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County OKs radio tower purchase

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Engineering concerns took center stage at Monday afternoon’s meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court, with the county voting to purchase a radio tower near Ennis as well as voting to approve emergency plans involving the county’s dam system.

One arrested in drug, gun seizure

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The Ennis Police Department arrested a local man on drug charges after a Thursday search of the man’s home turned up 15 ounces of marijuana, pills and a stolen firearm.

Lockhart picks A&M over Alabama

Ennis Daily News photo by Tye Chandler / Malik Jenkins (42) and James Lockhart (9) are a couple of very interesting players to track this spring on the defensive side of the ball.

Before an audience of family, friends and Ennis High School teammates, senior defensive end James Lockhart announced on Friday he will enroll at Texas A&M in the fall of 2015.

Evelyn E. Toupal

Evelyn E. Toupal, age 81, passed away in Ennis on July 24, 2014. She was born on May 27, 1933 in Ennis to Joe F. and Julia (Vlacilek) Vrana. She married Milton M. Toupal in September, 1951. Evelyn retired from Walmart after 20 years, and was a member of Saint John Nepomucene Catholic Church, KJZT, […]

Helen Ritchey

Helen Ritchey, 75, passed away in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 25, 2014. Helen was born in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 10, 1939 to Raymond and Nell White. She grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated from St. Petersburg High School. She went on to Westminster Choir College of Princeton obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree […]

Carlos David Ruffino

…colors of yellow and black – truly a kid at heart. Carlos found peace living in the country with his family and many animals, surrounded by God’s beauty. Investing in people and community was his forte, as shown by his involvement with Theatre Rocks and The Bristol Fire Department. Carlos had a way of making people […]

Allen Joe Sims

Allen Joe Sims, 67, passed away on July 22, 2014. Funeral services are pending with Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis, 215 N. Dallas, Ennis, TX. 75119, 972-875-2393.

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Former CPS supervisor arrested on tampering charge

ABILENE (AP) — West Texas police say a former supervisor for state Child Protective Services has been arrested for tampering with evidence as police investigated the 2012 starvation death of a 22-month-old girl. Abilene police Chief Stan Standridge said Monday that 58-year-old Martha Kiel Whitaker turned herself in Saturday on the felony charge. She posted […]

Lockhart commits to A&M

Here’s a video from Friday’s announcement that Ennis High football star James Lockhart will attend Texas A&M on a football scholarship in 2015.   Lockhart Commitment

Car found in lake 37 years later

Sheriff's deputies recovered a submerged vehicle that went missing in 1977.

Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies located a car that was reported stolen 37 years ago during a dive team training exercise early last week.

Top 20 Under 40: Mary Janousek

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Mark Warde [email protected] Dreams often come true for Mary Janousek. The six year veteran as the executive secretary at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce grew up wanting to be a secretary as an adult. “When I was in kindergarten I dreamed of growing up and becoming a secretary,” she said. “In fact, I would dress […]

County official in Texas accused of taking bribes

DALLAS (AP) — A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities announced Friday. John Wiley Price, his chief of staff and two political consultants were in custody after being charged […]

Hammel 0-3 for A’s after 4-1 loss to Rangers

ARLINGTON (AP) — Jason Hammel, the other pitcher the Oakland Athletics got in the trade with Jeff Samardzija , is still adjusting to his new team. And is still without a victory. Hammel lost his third consecutive start since coming to the AL West-leading Athletics from the Chicago Cubs on July 5, allowing four runs […]

Trial date to be set in ex-BP exec’s case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled an Aug. 11 conference where lawyers will discuss a trial date in the case […]

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. “Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in […]

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