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Wed
14
Dec

Mums the word on plans to get more inmates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court met with their attorney and several officials with LaSalle Corrections in executive session Tuesday about getting a contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to house additional inmates. Executive sessions are closed to the public because they involve discussions of a sensitive nature and could have a detrimental effect on negotiations with a third party. 

Also at the Dec. 13 meeting, the court made other decisions regarding the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison; assisted a landowner whose property entrance was about to be blocked by TxDOT; approved two employee raises and the renewing of several contracts; and heard reports from the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center. 

Wed
14
Dec

RYLA camp develops leadership

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia Rotarians will soon scout Mexia and Wortham sophomores and juniors to see which could benefit from attending the Rotary Leadership Camp Academy next summer. Although the five-day RYLA camp happens around July 4, the decision about who will go is made in January. Consequently, those interested in going, or finding out more about it, are encouraged to inquire now. 

Two students will be chosen from among those who apply, and those two usually undergo profound changes through the experience. 

Mexia High School junior David Sarabia attended in July 2016. He had been intrigued about RYLA since he saw his older brother return from the camp a couple of years previously.   

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
14
Dec

Local sales for December allocations in LC see decrease

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $627.6 million in local sales tax allocations for December, 0.2 percent more than in December 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in October by monthly filers.

Hegar said, “The cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, El Paso and San Antonio continue to see significant increases in sales tax allocations. The cities of Houston, Sugar Land and Plano saw noticeable decreases in sales tax allocations.”

Tue
13
Dec

I remember when...

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The recent anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor brought back many memories to Wanda McDonald, both from before and during World War II. 

She was Wanda Kennedy back then, and her parents owned a grocery store in Mexia. 

“My parents were Johnie and Callie Kennedy,” Wanda said. “Daddy had a store down by the cotton mill. It was just called Johnie Kennedy’s grocery store. The textile mill had built a new building at the very end of South McKinney. That was probably in 1928. Daddy built a new house and store two or three blocks up from the cotton mill.”

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
13
Dec

How to make money work for you

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

During a regular scheduled meeting on Nov. 15, the city council took care of routine business as well as having discussions with J. Shane Howard, Senior Vice President of Burditt Consultants, regarding possible future infrastructure improvements and to hear an update of an Athletic Complex.

Howard briefly explained his financial economics background and his findings in Mexia’s infrastructure of hotel revenues, direct economic impact, and the last 10 years of budgeting. He said, “We pay attention to budget cycles and I noticed that you do not have a debt rate. Looking at your budget rate of 80 cents, and it looks to increase to 89, there are a lot of capitol and maintenance outlays. What I found surprised me. Your M&O rate is so high for a community this size.”

Fri
09
Dec

Mexia ISD doing better than some think, Young says

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia ISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Sharon Young gave an update to the Mexia Lions Club in late November on the school district, updating those attending on the district’s progress in the renovations and maintenance work funded by the bond passed in May 2015. She also refuted several negative misconceptions about the district she has heard people repeat. Most of the Priority I projects are complete, she said, and the construction is currently under budget. 

“Some were over-projected, like the roofs,” she said. “We’re being very careful with those funds so at the end we might be able to do some other things, whether it’s replace air conditioners that need to be replaced or doing other things that need to be done.”

Workers will break ground on the new field house in December, she said, noting that the district has sold off the remaining bonds to continue the projects planned. 

Fri
09
Dec

Limestone County prison seeks second source of inmates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners have scheduled both an open session and an executive session, which is closed to the public, at their meeting Tuesday to discuss possibly bidding to house TDCJ inmates, despite the fact that the county-owned prison is already housing some Harris County inmates. 

The court also plans at the Dec. 13 meeting to hear a citizen speak about a problem with a county road and bridge on his property; approve salary adjustments for Law Enforcement Center and Road and Bridge employees; renew agreements with two volunteer fire departments, and a website and email provider; award hay-cutting rights at the airport and address other matters.

Fri
09
Dec

DuBus named finalist for MISD superintendent

By Harry T. Darby

Editor & Publisher

 

The Mexia Independent School District Board of Trustees selected Dr. Lyle DuBus as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. 

The decision took place at the Dec. 7 special meeting of the board. MISD Board Member Jackie Craig made the motion to select DuBus as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. The motion was seconded by Kim Williams and unanimously approved by the board.

DuBus is currently the superintendent of Harts Bluff ISD in the Mount Pleasant area, a position he has held since 2013.

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.

Thu
08
Dec

MISD names finalist for superintendent

The Board of Trustees of the Mexia Independent School District has selected Dr. Lyle DuBus as the lone finalist of position of Superintendent. DuBus is currently the Supintendent of Harts Bluff Independent School District in the Mount Pleasant area. A position that he has held since 2013. For more information, see our Saturday edition of the Mexia News.

Wed
07
Dec

Parkview rates top in nation for patient safety

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia residents may not realize that their own hometown hospital – Parkview Regional Hospital – has been given an A rating for safety by an independent, nonprofit safety rating company called The LeapFrog Group.

LeapFrog gets its name from its goal of taking giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The company has been around since 2000, and rates hospitals by their safety record so patients and employers can be guided to safer hospitals and avoid those that are less safe. The company uses the familiar A-through-F grading system used in schools. Since LeapFrog grades on a bell curve, only the top hospitals get an A, so Parkview’s achievement is remarkable. Parkview was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking from among those that took the survey in the United States.

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