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Fri
18
May

MISD trustees to work on budget

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Administration Building.
Among the items on the agenda, three members who were either re-elected or won the general election will take the oath of office.
In addition, there will be a presentation on the preliminary budget for the 2018-19 school year.
William “Bud” Shamblin will officially take his seat on the board after winning the general election for the 1-year term remaining for the vacant Place 1 seat. Incumbents Jackie Craig and Ron Fowler ran unopposed for the three-year terms in Places 6 and 7, respectively.
In addition to the swearing-in of the three board members, the trustees also will consider a reorganization of the board and election of officers for the coming year and expect to approve the issuance of a Certificate of Election.

Fri
18
May

County to set time to appoint runoff winner as next judge

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Limestone County commissioners court is scheduled to meet for its second meeting of the month on May 22, but since the winner of the May 22 runoff for county judge will not yet be determined until that evening, the court will have to either call a special meeting or possibly recess the May 22 meeting to the following day after regular business has been completed so the declaration can be made on May 23.
Which course to take will be discussed and voted upon at the May 22 meeting, when commissioners will also consider changing a grant it has received, storing old documents at the old jail and making a variety of other decisions for the county.

Fri
18
May

Three take the oath of office for city council

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Mexia city secretary Christi Shivers swore in council members Blanca Rivera, Arthur “Chunky” Busby and Scott Condon of Districts 2, 5 and 6, respectively, to their new terms at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
Council took care of that and other election matters at the May 15 meeting and also voted to approve a price increase request for trash pickup service, pay off an old water loan, require permits and a new fee for culvert installation; and made plans to get a new backhoe since the old one is at the end of its expected life and needs extensive repairs.

Fri
18
May

A Memorial Day

Limestone County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Lee Cox gives flowers to Jimmy and Sue Allen, parents of slain Trooper Damon Allen, at the Peace Officers Memorial at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, May 18. See the story in the Tuesday, May 22, edition of The Mexia News.
Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Fri
18
May

Mexia PD presents officer a service Award

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Mexia Police Officer Chad Owens Jr. was presented the Meritorious Service Award Monday morning in a ceremony by the city of Mexia held at the Armory.
Local dignitaries, citizens and many police officers, as well as family, friends and other well-wishers were there to see the presentation. City Manager Eric Garretty welcomed those attending and noted that the award presentation was the first city event to be held at the recently acquired Armory.
“It’s our great pleasure to host you here at the Armory today,” Garretty told the audience. “This is a momentous event, a truly blessed event. We get to recognize the heroism and valor of one of our police department’s finest.
“This will be something we’ll remember forever,” he added. “It’s a great event to kick off in here.”

Mon
14
May

Coolidge does Mesquite Tree Festival right

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Coolidge showed how much fun the people of a small Texas town can have this past weekend, with its annual Mesquite Tree Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12.
The fun began Friday with the fish fry at the Community Center. The fish, french fries and hush puppies were cooked in deep fryers outside in back of the building and served as soon as they were removed from the cooking pots. Cold homemade cole slaw and iced tea rounded out the dinner.
One of the Festival organizers, Kristina Allcorn, said the turnout was good, with all the food being sold.
“We sold out of almost everything Friday night,” she said. “We had four boxes of fish and sold it all.”
Bingo followed the fish fry, with attendees being served popcorn and iced tea as they played, and a variety of prizes were claimed.
The next morning, vendors set up tents and tables on the grassy lawn downtown and began preparing their offerings.

Mon
14
May

Mexia school hears presentation about evaluation, accountability

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
Mexia ISD school board members received state-required training on Texas Senate Bill 1566 at the administration building Thursday night.
The bill, which took effect Sept. 1, 2017, has to do with the powers and duties of school boards. All school board members in the state are required to receive the training by Sept. 1, 2018.
The presentation by Region 12 Service Center field agents Glenn Pittman and Stephanie Kucera dealt mostly with evaluation and accountability. The nearly three-hour program was interactive with the presenters asking questions of board members and chances for board members to talk among themselves regarding specific assignments.
Pittman began by saying the discussion would include progress monitoring, accountability and implementation.

Mon
14
May

Road Fund divided equally between county’s precincts

County judge makes the vote unanimous despite disagreeing with process
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted at their May 8 meeting to divide almost all the county’s Priority Road Fund equally by precinct, each commissioner getting $70,000, for a total of $280,000 from the $300,000 in the fund, or 93 percent of it. Three of the lists were identical in the number of roads listed and the amounts proposed to be spent on each.
The list of roads commissioners said they will repair reads as follows:
Precinct 1 – LCR 704 - $30,000; LCR 746 - $30,000; LCR 750 - $10,000
Precinct 2 – LCR 120 - $30,000; LCR 114 - $30,000; LCR 312 - $10,000
Precinct 3 – LCR 358 - $30,000; LCR 377 - $30,000; LCR 406 - $10,000
Precinct 4 – LCR 455 - $70,000

Mon
14
May

Slain trooper to be honored at Peace Officers Memorial

From Staff Reports
Limestone County is marking Friday, May 18, as Peace Officer Memorial Day, and Sheriff Dennis Wilson is asking the public to show respect for fallen Trooper Damon Allen by attending. The ceremony will take place in front of the Sheriff’s Office at noon that day, and Allen will figure largely in the memorial.
“It’s truly a great honor for our local county Sheriff’s Office to honor and pay respect to Trooper Allen and his family,” Wilson said. “He was the ultimate peace officer, just a great young man, an excellent trooper, an excellent law enforcement officer. Someone we still dearly miss, and it’s our honor to honor him. He will forever be in our hearts and forever be in our minds. He provided a great service to the citizens of Texas in his service to the Texas Highway Patrol.”
Wilson continued by asking those who are able to attend the ceremony.

Fri
11
May

City council to mull more fee increases

ByRoxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Mexia residents will likely see two more fee increases at next week’s city council meeting – trash collection and a new fee property owners will have to pay to install culverts on their property.
Council will discuss and possibly take action on these matters at its May 15 meeting and also install City Council members in their new terms, vote on paying off a financial issue from 2002, possibly sell a property to the local Habitat for Humanity and make other decisions concerning the city.
As for the trash-collection fee, Republic Services, which picks up trash in the city, plans to propose a fee increase of nearly 18 percent, from the current $12.73 to $15.02 for one 96-gallon can a week, meaning residents will pay about $60 a month. The cost of an additional 96-gallon can would rise from $5.09 to $6.01 each per month, also around an 18 percent increase.

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