Barton to attend ECRP meeting

The Ellis County Republican Party will host an open meeting at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce at 102 YMCA Drive in Waxahachie at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Congressman Joe Barton is the featured guest. Concerned residents are encouraged to attend and network with other attendees and address issues of importance to them.

“Congressman Barton, local office holders and Republican precinct chairs will be present as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Republican Party,” chairman Nelson Baird said.

Project graduation meeting

Project Graduation at Waxahachie High School will hold its first meeting for the graduating class of 2010 at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the cafeteria.

Project Graduation is a safe all-night party sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation and senior parents. It is held after the graduation ceremony at the Waxahachie Civic Center for any graduating senior of 2010.

All parents of a 2010 senior are encouraged to attend.

Gaming at the library

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents “Gaming at the Library” for ages 11-18 from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the meeting room.

“Test your skills on Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. Come play with old friends or make new ones. Bring your own controls if you like,” a spokesman said.

Benefit fundraiser

A benefit fundraiser for an Ellis County family faced with medical bills for cancer treatment will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Nay Barn, located off of Farm-to-Market 1446 in Waxahachie. There will be barbecue and a silent auction. Ten 55 Band will play. The community is invited to attend.

Boy Scout barbecue fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 234 is holding a barbecue benefit to raise funds for troop supplies and camping during the coming year. The meal will be served from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at St. Paul Episcopal Church, located on the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 287 and Ovilla Road.

Each order will receive two meats of choice, beans, macaroni and cheese, tea, all of the fixings and homemade desserts.

Tickets are $8 each or two for $15 and are available from Ray Porter at 972-923-2000 or at the event.

The trooper will have its full campsite set up and will serve samples of Dutch oven cooking during the day. Takeout will be available.

“Please help us support Boy Scouts in Waxahachie while enjoying a great dinner,” a spokesman said. 

Sims Library offers TexShare classes

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer a new advanced computer class on the TexShare databases from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 29. This is an advanced level class examining the TexShare databases available at the library. Students must either have completed the beginner and intermediate level computer classes or have equivalent computer experience to register.

Every month, the library offers free computer classes, which are open to registration for anyone who has a library card at the library. Pre-registration is required for the class, which will be held in the reference room on the basement level of the library.  Call 972- 937-2671 or stop by the library to register for the classes.

Tickets on sale for NAACP Banquet

The Waxahachie branch of NAACP, chapter 6240, announces that its annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. This year, the program will honor several outstanding high school seniors. Tickets are on sale now for the banquet at $30 each. Pre-sale tickets are available through Sept. 1. After Sept. 1, tickets will need to be purchased at the door.

Master Gardener photo contest

The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association will hold a photo contest, with entries accepted through Jan. 31.

There is no entry fee and all entries will need to be submitted via the Master Gardener Web site at

For more details, visit the Web site and select “photo contest” or call 972-825-5175. Prizes will be awarded.

Police Explorer applications sought

The Waxahachie Police Department Explorer post #416 will be accepting applications until Sept. 2 for anyone interested in joining the Explorer program.  Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, and or 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday. The Explorer meetings are held on Monday or Tuesday nights and we also work special events (usually weekends) throughout the year to raise money for our post.  You must attend 80 percent of meetings and events to stay eligible in the Explorer program.  The cost to join is $10, which covers your Learning for Life fee and then $5 monthly dues.  Uniforms and belts are provided.  The only thing the Explorer provides is black boots and this is something we will discuss after you have been accepted into the program. For information please contact Officer Wess Winn, post coordinator at 972-937-9940 or stop by the police department (216 N. College St.) and pick up and application.  They need to be completely filled out, signed and returned to the police department by Sept. 2.

NAACP meeting

The local chapter of NAACP, No. 6240, meets at 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at Turner Learning Center.

For more information, call 972-937-3737.