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What the enemy means for evil, God can use for good. The COVID-19 crisis is evidence. For an example, so far, Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside, California, has seen more than 85,000 people make professions of faith in Jesus Christ as a result of its online church ministry.

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“God’s goodness to guide us is bigger than the devil’s ability to deceive us ...”  - Unknown

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Staying home has benefits and diversions. I have been listening and reading about more subjects than my usual educational fare. This week, my enlightenment included fascinating facts about the great American hero, John Lewis, and a mortifying incident involving Next Door, New Lewis.

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Business ownership can be lonely but not for Waxahachie Chamber members! One of the coolest parts about joining the chamber is the friends you make.

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Have you noticed that most air conditioners, if and when they are going to break down, it’s usually in the middle of July, in 100-plus degree weather? It’s pretty miserable when that happens.

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I’ve been in semi-hibernation mode for several months now, like a lot of you. The other two people in the house, my husband and my granddaughter, are considered essential workers so they get up and trudge off to their respective jobs every day.

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The national Suicide Hotline Improvement Act was signed into law in 2018, with the purpose of researching and identifying if the creation of a 3-digit number for the National Suicidal Prevention Lifeline would be worth the time, effort and cost. In August 2019, the FCC released its findings …

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How humbling it is to preach a hard message on God’s judgement and then have to have it played out in a visual in your own life.

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In my observations of current world events, meeting people and working with families on a daily basis, there is one common denominator: A lot of people are unplugged and going through life without a power source. They manage life somehow without the power of God. I say somehow because, quite…

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Imagine for a second trying to assemble a model airplane, complete with instructions, but without the box on which the final image is displayed. If you’re like me, the absence of a clear picture of the end result would create not only a time-consuming and wasteful process, the final product …

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A lot of talk about the Confederate statue at the Ellis County Courthouse. Some say it is offensive to them and should be removed. Others say it is historically significant and should remain.

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Always looking to collaborate as a greater community, the Waxahachie Chamber remains the leading and largest chamber of commerce in Ellis County.

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I can assure you that I and many members of my generation know a lot about the statue we wish to see removed from the grounds of the Ellis County Courthouse. We grew up in Waxahachie and many of us still reside here.

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The Rotary Club of Waxahachie appreciates all of the community support for our Flag Program. Not only does it beautify our city, we are able to assist many community projects throughout our community such as Daniel’s Den, Hope Clinic, YMCA, scholarships and many more. Without you, this would…

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For 16 years, CASA of Ellis County has been holding in-person training sessions for our volunteer advocates. In compliance with pandemic guidelines, we just completed our first ever virtual training and were able to swear in nine new volunteers via video conferencing to serve our Ellis Count…

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For the first time in my 72 years of existence on this earth, I am realizing the uncertainty of the future.

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How could a shoe shine chair possibly be interesting? As you will see, each of you reading this has been involved in one way or another with this chair’s maker. Guaranteed. Almost everything in the Ellis County Museum has a back story if you seek it out. This one has interesting twists.

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The words of philosopher and novelist George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” still ring true today. And films like “Schindler’s List” serve as a powerful tool in remembering the past and keeping evil at bay.

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Not only is running a city a tough job, it is one that requires a variety of talents across a broad skill spectrum. The responsibilities are significant as is the need to populate a rather large staff with folks who are driven, energetic, knowledgeable and who can perform in what is often a …

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Whenever I contemplate writing on a subject, usually a little tune is swirling in my head that helps me to get into that subject. I’m thinking of a little ditty that was a big hit on the radio, back in 1962 when I was roaming the streets of Ennis in the eighth and ninth grades. I think the s…

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Well folks, after what has got to be one of the longest campaigns in history due to COVID-19, we are done. I want to thank the citizens of Ellis County for your support and confidence to elect me as your next sheriff.

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I never imagined I would experience in my lifetime what is unfolding in the world today. It saddens me greatly to see so much hate. I think about those words we all grew up reciting in school, standing at our desks with our right hand over our heart, “One nation under God, indivisible, with …

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The four Chambers of Commerce in Ellis County have just announced the Ellis County Market has been rescheduled for Sat, March 27, 2021. The location will be finalized soon.

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I’m finding that there is a lot of misinformation out there about the COVID-19 pandemic. People will believe some of the craziest stuff. If someone tells you something he heard from his cousin, who heard it from his neighbor, who heard it from someone on the internet, chances are it may not …

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It saddens us to announce that, for the first time ever, the Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie will not take place this October. The Festival Committee has determined that the current Covid-19 concerns are too great to risk the health of festival attendees and workers and, since …

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As a 20-year Rotarian I was, of course, dismayed to read of the vandalism to the Rotary flags. That was only part of the story, though. Why does the Rotary Club of Waxahachie put out flags in the first place?

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It warned that you were tardy. It bears the inscription “Presented to Marvin University, 1871, by the citizens of New York City.” The bell was manufactured by Menely & Kimberly, of Troy, New York, and this is shown on the bell.

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On July 15, 2015, I wrote a column titled “Wrapped Up” about removing the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina statehouse. On July 15, 2016, I wrote a column titled “Sew it up,” briefly mentioning that the Confederate flag had gone back up for a few days, despite numerous pleas fr…

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I was thrilled to go out into my garden Thursday morning, July 2, and see a white hummingbird going from flower to flower. Taylor Garrison, biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, says such a sighting is rare.

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For the last three months, the Ellis County Master Gardeners have been unable to host our annual Lawn and Garden Expo, teach in person, be present at farmers markets or even hold meetings.

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Most of us know and understand that Satan is a master con-artist, a master of disguise, deceitful and working to manipulate our lives on a daily basis. He never sleeps and he makes it his goal to tear down anyone giving him the opportunity.

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This is the long summer. Children have been home for four months already and it is not over. Are you running out of “stay at home” activities? Children love Christmas (or any holiday you celebrate could be substituted) and having it early, in July, is like forbidden fun. Choose a weekend to …

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I’m not sure when America arrived at a place where what was unthinkable just a few months ago is now a country full of whacky headlines about psychotic ideas, but here we are. The substance behind those headlines has been created by a wayward national media hellbent on fanning the flames of …

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I have been shocked at how easily our entire population of citizens gave their freedom away without much of a thought with the announcement of a pandemic. Of course, when we are first introduced to an expert, or experts, and those experts tell us that 2.2 million people are going to die from…

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce celebrated several ribbon cuttings and openings of new businesses here in Ellis County the last couple weeks:

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In their recent newsletter, the Ellis County Master Gardeners provided the following “to-do” list for July lawn and garden activities.

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It was such a heartening experience to me to read the brief video meme of a guy, who became world famous but his early life was plagued with the title of underachiever, a loser.

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There was a little boy walking with his dad one day enjoying a bag of potato chips. His dad asked him for a chip. The little boy frowned and said, “No, this is mine!”

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“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” - Joseph Joubert

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“Frost/Nixon” is a great movie that captures a difficult period in American history and one that continues to give us lessons to learn from daily. The feelings and emotions that many Americans carried with them at the time are captured in this movie.

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You can call it coincidence, or a perfect storm, or whatever you like, but it appears to me that it is, by no means, an accident that the year 2020 will go down in history as a year of immense, excruciating peril.

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The Ellis County Museum and Historic Waxahachie Inc. would like to announce that, due to the pandemic, the Gingerbread Trail and Christmas Home Tours have been canceled this year.

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Now, more than ever, the responsible actions of each and every Texas resident will be vital in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. It will take the collective action of all Texans to help keep their neighbors safe while also keeping our businesses open and protecting our livelihoods. Tex…

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With the new month upon us, the Waxahachie Chamber is excited to relaunch its program of networking events, starting off with this week’s Speed Lead Luncheon on Thursday, July 2, at noon for chamber members. If you would like to join the chamber in order to attend this networking event, incl…

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It seems that as of late, I find myself reflecting on life quite a bit a slightly different perspective.