News

Thu
04
Aug

Prison to take more time, money to fix

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

As prison-operating company LaSalle Corrections works to open the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison that has been empty since June 2013, and has gotten updated bids on repairs. Consequently, the estimated cost has increased and the estimated date of completion has been extended.

LaSalle Director of Operations Jay Eason submitted a list of items that need repair.

“We’re sitting right now at around $67,000,” Eason said of the cost, well over the original estimate of less than $50,000.

When County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked for an update on the estimated time the prison could be certified to accept inmates, Eason said late August.

“There’s still quite a bit to do, but we’re making good strides,” Eason said.

“Are you still comfortable we’ll have a population out there once we get it all going?” Burkeen asked.

Thu
04
Aug

Groesbeck Ex-Students Association News

 

 

The Groesbeck Ex-Students Association has received several dues and memorial scholarship donations since the last report.

Lea Barnes Hardison  mailed dues for members of her family including:

Jim Barnes, 1964; Lea Barnes Hardison, 1968; Greg Barnes, 1976; Amy Barnes Rush, 1984; Beth Vogel Barnes, 1986; Kent Vogel, 1992; Steven Wilks, 2005; Blaine Myers, 2014; Barrest Myers, 2014.  A memorial donation was given in memory of Sharon Kilgore Barnes, Class of 1964.

Joe Leach, Class of 1958, sent in his Ex-Student dues.

Jesse J. Robinett, Class of 1955, mailed his Ex-Student dues. Jesse also gave memorial donations to the scholarship fund in memory of Joy Stockton Cates and Dwayne Harnett, both members of the Class of 1955.

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Ex-Students dues ($10) per person and scholarship donations may be mailed to the Groesbeck Ex-Students Association, P. 0. Box 657, Groesbeck, Texas 76642.

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Thu
04
Aug

Budget issues increasing at commissioners court

 

Sheriff warns that county employee pay must increase

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Budget issues have increased for Limestone County commissioners court as the end of the fiscal year approaches, and the commissiners addressed several of these considerations at their July 12 meeting, including a requested salary increase at the Road and Bridge Department, a budget transfer to keep the Indigent Health Program operating, notification of a new charge for fuel credit cards; and in another financial matter, transfer of a property to the city of Kosse.

Regarding the salary increase, the court discussed the request at length but ultimately decided to take no action until the new budget is created.

Thu
04
Aug

NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

THE STATE OF TEXAS

COUNTY OF LIMESTONE         

TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with V.T.C.A. Government Code, Chapter 551, that the City Council of the City of Groesbeck, Texas, will meet in a Special Budget Workshop to be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, the 9th day of August, 2016, at the City Council Chambers at 317 W. Navasota Street, the following subjects to be considered:

 

AGENDA

SPECIAL/BUDGET WORKSHOP

Thu
04
Aug

Memorials/Donations given to Groesbeck Maffett Public Library in July

 

Memorials:

Vicki Andros in memory of Bill Smith

Jo & Stanley Boyd in memory of Kaye Wilson

Jerry and Patricia Collins in memory of Perry Nettles, “J.B.”  Lown, Deborah McFerrin, Frances Bennett, Carolyn Sue Bates Johnson and Cecil McDonald.

Donations:

Diane Klein, $100 Life Membership

Nancy Stockton, Books

James Coe, Hardback & Paperback books

Patricia O’Donnell, Books

Penny Gray, Books

Harley Cole, Books

Tammy Callender, Books

Pat Schackleford, Genie Books

Thu
04
Aug

First Families: Sia Phillips & Kelo Phillips

 

The First Families of Limestone County is a project sponsored by the Limestone County Historical Commission that recognizes early settlers who were living in the county before or during 1896.  During the Commissioners Court meeting on April 11, several individuals were presented certificates that designated their ancestors as First Families members.  Joe Louis Phillips of Groesbeck received certificates for two of his ancestor, Sia Phillips and his son, Kelo Phillips.

Thu
04
Aug

COURTHOUSE NEWS

 

COUNTY CLERK

The following marriage licenses  have been issued in the County Clerk’s Office since the last report:

Sammy Joe Phillips and Katrina Louise Winn

Kenneth Javier Lopez and Kristi Marie Robles

Jason Wayne Southard and Jennifer Renae Johnson

Tommy Lee Carter and Vickie Phillips

 

DISTRICT CLERK

The following civil cases  have been filed in the District Clerk’s office since the last report: Robynne  L. Robinson vs. Jacob R. Carrillo, Jr. – Divorce

Dallas Contreras vs. Ernesto Garcia – Divorce

Raul Mora Jimenez vs. Cristal Jimenez Fuentes – Divorce

Ray Allen Eller vs. Marcia Ann Eller – Divorce

Claudia Louise Kestler vs. Richard Kestler, Jr. – Divorce

In Re: Oder of Foreclosure Concerning 410 Westminster, Tehuacana, TX 76686 – Contract: Consumer/Commercial/Debt

Thu
04
Aug

And the walls come tumbling down

 

Thornton School demolished

 

Thu
04
Aug

PrimeTime Express continues winning streak

 

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Groesbeck’s own Prime Time Express Drill Team has achieved more recognition on two fronts: winning a first-place title and a separte but related award; and also being invited to perform at a prestigious event early next year.

The team won the first place cup in the 2016 Ride of Champions International SportsQuest competition, which took place June 18 in Tyler.

“We’re so lucky!” exclaimed Celeste Coffee, one of the co-founders of PrimeTime Express. “Everybody comes from Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma and all these other places. It’s not hard for us.”

Also at the Ride of Champions, PrimeTime Express was given the Super Ride Spirit Award, which is especially prized because the winners are voted upon by all the other drill teams.

Johnna Ingram, who focuses on the training of the drill team, was especially pleased with winning the award.

Thu
04
Aug

Court learns prison needs more time, money

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners received a higher estimate of the amount of money needed to repair the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, and prepare it to receive inmates. The running cost is now $67,000, rather than $50,000, and the date of the estimated certification will be closer to the end of August, rather than the earlier estimated date of mid-August. Jay Eason, LaSalle’s director of operations, went over each estimate at the court’s July 26 meeting.

Also at the meeting, the commissioners agreed to extend the burn ban that had been declared on a temporary, emergency basis by County Judge Daniel Burkeen on Friday, July 15. They noted that although heavy rain had fallen in some parts of the county, other areas, had  received no rain.

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