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No — I’m not planning to go anywhere! I just want to address a subject, which I have never dedicated an article to.

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I wrote an article very early in my tenure at NCT9-1-1 with this same title. I was trying to demonstrate that 9-1-1 was making great strides in using technology to improve services. Painting a picture that we were used to using our feet to drive our cars but were excited about the changes to…

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Have you ever stopped to think, “There’s got to be more to life than what I am currently doing?” Maybe suddenly you feel like it may be time to make a change in your current profession? Perhaps this sudden feeling of unfulfillment is God telling you that He has something greater in mind for …

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce has continued to evolve as its staff, membership, and board of directors have been in the process of transitioning over the last three weeks. Accompanying the former mayor of Waxahachie, Kevin Strength, starting in his new role as chamber president/CEO as o…

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In a brief but valuable conversation I had early Monday morning regarding this past weekend’s election results for Waxahachie’s city council, a smart, intuitively sound friend of mine said to me, “Scott, you are not qualified to perform waste management.”

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We all do it. It’s part of our morning ritual. We look in the mirror at least once before leaving the house for the day. I wonder, what do you see? What do you feel about the face staring back at you?

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To me, stories where people have faced struggles, overcome obstacles, and mastered fears are more compelling than seeing those based in the realm of fiction and fantasy. That is the case with Christopher Walken’s latest film, “Percy Vs Goliath.”

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Reading the graduation speeches of WHS students, especially Mariel Camargo, I was reminded of just how wonderful it is to get an education. (‘Waxahachie High School class of 2021 graduation speeches’ in The Waxahachie Sun, May 31, 2021) America’s educational opportunities are far from the no…

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Have you ever tried to do something by yourself? Especially a job that requires two people or more and that takes you twice as long to get it done. We do that a lot in life. No matter what comes our way, our first thought is usually that we can tackle this on our own. I have done this many t…

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“If there was one life skill everyone on the planet needed, it is the ability to think with critical objectivity.” - Diana Killian

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Bursts of energy seldom hit me lately. I did have one burst a week or so ago; I wrote three consecutive articles for the paper, worked on my latest novel, vacuumed the floor, and even cleaned the bathrooms (one of my least favorite jobs). Then the rain came and lethargy set back in.

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For the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, the month of May has brought about new members, several events, and many exciting transitions. In an emergency meeting last Thursday morning, the chamber’s board of directors named former Waxahachie City Council member and Mayor Kevin Strength as its n…

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We at NCT9-1-1 don’t think it’s ever too early to have the “talk” with your kids. We mean having the 911 conversation of course! It’s important to teach your kids how, when, and why to dial 911 sooner rather than later so that they are prepared to handle an emergency when you’re not there to…

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Hear the conversation between Waxahachie City Council candidate, Billie Wallace, and Sun publisher, Scott Brooks. They discuss the recent events regarding her campaign signs and opponent Paul Christenson.

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Have you ever needed something done but it seemed impossible? I certainly have. Not just once. I have needed that kind of help many times in my life.

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The Waxahachie High School Chapter of the Junior Historians has become a much more active organization this year than in years past. This year there are 24 members and four sponsors. Sponsors are Benton Cain, Gaylard French, Billy Hancock and Ruth DeVore.

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“The worst disease in the world today is corruption. And there is a cure: transparency.”  – Bono

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What are the odds that two patriots of the Revolutionary War in the late 18th century would each have a descendent six generations later who would be married? Well, I guess my wife and I are living proof that it can happen. Here’s the back story.

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Jason Statham’s latest movie, “Wrath of Man,” on the surface appears to have a focused direction and an uncomplicated story, but that is not what audiences received. Instead, they got a jumbled, confusing, and clunky mess of a story.

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We’ve heard a lot of conversation about emergency applications that reach 911 on social media platforms lately, especially on places like TikTok. Both influencers and everyday users are sharing 911 apps that make claims about reaching first responders, and though we know about a lot of apps …

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As the school year draws to a close, we want to thank you for your partnership this year in implementing COVID-19 health protocols. We are proud that Waxahachie ISD students were able to learn in-person from the first day of school, and that we never had to shut down due to COVID. We could n…

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We’re all in for the amazing health care workers at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie who showed up this past year and adapted daily to a new normal in order to take care of our loved ones here in Ellis County. They didn’t just do their jobs as healthcare providers caring …

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Inclusion offers that all ideas are heard equally, even those of exclusion. Exclusion does not return the favor. During the Waxahachie City Council race, we have seen campaigns of both.

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I recently spoke to a lady who was needing someone to listen. She began telling me how difficult this year had been on their family. Her son-in-law had passed away suddenly at the age of 52, leaving her daughter, grandchildren, and the entire family suffering with their loss. Her daughter so…

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There’s not much I can tell you about the trajectory of society that you don’t likely already know. From the absence of conflict resolution on nearly every level there is, to hatred so strong that lives are lost simply due to opposing views to an ever-intensifying “cancel” “culture willing t…

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For the past year, friends opened their property to us when we needed a place to land, and it proved to be a peaceful site to spend our first year of marriage amongst the pandemic and all that went along with such uncertain times. When they decided to put their home on the market, we knew we…

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Sometimes, we recall an incident when we told somebody off but, in reality, our story is far more harsh and dramatic than when the actual altercation occurred.

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We’ve heard a lot of conversation about emergency applications that reach 911 on social media platforms lately, especially on places like TikTok. Both influencers and everyday users are sharing 911 apps that make claims about reaching first responders, and though we know about a lot of apps …

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Historically, the right to trial by jury not only ensured a criminally accused person or civil litigant that their peers, not the state, would decide their fate; the right to trial by jury equally protected the people’s right to judge. With respect to federal jurisdiction, since the jury was…

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Cloak and dagger films have always been a favorite of mine because you never know what will happen from minute to minute. Their mystery and intrigue always draw me into the story, but that can’t be said for the new Tom Clancy film, “Without Remorse.”

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Mother’s Day is a happy time in which we pause and give thanks to the one person that has truly made a difference in our lives. Moms help mold and shape us to become who we are. Mothers are the heartbeat of the home and the one responsible for making the place we live feel like home. Nothing…

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I am writing about something I have actual experience in. I met my husband after he was in the Navy for three years. Rick went into the Naval Reserves for 30 years. You would think it being the Reserves that you don’t really know that much. I can tell you that my father-in-law was retired Na…

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I recall the excitement when my folks would send me, on my bicycle, to the Gary post office on the town square, about 200 yards from the parsonage where we lived, to retrieve the mail.

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It has been a long time since I was a teenager. OK, I will admit it has been a long time since I had teenagers. This does not mean I don’t value the voice of our teens. In fact, this audience is vital to our research on improving 9-1-1 in an innovative manner. I must really stretch and think…

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For all of those who voted against the Waxahachie ISD bond issue, I do not want to hear one word from you when the portable building to house classes start arriving and the class sizes start to increase to take care of the influx of students.

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I can readily cite three references to Hollywood’s philosophy of the heart of man. In “Home Alone 2” (1992), the bag lady told Kevan when he was about to embark on a decision, “Just follow the star in your heart.”