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25
Jul

Budget issues increasing at commissioners court – Sheriff warns that county employee pay must increase

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Budget issues have increased for Limestone County commissioners court as the end of the fiscal year approaches, and the commissiners addressed several of these considerations at their July 12 meeting, including a requested salary increase at the Road and Bridge Department, a budget transfer to keep the Indigent Health Program operating, notification of a new charge for fuel credit cards; and in another financial matter, transfer of a property to the city of Kosse.

Regarding the salary increase, the court discussed the request at length but ultimately decided to take no action until the new budget is created. 

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Mon
25
Jul

Police chase speeds top 100 mph

Staff Report

A man who allegedly stole a firearm from a Mexia residence Saturday led police on a high-speed chase from Mexia through Teague and beyond before being arrested.

Chantler Leudrae Payne, 18, of Groesbeck, left a residence on Hinchliffe, whose owner called the Mexia Police Department about 2:30 p.m., saying..."

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Mon
25
Jul

3,400 oppose high speed railway

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Opponents of the proposed high-speed rail project fulfilled their intent to gather petitions from others opposed to the railway, delivering 3,400 signatures to Limestone County commissioners court.

Commissioners received the petitions at their July 12 meeting and heard one other report that touches on the quality of life in Limestone County: the AgriLife Extension Agent Report.

“There has been a lot of opposition in the county to the high-speed rail project, as planned to go through part of the county,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, who credited the work of Logan Wilson and his wife, Mary Ann, for placing petitions around the county. 

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Mon
25
Jul

Local traffic stop leads to meth bust

Staff Report

 

A Mexia woman driving on State Hwy. 14 last week was arrested and taken to jail when a Limestone County deputy allegedly found a controlled substance in her car. 

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Mon
25
Jul

County taps high-priority road fund for repairs

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court has agreed to use high-priority road funds to repair LCR 456, which runs east from near the Fort Parker State Park entrance. 

The court approved this move at its July 12 meeting and also approved budget transfers for the Road and Bridge Department for another road repair and to buy needed software.

Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest requested $50,000 for the job, which Road Administrator Jerry Herin estimated would cost a total of $69,000. The difference would be paid by Forrest’s precinct road funds.

The length of road to be repaired is about 1.5 miles, Forrest said.

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Fri
22
Jul

New fee to speed up flood plain development applications

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A new flood plain development application fee of $25 will be assessed for those who plan to build in Limestone County, but the trade-off will be a much shorter time, in most cases, in getting the application approved.

County commissioners approved the fee at their July 12 meeting upon recommendation by Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis.

Until now, County Judge Daniel Burkeen has had to manually approve the applications, which would sometimes take weeks, Callis said, since the judge has so many other duties. 

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
22
Jul

Commissioners expected to extend burn ban

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are likely to declare a county-wide burn ban at their meeting this Tuesday, July 26, confirming the emergency burn ban declared by County Judge Daniel Burkeen on Friday, July 15.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing and vote on closing LCR 395, accepting a grant to get body cameras for county deputies, awarding the winning bids on materials the county uses often and recognizing county employees who have achieved certain milestones in years of service. 

As for the emergency ban, it is only good for seven days or the next commissioners court meeint and must be confirmed by the court. The court’s ban is good for 90 days unless the commissioners extend or rescind it. 

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Fri
22
Jul

City council votes down increase in trash rates

By Tim O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

There were some community members who attended the City of Mexia city council’s regular meeting on July 19 to express their concerns of a possible rate increase for trash pick up services. Republic Services was on the agenda to make such a request. 

City resident Gary Lawson said, “I have some concerns about the increase of the trash pick up. Please, ask a lot of questions about that. Our bills are already high. Ask questions and have discussions about it.”

Read more in Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
20
Jul

Texas Sales Tax Holiday will benefit Mexia residents

Mexia residents can take advantage of this year’s sales tax holiday, declared by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar , scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7.

Shoppers can save money on certain items priced for less than $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“As families all over our state prepare to send their children back to school, we hope folks take advantage of this opportunity to get the supplies they need and save some money in the process,” Hegar said. “As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up. This event provides Texas families with some relief from state and local sales taxes.”

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at texastaxholiday.org.

Wed
20
Jul

Step raises OK’d for law enforcement employees

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners approved salary increases for the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, jail and Dispatch Department. 

The court addressed this and other matters concerning law enforcement at their July 12 meeting, including hearing the June statistics for the Law Enforcement Center and the Juvenile Detention Center; and approving payment of invoices for the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013.

Those approved for raises include:

Read more in Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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