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Mon
23
Apr

School board talks budget

No tax increase expected
By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
With more than four months remaining in the current fiscal year, the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees is already preparing for the process of passing a budget for 2018-19.
Dr. Brian Ziemer, Mexia ISD assistant superintendent of Operations & Financial Services, gave an informational presentation regarding preliminary budget planning at the board’s regular meeting last week.
While many of the numbers regarding taxes and state and federal aid are not available yet, the projected numbers indicate the school district is in good financial shape as the budget process begins during the summer.
Ziemer projected the total budget would be about $19.1 million. And he said the board won’t have to raise taxes. The current rate of about $1.20 per $100 property valuation should be sufficient for next year.

Mon
23
Apr

Lots of fair deals

Kylee Wietzikoski of Groesbeck 4-H leads her Grand Champion steer though the auction pen as bids are made Saturday afternoon during the Limestone County Fair and Stock Show sale at the fairgrounds. Her steer was purchased by the Elite Buyers Club for $10,000. More information about this year’s fair will be published in a special section in the May 1 edition of The Mexia News and the May 3 edition of The Groesbeck Journal. The section will include the names of all the students whose projects made the sale, along with the names of the generous people who bought them.
Photo by Richard Nelson/The Mexia News

Mon
23
Apr

Tourism website to premier at Fort, Facebook Live

Special to The Mexia News
A world premier in Limestone County?
Absolutely!
The Limestone County Tourism Committee is going to the World Wide Web to introduce the new Limestone County tourism website. It has been months in its making and the committee voted unanimously to hold a Facebook Live event, originating from Old Fort Parker about 6:30 p.m. May 10.
The premier-goers will be treated to popcorn, candy and cold drinks in the movie-theater tradition, and plans are under way to add door prizes and other refreshments to help make it a memorable evening.

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
23
Apr

County Clerk’s Office earns Five-Star Award ... again

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s County Clerk Office earned the Five-Star Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services for 2017 – the 11th consecutive year the office has received the recognition for excellent work.
The award was presented to the employees at the Commissioners Court’s April 10 meeting. Present to accept the award were County Clerk Peggy Beck and clerks Jan Ledet, Lede Salazar, Olga Guzman, Dee Crabb and Rhonda Jefferson.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen read the award aloud, which explained why the office was being recognized.

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.

Mon
23
Apr

Mexia Lions screen eyes of district’s youngest students

By Roxanne Thompson
roxanne@themexianews.com
Members of the Mexia Lions Club spent Wednesday morning, April 11, fulfilling the club’s goal of saving people’s eyesight by using a special machine to screen the eyes of students at Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary School.
The eye-screening device was a Welch AllynSpot Vision Screener, which several area Lions Clubs share. The Mexia Lions hold screenings several times a year to help people know whether or not they have detected problems that require the attention of an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Mostly 4- and 5-year-olds were tested, about 150 in all, plus another 13 brought in from First Methodist Pre-school. Of those tested, 24 were referred to an eye doctor.
The Lions try to screen students when they start school because some eye conditions, if caught early, can be treated and remedied with a physician’s care.

Mon
23
Apr

City fund balances rise significantly

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
City Council heard welcome financial news at its Tuesday meeting.
Council members heard the annual city audit results at their April 17 meeting and also heard a plan to refinance and pay off some of its water bonds, approved a letter to the U.S. Postmaster requesting help in improving access to the Post Office, voted to deny Oncor’s recent rate hike request and made other decisions concerning the finances and quality of life in Mexia.
As for the audit, Greg Hoeft of the firm of Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd and Therrell, gave the report on the audit he conducted on the figures from fiscal year 2016-17, and he said he found nothing amiss in the city’s finances.
“The most important part is how much your fund balance increased from year to year,” he said. “Your main operating fund is the General Fund; and then you have the Water and Sewer Fund.”

Mon
23
Apr

Two are vying to be Place 1 MISD trustee

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
Three seats on the Mexia ISD Board of Trustees will be voted on in the general election May 5, but only one is being contested.
Incumbents Jackie Craig and Ron Fowler are running unopposed for Places 6 and 7, respectively. Both positions are three-year terms.
The contested race will be for the one-year term for the vacant Place 1 seat. The candidates are William “Bud” Shamblin and Joyce Forge-Johnson. The seat was left vacant with the November 2107 resignation of Dave Klosterman.
Shamblin, who is retired and does air conditioning work on a part-time basis, formerly was on the school board for six years from 1996-2002. He had two sons in school then. Now, he has two grandsons in school.
“I just want to get involved and see if I can help the school district keep improving,” Shamblin said of his reason for running.

Mon
23
Apr

School board votes to install artificial turf on football field

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
The Mexia ISD Board of Trustees voted to purchase synthetic turf for the football field and to award the school district’s food-service management contract for the upcoming year, among its actions at the regular monthly board meeting Monday night.
Both were unanimous votes.
Superintendent Dr. Lyle DuBus, as instructed at last month’s meeting, provided the board with three options for paying for the field turf. He recommended releasing funds from the committed fund balance to pay most of the cost and paying the remaining $319,820 out of bond funds.
Hellas Construction will install the turf.
DuBus said the field should be in place before the team’s first game of the 2018 season.

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.

Tue
17
Apr

City, Mexia ISD to share election ballot

Voting in person on Election Day, Tuesday, May 5, both for Mexia City Council District 2 and Mexia ISD Place 1, will be held at the Mexia Civic Center, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early voting is being held at the Mexia ISD Administration Building, 616 N. Red River, from April 23 through May 1, the following days and times:
• Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, April 30 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 1 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Applications for ballots by mail should be mailed to:
Jennifer Johnson-Southard
County Election Officer
P.O. Box 468
200 W. State St., G5
Groesbeck, TX 76642

Applications for ballot by mail must be received no later than the close of business day on Tuesday, April 24.
Ballots by mail must be received by Election Day, Saturday, May 5, when the polls close at 7 p.m.

Tue
17
Apr

District 2 only city race on election ballot

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
With the May 5 city and school board elections approaching, candidates for the Mexia city council District 2 race have just a few weeks left to persuade voters to cast their ballots for them.
Incumbent Blanca Rivera and challenger Laura Rothrock are the only two running because districts 5 and 6 incumbents Arthur “Chunky” Busby and Scott Condon, respectively, who were also up for re-election, drew no challengers. Consequently, the council voted at its March 20 meeting to cancel the districts 5 and 6 elections and certify the two incumbents as the winners in their respective districts.
As for the District 2 race, Rivera, a housewife with two sons, ages 3 and 1, and a daughter in seventh grade, said she is running for re-election because she wants to better represent Hispanics in the district; also to finish the work in the park.

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