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Dodson backs Bush, budget process


Thinking that an accomplished County Judge of a fast-growing, financially healthy populace should have to ask a Salary Grievance Committee for an increase in pay really bothers former County Commissioner Bill Dodson. The Ennis resident who recently served a pair of four-year terms takes exception that she felt the need to go the alternate route, […]

Communities come together for ‘Blue Week’


Four Ellis County communities are coming together to recognize police officers Sept. 19-23 for “Blue Week.” Get the details in Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

Citizens speak out; county commission OK’s budget


The Ellis County Commissioner’s Court voted 4-1 Tuesday afternoon in favor of the 2016-17 FY county budget, a vote that included County Judge Carol Bush’s new salary of $165,000. Find the rest of this story and more in Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

Ellis County Judge appeals salary, gets big raise


County Judge Carol Bush may be at the center of a political controversy after she appealed her own salary and was granted a roughly $55,000 raise by the county’s Salary Grievance Committee. Bush told the EDN Friday, a few hours after the committee granted her appeal, she sought the raise because she felt hired employees […]

County commissioners OK pay hike

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A split vote on a pay raise for elected officials highlighted budget talks at Tuesday’s Ellis County Commissioner’s Court meeting in Waxahachie. Commissioners approved, in a 3-1 vote, a three-percent salary raise for all elected officials, including county commissioners, county judges, county constables, county sheriff and more. According to Ellis County Judge Carol Bush, the […]

Texas drought conditions impact locals


The Texas Water Development Board released a report this week reporting more than a third of the state is dealing with some form of drought, with no rain having been recorded in the last 13 days, and just 0.11 inches in the last 36 days. According to The Ennis Daily News weather correspondent Ron Vestal, […]

Grayson upbeat as new county budget takes shape

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Ennis resident and Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 2, Lane Grayson, along with his elected colleagues, are putting the wraps on the new county budget with wind in their sails. Effective at the start of October, he expects the new budget will be in place before the next fiscal year begins Oct. 1. Find the details […]

Immigration center at former Corsicana state school rejected


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state board has rejected a plan to use a shuttered Texas boarding school in Corsicana as a federal immigration center for unaccompanied Central American children who entered the U.S. illegally. The mayor of Corsicana, about 55 miles south of Dallas, was in favor of the plan, but Gov. Greg Abbott […]

HSR tactics rile crowd at meeting

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Billed curiously as a neighborhood listening session by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), a crowd of approximately 80 people expressed their frustration with the process Thursday evening. Get the rest of this story in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe now and get it all!

High-speed rail meeting slated for Thursday


An invitation to a hastily called listening session about the proposed Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project has been announced for Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Ennis Housing Authority Community Center. It is located at 200 Arnold St. Get the full story in the Tuesday edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe […]

Former church youth director charged with child porn and possession of illegal weapons

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Note: This story has been updated to include formal charges filed in this case. A Corsicana man described as a genius and who served as a church youth director has been formally charged in a bizarre case that began to unfold in an Ennis drug store. Harvey Alec Strain has now been charged with 10 […]

Feds step back from bullet train

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It was a mixed bag in terms of reactions to the July 18 ruling at the federal level by the Surface Transportation Board. The start-up railway had petitioned for an exemption as well as a petition for clarification, which were both denied by the Surface Transportation Board. Pick up Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily […]

Dogs end 6-hour manhunt

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A Dallas couple taken into police custody Tuesday has been charged with attempted capital murder after the two fired bullets into an Ennis home then led police on an hours-long manhunt which ended when search dogs tracked them down across the Navarro County line near Emhouse. Subscribe now and get the rest of this story […]

VIDEO EXTRA: Helicopter crash kills two

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Two people have been confirmed killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday outside Italy. According to Ellis County Emergency Management, the chopper exploded in mid-air. Officials said Wednesday at about 1:30 p.m. that nobody is being allowed into the area until the Federal Aviation Administration arrives to investigate. The helicopter was a Bell 525 aircraft and […]

Suspected highway shooter in custody

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A man suspected of shooting and killing his brother on Interstate 45 early Monday morning is in the Navarro County Jail. According to jail records, the suspected shooter, Roderick Jackson, is being held on $250,000 bond. Rice Police Department initially began the investigation alongside Navarro County Sheriff’s deputies at around 1:30 a.m. when they arrived […]

Citizens Accused…

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Pick up a copy of the Sunday edition of The Ennis Daily News to find out what landed this happy guy behind bars. Your life. Your time. Your news. Subscribe today!

High Speed Rail tactics termed nefarious

Hiles, Marty May 2016

By Mark Warde Marty Hiles shared an update on what he termed the nefarious actions of Texas Central Railway in their bid to take property from area landowners to pave the way for a high-speed train he referred to as a monstrosity. The ex-Marine, whose career has been spent as an advocate and lobbyist for […]

Brookshires acquiring some shuttered Walmart Neighborhood Markets

The Palmer Walmart Neighborhood Market may be reopened as a Brookshires Spring Market.

Brookshire Grocery Co. announced Wednesday the pending acquisition of 25 former Walmart Express stores, including the Palmer Walmart Neighborhood Market. The stores will open this summer as the company’s new Spring Market brand. The acquisition is scheduled to close in July. The name “Spring Market” represents and honors the company’s great history which began in […]

Beckham vows to fight bullet train

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By Mark Warde Landowners in East Ellis County were treated to wind in their sails for resisting the efforts of those planning to build a high-speed railway through their property during an open meeting Tuesday night at the Ennis Public Library. Described as a Rottweiler-styled lawyer, Blake Beckham, met with the Community Development Sub-Regional Planning […]

Woman survives high water mishap

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By Justin Tubbs Monday morning was dark and rainy for Bridgett Fedrick as she headed into town from her home in Frost. It was about 4:30 a.m., and she had to make it to her shift at Speedy Mart by 5 a.m. The morning wasn’t much different from any other until she came upon some […]

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