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Primed for the primaries

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Nearly a third of registered voters turn out; Johnny Brown captures Republican nom; Run-off for Precinct 1 Republican Justin Tubbs [email protected] As early voting results were released shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday night, the election picture was as clear as it was going to get. Nearly a third of the registered Ellis County voters, 31,201, […]

Sterilite submits abatement application to county

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One of the biggest developments Ennis has made on the industrial front in the past year has to do with Sterilite Corporation, one of Ennis’ largest tax revenue generators. Last year, the company announced it would be adding a $17 million expansion off Rudd Road to build a new warehouse and distribution center with the […]

Making the most of big shots

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Clint Holley, 36, known affectionately as Mr. Maypearl, often takes the stage at halftime of area basketball games. Once the teams exit the court during intermission, he approaches the center circle. What follows is a series of halfcourt shots, complete with running starts, sometimes including a between the legs dribble, and then launches a two-handed, […]

Pioneer pilot was Ellis County native: Bessie Coleman remembered 90 years after her death

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Readers are aware February is designated Black History Month but some may not realize that a major African American figure in the history of aviation came from Ellis County. This year marks the 90th anniversary of pioneering aviatrix Bessie Coleman’s death in a Florida plane crash, but her legacy endures far beyond the state of […]

Where you can vote early, or vote on election day, and what’s on your ballot

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Early voting is underway in Ellis County, and some of the precincts have been busy. As of Saturday morning, 3,548 people had voted in Ellis County in the first three days of early voting. Some 2,989 were Republican ballots and 559 were Democratic ballots. Most of the early voting was done in person, as of […]

Sterilite, DEA on county agenda

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  Sterilite Corporation in Ennis could be seeking a tax abatement from the county, according to an Ellis County Commissioners Court agenda. Tuesday, commissioners will be looking at the item, labeled “Sterilite tax abatement application.” See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <ahref=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Voter Guide 2016 in Tuesday’s EDN

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Get your copy of The Ennis Daily News on Tuesday and read about the candidates in local county and precinct races.

County looks at security, purchasing

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Ellis County Emergency Management Coordinator Stephanie Parker has made her face familiar to commissioners of late. Tuesday she brought two requests to the Commissioners Court to increase employee safety and security. The first was to authorize the purchase of 18 AEDs at a cost of about $1,000 each, she said. In addition, she asked to […]

President declares disaster relief for Ellis County

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Aid will soon be coming to Ellis County after President Obama approved this week federal aid programs for the State of Texas. The assistance is available for the state as well as local governments, such as Ellis County, and will cover 75 percent or more of the cost for debris removal and emergency protective measures. […]

Midlothian man to appear on reality TV show

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A Midlothian paramedic on Feb. 21 will appear on CMT’s “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.” Justin Thompson, 26, will face others in physical challenges to compete for a $10,000 cash prize. The show will begin at 7 p.m., and according to a press release, Thompson will use the prize money to help pay for a […]

Republican candidates answer tough questions

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] For some Ellis County voters, the March 1 primary election picture became clearer Tuesday night at the Waxahachie Civic Center during a candidate forum. For others, things still remain muddled. Carol Wright, a Ferris alderman who will vote in the Precinct 1 commission race, is one of those who still hasn’t […]

County may settle courthouse damage claim Tuesday

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The county will seek to offer and settle a claim on Tuesday regarding a Dec. 9 wreck into a set of county courthouse steps. On the agenda, county commissioners have the option to authorize the county attorney to settle the claim on behalf of the county with Matthew Hutto. With the agenda being a short […]

County primaries slated for March 1; Democratic and Republican Candidates filed

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Republican Primary Candidates Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown, Waxahachie Wess Winn, Waxahachie County Commissioner Pct. 1 Bobby Crittenden, Waxahachie Randy Stinson, Palmer Tim Sadler, Palmer Jeffrey Walsh, Ferris David Pagan, Ennis County Commissioner Pct. 3 Franck Sanchez, Waxahachie Paul Perry, Milford Constable Pct. 1 Roy Callender Jr., Ennis Constable Pct. 2 Terry […]

HSR opponent to support landowners

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Mark Warde [email protected] Efforts to thwart the plans to build a high speed railway in Texas has spawned a new legal group aimed at preventing landowners from suffering the loss of property. Texans Against High-Speed Rail, already quite active, are under the leadership of Kyle Workman. They have formed a litigation partnership with the Beckham […]

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Vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas to speak at Lincoln Dinner Amy Clark, vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, will be the keynote speaker at the Ellis County Republican Women’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner celebration. The event is Saturday, Feb. 23, 2016 at 6 pm. at Farley Street Baptist Church, 1116 […]

Suicide support group starts in Ellis County

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  A tragic loss of an active military veteran to suicide, a 28-year old who was serving in the U.S. Air Force, has made a huge impact on his family. Two years later his passing is bringing help and hope to others who have endured a similar fate. Daniel Shoemaker made a fateful decision (January […]

County chews over purchasing policy

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County commissioners had a lengthy discussion Tuesday about a proposed purchasing policy. County Auditor Mike Navarro said there isn’t a major problem per se with how the city currently conducts it’s purchasing business but that the use of more than 200 county credit cards for day-to-day purchases with only around […]

After the dust settles

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Mark Warde [email protected] Don’t blame Stephanie Parker if she relates well to bronco buster experiencing a wild ride right out of the chute. Approaching a year as the Ellis County’s coordinator of emergency management, she has already seen the area declared a disaster zone due to several floods and a tornado at the end of […]

Abbott seeks federal disaster help for Ellis County

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Gov. Greg Abbott has requested a federal disaster declaration for some Texas counties after deadly late-December blizzards and tornadoes. Abbott on Tuesday announced the request for individual assistance for people in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Franklin, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties. The winter weather pushed into West Texas on Christmas Day. By Dec. 26 twisters and other violent weather reached […]

Petitions started to save 2 Walmarts

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] With less than a week until 154 U.S. Walmart stores close, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Paul Perry has begun urging Italy citizens to do what they can to save their small-town Walmart Neighborhood Market. Meanwhile, a smaller social media effort has taken over certain corners of Facebook to try to save the […]

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