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Residents urged to register storm shelters

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Despite the peak of the season passing in May, the threat of sudden tornadoes touching down remains alive, prompting the Ellis County Emergency Management office to issue a reminder related to safe rooms. Stephanie Parker, the emergency management coordinator, has urged individuals to install storm shelters or safe rooms to protect their families. This week […]

Lee Foundation ride set for Saturday


On Saturday at 1 p.m. bikers will meet to ride from Ennis to Dallas in an effort to raise awareness of motorcycles on the road. The ride will begin at 5075 W. Highway 34 in Ennis, just past the Lake Bardwell bridge, at the location where Lee Fincher’s life was tragically taken in a motorcycle […]

FEMA to meet with Ennis residents


Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County Emergency Management director, announced on Wednesday that FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center office in Ennis during Aug. 10-12. “They will be in Ennis from Monday through Wednesday,” she said, “then in Waxahachie from Thursday through Saturday.” “This is a great opportunity for our residents to sit down […]

FEMA delivers aid, Lake Bardwell at normal level

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While the Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to bring financial relief to area residents, businesses and farms for damages from the heavy rains in May and June, others could use some relief after July ended without a single raindrop falling. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our […]

Tails rediscover their wag – 72 seized animals now recovering; some reunited

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Surfacing in the sad story of the seizure of 72 animals from a home in Waxahachie last week is the serendipitous tale of 12 tails who rediscovered their wag. Judge Jackie Miller, Jr., a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, made several decisions in a Wednesday hearing following the arrest of 69-year old Gayle […]

Ellis County commissioners enacts burn ban

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Fire was the topic of Friday’s special County Commissioners Court meeting. “Out of 254 counties, we may have been the first – unless there were others that met today – to enact burn ban,” said County Judge Carol Bush. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

FEMA deadlines approach in Ellis County

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Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance continues to aid those recovering from the May 4 through June 22 storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and floods to the tune of $306 million in federal grants, U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans, and National Flood Insurance Program in approved claims. While 47 counties have been declared eligible for […]

County fire marshal resigning

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County Judge Carol Bush announced publicly Monday the county fire marshal, Joe Stewart, would be resigning, putting the county in a transition phase. Although the resignation is not official until next month, due to Stewart taking vacation days leading up to the resignation, Monday, the county judge and commissioners discussed in length the situation moving […]

County talking fire marshal Monday

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court will hold a meeting Monday at 3 p.m at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse in which it will deliberate on the position of fire marshal. See the full report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Maypearl council holding special session regarding police chief

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The Maypearl City Council will hold a special session Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Maypearl City Hall to discuss the recent firing of Police Chief Kevin Coffey, after he was taken into custody Wednesday on child sex charges. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

High Speed Rail Project gets funding, CEO


Texas Central, the company building the high-speed railway between Houston and Dallas, announced yesterday they had closed on $75 million dollars towards funding the first round of development. A recent court decision has fueled their momentum, with those contributing financially all listed as Texas investors. Opponents, who have yet to announce their next plan, will […]

Maypearl chief arrested on sex charges

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The Maypearl Chief of Police Kevin Coffey was arrested Wednesday on charges of indecency with a child by exposure, indecency with a child by contact, sexual performance by a child and sexual assault of a child.

Maypearl chief remains on paid leave

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The Maypearl chief of police, Kevin Coffey, remains on paid administrative leave after documents were released Tuesday morning detailing the allegations a teenage minor made against him. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Suspect, victims in Ferris shooting were leaving family reunion

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Ellis County investigators say Evette Quezada, her brother and her cousin and suspected murderer, Frank Ortiz, were leaving a family reunion early Sunday morning in Ferris when a shooting occurred. Lt. James Saulter with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said the three were riding together in a car and were less than a quarter-mile away […]

Precinct 2 Open House in Ennis Friday, July 17

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Ellis County Commissioner Lane Grayson is hosting an open house at his Precinct 2 Road and Bridge Office on Friday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to the event at 1400 S. Oak Grove Rd., Ennis. You can meet the operators, view the equipment, tour the offices, and learn about […]

Alleged murderer of Ferris woman arraigned, identified

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The man arrested Monday night in connection to the shooting death of Evette Marie Quezada, a recent Ferris High School graduate, was arraigned Tuesday and charged with murder.

ECSO investigating deceased woman

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office released this statement following the discovery of a dead woman in Ferris early Sunday morning:

County talking ambulance service Monday


The Ellis County Commissioner’s Court will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, an hour earlier than its usual time of 10 a.m. at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie. With only two items on the agenda, the meeting looks to be a short one. First on the list is an update of the county’s […]

FEMA Adds Ellis County

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The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to include Individual Assistance for five additional counties, including Ellis, as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). […]

HFTB accepts gifts from area firms

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Two area businesses made contributions to Ennis’ Home For The Brave on Monday during a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Their gifts help move the fundraising efforts within $10,000 of completing the project of building a home for an injured soldier. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

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