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Fri
14
Apr

Mexia school bus hits trailer near MPD

Mexia News Staff Report

A Mexia ISD school bus hit a trailer parked on Palestine Street causing a chain reaction of wrecked parked vehicles in Mexia Monday, but no one was injured.
The accident happened at 3:55 p.m. on April 10, in the 100 block of East Palestine, next to the Mexia Police Station.
A school district bus driver, Kimberly Cunningham, 54, had just dropped off a student on Railroad Street then turned east onto Palestine.
According to the police report, the 1998 International bus hit a legally parked tow trailer in the left rear, pushing both the trailer and a 1990 Chevrolet Silverado parked in front of the trailer into a 2016 Ford F150 pickup truck parked at the head of the line.

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
14
Apr

Judge Burkeen arrested on DWI

Mexia News Staff Report

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of driving while intoxicated.
Mart Police Chief Paul Cardenas verified that Burkeen was arrested April 12 by an officer who noticed Burkeen’s car muffler and exhaust pipe were dragging on the ground.
Cardenas was reluctant to give additional information about the incident, but several news sources, with access to the McLennan County Jail’s affidavit, reported that when the police officer stopped Burkeen about 2 p.m., the officer observed that his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. The officer then conducted a field sobriety test, which Burkeen failed.
Burkeen was arrested on suspicion of DWI and transported to the McLennan County Jail. A blood test there showed his blood alcohol level to be .112, which is over the .08 legal limit.

Wed
12
Apr

Mexia teens get to drive impaired – legally

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A program that uses a DUI simulator to show how difficult safe driving can be while impaired was used in a presentation to Mexia Hugh School students Tuesday, April 11.
The Watch UR BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) – pronounced “Watch Your Back” – program was created by the Texas Department of Transportation, whose officers process more than their fair share of fatality wrecks caused by people driving while drunk or on drugs, especially in the spring around prom and graduation time.
The DUI simulator uses vision-distorting goggles and a drivers seat and steering wheel coordinated with a video. Students sit in the drivers seat while wearing the goggles and attempt to maneuver a video-based driving course while wearing the goggles. They generally end up “crashing” or being stopped by a police officer or in other negative circumstances.

Wed
12
Apr

County moving to answer IRS doc request

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer

Little was said in open court at Limestone County commissioners court’s meeting Tuesday about the IRS request for documents as part of an audit of the financing of the jail. The matter was handled at an executive session, when commissioners planned to consult with the court’s attorney.
Other matters at the regular meeting concerned honoring the Sheriff’s Office dispatchers, hearing reports on the county-owned prison and fairgrounds; and other matters.
Regarding the IRS request, although County Judge Daniel Burkeen may not discuss what was discussed in executive session, he did summarize what the court did after returning to open session.
“The only action was to approve a power of attorney for our attorneys to talk to the IRS,” he said, “and an engagement letter with a tax lawyer.”

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
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.”

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