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Wed
10
Aug

CRG’s fun in education

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County residents looking for fun and free activities for their children and themselves may want to note that the Confederate Reunion Grounds has year-round programming for people of all ages. 

Site educator Julianna Lindsay spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently about the programs the CRG has been offering and also the reason for them. 

“One of the things we try to do at the Texas Historical Commission is not only take care of the sites but also provide ongoing education for the communities,” she said. “We try to tie it to the history of the site, but what constitutes a tie can be very nebulous, depending on how you want to define it. 

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
08
Aug

County workshop raises question of tax revenue, raises

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

As Limestone County commissioners court works on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the commissioners find themselves in the same situation as they have past several years: trying to find places to cut as revenues continue to shrink. 

The court held its first budget workshop Aug. 3, and after County Judge Daniel Burkeen went over many areas of modest cuts and a few increases, he and the commissioners agreed that with property valuations down significantly, the tax rate will have to increase just to keep the revenue amount the same as last year. 

“We’re going to have to raise the tax rate, and still – we won’t bring any more in than last year, probably bring in less, but it will be a tax increase technically,” Burkeen 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.

Fri
05
Aug

Court to learn property values, required tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court will learn Tuesday, Aug. 9, from the Tax Assessor-Collector not only the 2016 certified appraisal values of properties in the county, but also the calculated effective rate and rollback tax rate. 

The court plans to discuss and possibly take action on designating a county engineer and road administrator, enlisting the services of a local IT company and approving a change in housing inmates to satisfy Travis County.   

Property values are estimating a 15 percent drop for Limestone County. Tax rate s could increase about 7 percent to produce the same amount of revenue as last year. The tax rate to produce the same amount of revenue as the previous year is called the effective tax rate and is not considered a tax increase, even if it is higher than the rate the previous year. 

Fri
05
Aug

Creation vs Evolution: Hard questions asked

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Internationally known speaker and scientist Dr. Carl Baugh plans to give a presentation in Mexia on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at First Baptist Church, on creation versus evolution.

Dale McDaniel, pastor of Tehuacana Baptist Church, invited Baugh to speak in Mexia, and FBC Pastor Marcus Sheffield, invited McDaniel to hold Baugh’s presentation at FBC because of its large size. 

Sheffield, too, thinks highly of Baugh.

“He is one of the premier experts on some of the more difficult questions in the creation-evolution debate,” Sheffield said. “There are people who believe in evolution and others who believe in creation. Obviously, I’m a creationist.

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Wed
03
Aug

Rehabbed Mexia Habitat dedicated: Gamble grateful

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The home that Mexia’s Dwight and Linda Gamble just bought through Habitat for Humanity was dedicated Sunday, July 31, in a touching ceremony. 

Board members and volunteers with the Greater Mexia Area Habitat for Humanity as well as other well-wishers, gathered in the front yard of the house, in the 700 block of East Titus, to hold the ceremony. The event included remarks from the Gambles, Habitat board members and volunteers, a presentation of gifts, and the turning over of the house keys to the Gambles. 

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
02
Aug

Fatality of Mexia woman after vehicle roll over

A single vehicle wreck occurred with one fatality on US Highway 84 just west of County Road 258 near the rest area at approximately 2:30 p.m today.

According to Department of Public Safety State Trooper Damon Allen, Joyce Eggins, 75, of Mexia, was traveling west on US Highway 84 heading toward Mexia. She was driving a 1997 bronze Chevrolet, 2-door, S-10 half ton, when her left rear tire separated and caused her to go off the road to her right. She attempted to turn left back onto the pavement. While turning left she overcorrected causing the vehicle to roll. 

Trooper Allen said highway patrol officers were already at the scene before county dispatch was notified.

Judge Marcus Hanna pronounced the driver dead.

DPS was at the scene along with Mexia Fire Department, Mexia Police Department, and Teague Fire Department.

Tue
02
Aug

MISD superintendent resigns

With school nearly in session the Mexia Independent School District Board of Trustees, Mexia ISD administrative team, faculty and staff received a letter of resignation, dated Aug. 1, from school superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross informing them of her resignation. The letter ended, “I submit this letter as notification of my retirement, effective Aug. 31, 2016.”

More news to follow in Thursday’s edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
01
Aug

Long-time county employees recognized

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court has recognized county employees who have completed five and 10-year milestones in years of service and given them certificates of recognition. Those recognized included: 

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
01
Aug

Val Sunday – doing what’s best for kids

Staff Writer

Mexia High School’s new principal has a history of putting kids first, starting with her own, and now expanding her reach to those at Mexia High School. 

Val Sunday was enjoying a successful, high-paying career in sales and marketing 11 years ago. 

She worked for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, selling the business to other companies that needed rental cars. 

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
01
Aug

Several home, car burglaries reported in Mexia area

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A teenager broke into a Mexia home during the early morning hours two weeks ago came very close to being shot but for the mercy of a Mexia man. 

Several burglaries in the area have happened. Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne confirmed that three burglaries were reported in Mexia in the past month that he believes may be related to each other, one on Briarwood, a second on Oak Hill Drive, one on Crestline and a fourth on Mesquite.

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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