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The Ellis County Office of Emergency Management, in association with the city of Midlothian, is hosting its annual Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium.

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The Ellis County Master Gardener Association will hold a fall plant sale in the Coleman Junior High parking lot, 1000 U.S. Highway 77 North, Waxahachie, from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Master Gardeners will offer a variety of perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs for sale as well as answer …

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For Midlothian actor Todd Terry, the starring role in the new Amazon Prime series “Vindication” has given him the chance to share his faith and passion for acting with a worldwide audience. Vindication is a new faith-based crime drama that follows Terry’s character, Detective Travis. As Trav…

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The Ellis County Republican Women report a successful Caring for America Project, with the organization able to give the nation’s military heroes serving abroad “just a little Christmas in July.”

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On Thursday, Congressman Ron Wright visited the WHS Career & Technical Education wing with his D.C. staff. Wright represents the sixth district of Texas, which serves the southeast Dallas/Fort Worth area, plus part of Tarrant County and Ellis and Navarro counties.

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The Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists, will meet Monday, Sept. 23, in the family life center at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. The community is invited to attend.

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The Ellis County Christian Women’s Connection will meet from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Waxahachie Country Club, 1920 W. U.S. Highway 287. Reservations must be made by Saturday, Sept. 14, to 214-463-5064 or barbjacobs19@gmail.com.

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Members of the Waxahachie Fire Department are shown with members of the Dinah Weable Foundation. The Waxahachie Firefighters Association’s annual Cares Enough to Wear Pink T-shirt campaign is under way. Sales from the pink T-shirts aid two nonprofits, which include the Firefighters Associati…

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Have you ever been walking around Waxahachie or Ellis County and seen a red hat bobbing in the crowd while you’re out running errands or having a meal? Chances are you have encountered a member of the Red Hat Society.

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Sequels are a tough film to make because of the expectations held by the audience, which wants to see something great. “It Chapter Two” struggles and falls onto that path of forgettable movies and sequels nobody asked to be created.  

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The opportunity to learn through the Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning Community Education Program is here again. Registration has begun and classes start Monday, Sept. 23.The classes listed below begin in September, with hundreds of online learning classes also available.  

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Donations are being accepted for the annual Constitution Day Project sponsored by the Ellis County Republican Women. This is the 11th year the club will provide pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence to around 3,000 fifth-graders across Ellis County.

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A new Alzheimer’s Association support group for caregivers is available in Ellis County. Headed up by Jennifer Keathly, the group meets at 4 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the offices of Texas Premier Realty North Central Texas, 100 N.E. Main St., Suite B, Ennis.

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In addition to our ongoing classes and support groups such as exercise classes, support groups, lunch programs and social functions, here’s information on the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center’s featured special events for the month of September.

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Ghouls, goblins and ghosts will soon make their appearance in Waxahachie for another season of frights and thrills at Screams Halloween Theme Park. Staff members are busily preparing for the venue’s 2019 season opening, slated for Sept. 27.

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The Reassembly Luncheon for the City Federation of Women’s Clubs will be hosted by the Century and Shakespeare clubs and held at the Ellis County Woman’s Building, 407 W. Jefferson St., Waxahachie, on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

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“The Peanut Butter Falcon” is a movie that warms the heart and soul – and makes you feel a little better about humanity once you leave the theater. It shows the audience what true friendship is about and how true friends can be as close as family.

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In the sea of forgettable movies this summer, one has finally turned up to give audiences some well-needed laughter. Out of the gate, “Hobbs and Shaw” is a high-octane adventure that intermixes well-timed jokes and some great cameos.

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Billy Hancock (seated, center) will sign his latest publication, “The Evolution of Waxahachie Public Schools,” from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Ellis County Museum. Hancock was a longtime educator in the Waxahachie school system and has published a number of historical pieces. All of…

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The Ellis County Museum’s new front window exhibit is comprised of vintage typewriters and adding machines. The exhibit spans nearly a century of technology, with items on display ranging in age from the late 1890s to the 1980s. Most of them were used here in Ellis County. The community is i…

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Ennis’ Theatre Rocks!’ new season of shows is off to such a rollicking good start with “Crimes of the Heart” that the true crime would be for Ellis County theatregoers to miss this spectacular production. 

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Originality is something that’s still lacking in Hollywood. In this latest attempt to bring something new and exciting, “The Kitchen” falls into the same trap of borrowed plot devices, tired clichés and hollow characters.