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The Ellis County Press 2010 Year in Review

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ELLIS AND SOUTHERN DALLAS COUNTIES - Each year we go over the hottest and most breaking news stories of the past year and 2010 had many interesting events to highlight. Relax and take a trip down memory lane as we go over the biggest stories in 2010.

Jan. 7
Election 2010 candidates set; a record number of Libertarian candidates and Republicans sign up for the March 2 county wide primaries.

Jan. 14
$4.3 Million Mid-Way Regional Airport expansion begins; fresh overlay to be poured and bring the runway to 6,500x100 foot according to Airport Manager Andy Biery.

Jan. 21
Red Oak Fire and Police Departments reported to the scene; Thursday Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. a white Toyota Avalon flipped off the road at a three way intersection on UHL Road.

Jan. 28
Halal Slaughterhouse mere feet from Ellis County line; a slaughterhouse rejected by Ellis County Commissioners in November 2009 was approved for construction in Navarro County.

Feb. 4
Couple shot to death in Ferris; Nathan Moses and Melinda Schene were found shot in their home on the 600 block of Valley View Lane Thursday, Jan. 28.

Feb. 11
Carjacker causes schools and businesses to lockdown; Midlothian City Secretary Lou Jameson confirms a gunman on the loose within the city causing several schools and area businesses to shut down.

Feb. 18
Record snow storm shuts down business, schools; a record breaking snow storm hits the county over night with Ferris Councilman Billy Don Dunn waking up Friday, Feb. 12, to 13 inches of snow at his home.

Feb. 25
Voters heading to the polls Tuesday; early voting is underway and the primaries are less than a week away for crucial county government seats.

March 4
City awarded attorney’s fees in Primary Media suit; primary media was found violating the city’s ordinance by placing off premise signs in the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction.

March 11
Run-off pits Carroll against Ermatinger; the most anticipated race in the county has Bob Carroll and Cindy Ermatinger vying for the spot as 40th District Court Judge.

March 18
Unlicensed doctor arrested; 72 -year- old Ovilla man Bruce Hacker was arrested for practicing medicine in violation of subtitle.

March 26
7 votes seals the deal, members of the house of representatives passed the senate health care bill Sunday, March 19 by 219-212 house votes.

April 1
City of Ferris Animal Shelter ‘Gone to the dogs’; the smell of feces and the sight of injured animals were discovered as you pulled up to the city of Ferris Animal Shelter Saturday, March 26 after complaints about the Safe Harbor Foundations’ credibility were taken into place.

April 8
City terminates shelter contract; Safe Harbor Foundation, contracted out with the city for animal control, had its contract terminated with approval of all Ferris Councilman Monday, April 5.

April 15
Rape/suicide attempt alleged at local church; a 17- year-old male allegedly attempted to rape a 16-year-old girl before trying to attempt suicide at the Waxahachie Heritage Baptist Church.

April 22
4 arrested, capital murder charges expected; Garrett Exxon owner Mohammad Hashemi was found dead in a wooded area on Spur 469 after a bank drop.

April 29
City plans to annex 57 properties; the city of Wilmer city council approved the annexation of 57 properties to be included within their city limits after much opposition was raised.

May 6
Hired: Lancaster gets new superintendent; Dr. Michael McFarland was hired by a 4-3 vote during the May 3rd Board of Trustees meeting.

May 15
Mailbox watch: free memberships to CareFlite; an unanimous donor pays for free memberships to CareFlite for every resident living in ESD #5 with the rest of the tab picked up by President of CareFlite Jim Swartz.

May 20
Student struck, killed; a 17-year –old Midlothian student was struck down by a pick-up truck and killed Sunday, May 16.

May 27
Former animal shelter operators arrested; James “Soaring Eagle” Vonda was one of four arrested on animal cruelty charges in Leonard, Texas. Vonda was head of the Safe Harbor Foundation who took care of the city of Ferris’ animal control before being terminated by the council.

June 3
Deputies involved in head on collision; Sergeant Brian McGee and Deputy Manuel Valdez with the Ellis County Sheriff Office nurse injuries after being involved in a head on collision over Memorial Day Weekend involving a drunk driver.

June 10
Courthouse grand opening celebration; county officials and members of the public gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new Ellis County Courts and Administration Building in Downtown Waxahachie on Wednesday, June 2.

June 17
Man crashes into home, injures 4 kids; a 26- year- old black male drove his car into a Lancaster home injuring 4 childdren Sunday, June 13.

June 24
Officer gunned down; memorial services are underway for fallen Lancaster officer Craig Lamont Shaw,37, after a shootout involving the Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s son.

July 1
Chief under fire; council member’s questioned authority of Fire Chief Eddie Duran during a public budget workshop Monday, June 28.

July 8
Proud to be an American; we won’t forget the men who fought for our independence as cheers rang though Main Street in Waxahachie for those who served during the annual Crape Myrtle Parade Saturday, July, 3.

July 15
Up in Smoke; two disorderly conduct tickets were issued to Franks’ BBQ and Ferris Automotive on S. Central Street according to city officials.

July 22
Split vote approves library engineering contract; Butcher, Willis and Ratcliff gain control over the new library expansion project.

July 29
2 arrested on child pornography charges; Bethany and Gregory Lipowski are currently being held on $100,000 bond.

Aug. 5
2 killed in plane crash, investigation ongoing; Flight instructor Bogdan Szajer and Student Lance Dudley were killed during takeoff and landing practice at Mid-Way Regional Airport.

Aug. 12
CareFlite awarded contract, Ferris EMS crew leaves disgruntled; the city of Ferris entered an agreement with CareFlite to provide 24 hour ambulance service to the city.

Aug. 19
City discusses K-2 Ban, tax increase hearings declared; the recent sale of K-2, branded as incense sees opposition by some.

Aug. 26
City to increase tax rate; a standing room only crowd mostly opposed the city of Lancaster’s tax rate increasing to .8675 per $100 valuation.

Sept. 2
National distribution center opens, ready to employee 200; United Natural Food Incorporated celebrated their grand opening on Danieldale Road in Lancaster with a customer appreciation day.

Sept. 9
Flying high over Ennis; with the help of a flyover, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office was able to uncover 19, 658 marijuana plants.

Sept. 16
Dist. 4 Councilman shouts ‘ I kill people’; Councilman James Daniels tells his constituents he will vote how he pleases during the tax increase to the city.

Sept. 23
Portrait Wars, City VS School; city of Ferris and Ferris ISD vie for the Judge Justus Wesley Ferris painting now hanging in city hall.

Sept. 30
Railroading to the future; the MKT Depot, on S. Rogers in Waxahachie, has undergone significant renovations this summer transforming into a restaurant history and railroad buff alike are sure to enjoy.

Oct. 7
Rowdy Party leads to enforcement; Ferris Police Officers were forced to use mace on a rowdy party located on Front Street Saturday, Sept.4.

Oct. 14
Tea Party going sour? ‘Wuss party’ name change suggested; Ellis County Tea Party refuses to host Democrat David Cozad at a meeting after hosting an event for Republican Challenger Joe Barton while claiming the party is “nonpartisan.”

Oct. 21
Women bound in ‘zip ties’; two female bank tellers were forced by gunpoint into Vintage Bank’s vault in Waxahachie and bound with zip ties by a man believed to be hitting other area banks.

Oct. 28
The power of the storm; a tornado caused much damage to Rice, located southeast of Ennis, Sunday, Oct. 24 with the National Weather Service indicated this as an EF-2 tornado with winds at 135 mph.

Nov. 4
Dallas officer arrested on Waxahachie PD warrant; Officer Broc McCoy was arrested on charges stemming from a domestic disturbance charges from Waxahachie Police Department.

Nov. 11
Vehicle break-in at SAGU, police seek help in identification; Waxahachie PD is looking for a white, pregnant female who may have been a possible suspect with a recent vehicle break-in on a college campus.

Nov. 18
High risk sex offender alert; residents throughout the city of Ferris are being notified of a high-risk sex offender living within feet of their homes.

Nov. 25
Pitts to push ‘Arizona type immigration bill’, constituents question voting record; Jim Pitts answers “ I don’t remember” and “I don’t recall voting” to what many Ellis County Conservatives are questioning as a very “liberal” voting record.

Dec. 2
Councilman files complaint over advertising; District 2 Lancaster Councilman Todd Love was able to finally complete an official ethics complaint on flyers inserted into the The Ellis County Press encouraging voters to attend a tax increase hearing at city hall.

Dec. 9
Bomb scare forces district to evacuate; a bomb threat was taken seriously and students were evacuated from WISD’s Howard 8th grade Center.

Dec. 16
Showing the Love, two officers fired over misconduct, sexual allegations; Councilman Todd Love goes on an expense paid hunting trip from Allied Waste before voting on their contract with the city three weeks later. Ferris Officers Brad Lindsey and Jeffrey Kent are fired over misconduct and sexual allegations.

Dec. 23
Wilson appointed new district attorney, swearing in ceremony for county officials Jan.1; Friday, Dec. 17 Ellis County commissioners appointed Patrick Wilson of Waxahachie to the office of county and district attorney, filling in for Joe Grubbs vacancy.


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a friend 02/09/2012 11:32:43
Regarding July 29 entry: She was implicated by association with her husband, who maintained an elaborate and long running deception. The DA was convinced that she was misled and her charges were all dropped and the case against her dismissed in Jan 2012.
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