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Woman gets 8 years for third-strike DWI

An Ellis County jury Wednesday sentenced Waxahachie woman Kristi Dawn Barrett, 35, to eight years in prison for her third DWI offense. According to a release from the Ellis County & District Attorney’s office, Barrett was driving erratically at 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014 in the 600 block of Farley Street before she crashed […]

First-time photographer takes tops

When Eric Smith picked up a camera, he swears he didn’t really know what he was doing. The Ennis High School junior, however, decided to submit a group of photos to the Creative Arts portion of the Ellis County Youth Expo this week. The results shocked him. “I didn’t expect it at all,” he said […]

Family not sheepish when it comes to lamb

For one Ennis family, raising a lamb for the Ellis County Youth Expo has been a group effort. Sandra Slovak, who was born and raised in Ennis, remembers participating in the County Expo as a teenager. Her junior year in 1996, she remembers, was the year she took Reserve Grand Champion for her own lamb, […]

Youth Expo is a time to shine

By Justin Tubbs/justin@ennisdailynews.com The Ellis County Youth Expo is nearly back, and Ennis FFA Director Meredith DeBorde believes Ennis students will provide some stiff competition for the rest of Ellis County. With contests ranging from heifer shows to photography, DeBorde said the Expo is an experience that helps kids grow as leaders. “It really teaches […]

Car slams utility pole, bursts into flames

By Justin Tubbs/justin@ennisdailynews.com Bardwell residents came out of their homes to watch as a vehicle burned in the middle of town on Thursday. According to Ennis firefighters who responded with mutual aid, the fire was sparked when a Rankin resident failed to negotiate a left turn onto State Highway 34, or Sycamore Street. Click here […]

County meeting focus on tax abatement, constables

Ellis County Judge Carol Bush and county commissioners went into a closed doors executive session Tuesday during their regularly scheduled 2 p.m. public meeting. When they came out, Bush had a message for Ellis County constables regarding a pursuit policy. “I think it’s important for safety for law enforcement and to the public that we […]

Comfort found near bluebonnets

Local citizens have come up with a solution for those who visit Ennis for the relief found in the fields of bluebonnets only to find no relief near the fields of bluebonnets. The lure of the state flower of Texas draws multiplied thousands to tour the rural pastures and trails during April. But when nature […]

HSR loses Brazos Valley support

A group of seven counties that would be served by the only stop on the Houston to Dallas high-speed railway has reversed its field by passing a resolution to oppose the proposed bullet train. The Brazos Valley Council of Governments (there are 24 regional councils in Texas) united after an hour-long discussion to overwhelmingly stamp […]

Ellis County Cinderella Winners Crowned

A large and enthusiastic crowd filled Jack Lummus Intermediate School Saturday to watch many Cinderella contestants compete. The contestants were vying for the privilege of representing Ellis County at the 2016 Texas State Cinderella finals to be held in Houston in June. The winners will compete for scholarships in several different age divisions. See the […]

FM 85 roadwork to begin

Resurfacing Farm-to-Market 85, which runs north and east of Ennis, starting at I-45, will begin in mid- March, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Lane Grayson, county commissioner, confirmed the plans, which includes an 8.4 mile stretch from Interstate 45 to FM 1182. The project involves both repair and an overlay, as well as […]

Man indicted for threats against gov officials

A Venus man was indicted by a grand jury in February for allegedly threatening Ellis County Judge Carol Bush, according to court documents. Sixty-nine-year-old William “Bill” Terrell Shaw is now held at Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie with no bond set for the charge. According to other documents, the threats against Bush, which allegedly […]

Anti-HSR group files suit against AG, TxDOT

Texans Against High-Speed Rail filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, and the Texas Department of Transportation requesting information that has been withheld from the public concerning the Dallas to Houston HSR. A clear effort to withhold critical information from the public, according to a TAHSR press release, Texas Central Railway and TxDOT […]

Suit against county to fed court

Two men undergoing a civil suit against the county now allege their constitutional rights were violated. Their case, which seeks $1 million in compensation, will now go to federal court after the Ellis County Commissioners Court Tuesday authorized the removal from state court. Felipe Pineda and Israel Lozano were involved in a high-speed pursuit on […]

Mason Bailey overcame heart defect, is inspiration to others

A local couple who faced tremendous crises when their son was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) almost 16 years ago is grateful today for the extraordinary progress he has made. Mason Bailey, son of Lance and Pam Bailey, is also proud that the intense journey he’s been on has unfolded so successfully. The […]

Marina, Lake Bardwell welcome fishermen

The 2015 season at nearby Lake Bardwell began with news of a record-setting catch and ended with tales of high-water and closures. Misty Mitchell, 34, who along with her husband Chad, 37, operate High View Marina, says they are anticipating a much-better year, their third at the lake. “We’re still a work in progress,” she […]

A look at Eastern Ellis County voting figures

Eastern Ellis County performed about the same as the rest of the county, as far as voting numbers from Super Tuesday’s primary elections go. Of Ennis voters, the ones in the western portion were more likely to show up at their respective polling places, according to the unofficial results posted by the Ellis County Elections […]

Primed for the primaries

Nearly a third of registered voters turn out; Johnny Brown captures Republican nom; Run-off for Precinct 1 Republican Justin Tubbs justin@ennisdailynews.com 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

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

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

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 […]

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