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Tue
03
Oct

Two arrested in Mexia drug bust

Mexia News Staff Report

A Teague woman and a Mexia man were arrested near Mexia on Sept. 19 and charged with drug and firearm violations.
Tiffaney Starr, 37, and Jimmy Dale Owens, 39, were arrested by a Limestone County deputy after a suspicious car was reported parked near the Mexia city limits.
The two were transported to the Limestone County Jail, where Starr was charged with possession of a controlled substance greater than 1 gram and less than 4 grams; possession of a dangerous drug; theft of a firearm and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Owens was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
“Sgt. David Bell with the Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force was summoned to assist,” according to the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, which noted that the firearm in Starr’s possession had been stolen in a recent burglary in the county.

Tue
03
Oct

Most Distinguished Alumnus Philip Wayne Shoemaker

Most Distinguished Alumnus Philip Wayne Shoemaker
Highly intelligent and capable of significant academic prowess, Mexia High School’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Philip Wayne Shoemaker, from the Mexia Ex- Students’ Association’s Class of 1967, admits that he seldom studied in school.
Fellow Blackcats in Shoemaker’s chemistry and physics classes often perceived him as advanced in knowledge and awareness of the subject matter, but his grades did not reflect those characteristics. His teachers often encouraged him to strive to be more involved with his pursuit of academic learning. Shoemaker, however, says that he had little direction from home about what he should do with his life, but Mexia High teachers like Ed Kidd, Edmund Schuster, Dale Brown, W. N. Stone, Coach McQueen and others attempted to advise him that preparation for his adventure in life began in high school. Nevertheless, he did not push himself to be all that he could be.

Tue
03
Oct

LCDC Warden predicts higher prison population

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
LaSalle Corrections Warden Richard Alford gave Limestone County commissioners, at their Sept. 26 meeting, a detailed update on LaSalle’s work in restoring the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison, and said he anticipates population numbers to increase and stay at a sustainable figure.
The court has been monitoring the progress of restoring the prison since it was a significant income stream for the county in the past and could become so again if agreements could be inked with other entities to house enough inmates.
LaSalle already runs prisons nearby, such as the Jack Harwell Detention Center, in Waco, so they can move inmates and employees between the two prisons when needed.
Limestone County has already signed inter-local agreements with other counties to hold their overflow inmates, and the county gets paid a certain amount from LaSalle for housing those offenders.

Tue
03
Oct

Ada Connor laid to rest – Who will pick up the torch?

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Fri
29
Sep

Local author’s book performed as play by college thespians

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Local author and Navarro College professor Dr. Anna Kantor’s children’s book The Kantorbury Tails was performed as a play last Friday, Sept. 22, for Mexia’s younger students.
Kantor, head of Navarro’s English Department, published The Kantorbury Tails in 2016. In cooperation with Navarro College Theater Department Chair Dr. Shellie O’Neal, Kantor wrote a script for a play version of her book called Kantorbury Tails – Live.
The book is based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which describes various characters traveling together on a pilgrimage in England in the late 1300s. In The Kantorbuy Tails, the action takes place in lyrical prose, like Chaucer’s story, but the characters are cute dogs, each with a distinctive personality. Also, the stories focus on lessons in positive character traits or behavior for children to learn.

Fri
29
Sep

Limestone allocated $272K in local sales tax

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Thu
28
Sep

Two arrested in Mexia drug bust

Mexia News Staff Report
A Teague woman and a Mexia man were arrested near Mexia on Sept. 19 and charged with drug and firearm violations.
Tiffaney Starr, 37, and Jimmy Dale Owens, 39, were arrested by a Limestone County deputy after a suspicious car was reported parked near the Mexia city limits.
The two were transported to the Limestone County Jail, where Starr was charged with possession of a controlled substance greater than 1 gram and less than 4 grams; possession of a dangerous drug; theft of a firearm and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Owens was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
“Sgt. David Bell with the Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force was summoned to assist,” according to the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, which noted that the firearm in Starr’s possession had been stolen in a recent burglary in the county.

Thu
28
Sep

City taking steps to make offer to possible new city manager

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Thu
28
Sep

National Night Out coming next Tuesday

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia area residents are invited to come out to meet local and area law enforcement officers on National Night Out, which is Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Mexia City Park.
The free event runs 6-9 p.m. and many fun activities are planned for all ages, especially young people. This is the third consecutive year for holding National Night Out in Mexia, though two other such events were held before that.
According to Mexia Police Officer Sgt. Brian Bell, who has been organizing the event, the goal is to develop the relationship between Mexia’s police officers and the community.
Bell spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia about what is planned for the event.

Thu
28
Sep

County tax rate drops below effective rate

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court approved at its Sept. 26 meeting the budget for the new fiscal year. First, however, the court held a public hearing to allow residents to express their thoughts on the proposed budget. No one attended the meeting to speak at the hearing, however, possibly because the court had held multiple budget work sessions over the previous seven weeks.
Following approval of the budget, the court approved the new tax rate of $0.7724 per $100 of property valuation. County Judge Daniel Burkeen pointed out that the rate was slightly higher than last year but lower than the effective tax rate, which is the tax rate that would produce the same amount of tax levy, or funds, as the previous year.
“It brings in less money than last year,” he said, “which is considered a tax decrease under the state’s definition … this is a 4.07 percent decrease from last year’s budget.”

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