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29
Jul

Library’s summer program in high gear


Children at Gibbs Memorial Library share treats during a refreshment break at the summer reading program Wednesday, July 15. Shown here, l-r, are Maria Morales, 7, of Teague, and Esmeralda Lopez, 8, Bryan Sarabia, 6, and Marshall Hensley, 4, all of Mexia. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library is a beehive of activity right now with the summer reading program reaching its stride.
Two hundred eighty-eight children, ages 3-14, are enrolled in the program, which began June 30 and runs through July 31. During that time each child has a set goal depending on their age.
“Ages 3-7 have to have 100 easy books read to them,” said Gibbs librarian ShienDee Pullman. “Those 8 and older, who are chapter book readers, have to read 12 hours for their goal for the summer. All that has to be done in those 30 days.
“We have many kids who surpass that,” she confided.
In addition to working on their reading goals, children may attend story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to listen while someone reads to them in a group. Wednesdays’ activity is a simple craft project, and Saturdays are movie day.

Wed
29
Jul

Road and Bridge to get new fuel truck

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners approved the Road and Bridge Department’s buying a new fuel truck at their July 13 meeting. The court also approved other Road and Bridge expenses, including an invoice for new wiring, two salary increases; and also agreements that would see the Department helping two local cities.
County Engineer Ted Kantor, who heads the department, told the court the current fuel truck has 510,923 miles on it and has nearly burned up several times.
“We need a new one; we’ve got it in the budget for this year,” Kantor said. “I’ve got about $82,000-$83,000 in there. We talked about a cab and chassis, and then using the old bed or whatever we can use from the old one to fix it up. We need to get one bought and get it changed over … we’re not going to buy one rigged out; we’re going to rig it out ourselves.”

Fri
24
Jul

Socializing


Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

Carol Ann Dawley, of Point Enterprise, shares a smile with her grandson, Luke Dawley, 7, of New Braunfels, at Point Enterprise’s ice cream social Saturday, July 7. To see more photos from this event, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
24
Jul

County to acquire new election equipment at no charge


Limestone County Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson, right, tells county commissioners at their July 13 meeting how she has discovered the county has enough credit with the state to completely pay for new election poll books, software and training. At left is County Clerk Peggy Beck. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners approved purchasing new election equipment after they learned the cost of the purchase would be completely covered by credit the county has received for leasing its equipment over the years.
County Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson made the proposal to commissioners at their July 13 meeting, suggesting the county purchase new electronic poll books and software from a company called Election Systems & Software, the company the county already uses for its election equipment.
Johnson told the court she had discovered that the county had accumulated funds with the state that would cover the entire cost of the purchase, including training.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
24
Jul

County still teetering on edge of burn ban

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Because Limestone County is on the edge of a dry area of the state that is expected to get much drier in the next few weeks, a burn ban could be in the county’s future, but court watchers are not expecting county commissioners to declare a burn ban at their meeting this Monday, July 27. The ban is on the agenda of items to consider, however, along with awarding winners of annual bids of commonly used items, and agreements concerning housing inmates for a nearby county, renewing permission to use a landfill and renewing a software license.

Wed
22
Jul

County gets deep cuts in electricity rates

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners approved the final contract its electricity broker worked out for the county, with the rate dropping about 44 percent for the county and about 43 percent for the Limestone County Detention Center, whose electricity is supplied by a different provider.
The county uses a company called Texas Energy, which helps businesses and other entities find the most competitive energy rates. The court approved at its June 22 meeting allowing Texas Energy to pursue the deal, and the court approved the contract with TXU Energy at its July 13 meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court the new contract will begin in June 2017, when the current contract with Hudson Energy expires. Hudson is charging about 8 cents a kilowatt hour, Burkeen told the court at the previous meeting.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
22
Jul

New Extension agent to focus on health issues


AgriLife Extension Agent Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Washington’s ever-present smile and positive outlook help her make contacts as she begins her work in Limestone County. Washington recently completed her Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics and would like to teach financial literacy to teens as well as promote healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County’s new AgriLife Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science, has been on the job since May and is looking to get feedback from residents about what kind of programming residents would like her to pursue.
Gabrielle Washington, who began her Limestone County Extension Agent post May 1, said she would like to gear some of her programming to the health issues associated with the top three causes of death in Limestone County: heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Some programs she plans to continue were begun by her predecessor, Vanessa Casad, who transferred to Coryell County in December 2014.
One of those programs is called ‘Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes,’ which teaches the basics of that condition, including medications and lifestyle changes that can help a person diagnosed with diabetes to manage it.

Mon
20
Jul

Fit to be pied


Contributed photo by Tammy McCord

Brother Dale Hergett, Justin Campbell and Hannah McCord all earned a pie in the face at a fundraiser on the last night of Kirvin Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School. Sponsors were Bush’s Chicken of Mexia and FBC of Mexia. Offerings totaling $200 were collected for local mission projects.

Mon
20
Jul

County, LCSO juggling funds to stay in budget

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are moving funds in and out of various budget lines to keep the budget balanced through the end of the fiscal year, but they were able also to get two needed salary raises through at their meeting Monday, July 13.
The court addressed those and other issues concerning the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office and jail: taming the overgrown grass, hearing the statistics for June and a report on old car sales, and correcting a vehicle title.
At the court’s June 22 meeting, a difference of opinion had arisen about when certificate-based salary increases should go through, as soon as the employee earns certification or at the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Wed
15
Jul

Sim’s community garden sows seeds of knowledge


Fourth-grade science teacher Rhonda Mills and her son Ty, 7, look for cantaloupe and other produce in the community garden at R.Q. Sims Intermediate school to see if any are ready for harvesting. Mills worked with her students to start the garden in the spring, and another teacher, Jodi Huff, has been leading kindergarten through third-grade students in a garden activity four days a week through the ACE summer day camp being held at the school. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
R.Q. Sims Intermediate School students got their hands dirty this past spring when they started their own community garden, and in doing so learned many lessons.
Fourth-grade science teacher Rhonda Mills had wanted to create a community garden for the past couple of years. Likewise, Sims librarian Jodi Huff had been wanting to start a garden for the ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) after-school program she works with. So Mills and Huff planned together and made the community garden a reality.
Mills incorporated many lessons from science to make the gardening an academic pursuit as well as a fun activity.
First she issued each of her 148 fourth-graders a gallon-size plastic bag and had them take it home and ask their parents to help them find fertile soil.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

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