Agenda item on sludge postponed
An informational presentation/public comment time relating to human sludge that was slated for the Feb. 28 meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court has been postponed.
“We apologize for the inconvenience of rescheduling this agenda item,” Pct. 3 Commissioner Heath Sims said, saying he expects the item to be placed on the court’s March 28 agenda.
Sims had requested the agenda item as a result of concerns expressed by local residents about the material being placed on local lands. Scheduled speakers will include the company that is hauling the material and a representative of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Cancer support group to meet
A newly-formed cancer support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Waxahachie Bible Church.
The meeting is open to all cancer patients and their families. The group is being led by Diane Alford.
SJCS open house
Are you looking for a school that teaches preschool-eighth grade, with strong and challenging academics, a strong fine arts program, where students, teachers and parents work together in a student friendly and safe environment?
If so, you are cordially invited to St. Joseph School Open House from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 1.
Open enrollment for the surrounding community begins Wednesday, March 2. Now is the time to tour the school and meet the faculty and staff while openings are still available. If you prefer an individual tour, contact Maribeth May, SJS development director, at 972-937-9557 or 972-937-0956 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SJS is located at 506 E. Marvin, Waxahachie.
Sunbeam Club to meet
The Sunbeam Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, to make plans for the End of the Line Reunion to be held April 29-30. The whistle will blow to start the meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Ennis Family Restaurant and Truck Stop on S. Kaufman Street.
Urban Wildscape Program
Jessica Alderson, urban wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will present a program on Urban Wildscapes sponsored by the Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. The meeting will be held at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave. in Waxahachie at 7 p.m. Monday Feb. 28. The program is part of a series of Master Naturalist programs offered from 7-8 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month.
Enhancing your own natural resources in town is just as possible and enjoyable as in the country. Discover what kind of a garden is right for you. Questions and answers will follow the presentation. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 972-825-5175 or e-mail email@example.com
Ellis County cleanup week
Beginning March 1, Ellis County commissioners will have a limited number of vouchers to distribute toward its next weeklong cleanup event in March starting Saturday, March 26, and running through Saturday, April 2. Ellis County residents will be able to dispose of household trash, furniture, mattresses, yard debris and other similar items – as well as a limited number of passenger tires and e-waste items — at no cost to participants.
As the date gets closer, detailed information will be posted on the county website at www.co.ellis.tx.us – or call the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-825-5555.
Family movie night at Sims Library
Nicholas P. Sims Library presents family movie night from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. After super-villain Megamind kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man, he bocomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan, who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life. Animated feature voices by Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.
Free children’s fire safety program
Children from age 3-8 years old are invited to attend a free fire safety program with “Freddy the Fire Safety Robot” presented by the Waxahachie Fire Department and sponsored by the Waxahachie Mothers Club. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is geared to young children and is often presented in school rooms. Those who are home schooled or not yet in school are welcome to attend the presentation in the Ellis County Woman’s Building at 407 W. Jefferson St., Waxahachie. Interested adults with children should arrive at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, for the 10 a.m. program which will last 30 minutes. To sign up, call Janet Jenkins at 972-938-3456.
Do Well Be Well – Diabetes
Do you need an education on diabetes? Do you need nutrition education? A program for people with type 2 diabetes will be held on Wednesdays, March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30. The programs will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Waxahachie Senior Center, 122 Park Hills Drive.
Sponsored by ArgiLife Extension and Family Care of Texas. Classes are free. To sign up, call 972-825-5175.
Teen Inc to create using beads
Teen Inc of the Nicholas P. Sims Library will make a project using beads from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Create a design or find a design in the books available for use. Ages 11-18. Snacks will be provided.
St. Patrick’s Day crafts at Sims Library
Nicholas P. Sims Library presents St. Patrick’s Day crafts for children ages 4-10. The event will feature children making Leprechauns and Pots of Gold. The program will be presented from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 5.
“Come have fun getting creative at the library,” a spokesman said.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Class
The Alzheimer’s Association and Family Care of Texas will host an Alzheimer’s caregivers class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Family Care of Texas, 2001 Bates Drive, Suite 200 in Waxahachie. The class is free. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Call 972-923-1853 to make reservation.
Maypearl ISD pre-K/Kindergarten Roundup 2011-2012
Lorene Smith Kirkpatrick Elementary School will conduct pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup at the elementary campus on March 8 and 9 between the hours of 8-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Pre-K students must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 and qualify in one of the following areas:
• Eligible for the free or reduced lunch program based on proof of income
• Live in a home where English is the second language
• Determined other health impaired
• Live with a foster family
• Parent or parents are currently serving in the military
Pre-K will only offer a 4-year-old program and will be half day. Transportation will not be provided for pre-K students. Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1.
The following information will be required at the time of enrollment:
• Proof of residency in the form of a utility bill with name and physical address
• State-certified birth certificate
• Social security card
• Current immunization
• Copy of parent driver license.
Parents may or may not have students accompany them to roundup since all screening will be done at the beginning of the next school year.
Neither program is mandatory; however, once a student is enrolled they are subject to attendance guidelines as outlined by state compulsory attendance regulations.
To schedule an appointment, call 972-435-1010. Those unable to attend on this date should call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
‘Midlothian’s Got Talent’
Midlothian High School choir’s annual talent show, “Midlothian’s Got Talent,” will be presented March 5.
The choir department invites all Midlothian ISD students preschool through 12th grade to participate in “Midlothian’s Got Talent.”
“We are looking for all types of talent including singers, dancers, instrumentalists, bands, etc.,” a spokesman said. “Auditions will be held Feb. 22-24. Awards will be presented for preschool, elementary, middle school and high school divisions.”
See the blog at www.midlotalentshow.blogspot.com for more information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covington to address genealogical society
Ellis County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 7, at the Ellis County Woman’s Building, 407 W. Jefferson, Waxahachie. The guest speak is Bill Covington, who is an instructor of social studies at Waxahachie Global High School, teaches world geography, world history and U.S. history.
Covington’s talk on “The Ethnic Troops of the Continental Line” will focus on the Scots, the Irish, the African-American and other soldiers who fought in the American Revolution against the troops of the British Empire. Uniformed as a Continental soldier of the late war period of the American Revolution, Covington will also display the clothing, arms and accoutrements used by the common soldier.
The genealogy meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.
Choctaw Casino trip
The Waxahachie Senior Center will take a bus trip to Choctaw Casino on March 10. Cost is $10 per person. The buses will arrive in Waxahachie at 7 a.m. and depart the center at 7:30 a.m. sharp. The buses will board at 2:30 p.m. at Choctaw Casino and depart at 3 p.m. sharp. All seats must be paid for in advance.
For more information, call 972-937-8271.
Project Graduation meetings
The Project Graduation committee has announced its schedule for upcoming meetings. All senior WHS and WGH parents, as well as anyone in the community interested in helping out with this year’s event are encouraged to attend.
Project Graduation meetings will be held at the Waxahachie High School Cafeteria at 7 p.m. March 21, April 18, May 9 and May 23.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will hold its annual “Remember When … A Fabulous 1940s Fling” fundraiser Saturday, March 26, at the Texas Motorplex Champions Club in Ennis. The event will feature big band sounds, entertainment, swing dancing, dinner and more.
For more information, call 817-558-2840 or visit online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.
ECRW to host art show and sale
The Ellis County Republican Women will host an art show and sale on Saturday, April 9, at the Ennis National Bank Event Center, 116 W. Ennis Ave. Local artists are invited to submit their art for entry with categories including oil, acrylic, water media or drawing, and sculpture in a variety of media.
Artists are required to pre-register by March 25. Entry fee is $10 per judged item and proceeds go towards Ellis County community outreach programs such as the Dictionary Project for third-graders, the Constitution Day Project for fifth-graders and the scholarship program for high school seniors. Ribbons will be awarded in each category for first, second, third and honorable mention with a special ECRW President’s Award for the crowd favorite.
Artists with judged entries will also have the opportunity to display other pieces of their work for show or sale. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. and the event will open to the public at 5 p.m. with the awards presentation and live auction at 6:30 p.m.
To obtain more information or request an entry form for the event, contact Kim Garlitz at 972-923-9208 or email@example.com.
TBH Craft Fair for Adoption
The Texas Baptist Home for Children will host its first annual craft fair to raise funds for the adoption department on Saturday, April 16, at the TBH campus in Waxahachie. Vendors, who would be interested in renting a booth, are needed. Products can include home made arts and crafts such as clothing or hand bags, jewelry lines, candles, food, etc. If you would like to learn more about how you can become a vendor, contact Megan Baldwin at 972-937-1321 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the vendor registration form.
Mock disaster drill
Red Oak ISD will hold a mock disaster drill Friday, May 13, at Shields Elementary School.
The district’s Crisis Management/Response Plan will be implemented during this drill.
Local emergency services including Glenn Heights, Red Oak, Ovilla, DeSoto, Lancaster, Midlothian and Waxahachie fire departments, will participate. During this drill, students and staff will be evacuated from the building. The “injured” will be treated at the scene and or transported by ambulance to local hospitals. The remainder of students and staff will be evacuated to another ROISD campus.
“This drill will not only help ROISD determine areas of the plan in need of improvement, but will also assist local emergency services by providing them a valuable training exercise,” a spokesman said. “Red Oak ISD would like to thank the community for their support and assistance in making our schools safe.”
Project Graduation cards available
WISD Project Graduation discount cards are being sold at several businesses throughout the community. The cards, being sold as the main fundraiser for this year’s post graduation event, provide more than $1,000 in savings on food, merchandise and services from participating merchants in the community.
Project Graduation is a structured alcohol and drug free party for graduating seniors provided as an opportunity to celebrate in fellowship and fun in a safe setting with food, activities and games provided for the grads throughout the night.
This year’s Project Graduation will take place on May 27 at the Waxahachie Civic Center for graduating WISD seniors. Project Graduation cards are being sold for $20 each and are available from WHS or WGH seniors, or at the following locations:
• Blooms & More, 406 W. Franklin
• Walton’s Total Car Care, 1530 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass
• H&H Grocery, 602 S. Rogers
• Waxahachie Daily Light, 200 W. Marvin Ave.
• Salon 507 110 Panorama, Waxahachie
Flu shots available for adults and children. Contact Texas Department of State Health Services at 972-932-2038 for appointment. Medicare/Medicaid accepted, sliding fee scale or $20 donation for adults. The clinic located at 3001 S. Washington, Kaufman.
Old photos sought
The Midlothian Area Historical Society is seeking old photos of Midlothian.
“If you have old photos that you would like to share with us to help us expand our historical pictorial records, please contact the society at email@example.com or you may call Kathy Robinson at 972-723-2755,” a spokesman said.
Scholarship account in memory of Shelley Nance
A benefit account has been set up at Citizens National Bank to establish the Shelley Nance Memorial Art Scholarship that will be given to a deserving graduate of Italy High each year. Nance, who passed away Sept. 11, 2009, was a 2007 graduate of Italy High School.
Donations can be made at any Citizens National Bank branch to the account for the Shelley Nance Memorial Art Scholarship.
Volunteers are needed year-round to assist with the maintenance of the Lake Bardwell Multi Use Trails.
The trails encompass 26 miles around the lake, located on U.S. Corps of Engineers property. Accessed at Waxahachie Creek Park, the trails are available to horseback riders, hikers and mountain bike riders. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Use fee is $3 per vehicle.
Interested parties may sign up to help via the Yahoo! Egroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bardwell_Lake_Trails/ or can search Facebook for “Lake Bardwell Multi Use Trails.” Any questions can be directed to one of these groups.
Donations are always needed as well to help pay for the constant maintenance. Donations may be sent to: TETRA Bardwell Trail Project c/o BBVA Compass Bank, 1712 W. Ennis Ave., Ennis, TX 75119-3750.
Volunteer firemen needed
The Ferris Volunteer Fire Department is looking for people who would like to volunteer a few hours a week to serve the community.
Those interested can attend a department meeting, which is held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at fire station No. 1, located at 203 S. Church St. in Ferris. For more information, contact Fire Chief Eddie Duran at 972-842-2898.
Optimist Building CD benefit
The Final Showdown Band is selling a compilation CD of its most requested songs to help raise funds for the restoration of the Optimist Youth Center Building located at 219 Patrick St.
The renovation effort is being led by Bryan Johnson, with an estimate of $160,000 needed for the renovation. Johnson has said if $80,000 can be raised by the community, he will donate the remaining $80,000.
The Final Showdown CD is available at the Waxahachie Daily Light office, 200 W. Marvin Ave. The CD is being sold for $10 each, with all proceeds from CD sales going to the renovation fund. Donations to the fund may also be made at Citizens National Bank of Texas, c/o Optimist Building Fund.
Big Brothers Big Sisters needed
Waxahachie ISD is in need of Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers (minimum age 16 and driving) to mentor a child. The time commitment is one lunch period a week or a twice-a-month meeting outside of school
“Help us serve more children,” a spokesman said.
For more information, contact Diana Phillips at 972-765-4163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program
The Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program is in need of volunteers.
“Sadly, there are people in our community, whether they be elderly with Alzheimer’s or adults suffering from mental retardation, who have no family members or friends to check on them periodically,” a spokesman said. “The legislature has provided that these persons should be appointed a guardian to make sure they are being provided for and to consent to medical treatment on their behalf.”
The Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program was created in 1997 with a grant from the Texas Guardianship Alliance. Since that time, more than 50 people have been provided with guardians. Only a small commitment of time is needed.
People who are interested in serving can contact the Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program at 972-723-9815. Criminal background checks are conducted.
Waxahachie Care is a community food pantry that helps those in need and emergency situations with food, utilities and gas, and also helps the elderly with special needs. The nonprofit agency is located at 609 Kaufman St. in Waxahachie. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.-noon Friday. Call 972-923-2273 for information.
Free pregnancy testing
The WRC Pregnancy Center of Waxahachie offers free pregnancy tests on a regular basis.
No appointment is necessary.
Operating hours for the center are 4-6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For more information, call 972-938-7900.
The Ellis County Woman’s Building, located at 407 W. Jefferson, is available to rent for weddings, meetings, family reunions, etc. For more information or to make a reservation, call 214-609-2396.
The Optimist building on Patrick Street in Waxahachie is available for rent for a variety of activities. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Eder at 972-921-1333 or e-mail email@example.com.
Therapeutic riding program
Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, 767 Bethel Road, Waxahachie, offers horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. The evaluation and first ride are free.
For more information, call Emily Oliver at 972-937-7265 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family First Hospice is calling for volunteers in the areas of Ovilla, Red Oak, DeSoto, Duncanville, South Dallas, Ferris, Ennis, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Venus, Kaufman, Corsicana, Blooming Grove and Cedar Hill.
Volunteers offer a variety of services including sitting with patients while a caregiver is out of the house or running errands for patients or caregivers. First Family Hospice needs men, women and teens who can speak English and Spanish.
For more information, contact Margie Norum at 972-878-2273.