News

Wed
24
Aug

Water violations caused by lack of computer equipment

 

New equipment to be installed soon, city says

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Groesbeck water customers have been receiving messages on their water bills since the beginning of the year that the water is not in compliance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality expectations, but that should change soon.

City Council member Kim Harris asked City Administrator Chris Henson about the notices at the council’s budget workshop on Aug. 9.

“We’re still getting the water notices,” Harris said. “What’s the deal?”

Wed
24
Aug

City council confirms proposed tax rate

 

City employees to get 3 percent raise

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Groesbeck city council approved $0.7698 as the tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The decision to approve this rate, which is also the city’s effective tax rate, was made at the council’s regular session Tuesday, Aug. 16. The effective tax rate is the rate at which the same amount of revenue will be produced as the previous year. Legally, it is not considered a raise, even if the rate is higher than last year’s rate.

The rollback rate this year was $0.8313, which is the rate at or above which the residents would have to approve in an election.

In other business, the council approved awarding $500 to Groesbeck Rebuilds American for its Stars of Hope program.

Wed
24
Aug

CRG’s Lindsay creating fun programs for residents

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County residents looking for fun and free activities for their children and themselves may want to note that the Confederate Reunion Grounds has year-round programming for people of all ages.

Site educator Julianna Lindsay spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently about the programs the CRG has been offering and also the reason for them.

“One of the things we try to do at the Texas Historical Commission is not only take care of the sites but also provide ongoing education for the communities,” she said. “We try to tie it to the history of the site, but what constitutes a tie can be very nebulous, depending on how you want to define it.

Wed
24
Aug

Fed standards could provide county new source of inmates

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

A new federal standard to protect inmates from sexual assault could provide the conditions for Limestone County Detention Center to have access to a large group of inmates.

That is what Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson is telling county commissioners.

The standard is called the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, and was passed by Congress in 2003, to try to protect those being confined from unwanted sexual activity from other inmates as well as from staff.

Although Texas has not adopted PREA, many of the larger county jails are becoming PREA compliant to avoid losing some of the federal funds they depend on, Wilson said.

One provision of PREA is that 17-year-olds must be housed separately from those 18 and over. Under Texas law, however, 17-year-olds are considered adults and are therefore housed in adult jails.

Wed
24
Aug

Feds say they will end use of private prisons

 

County-owned prison not classified as private

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Justice Department’s announcement late last week that it has decided to phase out the use of private prisons to house federal inmates raised questions in some quarters about the future of the Limestone County Detention Center. Because it is owned by the county, however, a government entity, the ruling does not apply to it.

The county-owned LCDC has been empty since June 2013, when the federal government removed the last of its prisoners there, and county officials have been trying since then to locate a new source of inmates to restore the income to the county, as well as the high-paying jobs it represents.

Wed
24
Aug

Market Report

GROESBECK AUCTION & LIVESTOCK COMPANY
The Groesbeck Auction & Livestock Company held its weekly livestock auction sale on Thursday, August 18.  The sale is held each Thursday beginning at 12 noon. There were 43 sellers and 27 buyers. There were 279 head sold. The market report from last week’s sale is given below:
SLAUGHTER COWS 
& BULLS: 
Boner and Cutter Cows:
Medium - $76-$80
Breaker Cows:  
Heavy, average dress, $83-$87
Canner:
Medium, average dress, $49-$73
Thin Cows:
Light, average dress, $65-$70
Bulls Yield 1 & 2: $96-$100
Bulls Yield 3 & 4: $93-$96
STOCKER COWS:
Young Bred Cows, 
$1200- $1700
Older Plain Bred Cows, 
$900- $1100
Good Choice Pairs, 
$1300-$2000
Common Medium Pairs, 
 $1200- $1500
STOCKER & FEEDERS
CALVES & YEARLINGS
STEERS (Good & Choice):   
300-400 lbs., $170-$215

Thu
18
Aug

Sheriff to use forfeiture money to upgrade weapons, gear

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson has told county commissioners that he intends to use some of his forfeiture money to upgrade his armory.

He estimated the amount in the fund to be around $30,000-$40,000 and proposes to spend about half of it.

“What we’re in dire need of is we have got to have an upgrade of our tactical gear: bullet-proof vests and also our weapons as well,” Wilson said. “We’re severely outgunned right now by the criminals we face every day. I’ve got to get my guys some updated, upgraded weapons so we can be protected.”

Wilson had brought up the matter at the August 2015 budget workshops, noting at that time that some of his deputies had been outgunned in a confrontation in Coolidge.

Thu
18
Aug

meet the goats

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Senior football players and their mothers at Meet the Goat Night.

Journal photo/Todd Boyd

 

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Senior girls athletes have a little fun at their last Meet the Goat night.

Journal photo/Todd Boyd

 

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Coach Tyrone Carter pumps up the football team at Meet the Goat night.

Journal photo/Todd Boyd

Thu
18
Aug

Coach Hale, speaker at Lions Club

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

Groesbeck Goat Head Football Coach Steven Hale, was the speaker for the Groesbeck Lions Club on Wednesday, August 10. He was introduced by Jim Bohls.

In addition to being head football coach, Hale is also the athletic director for the school district.

Coach Hale stated that there were 85 boys participating in high school football. He added that the varsity team is expected to carry 31 players.

Coach Hale stated, “This group of boys was very well conditioned in reporting to two-a-day practices.” He also described  the group as being very athletic.

The team will run a multiple offense according to Coach Hale. The team was also described as being very physical up front. He also noted the importance of special teams to the success of the team.

Thu
18
Aug

Homeowner Applications Available for Blessings in October Workday

 

Many Groesbeck citizens recall the impact that Blessings in October made for 55 homeowners during the non-profit organization’s first six years. In 2010, five homes were adopted. Ten homes were adopted in each subsequent year. Each year between 100 and 170 volunteers during this period have installed windows, replaced porches, painted houses, made plumbing repairs, trimmed shrubs, constructed wheel chair ramps and a host of other clean-up chores. “Volunteers are helping fulfill the non-profit organization’s mission of winterizing, repairing and enhancing the safety of homes of low-income elderly and disabled individuals in our community”, stated Charles Eastburn, founder of Blessing in October.

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