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County opposes speed rail

Photo by Mark Warde / Commissioner of Precinct 4, Ron Brown, is flanked by County Judge Carol Bush (left) and Cindy Polley, County Clerk. He retired after 24 years of service to Ellis County

Ellis County Commissioners voiced their opposition to plans of a proposed high-speed railroad

Commissioners to consider opposition of high-speed rail

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County Commissioner Dennis Robinson will bring before the ourt a resolution opposing a proposed high-speed rail that would travel through Ellis County. \

Ennis welcomes new state rep.

EDN photo by Justin Tubbs / State Rep.-elect John Wray speaks with Ennis City Manager Chuck Ewings at the Ennis Public Library Tuesday during Ennis' come-and-go event.

Ennis hosted an informal reception for State Representative-elect John Wray from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The come-and-go event was hosted by the Ennis Public Library, and snacks were provided by local businesses.

High-speed rail has issues to resolve

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Texas Central High-Speed Railway held an open-to-the-public scoping meeting in Waxahachie last wee, primarily to discuss environmental issues with the proposed rail system between Dallas and Houston.

County agrees safety is priority

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In reaction to murders last year that took the lives of two Kaufman County officials and one of their wives, Ellis County has decided to take its own precautions to keep county employees safe.

ECSO warns residents of scam

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Wednesday warning people to beware of a suspected conman calling Ellis County residents, trying to scare them into sending money.

Aguilar still driven to serve

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Tommy Aguilar did not fare well in his county commissioner campaign to represent precinct 2. He did, however, collect enough votes to encourage him to stay involved.

Emergency text service expanded

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Ellis county residents under any of the four major cell phone providers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless – now have the ability to send emergency text messages to 9-1-1 at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, according to an ECSO press release.

Pitts thanks supporters at retirement

Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas and his wife, Nancy, along with County Judge Carol Bush (right) congratulate State Rep. Jim Pitts (second from right) at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

After serving Ellis County for 22 years as a state representative, Jim Pitts has called it a career.

Radio tower purchase approved

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of a radio tower near Ennis to add another piece to its radio system puzzle on Monday.

Creel crowned queen

Palmer Varsity Football vs. Rice

Palmer High School senior Harlie Creel was named homecoming queen by her peers last Friday night at halftime of the Palmer vs. Rice football game.

County residents concerned over sludge smell

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Precinct 3 Commissioner Paul Perry said complaints about foul odors stemming from the agricultural use of “biosolids” continue to pour into his office.

County OKs tax rate

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Ellis County Commissioners approved by a 3-1 vote Monday a tax rate that manages to collect more revenue without raising the tax rate.

DA clears county judge

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Ellis County Judge Carol Bush was cleared of wrong-doing stemming from a complain filed by former candidate for county commissioner and Ellis County resident David Vance.

Fugitive on the run after trial

A man convicted of assault against a family member is nowhere to be found after his conviction Wednesday.

Ellis County mammoth skeleton to be donated

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Over the next few weeks, an incredibly pristine and nearly complete mammoth skeleton – uncovered in an Ellis County sand and gravel pit where it has lain for thousands of years – will be excavated and transported to its permanent home at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

County to maintain tax rate

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The proposed budget for the county was outlined on Monday in preparation for what is expected to be its adoption on Sept. 8.

Officials turn down pay increase

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After recognizing the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers for their being honored as the Best in Texas, the Ellis County Commissioners voted down a two percent cost of living raise in favor of an increase of $952 across the board for elected officials.

Burn ban now in effect

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Ellis County is now under a burn ban for the first time this year.

Sheriff to talk jail staffing

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The staff of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office plans to go before the Ellis County Commissioners Court on Thursday to update them on the current staffing situation at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.

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