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SAGU students participate in Constitutional Heritage Tour

Southwestern Assemblies of God University students pursuing careers in criminal justice recently had the opportunity to take part in a 10-day Constitutional Heritage Tour. Along with touring national historical monuments, memorials, and museums, they received interactive training from law enforcement agencies. According to Bruce Stayments, program coordinator for the SAGU Criminal Justice department, the purpose […]

PCHS working to change state ranking

A national report ranks Texas 43rd for children’s well-being. One agency founded in Waxahachie, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, is working to change that. The Annie C. Casey Foundation publishes “Kids Count,” which measures trends in education, economic well-being, health and family and community factors. In the last category, the state ranks 47th. PCHAS Vice […]

County Rescinds Burn Ban

The Ellis County Commissioner’s Court voted in favor of rescinding the burn ban in their meeting held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, Ellis County is NOT under a burn ban. This includes all unincorporated areas of Ellis County.

Workforce crisis hits Ennis, Waxahachie nursing homes

The 41 nursing homes in Waxahachie and Ennis and surrounding counties are struggling with a workforce crisis. Turnover for the nurses who care for our parents and grandparents needing long term care is more than 90 percent a year. For certified nurse assistants and licensed vocational nurses — the back bone of any nursing home […]

Criminals use stolen van, crash pay day loan storefront in Corsicana

CORSICANA—A couple of hapless criminals made use of a stolen van in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and used it to run into the front of the Texas Car Title and Pay Day Loan Services building, according to the Corsicana Daily Sun. “We got a 911 call at 3:45 a.m. that a Dickey’s Barbecue […]

Waxahachie ISD approves 13 security measures

WAXAHACHIE—It took a four-hour closed session, but the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees approved 13 of the 15 proposed security measures Monday night. The new district wide security plan will be implemented immediately. The approved measures include: •A second School Resource Officer will be provided to the district. * Local law enforcement will be hired […]

Residential projects, permits booming

The Ferris Planning and Zoning Commission discussed several residential projects at its latest meeting including a final plat approval for the continuation and expansion of a single-family residential development in the Shaw Creek Ranch division. Crabtree Addition, located east of N. Mabel Street and North of East 5th Street, will be for six single-family lots, […]

Hot Wheels, Cool Supplies

Ferris High School student Taylor Peters organizes some school supplies in the school’s cafeteria on Saturday. The supply drive was combined with a classic car show and also featured food trucks and a car wash led by members of the school’s FFA program. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The […]

Waxahachie’s new fire engine rolls into service

WAXAHACHIE – The Waxahachie Fire Department is readying to put its newest engine onto service. The new engine is anticipated to enter service with the city Aug. 17. Waxahachie Fire Chief Ricky Boyd stated the regular use of an engine puts a lot of wear and tear on the equipment over the years. Boyd stated, […]

Google data center in Midlothian will create 40 jobs

WAXAHACHIE—A major announcement by a tech giant is putting Midlothian on everyone’s map. Google will soon call Midlothian its newest home. Ellis County Commissioners approved a 10-year tax abatement agreement with the technology giant for a new data center at its Tuesday morning meeting. The investment by Google could total up to $500 million. Google […]

NCSO may press animal cruelty charges against absent cattle owner

CORSICANA—The discovery of dead and starving cattle on a fenced-in, waterless piece of land in Navarro County has sparked an animal cruelty investigation by the sheriff’s office. Along with six head of severely malnourished cattle, the bodies of at least eight head of cattle, in varying stages of decomposition, were found on a rural property […]

Waxahachie ISD Superintendent heading to Granbury

WAXAHACHIE—Waxahachie ISD will be under new leadership for the 2018-19 school year. The district announced late Wednesday night that superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn will soon depart to serve in the same role for Granbury ISD. The announcement comes a few days short of five months from Glenn being named as the lone finalist for the […]

Man pleads guilty to indecency charges, given probation

WAXAHACHIE – As jury selection was about to begin, Kiefer Allen Swanson pleaded guilty to indecency by exposure in a court room case last week. The Goldsboro, N.C. resident was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication. According to the indictment, Swanson sexually assaulted a victim who was younger than 14 years old on Nov. 1, […]

Jewelry thief sentenced to 20 years in state prison

WAXAHACHIE—Michael Kennedy Louis, 54, was found guilty by an Ellis County jury for theft of property after a string of jewelry store robberies that included the Lancaster resident concealing diamonds in his mouth. The jury needed just thirty minutes to return a guilty verdict Tuesday, sentencing Louis to 20 years in a state prison. According […]

Man killed in Corsicana after structure collapses

Tragedy struck one family hard Monday afternoon while they worked to demolish a structure on S. 18th St. and Eighth Ave, according to the Corsicana Daily Sun. “There was a structure being demolished, maybe a small house, it was long and narrow, like a shotgun house,” said Chief of Corsicana Police Robert Johnson. “A gentleman […]

Ellis County Commissioner gives platform report

ELLIS COUNTY – When the Republican Party of Texas met for its state convention last month in San Antonio, Ellis County Commissioner, Pct. 3, Paul D. Perry was in the thick of things. Perry recently gave a platform report at Republican State Convention in San Antonio. He was selected to represent Senatorial District 22 on […]

Missing deadline, annexation group eyeing May 2019

After missing the July deadline to get enough signatures to place it on the November ballot, proponents of an annexation petition are now turning their sights to May. Louis Ponder, who has been at the forefront of encouraging Ellis County residents to sign a petition to turn the county into a “Tier 2” county, is […]

Ellis County Treasurer Chambers attends investment academy

AUSTIN—Cheryl Chambers, Ellis County Treasurer, attended the Texas Association of Counties Conference of the County Investment Academy, June 27-29 in Georgetown. Officials from across the state, actively involved with their county’s investment strategy, gathered to discuss timely trends that will maximize the return on taxpayer funds. “Many taxpayers may not realize that the county they […]

Salvation Army offers cooling stations to beat heat

WAXAHACHIE—The Salvation Army of Ellis County is committed to serving the needs of the citizens. Right now, as temperatures outside continue to top 100 degrees, they are helping those who may be struggling to handle the intense heat. The Salvation Army location in Waxahachie has established a cooling station, located at 620 Farley Street. It […]

Ferris PD to continue work on cold cases

Adjustments in Ferris to make up for a budget shortfall will not affect the police department’s ability to continue work on investigating cold cases, which includes some unsolved murders. The department is currently investigating three unsolved murders. Ferris staff have said they don’t like to see murder cases go unsolved, which is why these cold […]

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