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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 […]

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 […]

Ellis County floodwaters continue to rise

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Record-setting rains have subsided in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but some areas in Ellis County are still being affected in the form of flooding creeks and rivers, and Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County emergency management coordinator, said Monday the flooding hasn’t yet peaked. “We are still expecting water to rise more as Dallas continues to […]

Ellis County declared disaster area

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County Commissioner Dennis Robinson, of Palmer, updated the media about area weather concerns, which led Stephanie Parker, Emergency Management Coordinator, to declare Ellis County a disaster zone. In light of swollen Lake Bardwell and the overflowing Trinity River as well as surrounding creeks and levees, she said the declaration was apparent “as some have already […]

Threat of flooding from Trinity River in Ellis County

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Ellis and Kaufman counties are under the threat of the Trinity River cresting over the levee for the first time since it broke in 1990. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning on Tuesday changing the forecast from moderate to major severity for the Trinity River near Rosser. The NWS again reminds motorists not […]

Commissioners appoint purchasing agent for county

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A new purchasing agent will be handling accounts in Ellis County after Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting in Waxahachie, which included discussion of a rescindment of county policy involving toll roads and the possible purchase of a new courtroom sound system.

Lake Bardwell yields record blue catfish

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A local fly fisherman who was wristing home-made tackle mistakenly thought his last cast of the day had snagged something near the bottom. Forty-five minutes later he reeled in a state-record, 35.5 pound blue catfish at nearby Lake Bardwell. Dr. Kirk Brown, 65, a semi-retired anesthesiologist from Waxahachie, along with a friend, David Roberts, were […]

Tornado in Ellis County does no severe damage

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This spring season’s theme has been crazy weather, and it was no different Tuesday afternoon, when a funnel cloud was spotted nearly touching the ground by multiple Ellis County residents. Fortunately, though, according to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and Ellis County Emergency Medical Coordinator Stephanie Parker, there were no reports of severe damage in […]

Moncrief cancer mobile survivorship clinic comes to Ennis

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Check out what just rolled into Ennis. With a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Ennis Regional Medical Center on Tuesday with members of the Chamber of Commerce present, the hometown hospital and a group of Ennis locals welcomed Moncrief Cancer Institute’s new Mobile Survivorship Clinic to town. The cancer institute, based in Fort Worth, recently started […]

Expo Winners in Thursday’s EDN

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Brady Whitney of Italy, son of Ricky Whitney and Leslie Underwood, shows a steer during the pee wee showmanship at the Ellis County Youth Expo on Friday, April 10. Complete local results can be found inside Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign […]

County hires for two positions

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After months of searching for a new emergency management coordinator for the county, the Commissioners Court approved the hire of Stephanie Johnson for the position on Monday at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. Johnson has several years experience, and her most impressive resume item is that she worked the 2013 Granbury tornado that devastated much […]

Bluebonnets, visitors reaching peak

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This weekend’s Bluebonnet Trails Festival, which usually coincides with San Jacinto Day, is right on schedule with followers of state flower. “We are looking forward to a great festival this weekend,” said Sandy Anderson, chairperson of the BTF. “All trails will be ready to travel for the best views of Ennis bluebonnets. Anderson said the […]

Emergency services district names interim chief

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An interim fire chief was appointed to serve Emergency Service District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department at a regularly scheduled board meeting Monday night at the ESD No. 6 fire station. The ESD No. 6 board decided Wes Curry, the current chief of Forreston Volunteer Fire Department, will now serve as chief over the ESD […]

High-speed rail meeting here Thursday

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The Dallas-Houston high-speed rail has been a controversial topic among Ennis residents, farmers and property owners since the project’s inception. Two of the possible lines cut through Ennis, while one passes outside the city. Some people in Ennis don’t understand why, as the railway would only pass through Ennis, with no stops near the city […]

Farmer opposes high-speed train

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Expressing a dogged determination to stand up to what many feel is the inevitable high speed rail, Ennis farmer Bob Beakley pulls no punches. Stating the proposed location for the train will tear his property apart, the mild-mannered Beakley gets his dander up at the thought of being railroaded by the Texas Central Railway. As […]

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 […]

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