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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 […]

Full agenda for county commissioners

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FULL STORY: The Ellis County Commissioners Court has a packed agenda for Monday’s meeting at 10 a.m. at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. County Judge Carol Bush, according to the Court agenda, is slated to introduce the county’s new emergency management coordinator and veterans services officer. The county has been actively searching for the emergency […]

Chiefs arrested for alleged tampering

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The fire chief and assistant fire chief of the Ellis County Emergency Services District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department have been arrested as a part of the ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a firefighter, involving five other volunteer firefighters and a woman who allegedly filmed the incident. Fire Chief Gavin Lawrence Satterfield, […]

Youth Expo rolls along

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The 23rd year of the Ellis County Youth Expo played to another large crowd of livestock enthusiasts at the Market Swine Show on Tuesday. Various members and county chapters of FFA, 4-H and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) continue competing with animals and projects they have worked on this year. Kayla McCabe took top […]

Expo gets off to record start

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A record number of entries in the rabbit show and improved quality in the broiler show were highlights of the first day of the 2015 Ellis County Youth Expo. In the two rabbit shows, there were approximately 130 total entries. The five-and-half-hour-long show wrapped up at 11:35 p.m. See the report in the Ennis Daily […]

Bullet train proponents set Ennis open house

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Proponents of the high-speed rail service between Dallas and Houston have planned an open house informational meeting in Ennis on Thursday, April 16. Texas Central Partners have invited the public to the informational meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. at Madison Hall, located at 906 S. Kaufman St. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign […]

Bluebonnet trails marking underway

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Wednesday marked the first day of Bluebonnet Trails month, and that means people are taking to the roads to get a glimpse of the beautiful spring flowers in bloom. “There are many (bluebonnets) along the roadsides and the fields are barely beginning to make a show,” said Sandy Anderson, a member of the Ennis Garden […]

Bardwell fire displaces family

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A house fire, sparked by an electrical malfunction, displaced three residents, who were not home at the time of the fire. Although no people were injured, on of the family pets, a dog, was burned on its back by the flames. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

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