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While we are in a time of fluctuation, the importance of having things that are a positive influence on our well-being, and the continuance thereof, becomes more evident. Well-proven methods and tested vision that have guided our city through both growth and challenges to being able to maint…

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Never in my lifetime of almost 80 years have I ever known of an election that had the critical importance and significance regarding the future of our city, state, nation and yes, world, as we face the elections of 2020 in just over one week. Nationally, the outcome will determine if we rema…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month and Healthy Aging Month. With the COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions, it’s essential that older people, especially those living with dementia, are not socially excluded and that we all do our part to help one another make healthy lifestyle decisions.

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To our faithful supporters of The Reservation at Waxahachie High School, that time has come again. It is time to open up; our first official day will be Tuesday, Oct. 6, and for the next seven weeks, we will be open both Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Once football season is fi…

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The past six months have been a challenging time for our communities, residents and Texas business owners. The Governor’s Economic Development & Tourism Office would like to recognize your efforts, as you work together to help combat COVID-19.

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This is the time of year when we would normally be announcing the date of the 28th annual Taste of Ennis but, as you know, there is nothing “normal” about 2020. After careful consideration, the board of directors has made the difficult decision to rebrand our yearly fundraiser for 2020.

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The most disturbing thing about the article “Open Texas” on the front page of the Daily Light Aug. 26, other than the picture of two people standing on the steps of the courthouse not wearing masks or physical distancing, was County Judge Todd Little’s reference in the article to “liberty.” …

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This year has certainly been unusual, and we have all seen many changes over the past few months that we would prefer not to be happening. Due to the current regulations and unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus, it saddens me to say that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Di…

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For the people who think COVID-19 is a hoax or no big deal, the death toll in the United States is 170,000 and rising.

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If you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you may be contacted by a contact tracer or public health worker from your state or local health department in an effort to help slow the spread of the disease. Here’s what to know if you get a call:

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The Ennis Chamber has decided, due to the effects of Covid-19, we will not have our usual auction in September. The status of the drinks and food service and even the number of patrons allowed is still undecided. We have no long-range predictions from the state so it would be impossible to p…

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Since the inception of the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce, we have relied on the generosity of our members to achieve the goals we have for our businesses, our members and our community. One such area we have received assistance in for many years is the office space/facilities that we have…

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There are some current discussions on which I would like to comment. First that Mr. Trump brought the COVID-19 to us and did not deal with it. In fact, he curtailed travel from China while our experts were saying publicly that it posed no problem of spreading. These same have criticized the …

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Operation First Day of School looked a little different this year but was just as impactful! Waxahachie ISD employees handed out 957 backpacks filled with supplies on Saturday.

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We are reaching out to you today to let you know that, due to the current uncertainties regarding school, sports, business and social gathering schedules in our present world and unforeseeable future, we have decided it is best for Waxajam 2020, (originally scheduled for Oct. 10 2020), to be…

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The purpose of this letter is to reach out to as many property managers as possible in an effort to reduce the quantity of materials illegally dumped in Ellis County. We often find toys, furniture, clothing, old photographs and other items that would come from an apartment, a house, yard or …

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A lot of talk about the Confederate statue at the Ellis County Courthouse. Some say it is offensive to them and should be removed. Others say it is historically significant and should remain.

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I can assure you that I and many members of my generation know a lot about the statue we wish to see removed from the grounds of the Ellis County Courthouse. We grew up in Waxahachie and many of us still reside here.

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The Rotary Club of Waxahachie appreciates all of the community support for our Flag Program. Not only does it beautify our city, we are able to assist many community projects throughout our community such as Daniel’s Den, Hope Clinic, YMCA, scholarships and many more. Without you, this would…

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For 16 years, CASA of Ellis County has been holding in-person training sessions for our volunteer advocates. In compliance with pandemic guidelines, we just completed our first ever virtual training and were able to swear in nine new volunteers via video conferencing to serve our Ellis Count…

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Well folks, after what has got to be one of the longest campaigns in history due to COVID-19, we are done. I want to thank the citizens of Ellis County for your support and confidence to elect me as your next sheriff.

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I’m finding that there is a lot of misinformation out there about the COVID-19 pandemic. People will believe some of the craziest stuff. If someone tells you something he heard from his cousin, who heard it from his neighbor, who heard it from someone on the internet, chances are it may not …

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It saddens us to announce that, for the first time ever, the Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie will not take place this October. The Festival Committee has determined that the current Covid-19 concerns are too great to risk the health of festival attendees and workers and, since …

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The Ellis County Museum and Historic Waxahachie Inc. would like to announce that, due to the pandemic, the Gingerbread Trail and Christmas Home Tours have been canceled this year.

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Now, more than ever, the responsible actions of each and every Texas resident will be vital in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. It will take the collective action of all Texans to help keep their neighbors safe while also keeping our businesses open and protecting our livelihoods. Tex…

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The problem with making Juneteenth a federal holiday is that it’s not the day slavery ended in America. Most people believe that, at the end of the Civil War when Union troops came to Texas and other southern states to make sure the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 was being followed, this …

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Scammers may use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. In some cases, they might tell you they’ll send a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare number or personal information. Don’t fall for it; it’s a scam.

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Over the past several months, we have experienced an onslaught of circumstances that have tried and tested every ounce of our human fabric on a local, national and global scale. A virus, that once seemed distant and far removed, has completely changed our daily lives and forced us into home …

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At the protests, on the social medias, in the printed newspapers and all over the broadcasts on the airwaves, there it was. The fact that racism is among us, still, in Ellis County.

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Yes, amigos, all life matters. That is very true and skin color should make no difference whose life it is. Skin color, age, religion, culture or social standing makes no difference. Life is a gift from God and all life should be respected.