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Wed
09
Aug

LC jail investigating contraband smuggling

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
All Limestone County jail inmates, including trustees, are being kept strictly within the jail facility while Sheriff Dennis Wilson conducts an investigation into a problem with contraband that surfaced three weeks ago.
The situation was revealed at the commissioners court’s meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8, when two department heads said their respective facilities were woefully in need of yard work, something the county depends heavily on inmates to do.
“I’m trying to do everything by myself,” said Fairgrounds manager Kenneth Ellis, who relies on inmate trustees not only to cut the grass but to do much of the work needed at the show barn for its many events.

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
09
Aug

Boy Scouts learn new skills at Camp Tahouya

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Boy Scouts from Mexia-based Troop 70 reported on their time at summer camp, where they experienced fun activities at Camp Tahouya, a Boy Scout camping facility south of Belton, off IH-35.
Six of the Scouts spoke on the camp to the Mexia Lions Club, a longtime sponsor of the Scouts with a legacy of Scoutmasters. Clint Flatt was Scoutmaster from 2007-14, then stepped up again in January of this year when the Scoutmaster at that time had a job transfer. As Scoutmaster of Troop 70, Clint Flatt follows in the footsteps of his father, Dick Flatt, who was Scoutmaster in the 1980s, and his grandfather, Leon Flatt, who was Scoutmaster in the 1940s through 1960s.

Mon
07
Aug

Nussbaum pleads guilty Sentenced to 37.5 years

By Bob Wright
Special to The Mexia News

Mon
07
Aug

Missing Mexia teen found safe

Mexia News Staff Report

A Mexia teenager, last seen by her family Friday evening, was found safe Sunday night.
Juliana Contreras Garcia, 13, was reported missing to the Mexia Police Department on Saturday, Aug. 5. The Police Department posted a notice to its Facebook page, with more than 2,900 people sharing the original post, and many others sharing that information on their respective Facebook pages.
According to the Mexia Police Department’s update, Garcia was located in Freestone County Sunday night, Aug. 6, “and found safe and sound.”
The Department thanked everyone who helped by sharing the pertinent information.
Additionally, Interim Chief of Police Rodney Irvin credited Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley and his staff for helping with the investigation.

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
07
Aug

Park to upgrade trash barrels to dumpsters

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court took a step to avoid overflowing trash at a popular park at Lake Limestone, but other park problems were more difficult to address.
Road Administrator Jerry Herin, who directs the Road and Bridge Department, told the court the Sheriff’s Office has called him several times to get someone to pick up trash at Lake Limestone Park No. 3. Herin said there are not enough barrels there, but when the county installs them, the barrels often get stolen, set on fire or thrown into the lake. He asked the court to switch to using dumpsters.
The dumpsters are not intended for people to use to discard their household trash, he said, but some people use them for that purpose anyway. He suggested that if someone is caught discarding their household trash in the dumpsters they get issued a citation.

Mon
07
Aug

MHS march 10 miles to raise funds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia High School’s Blackcat marching band trekked 10 miles through downtown Mexia Saturday to raise money for their upcoming trip to Branson.
Approximately 45 students and some parents, too, met at the school at 7 a.m., leaving shortly thereafter on a route that took them up and down many Mexia streets, first from the school to downtown, then back and forth for a while before stopping at the city park to rest and drink water.
They continued on the route and ended up at H-E-B, where the grocery store provided more cold water and also bananas for the students.
“It’s a fundraiser for us,” said band director Conrad Flusche. “I think the people in town enjoy it. We’re continuing a tradition now. We’ve done it every year since I’ve been here.”

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
04
Aug

Mexia school supply giveaway slated Aug. 12

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
For younger Mexia students whose families are wondering how they will be able to afford the many school supplies they need to buy before school starts, relief has arrived.
A school supply giveaway for parents and guardians of pre-k through sixth grade Mexia students will be held at the Mexia Junior High School cafetoreum on Saturday, Aug. 12, 9-11 a.m. – and just in time before school starts Thursday, Aug. 17.
Mexia businesses, churches and organizations have been working for weeks to buy the supplies. Admission is free, and those attending will find the cafetoreum filled with friendly volunteers manning tables offering almost everything their students need. Organizers will verify the children are Mexia students by checking their names against school rosters.
Jason Ellis, a teacher, local pastor and also director of the event, expressed pleasure at having obtained all the supplies requested.

Fri
04
Aug

County votes 3-2 to work with broken down pug mill

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court determined the winners of the annual bids at their July 25 meeting, except for oil-and-sand mixing, to the dismay of one of the commissioners.
This is at least the third year that the court has refused, in a 3-2 vote, to consider accepting a bid by a professional to provide oil-and-sand mixing, if needed.
Their reluctance dates back years ago when the county’s pug mill – a device that mixes oil and sand for use on surfacing roads – was broken, and the county bought all its oil-and-sand mixed by a man who specialized in making this product.

Fri
04
Aug

Emergency burn ban expected to continue

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is expected to approve the emergency burn ban that County Judge Daniel Burkeen placed on the county on Friday afternoon, July 28.
The court will consider taking action on the ban at its upcoming meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8. Also at the meeting, the court will receive the certified appraisal values and calculated tax rate for 2017, accept a donation toward a bullet-proof vest and work out details for the Indigent Health program for the upcoming fiscal year.

Wed
02
Aug

Fairgrounds improvements slowly moving forward

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Plans for installing additional horse stalls in the show barn of the Limestone County Fairgrounds are moving slowly, but moving forward. Also, a committee whose goal is to find ways to improve the Fairgrounds is proceeding with plans to add two dressing rooms at the show barn.
County commissioners heard an update on the horse stall project at their July 25 meeting from Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis.
Ellis said he had found a good price on some horse stalls from a company called Saratoga Stalls, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The company was offering up to 20 lightly used portable horse stalls, located in Houston, for $900 a set. The total price would be $18,000 plus about $1,000 for freight.
“The best price we had so far was between $1,300 and $1,500 a stall,” Ellis told the court.

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.

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