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Having worked for a few large newspapers in the north, I’ve experienced first-hand the challenges facing companies with a union workforce. Since all of those experiences came while sitting on the management side of the table, it’s fair to say my views are embedded there.

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A good Halloween movie is about providing its audiences with either a good fright or something to chuckle about long after the credits roll. Adam Sandler’s latest flick, “Hubie Halloween,” seems to do none of that and is more of a step backward for the actor.

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In the 1990s I started a new job. The company was owned by a husband and wife and was managed by their son. It did not take long to see that the manager of the company was going to be a big problem. I had never encountered anyone quite like him. His life ambition was to see how miserable he …

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If you’re a caregiver, possibly for a loved one dealing with an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, you’re probably already facing some significant emotional and physical challenges – so you don’t need any financial ones as well. Yet, they are difficult to avoid. What steps can you take to …

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Without question, Mr. David Hill possesses the skills, desire, and aptitude necessary to serve on our City Council for Waxahachie, Texas.

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We are excited to announce we are accepting vendor applications for our third annual Coleman Old Fashioned Craft Show on Nov. 21. We have had the show for more than 25 years although the name has changed.

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As was the case so many times when railroads were built into farm areas, small settlements appeared as shipping and trading points grew and developed. The International and Great Northern Railroad made this happen at Griffith Switch in western Ellis County.

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What separates the best leaders from everyone else? Why do some leaders “cut it,” and others don’t? What’s the difference?

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The Texas Education Agency recently announced a six-week extension of the minimum funding guarantee established by the original reopening guidelines issued this summer for all public school districts. This means a funding guarantee is in place for the entire first half of the school year for…

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I recently heard a heartwarming story on the radio about a couple celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary. 

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This past Tuesday, four candidates for Waxahachie City Council and two incumbent candidates for WISD school board, one of them unopposed, attended a highly informative forum at the Fine Arts Center on the campus of Coleman Jr. High. As mentioned last week, two candidates for city council, Ol…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The “We Were Soldiers Once” profiles are researched and written by Perry Giles, one of the founding members of the Ellis County Veterans Day Appreciation Committee. Giles’ columns are written in first person based on information compiled from newspaper articles, letters from h…

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Today, I received the best gifts. The tangible ones were a juice box and a bag of green peppers. How sweet that children and parents think of you, the teacher, at home. The beautiful bag of peppers was from a garden and picked by the child. The juice box was thought of by the child himself. …

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Ephesians 3:20 (KJV) “Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, to Him be glory.”

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Last year, Hull Millwork started hosting a series of window workshops geared to educate home and business owners about the value of wood windows on historic buildings. We traveled to different cities across the state including Fredericksburg and El Paso and had full attendance at each event.

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We remain diligent in our efforts to provide you with vital updates on the state’s reopening process and recovery resources. This week, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials.

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As a Waxahachie native, it has been a joy to watch the growth our community has experienced while still retaining the small-town character and charm of my beloved home. This has only been possible because of the careful planning and expertise of our city council and city staff.

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, along with John Houston Custom Homes, is thrilled to announce our 2020 Leader Summit – “Lead Where You Are” – is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23. New York Times bestselling author and leadership guru Dr. John Maxwell, along with many others, will bring their…

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If you really want to learn how to live life, and live it to its fullest, all you have to do is take lessons from someone whose heart is as pure as the driven snow – a little child.

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For two decades, Rod Dixon was one of the world’s greatest athletes. He was an Olympic medalist, two-time world cross country championship medalist and the 1500m champion of the United States, France, Great Britain and New Zealand. He won other prestigious competitions: the Falmouth Road Rac…

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When we lay claim to the ground we are standing on, we need to remember it is connected to ground around us. And that is connected to the ground around it. And so on. Which, in this case, is our fair city of Waxahachie.

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“When considering a candidate for office, almost right up until they enter the polling booth and sometimes even in the booth itself, most voters rely more on what they see and hear themselves in real time than on facts, history, logic, or learned experience.” – Quin Hillyer

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One of the guys my husband works with has been bringing fresh produce to work to pass out to anyone who would like it. My husband is never one to pass up free stuff. Remember a few articles ago I wrote that he dug some potted ivies out of the dumpster at work and proudly presented them to me…

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Shane was 12 years old. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle at an early age. Shane’s mom and dad were drug users and extremely abusive. Finally, the courts stepped in and removed Shane from the home. Living with his aunt and uncle took Shane away from the drug environment but life was still…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The “We Were Soldiers Once” profiles are researched and written by Perry Giles, one of the founding members of the Ellis County Veterans Day Appreciation Committee. Giles’ columns are written in first person based on information compiled from newspaper articles, letters from h…

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Last week we celebrated an important week for both our state and our nation – National Small Business Week. Throughout the week, we honored Texas’ many small businesses and recognized the critical role they play in growing our economy. In fact, 99.8% of all businesses in Texas are small and …

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During the late 1920s, the state highway from Waco to Dallas passed through Waxahachie. A section of the highway crossed two railroad tracks and a little bridge behind the present-day cotton compress. Today the little bridge is still there but it is in poor condition to cross. Due to the inc…

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It has to be one of the great ironies of the world that I should come into my “golden” years as one who loves to write. I have written about virtually everything – and some of my writings sometimes suggest that I have a little knowledge of what I am writing about. Once I even addressed the d…

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, along with John Houston Custom Homes, is thrilled to announce our 2020 Leader Summit, “Lead Where You Are,” scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23. New York Times bestselling author and leadership guru Dr. John Maxwell, along with many others, will bring their insi…

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Corn was an important crop to rural people back in the early part of the last century. The farm families would use every part of the harvested plant to feed themselves and their animals, prepare for the next planting and, possibly, sell or trade some of it.

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“Sometimes only one person is missing and the whole world seems depopulated.” – Alphonse De Lamartine

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We live in a constantly changing world. It is interesting to me how we can look back through time and see how far we have come with technology. Who would have ever thought that we would be able to take a phone out of our pocket and send a text message to anyone anywhere in the world or talk …

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It’s this annoying little “service” that someone in the computer industry has conferred on the general public to “help” us with our spelling – it’s called autocorrect.

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“Unhinged” is an intense psychological thriller that will leave drivers wondering what is in the mind of their fellow commuters when they pull up to a light or a stop sign. The intensity of this movie is gradually increased as the story unfolds leaving audience members in shock about what is…

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The road to recovery hasn’t been an easy one and it’s one that I am still traveling. Due to contracting COVID-19, I have had to put my health at the forefront of the decisions I make in my life.

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As the final quarter of the year draws near, the Waxahachie Chamber continues to serve its members in every capacity.

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It’s fall in Texas – which is pretty much like summer with the exception of being a few degrees cooler. Before I moved here from Michigan my brother and sister-in-law warned me Texas only had two seasons – summer and NOT summer. I couldn’t wrap my head around that. In Michigan, as in all of …

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Thursday, Aug. 6, 1925, marked the 75th anniversary of Ellis County. The anniversary was the cause of a great celebration known as the “Ellis County Diamond Jubilee.” Several events were planned for the two-day observance, perhaps the biggest event being the contest for the queen of Ellis County.

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After reading an opinionated commentary in a local media, and it is of my summation it is nothing more, by a candidate for Waxahachie City Council, it brought to mind the old adage that how a person conducts their campaign directly shows a direct correlation to their performance in the offic…

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COVID-19 has affected nearly everybody, from all walks of life, but it has exacted a particularly acute economic toll on women.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The “We Were Soldiers Once” profiles are researched and written by Perry Giles, one of the founding members of the Ellis County Veterans Day Appreciation Committee. Giles’ columns are written in first person based on information compiled from newspaper articles, letters from h…

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At 2 p.m. on March 17, 2020, standing alongside city leaders and superintendents, a disaster declaration for Ellis County was issued that outlined early preventative practices and released additional state resources to aid in COVID-19 mitigation.

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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” – Kenny Chesney

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My first night in the hospital at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie was memorable to say the least. Filled with uncertainty and lots of fear, I didn’t get much sleep what with being woken up to have blood drawn and to have an IV port installed on my arm. Apart from all of …

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Having been in the funeral industry for as long as I have, I have seen and experienced a lot. You would likely hear the same from any first responder. For me, and anyone who has worked as a first responder, there is always that one call you went on you never forget. No matter how many years …

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On Sunday, Congressman Wright was admitted to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas due to complications surrounding his treatment for cancer. Congressman Wright has been in a tough battle with cancer this year, after overcoming a first bout with the disease in 2018. Ron is, as usual, is in good s…

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We are excited to announce the full lineup for the 2020 Texas Book Festival Weekend! This year’s lineup is filled with over 125 authors, including Matthew McConaughey, David Chang, Kevin Kwan, Sigrid Nunez, Isabel Wilkerson, Julia Alvarez, Michael J. Sandel, Ibi Zoboi, and more. The two-week…

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Encouraging our networks to respond to the 2020 Census is more important than ever. With just two weeks left to respond, we want to make sure we get an accurate count for our region. Census responses remain confidential and will influence the future of Ellis County over the next decade.

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We remain diligent in our efforts to provide you with vital updates on the state’s reopening process and recovery resources. Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced select expanded business openings in Texas. A summary of these openings can be found below, along with links to associated Open Te…