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Combat vet announces bid for House seat

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Combat veteran and career Naval aviator Jake Ellzey announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Texas House District 10 on Thursday. Ellzey points to his years of military service as qualifying him to represent the voters of House District 10.

Venus man gets 5 years

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On Monday, an Ellis County jury convicted Mahmod Suleiman Qalawi, 44, a butcher from Venus, of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — family violence. On Tuesday, the same jury sentenced Qalawi to five years in prison.

County’s felony prosecution chief retires


WAXAHACHIE — Don Maxfield, the county’s chief assistant district attorney for felony prosecution for more than a decade, retired this month.

Indie films showing at the Galaxy

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An area film actor has worked out a special screening of two independently produced movies at Galaxy Drive In ahead of Halloween.

County judge race heats up


Richard Rozier has announced his intention to run for the Ellis County Judge seat during the primary election scheduled in March.

Repairs shore up courtroom leak issue

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Ellis County’s director of maintenance Keith Roberts said repairs to the Historical Courthouse will be complete in time for this weekend’s Texas Country Reporter Festival.

Court considers recordings

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Ellis County commissioners requested more details on a proposal to record their meetings by a firm called Swagit Productions of Irving this week.

Fire blackens home

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Firefighters gather at a home on Blue Ribbon Road outside Palmer on Tuesday. A fire believed to have begun when children were playing with matches damaged most of the home.

PALMER — Fire gutted a home north of Palmer on Tuesday morning after children allegedly played with matches in an upstairs room.

Burn ban lifted

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Nick Todaro, [email protected] Ellis County Commissioners Court rescinded its active burn ban Monday. County Fire Marshal Joe Stewart told the court he saw some pre-winter burning as a necessity and that recent rains have helped with dry conditions. Some areas of the county remain above the usual Keetch-Byrum Drought Index benchmark for banning burns. Precinct […]

Waxahachie mayor: How we aided our downtown

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Breathing more life into downtown — a problem that has gained the attention of Ennis officials — is a task tackled in recent years by other area communities.

Democrat Davis visits Ellis County

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WAXAHACHIE — State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, met with Ellis County educators and supporters Saturday morning during one of the first campaign stops after announcing her candidacy for governor Thursday.

Trustee breaks out of lockup

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating how a trustee was able to unlock a secure door and briefly escape the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on Saturday. Chief Deputy Dennis Brearley said Jason Adcock, 36 of Dallas, was serving as a trustee in the kitchen area when he allegedly took a key from the kitchen office, walked out the back door and fled on foot.

Gov. candidate meets teachers in Waxahachie

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WAXAHACHIE — State Sen. Wendy Davis met with Ellis County educators and supporters Saturday morning during one of the first campaign stops after annoucing her candidacy for governor Thursday.

Hope Clinic buys Ennis building

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The Hope Clinic is moving forward with plans for a location with Ennis, announcing on Friday the purchase of a building on West Lampasas Street.

Bardwell shows the shutdown touches us

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Lake Bardwell’s public access points are local area casualties of the federal government shutdown.

WPD names man found in city park

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Waxahachie police on Wednesday released the identity of a man found dead in Getzendaner Park.

Judge: No filled jail jobs were cut

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County Judge Carol Bush issued a statement Tuesday saying no jobs were cut from the Ellis County Jail in response to a letter to area media from Sheriff Johnny Brown stating eight detention officer spots were “cut” that ran in Ennis Daily News earlier in the day.

New court is funded

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court voted to provide the first month’s funding for the new 443rd District Court as part of their fiscal year 2013-2014 budget last Monday.

Man gets 60 years for child sex abuse

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Child molestor Archie Lee Becks, of Waxahachie, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Ennis Inc. closing on new acquisition

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MIDLOTHIAN — Ennis Inc. announced Wednesday it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Folder Express from Wright Printing Company of Omaha, Neb.

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