Donations sought to aid family

A benefit account has been established at Citizens National Bank of Texas to help the family pay funeral expenses for Danny Grogan, who died on July 30 at his parent’s home in Waxahachie. The combat Navy veteran did not have life insurance. Any donations above the cost of the funeral will be donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Family Assistance Fund.

Donations may be made at any CNB of Texas branch or mailed to:

Benefit Account for Danny Grogan

c/o Citizens National Bank of Texas

200 N. Elm St.

Waxahachie, Texas, 75165

Utility bill assistance

Community Services Inc., which is based in Corsicana, Texas, is offering help with high-energy bills. An application is required; no faxed applications will be accepted.

Community Services Inc. serves Anderson, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties.

For more information, call 1-800-831-9929.

NARFE group to meet Aug. 9

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Ellis-Navarro County chapter 1191 will meet  at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Corsicana at Sirloin Stockade.

A representative from Corsicana Emergency Medical Corps will bring the program.

All active and retired federal employees, spouses and guests are invited to attend.

ROPD citizens police academy

RED OAK — Residents who live or work in Red Oak are invited to apply for the next session of the Citizens Police Academy.

The registration deadline is Dec. 31 for the course, which will begin Thursday, Feb. 10.

The Citizens Police Academy is a free educational program that familiarizes the public with the nature of police work.

People who live or work in Red Oak are invited to apply. They must agree to a background criminal history check, be 20 years old or older and not convicted of a felony.

Eleven classes will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, with one class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The academy meets at the Red Oak public safety building, 547 N. Methodist St., Red oak.

To apply, visit the city of Red Oak website or contact officer Nathan Bickerstaff at

Midlothian immunization clinic

Caring for Children Foundation of Texas will hold a free immunization clinic from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Midlothian ISD, 100 Walter Stephenson Road.

All recommended and required vaccines will be provided by Texas Vaccine for Children Program (Medicaid CHIP, those who have no insurance or have insurance that does not cover vaccines or well care. Parents should bring all of their children’s immunization records and the child must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Project Graduation 2012 to meet

Project Graduation 2012 will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Park Meadows Baptist Church, 3350 U.S. Highway 77 North in Waxahachie.

All parents or guardians of 2012 seniors are invited to attend.

Immunization clinic

Texas Department of State Health Services holds monthly immunization clinics from 1:30-5:30 p.m. every first Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, 1211 S. Clay in Ennis and from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. every second Tuesday at First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 304 W. 5th St. in Ferris. No clinics on holidays. For information, call 972-932-2038.

GED graduation/

honor society induction at Navarro

The Navarro College Adult Education Program announces its GED Graduation and National Adult Education Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Wolens Special Event Center on the Navarro College-Corsicana campus.

Students who have attended Navarro College Adult Education Classes and have received their GED in the past year should contact Thelma Johnson at 903-875-7464 by noon Thursday, Aug. 4, if they want to participate.

Ellis County Christian Homeschool

information meeting

The Ellis County Christian Homeschool will host an information meeting and school year kickoff party at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Church of Christ, 1503 Country Club Road in Ennis . There will be information tables, two breakout sessions – CO-OP classes and homeschool curriculum – and a question and answer session in an informal gathering. Bring the family and enjoy a hot dog supper afterward.

RSVP to under upcoming events.

WHS band car wash

The Waxahachie Band will host a car wash from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the parking lot in front of the Waxahachie High School. Car wash is free, donations are accepted to raise funds for the band.

Historic 5K run for REACH

REACH council will host the Historic 5K Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at 109 S. Jackson St. in Waxahachie. Registration is $15 for kids under 12 and $25 for runners or walkers ages 12 and up. A late fee of $5 will be charged those registering on the day of the run. Proceeds from the event provide drug prevention programs for youth. For registration and information on the 5K and REACH, visit or call Nisa at 972-723-1053.

Master Naturalist Classes — Don’t Wait to Apply

Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will hold classes in disciplines such as geology, entomology and ornithology with related field trips beginning Thursday, Sept. 8. If you would like to become an active citizen volunteer who thinks nature should be part of our everyday life, not just somewhere to go on the weekends, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Waxahachie at 972-825-5175 or visit

Applications must be received by Aug. 15. Texas Master Naturalist program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Navarro College Adult Education

The Navarro College Adult Education Program will offer free ESL and GED classes in Ellis County. Classes begin Aug. 22 and end Dec. 16.

Interested students 17 years and under need to contact the Navarro College Office of Adult Education at 903-875-7464. Interested students 18 and older need to attend the registration workshop, Saturday, Aug. 6, at Navarro College-Waxahachie, Building C, room 155.

The workshop will start promptly at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the Navarro College Adult Education Program at 903-875-7464 or 1-800-NAVARRO, ext. 7464.

Master gardeners rain barrel class

The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association will present a class on rainwater harvesting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Parks and Recreation Building, 401 S. Elm in Waxahachie. Register in person at Waxahachie City Hall, 401 S. Rogers, in the utility billing department downstairs.

Cost is $30 per person with all materials being provided.

Space is limited to 20 participants on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact John Smith at 972-937-7330, ext. 181, or Amy Hollywood at ext. 284.

ROISD ribbon cutting

Red Oak ISD will have a ribbon cutting and open house for its Red Oak Junior High School campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at 154 Louise Ritter Blvd.

The event will be held in the cafetorium.