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Commissioners approve $38,000 for Ellis County Sheriff equipment

Monies garnered for deputy protective equipment in the amount of $38,000 were approved during a regularly scheduled Ellis County Commissioner’s Court meeting on Tuesday. Ellis County Sheriff Charles Edge said more specifically, the money will be used to acquire ballistic helmets and ballistic shields, among other much needed equipment. Read the full story and more […]

Longer lines expected at DMV

If you suffer from macrophobia, the fear of long waits, you may want to avoid the Waxahachie driver license office between Aug. 11 and Aug. 21. The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Corsicana driver license office announced Tuesday it would close for the 10-day period for renovations that will “enhance customer flow and efficiency.” Read […]

Sanchez in Ennis for Meet & Greet

Jana Lynne Sanchez, who is campaigning for the 6th Congressional District in Texas in 2018, is hosting a 6-8 p.m. meet and greet on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Ennis Public Library. The public is invited to attend part or all of the two-hour session. She told The Ennis News in June that she aims […]

Midlothian shopping center welcomes new businesses

Midlothian Towne Crossing, a large shopping complex, confirmed signed leases with Ross, Ulta, JoAnn, Famous Footwear, Burkes, Petco, Chick-Fil-A and Panda Express, according to a post to the City of Midlothian Facebook earlier this week. The shopping center, Midlothian Towne Crossing, will be anchored by Kroger. Read the full story and more in your Weekend […]

City of Ferris faces ambulance dilemma

Ferris was one city that decided to keep its services with CareFlite in January when Ennis, Red Oak, Waxahachie and Ellis County opted to go with AMR for their ambulance services. Ferris City Manager Bill Jordan now claims CareFlite has fallen short on its promises, according to a report in the Ellis County Press. “The […]

County to set date for budget hearings

Ellis County plans to propose a tax rate and set a public hearing for the upcoming fiscal year budget when it meets at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse Tuesday. Since 2012, Ellis County’s tax rate has remained steady at roughly 0.38 per $100 assessed property value. Once a public hearing is set and a tax […]

Blooming Grove hires Ennis ISD officer Taylor

For the second time this year, a member of the Ennis Independent School District police department has departed for a head position at a nearby public school system. Kevin L. Taylor, 47, resigned from the EISD to become the new police chief at Blooming Grove ISD. His position will provide coverage at three campuses with […]

Rocks of Love

Jules Minyard meandered around a small portion of Getzendaner Park Monday afternoon in search of a good spot to hide two of her favorite rocks. She settled on two spots for the decorated, painted stones, rocks she says might be her favorite in a bag full of about 10. One of her art pieces is […]

No leads in remains investigation

There are no leads in the homicide investigation involving human remains found south of Ennis, near Alma. The human bones were scattered across rural land, including crops and a wooded area off Interstate 45 near Section House Road, and part of those bones had a Pilot Point High School t-shirt on. Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald with […]

Waxahachie plans outdoor amphitheater for downtown

Waxahachie has plans for an outdoor amphitheater not dissimilar from the one which appears in Ennis’ own downtown master plan. The engineering plans are drafted for the theater and a park across from the MKT train depot on South College Street, according to an article from the Waxahachie Daily Light. The planned $3 million amphitheater […]

Boy at airport reunited with beloved teddy

DALLAS (AP) — A 4-year-old North Texas boy has been reunited with his beloved teddy bear nearly a week after the furry friend was forgotten at Dallas Love Field. Luke Swofford of Rockwall got his favorite stuffed toy, appropriately named Teddy Bear, back on Wednesday after extensive efforts that included an airport search and online […]

Art exhibition planned for memorial scholarship

The Ellis County Art Association will help to raise funds for the Shelley Nance Memorial Art Scholarship this weekend in Waxahachie. Nance was a 2009 Italy High School graduate who expressed herself through her art, according to her mother Cynthia Nanca, via the Waxahachie Daily Light. Nance got interested in art with Japanese anime, and […]

Sheriff addresses prima facie speed limit questions

If you’re driving your normal commute, chances are you have the speed limits memorized by heart, but what if you find yourself in an unfamiliar situation, where speed limit signs aren’t posted? These are the times our drivers education should kick in, and remind us of a law called “prima facie” speed limits. Ellis County […]

FERRIS PD UNCOVERS THEFT RING

Ferris police recently discovered a fraud ring with ties to Ennis, according to a statement from the Ferris PD.  A Ferris officer was reportedly on patrol in the 200 block of Mabel Ave. when he observed several valuable items stored in the front yard of a residence. The property included two John Deere zero-turn mowers, […]

Johnnie I. lived, loved polka

Johnnie I. Krajca, the personality and voice of Ennis for nearly a half century, passed away at his farm on Saturday, July 15. Known throughout the area and as far as KBEC 1390 AM airwaves would carry, he was an icon for polka music, Czech culture and the Ennis community for decades. Calling him a […]

Woman killed was wearing Pilot Point t-shirt

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday afternoon that the remains discovered south of Ennis near Section House Road were of a black female between the ages of 16 and 22. In addition, detectives said the deceased was wearing a Pilot Point “Bearcat Pride” high school t-shirt when found by a hog hunter. The University […]

Constable’s office turns page with appointment

For Cpl. Michael McCorkle, moving into the political realm of law enforcement is a step up, even if that means the job duties will be a little different. Currently a canine handler with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, McCorkle will soon take over as Ellis County’s Precinct 3 constable, replacing Tyron Davis, who served less […]

Waxahachie school board approves raises

The Waxahachie ISD school board approved $1,000 pay increases for all district teachers, auxiliary staff and administrators this week, a move Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Jeremy Glenn said would keep its educators “near the top in Ellis County.” Previously, first year teachers coming into Waxahachie ISD could expect compensation amounting to $44,500 for 10 months, with […]

Ellis County to hold disaster prep seminar

Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County emergency management coordinator, has announced plans to hold the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair in downtown Ennis on Saturday, Sept. 30. The free, four hour event begins at 10 a.m. Details will be posted on a Facebook page of the same name. The intention of the seminar is to help […]

Texas Monthly rates ‘Hachie BBQ joint among state’s best

Harris Bar-B-Que has been opened since 2013, the brainchild of 50-year-old Kelvin Harris. It wasn’t until 2017 that Harris and his hickory and oak-smoked barbecue were recognized by Texas Monthly. On a scale of 1-5, Monthly rates Harris’ barbecue a 4. The publication writes “Harris spent his downtime as a maintenance worker in an aircraft […]

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