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Bluebonnets preparing for grand exhibition in April

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Ennis, which will soon host the annual Bluebonnet Trails Festival, is gearing up for what many expect to be a commanding performance when the state flowers show up in force. Plans for hosting thousands of area and outside guests, several organizations in town will collaborate to reveal bluebonnets in what observers believe will be a […]

Packed house rallies against bullet train

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Given the odds that inevitability will take place, a worthless struggle may not be far behind. Those facing a 205 mph locomotive were supplied with plenty of cause at Tuesday night’s open meeting about the proposed Dallas to Houston bullet train. See Mark Warde’s report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up […]

ECSO seizes animals, files charge

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) has arrested the owner of several animals on a charge of animal cruelty to livestock. The owner was taken into custody after a seizure hearing Monday, March 16, in Ellis County Justice of the Peace Court Pct. 2. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to […]

What does Dodson do after public service?

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Having been known as a fixer upper for most of his life, Bill Dodson will never become a fixture. The retired 71-year old recently ended two four-year terms as an Ellis County Commissioner. Just don’t expect him to wear out the recliner in his home. The seat in his maroon pickup truck has a better […]

High Speed Rail meeting in Ennis March 17

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A public meeting about the proposed Dallas-to-Houston high speed train rail that is planned to cut through Ellis County has been called for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. The event, which is open to the community, is slated for the Ensign Cafeteria on the campus of Ennis High School, located at 2301 Ensign Road. […]

Old Telico gin now an events center

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Located just five miles outside of Ennis is a place that will take visitors back 75 years or transport them to current, happy times. What used to be the Continental Gin Company, which went out of business in 1962, was bought in May of 2013 by neighboring residents, James and Connie Trojacek. Along with the […]

County gives go-ahead on several matters

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Ellis County commissioners took action on a number of routine agenda items on Monday at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. Accepting donated K-9 ballistic vests for the Sheriff’s Office and recognizing an Ellis County resident for an award were the highlights of the meeting, while the rest of the meeting was nodding of heads from […]

Gaming machines seized by ECSO

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Sixty-three eight-liner gaming machines were seized last Monday after the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit raided a building in the 3200 block of FM 66 according to an ECSO press release. In addition to the machines, $4,236 in cash was also confiscated. During the course of the raid, three people were arrested for […]

Ellis Sheriff’s Office makes big drug bust

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Two were arrested, and more than $600,000 worth of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and black tar heroin, were recovered Wednesday as the result of a drug raid, according to an Ellis County Sheriff’s Office press release. The ECSO Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at a residence at 931 Ranchland Circle in Midlothian. See […]

Ellis County Commission meets Monday

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Ellis County commissioners will meet at the Historic Ellis County Monday at 10 a.m. to consider proposals for interlocal agreements, consider replatting of land, as well as take action on possible purchases. See Justin Tubbs’ report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the […]

Palmer cancels city elections

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The City of Palmer has canceled its May 9 elections. All positions on the city council, including the mayor’s only have one candidate. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Ennisites added to Historical Commission

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The Ennis Historical Societys incoming president, Dennis Zembala (left), and longtime Ennis resident Jimmy Boon (right) were approved alongside another Ellis County resident, Ty Hall. At the Feb. 23 meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court, the commissioners unanimously approved the appointments, which were listed on the court’s consent agenda. Both Boon and Zembala think […]

Ferris fire destroys home

Photo courtesy of Ellis County Fire / Firefighters work to put out a fire that completely destroyed a home on Tuesday.

Ferris Fire Chief Tim Birdwell said an accidental fire that displaced three people, including a husband and wife, was a complete loss on Tuesday.

Child molester gets 198 years

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Jose De Jesus Maldanado, Jr., 35, of Duncanville, was sentenced by an Ellis County jury to 99 years in prison for two offenses of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The jury convicted him Thursday, Feb. 19. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Bardwell House Fire Extinguished

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Area firefighters were able to extinguish a fire before it spread early Sunday morning. At 2:20 a.m., Bardwell Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a house fire at 1270 FM 984, about two miles northwest of Bardwell. Italy, Avalon and Ennis fire departments responded as mutual aid. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

Weather wreaks havoc in Ennis

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Ennis area schools were canceled on Monday and Tuesday following the arrival of a Colorado Rockies weather front that turned heavy rains on Sunday in various forms of frozen precipitation overnight.

County, fire chiefs face ambulance issue

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At Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting, County Judge Carol Bush told the court and the public

County talks election building

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A new Ellis County Elections Building is one step closer to being constructed after Monday’s Ellis County Commissioners Court meeting at the county courthouse in Waxahachie.

New officials taking office

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A public gathering will take place at the Ellis County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St. in Waxahachie at noon on Jan. 1 for the swearing-in of officials.

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

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