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I don’t know about you but, so far, the New Year is not measuring up to my expectations. I had such high hopes. In my mind, I aimed high like the ant that moved the rubber tree plant. But here we are, three weeks into 2020, and nothing has changed.

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Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion.

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If someone had told me five years ago that Waxahachie would have two newspapers today, I would have laughed them out of the room. While there are lots of reasons for the cynicism, one stands above the rest. In a day and age when credible newspapers are needed more than ever in America, profi…

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I don’t know if I totally buy into the phrase that “God’s got a sense of humor,” but I do know that He created the human race – and designed us with the ability to express emotion. And laughter is one such emotion. In fact, it is an emotion with a righteous purpose because Proverbs 17:22 tel…

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Joe Gallo is by far the most qualified man running for Judge of Ellis County Court at Law #3. He majored in criminal justice in college, and emphasized criminal law at law school. His entire career has focused on criminal law. He has served as Ellis County assistant county and district attor…

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People are not interested in hearing any else’s opinion. They only want their opinion to come out of everyone else’s mouth.

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As I wrote this, I took a call from a family whose loved one took their own life. So many hurting people believe they have no hope and that there are no answers to their problems. Merciful Father, I pray that this writing makes a huge difference in at least one who you lead to read it. May t…

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The birds that visit my backyard feeders are mostly seed-eating birds such as cardinals, chickadees, titmice, sparrows, finches, doves, crows, brown-headed cowbirds and female redwing blackbirds. Perhaps you will also see insect eaters such as wrens, some woodpeckers, kinglets and a few warblers.

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As a community service, the Ellis County Master Gardeners provide the following tips and advice for working on your lawn and garden during the month of January.

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I’m sorry — but I’m one of those old guys who still relishes a paper in my hands with the news. I still like to sing from a hymnal rather than crane my neck to look up at a giant screen in church for the words to some hip-hop “religious” song.  

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There was a Navy Seal doing an interview recently and he said, to be a good leader, you must work yourself out of a job. He said that applies to parenting and employees as well.

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There are some stories, once you read them or watch them on the movie screen, that make a lasting impression. Such is the case with watching the new film, “Just Mercy,” in that it compels you to find a way to right a wrong in your community or give back in some manner.

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As a funeral director I have seen a lot.  When you accept the call into the ministry of helping those who hurt, you take on a tremendous amount of hurt yourself.  Thing is, you have no idea at the time, exactly what you’ve signed up for. Don’t get me wrong, if I could go back and change anyt…

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The fire at Oak Cliff Metals has brought into play the role of a community’s interests in relation to a private company’s right to conduct its business.

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It’s time to reelect Paul Perry. I’ve known Paul since the mid-’80s and he is one of the most conservative people I know. He and Becky have raised many successful children. His commitment to Precinct 3 is outstanding.

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I am a collector of “Words of Wisdom” by many anonymous sources over the years. This particular gathering of “Words of Wisdom” includes some of my favorites.

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I tried to think about the big current news of the royals taking a step back. I was surprised at myself for even having an opinion on this topic. I am not for it. It is a breakdown of the family and sets a precedence that can only lead to selfishness. Thought should be given before you make …

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The proper amount and protocol for “screen time” has been a hot topic and often debated issue in parenting circles for a while now, especially since technology has continued to affect every part of our lives.

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I was pleased to learn Joe Gallo had announced his candidacy for Judge – Ellis County Court at Law #3. Joe would bring dependability, fairness and a commitment to follow the law in his role as a County Court at Law Judge.

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My opinion on Julissa Martinez for Ellis County District Attorney: Well, it’s time for me to weigh in on this race. I’ve been in practice as a Licensed Private Investigations company for 23 years, we’re in our 24th year. All of that time I’ve dealt with cases all over the world, but the majo…

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The trend lately in Hollywood is to produce movies that are not worth your time or a remake of a better-made film that seeks to make a quick buck banking on nostalgia. Original storytelling is something of a rarity, like an eclipse of the sun, but it does happen.

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We BOLDLY endorse Joe Gallo as he seeks election to be the Judge presiding over the new Ellis County Court at Law No. 3.

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Even if you were not raised in church, you probably have heard throughout your life that we all should trust in God. If you were raised in church, you are familiar with the teaching. The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your…

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As I mentioned last week, one of my goals this year is to spare you the verbal manifestations of what rattles my little brain about all things politics. Since it won’t be easy, please indulge me if, at some point, the discipline I have today cracks a bit tomorrow. Given how outrageous politi…

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Marvin College was the first large school in Waxahachie. If the school were here today it would truly be considered a landmark. Attention is focused to the main building where it all began. The building lasted from 1870 until 1921, a long stint for a school.

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Reality tells me there are fewer and fewer changes or contributions I can make to the world. Fifty years ago, I was a young buck who was going to take the world by storm – I had it by the tail. My New Year’s resolutions were – if having come to fruition – fantastic, if not, a little unrealis…

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It has been a fulfilling holiday season. As always, the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas were filled to overflowing with plans, parties and preparations. Now Christmas is behind us, the New Year looms ahead and I find myself in one of those nostalgic, reminiscent moods.

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We are proud to endorse Brad Norman for Ellis County Sheriff. His professionalism and leadership is by far the best. He truly leads by example.

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“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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I thought I would never become a statistic. I’ve always pictured myself a strong person able to overcome anything that life threw at me but a single moment changed that in an instant.

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Well, here we are, another new year. It’s kind of hard to believe that it is the year 2020. Time sure is going by fast.

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Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions for 2020? When many of us make these promises, we focus on ways we can improve some form of our health. We vow to get more physically healthy by going to the gym or we promise to improve our mental health by learning a new language or instru…

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It is with great comfort to give this endorsement to Julissa Martinez as she seeks to be our next Ellis County DA.

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A teenager discloses his fiancée is – uh, well – pregnant and she’s younger than him. No big deal in America 2019; it happens all the time. But this is Nazareth, Galilee, 2,000 years ago. This is a big deal, headline news, gossip of the town. It lit up social media.

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It comes with a great honor for us to give such an endorsement to a true conservative. Commissioner Paul Perry’s commitment to his constituents and to all of the citizens of Ellis County has proven to be a standard of “Leading By Example!” Commissioner Paul Perry has led the charge when it c…

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Have you made your resolutions yet for the New Year? Whether you have or haven’t, please stop by the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center and let us show you how 2020 can be one of your best years yet!

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Despite a world in which the value of family remains under attack from constant bursts of distraction, there is nothing more important in life, in my view. The family unit has, for millions throughout America, succumbed to a wild and crazy race to achieve more things, more money, more presti…

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My earliest Christmas memories have to do with our family, both close and distant, our surroundings and our senses of this wonderful time of year. The smell of popcorn popped to be strung on the tree was enticing. Who could resist a taste as we sewed it together for the tree? The touch of fo…

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Exodus 12:37-38 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.