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Mark Arnold, county Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Ellis County, has scheduled private applicator trainings on Wednesday, Jan. 30; Wednesday, Feb. 27; and Tuesday, March 19, in the Ellis County Extension Office in the Ellis County Sub-courthouse in Waxahachie.

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Lately, going to the movie theater has been a painful experience. Studios have been turning out films that are poorly written, sloppily executed or just plain awful. Will Ferrell taking on the iconic role of Sherlock Holmes is a bright red beacon pointing to this fact. 

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Celebrations to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held starting this Saturday with an essay and oratorical contest and a parade and programs Monday. 

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First United Methodist Church will host its annual pancake breakfast on Jan. 26 in the Family Life Center at 505 W. Marvin in Waxahachie. The event will begin at 7 a.m. and pancakes will be served until 11 a.m. Casseroles and baked goods will also be for sale.

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Heavy rains and flooding during the past several months have forced the temporary closure of the Matthews Street bridge. Engineering plans are being drafted so repairs can be made and the bridge reopened. 

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Teachers and students with the Coolidge ISD ag program thanked WISD board members Dusty Autrey and Clay Schoolfield; the latter’s father, Bob Schoolfield; Darrell Nay; and WHS ag teacher James Glenn during Monday night’s board of trustees meeting. They were recognized for their generous dona…

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Members of the Waxahachie ISD board of trustees were honored Monday night as part of the state’s celebration of January as Texas School Board Recognition Month. This year’s theme was one of “Planting the Seeds.”

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The Waxahachie ISD board of trustees recognized two Waxahachie FFA teams for their accomplishments during the recent state contest: the Senior Chapter Conducting team of Corinne Auvenshine, Tyler Buchanan, Thomas Carlile, Meredith Fay, Kyan Frisbee, Landon Jones, Baylie Paris, Kayla Stockman…

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What was once part of a major logjam clogging Waxahachie Creek in Getzendaner Park is now in the works to serve as another natural “jungle gym” for all ages to enjoy.

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Ellis County Judge Todd Little has taken the motto “open for business” to heart with each person who steps into the historic courthouse. He said he’s seeking to provide a voice for residents, foster greater communication and plan for tomorrow in every decision handed down. 

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This past Tuesday, all WISD administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals took part in Camp iNation, which is the district’s major professional development event. Through Camp iNation, attendees had an opportunity to learn new skills going into the spring semester.

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Phase two work is under way on the city’s Little Creek Trail project, which, when completed, will feature a hike and bike trail extending from Global High School on Indian Drive to Brown-Singleton Park off of Farley Street.

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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees chapter 1191 held its monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Asian King Buffet in Waxahachie. The guest speaker was Kimberley Holman, executive director of Waxahachie Care.

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State Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) encourages House District 10 constituents to stay in touch with him – and to keep abreast of what goes on in the legislature. Inquiries can be directed to Wray through either of his offices and their staff members.

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As part of its outreach to the community, Navarro College – Waxahachie campus is extending an invitation to Ellis County businesses and industries to attend a College and Industry Collaboration meeting from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in room C144, Building C.

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The turkey is gone and the pie tin is empty but what remains in its place is a few extra pounds that have taken up residence. To free yourself from this weight, small steps coupled with accountability are required.

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David Bittle will soon exchange his police blues for a chef’s white hat and jacket. He will retire from the Waxahachie Police Department to pursue his passion for cooking with a goal of opening a food truck. 

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The Ellis County Republican Women will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Woodmen Life Facility, 610 Water St., in Waxahachie on Jan. 15. 

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Waxahachie ISD hosted iNation 2019 Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the high school. This was an event in which teachers were learning innovative, fun and interactive ways to use technology in the classroom and the best practices and instructional strategies to enhance teaching. 

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Hachie Hearts continue to be completed around town, with several more awaiting their placement once their pads can be poured. Here are views of the heart painted by Waxahachie artist Gerald Spriggs for sponsor Wayne Boze Funeral Home at Getzendaner Park. The heart’s theme is one of recognizi…

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The Ellis County Master Gardeners present their 13th annual gardening calendar, with a theme of “Gardening in the Extreme.” The calendar is available for free at a number of sponsor locations.

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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 center also held the following special events during the month of January:

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In the spirit of competition, Waxahachie police officers and firefighters have squared off against each other to help the Texas Baptist Home for Children. The Texas Baptist Home has challenged both groups to gather the most participants for its annual Hero 5K that takes place Jan. 26. 

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Waxahachie residents may place natural Christmas trees on the curb for pickup following the holidays. Since this week is a short week, they will be picked up Jan. 10-11. Residents may also take natural trees to the Citizens Convenience Station if they would like to dispose of them prior to J…

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Do you like the feel of the earth between your fingers, the fragrance of growing flowers, the taste of homegrown tomatoes and herbs? Do you want to share your interest in gardening with others? 

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Join the Indian Trail Master Naturalists at their monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 28. Prior to the meeting, from 5-6 p.m., the Master Naturalists will make bird treats with suet balls, peanut butter pinecones and fruit garlands. Then, if you can, join them Saturday, Feb. 2, as they put out the …

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Flowering and foliage plants can make welcome gifts; however, taking proper care of them determines how long they remain attractive and enjoyable. 

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VIP (full access) passes are now on sale for the sixth annual Crossroads of Texas Film & Music Festival. Individual tickets also are available for the screenings and concerts.

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The “Write Way” writers club meets at 3 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center. Any senior center member is encouraged and welcome to join. Shown, from left, are Debbie Compton, Pat Pratt, Doris Wheeler, Frances Springer, Betty Woodruff and A…

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Did you miss out on the first 1,000 rainbow trout added each to the Waxahachie Sports Complex’s lake and at Mustang Creek Park back in early December?