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25
Mar

County still mulling where, how to put up fairgrounds sign

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners are still trying to get a sign donated by Farm Bureau Insurance, that will direct drivers to the fairgrounds, set up before the county fair begins, but they are running out of time.
Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis reminded the commissioners at their March 14 meeting that the county fair would begin with the Limestone County Fair Association Rodeo on April 8-9, followed by the horse show on April 10, and the youth livestock show and fair from Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16.
The county first learned of the sign, a gift from Farm Bureau Insurance, at their April 13, 2015, meeting. They had originally hoped to install it at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Jacinto, which is where visitors to the fairgrounds turn off Hwy. 14, to get to the show barn.
The court discussed the sign’s placement then, and again at the Dec. 28, 2015, meeting; and also at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Thu
24
Mar

Mexia man murdered, son arrested

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
The search for a missing Mexia man ended in horror when his son, Karl Benjamin Nussbaum, 47, was charged with murdering his father, who was found dead Saturday evening. It is believed he was beaten to death.
The body of Mexia native and longtime resident Harold Julius Nussbaum, 86, was found around 6:30 p.m. March 19, two-tenths of a mile off FM 3437 near Lake Mexia. This discovery came after a silver alert was issued for Nussbaum around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers and Mexia firefighters and police then combed areas near where Nussbaum’s vehicle was found, from dawn until mid-day Saturday.
Harold Nussbaum, a retired Mexia banker, was last seen Friday morning after going to McDonald’s and a therapy appointment. According to his daughter, Kristen Beard, of Garland, Karl Nussbaum had been staying with his father, and Karl told her he called his father at home from his job about 1:30 p.m., but there was no answer.

Thu
24
Mar

LIMESTONE APPRAISAL DISTRICT holds REGULAR MEETING

The Board of Directors of the Limestone Appraisal District met in regular session at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in the Appraisal District board room in Groesbeck, Texas. Members present: John McCarver, George Humble, Renee Turner, Troy Miller and Stacy Hall. Members absent: Mack Jones. Staff present: Karen Wietzikoski. Visitors: None. Chairman John McCarver called the meeting to order. Karen Wietzikoski, Chief Appraiser, certified proof of posting the meeting notice. The meeting began with a prayer led by George Humble and then the pledges.

George Humble made the motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Troy Miller seconded the motion. All voted aye, motion carried. Mr. Miller made the motion to approve the payment of bills. Mr. Humble seconded the motion. All voted aye, motion carried. No public comments were received.

Thu
24
Mar

Tuesday morning-two accidents

police, groesbeck, accidents

Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson was on duty directing traffic as usual at the intersection of Hwy 14 and Hwy 164, when a loaded rock truck turning left onto Hwy 14, struck him with the two back tires of the trailer. Henson was knocked to the ground and an eye witness, Cody Sanders, said that the tires then ran over the lower portion of his body.
The accident happened at around 8:10 a.m. and Limestone EMS arrived on the scene almost immediately after the call went out Tuesday morning. Air Evac was dispatched, but after being delayed due to high winds, it was decided to transport the Chief by LMC ambulance to Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest hospital.
After undergoing x-rays and test, it was determined that Chief Henson sustained no life-threatening injuries but did have some fractures, a possible concussion and cuts. He is expected to be released from the hospital after a brief stay for observation and will make a full recovery.
The other accident-

Thu
24
Mar

City to get medical device for heart attack victims; Grant for e-waste recycling event approved

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Groesbeck city council has decided to get an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) device, which restarts a stopped heart, to have on hand in case it is needed. Council made that decision at its March 15 meeting and also received news on the city’s grant application for holding a recycling event; and noted the upcoming annual citywide cleanup.
The council had planned to make a decision on the purchase of an AED after a demonstration of the device by certified instructor Jean Bosch at this meeting, but she had a conflicting event and had to postpone the demonstration to a future meeting.
Council member Matthew Dawley, however, suggested the city proceed to buy the AED to have it on hand rather than wait for Bosch’s demonstration.

Thu
24
Mar

Groveton gives court details from Lake Mexia flood

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A state-based emergency team under the auspices of FEMA rescued more than a dozen people in the recent flooding at Lake Mexia on March 9; and on March 17, County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared a local state of disaster area in connection with the flood.
Limestone County Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton gave commissioners at their March 14 meeting a summary of how the recent flooding rains affected people, structures and roads around the lake.

Thu
24
Mar

Organ donation the ultimate expression of love

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Groesbeck Lions Club was in the middle of holding an organ donation awareness drive when they realized that Groesbeck residents have a living organ donor in their midst, a man who gave up one of his kidneys so his father could live.
That man, Edward Valdez, owns the Bush’s Chicken franchise in Groesbeck and works there six days a week, making the 80-mile round trip from his home in China Spring each time. He and his family bought the franchise in November 2015, and Edward not only oversees his employees but works alongside them. He and his six siblings together own 12 Bush’s franchises, and Edward has years of experience managing their other restaurants.

Thu
17
Mar

Sheriff Dennis D. Wilson issues appeal to citizens in fight against crime

Responding to the increased number of citizens wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership is the fight against crime; Sheriff Dennis D. Wilson announced that Limestone County Citizens are being invited to become Associate Members of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.
Membership invitations will go out in the mail over the next several weeks. Associate Member funding allows the Sheriff’s Association of Texas to provide critical training, technical resources, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state.
In addition, dues will be used to support crime prevention and awareness programs, promote public safety, fight drug abuse, provide additional training for sheriffs and their deputies, and provide scholarships for children of law enforcement officers.
Contributions to the Sheriff’s Association of Texas are tax-deductible.

Thu
17
Mar

Come Learn How You Can Make A Difference For Those Limestone County Residents Fighting Cancer!

MEXIA, Texas –– Limestone Cancer Support Group invites anyone interested in showing your support and/or becoming a volunteer to help with this new organization meeting, March 24, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m., at the Limestone County Courthouse, County Courtroom, Suite 101, Groesbeck, TX 76642. Limestone Cancer Support Group will help those Limestone County residents that are dealing with cancer through trying to make this difficult time just a bit easier. The meeting will be an introduction for the organization, the scope of organizational coverage, and the purpose of the group.
“There is such a need in our county for an organization like this, and I am hoping many others will join us and have a willingness to help make it come together for our families in Limestone County who are fighting cancer”, said April Parolini. Freestone Cancer Support Group has had incredible success, and I hope we in Limestone County can join together to organize similar success.”

Thu
17
Mar

FUMC Groesbeck makes donations to LARAS House

The children of the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck presented LARAS House with a donation of $500.00 on this past Sunday. Each Sunday morning during Children's Time the children take an offering of their own. When the offering reaches $500.00 the children give a donation to a deserving organization and LARAS House was chosen this time. Pictured with the children are Mary Russell, the president of LARAS House and Byron Riddle,a LARAS House volunteer and also one of the co-founders of LARAS House. Photo by Janice Levi

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