Commissioners court gets short agenda

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are expected to have a short meeting Tuesday since apart from the standing items their agenda contains few action items: confirmation of retirement benefits, approval of salary changes for three employees and a budget adjustment.
Concerning the retirement benefits, commissioners must approve the retirement plan each year. County Judge Daniel Burkeen said he anticipates no changes this year.
In other business, salary changes require court approval; the three to be considered are most likely routine raises as a result of achieving certain benchmarks. One is for a jailer, one for a dispatcher and a third for a Road and Bridge employee.

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.

Fri
21
Apr

City council puts off Oncor rate increase

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor
Mexia City Council put a stop to ONCOR’s rate increase request at the city council meeting Tuesday, suspending the effective date of the increase for at least 90 days from the requested date of April 21, while the City can prepare an effective response to the proposal.
The council met for an unusually long time at its April 18 meeting, dealing not only the Oncor proposal, but also a contract for a large infrastructure project, several Mexia Economic Development Corporation requests for grants to new businesses, several board appointments, and other decisions.
Oncor proposed an increase in rates which equates to a net increase of approximately 7.5 percent in Oncor’s overall revenue. Mexia residents, according to the proposal, may see an increase of 11.8 percent and an increase of about 11 percent to small commercial ratepayers if the rate request goes through. The council decision was unanimous until further review.

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