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Thu
02
Jun

Cynthia Ann Garden Club has luncheon and plant exchange

 

By Rubinell Pelham, Reporter

The Cynthia Ann Garden Club met for their final meeting for the summer at the Groesbeck Woman's Club on Thursday, May 26th.

Susan Hughes, president, opened the meeting with a prayer. Members had each brought either a salad or a dessert, and enjoyed a covered-dish luncheon. Hostesses for the afternoon were the Social Committtee: Joan McEntyre, Barbara Casey, Martha LeNoir and Sharen McMillan.

Members had each brought a plant to exchange. Members each drew a number. Barbara Downs and Ginger Fritz drew numbers and passed out a plant to the winner. There were many beautiful plants.

The club will resume their meetings in September.

 

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Thu
02
Jun

County to search for short-term prison operator

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners are looking for a company to operate the county prison on an interim basis for anticipated short-term contracts while they wait for a bigger contract to come through. Commissioners court dealt with this and other financial matters at their May 24 meeting, including discussing the need to raise fees at the Fairgrounds, accepting a financial report and making several budget resolutions; and also approving an agreement that would provide the county’s vital statistics to the state.

Commissioners voted on the decision to advertise for an interim operator for the prison after returning to open session from an executive session, which is closed to the public.

The Limestone County Detention Center is privately owned by the county and has been empty since June 2013.

Thu
02
Jun

Limestone bridge to be replaced at minimal cost

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Texas Department of Transportation is about to replace the bridge over Limestone County’s LCR 250, near Wortham, at no cost to the county, except for compensating the nearby landowner $5,000.

County Engineer Ted Kantor said that to meet the state’s current standards, the new bridge would need to be moved over onto what is now private land.

“Due to their design criterion and the geometry of the road and the creek, they can’t design and put it back where it is,” Kantor told the court. “It’s too close to the creek. We need to move it over onto David Bates’ property. Usually there is very little right-of-way acquisition in these deals; we wind up putting the bridge back where it was. You can ask the landowners to donate a little bit of land. I can’t tell you how far the bridge is moving over, but it’s moving over entirely on Mr. Bates’ property.”

Thu
02
Jun

Rural intersection to get four-way stop signs

 

Temporary road administrator named to replace Kantor

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners agreed at their May 24 meeting to post notice of their intent to install four-way stop signs at LCR 368 at its intersection with LCR 374, a rural intersection west of Lake Mexia and south of US 84.

The court dealt with this and other matters concerning roads and the Road and Bridge Department, including approving the placement of a gate across the end of LCR 747, presenting a plaque to outgoing County Engineer Ted Kantor, and naming a temporary Road and Bridge administrator.

Regarding the new four-way stop, DPS Trooper Kenneth Shields made a presentation to the court showing why a stop sign or yield sign should be installed at the intersection of LCR 368 and LCR 374.

Shields said he worked a crash at that intersection on May 6, and noted that traffic signs might have prevented the accident.

Thu
02
Jun

District files to be moved for safety

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The heavy, rolling files in the Limestone County courthouse basement must be moved immediately as they present a danger to the district clerks who use them, said Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis.

He gave the report to county commissioners at their May 24 meeting, while reporting on what options the county has to repair the floor.

Callis emphasized that the courthouse building itself is structurally sound but only has a problem in one area of the basement floor.

The rolling file system in the corner room where district criminal files are kept requires a perfectly flat surface to be safe, he said.

“I went down and rolled one back and let it roll freely,” he said. “It would crush two good men. They have to put a 2x4 between them to get their files; we have to do something about that immediately.”

Callis provided the court two options to remedy the situation:

Thu
02
Jun

Commissioners to price private investigator

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

County commissioners say they will make one last effort to convince the sheriff and district attorney to investigate the disappearance of tools and other county-owned property from the county prison before the court considers hiring a private investigator to track down the missing items. 

Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver appears to be leading the effort to find the missing property.

“Since we’ve had problems with anybody being able to look into what happened to this stuff, we’re looking at the possibility of hiring a private investigator, and maybe he could help us find the solution to what happened to this stuff,” McCarver said at the court’s May 24 meeting. “Maybe we can get some of it back.”

Thu
02
Jun

Questions May Become Life Changing

 

Clifton Fox, Church of Christ

 

   A lady noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale and sucking in his pudgy belly. She figured he was trying to weigh less by doing it.  So, she giggled as she asked, “Do you really think sucking in your gut will help, honey?”  “Sure it will,” he said. She smirked, “How on earth will sucking in your belly make you weigh less?” “It won’t sweetie. But sucking in my big gut is the only way I can see the numbers on the scale.”

 

Thu
02
Jun

Ziegler receives scholarship from Air Force

 

Serenity Ziegler received a scholarship for $91,000.00 from the Air Force on class night at Groesbeck High school on May 19, 2016. More information on all the awards and scholarships given to Groesbeck High students can be found in the special graduation section of this week’s journal.

 

 

Thu
02
Jun

Groesbeck swimming pool to open June 11

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

The city of Groesbeck will open its swimming pool on June 11th and will remain open through August 7th.l

The city of Groesbeck swimming pool is located in the Groesbeck City Park, and is one of the oldest municipal swimming pools in the state of  Texas having opened in 1924.

The pool is open Tuesday through Saturday each week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The pool is closed on Mondays.

The cost to use the pool (one time) is ages 3 years and older, $3.00, and 2 years and under, free. One season pass for an individual is $75.00, and one season pass for a family of four is $150.00.

Adult water aerobics classes are conducted Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with the cost being $3.00 per class or $10.00 weekly.

Thu
02
Jun

Tom’s Topics

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

The annual Memorial Day program, sponsored by the Ashburn-Hanna American Legion Post 228, was quite impressive. The annual program always calls special attention to why we celebrate Memorial Day. Please see a separate story in this week’s Journal.

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This writer had a real treat this past Saturday. He was invited by Virginia and Byron Riddle to be their guest at the 36th annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival. The event is held yearly during the months of April and May. The grounds for the Festival are located in Waxahachie.

The event included many exhibits, shows, booths, and shops depicting the Renaissance time period.

The Renaissance Festival is a very enjoyable  and  fun event.

If you haven’t attended this event, you may consider putting it on your calendar for next April or May!

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