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For 10 years I was an elected Republican, the district attorney for Ellis County. It is a position I was humbled to hold in a community I was honored to serve. My late father, Don Wilson, raised the first flag of the Ellis County GOP in the 1960s, when Republicans were an endangered species …

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I spent opening day at the State Fair of Texas with my parents and my three youngest siblings – Noah (16), Isaiah (7) and Grace (4) – and it was a memorable day.

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On the Beach Boys’ 1965 hit album “Pet Sounds” is a song titled, “I Guess I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times.” I bought the album when it first came out and, although I love the tune, the title of that song sort of rings true for me today in my golden years. 

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Have you ever been so hungry that your stomach feels as if it’s been turned inside out? Have you ever wondered where your next meal is coming from? Have you ever looked in the cupboard and found the shelves bare? Yeah, me neither.

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Have you ever thought about how many people begin their day offering prayers and praise to God; spending 10 or 15 minutes each morning reading in God’s word before beginning anything else? Actually, how important is this? Exactly what could this daily conversation with God do for you? 

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As you know, the stock market has attracted a lot of attention – and for good reason, as we’ve seen considerable volatility almost from the beginning of the year. But if you own bonds, or bond-based mutual funds, you might also have some concerns. However, it’s important to understand why bo…

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“The Talented Tenth” is an influential 1903 essay by W.E.B. Du Bois that popularized the concept of the title. White philanthropists debating the best way to educate and empower African Americans had first suggested the idea of a talented tenth. The talented tenth theory argued that the focu…

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Everyone wants to be great – to make their mark in life. In pursuit of greatness, many people equate it with success, acclaim, wealth, power and prestige.

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In the quiet of the morning, I am reminded of God’s amazing grace. I am reminded His mercies are new every morning. Remember the old song? “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; great is thy faithfulness …

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What may very well be one of the better small yet extremely important investments I’ve made when it comes to learning as much as possible about society, the people in it, and what is happening to America, is the book The Psychology of Totalitarianism. Written by Mattias Desmet, the title mak…

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I do a lot of reading from news articles and books to posts on Facebook from friends and family. Lately, I’ve come across so many articles on toxic living – from what we eat and drink to who we associate with. The list I compiled is long, and each line could actually be a column all its own.…

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On this week's Sun Spot, Waxahachie Mayor David Hill and the Sun's Scott Brooks sit down to talk about Waxahachie's 2022-23 approved budget, the new tax rate, the various misrepresentations being made about both, and a number of other city-related issues. Among the back-and-forth is a frank …

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There aren’t a lot of knuckleheads in my world worse than the men and women who claim to want to serve others via political office but who actually are in it for braggadocios, self-serving reasons. While politics has always provided the temptation to fall trap to the monstrous environment po…

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Once again, it’s the season for football games and back-to-school activities. And if you work for a medium-size or large employer, it will soon be open enrollment season – the time of year when you can review your employee benefits and make changes as needed. What areas should you focus on?

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There are songs that evoke such raw emotions in me, like the hymns “Faith of our Mothers” and “Faith of our Fathers.” These songs take me back to a wonderful childhood and early adulthood, being raised by the best parents ever. I have only pleasant, loving memories of them. 

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The Bible says a great deal about the heart. As we consider those who will govern, guard, and guide us, we need to not only be fascinated with their mind but also focused on their heart. Head and heart leadership is truly what’s needed in our nation, state, and city.

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I’m embarrassed to mention this, but through all my eight pastorates and scores of revival services at different churches (revivals are a Baptist “thang”), in all the preaching I’ve tried to do, it recently occurred to me I had never devoted an entire sermon to the subject of “God.”

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Now a lot of talk about tax rates and government taking our taxes that they really don’t need to get the job done. 

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Doing the past few weeks interning at the Waxahachie Sun newspaper, I have learned a lot about structuring the articles in the newspaper format. I have also been interviewing different local small businesses around Waxahachie’s courthouse square.

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“We’ve created a world in which online connection has become primary. Especially for younger generations. And yet, in that world, anytime two people connect, the only way it’s financed is through a sneaky third person who’s paying to manipulate those two people. So we’ve created an entire gl…

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Scott Brooks’ article of Aug. 17, “Did God really create Chihuahuas?” struck home with me. It brought back memories, none of them positive, about my own encounters with vicious monster Chihuahuas.

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Have you noticed that people are desperate? Almost like they are running scared, seeking anything they can find to help answer their most troubling inner fears.

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In this week's Sun Spot, Scott Brooks takes just a few minutes to provide updates and thoughts on issues related to the city, the school district, tax rates, Biden's student loan debacle, and a few other important matters.

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On Friday, Aug. 21, we went through an electrical outage causing us to lose power. It was a hundred-plus out and we had no a/c or a fan to keep cool. Our problem is the electric company needs better time estimating of the problem. We called in when it happened, and their response was “we hav…

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Several years ago, I learned my cousin had been diagnosed with cancer. He and I grew up together, but we never were that close. A few weeks went by, and I felt the Lord speaking to me, instructing me to go and visit with him. I called and set a time to meet with him.

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It’s August, and if any of you, dear readers, have not ventured outside in a while, or listened to a weather report, it’s hot. This time of year, from July to the end of August, is called the Dog Days of Summer. That’s true, I guess. All my animals seem to be lolling around in general malais…

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Mayor David Hill, and the Sun's Scott Brooks continue their discussion from last week. Namely, Hill and Brooks go a bit deeper into some of the actions taken by others regarding the city's 2022-23 tax rate. Plenty is being said, much of it incorrect and misleading, about the yet-to-be-voted-…

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Several years ago, I learned that my cousin had been diagnosed with cancer. He and I grew up together but we never were that close. A few weeks went by and I felt the Lord speaking to me, instructing me to go and visit with him. I called and set a time to meet with him. On the day I could go…

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“I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they choose a king, they don’t go just by size, because I’ll bet there are more than a few Chihuahuas with ideas of their own.” – Jack Handey

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We become so trapped in our boxes that we try to bring what is outside inside so we can control it, to use it to benefit us while presenting it as something totally different from what it really is. 

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My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

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Scott Brooks and Waxahachie's Mayor, David Hill, go in-depth on some of the recent issues and events taking place in Waxahachie. Given those issues and events, the conversation includes a rather spirited discussion of the people and behaviors involved. Namely, Hill and Brooks discuss:

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Summer is the perfect time to recharge, get outside or even take a vacation. However, for some families of aging adults living with health or mobility issues, this season of increased activity isn’t always good news.

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As the water disappears, more man the pumps to continue the flow that floods the streets of our fair city of Waxahachie. We can’t travel from here to there, hence we remain a town divided.

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We raised more than $22,300, including the matching grant from St. Mark the Evangelist Anglican Church (for the Home for Thomas effort). What an awesome start from our community. We’re still calculating the final amount needed after so many also offered supplies and labor.

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When I was just a little boy, my parents let my curly blond hair get real long. Even at the age of 3 or 4, this became very annoying to me, because everyone thought I was a girl. I was a boy. I knew I was a boy, not because of the “equipment” in my pants, but I just knew I was a boy. Finally…

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“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.” ― Ernest Benn

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I have come to a realization and would like for us to pause for a moment and think about it. First, I must say, “Satan is busy.”

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Hi there! My name is Annmarie Carrigan. I am a 25-year-old woman living with Down syndrome, but I don't let that define who I am. I grew up in Dallas, and I currently live in Waxahachie in a community called Daymark Living.

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I think it’s fair to say that no woman wants to have an abortion. And, I’m sure, having an abortion, for most women, is a gut wrenching decision. By now, we should know that simply passing a law that bans abortion, will not make the problem go away. The political right wing in this country t…

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As I watched from my iPad the unanimous vote to officially name the city annex after Chuck Beatty, I smiled. Two minutes later, I cried. My cell phone rang, and it was Chuck. He was happy but hurt and I could hear it in his voice.

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce will be hosting several upcoming events including:

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So the questions are, if indeed our Ellis County Commissioners Court wants to ensure election integrity upon the premise our present elections office officials cannot provide such integrity, at the behest of a party chairman bringing into question who’s running the show at county level, just…