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On the surface, going to Chicago in the winter time might not seem like the best plan. I know that from the countless jokes I received from family members, friends and co-workers before I departed. Despite that friendly ribbing, the people of Chicago gave me a warm reception to their city. 

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Growing up, comic books were a part of my daily life. While I didn’t have any myself, my friend Nino always had boxes full. Countless hours were spent at his house reading and getting to know characters like Wolverine, Deadpool, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. 

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It’s not too late to join many others who are part of Lighthouse for Learning/Community Education.  The classes listed below are beginning end of March. To view the complete catalog or register online go to www.wisd.org.  Students may also mail in registrations to the WISD Administration Bui…

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The lifetime achievements in the fine arts by six Waxahachie High School alumni were honored Saturday evening at the Performing Arts Center, where the ceremony also showcased current students’ works as a preview to what the future holds.

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In addition to our ongoing classes and support groups such as exercise classes, support groups, lunch programs and social functions, the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center also plans the following special events during the month of March:

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A fixture in the Waxahachie community for more than a century and a half, First Baptist Church will celebrate moving to new facilities Sunday, March 3, with a full day of worship, Bible study, food, games, ribbon cutting and a gospel music concert. 

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Work continues at the Chautauqua Auditorium as needed improvements to increase the event venue’s viability for community gatherings are made. Construction workers have converted part of the existing ticket booth and concession stands into a new restroom and new audio-visual equipment has bee…

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Excitement and fun are what a trip to the movies should be all about. Sometimes I think that’s forgotten as we look for the latest in special effects, massive explosions or dramatic car chases. I was reminded about that fact as I went to see “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” with my nephew…

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The Waxahachie Ex-Students Association hosts its third annual Fine Arts Hall of Fame ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the high school’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 online and at the Waxahachie Sun – or they can be purchased at the door for $15.

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The Waxahachie High School Acting Studio presents “Radium Girls” this weekend, with showtimes at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. All performances are in the WHS Black Box Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door or online at www.wisddramadept.org. The production is …

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A man who was born in the Bronx area of New York, was discouraged from being a musician multiple times yet took up the conga drum at the age of 17, committed his life to Latin music and brought his expertise both teaching and performing to Southwestern Assemblies of God’s Hagee Center on Saturday.

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Work is under way in the downtown business district on Waxahachie’s newest amenity, Railway Park. The $3.3 million park will feature an amphitheater, splash pad, a pavilion area, playground, spaces for food trucks and much more. 

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Horror films are something that I have always typically avoided due to their cheesy nature, predictable plots and unremarkable characters. After much shaming by my boss, friends and some family members, I decided to put their criticisms to rest by going to see “The Prodigy.” 

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Members of the Black History Month Committee celebrated their 25th Community Day of Celebration on Saturday in the Fine Arts Center at Evelyn Coleman Junior High. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Black Migrations.”

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A community-wide pancake breakfast to raise money for a summer mission trip will be conducted from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 23, downstairs at Central Presbyterian Church. 

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When you hear the phrase, they’re a great leader, what comes to mind? You might think corporate or church success, well-developed management skills, conflict resolution, wise decision-making, courage, gifted communication, winning attitude, motivational abilities, use of power, or a domineer…

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The Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists, will host a program on the National Weather Service’s CoCoRaHS network at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the family life center, First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. The public is invited to attend.

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The crowd in this large room must have been at least 1,500 people, many of them parents and friends of the 20 young men on stage who had won the honor of being named “All-State.” Other attendees included members of the Texas Musical Educators Association, which held its annual convention in …

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I’m a collector  — of things and ideas. The ideas clutter only my brain. But the things — ah, that’s another story, and is probably too broad a topic to cover in one On the Edge column.

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Waxahachie Century Club held its February meeting on Valentine’s Day at the Ellis County Woman’s Building. Century Club has been meeting regularly since it was organized in 1911 and became a member of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1912.

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Liam Neeson is an actor who surprises audiences time and time again. His latest film, “Cold Pursuit,” shows he’s found yet another way to reinvent himself, building on his already loyal following. 

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Lunch reservations are needed no later than Sunday, Feb. 17, for the Wednesday, Feb. 20, special luncheon of the Ellis County Christian Women’s Connection at the Waxahachie Country Club. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; spouses are welcome to attend.

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Ellis County high school students can participate in a free Latin jazz workshop with Grammy winner Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at SAGU’s Hagee Center, 499 E. University Ave., Waxahachie.

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The Waxahachie Ex-Students Association will host its third annual Fine Arts Hall of Fame ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the high school’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and are available online – or they can be purchased at the door for $15.

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Love is in the air, and not just because it’s time to celebrate your Valentine.  The world premiere of “My First Date” opened last weekend at Theatre Rocks!—and it hits all the love notes, from puppy love to parental love, first romance to long-married devotion.

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As an actor, Clint Eastwood has long been associated with characters who had a lot of grit but cared for the people they fought to protect. As a director, Eastwood is known for his relatable characters who pull at the heartstrings but, in the end, are tragically flawed. 

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Dance is an expressive form of communication but Waxahachie seniors use it to promote a healthy lifestyle through a regular physical activity called Zumba. Zumba combines Latin, modern music and dancing into a fitness program that is made up of interval and resistance training.