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Thu
28
Apr

City to pursue manual traffic controls for police

Groesbeck Mayor Ray O’Docharty told city council members at their April 19 meeting that the city is pursuing obtaining manual controls of traffic signals at the intersection of Hwy. 14, or Ellis, and Hwy. 164, or Yeagua, especially after the accident on March 22, when Police Chief and City Administrator Chris Henson was struck by a tractor-trailer while directing traffic. O’Docharty directed his remarks also to Henson himself, who had recovered enough to attend the April meeting as an observer. O’Docharty welcomed Henson to the meeting and expressed the council’s concern.

 

Thu
28
Apr

Early voting began Monday; Election day is May 7

Early voting by personal appearance for local elections began on Monday of this week and will continue through Tuesday, May 3. Entities in the area having elections on May 7, include the Groesbeck Independent School, city of Groesbeck, South Limestone Hospital District, and the city of Kosse.   

 

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Thu
28
Apr

Sneaky snakes are out and about

Last Wednesday seemed to be a day of snake stories with three seperate incidents being reported. The first sighting was on a very local level. One of Groesbeck’s restraurants had one of the slithering creatures sliding across their parking lot. Employees saw the snake and notified the manager, who came out and killed the copperhead before it could cause any real mayhem. It was thought to be a “momma” snake, due to another smaller snake being killed just the day before in the same area.   

 

Thu
28
Apr

Born to preach: Prairie Hill’s Pastor Fred Sain

The Rev. Fred Sain, pastor of Limestone County’s Prairie Hill Baptist Church for more than 66 years, can’t say exactly when he got the call to preach. That’s because some of his earliest memories are preaching on an overturned apple box in the back yard of his family’s home. That was in Garza County, south of Lubbock, in the mid-1930s, when he was five or six years old. Back then, his audience was his parents, John and Ruth Sain, his grandparents and baby brother, Johnny. Young Fred answered the call on a formal basis years later. By then his family had moved to Slayton, where his father was a cotton gin operator.   

 

Tue
26
Apr

Little Olympics Postponed

Notice of Postponement:
Little Olympics has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather conditions that will move into the area later today.
The new date will be Monday, May 2. Same time and location.

Thu
21
Apr

GISD students place at District UIL

District UIL: Congratulations to the Following Students for Placing at the District UIL Meet on March 23 & 24.
Prose: Hannah Tyus 1st, Chesney McGilvray 5th, Summer Black 6th
Poetry: Somer Smith 2nd, Moises Rocha 4th
News Writing: Chelsea Carter 6th
Feature Writing: Bailey Spivey 6th
Persuasive Speaking: Marcus McGruder 1st
Ready Writing: Daniel Snow 3rd
Informative Speaking: Leanna Walpole 1st
Headline Writing: Macie Berry 2nd
Literary Criticism: Dani Morgan 6th
Number Sense: J.D. Quaca 4th, Michael Loyd 6th
Current Issues: Dusty Roberts 3rd
Accounting: Somer Smith 4th, Molly Flatt 6th
Science: Daniel Snow 5th
Spelling: Jocelyn Martinez 1st, Humberto Cruz 2nd, Alex Lopez 4th, Luke Bailey 5th and 1st place team
Social Studies: Wyatt Price 5th
Calculators: Somer Smith 2nd, Marcus McGruder 3rd, Ellis Boyer 5th and 1st place team

Thu
21
Apr

County sets more details for two May elections; Commissioners meeting changed to Tuesdays

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners made decisions at their April 11 meeting concerning two upcoming elections: the May 7 city and school board elections, and the May 24 primary run-off elections. The court also officially changed its meeting days to Tuesdays and addressed several other minor matters: declining to initiate a burn ban, approving seasonal workers at the Road and Bridge Department, and hearing about repairs needed to the courthouse basement.
For the May 7 election, the court approved standard contracts to lease election equipment to the cities of Groesbeck and Kosse, and to the city and school board of Fairfield for their joint election.
For the May 24 primary run-off election, the court designated:
• The courthouse in Groesbeck, Room G-1 in the basement, as the main early voting polling place.
• The courthouse annex in Mexia as a second place for early voting.

Thu
21
Apr

Limestone County jail could score inmate housing deal

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson told commissioners court that Robertson County officials have contacted him about possibly housing some their inmates for eight to 10 months while the Robertson County jail and sheriff’s office are renovated. The commissioners heard this news at their April 11 meeting and also dealt with other matters concerning the Sheriff’s Office, including declaring a week to honor dispatchers, hearing the statistics for both the Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Detention Center, and approving the purchase of two used unmarked vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office.
“They asked me to consider taking 30-40 (inmates),” Wilson said of Robertson County officials, “so David (Turrubiarte, jail administrator) and I have talked about that. It will stretch us a little bit, but it will be a good source of income.”

Thu
21
Apr

Court says it won’t pay for missing cylinders

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court, in a mixed vote, said it will not pay for some missing acetylene gas cylinders, which Mexia’s Matheson welding supply company says it leased to the county in 2013.
The problem is the the cylinders, which are used for welding projects, apparently went missing in 2013, but the commissioners did not find out about it until much later. The initial project was for the county to have extra bunkbeds installed at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, which had lost its federal contract to house inmates and whose last inmates were moved out in June 2013. Having more beds would have made the LCDC eligible to bid on new federal contracts.
The court initially approved paying an invoice of $4,751 at the Aug. 12, 2013, meeting to buy a welding machine.

Thu
21
Apr

Property Owners Will Soon Receive Appraisal Notices for the 2016 Tax Year

Property owners will soon receive appraisal notices from the Limestone Appraisal District. The district will mail these notices on April 29th. Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s values to set the 2016 property taxes.
Under Texas law, county appraisal districts are required to notify property owners about changes in their property’s value. The notice contains important information about the property’s location, ownership and property tax exemptions that have been applied to the property. It must also include an estimate of 2016 taxes by local taxing units.

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