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Each year, hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected and exploited. It occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone – a family member, a neighbor, even you. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more a year through finan…

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There is no doubt that Satan has come to steal, kill, and destroy anything that surrounds God and that loves God. If you live your life to serve God, to keep his commandments, to love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind as God’s word instructs, you can believe you have a big target on yo…

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Hello, dear readers, I’m back, although, for the life of me, I’m not sure where I’ve been. This heat has slowed me down more than my usual snail-pace.

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Please join us in raising awareness for World Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Dignity for the Aged Texas Chapter, is proud to play a leading role in bringing this important date to the citizens of Waxahachie.

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Father’s Day will now hold a new importance in my life due to the events that took place this past weekend. My dad, Bob Branca, passed away Sunday from a short but valiant battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. The thing I will remember most is not his death, but the lesson both my parent…

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I’ve been thinking about my dad a lot lately. I often wonder what he’d think of the choices I made in life since his passing. I hope he’d be proud of the person I’ve become – the person who helps others with no real thoughts of payback or praise.

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The June 14 Dallas Morning News carried a story about the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LISA) on page 14A.

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So here we sit as the men and women of Congress debate the merits of another gun control deal they want us to believe will put some sort of end to mass murders in America. Call me cynical but when Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer shake hands on anything, I reach for my wallet and the neares…

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It is amazing how two little words can change your perspective on things. Things like getting stuck in traffic, receiving the wrong drink order at the coffee shop, the trip you planned, or the supercritical business meeting don’t seem to matter as much. The importance of those things vanishe…

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The last Waxahachie City Council meeting was a prime example of not really what one might want as something that represents them. It was actually embarrassing, to be quite honest. 

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June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month. During this month, communities in the United States and all over the world will sponsor events to highlight solutions to this systemic social challenge. The advocacy group, Dignity for the Aged, is proud to play a leading role in bringing this impor…

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I know. I know. You’re saying, “Here’s another preacher telling us what’s wrong with our society.” 

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There’s one discipline that I have carried since my days at T.C. Wilemon Junior High School in Waxahachie, Texas. I have always used the summer to read books. I want to offer to you my choices for a summer reading program. Perhaps, you can share with me your choices. My late father, Don Clem…

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Each morning on my way to the office I travel past many beautiful ranches. There is a particular one that raises Texas longhorn cattle. I have always been amazed by the Texas longhorn. I admire their beauty and love watching them graze. Each morning, there is one that always catches my eye. …

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“During my 12 and a half years as a member of this body, I have never believed that additional gun control or federal registration of guns would reduce crime. I am convinced that a criminal who wants a firearm can get one through illegal, nontraceable, unregistered sources, with or without g…

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A vote for Doug Barnes is a vote for experience, integrity, and independence. 

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As a journalist, I’m naturally interested in how people get the information they need. I’m not naïve enough to think people only read newspapers – and I certainly don’t consider our media outlet, the Waxahachie Sun, as a “be all, end all” source (there’s no such thing). And while there might…

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Senior care professionals and families are key to making sure an older adult’s health care visits stay on track, often coordinating medical visits and routine tests like colonoscopies or endoscopies.

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My name is Ezriel Wilson. I am a local artist, UTA art history undergrad, and advocate for women in Waxahachie, Texas. Recently I was a part of the IDEAS Fellowship at UTA, fall 2021-spring 2022, and created my series, “The Right to Reproductive Rights – Dear Governor Greg Abbott, I am writi…

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After 36 years and almost three years of delays, “Top Gun: Maverick” was able to capture the magic that made the original movie such a hit. The film’s compelling story and jet-fueled action took audiences for another ride into the “danger zone.”

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Life is proving to be fairly interesting in my “golden years.” When I was a freshman in Ennis High School in 1962, the thought of being in my 70s and being “retired” seemed light years ahead — or so I thought.

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I fully support Doug Barnes for re-election to the Waxahachie City Council, Place 2. 

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“There is hereby created a permanent historical commission of 18 members to be known as the Texas Historical Commission and is hereby declared to be a state agency for the purpose of providing leadership and coordinating services in the field of historical preservation.”

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Since “facts” these days seem to be whatever the person spouting them says they are, let me provide you with a few gun violence statistics I have spent inordinate amounts of time vetting. I share the data with you in hopes we can all think and act from a valid, true, and real starting point.…

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While waiting at a stop light recently, I looked at the gas stations on each corner. There it was: 10 cents less at one. It reminded me of the “gas wars” in the 1950s. Random gas stations around Dallas would reduce their prices for a day or two. You never knew where or when it would happen. …

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I have lived in Waxahachie since 1978 and have known Doug Barnes since my days as a trustee on the Waxahachie ISD school board in the late 1990s. Doug has been an active supporter and promoter of the city of Waxahachie for 20 years. During his time at the chamber of commerce, city council an…

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In this week's Sun Spot, Scott Brooks of the Sun sits down with former mayor and current council member, David Hill, to discuss a number of issues related to the city, matters before council, and a bit about council's unity post-election/forthcoming runoff.

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The atmosphere in the Waxahachie High School Performing Arts Center was electric. Family members, friends and community members found their seats in anticipation of the long-awaited presentation of “Mamma Mia!” To say it was well worth the wait would be an understatement.

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This may seem like an odd question, but it does warrant an answer. You may not have thought of this before and, if not, you may not know how important it is and how it pertains to your daily walk with God. Make no mistake, Satan and his army of demons know exactly who God is and they are cer…

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Life doesn’t always go as planned. For example, you might think you’ll retire at 65 or later, when you’ll be eligible for Medicare. But if you retire before then, how will you pay for your health care?

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It should be clear to all of us by now that there is plenty going on in this wonderful city of ours. Most everywhere you look in Waxahachie, dirt is being moved. Machines, including cranes, bulldozers, and the like, are erecting a multimillion-dollar annex downtown while other parts of our l…

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“We send our deepest condolences to the victims of the racially-motivated shooting targeting Black people in Buffalo, New York. This horrific rampage is another in the long line of distinctly American mass shootings that combine racism and gun violence. This is a deepening crisis for which w…

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No matter how many times I study history, I always find something new to learn about and dive into. That was the case as I watched the story unfold in the new film, “Operation Mincemeat,” which recently premiered on Netflix.

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In everything we do in life, there is always one key ingredient we must have to be successful. We all want to be successful, right? We don’t wake up every morning to fail. We all have individual goals, desires, and ambitions.

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On Straight Up this week, Scott Brooks of the Sun takes just a few minutes to provide a recap of Waxahachie City Council and WISD election results from this past Saturday along with some thoughts on specific races, and a bit about former councilperson Melissa Olson's beef with Brooks's colum…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to focus on what caregivers and families can do to stay on top of mental health issues affecting aging adults.

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I am a supporter of Patrick Souter for Waxahachie City Council Place 2. On May 7, Pat earned a spot in a runoff against incumbent, and current mayor Doug Barnes. The other Place 2 candidate, Johnny Bryant, ran a campaign he and his supporters can be proud of. Johnny’s signs were on many lawn…

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Nearly every year I get the opportunity to spend election night with my friend, and one of Waxahachie’s treasures I might add, Ken Roberts of KBEC, to report election results. Given the lull between early-voting results, which we usually get just after 7 p.m., and official final results, Ken…

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Stop for a minute and think about your life up to this point. Oftentimes, our minds immediately go to a place in our past where you should have done this instead of that or you should have made a right turn when you made a hard left. Then to make matters worse, you get hung up on kicking you…

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Rarely does an organization, institution or company stray from its core purpose and still achieve extraordinary levels of success. That’s just a fact, no matter how we slice it. A company with which we repeatedly do business is likely to be one with a strong commitment to purpose as the fund…

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I became a mom in December 1977. I recall the night well, even though it’s been more than 44 years ago. It was cold, very cold, outside. The main doors to the hospital were locked, so I walked around the building to the emergency entrance. That proved to be a long walk to remember, but I fin…