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Remains found near Lake Waxahachie

WAXAHACHIE: A family learned Thursday afternoon that remains found in a field west of Lake Waxahachie were those of a loved one who mysteriously disappeared roughly 10 months ago. Waxahachie Police confirmed the human remains to be those of Adam Mock, 37. Mock was found in the cab of his Dodge pickup truck in a […]

Searching to Fill Void, Italy Names Interim Supt.

After two years as the superintendent over the Italy Independent School District in southern Ellis County, Lee Joffre, M.Ed, resigned in November to accept an offer to become head of the 3,500 students in the Mabank ISD schools system. Sixty-percent of them are from economically disadvantaged families. Joffre, according to one school official, had been […]

Red Oak Purse Snatcher Identified

Red Oak, TX – On Dec. 20, 2018, the Red Oak Police Department released a video of a purse-snatcher that they were attempting to identify. The suspect subsequently attempted to use one of the victim’s credit cards at the Target & DTLR in the Wheatland Town Crossing shopping center in Dallas. Through additional investigation, the […]

Judge Little Presides Over First Commissioners Meeting

Ellis County Commissioners met on Wednesday January 2, 2019 to consider a light agenda under new County Judge Todd Little. All four commissioners were in attendance. Little called the meeting to order after a motion and second by the commissioners. Following the invocation and pledges, the Commissioners read and approved the consent agenda. The first […]

Macon takes office as JP

Retiring after 28 years of service as a firefighter with the Garland Fire Department, Chris Macon was sworn in and began working on Jan. 1 as the newly elected Justice of the Peace of Precinct 1. He follows attorney Joyce Lindauer, who was appointed to fill the remainder of Judge Bill Woody’s term, approximately ten […]

Deputies sworn in at Ellis County Sheriffs Dept.

Photo Courtesy of Ellis County Sheriff’s Dept. Ellis County Sheriff’s Dept.: Ellis County Sheriff, Chuck Edge swears in Deputy Tyler Bonner and Deputy Cody Martin yesterday. Neither Tyler nor Cody are new to the ECSO. Tyler came up through the ECSO as an explorer and dispatcher before going off to work in the DFW area […]

Ellis County Clerk retires

Sen. Brian Birdwell and District Judge Cindy Ermatinger recently joined others in Ellis County honoring retiring County Clerk Cindy Polley. Polley served the citizens of Ellis County as clerk for seven terms, a total of 28 years. Twitter Photo/Sen. Brian Birdwell Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. […]

11-Year-Old Boy Dies in Italy Early Morning Crash

An 11-year-old boy died and several people were injured in a crash involving multiple vehicles early Saturday morning in Italy, police say. The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, one mile south of Bill Lewis Road on Interstate 35E, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A white Chrysler Town & Country was disabled […]

Silver Tsunami set to hit Ellis County nursing homes

AUSTIN, Texas) — As Baby Boomers reach retirement, a perfect storm is set to hit Ellis County nursing homes: A surge in the number of aging Texans, known as the Silver Tsunami, is projected to effect long term care services across the state. That could leave Ellis County’s 9 long term care facilities — already […]

9-11 Outage includes Ellis County

A 911 outage is currently affecting 13 North Texas counties. The latest update posted at 4 a.m. indicated officials were still working on a solution to the outage. The issue has been effecting areas served by the North Texas Council of Government’s 911 system since 11:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Affected counties include: Ellis County, Kaufman […]

Roads closed due to flooding

Pictured is the intersection of Walker Creek Rd and Gin Rd in Ellis County Thursday morning. As of 9:00 a.m. the Ellis County site reported the following road closures: Precinct 1: Palmrya at Red Oak Creek, Batchler Road, Gibson, Crest Brook Precinct 2: Newman Red, Getzendaner Rd., Oak Grove Rd. at FM 1183, Cartwright Rd, […]

White Christmas odds for Ennis not high – Vestal checks record books for frozen vapor

While it fits the narrative of holiday songs and can make for wonderful photo-opps, folks in the Metroplex seldom have a white Christmas. Local weather-watcher Ron Vestal, has been tracking Ennis weather since the early 1970’s. He knows a thing or two about winter storm fronts and especially the likelihood for snow in North Texas. […]

Commissioners, Judge weigh full docket Bush nears end of 10-year tenure

A lengthy agenda awaited the Commissioners and the County Judge on Tuesday, Dec. 18, starting with consideration for a plan to improve area roadways. That item, a Thoroughfare Plan, was introduced with the need to increase the budget for the project to allow for studying the routing of future roads and current improvements in the […]

Ellis County 4-H participates in Food Show & Challenge

Photo courtesy of Ellis County 4-H The Ellis County 4-H Food Show & Food Challenge participants placed well in their catagories. Intermediate (Owen, Cameron, and Maddie) placed 4th in their category. Junior team (Coleton, Jake, and Cori). In the Food Show, Senior, Cade, was 3rd in the Main Dish category. Jake and Cori placed well […]

Human skull found near Howard Road in Waxahachie

Waxahachie Police confirmed that a human skull was found in a wooded area near Howard Road late Tuesday afternoon. Police received a report at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 that the skull was first noticed by a surveyor who was observing the area. Police explored the area after responding to the call but soon […]

Texas woman pleads guilty to ripping off Medicaid from prison

Sarah Sarder, Breaking News Reporter. A Midlothian woman admitted Thursday to defrauding Medicaid while she was behind bars awaiting sentencing for a previous fraud scheme, authorities said. Alexis C. Norman, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and four counts of health care fraud. One of those instances occurred […]

Car stolen at gunpoint

Suspects still at-large,Red Oak, TX – Two suspects are at-large in the Red Oak area after they car-jacked a woman at gunpoint. Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of South Summit street regarding a robbery that had just occurred. A woman who called in the incident stated that she was sitting in her car […]

Traffic on FM 664 rerouted

A major traffic switch is scheduled to begin next week on FM 664 (Ovilla Road) from Interstate 35E (I-35E) to Westmoreland between the cities of Red Oak and Ovilla. The traffic switch is expected to take approximately seven days to complete, beginning Monday, December 10 through Monday, December 17. Most of the work will be […]

Suit filed against Sheriffs by resident

A pair of Ellis County Sheriff deputies are facing a civil action lawsuit with the United States District Court’s Northern District of Texas (Dallas Division) for reportedly mishandling a Waxahachie man who had called them to request safe transportation to his place of residence. The suit says the man, Ruben Solis, 67, was assaulted and […]

Truck and School Bus Collide

WAXAHACHIE, TX – Waxahachie police were dispatched to the scene of a pickup truck collision with a school bus in front of Shackelford Elementary Monday morning. The driver of the pickup hit the school bus which was stopped at a high rate of speed. Most of the cab of the truck was under the bus. […]

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