No more vouchers

There are no more vouchers available for Ellis County’s March Cleanup Event. 

“We appreciate the tremendous response from the community and look forward to offering this or similar events in the future,” a spokesman said.

“Remember, you always have the option of going to any of the landfills in the county to dispose of your trash, yard debris, etc. (anything non-toxic),” the spokesman said. “There is, of course, a fee for this service, but this is certainly an option for you to legally and responsibly dispose of unwanted materials.”

The three major landfills in the county are:

•ECD Landfill – on Interstate 45 between Ennis and Palmer – 972-875-5374

•CSC Landfill – in Avalon on State Highway 34 east of Italy – 972-627-3413

•Waste Management Skyline RDF – in Ferris – 972-842-5710

Residents should contact the landfills directly for their hours of operations, fees and other information. The three above-mentioned landfills are available to any county resident regardless of where he or she resides in the county.

The city of Waxahachie has a citizens’ convenience station; however, that is available to city of Waxahachie residents only.

For additional questions about disposal or recycling options, call the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-825-5555. 

Open mic night

Southwestern Assemblies of God University English professor Amy George partners with Zula’s Coffee House to launch a poetry open mic night at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24. The event will occur weekly and is open to the Waxahachie community.

George said the event will be a place for poets to receive exposure, but will be in a workshop/critique format. George holds a doctorate of creative writing with a specialization in poetry and feels her education is a means to give back to the community. “Open mic night is beyond just a course or even the walls of the university. It’s purpose is to bring the students and poets of the community together,” she said.

Cemetery cleanup

Effective March 21, the city of Waxahachie will begin a cleanup of Waxahachie City Cemetery. All items on graves that are not compliant with cemetery rules and regulations will be removed. The items will be labeled and stored for 30 days. People wanting to retrieve items can do so at the parks and recreation building at 401 S. Elm Street. For information, contact City Hall at 972-937-7330, ext. 181.

WISD Head Start registration

Waxahachie ISD is accepting applications for its Head Start program for the 2011-2012 school year. The program is located at Dunaway Elementary, 600 U.S. Highway 77 South. 

School hours are from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Head Start provides a free breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Head Start provides all school supplies but does not provide any transportation. To be eligible for the 2011-2012 program, a child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011. Families must be income eligible and provide proof of income. Non-English speaking children and or children with disabilities are welcomed into the Head Start program. Registration will start April 12-13, with hours from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Head Start site facilitator Lucy Mares at 972-923-4763 or email

Project Prom 

Spring is just around the corner, prom is in the air, and it’s time to clean out your closet. “Project Prom” is in need of gently used ball gowns, formals, bridesmaids dresses, sparkly accessories and fancy shoes for its first dress swap fundraiser.

Waxahachie Global High Prom Committee will host “Project Prom” Friday, March 25, in the auditorium at Global High from noon to 5 p.m. All dresses will be $20, shoes will be $10, and bags and accessory sets will be $5. This event will be open to high school juniors and seniors.

Drop off all donations in the front office of Global High before 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or at Big Thrift, 109 N. Elm St., from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.  

Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing

The first weekend of concerts at Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26 (3-7 p.m.). Tickets for the concerts and “dinner on the grounds” are available at the project website ( and by phone at 972-923-2709. Ellis County residents will receive a $5 discount by entering “LOCAL” as the coupon code. The hour-and-a-half concerts of southern congregational music will be presented five weekends throughout the year; all concerts are identical. Tickets are available for concert only and for concert with dinner catered by Babe’s Chicken.