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Thu
23
Jul

County not quite ready for burn ban Road and Bridge to get new fuel truck

By Roxanne McKnight
 
Despite heavy rains in Limestone County just a couple of months ago, the county may soon enact a burn ban as conditions dry up – but not for now. The court addressed this and other issues at its July 13 meeting, including financial decisions concerning the Road and Bridge Department, and providing service or materials to two smaller cities in the county. Commissioners briefl y discussed whether a ban was needed but easily rejected the option. “We’ve actually started to have some grass fi res,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

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Thu
23
Jul

County to acquire new election equipment at no charge

By Roxanne McKnight
 
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.

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Thu
23
Jul

Groesbeck Lions Club hears informative program on Groesbeck Maffett Library

By Tom Hawkins
 
The Groesbeck Maffett Public Library was the program topic at the Groesbeck Lions Club meeting on Wednesday, July 15, with the speaker being Liz McDaniel. She was introduced by Ashley Foy, the Lions Club program chairman for July. McDaniel is a member of the Library Board, and she is also a Groesbeck ISD school teacher. Rhonda Bass, library director, was also presented.  

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Thu
23
Jul

New Extension agent to focus on health issues

By Roxanne McKnight

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.

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Thu
16
Jul

Eckols graduates from U.S. Air Force’s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program

On June 12, 2015, Taylin Eckols graduated from the U.S. Air Force’s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program. After the completion of the world’s toughest undergraduate pilot training program, Taylin is now a rated military aviator. On graduation day her mother and father pinned on her newly acquired silver wings, after a ceremony commending the class of 20 students for enduring a grueling 56 week program that involved fl ying and becoming fully profi cient in the military T-6A Texan II and the T-1A Beechcraft for the cargo/transport/air-refueling/ special operations tracked students or the T-38 talon for those students selected to a fi ghter/bomber track.   
Thu
16
Jul

County fl ood control structures sustain damage, need repair

By Roxanne McKnight 
Limestone County’s 22 fl ood control structures, all of which are in the Richland Creek watershed, in the northwest part of the county, did their job during the extensive spring rains, but they paid a price, a heavy price in some instances, which the county is now being asked to remedy. “Needless to say, this year the fl ood control structures took a beating in more ways than one,” Ed Schwille, of the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation District, told the court at its July 13 meeting.       
Thu
16
Jul

Kosse mine gleans coal from just below surface

By Roxanne McKnight
The mine near Kosse keeps a low profi le, so much so that many longterm Limestone County residents know little about it. Recently, Steve Jenkins, community liaison for Luminant, which owns the mine, spoke at length about the facility. The Kosse mine produces a type of coal called  lignite, which fuels the Oak Grove power plant. The plant has two units, both of which opened in 2010. At peak capacity, the plant can produce 1,600 megawatts of power, which is enough to support 800,000 homes in normal conditions or 320,000 homes during peak demand.       
Thu
16
Jul

Limestone County heats up Fire Departments on alert

By Kim Smith
The summer dry heat has fi nally come upon us at last with full force, and with that, the danger of fi re is now all around us. An RV catching fi re at the CEFCO store in Kosse was just the beginning of several fi re calls that local fi re departments responded to. There was also a house fi re, a grass fi re and one other suspected grass fi re in the span of just two days.    
Thu
09
Jul

LARAS House needs help with worms’ outbreak

For the first time in its history, LARAS House is experiencing an epidemic of worms which has sickened a number of dogs. At this writing, one puppy died Monday afternoon. Two others were sick and not expected to live 
through that night. Dr. Rick Bennett diagnosed the worms’ outbreak and began treating the sick puppies.
 
Thu
09
Jul

Fireworks, Parades & Independence Day!

A shot from the 4th of July Fireworks Show on Saturday
 

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