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Fri
11
May

Judge suggests Callis should be the courthouse-grant manager

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Limestone County commissioners were asked by County Judge Daniel Burkeen to consider naming Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis as grant manager for the recently awarded $313,467 grant to fix the courthouse. The matter would be on a future meeting agenda.
The court heard this suggestion at its May 8 meeting and also authorized advertising bids on hay-cutting rights at the prison, divided up money from the Emergency Road Fund among the precincts, and made other decisions concerning the county’s finances and quality of life.
Burkeen told the court about the emergency grant for well over $300,000 that the county had been awarded from the State Historical Commission. Since Callis had been instrumental in the county’s receiving the grant, Burkeen said he thought Callis should manage the grant, and he indicated that Callis should also be reimbursed for the extra work.

Fri
11
May

Group unveils tourism site live and on FB Live

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Limestone County’s new tourism website (visitlimestonecountytx.com) went online with a splash Thursday night during a kickoff event at Old Fort Parker, one of the high-profile historic sites featured on the website – which may just be the beginning of promoting tourism in the county.
About 45 people, including local dignitaries, well-wishers and other people from all over the county who had a hand in the development of the new website met in the Hinchliffe Visitors Center at Old Fort Parker to see a live, interactive showing of the website and its features.

Fri
11
May

Early voting for judge runoff begins Monday

Election Day for Limestone County is May 22
By Tom Hawkins
Special to The Mexia News
The runoff election for the position of Limestone County judge will be on Tuesday, May 22.
In the March primary election Richard Duncan and Mark Roark were the top two candidates from a field of four candidates. Early voting will be from May 14 through May 18. Early voting will take place at the Limestone County Courthouse in Groesbeck, and the Mexia Civic Center, 101 S. McKinney in Mexia.
Voting precincts have been consolidated for the runoff election.
The consolidated voting precincts for the May 21 runoff election are as follows:
*Mary Helen Nance Community Center, 301 E. 8th St., Thornton, Precinct 102.
*Kosse Community Center, 200 N. Hwy 14, Kosse, Precinct 103.
*Old Union Community Center, Old Union, 3573 FM 3371, Precinct 104.
*Coolidge Civic Center, 806 Bell, Street, Coolidge, Precincts 204 & 205.

Mon
07
May

Coolidge’s Mesquite Tree Festival promises attendees a good time

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Coolidge is preparing for its annual Mesquite Tree Festival, which is coming up Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 – and organizers are encouraging people all over the county to attend and enjoy all the food, music and entertainment to be offered.
Coolidge Mayor Jesse Ashmore and City Council issued a proclamation Friday, declaring May 11-12 to be Mesquite Tree Festival time in Coolidge, and they are hoping the whole county will attend.

Mon
07
May

Just another day at the Beachum football camp

Mexia’s NFL player brings others to town to help with future pros
By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
Anthony Johnson was one of the last players to exit Blackcat Field after the 5th annual Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp.
Johnson, a defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts, was one of 12 professional football players who spent the day coaching campers during the two-hour session in the morning for younger participants and the two-hour session in the afternoon for eighth- through 12th-graders.
As Johnson walked off the field, his red shirt was drenched with sweat, indicative of the effort he put into coaching and teaching young players the finer points of defensive-line play. In fact, it seemed the professional players were working just as hard as the camp participants.

Mon
07
May

Lake Limestone residents request help to prevent flooding from culvert

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Two Lake Limestone residents have requested help from Limestone County commissioners in keeping flooding water from gushing from a culvert on the road by their homes, which is eroding their property.
Rusty Richards and Cathy Rayburn, who live on adjacent properties on LCR 752, appeared at commissioners court’s April 24 meeting and spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting to explain their problem.
Richards said that when he bought his property seven or eight years ago he didn’t even realize the culvert was there. He has continually worked on the problem since he moved there but is now requesting help.
Likewise Rayburn said she has planted grass and placed objects to try to divert the water away from her home and shed, with little success.

Mon
07
May

Mexia city manager discusses budget process, needs

City could see a drop in tax, fee collections
By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Mexia City Manager Eric Garretty held a mini-workshop for City Council members to talk to them about how the budget process works and give details to consider for this year’s budget.
The budget presentation was held at the council’s April 17 meeting. Garretty said he projects the city may collect $127,000 less this fiscal year than what it had predicted to collect in property taxes, sales taxes and franchise fees. The fund balance, however, is sufficient to cover the shortage. He suggested the city from now on budget 98 percent of the total levy to account for uncollected taxes and avoid such shortfalls.
Garretty also told the council that the city is slightly under budget in spending.

Mon
07
May

Winners determined in Saturday’s elections

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County voters have spoken, and the winners selected in the May 5 city and school board elections.
Mexia
In the race for Mexia City Council District 2, incumbent Blanca Rivera won with 31 votes, or 56.36 percent, over challenger Laura Rothrock, who garnered 24 votes, or 43.64 percent.
In the race for Place 1 on the Mexia Independent School District board, William T. “Bud” Shamblin came out on top with 412 votes, or 66.67 percent, defeating Joyce Forge-Johnson, who had 206 votes, or 33.33 percent.
Groesbeck
In the Groesbeck Independent School District board election, the winners were as follows:
GISD Trustee, District 3 winner was Tom M. Sutton, with 110 votes (60.44 percent) over Tom Levi, with 72 votes, or 39.56 percent.
GISD Trustee, District 4 winner was Jud Hughes with 101 votes (51.01 percent) over Randy Hunter, with 97 votes, or 48.99 percent.

Fri
04
May

Shovel-clutching stranger breaks into woman’s home, stares down barrel of gun

By Alexandra Cannon
Special to The Mexia News
Laura Williams and her teenage daughter, Hannah, were asleep on opposite ends of the house when they were woken by the ringing doorbell early Tuesday morning, April 24.
Williams answered the door and saw a man she later described in her police statement as “approximately late 40s early 50s, 5’10”, 250 lbs, grey hair with mustache and beard, covered in tattoos… with a shovel.”
Williams didn’t recognize or know the man but said her first interaction with him didn’t make her uneasy.
“He didn’t raise his voice; he just asked for someone, and I told him he was at the wrong house. He said, ‘Well where is she?’ and I said, ‘She’s not here,’ but he looked at the ground and said ‘yes father, I know I’ll have to take care of her’ so I knew something wasn’t right,” Williams said. “Once I closed the door and locked it, he just walked right off the porch. He wasn’t in a hurry; he didn’t scream or holler.”

Fri
04
May

Mexia PD helps Groesbeck PD with drug bust

The week passes with only minor arrests

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia Police personnel assisted Groesbeck Police Department in executing a search warrant that resulted in four suspects arrested on various counts of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The arrest was the high point in a fairly quiet week in Mexia.
The drug bust took place Wednesday, May 2, about 4:50 p.m. in the 100 block of Tucker Lane in Groesbeck.
According to Mexia Police Capt. Bobby Coslin, there were three males and one female among those arrested; also, he said, one of the male suspects jumped out the back window of the building but was quickly apprehended.
Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson said the two departments are trying to focus on those who bring in the drugs to this area.

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