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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.

County, city authorities hammering out formal resource plan

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Chief Deputy Dennis Brearley spoke with the Ellis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning about formalizing agreements between the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the Waxahachie Police Department regarding the sharing of resources and equipment.

Veterans event swells with pride, thanks

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Ellis County veterans and their supporters filled the Waxahachie Civic Center on Saturday morning to honor the men and women who laid their lives on the line for their country, as well as those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Prosecutors’ office adding canine

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County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson will speak at the Tuesday morning meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court on his plans to get a companion animal for his office.

County invited to honor vets

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Veterans Day is near, and with it comes the county’s annual celebration of military service.

Palmer passes school bonds

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Voters in Palmer ISD narrowly passed a $15.2 million bond election Tuesday night that will pay for the construction of a new elementary school. Palmer ISD Board President Christen Vick confirmed Wednesday the bond election passed by a narrow margin, 369-320.

County judge draws March 2014 primary opponent

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Self-employed private contractor R.C. Lyon has announced his intent to run for the Ellis County Judge seat during the Republican primary election next March against incumbent Carol Bush.

DA promotes staff attorney

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In the wake of the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office losing its chief felony prosecutor last month, county attorney Lee Auvenshine has been promoted. DA Patrick Wilson announced he has designated Auvenshine the county’s new first assistant.

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.

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