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Wed
30
Aug

Hurricane-displaced inmates coming to Limestone prison

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County has received well over 100 inmates from around Houston after severe flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey impacted that area. Close to another hundred could join them if the county can finish repairs on one more building at Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison.
The item was added to the agenda of the Aug. 29 meeting on an emergency basis, and commissioners court approved taking immediate steps to make the repairs.
The court heard a report from County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Sheriff Dennis Wilson on the matter.
“F Building has some issues that we had delayed the fixing of in the control system, the intercom system, because we didn’t have a demand for it at the time,” Burkeen said. “Well, now we need those beds; that’s close to another hundred beds.”

Wed
30
Aug

Game opponents change due to Hurricane Harvey

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The start of the 2017 Texas high school football season has officially begun!
Area schools hit the field tonight and throughout the weekend, some opening play against a different opponent than originally scheduled, while others visit new digs at recently remodeled stadiums.
According to a list of cancellations and reschedules - due to Hurricane Harvey - tweeted by Texas Football, the Teague Lions were scheduled to host the Caldwell Hornets Friday night, but will end up playing against the Madisonville Mustangs in Madisonville instead. Madisonville was originally scheduled to host Diboll this Friday night.
The Mexia Blackcats travel to Athens for tomorrow evening’s season opener to play the Hornets.

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
30
Aug

Mexia groups reach out

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
As the dire need of Houston residents becomes more apparent in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, more Mexia organizations are stepping up to provide needed items for their fellow Texans.
A 4-H group made over 500 sandwiches to deliver to one of the devastated cities; a nursing home is serving as a drop-off point for donations; and a service club is contributing money to an emergency relief fund.
The 4-H club is a very active group called the Limestone Leaders, headed by Tami Lewis, Annette McCloskey and Lynn Parsons; many of the members are homeschoolers.
Lewis and McCloskey had seen the TV coverage and felt they had to do something.

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.

Mon
28
Aug

Steele’s Creek, Rocky Creek bridges to be replaced by TxDOT

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Drivers near Thornton will likely be glad to learn that two old, nearly worn out wooden bridges are slated to be replaced.
The commissioners approved replacement of the two bridges at their Aug. 8 meeting from a proposal that the Texas Department of Transportation submitted to the county.
One of the bridges spans Steele’s Creek at LCR 723, and the other crosses Rocky Creek at LCR 786. Both bridges are south of Thornton.
Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver, who conducted the meeting since County Judge Daniel Burkeen was at a conference, noted that both bridges are large.

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
28
Aug

LC residents take boats, supplies to hurricane victims

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County area residents are responding to calls for help from people and authorities in the Houston area, which was still being drenched Monday by record rainfall associated with Hurricane Harvey.
One group is Lone Star Cowboy Church of Limestone County, which has asked people to bring disaster relief supplies to their arena that the pastor and others will take to Rockport since they have contacts there; also because initial reports are that the city is almost a total loss. The church is located on US 84 about two and a half miles west of Mexia, and the initial collection event was to take place Monday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since the disaster and its effects are expected to continue for weeks if not months, the church will continue to accept supplies, even after Monday.
Suggested items requested included diapers, personal hygiene supplies, water, nonperishable foods, tire repair kits and flashlights.

Mon
28
Aug

New code enforcement officer has plenty to do

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia has a new code enforcement officer: Bruce Glover, formerly of Spring, who takes the place of Ron Capehart, who retired.
Glover addressed the Rotary Club of Mexia, where he spoke about his new position after being on the job since May.
Some of his experience includes working as the fire chief, building official, emergency management coordinator and code enforcement officer for the city of Galena Park. He also worked for the city of Sugar Land, as a firefighter and engineer.
“I’ve been in the fire and EMS business, emergency management, code enforcement, fire inspection and fire investigation the majority of my life,” Glover said.
Glover and his wife wanted to get out of Houston, and they had property in Robertson County, but they chose Lake Limestone because of the charm of living on a lake.

Fri
25
Aug

New budget discussions, City park improvements moving forward

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
25
Aug

Commissioners court to determine details in budget Tuesday

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners will hold yet another budget workshop next week to decide details of the budget for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
The workshop is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 29, and the court will also take care of any other business decisions that must be made.
As for the budget workshop, so far, the court members have only spoken on what is planned. Tuesday’s meeting could very well see possible disagreements, as conflicting ideas of how to proceed are hammered out.
All the commissioners and the county judge have agreed that they will try to keep the tax rate lower than the effective tax rate. How much lower, and how to accomplish that is in the details.

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.

Fri
25
Aug

New FUMC pastor wants to hear from people

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s new pastor of First United Methodist Church wants to learn more about the city so she can better understand it, and more about its residents so she can better minister to its people.
The Rev. Jennifer Pick spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about her background and her journey to becoming an ordained pastor.
“There’s got to be something special about a town that creates such longevity,” Pick said, since she has met so many longtime residents. “There’s a reason why you’ve stayed here, and I want to get to know what that is. I want to know what makes Mexia special, I want to get to know what makes the people here who you are.”
Part of it, she acknowledged, was the care and concern people have for one another.

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.

Wed
23
Aug

Commissioners set tax rate, continue looking for cuts

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted to keep the tax rate of County Judge Daniel Burkeen’s preliminary budget for now, which is $0.8057 per $100 property valuation; they anticipate, however, that the final rate will be lower.
Commissioners voted on the rate at their Aug. 22 meeting, and also accepted a donation toward Fairground upgrades, approved several agreements concerning the courts and the Law Enforcement Center; and made decisions on personnel and other matters.

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