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County takes executive session to discuss security

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] County commissioners met behind closed doors at the beginning of Friday’s Commissioners Court meeting for an hour and a half to discuss county courthouse security as well as its contract with Dunbar Armored Inc., county officials said. On the executive session part of the agenda, the security item appeared as “consultation to […]

Governor providing more aid to border, Ellis County

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] In the wake of Ellis County receiving around 500 unaccompanied children from south of the border, Governor Greg Abbott announced this week he is taking action to combat illegal border crossings. In a release, Abbott said he will extend the deployment of National Guard troops at strategic locations along the border, instruct […]

Camp to grow by end of week; Officials give more details on unaccompanied youth

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] In appearance, Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center looks like a normal camp. During the early afternoon on Tuesday, children and teens could be seen kicking the ball around on a soccer field. Children marched in lines from one activity to the next. A group of 55 girls walked single file out of […]

Commissioners Court scheduled for Friday

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] The county was scheduled to discuss courthouse security on Tuesday, but that Commissioners Court meeting has now been rescheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. A car was unintentionally crashed into the steps of the historic county courthouse – where Friday’s meeting will take place – just last week, but the agenda […]

Insufficient funds for unaccompanied children

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Seth Robbins Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) – After a spike in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.- Mexico border illegally in the past two months, a top health official has voiced renewed concern that too little money will be available to house the children, risking another border crisis, according to a letter […]

Law enforcement alerts to holiday crime spike

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The holiday season is a time of celebration and merriment, but far too often, some families’ holidays go from happy to dreadful because of an increase in criminal activity. Some may recall just last Christmas when an Ennis family was the victim of burglary on Christmas day. Stolen from the house were […]

Bikers ride in annual toy run

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] About 500 bikers made the annual trek across Ellis County to deliver new toys to Ellis County boys and girls in need this Christmas. Hosted by the Waxahachie-based Gryphons Motorcycle Club, the 29th annual Ellis County Toy Run began on Sunday with a parade in Midlothian and ended in Ennis at Sokol […]

DA moving forward with removal action

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson took a step Friday morning to represent the state in a citizen-filed removal action against Dallas County Criminal District Attorney Susan Hawk. On Friday, he filed asking for a pretrial hearing for scheduling and discovering. Wilson was appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court last […]

State rep shares additional info on unaccompanied minors

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EDN News Service [email protected] Late Tuesday afternoon, Representative Wray was notified of the impending arrival of several hundred unaccompanied children (UAC) to Ellis County. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement contracted with the Texas based non-profit BCFS, formerly Baptist Children and Family Services, for the temporary placement of these […]

Camp, sheriff ease concerns over migrant children

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown told press Thursday he was less upset about the news of Central American immigrant children coming to Ellis County as he was about the short notice he and other county officials received from the federal government. Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center, an unfenced Assemblies of God […]

County receiving refugees

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County officials were notified by federal officials on Wednesday that more than 500 undocumented immigrants, mostly children, would be housed in Ellis County starting Thursday afternoon. According to Ellis County Commissioner Paul Perry, the immigrants are largely from south of the border and include a large number of Guatemalans. The undocumented […]

New county fire marshal appointed

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] After a five-month search for a new county fire marshal, the Ellis County Commissioners Court filled the position on Tuesday afternoon. After the meeting, Tim Birdwell, the new fire marshal, spoke about his 37 years working as a firefighter, fire investigator and fire chief. His most recent job, which he said he […]

County to appoint fire marshal

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The county is expected to appoint Tim Birdwell as the county fire marshal during Tuesday’s Commissioner’s Court meeting in Waxahachie. Birdwell is currently the fire chief in Ferris, and according to county officials, is well-respected in his field. The court is also set to appoint Precinct 4 Commissioner Kyle Butler as representative […]

Sixth annual Ellis County Toy Drive a success

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The 40-plus children currently in care at the Texas Baptist Home for Children squealed with delight as Santa Claus made his appearance late Tuesday afternoon on the Waxahachie Fire Department’s vintage fire engine. Accompanied by members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Office Explorers, Waxahachie Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety, Santa […]

Rains take toll on county

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County, along with other major parts of North Texas, experienced days of heavy rain over the weekend, causing flooding in some areas. Emergency Management Coordinator Stephanie Parker said Midlothian recorded just over eight inches of rain for the weekend. Numbers are similar elsewhere in the county, and a levee was […]

Fruitful memories

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A tree grows in Ennis and in the heart of Ann Juricek Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor An exotic tree yields more than fruit for an Ennis resident. It reminds her of times past. “Jujube trees have a lot of memories for me,” said lifelong Ennisite Ann Haskovec Juricek. “When we were very young, my bother […]

Sheriff Johnny Brown announcement for re-election


My name is Johnny Brown and I am your Ellis County Sheriff. During the past eight years, your Sheriff’s Office has accomplished much and I’m asking for your support for a third term so we can continue providing you with the best possible law enforcement. I believe my record as your Sheriff stands as testament […]

North Texas’ bout with wild weather swings

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] North Texas’ bout with wild weather swings continues this long Thanksgiving weekend, with the area continuing under a Flash Flood Watch through early Sunday. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said north central Texas counties, including Ellis and surrounding counties, can expect the potential for rains that could lead to […]

County recognizes K-9 vest donor

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] For her 10th birthday, Camryn Samuels made an unusual decision for a young girl, and Tuesday, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office recognized her in front of the Commissioners Court. The decision was to forego spending birthday money so she could buy ballistic vests for canine officers.   See the report in the […]

Ellie May to make Perot Museum debut

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellie May, the intact mammoth skeleton found outside Italy, Texas in 2014, made her debut at the Perot Museum in Dallas on Saturday. The “homecoming” featured mammoth-themed activities and demos including a Q&A with Perot Museum paleontologist Dr. Ron Tykoski.   See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here […]

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