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The city of Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission gave its recommendation to approve a zoning change to remodel the former South Ward School building into an event center at its Tuesday, Sept. 14, meeting. The item was approved 5-1 vote with commissioner David Hudgins in dissent.

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Waxahachie Fire-Rescue and the Waxahachie Police Department held a 9/11 Ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of others and commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack.

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A motion to deny approval of the Ink Masters Tattoo Studio sign was voted down at the Thursday, Sept. 9, Heritage Preservation Commission meeting. Commission members Shannon Simpson, Curtiss Thompson, and Glenda Felty voted against the motion, while Becky Kauffman and Peggy Crabtree were in …

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The Waxahachie ISD board of trustees met Monday evening, Sept. 13, with superintendent Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth providing updates on monthly enrollment and ADA, the COVID dashboard, leadership meetings, his superintendent’s entry plan, and conversations with leaders throughout the district in…

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As members of the U.S military worked to get American citizens and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan, Ellis County resident Adam Morgan helped to get a fellow comrade in arms to safety. Morgan, with the assistance of several people, was able to get “Frank,” a member of the Afghan special forc…

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The Waxahachie City Council approved a tax rate of $0.66 per $100 of property valuation, and a $52,738,925 general fund budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year during its Tuesday, Sept. 7, meeting. Both votes were 4-1 with council member Melissa Olson dissenting. The new budget starts Oct. 1.

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At a specially called meeting of the Waxahachie City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 31, council member David Hill called out his fellow council members for a lack of transparency on their views concerning the tax rate. Going into the meeting, the proposed tax rate was $0.66 per $100 of property va…

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With the hospitals full of COVID-19 patients, there is much to fight for here in Ellis County, and the local initiative, Feed the Fight, is grateful for the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie staff “who show up every day, but especially on Labor Day, to fight for our friend…

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From Thursday, Sept. 2, to Friday, Sept. 3, the active COVID-19 case count jumped from 682 to 924 in Ellis County, with hospitalizations increasing to 141 from 133. One more death was reported, increasing the count to 358 since the pandemic’s onset in March 2020.

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During the Ellis County Commissioners Court meeting Aug. 31, Sheriff Brad Norman presented deputies Saulter and Hightower with a lifesaving award and certificates of merit to Cpl. Valdez and deputies Tiner and Holland Jr.

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Members of the public gathered at city hall Tuesday evening to hear about the efforts the city of Waxahachie is taking to update its comprehensive plan. The plan serves as a roadmap that outlines the city’s current and future needs – and how they will be addressed.

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As of Thursday evening, the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard reports Ellis County with 682 active cases. Concurrently, the county is reporting 133 hospitalizations, with 28 of 37 ICU beds filled with covid patients. (The county’s typical ICU bed count is 18).

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The Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission took no action on the proposed Gibson Crossing development on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at its Aug. 24 meeting. The topic was continued to the Sept. 28 meeting, when it will be revisited.

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The Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a specific use permit for the second location of a 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station during its Tuesday, Aug. 24, meeting. The new store is planned for 1851 N. U.S. Highway 77.

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As of Monday evening, the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard continued to report Ellis County with 666 active cases. Concurrently, the county is reporting 130 hospitalizations, with 30 of 36 ICU beds filled with covid patients. (The county’s typical ICU bed count is 18).

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Texas Democratic Women of Ellis County is hosting a barbeque fundraiser at the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame Museum and Library, located at 441 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Waxahachie. The fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. It will be in commem…

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Waxahachie firefighters have been deployed to assist local first responders in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Firefighters Josh Altom, Cameron Miller, Joey Dawson, and Kevin Lindsey left Monday, Aug. 30.

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In a statement to media released Friday, Dr. Leigh Nordstrom, Ellis County’s local health authority, urged residents to continue heightened health practices amidst the surge of the delta variant, including social distancing, wearing face coverings around others, and getting vaccinated.

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Early voting is under way for the Aug. 31 special election for state House District 10 (unexpired term). The seat was vacated with then state Rep. Jake Ellzey’s election to Congress in the July 27 U.S. Congressional District 6 special election.

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The Ink Masters tattoo studio sign in downtown Waxahachie sparked a long conversation about acceptable signs during the Heritage Preservation Commission's August meeting.

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Waxahachie’s “Cowboy Poet Lariat” David Smith entertained more that 100 guests in Nicholas P. Sims Library’s historic lyceum Thursday. The special evening’s program also recognized the release of the native Waxahachian’s book of western and Texas historic poetry. On the book’s cover is a pai…

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As of Thursday evening, the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard was reporting Ellis County with 703 active cases. Concurrently, the county is reporting 130 hospitalizations, with 22 of 23 ICU beds filled with covid patients.