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Killer sentenced to 34 years

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Jose Manuel Alvarado, one of two people connected to the March 2012 murder of 15-year-old Moriah Gonzales, pleaded guilty Thursday and received a 34-year prison sentence.

Runoff early voting begins Monday

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Ennis voters will have the chance to cast ballots in several runoff elections starting Monday, most notably in the races for Texas State Representative and Ellis County Precinct 2 Commissioner.

Fallen officers honored

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WAXAHACHIE — First responders from across Ellis County met Wednesday morning at Courthouse Park to honor the 15 police and firemen from Ellis County who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Cayard found not guilty of murder

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An Ellis County jury found 58-year-old Lynda Cayard not guilty of the 2012 killing of her husband Michael Cayard.

Changes made after child leaves school

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Palmer ISD Superintendent Kevin Noack said new protocols are in place after a Palmer Elementary student left school grounds during recess and went missing for almost an hour.

County setting up alerts

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WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County’s Commissioners Court is readying to provide emergency communications services and notifications to the county with some available grant funding.

Crash kills Ennis man

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Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are still investigating the circumstances behind a Saturday night crash involving a motorcycle and a SUV that killed one man and sent a woman to the hospital.

Civil judgment calls for $568,000 in damages

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Former school board candidate Karen Weaver and husband Steven face a judgment ordering them to pay more than $568,000 in Ellis County civil court after a suit over allegations of undue influence and manipulation of an elderly widow.

Attempted escapee remanded to care

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Ellis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson JoAnn Livingston said an inmate who briefly went missing at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on Wednesday has since been remanded to mental care.

Sherbet selected for voter admin job

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Interim Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet took the position on a permanent basis during Monday’s meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court.

Expert: Jail needs additional staff

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The assistant director for the Texas Commission on Jail Standards recommended the county hire additional jail staff in discussion with the Ellis County Commissioners Court on Thursday.

Sheriff K-9 retiring

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is wishing one of its four-legged deputies farewell this week after six years of faithful service to law enforcement.

County gathers hazmat info

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Ellis County Emergency Management is working with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to find out exactly what’s heading down local roads, rails and pipes.

Palmer OKs school plans

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Palmer ISD Superintendent Kevin Noack said Tuesday the district is moving forward with plans to replace the aging Palmer Elementary School as well as install security upgrades at the middle and high schools.

Scofflaws can be denied registration

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Ellis County residents who don’t pay their tolls will have an unpleasant surprise as early as April.

Bump in unemployment follows holidays

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Ellis County’s unemployment levels grew in the first month of 2014.

County considering scofflaw measure

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court will decide whether or not to withhold car registration from habitual toll violators during their 10 a.m. Monday meeting.

Bush re-elected; House runoff set

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Unofficial final results from Tuesday’s election show a Republican primary runoff is coming between tea party favorite TJ Fabby and Waxahachie Mayor John Wray in the race for the State Representative District 10 seat.

Fabby, Wray head to runoff; Bush keeps seat with majority


Unofficial final results from Tuesday’s election show a Republican primary runoff is coming between Tea Party favorite TJ Fabby and Waxahachie Mayor John Wray in the race for the State Representative District 6 seat.

Incumbents largely favored in early vote


Unofficial early vote totals released by the Ellis County Elections Office show a Republican party vote coming down on the incumbent side in many cases.

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