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Bardwell’s rising

Ennis Daily News file photo / Precipitation has helped recharge Lake Bardwell to more than 417 feet elevation, but it is still low.

Nearly five inches of rain over the last six weeks has helped boost the elevation of Lake Bardwell further away from conservation stage levels, though the city’s conservation plan remains in effect at the time being.

Polk seeks re-election

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Judge Curtis L. Polk is seeking re-election for the office of Justice of the Peace in Precinct 3 of Ellis County as a Democratic candidate. His name will be on the ballot in the Democratic Party Primary on March 4, 2014.

Unemployment slips again

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The Ellis County unemployment rate slid again into November, with a 5.5-percent marker following October’s 5.6 percent joblessness figure.

Garrett OKs $525,000 block grant application

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The Garrett City Council approved the city’s application for a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant to extend water infrastructure out to a new business site.

Community circles wagons around family of volunteer

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Palmer first responders are coming together to support the family of a young volunteer firefighter who died Tuesday night.

County considers tax zone

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court will open the floor to public comment on the possible creation of a new county energy transportation reinvestment zone at today’s 3 p.m. meeting.

Garrett gears up for grant filing

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The Garrett City Council will meet publicly Thursday to discuss the city’s application for state grants to help finance infrastructure improvements in the city.

County judges wager

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EDN News Service, edi…@ennisdailynews.com Not much is bigger than Texas high school football and the upcoming state playoff battle between Ennis and Aledo has led to a friendly wager between Parker County Judge Mark Riley and Ellis County Judge Carol Bush. The losing County Judge will have to wear the winning team’s shirt at their […]

Ellis County Press publisher files for county judge seat

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Charles “Charlie” Hatfield, publisher of the Ellis County Press, announced Monday he will run for the seat of County Judge in the March 4 Republican primary.

Commissioners court tackling leases, tax district

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court will meet Monday to discuss a slate of issues ranging from leasing space on the county’s new radio tower to the creation of a new county energy transportation reinvestment zone.

TxDOT offers travel info outlets


DALLAS/FORT WORTH — The National Weather Service has forecast severe winter weather in the North Texas area, which may result in hazardous driving conditions. Throughout the rest of the week and through the weekend, the Texas Department of Transportation will monitor the weather and, if necessary, treat many of the bridges in the DFW area with anti-icing materials.

Deep freeze feared

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A winter storm warning is in effect overnight tonight for Ellis County and areas north, with concerns about temperatures below freezing persisting for several days and driving conditions becoming treacherous and staying that way.

Technical college coming

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Students in Ennis and greater Ellis County are one step closer to having new educational opportunities after a recent vote by the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees.

‘No refusal’ move approved

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Ellis County took another step toward becoming a year-round “no refusal” county on Monday afternoon.

Commissioners to consider magistrates for DUI blood draws

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court will discuss utilizing magistrates for authorizing blood draws for suspected drunk drivers, though at least one commissioner has expressed concern regarding such actions.

Unemployment dips below Texas average

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September and October saw the unemployment rate in this county continue to slide, tumbling under 6 percent across the registered labor force and trending below the state’s average unemployment.

Visitation slated for local legend

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Law enforcement officials plan to come together tonight to remember an Ellis County legend.

Slaying victims identified

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Judge Jackie Miller released the names of two of the three people killed in a shooting-stabbing Saturday night in Bardwell.

Milford-area pipeline fire burns through the night

Ennis Daily News photo by Phil Banker / Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Lt. James Saulter briefs media Thursday after a pipeline blast near Milford led to evacuations that lasted overnight and a prolonged burn-off of liquified petroleum left behind in the line.

Milford Fire Chief Mark Jackson said this morning it’s not clear when residents of the city of Milford will be able to return to their homes after a pipeline explosion prompted an evacuation of the town’s 700-plus residents.

BREAKING: Pipeline blast evacuations could last 36 hours


Lt. James Saulter of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said Milford residents displaced by this morning’s liquefied petroleum gas pipeline explosion will have to stay away from their homes for anywhere between 24 and 36 hours.

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