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County attorneys give to coworker

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The latest campaign finance reports in the race for the County Court at Law No. 2 judgeship show incumbent judge Gene Calvert pulling ahead of his opponent Ricky Sipes in spending as the race nears the home stretch.

Molestor OKs 50-year plea

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A Waxahachie man will serve at least 25 years in jail for child molestation in a plea bargain agreement reached this week with the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office.

Sheriff: Jail in need of staff

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Sheriff Johnny Brown is asking the Ellis County Commissioners Court for additional jail personnel in light of a study conducted last month showing the jail is understaffed.

Court OKs grant, changes public comment setup

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Ellis County received a grant for new emergency notification technology at Monday’s meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court, while the court also restored citizens’ ability to speak directly to the court about issues pertinent to them.

Bush moved to repay state funds Feb. 12

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County Judge Carol Bush refused to answer questions Friday regarding supplemental state funds paid into her salary, while the county auditor confirmed the money would be going back to the state by April.

Bush criticized for taking state money for work she didn’t do

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County Judge Carol Bush responded to allegations of receiving improper payments, saying the accusations are unfair defamations made in the face of a heated election race.

$625,000 grant powers upgrades

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Ellis County will soon receive nearly $625,000 in federal grant money to help upgrade the county’s radio systems and infrastructure.

Judge: Time change was right move

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County Judge Carol Bush again defended last year’s change of evening meeting times at Monday’s meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court.

Sheriff backs up Rozier in judge race

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Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown said Thursday he endorses candidate Richard Rozier for the County Judge seat.

ECSO probes inmate death

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Feb. 2 death of an inmate.

Bristol school kept off tax rolls

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court approved a tax exemption for a Bristol landmark before its caretakers received a hefty bill.

Candidate issues debate challenge

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Jake Ellzey, hoping to succeed Jim Pitts in the Texas House of Representative’s 10th District, has challenged his three opponents to three public debates.

Court candidate: Judge exceeded her authority

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A candidate for the Ellis County Commissioners Court has accused County Judge Carol Bush of overstepping the limits of her authority.

Space heater fire scours gun range

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Fire destroyed a gun range in Telico on Wednesday despite the best efforts of area firefighters.

Meeting times rankle court

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Tempers flared at Monday afternoon’s meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court during further discussion of restoring evening meetings.

Unemployment rate dips again in Ellis County

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Ellis County continued statistical gains in reported unemployment at the end of 2013, logging a final level lower than that of the state.

Court meeting times discussion item causes stir

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Meeting times for the Ellis County Commissioners Court will be discussed once again at their 3 p.m. Monday meeting.

Jury gives 81 years for porn

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An Ellis County jury sentenced 43-year-old Jeffrey Dean Gerron to 81 years in prison on Friday, ending the final chapter in a case that began five years ago.

Verdict expected in child porn case

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Both the prosecution and the defense rested Wednesday afternoon as the trial of Jeffrey Dean Gerron draws to a close.

Hundreds of photos revealed in child porn trial

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Prosecutors in the child pornography case against 43-year-old Jeffrey Dean Gerron presented more than 500 photos to the jury on Tuesday, all of which investigators allege came from Gerron’s home computer.

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