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Walking through the gates at the Waxahachie Farmers Market, it was hard to miss the man behind the counter of Jim’s Produce booth. Jim Dockins was always ready to meet new people, have a conversation and extend a hand of friendship. The long-time market vendor and market president passed awa…

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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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Waxahachie City Council members, city staff, family members, and friends turned out at City Hall on Wednesday, June 9, to recognize and honor the contributions made by Lori Cartwright. Cartwright recently retired as city secretary after more than two decades of service with the city.

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With the needs for services continuing to grow, Ellis County commissioners have started looking into the future to address upcoming needs. The county has contracted with engineering and planning group Kitchell to develop a long-range plan and needs assessment covering the next 20-25 years.

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To fund its desire to help others, the Love Your Neighbor ministry of Waxahachie Bible Church has opened a new thrift store on College Street. The ministry purchased Port Horizon Thrift Store, with the business now named Love Your Neighbor Thrift Store. Proceeds from the sales of items will …

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As crews from the Texas Department of Transportation work to remove the viaduct portion of U.S. Highway 77, parts of the bridge’s history will be preserved in downtown Waxahachie. A piece of railing and some of the bridge's plaques, as well as an interurban freight car that traveled along ci…

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The city of Waxahachie is looking to switch from analog to digital water meters and has contracted with Performance Services to assist with the effort. The city has more than 14,400 water meters that serve residential and commercial customers.

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Last Wednesday, Charity Trull saw a man stretched out on the grass across from their setup. When she asked him if he was hungry, he practically ran to them to grab a hot meal.

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The Waxahachie Senior Activity Center reopens for use Monday, June 7. The facility had been closed for almost 15 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, of which the past five months were spent serving as the county’s vaccination hub.

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Volunteers from across Ellis County came together the past several months to provide the community with access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Operations at the county’s vaccination hub started Feb. 2, with the initiative demobilized as of Friday, June 4. The hub saw more than 81,000 vaccines admin…

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The city of Waxahachie’s annual Drinking Water Quality Report for calendar year 2020 is now available. Read the PDF uploaded here, pick up a hard copy at City Hall, 401 S. Rogers St., or view a PDF on the city’s website at the following link:https://www.waxahachie.com/WQR-Waxahachie-TX-2021-…

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On Thursday, May 20, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division wrapped up a five-month investigation by executing a search warrant and arrest warrant in the 1100 block of Condor Drive in Dallas. This investigation stemmed from suspicious activity at a gas station loc…

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PALMER – Over the last few years, it’s been common to see one or two food trucks at various times open for business in downtown Palmer. Recently, however, the city of Palmer invited mobile food vendors to set up each weekend in May, no permit required. A variety of area vendors took advantag…

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A Maypearl woman who moved from California to Texas in 2017 has politically thrust herself on behalf of the Republican Party into the city of Waxahachie’s nonpartisan, municipal city election. Precinct chair Kathy Ponce, who is white, and has said that she left her state because it became a …

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AUSTIN – Tuesday, June 1, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law four major public safety bills that will enhance and better protect Texans and law enforcement officers. State Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) supported the public safety priority bills and served as joint author or co-author of the …

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Waxahachie ISD’s search for its next superintendent is under way. Current superintendent, Dr. Bonny Cain, recently announced her “re-retirement,” with the district’s trustees accepting her resignation date as July 20 during their special meeting May 24.

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According to Monday afternoon’s report from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Ellis County’s active COVID-19 case count has decreased to 61 from last week’s 77. Since the onset of the pandemic, Ellis County has posted 19,049 confirmed cases, 3,982 probable cases, 22,894 recoveri…

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A coffee-creamer color paints the room in a calming aura. Two mahogany-brown leather chairs sit angled at each other, a fuzzy white throw pillow in each of the seats. Colorful knick-knacks rest on a decorative ladder in the corner of the room, including a lush green plant. There’s even a box…

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Kevin Strength will be guiding the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce into its next chapter after being voted on by the board of directors to serve as its president and CEO. Strength follows Sandy King, who left the chamber for a position as community outreach coordinator with Waxahachie ISD.

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Navarro College is poised to fulfill its goal of providing students with the opportunity to pursue a four-year nursing degree. The state’s 87th Legislature recently passed House Bill 885, which would allow a Bachelor of Science Nursing program at Navarro and only awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s si…

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A collaborative undercover operation led by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, and involving several law enforcement agencies, has led to the arrest of 10 individuals. Operation Genesis targeted those who allegedly solicited children online. An additional six arrests are pending, authorities…

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According to Monday evening’s report from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Ellis County’s active COVID-19 case count has decreased to 77 from last week’s 92. Since the onset of the pandemic, Ellis County has posted 19,007 confirmed cases, 3,956 probable cases, 22,810 recoveries…

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Although given multiple opportunities, Waxahachie City Council Place 4 runoff candidate Paul Christenson has continued to decline answering the Sun’s questions as to why he had his opponent Billie Wallace’s campaign signs in his possession for a period of several days before putting them bac…

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The Waxahachie Police Department hosted a hiring event Saturday, May 15, to test for three open positions. Candidates were given both written and physical tests in this first step of the hiring process.

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For Bettie Adams, the road to recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 virus has been long, but she is slowly gaining strength and taking her life back. Adams contracted the virus in February, spending the next 58 days at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie. She is now goin…

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During its May 18 meeting, the Ellis County Commissioners Court voted to enter a $316,996 professional services agreement for long-range planning, existing-facilities needs assessment and construction management services. The services will be provided by Kitchell, a professional building ser…

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office recently welcomed to its ranks deputy Aaron Martin, who was sworn in by Sheriff Brad Norman. “Deputy Martin brings years of experience and leadership in law enforcement, and we are excited to have him as a part of the Sheriff’s Office,” the agency announced …

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AUSTIN – On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 8, the Texas Heartbeat Act, which represents the pro-life law since Roe v. Wade. State Rep. Jake Ellzey was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 8 as well as co-author of HB 1515, the House’s identical companion bill.

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The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has confirmed that three tornadoes made a brief occurrence in western Ellis County on Sunday, May 16. The tornadoes were classified on the Enhanced Fujita Scale as an EF-Unknown, meaning that there was no surveyable damage.

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According to Monday evening’s report from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Ellis County’s active COVID-19 case count has increased to 92 from last week’s 77. Since the onset of the pandemic, Ellis County has posted 18,954 confirmed cases, 3,905 probable cases, 22,691 recoveries…

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Upon returning from an executive session during their May 17 meeting, the Waxahachie City Council voted unanimously to appoint Amber Villarreal as its new city secretary. Villarreal replaces Lori Cartwright, who retired after more than 20 years of service.