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Opposition to high speed rail continues

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Mark Warde [email protected] A public meeting has been announced by the Ellis County Sub-Regional Planning Commission for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Ennis City Hall. The City Hall is located at 115 W. Brown St., a block south of W. Ennis Ave. Marty Hiles, SRPC governing board member, has stated the main […]

County hopefuls vie in forum

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  Voters in Ellis County will have plenty of interest in the March 1 Republican primaries if Tuesday’s attendance at a candidates forum held at the county seat is any indication. Sponsored by the Ellis County Republican Women and held at the Waxahachie Civic Center, the public heard 13 candidates speak before a packed crowd […]

County candidates forum Tuesday


A forum for Ellis County candidates will be held Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Ellis County Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane, Waxahachie, according to Linda Sibley, Ellis County Republican Women president. The purpose of the forum is to acquaint Ellis County residents with their upcoming ballot choices and to give voters a chance to […]

County: Unaccompanied minors gone

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They came in under public protest from county officials, and they left without a peep. The unaccompanied minors who were brought to Lakeview Camp between Waxahachie and Midlothian after illegally crossing the United States border are now gone, according to County Projects Coordinator Sara Garcia. The plan all along was for the children and teens […]

Collection sites for tornado debris forthcoming

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Mark Warde [email protected] News of recovery efforts in Ellis County continue to provide direction and hope for citizens impacted by last week’s tornadoes. Stephanie Parker, the emergency management coordinator for the county, announced two days, Jan. 6 and 9, when debris from the storm can be dropped off by residents affected by the storm. “This […]

Crittenden running for county seat

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] Bobby Crittenden announced in a press release recently that he will be running for the Precinct 1 county commissioner seat for Ellis County. “I think as realize that it is extremely important for someone in the position of commissioner to be able to be [a leader as well as a servant], […]

Ellis County DA investigator dies suddenly

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] Philip Martin, the Ellis County District Attorney’s Office’s chief investigator, died Thursday, according to his obituary. People who knew him say his death was sudden. The South Korean native who most recently lived in Waxahachie was an investigator with the DA’s officer for 25 years, where he made significant contributions in […]

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 […]

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