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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.

Thu
21
Apr

Little Olympics are Tuesday

The Groesbeck Independent School District announces that the annual Little Olympics are set for Tuesday, April 26, at Groesbeck Stadium. The Little Olympics will start at 6 p.m., but the stadium will be open at 5 p.m. Participating in the Little Olympics will be Pre-K-4 through the 6th grade. This event is always an exciting and fun event for the children, their parents and friends. The Groesbeck Athletic Booster Club will be selling cheese burger baskets and chili dog baskets with the baskets also including chips, a drink, and a cookie. All citizens of the Groesbeck Independent School District are cordially invited to this fun event!

Thu
21
Apr

Kaleb Sims speaks to Lions Club

By Tom Hawkins
Kaleb Sims was the speaker for the Groesbeck Lions Club at last week’s meeting. He was introduced by Shawn Harkins, Lions Club program chairman for April.
Sims in his talk to the Lions Club discussed his recent campaign for U. S. Congressman District 17. He discussed his decision to seek the position as he was not totally satisfied with the job current Congressman Bill Flores of Bryan was doing. In addition to Sims and Flores, Bill Patterson of Waco and Timothy Beslando of Bryan also sought the seat. Flores won the primary election and will face Democrat William Matta in November.
Sims was the first person from Limestone County to run for Congress since 1946 when the late Judge Fountain Kirby ran for Congress but lost to longtime Congressman Olin Teague.

Thu
21
Apr

Groesbeck Ex-Students Association having fundraiser for scholarship fund

By Tom Hawkins
For many years the Groesbeck Ex-Students Association has given five $1,000 scholarships to graduating GHS seniors each year.
In order to continue this worthwhile practice the Groesbeck Ex-Students Association is having a special fundraiser.
The fundraiser will be a drawing for a $1,000 Visa Gift Card.
The drawing for this fundraiser will be Friday, September 9, at the halftime of the Groesbeck-- Mexia football game. One does not have to be present to win.
Donations for the drawing are one ticket for $5.00 or five tickets for $20.
Tickets may be purchased at the Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce office in the Groesbeck Convention Center or from various ex-students. Tickets for the drawing will also be available at various special events. The tickets will also be available at various businesses with a list of these businesses to be published in the near future.

Thu
21
Apr

Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce hears presentation on home health

By Tom Hawkins
The Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce held its monthly general membership meeting on Thursday, April 14, in the Club Room of the Groesbeck Convention Center.
Chamber president, Joan McEntyre, presided.
The program of the day was on home health with such programs available locally. The program was introduced by Katrina Garner of Texas Home Health. She is also a Chamber of Commerce officer.
Dr. Frank Boyd of the Family Medicine Center in Groesbeck spoke on the value of having a home health program available in the community. Dr. Boyd and Dr. Jeffrey Rettig of Rettig Family Health Care of Groesbeck are both visiting physicians in a visiting physicians group.
Also attending the meeting and citing the value of home health were Lori Smith, a nurse practitioner and Courtney Morphet, LVN, both of Waco. This pair works in the home health field and spoke on the values of such a program.

Thu
21
Apr

Bogus IRS Collection Calls Contiune

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office has had a few calls from citizens advising that they have received bogus IRS collection calls. The caller states that they are with the IRS and have filed a lawsuit against the victim for back taxes. Of course, this is false, but the target of the scams are usually the elderly and often fall victim to this crime. It is very similar to the caller saying you missed Jury duty or have a warrant out and try to get the victim to pay with a Green Dot Visa card.
The IRS WILL NOT CALL indivduals by telephone requesting payments of any type. The IRS will only conduct their official business through the U.S. Postal Service. Do Not provide any personal information; Social Security Number, Date of Birth or other information to a caller.
Contributed from Limestone County Sheriff's Office

Thu
21
Apr

GISD, City of Groesbeck early voting will be at Groesbeck Convention Center; starts on Monday

By Tom Hawkins
The city of Groesbeck and the Groesbeck Independent School announce that early voting for both entities will be held at the Groesbeck Convention Center which is located at 106 East Navasota Street in Groesbeck. Early voting will being on this Monday, April 25.
Early voting for the school and city of Groesbeck elections will begin on Monday, April 25 and will continue through May 3. Early voting hours for April 25 though April 29 will be between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting hours on Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Election day will be Saturday, May 7, with the polls being open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election day voting for both the GISD and the city of Groesbeck will also be at the Groesbeck Convention Center.
In the city of Groesbeck election a mayor and three city council members are to be elected.

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