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The community of Forreston, Texas, is my home. My great-grandfather, David Barton Bullard, acquired land there 100 years ago and it is on this land that I now live. Then, too, the community has an interesting history with many firsts – the first house between Bonham and the falls of the Braz…

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“I will not waste my days making up all kinds of ways to worry about all the things that will not happen to me … “- Jason Mraz

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In 1985, I was a senior in high school. I grew up in East Texas, played football, lived for the weekend, went to church on Sunday and lived a pretty simple life. I will be 54 this year and to say that life is going by fast is a huge understatement. Whoever said that life goes by faster as yo…

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So I believe every town has what they like to call the rough or the bad side of town. It’s the side of town you don’t want your kids in after dark. The side of town where drug deals are made and where all the gangs hang out. Turns out, we have one of those so-called areas in Waxahachie.

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A lot of comments. A lot of questions. Our property is being used to collect revenue to take care of our schools and governments where the property is located. Property taxes are how we fund ourselves collectively. How we derive at the amount we pay is a matter of personal knowledge and educ…

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As the new normal of our world is established, the 9-1-1 professionals and trainers in Texas have to start thinking about what we want our industry to grow into. Things are changing whether we want them to or not, but we can define how it changes by what we teach our 9-1-1 telecommunicators.

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Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world ... would do this, it would change the earth. - William Faulkner

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Lots of small businesses in the county are on the brink of collapse due to COVID-19 in Texas. Texas has a lot of at-risk businesses on the line including: clothing, general merchandise stores, arts, entertainment, recreation, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, florists and more.

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As a funeral director, there is one thing I have seen over and over that crushes the inner core of a family, even more than the death of their loved one. It is the one thing I have seen completely destroy individuals and families much like a silent illness destroys everything in sight.

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Back in the day the stores all routinely stayed open to midnight on Saturday. Why was that happening then and not now? Joe Jenkins, Sam George, Horace Bratcher and Hookie Wilson all provided stories about life downtown on Saturday.

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Waxahachie High School will host a parade to honor our awesome class of 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the high school.

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Being active in your community is an important part of a public safety professional’s job. Protecting and serving also means being present at community events and caring about the citizens’ day-to-day activities and wanting to be a part of it all. But how do you show that commitment when com…

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During Teacher Appreciation Week, we have seen you shower our teachers and staff members with your love and appreciation. The campus and district administrators of Waxahachie ISD, along with the board of trustees, share your gratitude.

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Unfortunately, scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare number, personal information and money. And they’re using robocalls, social media posts and emails to do it.

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Coronavirus has highlighted the critical role that public service plays in our society. However, even in normal times we rely on our local, county, state and federal service workers for clean water, food safety, national defense, air safety, police and fire protection, education, postal serv…

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I believe when we get to Heaven, our hearts, minds and eyes will be open to better understand God’s majesty, goodness, mercy, love and power. I can see us walking around Heaven with all of this new understanding and thinking, “Wow, I so wish I would have trusted God more while I was living o…

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The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards. And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” - Samuel Adams

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My granddaughter, ReeAnn, called me yesterday to tell me she and my son had finished getting their pool ready for summer. She said she was going swimming and wondered if I’d come down and jump in with her. She was proud of all the work they had put in – emptying, scrubbing, refilling. She ha…

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In 1901, the First Presbyterian Church of Milford, with the endorsement of the Dallas Presbytery, sent a proposal to the Presbyterian Synod regarding the establishment of a female seminary. Milford presented a tangible offer for a location of 10 acres of $25,000. The Synod accepted the offer…

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Malcolm X is one of those historical figures that’s not really discussed in mainstream education. His contribution to the civil rights movement is a footnote in many textbooks – or at least it was in mine. While Malcolm X is both a controversial and influential leader, his contribution to so…

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While I’ve not kept count of the number of times others have asked if I’m going stir-crazy because of the recent changes to what was a rather normal life, I’m certain it’s in the hundreds. That doesn’t include the seemingly millions of times I’ve asked myself the question. You probably can s…

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Every year people come together on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving for #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement. As an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, we are joining nonprofits and individuals around the world in a special #GivingTuesdayNow event on May 5.

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In March, Texas State Technical College took a proactive approach to protect our communities, students, faculty and staff by closing our campuses and shifting face-to-face classes to online delivery as we collectively faced the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to announce that plans for ret…

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We all are feeling the cash crunch of shelter-in-place orders. Many are out of work and many businesses are feeling the pain acutely. In response, the federal government has already allocated well over $2 trillion for coronavirus relief but now governors are asking D.C. for at least $500 bil…

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Isn’t it wonderful when everything in life is going perfectly? You have everything you need and life just couldn’t be any better. I’m sure there are people experiencing this bliss and it is wonderful when life falls into place but, for some, they aren’t.

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It’s 11 p.m., and I hear the plinking chime of a notification on my phone while I’m getting ready for bed. It’s from my long-distance cousin, Raina, a college freshman who resides in Virginia with her family.

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On March 17, 2020, I proactively declared a local disaster in Ellis County to protect the health and welfare of our residents in response to COVID-19. By working together as a county, we have been successful in minimizing the loss of life and ongoing effects from COVID-19.

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It’s hard to imagine how I’d have felt if my senior year in high school had been crashed by a worldwide pandemic. If not for witnessing it with my own eyes and ears, you could not have convinced me it was possible for this to happen.

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In watching “The Social Network” this past weekend, I have come to realize that we as a society have both become connected and disconnected from each other at the same time. It is a film that makes you think about what is truly important.

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Back in the days when women still blushed at communicating with men, the fan was a very popular accessory. It was a messenger and a veil enabling flirting, starting and ending relationships.

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Forty-eight years ago today, April 21, 1972, I met my mother for the first time at a small hospital in Whitney, Texas. Now, I find myself experiencing my first birthday without her – living in that “new normal” that everyone keeps talking about.

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After hearing feedback from our valued customers who consider us an essential business providing economical shopping alternatives for household goods, we have decided to reopen Unity Thrift as soon as possible.

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This is a story that I wrote and was published roughly four and a half years ago about a very notable resident of Waxahachie that resided here for about 64 years. His name was Harold B. Dorsey. Because of who he was and what he did for Waxahachie, I felt that it was time to republish this story.

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In 1907, the city of Waxahachie, while trying to obtain water for municipal purposes at a site on East Madison Street, drilled a deep artisan well, which produced mineral water that was unfit for municipal purposes. On April 13, 1907, drilling was stopped on the well. A large portion of the …

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We hope this email finds you healthy and safe. This is a challenging time for all Texans, but by working together, we will come out of this even stronger than before. The governor’s Economic Development & Tourism Office and community partners continue to closely monitor the current situa…

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Hello, all you wonderful people safely ensconced in your homes as I am. When staying at home was an option, I thought nothing could be better than sitting around day after day relaxing in my lounging pants. I believed the definition of contentment was having nowhere to go and nothing pressin…

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Watching a train wreck happen is a painful experience. I should know. I just spent the last 90 minutes watching one unfold as the scenes of the new comedy “Coffee and Kareem” played out on the screen of my television. It goes to show you that even if movie theaters are closed, horrible movie…

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REACH Council, a Midlothian-based nonprofit that serves to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse, is marking National Alcohol Awareness Month by encouraging parents to take steps now toward ensuring their children don’t go down that path.

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In a Joint Emergency City Council and Economic Development Commission meeting Friday morning, Waxahachie’s City Council approved a measure designed solely to help small businesses in the city of Waxahachie. A unanimous vote by the EDC sent a resolution to adopt an Emergency Loan for Small Bu…

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This pandemic has changed my life, my views and overall my attitude. I continue to tell my family that the one thing that has gotten me the most is not knowing my last day was my last. Although that’s how most things are in life. You go through life without really knowing when or what will b…

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Pettigrew Academy will be physically closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school term due to the COVID-19 virus. Distance learning will continue through May 21.

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The moment I read about the mom who decided to quit trying to teach her child at home and minutes later learned she was a Guggenheim Fellowship winner, I knew there were some strong levels of frustration out there.