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 July 30 at his parents’ 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.

4-H now enrolling for school year

The Red Oak 4-H Club is enrolling for the 2011-2012 school year. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Red Oak. The enrollee must be 9 years old or in the third grade through the age of 18. There are many projects available. For more information, contact Tiffany Granzin, club manager, at 214-537-5748.

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.

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.

Ellis County GOP Women to meet

The Ellis County Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the historic Rogers Hotel in Waxahachie.

The speaker will be Shelly Campbell, who has been with the American Red Cross for 10 years serving as executive director for Ellis and Navarro Counties. She joined the Red Cross shortly after 9/11 with a determination to help when disaster strikes. Since that time, she has managed the day-to-day operations of Red Cross in the community.

She and her husband have two children and have lived in Rockett for 27 years. The public is invited to attend.

For more information on ECRW, visit, or contact Tommie Worthy at 972-627-3447 or

Teen Talent Show at Sims Library

Teen Inc., ages 11-18, will host a talent show from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, on stage at the lyceum of Nicholas P. Sims Library.

“Come share your talent with us,” a spokesman said.

Barbecue fundraiser for BSA Troop 234

Boy Scout Troop 234 will host a barbecue to raise funds for troop supplies and camping during the coming year.

They will be serving from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 624 Ovilla Road in Waxahachie. Randy’s Bar-B-Que of Red Oak will cater the meals.

Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling Ray Porter at 972-923-2000 and at the door.

The troop will also hold a silent auction during the event to raise funds for troop camping and needed trailer repairs.

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.

Master Gardeners rain barrel class

The Ellis County Master Gardener 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.

Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps to begin session Aug. 22

Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps, a Place of Grace, will begin its next session Aug. 22. Classes will include English taught by Jennifer Shipman and math taught by Jackie Goerig. The GED resources will enable students to prepare for the test. Scholarship funds are available to assist with testing fees.

Additional curriculum includes typing and computer classes – Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint – classes in money management, career focus, resume writing, communication, life enrichment, family skills and boundaries.

All materials are provided free as well as a continental breakfast and lunch each day. Classes meet for 16 weeks from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call 972-937-6620 or 972-351-4947 to make an appointment.

Exhibitors wanted

Complimentary exhibitor booths are available for the annual Ellis County Employee Health Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Ellis County Youth Expo. Ellis County is proactive in educating its employees about living a healthy lifestyle.

If you have a business that is health and or wellness related and are interested in presenting your business to the county’s 500-plus employees, contact Cynthia Varner at 972-825-5163 or via e-mail at