Community dance Thursday

A special Thursday night dance will be held from 7 until 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Optimist Building, 219 Patrick St. in Waxahachie.

The dance is being held to welcome Lex White back into the Final Showdown Band after his hiatus from music to care for his wife.

Lex lost his wife on June 17 following an extended illness.

The band is looking forward to playing with Lex again and the dance will serve as an opportunity to see many of his friends made during his years of playing music.

The Final Showdown Band consists of: Dave Eder, Lex White, David Groves, Sonny Morris, Larry Bray and Jin Barbus. Admission to Thursday’s dance is $5 and it is open to the community. Snacks will be served beginning at 8 p.m.

Historical trunk missing

On the morning of Thursday, Aug. 18, an old Army trunk was removed from the sidewalk on the south side of Midlothian City Hall.  The trunk was sitting next to two filing cabinets awaiting pickup by the Midlothian Area Historical Society. 

If you mistakenly thought these items were put out as trash and you removed the trunk, would you please return it to City Hall inside the building.

Donations sought to aid family

A benefit account has been established at Citizens National Bank of Texas to help the family pay its 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.

Barton to speak at chamber luncheon

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton will provide a legislative update at the August business luncheon for the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Midlothian Conference Center.

The luncheon is $15 with advance reservation by noon Monday, Aug. 29, or $20 at the door. RSVP to the chamber at or call 972-723-8600. The luncheon is sponsored in part by Ash Grove, Gerdau, Holcim (Texas) LP and TXI.

Registration ongoing for

Symphony Belles and Beaus

Registration for Symphony Belles and Beaus is going on through Sept. 2. All Ellis County high school juniors and seniors are welcome to participate. Contact Cindy Hess at 972-814-3621 or email for registration information.

Writing for Enjoyment group to meet

Writing for Enjoyment will meet from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at First United Methodist Church, 600 Daubitz Drive in Red Oak.

Teen Inc. to make paper boxes at Sims

Teen Inc. will make paper boxes to store odds and ends from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Nicholas P. Sims Library. Boxes are constructed from old magazines.

The activity is for ages 11-18.

Snacks provided.

Gaming at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents “Gaming at the Library” for ages 11-18 from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the library’s meeting room.

“Test your skills on Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. Come play with old friends or make new ones. You have to experience Wii on the big projection screen. We have ‘Just Dance.’” a spokesman said.

Cookbook fundraiser

Central Baptist Church of Italy is selling a cookbook to raise funds for a new people mover. The book is a three-ring binder featuring recipes from some of the church’s best cooks, past and present.

“We are very excited about the project, I know our congregation will benefit from the people mover, and the community will benefit from the recipes… it’s a win- win, ” Pastor Todd Gray said. “We hope everyone will order a cookbook for themselves and also order several for gifts. We expect delivery before Christmas.”

The price is $17.95 if pre-ordered and prepaid. Books can be shipped out of the area for an additional $4.95.

Make checks payable to Central Baptist Church and mail to P.O. Box 750, Italy, TX 76651 or drop them off at the church office at 113 S. Ward St.

The deadline to order the cookbook is Sept. 15. For more information, call 972-483-7474.

Blood drive in Maypearl

First Baptist Church of Maypearl and the Maypearl Fire Department will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 18. The church is located at 5744 Farm-to-Market 66.

For more information, contact the church office at 972-435-3551.

Photo scavenger hunt at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Inc. is taking a walking field trip to the downtown square for a photo scavenger hunt from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Teens will take pictures from a prepared list. Bring a camera or cell phone with a camera.

Senior Center trip to Choctaw

The Waxahachie Senior Center will host a bus trip to Choctaw on Thursday, Sept. 22. Cost is $10 per person and must be paid by noon Friday, Sept. 9 along with completed WSC forms. Buses will start loading at 7 a.m. and will leave at 7:30 sharp. Buses will load for the return at 2:30 p.m. and will leave Choctaw at 3 p.m. sharp.