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County fire marshal resigning

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County Judge Carol Bush announced publicly Monday the county fire marshal, Joe Stewart, would be resigning, putting the county in a transition phase. Although the resignation is not official until next month, due to Stewart taking vacation days leading up to the resignation, Monday, the county judge and commissioners discussed in length the situation moving […]

County talking fire marshal Monday

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court will hold a meeting Monday at 3 p.m at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse in which it will deliberate on the position of fire marshal. See the full report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Maypearl council holding special session regarding police chief

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The Maypearl City Council will hold a special session Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Maypearl City Hall to discuss the recent firing of Police Chief Kevin Coffey, after he was taken into custody Wednesday on child sex charges. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

High Speed Rail Project gets funding, CEO


Texas Central, the company building the high-speed railway between Houston and Dallas, announced yesterday they had closed on $75 million dollars towards funding the first round of development. A recent court decision has fueled their momentum, with those contributing financially all listed as Texas investors. Opponents, who have yet to announce their next plan, will […]

Maypearl chief arrested on sex charges

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The Maypearl Chief of Police Kevin Coffey was arrested Wednesday on charges of indecency with a child by exposure, indecency with a child by contact, sexual performance by a child and sexual assault of a child.

Maypearl chief remains on paid leave

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The Maypearl chief of police, Kevin Coffey, remains on paid administrative leave after documents were released Tuesday morning detailing the allegations a teenage minor made against him. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Suspect, victims in Ferris shooting were leaving family reunion

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Ellis County investigators say Evette Quezada, her brother and her cousin and suspected murderer, Frank Ortiz, were leaving a family reunion early Sunday morning in Ferris when a shooting occurred. Lt. James Saulter with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said the three were riding together in a car and were less than a quarter-mile away […]

Precinct 2 Open House in Ennis Friday, July 17

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Ellis County Commissioner Lane Grayson is hosting an open house at his Precinct 2 Road and Bridge Office on Friday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to the event at 1400 S. Oak Grove Rd., Ennis. You can meet the operators, view the equipment, tour the offices, and learn about […]

Alleged murderer of Ferris woman arraigned, identified

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The man arrested Monday night in connection to the shooting death of Evette Marie Quezada, a recent Ferris High School graduate, was arraigned Tuesday and charged with murder.

ECSO investigating deceased woman

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office released this statement following the discovery of a dead woman in Ferris early Sunday morning:

County talking ambulance service Monday


The Ellis County Commissioner’s Court will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, an hour earlier than its usual time of 10 a.m. at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie. With only two items on the agenda, the meeting looks to be a short one. First on the list is an update of the county’s […]

FEMA Adds Ellis County

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The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to include Individual Assistance for five additional counties, including Ellis, as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). […]

County clerk’s office deals with transition to allow same-sex marriage

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One of the biggest questions that arose last week after the U.S. Supreme Court’s monumental decision to legalize same-sex marriage was when same-sex couples could get married locally. Cindy Polley, the Ellis County Clerk, said Wednesday the transition had one or two hitches, but all-in-all it was pretty smooth. See the report in the Ennis […]

HFTB accepts gifts from area firms

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Two area businesses made contributions to Ennis’ Home For The Brave on Monday during a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Their gifts help move the fundraising efforts within $10,000 of completing the project of building a home for an injured soldier. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

County to match funds to aid groups

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Monday afternoon the Ellis County Commissioners Court decided to match the $11,191 from the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging, which will provide funds to help support groups such as Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis counties. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our […]

Wray resolute against bullet train

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Plans for the proposed bullet train connecting Dallas and Houston cleared a recent hurdle in Austin, though John Wray, Republican State Representative, still has doubts it will come to fruition. “Nothing has passed in legislation to approve High Speed Rail,” he said on Thursday from his office in Waxahachie. While that is true, the people […]

NARFE Hears Program on Caregiver Stress

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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1191 held its monthly meeting at the Grand Ennis Buffet in Ennis on Tuesday, June 9. The guest speaker was Meredith Pond, client care coordinator with Home Instead. The very interesting program emphasized the need for caregivers to be aware of the stresses they are under […]

County purchasing new tasers for sheriff’s office

The Ellis County Commissioners Court passed a number of routine items Monday, as well as approved a large purchase for the Sheriff’s Office and appointments to the county’s salary grievance committee. According to the county clerk’s office, the approved purchase was $99,991.21 for 30 X2 model tasers, holsters, cameras, extended warranty and software. The purchase […]

Rotarian holding annual Cancer Memorial Golf Tournament

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Rotarian Al Boon announced the date for the Boon family’s annual Cancer Memorial Golf Tournament. He spoke about his late older brother, E.K. Boon. He mentioned the fact that his brother was a man’s man, a lady’s man and a veteran. He survived three injuries sustained in the Vietnam War, but cancer ultimately took his […]

Fatal officer-involved shooting ends chase, standoff; two dead near Italy

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A fatal officer-involved shooting ended a police chase and standoff Tuesday night in Italy on Interstate 35. According to police the two suspects, who led police on a lengthy, more-than-two-hour chase down numerous roadways in southern Ellis County, were killed, and one Italy police officer received non-life-threatening injuries. At approximately 8:34 p.m., investigators say Italy […]

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