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. 

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 lmares@wisd.org.

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.

Lone Star Single Sams RV Club

The Lone Star Single Sams RV Club will hold its monthly campout March 31-April 3 at the American RV Park on U.S. Highway 31 in Corsicana.

Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 903-264-1746 or 254-623-4212.

Relay For Life bake sale

A bake sale to benefit Relay For Life will be held from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Oma’s Jiffy Burger, 403 Water St. in Waxahachie.

Informational forum on academies

The North Texas Academies Forum will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 2, with registration at 7:30 a.m. Information will be available on the military academies (the U.S. Military, Naval, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Air Force academies), ROTC (all military branches) and the Department of Defense Medical Exam Review Board.

High school and middle school students are invited, as are their parents.

The event is free and open to the public, but is a come and stay, not come and go forum.

 The event will be held at Gateway Church, NRH Campus, 7501 Davis Blvd., North Richland Hills, TX 76182.

For information, contact Jodi Saegesser, office of Congressman Joe Barton at 817-543-1000 or jodi.saegesser@mail.house.gov.

Chautauqua tour on April 5

The Midlothian Area Historical Society invites you to join us as we step back in time.  On Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., we will be touring the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie. We hope you will join us for the tour of this magnificent structure.  A short presentation by members of the Chautauqua Preservation Society will give you a glimpse into the history of the Chautauqua that has been home to lectures, concerts, and theatrical performances since 1902. This event is free. For your comfort, a seat cushion is suggested.

Sunbeam Club to meet

The Southern Pacific Sunbeam Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the Ennis Family Restaurant and Truck Stop to work on plans for the upcoming “End of the Line Reunion.” The reunion is April 29-30 at Baylor Baptist Church.

SAT prep course offered

Attention, Waxahachie High School sophomore, junior and senior parents. Waxahachie High School is hosting a special SAT Test Prep Seminar in the Fine Arts Auditorium, from 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Friday, April 15.

This is an intensive five-hour SAT seminar designed to give effective test taking skills and time management strategies and help boost your test scores. The cost to each student is only $25. Materials include practice tests and a study guide, with detailed answer explanations for each participant.

“Don’t miss this opportunity. Your student can sign up in the counselor’s office,” a spokesman said.

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 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.

For more information or request an entry form for the event, contact Kim Garlitz at 972-923-9208 or kim.garlitz@gmail.com.

‘The Ten Things I Love About You’

Shakespeare’s famous battle-of-the-sexes farce, “The Ten Things I Love About You,” will be performed by the student drama group, The Navarro College Players, at 7:45 p.m. April 15 and 16, on the Navarro College Midlothian campus.

The traditional boy meets girl, boy cannot have girl (until older shrewish sister is married), and boy gets girl underscores this timeless commedia dell’arte style. Once again, Midlothian resident playwright, Terence Wilde, has successfully abridged Shakespeare’s original, “Taming of the Shrew,” into an hour-long and updated version. 

“Terence Wilde’s plays are funny and provocative,” remarks Navarro College professor of English, Dr. Steve Thompson. “He has the uncanny knack of getting to the point while maintaining the theme, and his Shakespearean abridgments are easily understood by modern audiences. The drama students here at Navarro should also be commended for their fine work.”

Join The Navarro College Players for an evening of fun, reveling and romance. For more information, call 972-775-7200.

Sims Library Poetry Contest

The Irene Evans Emerson Memorial Fund is sponsoring the annual Nicholas P. Sims Library Poetry Contest for adults. The fund was donated in Emerson’s memory in honor of her love for poetry by her brother, Dr. Burke Evans. The contest is open to all Ellis County residents ages 18 and up. Entry forms and contest rules are available at the library, located at 515 W. Main, and online at www.simslib.org . All entries must be received at Sims Library by 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 15. Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to the best three judged poems. A $100 award will also be presented to the audience favorite on Open Mic Poetry Night in the Sims Lyceum, celebrating National Poetry Month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26.

Veterans Networking Group to meet

The Veterans Networking Group meets at 6 p.m. on the third Friday of every month at Zula’s Coffee House, 1804 W. Highway 287 Business next to the Texas Workforce office.

The next gathering is scheduled for April 15.

The group usually meets until 8 p.m. giving veterans a place to come and enjoy camaraderie, discuss most any topic, share what’s on their mind and as a networking group, try to assist by providing support, ideas, and solutions to their concerns/needs. 

Many veterans don’t know what their benefits are or where to go for answers to their questions. The group is a good source to have those questions answered.

For more information, contact Mike Lamb at vetsnetgrp@att.net.

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 mbaldwin@tbhc.org to receive the vendor registration form.

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. April 18, May 9 and May 23.

Senior Prom

Don’t miss Senior/Senior Prom at the Waxahachie Senior Center, 122 Park Hills Drive in Waxahachie.

With a theme of “Classic Vegas,” the prom will be held from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.

Tickets are $5 each and are now on sale. Dress will be Sunday or formal attire.

Gospelfest 2011

The 2nd annual Maypearl Gospelfest will take place from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Lakeview Camp and Conference Center, 5128 Farm-to-Market 66 in Waxahachie.

This year’s event will include performances by The Cross Country Band, The Buddy & Tina Wright Group, Mike Culpepper, The Ranchhands, Baggy Bottom Boys and the Shepherd’s Quartet.

Door prizes will be given away throughout the event and concessions will be available for purchase. Gospelfest goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of live country gospel music.

The event is open to everyone and requested donations are $20 per family or $5 per person, but no one will be turned away.

For more information, contact Scott Shepherd at 214-949-6179.

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 $10 each and are available from WHS or WGH seniors, or at the following:

• 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

Soil and water conservation district

announces programs

The Ellis-Prairie Soil and Water Conservation District has announced the following programs for spring 2011.

• Wildflower program – Two wildflower mixes will be available for spring planting. The price for a one-pound bag is $32 shipped to your home. Cost is $27 per pound if picked up at the office.

• Fish stocking program – 12 species of fish will be available for stocking ponds or lakes. Koi for water gardens are also available for purchase. Deadline for fish orders will be May 11. Pickup will be in Waxahachie.

• Native and introduced grasses – Grasses for pasture and range improvement. Native grasses include sideoats grama, switchgrass, Indian grass, big bluestem and buffalograss. Introduced grasses such as Kleingrass and several old world bluestem varieties will be available.

For more information or to request order forms, contact Ellis-Prairie Soil and Water Conservation District, 1822 Farm-to-Market Road 66, Suite 102 in Waxahachie or call 972-937-2660 ext. 3.

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.

For more information, contact Head Start site facilitator Lucy Mares at 972-923-4763 or email lmares@wisd.org.

Friends of Sims Library membership and cookbook

The Friends of Nicholas P. Sims Library invite Ellis County residents to become members of this nonprofit organization to provide materials, equipment and programs that are not met in the library budget. Memberships begin at $15 and can be mailed or delivered to the Friends of Sims Library at 515 W. Main, Waxahachie, TX, 75165. More information is available at the library and on the library website, www.simslib.org.

The Friends are also organizing a cookbook and need Ellis County cooks to share favorite recipes to include in the book to benefit Nicholas P. Sims Library. Help Sims continue to offer the public special events for all ages.

The membership dues and cookbook sales will fund such traditions as the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Sims Library lawn, teen club crafts and events, adult crafts and educational programs, and the annual Sims Summer Reading Program and Rewards Carnival. Recipe forms are available at the library and on the library website.

Flu shots

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, contact the society at midlothianhistory@hotmail.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 needed

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 dphillips@bbstx.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

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.

For rent

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 davelee75165@yahoo.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 oliver@ectisp.net.

Volunteers needed

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.