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August is the most critical time of year to spot the Asian longhorned beetle as adult activity peaks. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture is declaring August as Tree Check Month for this invasive pest. Checking trees for the beetle and the damage it causes is how residents can help…

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MINERAL WELLS – The world of independent films and filmmakers will again be in the spotlight during the second annual Crazy About Film Festival taking place Aug. 20-22 in Mineral Wells.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring a blood drive in conjunction with American Red Cross Blood Services from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the church located at 2418 Brown St. in Waxahachie.

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There are more than 6,000 children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area without a good bed to sleep in, according to Chad Hughes of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. To help address the need, Waxahachie Lions Club members and volunteers partnered with the nonprofit on a workday last Saturday at Getzendaner Park.

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Since landscape irrigation increases water use by 35 to 75% during the summer irrigation season, Texas A&M AgriLife recommends landscape water conservation practices be adapted to reduce water use, save money and still maintain a beautiful landscape. Water conservation is the easiest and…

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The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association is hosting Christmas in July from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Multiple stores will have specials and sales going on. The headquarters for the event will be at The Perfect Pair, where they will be grilling hot dogs and hosting photos with Santa.

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Watching the new “Black Widow” movie gave me the impression of being more of an obligation by the studio to make something for this character even though the main Avengers storyline had concluded. Already knowing the Black Widow’s outcome made the whole experience a little bit hollow.

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The Office of Ellis County Judge Todd Little is now offering public tours of the county’s historic courthouse. Tours are free and will take place at noon every Friday through Sept. 3.

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Since landscape irrigation increases water use by 35-75% during the summer irrigation season, Texas A&M AgriLife recommends landscape water conservation practices be adapted to reduce water use, save money, and still maintain a beautiful landscape. Water conservation is the easiest and l…

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With our current temperatures and anticipated rain, forage producers need to be scouting for fall armyworms infestations in their fields. 

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Find out more about the Ellis County Master Gardeners program by attending a free intern come and go meet and greet from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, July 22, or Thursday, Aug. 5, at First Baptist Church Waxahachie.

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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1191 held its monthly lunch meeting on Tuesday, July 13, at the Asian King Buffet in Waxahachie. 

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The General Federation of Women’s Clubs was founded in 1890. Its purpose is to unite members clubs into a state-wide charitable organization of volunteers for the promotion of education, community service, fellowship, and leadership development. The GFWC clubs and clubwomen are the heart of …

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Cookie-cutter comes to mind with Chris Pratt’s latest movie, “The Tomorrow War.” While each cookie produced by this baking tool is fun and enjoyable to eat, they lack originality and are uniform in shape. The same can be said for this film.

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In this edition of The Critic’s Corner, Waxahachie Sun film critic Andrew Branca and Southlake Style Magazine’s film critic, David Dunn, discuss their choices for the top Nicholas Cage movies.

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The Ellis County Art Association is celebrating the work of the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County during its “Sizzling Summer of Art” event, which runs from July 1-Aug. 31. The quilt display at the gallery is part of the celebration, which also includes a members’ sale. The association…

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The latest installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, “F9: The Fast Saga” hit theaters recently and oddly reminded me of the experience I had when I cleaned out my kitchen pantry and found a swollen can of peaches in the back. This film, and I use that term loosely, reminded me of that…

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The Ellis County Art Association presents a Celebration of Art, a members' show, from July 1-Aug. 31 at Art on the Square Gallery, 113 W. Franklin St., Waxahachie. For more information, call 972-937-3414. Concurrently, the association hosts the special exhibit, Art Quilting, Not Your Grandmo…

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The capital campaign toward the renovation of the Ellis County Museum continues under way, with several fundraising events coming up, including an al fresco taco dinner with beer and wine slated for Saturday, Oct. 2, and a Christmas party.

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Disney continues to cash in on its past with the release of “Cruella” as another animated film making the transition to a live-action format. But unlike some of these repackaged flicks, “Cruella” seems to have a lot of substance for the audience to devour as the story unfolds on the big screen.

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This past Sunday afternoon, Historic Waxahachie Inc. members and guests celebrated the past and future of Waxahachie with a membership social on the grounds of Singleton Plaza. There by the historic restored Wyatt House and calaboose, those gathered reminisced about the buildings and people …

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The United Methodist Women of the Sardis United Methodist Church at 640 Sardis Road, Midlothian, is having a chicken spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 26. The cost will be $10. All proceeds go to the upkeep and care of the historical church. “We will have the dinner availab…

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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1191 held its monthly meeting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the IHOP in Ennis. The guest speaker was Paul Liska, director of the Ennis parks and recreation department.

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After having to place their season on hold, the Waxahachie Symphony Association’s Class of 2020 Belles & Beaus was finally able to celebrate a year later at a Gala for the honorees. Each year, at the conclusion of the season the Belles & Beaus are honored at a formal Gala, which incl…

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On Sunday, April 25, the Rebecca Boyce Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual Good Citizen Patriots Tea at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie. Regent Vicki Williams welcomed the 75 members, guests and honorees in attendance.