The Waxahachie Driving School is re-introducing itself to the community it has served for over 13 years.

Richard Segura began the driving school in 2006 and offers teen, adult and defensive driving courses right across from the Ellis County Courts and Administration Building in downtown Waxahachie.

Richard used to teach at another driving school before he opened the Waxahachie location. He said he saw a need in Waxahachie that he wanted to fulfill.

“I knew there was a use for this here in the city,” Richard explained. “So many people were having to drive to Red Oak, Desoto, Midlothian. We thought it was a good idea to bring one here to the city so they could take advantage of it.”

Although their efforts proved successful for a while, Richard’s daughter-in-law, Donna, said their prominence faded away several years ago while the county was still growing.

“We still get people that are like ‘Wow, we didn’t know you were here,'” Donna remarked.

She said the Waxahachie Driving School needed a rebranding. And her neighbor, attorney Joe Gallo, knew just the way to do it.

He recommended that the driving school join the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce.

“He said this might help your business a little bit,” Richard said. “Get yourselves out there more.”

The Waxahachie Driving School cut a ceremonial ribbon with the chamber outside of the school Thursday afternoon. Richard said he hopes joining the chamber will bring more exposure to their business.

“We’ve always thought great of this city,” he said. “They don’t have to go somewhere else. We’re right here.”

Donna also noted the school recently got certification to add a DPS Road Test to its curriculum as well. She said the school plans to add the test to their program effective immediately.

“We’re already scheduling people as they call," Donna said.

To learn more about the Waxahachie Driving School, visit them at 106 South Jackson Suite 2, or go online at www.waxahachiedrivingschool.com.

* A previous version of this story misspelled Richard Segura's name and the business' address. The story has since been updated with the corrected spelling.