In your hand is a piece of history. A piece of Waxahachie. A piece of Ellis County.
And, a piece of us.
This year, the Waxahachie Daily Light celebrates 150 years of mimicking the heartbeat, soul and spirit of the surrounding communities. Generations of families have allowed the Daily Light into their homes to tell the stories that make this place, our home, such a special place to live.
It took a team acting as a family to produce this 23-inch wide newspaper. It also takes a team with tremendous leadership to learn to adapt and conquer, rather than stagnantly fall to the wayside.
Before ever celebrating our sesquicentennial anniversary, we have proven capable of flourishing in the ever-changing media industry.
We plan to demonstrate that once again.
On Saturday afternoon, June 3, the ink-stained Goss Community press located at 200 West Marvin Avenue ran its final run. The beast has earned the rest.
The press was moved from the old Daily Light building downtown while Chester Anglen served as the publisher in 1978 — and it was not new then.
Just as cameras with SD cards helped turn the darkroom into a storage room for outdated computers and their parts or pagination programs removed the need to hand layout strips of text to place on printing plates, technology has advanced beyond the capabilities of the baby-blue workhorse.
Because of that, beginning Wednesday, June 7, the Daily Light and its publications will be printed in a much newer and more efficient facility in Sherman, Texas.
There will be no interruption in delivery and most will likely not notice the difference. But we are changing and, sometimes, change is needed.
The midday rumble as the old dinosaur begins to roar has left — but we are not going anywhere. There are still stories to be told.