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Waxahachie Daily Light (Newspaper) - May 3, 2007, Waxahachie, Texas TUNDRA DOUBLE CAB TOYOTA 730 E 120 9727801166 THURSDAY May 16 Pages 1 Section r You can he a part of this keepsake edition Fof more contact Sharon M 9728373310 Waxahachie ADC 750 HERITAGE MICROFILM ATTEN LARRY ECKHARDT 21ST AVE SW CEDAR RAPIDS IA 524046309 6 Chief discusses emergency By ANTHONY TROJAN Daily Light staff writer In the upcoming May 12 elec voters will choose new school board members and city decide whether or not to approve a bond for new county act on a state constitutional amendment relat ing to the property tax rate for senior and for those voters within its whether or not to allow Emer Texas storms claim 3 gency Services District 6 to increase its tax The district is seeking to raise the tax rate for the district from 3 cents to 10 cents per val though a resolution from the districts commissioners will cap the increase at 6 through at least The increase repre sents about extra per year for the essentially doubling its annual funding for Waxahachie Rural and Forres ton volunteer fire This had about in its Chief John Verwiebe said with about going to paying for items such as truck upkeep and utilities for the fire About went to insur ance for the and other funds were put toward truck and bond matching funds Grants are not the chief The more grants we the more money we have to The departments most recent Department of Homeland Security grant required a 10 per cent As an if a grant provides worth of a 10 percent match requires the department to put of its own funds toward The department has four grant applications out that have not yet been acted with Verwiebe noting that if the funds arent in his he may have to turn down at least one of If approved by the the additional funds mean many possibilities for Verwiebe We hope it means a new substation and additional The victims From STAFF REPORTS Turbulent storms moving across Texas claimed a third vic tim when a woman was struck by and communities across the state coped with power downed trees The Central Tex as woman was struck by light ning Wednesday evening after a boating trip with her family at Creek about 15 miles east of said Janet Smith of the McLennan County Sheriffs See Page 9 Civil Service decision Commission votes against demotion By JOANN LIVINGSTON Daily Managing Editor The Civil Service Commis sion voted unanimously Thurs day night not to accept a recom to demote Cyndy Wiser to a a has previously served as lieutenant over the criminal investigation division and most recently has been assigned to the community and crime victim services divi sion for the Waxahachie Police Commissioner members Tere sa Curtis Williams and Bob met with Police Chief Chuck Edge and Civil Service director Gayle Sims in executive ses sion for more than an hour before returning to make their Wiser had been placed under See Page 2 stormy night Line of storms leaves mark on Ellis County From STAFF REPORTS A line of storms moved through Ellis County on Wed toppling trees and taking down power The Waxahachie Fire De answered 31 calls for service in about period of Fire Chief David reported the department also responded to a water rescue at Highway 77 and South Prong Two young men were out in a boat without life jackets when the storm Hudgins saying the men got their boat under the bridge and crawled up on the where they contacted a family member by cellular telephone for Police and fire responded and located them safe in the middle of the Hudgins saying the fire department was unable to launch its boat from that location to reach We took a life jacket and floated ropes to They tied those to their got back in their boat and we Hudgins saying the two men were never in the water At about the same the department responded to a call of power lines down across Highway contacting the Texas Department of Trans and the police depart ment to close the At least one accident was reported at that Hudgins They did get it shut down fast enough not to have any more Close call Joe a Waxahachie resident who works as a de signer in had just entered town on his way home when the storm As he was pumping gasoline into his Ford winds began to blow at an estimated 7590 miles per See Page 11 Photos by Amy Daily Light Waxahachie resident Joe Luebanos truck was damaged when high winds blew a gasoline pump on it at on Wednesday a involved in an accident on the service road of Highway where power lines were See more page funds would help us improve our existing get a new substation for the northern part of the and maybe get a new That new truck would be ded as a air and rescue vehicle and provide a home for the new extrication tools the department received through a Verwiebe See Page 2 Waste be gone Gity implements few program for hazardous materials By JOANN LIVINGSTON Daily Light Managing Editor A recent cleanup effort in the city of Waxahachie removed hundreds if not thousands of pounds of hazardous waste from out of residential Taken away through the effort were partially used cans of insecticides and other household as well as pallets of old comput ers and refrigera tors and other items typically not allowed in tradition al house hold trash Possibly the most interesting item collected A container of Peanut sulfuric I dont know what peo ple are doing with this director of health Loran Wilson said in an inter view after the Earth Friendly Day This is the first time weve ever done and its going to be a great help for our Wilson In the wed get calls from our citizens who had small quantities of haz waste that youre not supposed to mix with regular We had a hard time trying to figure but what to tell Through research and asking the city of Waxahachie found out about the city of Fort Worths program which because it was state funded is accessible to other communities through interlocal See Page 2 972923 3 TA
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