Retirement reception

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office will celebrate the career of Chief Deputy Charles Sullins, who is retiring after more than 40 years in law enforcement. A reception will be held on the second floor of the historic Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie beginning at 2 p.m. March 23. The public is invited to attend. 

Teen Book Club meets at Sims Library

The Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Book Club will meet from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the loft located next to the upstairs Lyceum. The book to be discussed is “Incarceron” by Catherine Fisher.

No more vouchers available for 2011 Clean-Up event!

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. 

Railroad crossing closure today

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will close the Grand Avenue railroad crossing between Marvin and Main streets for repairs Wednesday, March 23. 

The closure will begin at 3 a.m. and the crossing will re-open at 2 p.m.  A spokesman from Burlington Northern Santa Fe indicated that due to the nature of the maintenance and repairs that will be taking place, full closure of this rail crossing during this period is necessary.  Repairs include replacing a section of rail that runs through the crossing. For any questions regarding the scheduled maintenance and closure of this crossing, contact Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad at 214-226-3494.

SAGU to host ‘Engaged Seminar’

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will host its annual “Engaged Seminar” March 22, 23, and 24. Speakers will discuss issues that arise within the three stages of marriage.

The seminar is open to the public and will take place on the SAGU Campus in the Sheaffer Full Life Center Mundt Room.

Thursday, March 24 – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

“In it for the Long Haul” – Gordon and Joan Butler

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. 

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

Project Prom 

Spring is just around the corner, Prom is in the air, and it’s time to clean out your closet. “Project Prom” is in need of gently used ball gowns, formals, bridesmaids dresses, sparkly accessories and fancy shoes for their 1st annual dress swap fundraiser. Waxahachie Global High Prom Committee will be hosting “Project Prom” Friday, March 25, in the Auditorium at Global High from noon to 5 p.m. All dresses will be $20, shoes will be $10, and bags and accessory sets will be $5.  This event will be open to high school juniors and seniors. 

Please drop off all donations in the front office of Global High before 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or at BIG THRIFT, 109 N. Elm Street, Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. -6 p.m.