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Javion Anderson recently returned home to Waxahachie from his out of state job in New York to help the youth of the area he grew up in. Mostly from money he saved from his job, Anderson bought enough school supplies to help more than 65 elementary students.

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MIDLOTHIAN – Students in Midlothian ISD will soon have the opportunity to enjoy a day full of food, games, water slides – and much more – at the annual Mayor’s Back to School Bash, slated for 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. The event moves to a new location this year: MISD’s Multipurpose Stadium.

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A school supply drive is under way to benefit local students. Supplies needed include pencils, markers, colored pencils, scissors, pens, rulers, dry erase markers, notebook paper, manila paper, backpacks, crayons, glue and glue sticks. Collection will take place through Thursday, Aug. 5.

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Eagle Scout candidate, Matthew Rice of Waxahachie Boy Scout Troup 232, chose the restoration of veterans’ headstones at Hillcrest Burial Park for his project.

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Waxahachie ISD has experienced significant growth in student enrollment over the past several years. With a student population of 9,500, the district is continually on a quest for “Excellence in Education.” Although our students continue to do well both academically and in extra-curricular a…

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The Waxahachie ISD board of trustees recently recognized the Waxahachie High School theater arts program for its local and regional accolades in musical theater and state-level accomplishments in UIL One-Act Play.

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RED OAK – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Red Oak ISD for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University was recently recognized for having one of the top online bachelor’s in theology programs in the nation by Study.com. SAGU was ranked No. 2 in the country, alongside other universities that included Moody Bible Institute and Oral Roberts University.

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Christian Pérez, a fifth-grade student from Wedgeworth Elementary, made it to the sixth round of the National Spanish Spelling Bee. His word was “reivindicativo.” Pérez earned first place at the Region 10 Spanish Spelling Bee, making him the first Waxahachie ISD student to qualify for the Na…

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Ellis County Sheriff Brad Norman congratulates the Ellis County Sheriff's Office Explorers on their outstanding performance during the Metroplex Explorer Challenge Competition, which was hosted by the Grand Prairie Police Department. This was their first Explorer competition since the onset …

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Pettigrew Academy in Waxahachie recently held its annual Chinese language camp, with instructor Ms. Lu teaching students about the tea ceremony among its activities.

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The Waxahachie Police Department hosted its first Junior Police Academy from June 21-23, with Police Chief Wade Goolsby saying the fun learning environment provided opportunities for youth to get to know the officers who serve the community.

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MIDLOTHIAN – REACH Council community liaison Shari Phillips was recently recognized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency with a commendation for her outstanding contributions to the federal service.

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CORSICANA – Navarro College recently adopted Oracle Student Financial Planning to make it easier for students to apply for essential financial aid. Part of Oracle Student Cloud, the solution gives students a personalized view of their funding options so they can make better decisions to supp…

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Paying attention to the details is something Spirit of Waxahachie band director Rich Armstrong stresses. That’s the foundation of the award-winning band’s performances. It’s also something that’s a key part of the organization’s annual carwash, which was held this past Saturday at Lumpkins Stadium.

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The Waxahachie ISD board of trustees recognized staff members who completed the LEAP program in the 2020-21 school year at its recent meeting. LEAP graduates included Whittney Trevino, Lorie Hanna, Sonia Champion, Christy Bragg, Kristen Hughes, and Valerie Fell.

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The Waxahachie FFA chapter officer team is attending the Chapter Leadership Conference at Glen Lake Camp in Glen Rose. The team has spent the last two days networking with more than 200 other officers and attending workshops in preparation of leading its chapter in the coming school year. Ke…

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Last December, the Texas Democratic Women of Ellis County held an online auction to raise money for community outreach programs, including its scholarship fund. 

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Waxahachie High School was awarded Best Musical and Best Direction honors at the recent Dallas Summer Musical Awards. Overall, WHS was nominated in nine out of a possible 15 categories in the DSM’s prestigious competition for high school musical theatre productions.

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Eager grandparents and parents walked their children to the Wedgeworth Elementary bus stop last Thursday to step inside the Waxahachie ISD bookmobile.

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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Cheyenne Bond of Maypearl was among the 166 graduates that Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law conferred Juris Doctor degrees upon May 7 at Red Hat Amphitheater during its 43rd hooding and graduation ceremony. Dean J. Rich Leonard also bestowed…

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RED OAK – Red Oak ISD’s district Teachers of the Year received a big surprise at the end of the staff banquet June 2 when Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie President Will Turner came to the stage. Top elementary teacher Taylor Morris and secondary teacher Stephanie Smith h…

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University business professor Ellie Gates recently won the Leadership Waxahachie Award at the 93rd annual Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce’s awards banquet. Her award was one of nine given out for business excellence in the community, recognizing business leaders…

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Waxahachie ISD recently expressed its appreciation to the Waxahachie Lowes for its donation of thousands of dollars in hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, and other PPE. “This donation will help us continue to keep students and staff healthy in the coming school year!” the district posted on its …

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MIDLOTHIAN – Presented by Midlothian-based Bridges Training Foundation, this first-ever scavenger hunt and obstacle course will require racers to perform tasks at designated community locations while competing with participating teams for prizes.

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Pettigrew Academy in Waxahachie held its annual art camp this week, with instructor Scarlett Hajovsky teaching seven essential elements. Hajovsky is an accomplished artist, having studied art privately and at Midlothian Heritage High School where she is a senior. Hajovsky attended first thro…

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AUSTIN – Southwest Aerospace Technologies recently donated a large inventory of Global Express parts to Texas State Technical College. The parts will be used in the school’s aviation curriculum, which offers Aircraft Airframe Technology and Aircraft Powerplant Technology training, as well as…

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While traveling through Texas, downtown Waxahachie merchant, Amber Caverly Adams, saw signs of different towns’ names that had a space to where people could stand in and complete the spelling.