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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.

“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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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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This week, the Waxahachie Young Professionals under 40 will be at 101 South College for a professional development luncheon at noon Sept. 16 featuring guest speaker Jason Bang of Northwestern Mutual presenting on “Investing For Your Future!”

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Like most people, when the COVID-19 virus came onto the news cycle I didn’t think much of it because it seemed far away and across the ocean – and nowhere near my house in Waxahachie.

I can’t help but take note of some ideology shifts some entities (like Hollywood) have made since those glory days of the 1950s and 1960s.

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“The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.”  – Francis Jeffrey

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Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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I’ve heard it said, people don’t quit jobs, they quit bad bosses. It’s true – bad leaders ruin the best jobs.

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Director Christopher Nolan takes audiences further down the rabbit hole of science fiction with his latest film, “Tenet.” With each passing second, “Tenet” follows an unpredictable path in its narrative, leaving people bewildered and amazed at the same time.

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My preacher buddies and I used to sit around in the boys’ dorm at Jacksonville College about 54 years ago and dream about the big splash we all were going to make in Christ’s kingdom’s work on earth. Young, immature, preacher boys are highly capable of doing that. One dreamed of being pastor…

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“The inability or unwillingness of citizens to differentiate between fake and authentic news is undermining a fundamental assumption of democracy: the informed voter.” - Richard Edelman

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As a funeral director, being around the deceased and counseling with families on a daily basis, I think differently than most. I am constantly reminded how short life is. I see grieving families, hear them cry and agonize over the death of their loved one. They tell me stories of how in love…

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My cat, Ori, (short for Orelhas, which is Portuguese for ears) has a new toy that he is more fascinated with than the tomatoes he so dearly loves. He has even quit attacking our bare feet, and doesn’t terrorize my old cat Kiki, (affectionately known as Psycho-kitty).

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The past 13 dogs Carolyn and I have owned were not purchased from a pet store or adopted from a rescue house. Nor were they even a stray that wandered up. No, they all belonged to our kids!

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The Waxahachie Chamber is continuing its eight-week LIVE Interview Series with county and city leaders to discuss the current state being for Ellis County.

America’s Bicentennial celebration was a glorious tribute to our country’s 200th anniversary, and Waxahachie has made its own unique contribution to the celebration. Waxahachie’s Bicentennial really began on Sept. 20, 1974, when the Bicentennial Commission, under the chairmanship of Mrs. Coo…

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“Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.” – Thurgood Marshall

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Are you longing to do something new or different but still safe right now? Need to find entertaining and cheap activities for the whole family? The answer could be as close as your local thrift store.

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I was attending a high school football game on a Friday evening several years after I had graduated high school. I love that time of year. The evening was perfect. I was leaning on a fence enjoying the sights and sounds of the game, the cheers, smell of popcorn and food cooking in the conces…

Last week, the Waxahachie Chamber launched an eight-week LIVE interview series with county and city leaders to discuss the current state being for Ellis County.

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A singing duo that went by the name of Cashman and West recorded a song, “A Friend is Dying,” about 50 years ago. It was a beautiful tune, which, at first, seems to be a melancholic ballad sung by a heartbroken young man about his lover, who has a terminal illness. It can easily be found on Google.

The Ellis County Historical Museum is a very unique and educating association. It holds a collection of historical relics and facts. The museum holds many keys to the past of Ellis County.

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Being a funeral director, I really get a good peek through the window, so to speak, into the lives of others: how they lived, what they enjoyed in life and accomplished. Have you ever thought what will be said at your funeral service?

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My friend, Juli, and I baked a salted caramel coconut cream pie yesterday for her birthday. I think I gained two pounds just mixing it up. It was more like a cheesecake in a pie crust than a cream pie but who am I to argue with whoever named the dessert? Juli found the recipe on the internet.

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“You were unsure which pain was worse – the shock of what happened or the ache of what never will.” – Simon Van Booy 

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I realize this newspaper is not designated as a religious journal but I am a preacher, and this paper has graciously given me this space to make comments. Virtually the only insights I can give people are, for the most part, biblically based. So, I want to write about an issue, which is mand…

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it but, in the end, there it is.” – Winston Churchill   

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I’ve recently been told that people trying to post 2 Chronicles 7:14 on Facebook have seen the Bible verse taken down because it didn’t conform to Facebook’s “spirit of community.”

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With time historical figures can be painted in a rosy light that highlights their accomplishments to society but hides their true character. The film “The Current War” steps away from the legend of some of America’s greatest inventors and puts them back in the scope of reality.

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On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Waxahachie Chamber staff and members met at the Doves Nest Restaurant downtown Waxahachie at noon for their monthly Speed Lead Luncheon.

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Wow! It’s hard to believe the summer is flitting away and we’re already into August. As Texas summers go, this has not been a bad one. Hope I didn’t put a jinx on the mild weather by saying that. We’ve had a decent amount of rain and my tomato plants are thriving. Although they haven’t produ…