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CRIME SCENE

Yellow crime scene tape prevented Ferris from dropping mail off in the two drop boxes outside the main post office at 413 West 6th Street. ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:45:00

Ellis County cities receive $24,132,781.87 in sales tax revenue

AUSTIN— Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said  state sales tax revenue in November was $2.34 billion, up 13.1 percent compared to November 2011. Ellis County cities ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:42:00

2 charged in drug bust

Waxahachie – The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office took two men into custody on drug-related charges after a Sunday, Dec. 9 traffic stop on Interstate 35E ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:42:00

Texas schools fall short on safety, locals beefing up

AUSTIN – In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today urged school districts across Texas to review their safety ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:41:00

Dr. Kevin Fegan presented with a huge gavel as 2013 Chair of Best Southwest Partnership

Dr. Kevin Fegan, president of Northwood University, third from left, was presented with a huge gavel as 2013 Chair of Best Southwest Partnership at the ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:40:00

NEW FDA OFFICER

Outgoing Ferris Downtown Association President Charles Hatfield presents newly elected president, Brian Anderson with the official FDA flag. Anderson along with Tina Miller, vice president ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:39:00

Down Range: Shooting Tips and Events

I would like to share with you some factual 2012 reports from the Armed Citizen Archives, reprinted from the American Rifleman with Permission. These are ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:39:00

Letters to the Editor: Sports & politics don't mix

I turned off the Cowboys/Eagles game last night immediately after Costas’ anti-handgun rant during halftime.  Sportscaster Bob Costas chose halftime to demagogue the murder of an ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:33:00

A Little Gun History

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control.  From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated In 1911, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:32:00

CHL holders are not criminals or commit acts of violence

The recent tragic murder of 26 people in Connecticut has resulted in a firestorm of opinions regarding gun control. I thought I would share mine. First, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:31:00

Incomplete loves

Beth Moore, a wonderful friend and teacher on our television program, LIFE Today, has a Border collie named Star. She describes the cherished pet as ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:30:00

Do the work! The lost art of evangelism

Jesus began His ministry by preaching repentance to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and the first men He chose to be His ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:30:00

Why so much hate?

Preachers dare not mention the blessings of God or prosperity, or they will be critically labeled a “prosperity preacher.” We know there are excesses and ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:30:00

Out to Pastor: The amazing grace of 'do-over,' the art of second chance

Originally written on Jan. 1, 2011 If anybody believes in “do-over,” it is Yours Truly. This stems back to my pre-adult days littered with carefreeness and ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:28:00

WHS students show spirit of giving with toy drive and angel tree

The Waxahachie FFA donated more than 120 toys to the Waxahachie Fire Departments Toys for Tots program on Monday, Dec. 17. Students at Waxahachie High ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:27:00

WiFi now available at the library

Submitted article Lancaster – The city of Lancaster is excited to now offer its patrons WiFi access at the Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library.  The hotspot is available ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:26:00

Sunbeam Club has Christmas fellowship

Submitted by Darleene Denbow The Southern Pacific Sunbeam Club gathered at IHOP in Ennis on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with the whistle blowing at 11:30 a.m.  Jerry Mayo ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:24:00

Ellis County Sheriff's Office

Incidents Dec. 17 – 19 Criminal Mischief in the 100 block of Rocky Ridge, Red Oak. Tattoos Prohibited for a Minor in the 800 block of Zmolek Road, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:24:00

Wilmer Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 16-19 Percy Jarvis Johnson, b/m, 33, Wilmer PD x2 James Brumfield, b/m, 55, Wilmer PD x1 Tammy J. Byers, w/f, 51, APOW Otis Lampkin, b/m, 55, Wilmer PD ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:24:00

Red Oak Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 14-21 William C. Goodwin, 35, possession controlled substance more than 1 gram less than 4 grams, criminal trespass, criminal trespass Christina Morado, 27, fail to control ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:23:00

Midlothian Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 9-20 Johnny R. Blackstock, 44, Cdar Hill PD warrant-public intoxication, Midlothian PD warrant-expired motor vehicle inspection, Midlothian PD warrant-driving while license invalid Flora M. Barlow, 36, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:22:00

Glenn Heights Police Reports

Arrests Dec 14-19 Travecco D. Williamson, m, 19, Glenn Heights PD warrants Andy Jemison, Jr., m, 20, Glenn Heights PD warrants, Dallas PD warrant Bianca S. Hall, f, 29, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:22:00

Ferris Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 15 - 21 Brett Blockhus, 19, w/m, possession Alexander Lazone, 18, w/m, possession of marijuana less than 2 oz Derrick Williams, 37, b/m, Ferris PD warrants, Duncanville ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:22:00

Ennis Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 17-21 Brittni Crabill, 22, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information Margarito Ramirez, 26, no drivers license Kenton Zastoupil, 25, public intoxication Lucas Gordon, 24, theft class c ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:21:00

Fourteen Shackelford Superstar Students raise money for needy children

Fourteen Shackelford Superstar Students recently raised more than $1,300 selling cookie dough to buy toys for needy children. These students sold 185 jars of cookie ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:09:00

DPS graduates 74 new State Troopers at Texas Capitol

Submitted article AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw and Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon today were joined by ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:03:00

City of Hutchins Zoning Board of Adjustment: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Published in The Ellis County Press one time on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of Hutchins Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) will hold ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 17:02:00

PUBLIC AUCTION: Abby's Self Storage, Absolute Self Storage and AA Storage

Published in The Ellis County Press two times on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 & Jan. 3, 2013 Abby’s Self Storage, Absolute Self Storage and AA Storage ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 16:58:00

PUBLIC AUCTION: Frank Prasifka and Son's

Published in the Ellis County Press one time on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 LEGAL NOTICE Frank Prasifka and Son’s will sell at Public Auction, vehicles that have ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 16:56:00

Restored jet crash claims 2

Screen Shot WFAA TV A two-seater Aero L-29 Delfin fighter jet crash near the Ellis/Kaufman County line claimed the life of two local men. Fisher Floyd, 30, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:23:00

Triumph to build more facilities

RED OAK – The city of Red Oak today said it has completed discussions with Triumph Aerostructures, LLC to construct additional facilities in the Red Oak ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:22:00

Burglary/Assault suspect caught after escape

FERRIS – Following escape from custody Tuesday, Dec. 18, Thomas Trenton Jay, was apprehended in a back yard on Magnolia where a resident had seen ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:22:00

No injuries reported in 2 structural fires

Lancaster – In the early morning of Wednesday, Dec. 12, the City of Lancaster and mutual aid agencies responded to two structural fires. At 1:43 a.m. ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:21:00

Christmas Spirit evident by local donations

Waxahachie – Several toy and food drives by different groups in Ellis County shows the Christmas Spirit is alive and well.  The Ellis County Toy Drive ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:19:00

Serving Country: Austin M. Williams

Air Force Airman Austin M. Williams graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base,  San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:18:00

2 charged in drug bust

Waxahachie – The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office took two men into custody on drug-related charges after a Dec. 9 traffic stop on Interstate 35E at ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:18:00

Down Range: Shooting Tips and Events

This week I would like to talk about Assault Weapon Panic across the country. The following is readers’ comments: Michael Blake, Ft. Hood, TX - I’m ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:17:00

Constitutional Thinking: Time for new media

America, ready or not, needs to do some new and improved thinking in a number of areas that are extremely important to the survival of ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:16:00

Simply Speaking: Bad things ....

Former presidents, up until this one, at least gave the impression they were one with us on the really big issues, and wanted us to ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:15:00

No, Mass Shootings are Not on the Increase

Within hours of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., Democratic politicians went to work, exploiting the tragedy for their own gun control agenda. Immediately, some media ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:14:00

Do the work! The lost art of evangelism

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. II Timothy 4:5 Evangelism is the fuel that ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:14:00

Why so much hate?

I am heart-sick over what I observe happening in our great nation. People appear to be learning very well how to hate others. Outbursts of ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:13:00

Out to Pastor: So, this is how the world ends

Since the election, there has been a lot of jibber-jabber by the kings and queens of jibber-jabber about some financial cliff we are facing. I ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:12:00

The man behind the story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus

St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century AD in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey). He was ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:11:00

Christmas Tradition: Candy canes were used as decoration

It was not long after Europeans began using Christmas trees that special decorations were used to adorn them. Food items, such as candies and cookies, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:10:00

The REAL reason for the season

Submitted by Paul Kokoski The nativity “And the angel said to them, ‘‘Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:07:00

Christmas or Xmas?

Submitted article Christmas is also sometimes known as Xmas.  Some people don’t think it’s correct to call Christmas ‘Xmas’ as that takes the ‘Christ’ (Jesus) out of ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:07:00

Texas Times: Tales of Christmas Past In Texas

By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn “We just got up on Christmas morning…and we’d usually have an apple and orange in our stockings.  “That was about the only ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:06:00

The gift of the magi

by O. Henry One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:04:00

Christmas Tradition: Mistletoe used by Druid priests

Mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations.  They revered the plant since it had no roots ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:03:00

Christmas Tradition: Christmas trees are a strong Christmas symbol

Courtesy of www.allthingschristmas.com The Christmas tree is a strong symbol of Christmas. It serves as the family’s center of attention.  In fact, it is the center of ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:02:00

DPS to increase holiday DWI enforcement

Submitted article AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase Driving While Intoxicated patrols from Dec. 21 – Jan. 1, which includes both ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:01:00

Ellis County Sheriff's Office

Incidents Dec. 7 – 16 Theft in the 2400 block of South Westmoreland Road, Midlothian.  Fraud in the 900 block of Wickliffe Road, Ferris.  Complainant reported an unauthorized ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:01:00

Wilmer Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 10-16 Jerry Wayne Hale, w/m, 30, Wilmer PD x2 Jamal Denard Brown, b/m, 36, public intoxication Maribel Sanchez, h/f, 30, Wilmer PD x2 Cordarro Demond Curtis, b/m, 25, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:01:00

Red Oak Police Reports

Arrests Dec 10-17 Dylan M. David,18, no vehicle liability insurance, motor vehicle inspection violation, display expired registration, failure to appear, unsecured load, display expired registration, failure to ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:00:00

Palmer Police Reports

Arrests Dec.13 Joshua D. Kipp, w/m, 22, evading/ warrant arrest ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:00:00

Ovilla Police Reports

Incidents Dec. 10-16 911 hang-up 1 Animal bite/call 1 Animal loose 1 Assist other agency 2 BMV report 1 Burglar alarm residence days 2 Burglary report 1 Criminal trespass report 1 Follow up report 2 House ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 10:00:00

Midlothian Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 9 – 15 Johnny R. Backstock, 44, Cedar Hill PD warrant, public intoxication, Midlothian PD warrant, expired motor vehicle inspection, failure to maintain financial responsibility, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:59:00

Glenn Heights Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 8-12 Ciara D. Williams, f, 18, allowing unlicensed driver to drive Cecilia Thompson, f, 42, driving while intoxicated, Dallas PD warrant, Duncanville PD warrant Alvin D. Hall, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:59:00

Ennis Police Reports

Arrests Dec.11-16 Carlos Rangel, 24, theft class C under $50 Matthew Novak, 22, prohibited weapon Raymundo Garcia, 22, traffic arrest Brenda Hernandez, 35, theft more than $50 less than $500 Rodrieon ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:58:00

WHS golf team donates 75 toys to toy drive

Members of the Waxahachie High School Golf Team donated 75 toys to the Waxahachie Fire Department’s Annual Toy Drive. The golf team’s donation is in ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:57:00

DNA database helping Texas Law Enforcement solve crimes

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) program recently passed a new milestone, the 10,000th offender cold hit, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:56:00

City of Wilmer: Public Hearing

Published in The Ellis County Press one time on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 PUBLIC HEARING In accordance with Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 211 et. Seq. and ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:56:00

City of Wilmer: Public Hearing

Published in The Ellis County Press one time on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 PUBLIC HEARING In accordance with Texas Tax Code, Chapter 312 et. seq. the City ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:55:00

City of Wilmer: Public Hearing

Published in The Ellis County Press one time on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 PUBLIC HEARING In accordance with Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 211 et. Seq. and ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:55:00

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: THE STORAGE PLACE

Published in The Ellis County Press two times on Thursday, Dec.13 & 20, 2012   NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE THE STORAGE PLACE, pursuant to Chapter 59, Texas Property ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 09:53:00

SPCA seizes 25 cats in Avalon

AVALON – On Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, the SPCA of Texas took custody of cruelly-confined, neglected cats from a property in Avalon, under the authority ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 12:11:00

Homicide victim identified, arrest warrant issued

RED OAK – An arrest warrant on a charge of murder has been obtained by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and served by Denver, Colo., ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 12:10:00

5 donkeys up for adoption

Waxahachie– The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has five donkeys available for adoption. All have cleared the estray process. Their owners were not found and no one ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 12:09:00

Ferris youth takes top honors in motocross

Shand GarciaHoleshot Magazineholeshotmag.com   Throughout the year, we are accustomed to hearing the highlights of the various sports, depending on the season.  There is one sport that is ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 12:07:00

SAGU’s World Communication Center updates progress

Waxahachie – Southwestern Assemblies of God University  broke ground on the World Communication Center on Friday, April 27. Since then, 3i Construction has relocated major ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 12:04:00

Letters to the Editor: New taxes and stimulus spending ...

We know now what the President and the Democrats have offered as a “balanced approach.” In order to “solve” the so-called fiscal cliff, the executive ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 12:02:00

Simply Speaking: Santa Claus is coming ...

Santa Claus coming down the chimney down, with elf helpers, flying reindeer, trees covered with sparkling lights and tinsel…all of these things, and more, brought ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 12:02:00

'Tis the Season!

Well, not only am I going to show my age now but also show that I’m just an old curmudgeon as well. The Holiday Season is ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 12:01:00

Constitutional Thinking: Mind reading, mind control

Today, our government, at all levels, is out of control and stepping on freedoms many take for granted. The following quote from the film, “Slavery ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:58:00

Ricky Ken Sparkman

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Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:56:00

Allie Lindsley Renfro

June 30, 1922 - Dec. 1, 2012 Allie Lindsley Renfro, of Waxahachie, passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.  Mr. Renfro ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:55:00

Out to Pastor: I’ll have a 'red' Christmas, thank you

The Christmas holiday season is always ablaze with beautiful colors. I find it hard to be gloomy or grumpy this time of the year. I ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:55:00

Lancaster ISD among 8 districts in the state receiving the Texas Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Project Grant

Submitted article The Lancaster Independent School District is among 8 districts in the state selected to receive the Texas Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Project Grant at ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:53:00

Ellis County Sheriff's Office

Incidents Dec. 3 – 6 Theft of fuel in the 2900 block of Gifco Road, Midlothian.  Driving While License Invalid in the 300 block of South Jackson, Waxahachie. ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:53:00

Wilmer Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 2-9 Royce Delone Gilder Jr, b/m, 21, Wilmer PDx2 Matthew James Smith, w/m, 25, Wilmer PD x Trikee Ross, b/m, 26, Wilmer PD x Johnny Martinez, w/m, 42, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:53:00

Red Oak Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 3-10 Kevin D. Richards, 41, failure to appear, no operators license, defective equipment, no drivers license, failure to appear Maranda C. Allen, 33, no motor vehicle ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:52:00

Palmer Police Reports

Arrests Dec.10 Curtis James Dixon, b/m, 27, fail to identify fugitive ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:52:00

Ovilla Police Reports

Incidents Dec. 3 - 9 Traffic stops 11 Citations issued 5 Vacation house check 56 Business/building cks 213 Neighborhood checks 372 Accident major 1 Accident minor 1 Animal bite/call 1 Assist other agency 2 Burglar alarm ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:51:00

Glenn Heights Police Reports

Arrests Nov. 29-Dec. 6 Andrew C. Castillo, m, 21, Glenn heights PD warrants Conica R. Randle F, 31, Glenn heights PD warrants/ Cedar Hill PD warrants Octavius B. Horton, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:51:00

Ferris Police Reports

Arrests Nov. 30 – Dec. 8 Jose Cazaras-Leal, 21, w/m, traffic arrest Angel Vasquez, 20, w/m, no driver license, failure to maintain financial responsibility Derrean Ford, 31, b/m, Ferris ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:50:00

Ennis Police Reports

Arrests Dec. 3-11 Charles Spencer, 55, criminal trespass Nancy Witherspoon, 54, theft more than $1500 less than $20K Fabian Garcia-Huerta, 22, no drivers license Marcus Sallie, 23, burglary habitation intend ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:49:00

Dear Yellow Jacket Community

What an exciting year it has been already and it’s not even Christmas break yet. The young men and women of Ferris ISD have put ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:48:00

Brooke Watson named to Dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design

Submitted article SAVANNAH, GA - Brooke Watson of Midlothian has been named to the Dean’s List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:47:00

WHS senior signs with Dallas Baptist University

Waxahachie High School Senior, Carly Hess, signs her Letter of Intent to play Volleyball for Dallas Baptist University Pictured with Carly are her parents Brett ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:46:00

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: THE STORAGE PLACE

Published in The Ellis County Press two times on Thursday, Dec.13 & 20, 2012  NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE  THE STORAGE PLACE, pursuant to Chapter 59, Texas Property ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:44:00

Education Foundation awards $14,000 in grants, scholarships

Submitted by Nicole Mansell  Waxahachie Independent School District teachers and staff across the district were filled with excitement on Thursday, Nov. 29, when members of the ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/15/2012 11:39:00

2012 Christmas on the Square biggest ever

FERRIS – Several hundred local and out-of-town visitors participated in the 17th Annual Ferris Christmas on the Square Saturday, Dec. 1. Taking place under a giant ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:57:00

2013 Sun Bru Tanning Products Bikini calendar shoot

Model Haley Davis, poses in front of the old Long Machine Tool building in downtown Ferris. Along with two models, she part of  photo shoot ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:56:00

Mayor stopped on DUI suspicion

GRAPEVINE – According to Grapevine Police Department reports city of Lancaster Mayor Marcus Knight was driving erratically and was pulled over on Nov. 14. He was ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:55:00

Ferris Police Department received the first toy donation for the North Ellis County Outreach program

Melissa Garcia brought some new toys to the Ferris Police Dept. and Officer Angela Barnes received them. New unwrapped toys can be donated at the ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:54:00

Lo-JACK aids in recovery of stolen vehicle

FERRIS – An Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy recovered a stolen vehicle and made a suspect arrest Nov. 28 through use of the Lo-JACK system. Lo-JACK alerts ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:53:00

New Deputy Sheriff sworn in

New Deputy Sheriff sworn in Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown recently swore in Warren Evans as a Deputy Sheriff. Evans has held a Peace Officer ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:50:00

Down Range: Shooting Tips and Events

This week I’ll review the Remington Model 700 Rifle. Remington is celebrating the model 700 ’s 50th year of production. Remington claims that the Model 700 ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:47:00

Guest Editorial: What to know about Medicare in 2013

Bob MoosSouthwest public affairs officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services The New Year will bring improvements and other changes to Medicare. Here’s a ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:47:00

Simply Speaking: The mess...

If anyone were truly curious about, as Laurel and Hardy may have put it, the really fine mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, one would need ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:46:00

New taxes anyone?

All the insiders in Washington, D.C., are talking these days about the “fiscal cliff” America is plunging toward. Obama’s solution is, of course, to raise ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:46:00

Constitutional Thinking: The last tea time

No, I didn’t mean tee time. It’s Tea Time, and perhaps the last time for the Tea Parties to play a meaningful roll in restoring ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:45:00

Out to Pastor: What holiday does a holiday tree celebrate?

I will confess right up front to a certain degree of confusion. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage will corroborate this confession. So many things ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:44:00

Ellis County Sheriff's Office

Incidents Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 Recovered Stolen Vehicle on Northbound I-45 North of Highway 34, Ennis. The abandoned vehicle was reported stolen out of Dallas Police ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:43:00

Wilmer Police Reports

Arrests Nov. 27-Dec. 2 Cristobal Del Valle, Jr., h/m, 22, Wilmer PD x3 Jose A. Garcia, h/m, 47, Wilmer PD x2, Grand Prairie x6, Carrolton x2 Bryan Lopez, h/m, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:43:00

Red Oak Police Reports

Arrests Nov 26-Dec 3 Syngin J. Chaffee, 24, speeding, driving while license invalid, failure to appear Charles E. Lane,19, reckless driving Kenneth E. Neal, 30, assault family violence, permit ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:42:00

Palmer Police Reports

Arrests Nov. 26-Dec. 2 Desmond White, b/m, 22, possession of marijuana under 2 oz. Abel Arredondo, h/m, 35, public intoxication ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:42:00

Ovilla Police Reports

Incidents Nov. 26-Dec. 2 Animal welfare 1 Assist other agency 2 BMV report 1 Burglar alarm business nights 1 Burglar alarm residence days 6 Burglary report 1 Disturbance 3 Driving while intoxicated     ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:42:00

Hutchins Police Reports

Arrests Nov 1-30 Eddie L. Jones, Hutchins PD warrant, no seatbelt, Hutchins PD warrant, child 0-4 unsecured, Hutchins PD warrant, driving while license invalid, Hutchins PD warrant, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:41:00

Glenn Heights Police Reports

Arrests Nov 16-29 Laura a. Waylander, f, 48, driving while intoxicated Khornelius D. Wallace, m, 24, Johnson County Sheriff Office warrants Maurice Price, m, 26,  Glenn heights PD warrants Jose ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:41:00

Ennis Police Reports

Arrests Nov. 26-Dec. 3 Vanessa Muniz, 30, driving while intoxicated Nabor Mata, 25, theft more than=$50 less than $500 Jude Martinez, 30, driving while license invalid Charlene Gilmore, 22, driving ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:39:00

Ferris Independent School District: EMPLOYMENT

Published in The Ellis County Press one time on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 EMPLOYMENT Ferris Independent School District is accepting applications for a Benefits/Insurance Clerk position.  The ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:38:00

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION AND INTENT TO OBTAIN AIR QUALITY STANDARD PERMIT REGISTRATION

Published in The Ellis County Press one time on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION AND INTENT  TO OBTAIN AIR QUALITY  STANDARD PERMIT REGISTRATION   PROPOSED AIR ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/06/2012 10:34:00

Lancaster PD delivers Thanksgiving dinner

Lancaster  – On Tuesday, Nov. 20,  the Lancaster Police Department’s Community Outreach Division delivered Thanksgiving dinner to citizens in need.  Deliveries included turkeys and trimmings for ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 16:06:00

Christmas on the Square Saturday

FERRIS – The 17th Annual Ferris Christmas on the Square will kick off Saturday, Dec. 1 witha Christmas parade at 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Ferris ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 16:05:00

SAGU Theatre presents ‘Humbug’

WAXAHACHIE — The Southwestern Assemblies of God University Theatre department will present the dinner theater event “Humbug” from Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.  Tickets are available ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 16:04:00

TxDOT to present widening of FM 664 project; Public invited to attend meeting in Red Oak Dec. 11

RED OAK –Texas Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11, for the proposed widening of FM 664, from US 287 in ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 16:01:00

Big Lots! District Store Manager Rick Kominski, presents a check for $2,500 to WHS/WNGA Principal

Big Lots! District Store Manager Rick Kominski, presents a check for $2,500 to WHS/WNGA Principal, Brad Burns.  Pictured from left to right are:  Al Benskin, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 16:00:00

Family time is important

Submitted by Rita HodgesEllis County Extension Agent Although it may seem like a simple, old-fashioned activity, research shows that taking time for family meals has many ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 16:00:00

Genesis Williams receives bike for her perfect attendance

Adam and Brana Rope present fourth grader, Genesis Williams, with a bike for her perfect attendance for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 academic year. ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:58:00

Adam Rope Insurance Agency Promotes Perfect Attendance at Shackelford Elementary

Submitted article WAXAHACHIE – Adam and Brana Rope of Adam Rope Insurance Agency came to Shackelford Elementary recently to give a bike away to a student ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:57:00

Home Country

Slim Randles Coffee always tastes perfect before daylight on the opening day of deer season, Dud Campbell thought as he sat in near-total darkness in his ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:56:00

24 Finley Junior High Band Members Comprise the Region 20 All-Region Band

Finley Junior High band directors, Angelyn Seppeler and Justin Bell, announced  24 Finley Band students were awarded chairs in the Region 20 All-Region Middle School ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:55:00

Slim Randles receives The Rounders Award

Albuquerque-based Writer and Former Mule Packer Slim Randles received The Rounders Award at a reception Oct. 16 at Governor Susana Martinez’s residence in Santa Fe. ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:44:00

Letters to the Editor: Expressing appreciation

On behalf of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, I want to express my appreciation and recognition to the Italy, Maypearl, Midlothian, Milford and Waxahachie Police ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:43:00

Letters to the Editor: Our ever-vanishing liberties

Did you give thanks yesterday that you live in a free nation? Unfortunately, that is something for which we can no longer be thankful. We ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:42:00

Simply Speaking: Traitors abound

Traitors abound in the aftermath of Nov. 6th’s election debacle, chief of which is probably South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.  Sometime in the early 90’s, Republicans ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:41:00

My take on the election

Well, Nov. 6 is long past, the elections are over, and pundits have spewed forth their analysis of what happened and why. So I guess ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:41:00

Constitutional Thinking: The fight is on

Thomas Sowell is quoted as saying, “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:39:00

The unity of the faith

Part 1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:38:00

Out to Pastor: Okay, that wasn’t funny

Let me make it very clear right up front that I am in favor of as many “ha ha moments” as possible. I could not ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:37:00

Master Gardener Column: Bulbs in containers

Gail HaynesMaster Gardener Bring a little springtime into your home during the winter this year by growing some bulbs inside in containers.  Indoor displays are relatively ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:36:00

Ellis County Sheriff's Office

Incidents Nov. 19 – 25 Theft in the 400 block of Shankle Road, Ennis. Complainant reported fraudulent charges being made to their bank account.   Animal Bite in ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:35:00

Wilmer Police Reports

Arrests Nov. 15-26 Xavierq Jones, b/m, 20, possession of marijuana greater than 2 oz less than 4 oz Ronald Graham, b/m, 22, Desoto and Fort Worth warrants Bruce F. ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:35:00

Red Oak Police Reports

Arrests Nov.19-25 Orissa J. Carabbio, 42, burglary of a vehicle, engaging in organizes criminal activity Zachary T. McMahon, 20, burglary of a vehicle, engaging in organized criminal activity Michael ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:34:00

Ovilla Police Reports

Incidents Nov. 19 – 25 Traffic stops 12 Citations issued 3 Vacation house check 95 Business/building cks 217 Neighborhood checks 304 Accident major 1 Accident minor 3 Burglar alarm business days 1 Burglar alarm business ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:34:00

Midlothian Police Reports

Arrests Nov 18-24 Apollo D. Rice, 25, driving while intoxicated,  Joshua M. Kirby, 22, Midlothian PD warrant driving while license invalid Bryan N. Clark, 25, Highland Park PD warrant, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:33:00

Ferris Police Reports

Arrests Nov. 11 – 25 Desmond Olivaria, 25, b/m, possession of drug paraphernalia Rodolfo Serna Jr., 30, w/m, driving while intoxicated Harris Henderson, 37, w/m, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:33:00

Ennis Police Reports

Arrests Nov. 19-26 Sherri Tate, 57, theft more than =$20K less than $100K, warrant-not Ennis PD warrant, non Ennis PD charges  Jon Dlabaj, 25, burglary of habitation Stephen Mancuso, ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:32:00

Waxahachie FFA students win sweepstakes award for leadership development

Submitted article WAXAHACHIE - The Waxahachie High School Future Farmers of America Chapter is in full swing this year. Our chapter’s Leadership Development Events (LDE’s) are ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:31:00

TxDOT NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING: PROPOSED FM 664 WIDENING

Published in The Ellis County Press two times on Thursday, Nov. 8 & 29, 2012 TxDOT NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING PROPOSED FM 664 WIDENING FROM US 287 TO ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:27:00

COFFEE CUP PRESENTED

Former reporter Fred Shannon and his grandaughter, Dovie Shannon, are presented an Ellis County/Red Oak Record coffee cup from Publisher Charles D. Hatfield Jr. The ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:26:00

Lancaster High School Junior wins local Veterans of Foreign Wars writing competition

Lancaster – Lancaster High School Junior Austin Mordahl has been named the winner of the Lancaster Veterans of Foreign Wars Post “Voice of Democracy” Essay ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:25:00

Express Employment Professionals hosts Pay it Forward Hiring Campaign; Find Jobs for Unemployed People During Holidays

Submitted article Waxahachie – The Express Employment Professionals office in Waxahachie will be hosting a Pay it Forward Hiring Campaign to put at least 65 unemployed ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:23:00

Down Range: Shooting Tips and Events

This week I would like to talk about the National Rifle Association’s Training Programs. Today when the word NRA is mentioned, many Americans think of a ... Full story

Last Updated: 12/01/2012 15:23:00

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