There’s so much going on at the Daily Light.

First of all, beginning with today’s edition we’re kicking off the Texas Trivia promotion, giving readers the opportunity to win a $100 or a $50 gas card. In each day’s edition will publish a Texas Trivia question, asking readers to visit to enter their answer.

Each correct answer will be entered into a drawing, with the first drawing taking place on Feb. 3, when we will give away a $100 gas card for the first prize and a $50 gas card for the second prize.

We will continue the Texas Trivia promotion throughout 2014, holding monthly drawings the first week of each month.

It’s fun, it’s educational and for the lucky winners, it’s a way to pick up some easy gas money. We hope everyone enjoys the Texas Trivia promotion.

News app

I also have good news on the “what’s next” front.

I’ve been writing for some time now about our sports app and also letting everyone know that we’re coming out with a news app.

Well, our news app will be available for free download for Apple and Android phones and tablets beginning Monday, Jan. 27.

Please, put it on your calendar.

On Jan. 27, just go to your favorite app store and type in “Waxahachie Daily Light” and download the free app. Once downloaded on your phone or tablet, you’ll have instant access to all the headline news from Ellis County’s leading source of news, information and advertising.

Like our sports app, our news app also has an interactive feature that allows you to easily submit photos and news. I’ll write more about that next Sunday, but I’ll just say it is incredibly exciting.

Return of comics

You asked for it.

We’re bringing it back.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 2, the daily comics page will return to each edition of the Daily Light.

The comics page (along with several other weekly feature pages) were targeted as part of cost-cutting measures in December 2012 and were absent from the paper during the entire year of 2013.

Beginning Feb. 2, the comics are back.

As well as the Business page every Wednesday.

As well as the Health page every Thursday.

As well as the Entertainment page every Friday.

And, as well as a new School Zone page every Tuesday highlighting the photos and the accomplishments of our students.

Oh, and I almost forgot, the weekly crime blotter will also return beginning the first week in February. Our Managing Editor Aaron Schwaderer and I are still working out the details, but I’ll let everyone know the details in my column next Sunday.

The important thing is, your voice matters.

As I remind the staff on a daily basis, the Daily Light belongs to the community — we’re just taking care of it for you.

Construction update

During our open house in December I told everyone that we had just completed phase 1 of a renovation project and we hoped to have phase 2 completed by the end of January.

Turns out that was a little bit optimistic.

Part of the reason was because the contractor was extremely busy during the first part of January.

The other reason for the delay is because our parent company, American Consolidated Media, is looking at expanding the scope of renovation.

We’re still on track to replace the carpet in the office, add a media research center for community use and replace some of our aging furniture, there is a strong possibility we may be adding even more to the project.

I’ll let you know when I receive final word from our corporate office, but if approved, let me just say you will definitely be wowed.

And if not, we’re still planning to wow you, we’ll just do it in a different way.

Giving back

On Tuesday we had a chance to make a $350 donation to the Waxahachie ISD Band Boosters. The funds were part of a circulation push we held in November, with a portion of every new and renewal subscription during the month being donated to the WISD band program.

Giving back to the community is one of the best parts of the job.

And we’re just getting started.

Every month we are going to hold a circulation promotion for a different area nonprofit, donating a part of every new and renewal subscription to our nonprofit of the month.

During the month of February, our circulation promotion will benefit Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County. It is a wonderful organization that makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our residents. We are honored to be able to support Meals-on-Wheels, its volunteers and the residents they assist on a daily basis.

As I mentioned earlier, we will be doing this every month. If you have a suggestion of a local nonprofit that could use an extra hand, let me know. Shoot me an email at or give me a call at 469-517-1457.

While there is a lot of other news to share, Aaron is telling me he needs my column so I have to wrap it up. Thanks for making us part of your daily routine. We’re working hard to make your proud.