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Wray hits hot topics in town hall meeting

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A buzzing, crowded City Hall was the place to be for State Rep. John Wray’s first-ever town hall meeting as a House representative. Sitting before him were a group of citizens whom, after a 30-minute presentation, which included local news of his District Office opening in Waxahachie and news from the State Capitol in Austin, […]

Talking with the judge

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Anna Arnold of the Ennis 4-H speaks with the judge during the Market Steer Show at the Ellis County Youth Expo Friday night. The expo wrapped up with the annual sale of champions Saturday afternoon at the expo center at Waxahachie. The livestock shows concluded Friday night with the crowning of the grand champion market […]

Full agenda for county commissioners

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FULL STORY: The Ellis County Commissioners Court has a packed agenda for Monday’s meeting at 10 a.m. at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. County Judge Carol Bush, according to the Court agenda, is slated to introduce the county’s new emergency management coordinator and veterans services officer. The county has been actively searching for the emergency […]

Chiefs arrested for alleged tampering

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The fire chief and assistant fire chief of the Ellis County Emergency Services District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department have been arrested as a part of the ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a firefighter, involving five other volunteer firefighters and a woman who allegedly filmed the incident. Fire Chief Gavin Lawrence Satterfield, […]

Ferris man executed for killing cop in 2002

Texas prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer during a 2002 shootout that followed the killing of a customer outside a convenience store. Kent Sprouse, 42, became the fifth convicted killer put to death this year in Texas, the nation’s most active death penalty state. Before his execution, […]

Youth Expo rolls along

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The 23rd year of the Ellis County Youth Expo played to another large crowd of livestock enthusiasts at the Market Swine Show on Tuesday. Various members and county chapters of FFA, 4-H and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) continue competing with animals and projects they have worked on this year. Kayla McCabe took top […]

Expo gets off to record start

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A record number of entries in the rabbit show and improved quality in the broiler show were highlights of the first day of the 2015 Ellis County Youth Expo. In the two rabbit shows, there were approximately 130 total entries. The five-and-half-hour-long show wrapped up at 11:35 p.m. See the report in the Ennis Daily […]

Bullet train proponents set Ennis open house

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Proponents of the high-speed rail service between Dallas and Houston have planned an open house informational meeting in Ennis on Thursday, April 16. Texas Central Partners have invited the public to the informational meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. at Madison Hall, located at 906 S. Kaufman St. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign […]

Bluebonnet trails marking underway

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Wednesday marked the first day of Bluebonnet Trails month, and that means people are taking to the roads to get a glimpse of the beautiful spring flowers in bloom. “There are many (bluebonnets) along the roadsides and the fields are barely beginning to make a show,” said Sandy Anderson, a member of the Ennis Garden […]

Bardwell fire displaces family

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A house fire, sparked by an electrical malfunction, displaced three residents, who were not home at the time of the fire. Although no people were injured, on of the family pets, a dog, was burned on its back by the flames. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

Ellis County Youth Expo next week

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Put on your boots and chaps and head down to the Ellis County Expo Center, because it’s time for another Ellis County Youth Expo Show. April 5 through April 11 are the dates set for this year’s Expo Show. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

Stamping for literacy

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The Alpha Alpha chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary Society of women educators, created cute baby “onesies” with rubber stamping techniques. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

County supports Chris Kyle bill, hears citizen concerns

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A bill introduced to the Texas House in February gained local support Monday at the Ellis County Commissioners Court meeting. House bill 1187, which seeks to designate a portion of U.S. Highway 287 in Midlothian as the Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Highway, already had the support of District 10 House Rep. John Wray. The […]

Highway 287 designation on county agenda

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On Monday, the Ellis County Commissioners Court will meet for a regularly scheduled meeting. Among the agenda items is a resolution in support of House Bill 1187, which would designate a portion of U.S. Highway 287 as the Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Memorial Highway. Other items on the agenda include… See the report in […]

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


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 […]

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