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There is one thing most people desire deep within their hearts. A lot of people strive early in life, working hard to at it. It is the desire to obtain success, to really make something of themselves, and to leave their mark on this world. Some have gone to great lengths and expense to achie…

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“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

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As the weather continues to change here in Texas, here are some inclement weather preparedness tips to help keep you safe. We all know this crazy Texas weather cannot seem to make its mind up. One week we are enjoying pleasant 70-degree temperatures and the next week we are dropping down to …

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Hello again, Dear Readers. I sat down to regale you with my continuing saga of our series of unfortunate events that began three days before Christmas and have continued into the New Year. But, as I sat here with my second cup of rejuvenation beverage, I read Paul Gauntt’s article, “The Back…

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What age do you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Enough is enough?” I’ve grown tired of trying to please everyone all the time. Being a “people pleaser” only frustrates me, while it has no real effect on those I’m always trying to please.

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I preached at my church recently concerning something I’ve never preached about before!

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Let’s wrap up our Let’s Talk Labels series by talking about labels on beef and milk products. Hopefully by now you’re walking down the aisles, reading the labels and feeling more confident when shopping in the grocery store.

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On this week's Sun Spot podcast, Waxahachie's mayor, David Hill, joins Scott Brooks of the Sun to discuss a number of city-related issues. Since we took a break for the holidays, there is plenty to discuss. Among the issues is an update on the mayor's recovery from knee replacement surgery o…

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Close my eyes, take a long slow breath. Inhale, hold it – exhale. Open my eyes, and smile. It’s another day at the barn and every day at the barn is a good day because I get to see miracles.

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Calling 9-1-1 can be stressful and overwhelming at times. When there is an emergency and every second counts, it is important that the 9-1-1 caller knows their location. It’s important that you help 9-1-1 help you. In an emergency, every second matters, so knowing your location and being pre…

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“Although the internet could be making all of us smarter, it makes many of us stupider, because it’s not just a magnet for the curious. It’s a sinkhole for the gullible. It renders everyone an instant expert. You have a degree? Well, I did a Google search!” – Frank Bruni

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Indeed, if we are the architects of government, granted that by the rights of citizenship, to guide and provide for it to function. then when we feel government no longer serves us but rather itself, it is our responsibility to engage it personally to correct it to its purpose. 

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It’s usually during this time of the year, after coming off the Christmas holidays, and having binge-watched my favorite movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when I focus on the greatest commodity on earth – friends. The scene at the end of the movie was especially touching to me: when George Bai…

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Greetings from your Texas Capitol. For those receiving our Capitol Update for the first time, let me tell you a little bit about it. I have deployed back to Austin for the 88th legislative session. As you know, the Texas Legislature meets every other year for 140 days to file bills, debate p…

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“In Heaven, our imagination is going to break open wide when we see what God has been dreaming up all along. ”  –  Jennifer Camp

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We’re nearing the middle of January and maybe your resolution to eat healthier is looking a little more difficult than it did Jan. 1. You’re walking down the aisles, reading the labels but keep coming across labels like “local,” “natural,” and “fresh.” While they seem like it might make the …

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What is a TAG Team and what purpose does it serve? The TAG Team stands for Together Accomplishing Goals Team. Part of the North Central Texas Emergency Communications District’s (NCT9-1-1) mission is to educate the public on 9-1-1 awareness. This initiative led to the creation of the TAG Team.

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As we steamroll into a new year, a year that as far as I am concerned will be a great year for Waxahachie, there is plenty for which to be thankful. In what is a fast-paced world though, it is easy to overlook, sometimes miss altogether, the goodness around us. If for no other reason, that i…

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Was your new year resolution to eat healthier? Maybe you chose to eat only organic foods for 2023. Not all organic labels are created equal though. We kicked off the new year by breaking down what the labels on eggs mean last week.

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“Blessed with the most philanthropic people under the sun, surrounded by an expanse of rich and fertile country, the finest spring in the state, the ugliest men, railroad facilities, beautiful, captivating young ladies, her future is anything but dark.” This was written of Midlothian by the …

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On the days leading up to Christmas we encountered a series of unfortunate events. On Thursday the 22nd, we woke up to a small leak under the kitchen sink. My husband went to Home Depot for a new faucet and some PVC. He returned, fitted and replaced the parts. Everything solidly glued into p…

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The setting of this story was in late 1975 in the tiny village of Iola, Texas, just 18 miles (as the crow flies) east of Bryan-College Station.

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January has arrived and so have all the resolutions to eat healthier. But when you walk down the aisles at the store you start to notice that the boxes are covered in labels. Do you know what those labels really mean? Are all those labels really helping the public make healthy decisions in t…

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On behalf of the Waxahachie Branch NAACP 6240, we send you greetings. We hope and pray that your Christmas Day has been everything that you wanted and expected it to be. As well as with your family/families. 

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How many times have you read an article about a television personality only to realize later that your opinion was totally wrong? How many TV shows have you watched where the other person looking back at you is telling one joke after another, and all the while doing it with a smile on their …

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If I had to say what most people are striving for in their lives, I would have to say, peace. Collectively, billions of dollars are spent each year by individuals trying to fill an empty space within, yet peace and contentment seem to continually evade them. No matter what they seek, where t…

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“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” – Brene’ Brown

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Turning off the light switch, I carefully walked to the back of the den. It was three days before Christmas in Mesquite, Texas. My older brother and I had just finished washing dishes after dinner and I had snuck away to “check” on the decorated tree.

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It is when I rode the trail a few weeks before Christmas that I discovered the spirit of the season. It came in a sensation of warmth and contentment slowly enveloping me the further I went into the community.

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During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.”

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These days, my boys always end conversations with me by saying, “You’re blessed.” When they first started doing this, I asked myself what it really means to be blessed.

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I am not just borrowing lyrics from Bob Hope’s signature song, I’m literally very thankful for a lifetime of memories lodged in my head and heart. And the memories are myriad!

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On this week's Sun Spot podcast, Scott Brooks of the Sun shares his thoughts about the upcoming WISD bond package, a new retail development that includes a 60,000 sq ft. grocery store, the recent prisoner swap made by the Biden, and what Elon Musk is doing with Twitter. Brooks also provides …

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“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” - Thomas Sowell

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Have you ever wondered if you truly are enough? Did you know that a lot of people would answer no? For a large majority, too much time is spent looking, analyzing, worrying, and thinking about their past. “If I had just not done this or said that, things would be different. If it were not fo…

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce will host an upcoming event in early January:

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For the second time this year a formal request has been presented to the city of Waxahachie to have a portion of U.S. Highway 287 honor local aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman. The 11-mile segment for which the memorial highway designation is sought would run from the Midlothian and Waxahachie…

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Most everyone agrees there is something very special about the Christmas holidays. A seasonal song refers to it as “the most wonderful time of the year.” Our ears are flooded with seasonal music on radio and television. We seize upon the sights, tastes, smells, sounds and the spirit of good …

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On this week's Sun Spot, Scott Brooks and Mayor David Hill continue their discussion from last week on the relationship between the city and WISD. Of particular note are the dynamics with respect to the plans being developed by the ISD to deal with expected exponential student population gro…

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“It’s almost impossible to change someone’s mind using facts. This happens due to ‘motivated reasoning,’ a psychology term that refers to the way people usually believe whatever they want to believe and use the flimsiest piece of evidence to justify that belief, even when there is plenty of …

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The country hit, “Wolverton Mountain,” was at the top of the pop charts for almost two months by mid-summer of 1962. It was a smooth sounding ballad about an actual Arkansas farmer named Clifton Clowers, who, according to the lyrics of the song, intimidated any young man who dared to climb t…

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He said unto them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15. There has never been a time when people have been more divided, confused, and seeking answers about their lives than today. The number of people who believe that God does not exist and that the Bibl…

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Nov. 29, along with thousands of others, I had the pleasure of participating in the 2022 Waxahachie Christmas Parade. The weather was beautiful, and our community came out in droves to see one of the best Christmas parades in north Texas. It’s certainly one of the best I’ve ever witnessed. A…

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Now that it’s the holiday season, gifts are probably on your mind – and you might intend for some of those gifts to go to charities. Although your intentions are good, you could be shortchanging both your recipients and yourself with your method of giving. But with some guidance, you can mak…

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When you don’t take a stand against corruption you tacitly support it. - Kamal Haasan

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What a wonderful time to be experiencing life in Waxahachie. After Thanksgiving dinners that can’t be beat, reinforcing the strength of family love, we returned home with plenty of leftovers for soups and sandwiches, pies to be had with warm cups of coffee and hot chocolate to keep the cold …

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