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Ellis County Democratic candidates that have filed

State Representative D10 – Kimberly Emery County Judge – JR Philips County Clerk – Vicki Alcala Spaniel District Clerk – Shawn-Dana S. Dalton County Treasurer – Jake Hibbard Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 – Monica Mosley Spencer Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 – Hector Tamayo Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 – Sharon […]

Ellis County Democrats, Republicans file for 2018 elections

Jana Lynne Sanchez, far left, who is running for the U.S. Congressional District 6 seat, along with Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 candidate Greg Hellings, center, meets with Nancy Cannaday, chair of the Democratic Party of Ellis County on Monday with other candidates who filed to run for various seats on deadline day at […]

Police searching for Waxahachie Dollar General burglary suspects

The Waxahachie Police Department is seeking help from the public with information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in the burglary of a Dollar General Store. Police were dispatched at 5:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to the 600 block of N. U.S. Highway 77. Read the full story and more […]

Wife of Pct. 4 Constable arrested

Melva Jones, wife of Ellis County Pct. 4 Constable Mike Jones, was arrested at the Courts and Administration building by sheriff’s deputies last week on an after-indictment warrant. An Ellis County Grand Jury indicted Jones Wednesday on the charge of retaliation. According to the indictment, on Aug. 15, Melva allegedly threatened to harm the victim […]

Ferris residents irked over water billing snafu

FERRIS – Ferris residents were shocked to learn that their water bill doubled last month. “There has been some questions, confusion, and errors with Ferris water bills in the last two billing cycles. I want to explain what is happening and what the City is doing to address it,” stated Bill Jordan, city manager on […]

County reappoints fire marshal to two-year term

WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County Commissioners reappointed Ellis County Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell to a new two-year term at their last regularly scheduled meeting. The new term for Birdwell, who was first appointed in 2015, begins Dec. 14. Before serving with the county, Birdwell was the Red Oak Assistant Fire Chief and the Ferris Fire Chief. […]

Barton faces new challenger days after scandal

WASHINGTON – Embattled Ennis Rep. Joe Barton, whose years-old private “sexts” became public last week, now has a primary challenger. On Tuesday, Jake Ellzey, a retired Naval aviator and commissioner on the Texas Veterans Commission, became the first Republican to challenge Barton this cycle – a sign that at least some Republicans view the longtime […]

Man leads police on chase through Ellis, Dallas counties

A Dallas resident was taken into custody after leading police on a high-speed chase through two counties with speeds reaching 130 mph. Darrell Wayne Bluitt, 55, was arrested after his vehicle wrecked out in Dallas. Milford Police Chief Carlos Phoenix stated that a motorist reported to dispatchers that he was witnessing an assault taking place […]

Lindauer files for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1

Judge Joyce W. Lindauer has filed to seek election as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 when her current term expires at the end of 2018. Precinct 1 includes much of Ennis, Ferris, Garrett, Palmer, Bristol, Rocket and Alma, and parts of Waxahachie and Red Oak. Judge Lindauer was appointed by the Ellis County Commissioners […]

Barton Apologizes For Lewd Photo, Sexting

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX 6th District), 68, apologized a day before Thanksgiving for a sexually explicit photo of him being shared on social media. Barton’s acknowledgement of the photo was first reported by The Texas Tribune who said they spoke with the congressman Tuesday night. “You’re as aware of what was posted as I […]

Red Oak police believe suspect crossed border

RED OAK — Red Oak Police are looking for a man in connection with a shooting, but believe he may have fled to Mexico. Police said they have issued warrants for Andres Miguel Mendez for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a family member, which is a first degree felony. On Wednesday, November 15 […]

Police arrest second suspect in Waxahachie murder

COMMERCE, Texas — Police have made a second arrest in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old Waxahachie resident. US Marshals agents arrested 19-year old Lancaster resident Trevis LaDavion Baudoin at 1:30 a.m. Friday in Commerce, confirmed Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff. Waxahachie Police detectives departed for Commerce early Friday morning to join the investigation. […]

Starbucks, Chick-fil-A to open in Red Oak next year

RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council recently approved the zoning for a new shopping center. The development will be located north of Ovilla Road and east of Interstate Highway 35E. Developers said the multi-tenant is 13,000 square feet and will contain eight to 10 units in that structure. Construction on the project is […]

Police use flash grenade to flush out accused kidnapper

D a l l a s SWAT officers used a flash grenade and made their way inside an apartment in Oak Cliff to arrest an Ellis County man who had barricaded himself Wednesday morning. Several streets around the complex were closed during the five-hour standoff between the suspect, who has been identified as Glenntrik Deon […]

SAGU receives $600,000 donation

WAXAHACHIE — Southwestern Assemblies of God University recently received a check from the Southwestern Foundation for a total of $610,200. All of the funds were earnings on investments during the 2017 fiscal year. This record amount was the result of the foundation’s progressive financial growth which has ultimately led to a steadily increasing amount of […]

School, residents evacuated after Avalon gas leak

Officials with the Ellis County Sheriff ’s Office said as precaution a school and nearby residents were evacuated after a gas leak in Avalon on Tuesday afternoon. Deputies originally responded to a call regarding a gas line break just north of the intersection of Powell and Hemphill streets at 12:20 p.m., said Ellis County Sgt. […]

ECSO readying body cameras

WAXAHACHIE — The Ellis County Commissioners Court recently approved an agreement for the sheriff ’s office to enter into a one-year trial for the use of body cameras from Axon, formally Taser International. Both deputies and the staff at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center will use the cameras. Read the full story and more in […]

Voters turn down Waxahachie ISD propositions

WAXAHACHIE — Voters in Ellis County voted no to two Waxahachie ISD proposals on Tuesday. The two propositions totaled $78 million and included two new elementary campuses and a natatorium. When the ballots were counted, voters turned down two new campuses with 2,191 (59 percent) votes against and only 1,508 (34 percent) in favor. Voters […]

Palmer family grows through adoption

Even though they were medically and physically able to have a family, Michael and Angela Pelzel grew impatient. Prayers from their home in Palmer seemingly went unanswered, or they weren’t accepting “no” as final. “We began talking about it to our friends,” Michael said, “but the options were very expensive.” Then an associate at work […]

Rx Take-Back nets 1,300 pounds of medication

WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County citizens participated in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday, Oct. 28. After cleaning out their medicine cabinets of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, and dropping them off at one of the take-back locations around the county for an environmentally safe and proper disposal. This program is a […]

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