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Wed
13
Dec

Commissioners continue interview process for legal representation

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Members of the Limestone County commissioners court interviewed a second candidate being considered as a possible new legal representative for the county.
The interview, conducted with representatives of the firm Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee, of Waco, took place at the court’s Dec. 12 meeting. Commissioners also heard updates about the county-owned prison, handled personnel matters, agreed on whom to vote for in the Appraisal District election and made other financial decisions concerning the county.
As for the interview, attorneys John Hawkins and Roy Barrett spoke about the types of cases the firm had handled and answered questions from the court members.

Wed
13
Dec

Commissioners keep burn ban on

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
13
Dec

Mexia sees 14.9 percent increase in sales for October

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $695.2 million in local sales tax allocations for December, 10.8 percent more than in December 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in October by businesses that report tax monthly.
Cities across the state, on average, saw a 3.5 percent increase year-to-date change; Counties saw a 6.6 percent increase YTD; Transit systems had an increase 3.6 percent YTD; and special purpose taxing districts saw an increase of 12.8 percent YTD.
This month, in Freestone County, Streetman generated 58.72 percent more revenue than this time last year.
With exception to Thornton, the cities in Limestone County generated more revenue this month than this time last year. Kosse saw the greatest increase of 47.38 percent. Thornton saw a decrease of 25.21 percent.

Mon
11
Dec

Crime victims honored at Tree of Angels event

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County crime victims and their families – including one of the latest, that of slain DPS Trooper Damon Allen – were honored at the 13th Annual Tree of Angels Ceremony, held at the courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Christmas can be a hard time for those who have been the victims of crime, and no one knows that better than those who work in the County Attorney’s Office, because they continually work with crime victims and their families.
Consequently, County Attorney Roy DeFriend and his associates hold the ceremony each year to remember what the crime victims have gone through and honor their strength and endurance as they move through this difficult time in their lives.
DeFriend opened the evening welcoming those present, reminding them why honoring crime victims is important.

Fri
08
Dec

Commissioners to reconsider burn ban

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, will consider whether or not to keep the burn ban in effect or lift it.
Besides making this decision, the court will interview a second candidate for a new legal representative, decide how to cast their votes in the Appraisal District board election, agree on which new pug mill to buy and make several other decisions on county business.

Fri
08
Dec

Late Trooper’s daughter switches on lights

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Leaders of Limestone County and its two largest cities, Groesbeck and Mexia, met at the Old Navasota River Bridge Tuesday, Dec. 5, for the annual Bridge-Lighting Ceremony, and the special guest to turn on the lights was Madison Allen, 8, who was there with her mother, Kasey Allen, and other family members of the late DPS Trooper Damon Allen.
However, with the bridge covered with rust, and concrete portions have many large chunks missing and exposed rebar, there may not be a Bridge-Lighting Ceremony in 2018. The historic bridge on State Hwy. 14, near LCR 402, is scheduled to be rehabilitated by the state in the fall of 2018.
The three entities that care for the bridge – Limestone County, Groesbeck and Mexia – take turns hosting the event. The Bridge-Lighting Ceremony is one of the times the three entities come together in a joint effort, and it is considered a time of rapport and cooperation.

Thu
07
Dec

EDC Executive Director Susan Cates resigns

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

It is not very often anyone gets a call out of the blue and asks if you want to take a job elsewhere. It so happened to Mexia Executive Director Susan Cates the day before Thanksgiving.
“The city manager with the city of Hutto got my name from networking in the economic network community and contacted me the day before Thanksgiving,” said Cates. “They asked me to come the week after Thanksgiving for an interview. We had a great phone conversation about the direction of where Hutto was going and I feel like my experience dovetails loosely with the rapid growth that they are experiencing from the outflow of the Austin metro area. With the rapid population growth and housing growth, my experience from my previous community of Ridge North and my two years of experience here in Mexia, we felt like we had a synergy.”
Late Monday afternoon Cates received a call from the city manager of Hutto.

Thu
07
Dec

Seniors receive accolades for their contributions to county

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Dozens of Limestone County’s 65-plus set got together this week to celebrate seniors and their contributions in the Fifth Annual Limestone County Senior Celebration Event.
The free event took place Monday, Dec. 4, at the Mexia Senior Center, on Sherman Street, with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Gabby Washington coordinating the action and emceeing the event.
There were door prizes, free health checks, refreshments and entertainment to keep the action interesting and moving along.
About 50 door prizes were awarded, meaning virtually everyone attending the Senior Celebration received a prize, like fleece throws, stainless steel drink bottles and canvas back packs.

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.

Thu
07
Dec

LCDC: progress slow but positive

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Progress on getting the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison, running with high numbers again continues to move slowly, though in the right direction.
Warden Richard Alford, with LaSalle Corrections, the company that runs the prison for the county, reported to county commissioners at their Nov. 28 meeting on the number of inmates he has and how many he expects to have soon. He also spoke on improvements that have been made recently and requests for prison beds.
Currently the prison has 197 inmates, Alford said, and is populated primarily with offenders being held for Johnson and Eckerd counties. He also has a few from Galveston County, but said that county is no longer seeking the LCDC’s assistance.
Alford said he was scheduled to receive 20 more inmates that day, which would put the inmate count at 217.

Mon
04
Dec

Commissioners interview first candidate for new legal rep

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners learned more Georgetown attorney George Hyde in their first interview of a candidate for new legal representation.
Their interaction took place at the Nov. 28 commissioners court meeting and lasted more than half an hour. Hyde gave examples of cases in which his firm had successfully represented various Texas counties and also spoke of his view of the attorney-client relationship.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen reminded the court that Hyde had already represented the county on an insurance case because he is on the Texas Association of Counties’ list of approved attorneys.
Hyde told the court that he had dedicated his law practice to the representation of local government.
“Having been a 25-year commissioned police officer and a six-year firefighter, both in volunteer as well as regular positions, I understand a little bit of the inside of what they go through,” Hyde said.

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