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President declares disaster relief for Ellis County

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Aid will soon be coming to Ellis County after President Obama approved this week federal aid programs for the State of Texas. The assistance is available for the state as well as local governments, such as Ellis County, and will cover 75 percent or more of the cost for debris removal and emergency protective measures. […]

Midlothian man to appear on reality TV show

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A Midlothian paramedic on Feb. 21 will appear on CMT’s “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.” Justin Thompson, 26, will face others in physical challenges to compete for a $10,000 cash prize. The show will begin at 7 p.m., and according to a press release, Thompson will use the prize money to help pay for a […]

Republican candidates answer tough questions

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] For some Ellis County voters, the March 1 primary election picture became clearer Tuesday night at the Waxahachie Civic Center during a candidate forum. For others, things still remain muddled. Carol Wright, a Ferris alderman who will vote in the Precinct 1 commission race, is one of those who still hasn’t […]

County may settle courthouse damage claim Tuesday

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The county will seek to offer and settle a claim on Tuesday regarding a Dec. 9 wreck into a set of county courthouse steps. On the agenda, county commissioners have the option to authorize the county attorney to settle the claim on behalf of the county with Matthew Hutto. With the agenda being a short […]

County primaries slated for March 1; Democratic and Republican Candidates filed

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Republican Primary Candidates Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown, Waxahachie Wess Winn, Waxahachie County Commissioner Pct. 1 Bobby Crittenden, Waxahachie Randy Stinson, Palmer Tim Sadler, Palmer Jeffrey Walsh, Ferris David Pagan, Ennis County Commissioner Pct. 3 Franck Sanchez, Waxahachie Paul Perry, Milford Constable Pct. 1 Roy Callender Jr., Ennis Constable Pct. 2 Terry […]

HSR opponent to support landowners

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Mark Warde [email protected] Efforts to thwart the plans to build a high speed railway in Texas has spawned a new legal group aimed at preventing landowners from suffering the loss of property. Texans Against High-Speed Rail, already quite active, are under the leadership of Kyle Workman. They have formed a litigation partnership with the Beckham […]

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Vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas to speak at Lincoln Dinner Amy Clark, vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, will be the keynote speaker at the Ellis County Republican Women’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner celebration. The event is Saturday, Feb. 23, 2016 at 6 pm. at Farley Street Baptist Church, 1116 […]

Suicide support group starts in Ellis County

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  A tragic loss of an active military veteran to suicide, a 28-year old who was serving in the U.S. Air Force, has made a huge impact on his family. Two years later his passing is bringing help and hope to others who have endured a similar fate. Daniel Shoemaker made a fateful decision (January […]

County chews over purchasing policy

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County commissioners had a lengthy discussion Tuesday about a proposed purchasing policy. County Auditor Mike Navarro said there isn’t a major problem per se with how the city currently conducts it’s purchasing business but that the use of more than 200 county credit cards for day-to-day purchases with only around […]

After the dust settles

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Mark Warde [email protected] Don’t blame Stephanie Parker if she relates well to bronco buster experiencing a wild ride right out of the chute. Approaching a year as the Ellis County’s coordinator of emergency management, she has already seen the area declared a disaster zone due to several floods and a tornado at the end of […]

Abbott seeks federal disaster help for Ellis County

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Gov. Greg Abbott has requested a federal disaster declaration for some Texas counties after deadly late-December blizzards and tornadoes. Abbott on Tuesday announced the request for individual assistance for people in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Franklin, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties. The winter weather pushed into West Texas on Christmas Day. By Dec. 26 twisters and other violent weather reached […]

Petitions started to save 2 Walmarts

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] With less than a week until 154 U.S. Walmart stores close, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Paul Perry has begun urging Italy citizens to do what they can to save their small-town Walmart Neighborhood Market. Meanwhile, a smaller social media effort has taken over certain corners of Facebook to try to save the […]

Next county GOP forum set for Feb. 9


Voters will have the chance to get to know their Republican primary candidates soon. The next county Republican candidate forum is slated for Feb. 9, and Ellis County Republican Party chairperson Denise DeLara said the format will be different from the last one that took place in January. See the report in the Ennis Daily […]

Grayson to hold town hall meetings


Ellis County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson, has announced a town hall meeting, his first in 2016, on Monday, Jan. 25. It will be held at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. According to precinct spokesperson Melanie Wickliffe, the meeting will allow time for residents to visit, as it is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 6 […]

Levingston seeking democratic nod

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] Ronald Levingston, lifetime Waxahachie resident is seeking the democratic nomination for the Precinct 1 county commissioner position in the upcoming March primary. Levingston, according to a release, currently serves as a school administrator in the Dallas Independent School District and has been a Dallas assistant principal for 20 years. He also […]

FEMA asks storm survivors to stay in touch

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Texas homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraged by recovery officials to stay in touch, even after the Jan. 25 application deadline. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=””>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

Grayson to hold town hall meetings

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Mark Warde [email protected] Ellis County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson, has announced a town hall meeting, his first in 2016, on Monday, Jan. 25. It will be held at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. According to precinct spokesperson Melanie Wickliffe, the meeting will allow time for residents to visit, as it is scheduled for 10 […]

County gauges damages, relieves storm victims


Mark Warde [email protected] Damages from the recent storm, which brought tornadoes and flooding to North Texas, including parts of Ellis County, are now being assessed in order to receive federal assistance. “We are working with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA to see if we are going to qualify to receive federal aid,” […]

Meals-on-Wheels exec appears before Congress

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Vinsen Faris, executive director of Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties and immediate past board chair of Meals on Wheels America, gave testimony Tuesday before a Congressional subcommittee urging lawmakers to support and recognize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a critical pillar to reducing senior hunger. Faris spoke at the hearing of the […]

County could partner with DEA

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The Drug Enforcement Agency brought a proposal to the Ellis County Commissioners Court Tuesday that would include one of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office deputies working in coordination with the federal law enforcement agency. Special Agent Bill Matthews gave a presentation about pill mills and doctors and prescription registrants who use recruiters […]

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