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Utility corridor possible site of high speed rail line


Dallas-based Texas Central Partners continues to gain momentum towards their plans of installing the nation’s first high speed rail system. The resistance may appear futile to some, but the fight against the bullet train remains defiant. Despite passage of budget Rider 48 in April, the provision that would bar the Texas Department of Transportation from […]

Being prepared for emergency can be a family project

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Area residents need only look back to the recent six weeks of record-setting rains and flood-waters or recall the events of tornadoes or hurricane Katrina over the past decade to realize the need to be prepared for difficult times. Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County emergency management coordinator, cautions residents that planning for such times is […]

Compared to state’s largest counties, Ellis ranks in bottom half for salaries

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Ellis County Commissioners voted in August to accept a cost of living increase, across-the-board, for elected officials as well as for all county employees. An increase in property values, which had been projected two weeks earlier to the commissioners and county judge, allowed for the hike. There had been two pay adjustments in the previous […]

AMR to replace CareFlite service in Ennis

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Mark Warde [email protected] American Medical Response, which has been selected by both Ellis County and the City of Ennis to serve as the selected provider for much of the area, is involved in contract negotiations with local officials. Coverage and service details will be complete this fall or by Jan. 1, 2016. That is when […]

Sheriff’s vehicle situation resolved

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The fear surrounding 10 temporarily decommissioned sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles has passed, according to County Judge Carol Bush. At Monday’s commissioners court meeting, Bush commended county purchasing agent Jodi Platt on resolving the situation. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the […]

Shift in conversation for county budget

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It appears the county is moving on to other business. At least, that was the attitude of citizens who spoke at Monday’s county budget hearing at the Ellis County Historic Courthouse in Waxahachie. The main budget issue two weeks ago – before a full budget was even proposed – revolved around the use of fiscal […]

FEMA disaster recovery center open in Ellis County


A temporary State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. in Ellis County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 22. The center will be at the Ellis County Courts and Administrative […]

Sheriff’s cars parked – airbag risk too high to use them

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Parked in the Ellis County farm lot off FM 878 are 10 Dodge Chargers. Normally used for patrol by Ellis County sheriff’s deputies, those vehicles have been temporarily decommissioned because of a recall notice Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown received from the Chrysler manufacturer, which also builds the Dodge deputy vehicles. “[Chrysler] didn’t tell us […]

County records warehouse nears completion

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Ellis County will soon announce an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the completion of the County Records Warehouse. The 12,000 square foot facility on FM 878 could be finished in a month according to Joseph A. White, the county engineer. “It’s been 13 years in the making,” he said on Monday afternoon at the old courthouse […]

County OK’s elected officials raise on 3-2 vote

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A split vote gave county commissioners and the rest of the county’s elected officials a 3-percent pay raise Monday after a public hearing. The increase passed with a vote of 3-2, commissioners Paul Perry and Lane Grayson voting to strike down the increase. Commissioners Kyle Butler and Dennis Robinson and County Judge Carol Bush voted […]

Lake Bardwell, two boat ramps, now open

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After being shut down due to record spring flooding, Lake Bardwell has been cleared for fishing and swimming by lake manager Mike Stegall. Two boat ramps have been officially reopened to the public. Twenty-feet above normal six weeks ago, the lake was closed by the Army Corps of Engineers through July if not longer. July […]

County budget, salary increase public hearing Monday

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Public hearings for budgets are the main item on the Ellis County Commissioners Court agenda for Monday. At 10 a.m., the court will hear public comment on a 3-percent increase in salary for many positions in the county, including constables, commissioners and justices of the peace. The 3-percent proposed increase in salary for the positions […]

County to discuss retiree benefits

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One of the hot topics within city and county governments statewide has been concern with health insurance. Monday at 8:30 a.m., the Ellis County Commissioners Court will hold a workshop prior to its regularly scheduled meeting to discuss retiree health benefits. According to the workshop agenda, an option to the current plan will be made […]

Residents urged to register storm shelters

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Despite the peak of the season passing in May, the threat of sudden tornadoes touching down remains alive, prompting the Ellis County Emergency Management office to issue a reminder related to safe rooms. Stephanie Parker, the emergency management coordinator, has urged individuals to install storm shelters or safe rooms to protect their families. This week […]

Lee Foundation ride set for Saturday


On Saturday at 1 p.m. bikers will meet to ride from Ennis to Dallas in an effort to raise awareness of motorcycles on the road. The ride will begin at 5075 W. Highway 34 in Ennis, just past the Lake Bardwell bridge, at the location where Lee Fincher’s life was tragically taken in a motorcycle […]

FEMA to meet with Ennis residents


Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County Emergency Management director, announced on Wednesday that FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center office in Ennis during Aug. 10-12. “They will be in Ennis from Monday through Wednesday,” she said, “then in Waxahachie from Thursday through Saturday.” “This is a great opportunity for our residents to sit down […]

FEMA delivers aid, Lake Bardwell at normal level

Oklahoma City, OK, June 13, 2013 -- FEMA Public Information Officer Nate Custer speaks in a radio interview at the Cumulus Group which represents seven different stations.  FEMA is here to provide information helpful to survivors of the May 20 and 30-31 tornadoes and flooding. George Armstrong/FEMA

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to bring financial relief to area residents, businesses and farms for damages from the heavy rains in May and June, others could use some relief after July ended without a single raindrop falling. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our […]

Tails rediscover their wag – 72 seized animals now recovering; some reunited

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Surfacing in the sad story of the seizure of 72 animals from a home in Waxahachie last week is the serendipitous tale of 12 tails who rediscovered their wag. Judge Jackie Miller, Jr., a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, made several decisions in a Wednesday hearing following the arrest of 69-year old Gayle […]

Ellis County commissioners enacts burn ban

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Fire was the topic of Friday’s special County Commissioners Court meeting. “Out of 254 counties, we may have been the first – unless there were others that met today – to enact burn ban,” said County Judge Carol Bush. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

FEMA deadlines approach in Ellis County

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Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance continues to aid those recovering from the May 4 through June 22 storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and floods to the tune of $306 million in federal grants, U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans, and National Flood Insurance Program in approved claims. While 47 counties have been declared eligible for […]

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