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.

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.

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 

SJS is located at 506 E. Marvin, Waxahachie.

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

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 – or call the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-825-5555.

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.

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.

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.