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Tue
21
Mar

LCSO grateful for donation

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson is thrilled with the $600 anonymous donation the county received to buy another bullet-proof vest.
County commissioners accepted the donation at their March 14 meeting and also approved connecting the Sheriff’s Office jail phone service with the service of the rest of the county; and heard the February statistics from the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center.
Regarding the donated funds, all donations are required to be approved and accepted by commissioners court to be utilized. In the past year, since Wilson revealed in court that the Sheriff’s Office did not have enough bullet-proof vests for all his deputies, two churches and a service organization have donated money to buy several vests, which cost $600 each.

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.

Tue
21
Mar

Hoverboard starts fire in home

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
A Mexia family’s electronic toy turned dangerous Sunday night when their self-balancing smart scooter, often called a hoverboard, caught fire while it was recharging.
Three Mexia Fire Department fire trucks and an EMS unit were called on March 19 at 9:16 p.m. about the fire, at 207 S. Canton; they arrived at 9:20.
A firefighter among those responding said the family was recharging the device in the living room and saw it catch fire. The damage inside, he said, was mainly smoke damage and carpet burns where the hoverboard had been sitting.
Firefighters pulled the device out the front door and onto the sidewalk in front of the house.

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
17
Mar

County hears update on LCDC restoration

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their March 14 meeting to pay expenses totally $42,822 to complete another building at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison.
The county officials are monitoring the prison closely since it has the potential to bring in significant income to the county, both directly if a longterm contract can be signed with law enforcement agencies, and indirectly through high-paying jobs that would be offered for workers there.
LCDC Warden Charles Vondra gave a detailed explanation of what is needed to prepare F Building for inspection by the State Jail Commission. Those items include a new computer that controls all the electronics in the building. Vondra said LaSalle Corrections, which is the company operating the prison, sent the computer to a company to get it repaired but were told it was not fixable and would need to be replaced.

Fri
17
Mar

Mexia couple hauls hay to stricken ranchers

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When Mexia’s Scott and Alisha Moore heard about the plight of ranchers in the Texas Panhandle who had lost all the grass on their land and had nothing to feed their cattle, they knew they had to do something. They had some hay left over from various hay-baling jobs they had done last year through their family business, so they took up a load of 23 round bales of hay to Pampa last Saturday, March 11.
The Moores left Mexia at 3 a.m. Saturday for the 425-mile trip to the Panhandle. Their son, Josh Moore, had helped them load the hay bales the night before onto a 40-foot flatbed gooseneck trailer they would pull behind their red Chevrolet dually.
As they drove north, when suddenly they noticed there were a few trucks ahead of them also hauling hay.
When Scott and Alisha stopped to refill their gas tank, people recognized what they were doing and offered to help with their expenses.

Fri
17
Mar

Mexia couple hauls hay to stricken ranchers

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
When Mexia’s Scott and Alisha Moore heard about the plight of ranchers in the Texas Panhandle who had lost all the grass on their land and had nothing to feed their cattle, they knew they had to do something. They had some hay left over from various hay-baling jobs they had done last year through their family business, so they took up a load of 23 round bales of hay to Pampa last Saturday, March 11.
The Moores left Mexia at 3 a.m. Saturday for the 425-mile trip to the Panhandle. Their son, Josh Moore, had helped them load the hay bales the night before onto a 40-foot flatbed gooseneck trailer they would pull behind their red Chevrolet dually.
As they drove north, when suddenly they noticed there were a few trucks ahead of them also hauling hay.
When Scott and Alisha stopped to refill their gas tank, people recognized what they were doing and offered to help with their expenses.

Thu
16
Mar

County hopes Legislature deals with mental health issues – Part 2

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
In Part 1, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson spoke of how the Texas Sheriffs Association, which he serves as president, and the Texas Council of Community Centers, for which he serves on the executive board, have asked the Texas Legislature for changes in the state’s response to mental health problems. As Limestone County Sheriff, Wilson sees inmates with mental problems having to wait months for treatment. County Judge Daniel Burkeen suggested that treating inmates and also civil patients with mental health issues locally in contract beds would be a wiser use of state funds. Judges at other jurisdictional levels in Texas are also ending up with inmates who have to wait to be treated for their mental illness.

Thu
16
Mar

County agrees to pay back Atmos for error

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed to pay Atmos Energy $3,633 for reimbursement of six months of a six-year accidental undercharge by the company at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison. The county came out well ahead, however, because the total undercharge was $39,881 and extended to when the meter was installed in 2011, Atmos told the court.
The agreement to repay Atmos was made at the court’s March 14 meeting, when the court also agreed to pay nearly $43,000 in expenses to get the LCDC’s F Building finished, approved leasing voting equipment to several entities for the May 6 election, accepted a $600 donation for a bullet-proof vest, and made a variety of other decisions concerning county business.

Thu
16
Mar

Hope brings Birthday Bash to benefit LARAS House

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Wortham’s Hope Pirkle converted her March 11 birthday celebration into a fundraiser – Hope’s Barkin’ Birthday Bash – to benefit the dogs and cats at LARAS House, Limestone County’s no-kill animal shelter.
Hope asked anyone who might have planned to give her a birthday present to instead donate $11 or 11 pounds of pet food to LARAS House to feed the dozens of animals the facility houses.
This is the second consecutive year Hope has made this sacrifice, which she does not seem to consider a sacrifice at all.
“I have my birthday at LARAS House to help animals,” she said. “I’ve had loads of animals through my lifetime, and most of them have been hurt or scared. I would like to help the other animals find a home, especially a loving home.”

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
13
Mar

County hopes Legislature deals with mental health issues

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The current Texas legislative session could be the one in which lawmakers take steps to address what is already a crisis for those dealing with problems resulting from untreated mental health patients – that’s what several key people in Limestone County hope anyway.
Limestone County has a connection to mental health issues, in part because of the presence of the Mexia State Supported Living Center, and in part because Sheriff Dennis Wilson is heavily involved in mental health in Texas. Wilson is Chair of the Heart of Texas Region MHMR Center and is also on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Texas Council of Community Centers, which operates 39 facilities across the state to deal with, among other things, mental health and substance abuse problems.

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
13
Mar

An all new beat wins talent show

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia Independent School District students demonstrated their skill with music in 14 different ways Friday night at the 62nd Annual Rotary Club of Mexia Talent Show.
Ten of the 14 entries took home cash prizes for putting forth the effort to perform – and judging by the audience’s response they did entertain.
The overall winner, and first prize winner in the senior division, was 16-year-old Alex Olvera, who did a freestyle beatbox routine taking home $500, composed of $250 for each win.
The talent show was held at the Mexia High School Auditorium, with Revendy Rhodes as emcee. Members of Boy Scout Troop 70 opened the evening by presenting the colors, followed by the opening act, which was a lineup of Aunt Rosie’s Day Care students who sang, danced and showed some of the many things they had learned so far.

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