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Turning Bad Money into Good

County Attorney Roy DeFriend presents Trooper Joshua Schlaudt of the Department of Public Safety, a $9,127.20 check for the Department’s share of a recent drug forfeiture case. These funds came from a traffic stop by Trooper Schlaudt on Highway 171 in Limestone County which resulted in the arrest of the suspect for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in August of 2020. The defendant was in possession of narcotics and a large amount of currency. The defendant was indicted and eventually sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The District Attorney’s office filed a civil forfeiture case to forfeit the currency the defendant possessed alleging that it was proceeds gained from drug activity, and a judgment was entered recently awarding a portion of the funds pursuant to that case. Drug forfeiture funds may only be used for law enforcement purposes, such as officer training, bullet-proof vests and other equipment. “Forfeiture funds can help train and equip our officers at no expense to local taxpayers” stated DeFriend.

Mexia’s Fox to perform on Legacy: ‘A New Voice’

The Navarro College Foundation’s annual scholarship fundraiser, Legacy’s “A New Voice” begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Groesbeck Convention Center. Proceeds will provide student and faculty scholarships for the South Campus in Mexia. Mexia’s own Linda Fox will perform. Fox has been a resident of Mexia since 1986. She is a Longview High School graduate and studied at Baylor University. For more than 30 years, Fox has brought joy and wonder of singing hymns and playing organ music to thousands of listeners of all ages and backgrounds through her services in many churches, weddings, concerts and other events. She has performed...
MEXIA, TX

Commissioners hear citizen comment, discuss purchases

Limestone County Commissioners Court heard a citizen’s comment, discussed purchasing generators and approved budget transfers during its meeting Jan. 24. Thorton resident Doug Potts gave a citizen comment clarifying a quote by Judge Richard Duncan that American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are not tax dollars. “I would like to contradict that, but they are, in fact, tax dollars just not directly paid or collected by Limestone County. They are collected federal tax dollars, which all of us pretty much are taxpayers,” Potts said. “There was a debate in that meeting that the $200,000 left, that was being debated or motions that were...

GISD admin shows Board appreciation

The Groesbeck ISD Board of Trustees held their first meeting of the year under newly hired Superintendent Anthony Figueroa on Monday, Jan. 23, where they planned for the upcoming general election in May. Two at-large positions currently held by Tiffany Burleson and Ronnie Ferguson will be up for grabs, and the board approved several necessary measures associated with the election, ordering it, approving notice for it, and selecting Teresa Battrick as the agent for the election. Friday, Feb. 17, is the deadline to file for candidacy, which can be done at the GISD Administrative Office in the High School Building...
GROESBECK, TX

High speed internet becoming possibility for all

Poor service areas in Limestone County keep some residents from accessing internet speeds conducive to today’s online world, according to Limestone County Judge Richard Duncan. “[The] broadband [project] is trying to get internet within the county because we’ve got a lot of dead areas,” he said. Limestone County Commissioners Court approved a $1.3 million broadband project using part of the $2.4 million from the second installment of American Rescue Plan Act funds. According to the bill, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed to speed up the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects...

Coalition to host trafficking-prevention workshop

It’s a misconception that human trafficking only happens in big cities or port cities, said Glyn Sloan, Limestone County Victim Assistance coordinator. According to Texas Health and Human Services, trafficked victims can be of any age, race, gender, socioeconomic background or citizenship status. Traffickers can be anyone, anywhere. A case of human trafficking has never been prosecuted in Limestone County. Still, Sloan is working to ensure local law enforcement officers have the training to handle such situations. “My goal is to provide training for local and county law enforcement and the general public. The training is varied and includes every prosecutorial crime, i.e.,...

Blackcats hold off Westwood, improve to 7-1 in district

, The Mexia boys basketball team had a tougher time against Palestine Westwood than in the teams’ first meeting, but the Blackcats fended off the Panthers and came away with a 53-50 victory at Westwood on Tuesday night, Jan. 24. It was the second-half opener for District 20-3A. The Blackcats had notched a 39-point victory, 68-29 over Westwood in the first district game. The win improved Mexia’s district record to 7-1, which is tied for first place with Franklin, who Mexia beat 52-30 last week. The ‘Cats, who are ranked 15th in the state, are 22-6 overall. Mexia jumped out to a 13-8...
MEXIA, TX
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Freestone County Sheriff’s Report

On 1/16/2023, the FCSO, yet again, in a business parking lot in Fairfield, caught a drug deal going down. I’m beginning to think these folks believe we’re just blowing smoke….. But as they keep mething around, they finding out there’s no smoke and mirrors here. Just an...
FREESTONE COUNTY, TX

Power up!

, Mexia had one weightclass winner and one runner- up in the first ever Mexia Blackcat Invitational powerlifting meet at the Mexia Junior High School gym Saturday, Jan. 21. Overall, the Blackcats finished seventh out of nine teams with 15 points. Brownsboro won the event with 43 points to outdistance Madisonville, which was the runner-up with 25 points. Abraham Saldana was Mexia’s champion in the 148-pound weight class and Gage Kuehn was the runner-up at 198 pounds. Saldana lifted a total of 1,025 pounds to run away with the title at 148. He bested runner-up Luke Drake of Italy by 105 pounds. Saldana had...
MEXIA, TX
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‘Park of the Year’ Award Earned by Fairfield Lake State Park

—– While you’re there, be sure to take some pictures and enter the Texas State Parks Photo Contest. Celebrate Texas State Parks with your best pictures for a chance to win a State Parks Pass, $100 H-E-B gift card and a shot at the grand prize. Round 1:...
FAIRFIELD, TX

Study Club learns update on local business Kleen-Air

, The Groesbeck Study Club had its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 17, at the Groesbeck Woman’s Club at 6 p.m. Mary Belle Leach, President, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Julia Morton gave the devotional, which was entitled “Winter”. She shared that as we are in the midst of Winter, she wanted to relate some of the Scriptures in the Bible regarding Winter, as well as some quotes. Please refer to these scriptures -Psalm 74:17 Job 37:9-14 and Genesis 8:22 Going on, she read, “But then God Sends us the Spring Refer to Song of Solomon 2:11-12”...
GROESBECK, TX

Commish to divide $500K equally among water co-ops

, , Freestone County Commissioners discussed purchasing generators for water coops using ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds but realized that the cost would be much lower by using general funds. They came to this conclusion at their Wednesday, Jan. 18, meeting, when they also decided to hold off on imposing a burn ban, awarded bids on purchases for the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department and made other decisions concerning the county’s finances and procedures. As for the discussion of the use of ARPA funds, County Judge Linda Grant noted that the county has ordered four patrol cars, two ambulances, a side-by-side, air...

Ladycats make short work of Palestine Westwood, 62-17

, Despite missing some players due to illness, the Mexia girls basketball team had little trouble with Palestine Westwood. The Ladycats raced to a 21-1 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 62-17 victory in a District 20-3A game at Westwood on Tuesday night, Jan. 24. Mexia, which is ranked No. 7 in the state, improved to 27-3 overall and 8-2 in district. The Ladycats are in second place behind unbeaten and top-ranked Fairfield, which is 10-0. They have already punched their ticket for the playoffs. Westwood is winless in 10 district outings. Westwood managed just one free throw in the first quarter....
MEXIA, TX

Kosse Council approves equipment purchases

The Kosse City Council took action on grant opportunities and equipment needs for multiple city departments at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17. City Secretary Christina Lockhart informed the council that all necessary paperwork to apply for the Community Development Block Grant ( CDBG), administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, had been completed with the help of GrantWorks, in hopes of securing $ 350,000 for waterline upgrades. The council went on to select KSA as the engineering architectural surveying service provider for the project, having worked with the company on past projects. For the 2023- 2024 CDBG project of restoring the...
KOSSE, TX

Fairfield Lake named

Fairfield Lake named Subhead tate Park of the Jason Chlapek Wed, 01/25/2023 - 15:11 Image Members of the Fairfield Lake State Park staff were all smiles after they received the State Park of the Year award from Texas Parks...
FAIRFIELD, TX