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Fri
30
Sep

City Council lowers Ad Valorum Tax for new budget

By Timothy J. O’Malley

Managing Editor

 

Mexia home and business owners will have a little reprieve after the city council voted to reduce the originally proposed Ad Valorem Tax Rate of $0.08956 to $0.0804 during the regular scheduled meeting on Sept. 20.

The governing body of the City of Mexia held two public hearings before their regular scheduled meeting and allowed the community to have a third public hearing during the meeting before discussion and possible action. 

Though, there was not an open seat in the room, only one individual spoke up about the Ad Valorem Tax Rate.

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Fri
30
Sep

Limestone County penalized $5.7K

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The penalty the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed for Limestone County for paying some employees in a non-standard way is just over $5,700 after negotiations. 

The penalty was issued because an audit by the Department of Labor found that the county had allowed dispatchers and some jailers to schedule their 80 hours over their two-week pay periods unevenly, such as 32 hours one week and 48 hours the second week. 

County Judge Daniel Burkeen said the Sheriff’s Office had allowed the practice at the employees’ request, and both sides had agreed to it. The county did not have to pay overtime, and employees could schedule long weekends or take extra days off to suit their personal schedule.  

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Wed
28
Sep

National Night Out offers fun for families

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Mexia residents will have a chance to go to a fun, free event at the city park on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when the Mexia Police Department hosts its fourth annual National Night Out. 

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9, and organizers have lined up many features that will be sure to please, including free hot dogs and soft drinks, games and activities, music and giveaways for the kids – and most importantly – the opportunity to meet the police officers who keep Mexia safe. 

Sgt. Brian Bell recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia about National Night Out, encouraging everyone not only to attend themselves but to bring family members and any children they know. 

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Wed
28
Sep

County sets new budget, tax-rate before deadline

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners took a final vote on the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year, putting them in place at their Sept. 27 meeting, just days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Commissioners also addressed many financial matters, accepting and awarding grants and a donation, approving raises and budget amendments for several departments; and hearing an update on preparations to re-open the county-owned prison, and also hearing a plea from a retired district judge to increase the amount budgeted to hire a county engineer.

Before the vote on the budget and tax rate, the court held a public hearing so citizens could make any final comments on the matter. No one showed up for the hearing, however, so it closed after one minute. 

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Wed
28
Sep

Frisco man charged in Kirvin couple’s deaths

Mexia News Staff Report

 

A central Texas man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of a Kirvin couple in a wreck that happened in June.

The wreck happened June 9 about 1:30 p.m. in Hill County, on State Hwy. 171, just south of Bynum.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Sgt. D.L. Wilson, Dallas Clinton Jones, 31, of Frisco, was heading northbound on State Hwy. 171 near its intersection with FM 1242 when the wreck occurred. 

Jones was driving a 2007 GMC pickup truck and pulling a trailer when he approached a curve and crossed into the southbound lane in a no-passing zone. Jones’ truck collided head on with a small pickup truck being driven by William Grover Marks, 81. 

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Mon
26
Sep

St. Mary’s 56th Annual Church barbecue slated Oct. 2

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Each year around this time, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Mexia, holds a huge barbecue with lots of food and drinks, prizes, games and fun – and this year’s event is only days away. 

The church’s 56th annual barbecue lunch is Sunday, Oct. 2, with serving starting at 11 a.m. and running to 2 p.m. Plates include barbecue beef and sausage, beans, potato salad and slaw; also homemade cake and iced tea. Food may be eaten on the grounds or taken to go. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. St. Mary’s is located at 607 N. Bonham.

At 1 p.m.,  a live auction begins, with all kinds of valuable and interesting prizes going to the highest bidders. One of the most coveted prizes to be auctioned could be the U.S. flag-themed quilt, handmade by members of the Altar Guild. 

Mon
26
Sep

Rotary Club bridging the gap

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Members of the Rotary Club of Mexia dedicated a bridge they were instrumental in replacing, one of three over the creek that runs through Mexia City Park.

The dedication took place Thursday, Sept. 16, with those Rotarians who could be present admiring the new structure.

All three bridges needed replacing, and the Club members chose to replace one bridge as its project for the 2015-16 Rotary year, donating $6,500, which was more than a third of the total price for replacing the structure. The city of Mexia provided the difference. 

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Mon
26
Sep

Accumulated OT approved for pay

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners have agreed to pay for the accumulated hours of Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis and also a number of Sheriff’s Office employees. 

Callis plays many key roles in the county, repairing virtually anything that needs repair and can rarely be spared to take comp time, noted County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

“As y’all know, Sam’s got a unique situation in that he can’t take time off, or when he does, we yank him back in,” Burkeen said. “He’s got money in his salary line; $3,230 will catch him up on that. He’s worked pretty hard to try to keep it down, but this past year, between the elevator and the lightning strikes and so forth, he has not been able to keep it down.”

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Fri
23
Sep

County to adopt final budget, tax rate

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year, giving citizens one final chance to express their thoughts and opinions on them.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at the Sept. 27 meeting, which is expected to be in the middle of the meeting. Other matters to be discussed and possibly voted upon include accepting a donation to the Sheriff’s Office and a grant for the airport; and approving agreements to help some of the county’s smaller towns, refund taxes to a Mexia business and amend a contract for inmate prescriptions. The meeting will conclude with an executive session on a possible penalty pending against the county by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Regarding the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, a final vote on the those matters will take place after the hearing.  

Fri
23
Sep

Building Bridges 5K sees big turnout

Nearly 130 walkers and runners registered for the Fifth Annual Building Bridges for Better Health 5K Run/1Mile Walk. The event, co-hosted by Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck and Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, took participants from the historic bridge spanning the Navasota River to the Old Fort Parker grounds and back.  

The event is largely funded by a grant from the state of Texas and is aimed at reducing hospital readmissions, in part by education and promotion of health and wellness events. The Limestone County Disease Management Coalition, charged with carrying out the grant, helped provide participants with a wealth of health and wellness information. 

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