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Most of us know and understand that Satan is a master con-artist, a master of disguise, deceitful and working to manipulate our lives on a daily basis. He never sleeps and he makes it his goal to tear down anyone giving him the opportunity.

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This is the long summer. Children have been home for four months already and it is not over. Are you running out of “stay at home” activities? Children love Christmas (or any holiday you celebrate could be substituted) and having it early, in July, is like forbidden fun. Choose a weekend to …

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I’m not sure when America arrived at a place where what was unthinkable just a few months ago is now a country full of whacky headlines about psychotic ideas, but here we are. The substance behind those headlines has been created by a wayward national media hellbent on fanning the flames of …

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I have been shocked at how easily our entire population of citizens gave their freedom away without much of a thought with the announcement of a pandemic. Of course, when we are first introduced to an expert, or experts, and those experts tell us that 2.2 million people are going to die from…

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce celebrated several ribbon cuttings and openings of new businesses here in Ellis County the last couple weeks:

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It was such a heartening experience to me to read the brief video meme of a guy, who became world famous but his early life was plagued with the title of underachiever, a loser.

There was a little boy walking with his dad one day enjoying a bag of potato chips. His dad asked him for a chip. The little boy frowned and said, “No, this is mine!”

“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” - Joseph Joubert

“Frost/Nixon” is a great movie that captures a difficult period in American history and one that continues to give us lessons to learn from daily. The feelings and emotions that many Americans carried with them at the time are captured in this movie.

You can call it coincidence, or a perfect storm, or whatever you like, but it appears to me that it is, by no means, an accident that the year 2020 will go down in history as a year of immense, excruciating peril.

With the new month upon us, the Waxahachie Chamber is excited to relaunch its program of networking events, starting off with this week’s Speed Lead Luncheon on Thursday, July 2, at noon for chamber members. If you would like to join the chamber in order to attend this networking event, incl…

Over the years, director Spike Lee has brought to light many historical events and issues that face the Black community. His latest film, “Da 5 Bloods,” centers on four Black Vietnam veterans returning to the country where they waged war as young men. The war had solidified their relationshi…

It’s been a while since I reported on this year’s tomato crop. I’m sure, dear readers, you have been waiting with baited breath for an update. You might recall last year our one plant furnished bite-sized tomatoes all summer to us, our friends, family and to random strangers on the street. S…

“I believe kids oughta stay kids as long as they can; turn off the screen, go climb a tree, get dirt on their hands; I believe we gotta forgive and make amends cause nobody gets a second chance to make new old friends; I believe in working hard for what you’ve got even if it don’t add up to …

One might think that when we are born and grow up, it’s up to us to figure life out. All of us are on different paths with different dreams and ambitions. We have goals we want to achieve, families and careers we build while trying our best to be successful. But is it all just left up to us?

The Waxahachie Chamber will be hosting a Hachie Home & Real Estate Fair on July 9 from 4-6 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center featuring the best of Waxahachie Chamber members in home financing, title companies, real estate, home beautification, home-owners insurance and more! This event…

Father’s Day is one of those nostalgic times, although, in the scheme of things, it seems fathers get less attention than mothers on their special day.

When my husband, Larry, and I moved to Waxahachie, Max and Earlane Simpson invited us to visit them in their Victorian home on Main Street. As they showed the interesting and beautiful rooms, one stood out. It was the room of their son, Shannon. What caught my attention was the frieze of hub…

We are asking Ellis County commercial and residential landlords and tenants to come together and work through this difficult time. Economists at Columbia University predict homelessness could increase 40- to 45-percent due to unemployment this year and reducing rent to keep neighbors and fam…

Here at Ellis DownHome, our mission and vision for this website revolves around connecting the people in the communities at which we live – through stories, lifestyle articles and the events that join us together. Neighbors sharing life across the fence or over a cup of coffee. We want to br…

While it’s only been a few months since the country began what feels like a seismic shift toward the twilight zone, it seems like a lifetime. It was mid-March when the ordinary in America was kicked to the curb as a never-before-seen level of insanity began to take over. Unnatural ways of li…

“The King of Staten Island” is a film I think many people will connect with and see themselves in the eyes of the characters portrayed on screen. However, it seemed like there was more of the story that was promised but was left unfulfilled.

Is there anything unforgivable? When I think about that question, my mind automatically goes to a scene where I am standing before Jesus and He tells me that a particular sin I have committed cannot be forgiven. Can you imagine how that would feel? Honestly, I cannot wrap my mind around that…

Last week, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce relaunched its ribbon cutting ceremonies – kicking them back off with an excellent turnout at the Drawing Room Salon on Friday, June 12, near downtown Waxahachie.

We get a lot of questions about how much 9-1-1 costs and where the financing comes from. Do citizens pay for 9-1-1? Do taxes? How do officials determine how much goes toward an emergency number program when they also have to consider other aspects of public safety?

John Phillip Sousa was outraged. The coming of musical instruments that could play themselves was threatening to ruin the future of musicians, composers and conductors and music itself by making their skills unnecessary. He wrote a scathing article in the June 1906 issue of Appleton’s Magazi…

Treating others as you want to be treated, being of service and making decisions based on the greater good of mankind form the foundations of many religions. They are the backbone of a civilized society. When they go, there goes our safety for all, as we have witnessed too many times.

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lilla Watson

Several years ago, when I tagged along with Carolyn to find Vacation Bible School materials in a LifeWay Store one afternoon, a book seemed to leap off the shelf to me.

Have you ever observed someone tuning a piano? I had not until the other day. It is interesting to watch. The person tuning the piano sits and strikes each key over and over again, using a tool to tighten the strings until the perfect tone and pitch of each note is heard. He moves down the k…

“Hoosiers” is one of those movies that, when I see it on television or through my streaming service, I have to sit down and watch. While the film centers on a basketball team from a small town, its story of inspiration and redemption goes beyond the court and it is still as powerful today as…

Last week, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce opened its physical office again to visitors, while continuing to observe social distancing.

Science fiction has the power to make you think, dream, explore and even laugh. If you’re lucky enough you get a movie that can combine some of these elements to make something truly entertaining. These elements came together to make the backbone of the film “District 9.”

In February about three years ago, I received an early morning death call. As a funeral director, I can receive calls that someone has passed at any time of the day or night. Unfortunately, the majority of people who pass away die between midnight and 3 a.m. It was a cold morning and I had b…

Captain Car Forrest came to Ellis County in 1855 from Tennessee and settled on Chambers Creek. His first endeavor was the raising of sheep. When he found his business unprofitable, he bought land and became engaged in farming. He first bought 124 acres and later added much more. He purchased…

Growing up, I knew my family wasn’t rich and finances were tough. Every dollar earned by my parents was stretched and then stretched again to see if it could go just a little bit further. At the end of the month, I knew when dollars were at their toughest point with how creative my mom would…

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” - Carrie ten Boom

As I tried to think of something enlightening to write about, the word “hibernate” came to mind. I’ve become like the bear who finds a cozy cave and curls up to sleep through the winter. The only difference between me and that bear is I’m not sleeping and losing weight! This social distancin…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

By now most everyone has received their appraisal notice from the Ellis Appraisal District. And I’m sure most of you, including me, felt your jaw drop when you saw your 2020 appraisal. It is important to understand what the number means in relation to your property taxes and what can be done…

The community of Forreston, Texas, is my home. My great-grandfather, David Barton Bullard, acquired land there 100 years ago and it is on this land that I now live. Then, too, the community has an interesting history with many firsts – the first house between Bonham and the falls of the Braz…