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The 1836 Republic of Texas Constitution provided that private schools could receive public financial aid. Pre-Civil War schools were private institutions dependent on student tuition for their existence. One- to two-person enterprises, community enterprises, lodges and religious denomination…

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I am aware that many of you are much younger and have a different viewpoint on computers than I.

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One word sums up Gerard Butler’s latest film, “Angel Has Fallen,” and that word, my friends, is predictable. It is another bland action film destined to join the discount bin at your local mini-mart.

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When I feel that chill, smell that fresh cut grass, I’m back in my helmet, cleats, and shoulder pads standing in the huddle, listening to the call, fans going crazy for the boys of fall …” – Kenney Chesney

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I’m not a fan of homework. If the school is doing the correct instruction during the day and using all time wisely, there is really no need for it.

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I’ve been invaded! Before you panic, let me explain. Those of you who consistently read my column (thank you, by the way) you might remember my article awhile back about sending my Barbie Battalion on bivouac to a local flea market. It was a wonderful place. Barbie and her friends stood tall…

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Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV) 6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Agriculture is among our most hazardous industries, with a work-related death rate of 23 deaths per 100,000 workers annually, according to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, far ahead of transportation (15.1/100,000) and mining (12.9/100,000). In addition, ment…

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As a journalist, death is something I’ve come face to face with almost daily at times. Writing about how lives can be changed in an instant from a car wreck, housefire or homicide has made for many nights void of sleep while sitting at an all-night diner drinking coffee with my mind full of …

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Have you noticed? Leadership teams that “click,” work well together. They get along and have a leader who believes leadership is a team effort, not a one-man performance.

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Sequels are a tough film to make because of the expectations held by the audience, which wants to see something great. “It Chapter Two” struggles and falls onto that path of forgettable movies and sequels nobody asked to be created.  

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At the city council meeting this past Tuesday night, I sat and listened as a variety of folks expressed their individual concerns about a few things related to Waxahachie’s growth. The topics about which most of them spoke had to do with taxes and the budget. Both are compelling matters that…

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As a funeral director, I take care of you and your family when God says it’s time and your life on earth comes to a close. Death comes to all ages and can happen at any given moment.

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In addition to our ongoing classes and support groups such as exercise classes, support groups, lunch programs and social functions, here’s information on the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center’s featured special events for the month of September.

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Too often now, I realize there is a huge gap from what I value and what some younger generations value.

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I found out that some people who came to the first public tax rate hearing for the city of Waxahachie recently didn’t stand up and speak. When asked why they didn’t participate, they said that it seemed as if the Council had already made up their minds. I know exactly how they feel. I’ve had…

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“Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love, a secret that my daddy said was just between us; he said daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end, amen.” – George Strait

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It was the start of a new school year and there was a third-grade teacher, Mrs. Neleta Campbell, that we could all learn something from.

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I am so excited about my tomato harvest. I mentioned in an earlier article about my lack of Texas gardening skills. Then, at the spring Home and Garden show, I purchased two tomato plants for $3 each. The Master Gardeners guaranteed they would grow well in tubs on my back porch.

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For the record, I have never been much of a political person. I have never held a campaign sign, put a bumper sticker on my car or have gone to a political rally. The most political thing I will tell people is to go out and vote with myself following suit. However, the thing that struck a ne…

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Our true destiny ... is a world built from the bottom up by competent citizens living in solid communities, engaged in and by their places.  — David W. Orr

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I answered the phone at the funeral home Tuesday afternoon and began talking to a lady who volunteers for a company that provides flags to Gold Star families. She wanted to send me one so that we could possibly began working together to help honor our fallen heroes who serve our country.

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You are probably as tired of talking about the weather as I am. So, let’s talk about a wonderful little plant that loves the long hot summers of the Southwest and inspires a passion around the world. 

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I have a pet peeve. Truth be told, I have several. For example, why are peeves referred to as “pet?” Pets are soft, cuddly things that you care for, feed, take for walks, bathe, change litterboxes – OK, now I see. Some of those duties can cause one to become a bit peevish.

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For many parents throughout our community, this weekend expects to be a difficult one. With colleges and universities preparing to open and classes to begin, first year students are loading up cars, trucks and trailers … and leaving for the next stage of life. Although long past for me, I re…

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If a survey was taken and 100 people were asked, what is the most important thing in your life? You would hear an array of different answers. You would hear answers such as, my family, my home, my job, security, money, wealth and even my pets.

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“The right to go to Walmart, or to a food festival, or to church, or to a synagogue, or to school, without fear of being shot is eminently worth fighting for.”

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Here I sit again, pen in hand, trying to clear my mind of clutter so I can get words on paper. Two days ago, I cleared off my writing space but already the forces of nature have foiled me and it’s piled high again. Our new kitten has decided my spiral notebook is a good place to settle for a…

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Last week, Father Theodore Hesburgh (former President of Notre Dame University) reminded us of the crucial nature of a leader’s vision. 

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When the last child cries for a crust of bread, when the last man dies for just words that he said, when there’s shelter over the poorest head … when the last thing we notice is the color of the skin, and the first thing we look for is the beauty within … we shall be free. – Garth Brooks

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As I sit here staring at the blank sheet of paper before me, my cup now empty of its third cup of coffee, I wonder if I’ve reached my limit. Perhaps I’ve used and overused all the words in my vocabulary, until I have nothing left to say.

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Through the years I have seen some funny epitaphs walking through cemeteries. I remember seeing, “I told you I was sick” or “Oh Well, Whatever!” In the Waxahachie City Cemetery, in the old section, you will find Mr. Boozer buried next to Mr. Stoner and up North in a cemetery you can find Mr.…

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The “Hour of Hope” has been a staple of the KBEC Radio weekend lineup for years. I’m not sure if it was started by KBEC General Manager Ken Roberts, or if it dates back to the station’s founder Richard Tuck. 

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Over the past year, my students and other young people have consistently injected the word “satisfying” into their conversations. I am hearing it on a daily basis. 

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I have a To Do list that begins with the words: Put Stuff Away. Easy, you say? Well, you obviously haven’t been to my house lately. 

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There’s a question that has been asked through the decades and, to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone give a good answer to it. What is the question? Why do bad things happen to good people?