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Waxahachie

When asked to go on record to address two witnesses’ allegations, Waxa-hachie Councilman Ron Wilkinson, a defense lawyer, told them about the recent contract to the city’s senior citizen center being illegally awarded, the incumbent mayor pro-tem responded: "No, I was informed by [the] city attorney it is legal," Wilkinson said. May 10 elections for city races there were canceled because no challenger filed, but Waxahachie has had to face a brash of lawsuits relating to alleged illegal contracts being awarded to the Nay Company for hangars at Mid-Way Regional Airport in Midlothian.

Austin

Gov. Rick Perry, before making a surprise re-election announcement last week, appointed Waxahachie’s Harold Barnard to the Trinity River Authority, which oversees development and conservation of surface water in the Trinity River Basin. Barnard, president of state Rep. Jim Pitts’ Ellis County Abstract and Title Co., was reappointed to the post, which expires March 15, 2011.

Midlothian

The Ellis County Republican Women will hold a fundraiser Thursday, May 8 at the Midlothian Conference Center to replenish their political action committee account in time for November’s general election. For more information, contact Ellen Miller at 972-872-9133 or Tommie Worthy at 972-627-3447.

Red Oak

There’s more to the story in a case involving a man accused of manslaughter in the death of Mimi Wittlinger last year on Highway 77 in Red Oak, according to defense attorneys and sources close to the trial. While prosecutors attempted to make the connection to alcohol as the cause of Aaron Henderson’s vehicle striking Wittlinger’s – killing her instantly – expert witnesses said the crash was caused by Wittlinger. Attorneys also cite authorities’ allegedly illegal attempts at collecting the evidence from the crash scene, according to trial testimony and published reports in the Waxahachie Daily Light.

Supporters of Henderson said the appearance by members with the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter were there to cause indignation and shift the focus off the "true facts" of the case. Judge Gene Knize, according to the WDL, heard arguments outside of the jury box Tuesday afternoon. Results of that meeting were not available as of press time.

Paulville

Okay, so the town of "Paulville" doesn’t exist, but an effort by Texas supporters of Congressman Ron Paul, R-Houston, is currently underway. Founders of the Paulville.org project liken the effort to get liberty-minded individuals in one place to well, getting liberty-minded individuals in one place. Ellis County is on the list of "Paulville"-targeted areas, according to the Web site.

Moral Party?

Waxahachie High Schools student Kevin Crouch, already the creator of several Republican presidential candidate clubs and organizations, announced a Moral America Party that he will seek to file with the Federal Elections Commission. At only 17, Crouch has received encouragement from members of the local Republican and Democratic parties.

Local election briefs are compiled by the news team of The Ellis County Press. Submit local briefs to press@elliscountypress.com.


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