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Award-winning community photographer Scott Dorsett, 61, passed away Sunday. His work included several decades’ service with the Waxahachie Daily Light through 2016, when a near-fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident while he was out jogging left him with significant injuries and continuing medica…

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As impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across the community, The Little Pantry has seen its use go up, as well as an uptick in its donations.

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On Feb. 27, Dr. Skip Mondragón launched the release of his new book, “Wrestling Depression Is Not For Wimps! Lessons Learned From an Amateur Wrestler’s Fight to Triumph Over Depression.”

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Since launching its economic relief programs in the past several weeks, the U.S. Small Business Administration has seen a wide spectrum of businesses affected by COVID-19 apply for assistance.

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March 31, 2020 – The Ellis County Local Health Authority has confirmed four additional cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County. This increases the countywide total to 20 cases of COVID-19.Details are below (or view the graphic):Ennis - 7Maypearl - 1Midlothian - 6Palmer - 1Red Oak - 3Waxahachie - 2…

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WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and

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March 30, 2020 – It is with a heavy heart that the Office of the Ellis County Judge reports the first coronavirus (COVID-19) related death of a 90-year-old Midlothian resident. The Midlothian resident tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21 and was immediately transferred to Methodist Mansf…

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During Waxahachie ISD’s distance learning instruction period, the district will continue to provide meals for all children ages 1-18 as part of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.

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March 28, 2020 – The Local Health Authority has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County. This increases the countywide total to 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Among the companies in Waxahachie giving hope to residents in the stressful time associated with the COVID-19 pandemic is the grocery store, H-E-B.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about struggles for both daycares and the parents who need their services. Some are struggling to stay open or have closed temporarily. This has led to essential workers, such as first responders and medical professionals, with limited options for childcare …

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Among the COVID-19 pandemic’s widespread impacts has been the closing of Poston Gardens in Waxahachie.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has launched an online portal to streamline the process and validation of leads for more supplies. The portal is administered by the run by the state’s Supply Chain Strike Force.

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The Governor’s Office has been publishing a number of releases relating to actions being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the most recent actions, by date, as taken by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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“13 Cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County”March 27, 2020 – The Local Health Authority has confirmed three additional cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County. This increases the countywide total to 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19.COVID-19 in Ellis County:As shown in  the above graphic and listed here:Ca…

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March 26, 2020 – The Local Health Authority has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County. This increases the countywide total to 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19.Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout the state of Texas, the Texas Department of State Health…

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CLARIFICATION (5:01 p.m. Friday, March 27): The Dart Corporation’s use of the term “presumed positive” in its March 25 press release reflects implementation of the company’s “presumed positive” protocol. The company, operating from an abundance of caution, presumes a positive result and acts…

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Here's a series of slides from the World Health Organization that serve as "myth busters" for some frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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In a 4-1 vote, the Waxahachie City Council approved to amend its COVID-19 disaster declaration at an emergency called meeting Wednesday morning. The amendment follows in the steps of Ellis County, which approved a shelter in place order for residents Tuesday.

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Prior to issuing his executive order GA-08, which includes a provision of no public gatherings of more than 10 people, Gov. Greg Abbott had temporarily suspended certain rules so as to allow for telephone public meetings.

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The Local Health Authority confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County on Tuesday, bringing the total to eight confirmed cases countywide. Available information on six of those cases indicate they are the result of community spread. Information on the other two cases had not b…

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The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has prompted several businesses to establish certain hours for senior citizens to do their shopping. This is reflective of the Centers for Disease Control including older adults among those more at risk for complications if they contr…

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The U.S. Census Bureau continues to accept applications for temporary part-time positions with the 2020 Census. Although many job offers have been made, there is still an opportunity, according to the bureau’s website, https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html.

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On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter requesting a presidential declaration of a major disaster in Texas based on the continued impact of COVID-19. This action follows his March 13 declaration of a state of disaster for all 254 Texas counties.

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March 23, 2020 – The Local Health Authority has confirmed one additional case of COVID-19 in Ellis County. This increases the countywide total to six confirmed cases of COVID-19. Five of the cases are currently being monitored by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), while on…

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March 22, 2020 – The Local Health Authority has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County. This increases the countywide total to five confirmed cases of COVID-19. Four of the cases are currently being monitored by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), while …

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March 21, 2020 – The Local Health Authority has confirmed one additional case of COVID-19 in Ellis County. This increases the countywide total to three confirmed cases of COVID-19. These cases are currently being monitored by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).Case 1​: A fe…

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To help lessen the financial hit from businesses having to limit their services and even close their doors as part of efforts to keep the community safe, the U.S. Small Business Administration will be providing federal disaster loans for businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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In these trying times where we don’t know what the next few months will bring, it can be difficult to remember our neighbors in need as we run to the store to stockpile on essentials, but Waxahachie CARE, a 501(c)3 organization that provides food and other assistance is taking a stand agains…

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Family, friends, co-workers and community leaders packed the gallery at the recent Ellis County Commissioners Court meeting to honor Lt. Jeremy Osteen, who marked 30 years of service with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office this month.

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MIDLOTHIAN – Manna House is among the nonprofits that are navigating uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Manna House  announced it is adjusting its services and outreach to that of curbside service for pickup and donations out of concern for the health and safety of its …

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As we continue to make every effort to keep our community safe and healthy during this time, City staff and officials are working closely with our local emergency management teams, also constantly communicating with Ellis County and the state of Texas to stay up-to-date on the latest informa…

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Due to the extension of spring break for Waxahachie ISD schools this week out of concerns raised with the COVID-19 pandemic, Tacos 4 Life has decided to take action and partner with the community to feed children who are in need.

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March 19, 2020 - Earlier today, Governor Abbott and state leaders updated Texans on COVID-19. Citizens across the state are working to overcome challenges to ensure public health and secure the safety of all first responders working to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19. We are expected to…