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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.

Mon
21
Aug

County aims to stay at effective tax rate, maybe lower

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their specially called budget workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 15, to hold the upcoming fiscal year’s tax rate to less than the effective tax rate and possibly go even lower.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen had submitted a preliminary budget a day before the meeting, and went over a list of any significant budget changes with commissioners at the workshop. The list of changes is included at the end of this article.
Burkeen commended all department heads for doing a good job in trying to trim their budgets.
“We had another lean year, hopefully the last lean year,” he said. “I checked natural gas prices again this morning, and unless they plunge before the first, next year will be a better year, and their value will go up a little bit; and things will hopefully happen at the prison and Precinct 2 will get some windmills in there, maybe not for next year but the year after next.”

Fri
18
Aug

Texas Central bullet train moves to next phase

The Mexia News Staff

Fri
18
Aug

Streetman man dies in rollover wreck

Mexia News Staff Report

A one-vehicle accident near Wortham took the life of a man from Streetman Tuesday.
Steven S. Wheeler, 62, was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck eastbound on FM 27 about four miles east of Wortham on Aug. 15, when the wreck occurred.
According to Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer D.L. Wilson, Wheeler was alone in the truck when he drove off the road and rolled over about 10:25 p.m.
Wheeler was not wearing a seat belt, and alcohol is suspected to have been a factor, Wilson said.
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
18
Aug

County to vote on new tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court plans to discuss and propose the 2017-18 fiscal year tax rate at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
The court will also make decisions concerning the new term of election judges; approve several agreements with other entities on jail inmate housing and medical care; and address some issues on infrastructure and personnel matters.
Regarding the tax rate, if the rate is higher than the effective tax rate, the court would need to schedule public hearings; but comments by court members at recent meetings indicate they will stay at or below the effective tax rate. The effective tax rate is the rate that would produce the same amount of funds as last year’s rate, which was $0.7622.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting the court plans to determine the length of term for the county election judges and begin appointing presiding and alternate judges in each precinct for the 2017-19 election term.

Wed
16
Aug

Fairgrounds upgrades begin to take shape

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
After years of talking about improving the Fairgrounds, Limestone County commissioners court took steps at its Aug. 15 meeting to order additional horse stalls, and to have a dressing room built for the facility.
Supporters of the Fairgrounds hope the upgrades will make the venue available for larger events, thus increasing its profitability.
General Manager Kenneth Ellis found an offer on some horse stalls that the commissioners agreed they couldn’t pass up.
Ellis was not present, so County Judge Daniel Burkeen presented the information on his behalf. The deal was for 20 new portable horse stalls of top quality for $24,023, which includes a discount.

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
16
Aug

Star-gazers witness first hand Perseid meteor shower

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Confederate Reunion Grounds held a star-gazing party Saturday, which was also the height of the Perseid meteor shower.
According to site manager Amanda McVay, nearly 60 people attended and watched the sky for the second annual event, but they also identified many other items in the night sky.
According to nightsky.org, the Perseid meteor shower is produced each year, between July 17 to Aug. 24, as the earth crosses through the orbital path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle and is usually most visible after the first week of August. Particles of debris burn up as they hit the earth’s atmosphere. A rare few may survive and actually hit the earth, and are then classified as meteorites.

Mon
14
Aug

School supply giveaway sees hundreds equipped

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s school supply giveaway Saturday grew well beyond last year’s efforts, with more than 400 students served.
The event was produced by a coalition of Mexia area businesses, churches and organizations called Mexia Cares that each donated 400 of one or sometimes two items from a list of school supplies requested by the Mexia Independent School District for students in pre-k through sixth grade.
Jason Ellis, a teacher and local pastor, chaired the giveaway and reported a significant increase from last year in the number of students helped.

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