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Great American Smokeout is Thursday


Thursday, Nov. 19, is the Great American Smokeout. It is an initiative of The American Cancer Society. E very November, the third Thursday of the month, is a day set aside to encourage smokers all over the United States to go the distance and to finally give up smoking. About 42 million Americans still smoke […]

Sadler announces for commissioner seat

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Tim Sadler, of Palmer, today announced he will seek election as Ellis County commissioner in Precinct 1. Sadler will be in the Republican Primary, which is Tuesday, March 1.   See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!</a>

Maypearl hires new chief


EDN Staff Report [email protected] Maypearl announced Friday it has hired a new chief of police, ending a two-month search after former Chief Kevin Coffey was arrested on child sex charges. The new chief is Marlin Suell, who most recently served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a chief deputy. Before that, he was chief […]

Weekend rains douse burn ban


Justin Tubbs [email protected] Many parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area received well over eight inches of rain over the weekend. The best estimates for Ellis County were around that same figure. A benefit of those rains is that the Ellis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to rescind the burn ban, which had been in effect […]

Speed bumps for county’s armored car service

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] It’s been a month-and-a-half since the county worked an agreement with Dunbar’s armored car service, and according to County Judge Carol Bush, the county has actually had the service for only two to three weeks. That is apparently long enough to run into issues, as County Treasurer Cheryl Chambers and Precinct 3 […]

Drone falls on D.A.’s property

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UPDATE: Man claims drone The drone that fell into the Ellis County & District Attorney’s yard has been claimed, and there will be no charges against the man who claimed it. According to the DA, Patrick Wilson, he and the owner of the drone even had a laugh over it. Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County […]

First Precinct 1 Candidate announces

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] David G. Pagan of Ennis recently announced he will seek election as Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 1. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Constable Facebook posts spark social media conversation

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A social media post made by Ellis County Constable Mike Jones has sparked a conversation among the county about how it should respond to questionable use of social media by county officials. In a roughly 3 minute, 30 second statement made by County Judge Carol Bush during the Tuesday Commissioners Court meeting […]

New rule places liability with county law enforcement

By Justin Tubbs [email protected] Despite pushback from Precinct 2 Constable Terry Nay and Commissioner Paul Perry, the county passed a new rule, which will limit Ellis County law enforcement’s use of a privately owned vehicle. The rule, which passed by a vote of 4-1 at the Ellis County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday states the […]

New equipment tames potholes for travelers

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Ellis County roads, a priority in County Commissioner Lane Grayson’s campaign, received and immediately put to use a new piece of equipment that effectively fills pot-holes. Grayson reported the DuraPatcher Truck, purchased as part of the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget, was received on Sept. 17. It was put to work the day it arrived at […]

County approves tax rate, recognizes 4-H Week

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The county officially adopted a property tax rate Monday at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie in a meeting where they also recognized next week as National 4-H Week and approved renewals of contracts, including a liability insurance contract renewal with Hibbs-Hallmark & Company. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here […]

Lawsuit against county involves 2013 wreck

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Two men are suing Ellis County for $1 million for injuries they sustained in a wreck that occurred more than two years ago. The men, Felipe Pineda and Israel Lozano Jr., 23 and 22 at the time, were operating motorcycles on May 5, 2013 and were accused of fleeing from police when an officer attempted […]

County sets up new ‘exchange zone’

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has established an exchange zone for personal, business and civil transactions in the parking lot southeast of the jail. In a press release, Sheriff Johnny Brown explained the exchange zone is intended to provide a place where people can feel more secure when meeting someone in-person. See the report in […]

Ellis County Commissioners set budget

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The Ellis County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to pass a budget and tax rate Monday at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse after a public hearing to discuss the tax rate. After taking issue with a cut road and bridge fund in Precinct Three, Commissioner Paul Perry saw an increase in the amount, while all the […]

Perry to seek re-election

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Paul D. Perry announced that he will seek re-election as Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 3. “I am committed to being a dependable conservative voice on the commissioners’ court,” said Perry. “And there is still so much I hope to contribute to our county, like continuing to work hard to make our county government more transparent.” […]

State fire marshal investigating fire

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The cause of a fire that destroyed an unoccupied Ellis County home early Thursday morning is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, according to Ellis County Emergency Management Coordinator Stephanie Parker. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the […]

Candlelight vigil honors law enforcement

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Hundreds gathered in Waxahachie at the old courthouse square on Labor Day for a candlelight vigil in honor of fallen policemen in an event called Blue Lives Matter. Law enforcement representatives from Ennis, Corsicana, Red Oak, Waxahachie and surrounding communities and those wishing to support them joined in an inspirational confluence at the Ellis County […]

Utility corridor possible site of high speed rail line


Dallas-based Texas Central Partners continues to gain momentum towards their plans of installing the nation’s first high speed rail system. The resistance may appear futile to some, but the fight against the bullet train remains defiant. Despite passage of budget Rider 48 in April, the provision that would bar the Texas Department of Transportation from […]

Being prepared for emergency can be a family project

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Area residents need only look back to the recent six weeks of record-setting rains and flood-waters or recall the events of tornadoes or hurricane Katrina over the past decade to realize the need to be prepared for difficult times. Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County emergency management coordinator, cautions residents that planning for such times is […]

Compared to state’s largest counties, Ellis ranks in bottom half for salaries

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Ellis County Commissioners voted in August to accept a cost of living increase, across-the-board, for elected officials as well as for all county employees. An increase in property values, which had been projected two weeks earlier to the commissioners and county judge, allowed for the hike. There had been two pay adjustments in the previous […]

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