Metamorphosis is a strange phenomenon. A dark cocoon can unleash a beautiful butterfly. At the same time, a beautiful showing of public support can get ugly due to back room political deals and the threats of social alienation. Metamorphosis is a strange phenomenon.

An imposing brick structure, a block from the Ellis County Courthouse, was constructed in 1888 as the third Ellis County Jail. Serving its original purpose until the late 1920s, a major portion of the building still stands as a witness to the 19th century life in Waxahachie.

When the sun comes out to play, many of us make plans to do the same. The summer months bring the promise of backyard barbecues, pick-up games in the park and wasting away lazy afternoons in the water. This year’s summer season feels extra special as COVID-19 vaccines have paved a way for us…

The first 911 call was made on February 16, 1968 in Haleyville, Alabama by Representative Rankin Fite. It was a call that launched an industry dedicated to saving lives and supporting communities. 

Have you ever stopped to think about what it really means to be a follower of Christ? When you actually see and meet Jesus face-to-face, will He be proud of how you followed Him? We could look at many aspects regarding becoming a follower of Christ, but I want to talk about one that I feel i…

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a lot going on in Waxahachie. Throw in what’s happening in other parts of the county and we could write for days. On some levels, it’s all a bit crazy. On other levels, when it comes to our own backyard, it’s fair to say that a few politicians who seem t…

Over the course of the next eight months, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce has a grand total of four large events and its leadership program, Leadership Ellis County, to plan out and execute. One of those large events, the 35th annual Gingerbread Classic Golf Tournament is drawing nearer a…

I am reading a book written by evangelist and pastor, Greg Laurie, entitled “Billy Graham, the Man I Knew.” Pastor Greg grew in his ministry under the watchful eye of Dr. Graham and had the privilege of traveling with the Billy Graham ministry team. In his book, Pastor Greg recalled a conver…

Watching the new “Black Widow” movie gave me the impression of being more of an obligation by the studio to make something for this character even though the main Avengers storyline had concluded. Already knowing the Black Widow’s outcome made the whole experience a little bit hollow.

As Waxahachie’s new city council digs deeper into not only the roles each of them are now responsible for fulfilling, but also the details of the coming year’s budget, I have a few thoughts. Given the interest, and on behalf of the growing number of residents in town reaching out to the Sun …

Throughout the span of time, mankind has made great strides, especially in the areas of communication, travel and electricity. I would say these are the three most important to our daily needs. Stop and think for a moment how much your life would change immediately if you did not have any on…

“Real servants don’t try to use God for their purposes. They let God use them for His purposes.” – William James

Everyone knows what three digits to call during an emergency, but we always hear rumors about the 911 industry. We’re not sure where these assumptions come from, but every now and then we like to share the latest 911 myths and set the record straight. This week we’re discussing our top four …

Have you noticed that most people do not like change? Have you ever worked for a company that began to implement a lot of structural change within their organization? If you have, then you understand what I am talking about. Everyone working around you probably began to feel anxious about al…

In 2017, my youngest daughter saw on Facebook that a local newspaper was looking for sports writers. My husband Don and I have been sports fanatics since we met on the Lancaster Tigers football field in 1970. He was a football player, and I was a majorette. We also were friends on the Lancas…

I have found that reflection has been a useful tool in my life. It has helped me to sort out problems I am facing, evaluate the past and look toward the future. That reflection is one of the reasons the month of July has a little bit more significance for me this year.

Our minds are very powerful. We can begin thinking a certain way about something or someone, and then before long, we have talked ourselves into believing it as truth, when in actuality, it is not true at all.

“Who’s ready for some ‘precedented’ times?” – Anonymous

July 4 is just around the corner, and though it’s a time to celebrate and gather with friends and family, to the public safety industry it’s a busy night for emergencies. Help your local police, fire, and emergency medical professionals (not to mention 9-1-1 telecommunicators!) by following …

The latest installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, “F9: The Fast Saga” hit theaters recently and oddly reminded me of the experience I had when I cleaned out my kitchen pantry and found a swollen can of peaches in the back. This film, and I use that term loosely, reminded me of that…

Thomas and I took a recent trip to The Woodlands. It was a weekend that included our grandson, Easton. You see, he wanted things other than toys and candy for Christmas 2020, so we gifted him with three weekend trips to places he’s not yet been. The Woodlands was the first.

The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce is proud to report that the month of June brought with it nine new members, including Milano’s Pizza, Solon Estate, Level Up Nutrition, Love Your Neighbor Thrift Store, 77 Energy Hub, Law Office of Ron B. Johnson, Wray Foundation, Ellis County Christian Hom…

This week I watched the Olympic trials held in Eugene, Oregon. Did you happen to see the women’s 1500 meters? The gun sounded, and while the runners were jockeying for position in the first 100 meters, Elle Purrier St. Pierre was elbowed and shoved off the track! While this would have been d…

“We were created for meaningful work, and one of life’s greatest pleasures is the satisfaction of a job well done.” — John C. Maxwell

The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the community to the following events.

Texas HB 1927 – the new constitutional carry bill – was just signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 16. As its nickname suggests, this law recognizes the constitutional right to bear arms by removing the requirement that Texans obtain a license before they are allowed to carry a handgun. As Elli…

Have you ever wondered what God wants? I mean, He is God of the Universe, the creator of mankind and all things. He can have anything He wants, right? I just cannot imagine God sitting in Heaven going over His wish list. He can literally whisper for the highest mountain to be moved and insta…

The Prince Hall Fraternal Cemetery is part of the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame Museum and Library. At one time, before I founded the museum, I primarily operated it through the Masonic Lodge.

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

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…

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 …

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…

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.”

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?