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County breaks ground on new sub-courthouse

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Diana Buckley

Ellis County Communications

Ennis – Numerous dignitaries were on hand Monday evening, Oct. 20, for a ceremonial ground breaking for the new Ellis County sub-courthouse located in Ennis.

Ellis County Commissioner Dennis Robinson, Pct.1, opened the ceremony with a prayer of dedication for the new facility, with Commissioner Bill Dodson, Pct. 2, extending a word of thanks to all those who have worked together on the project.

"This is a great day, not only for Ennis but for all of eastern Ellis County," Dodson said.

Judge Bill Woody, justice of the peace Pct. 1, joined Dodson in thanking County Engineer Joe White in particular for his part in the process.

"One person who has stood by me is Joe White – we started six years ago on this," Woody said.

"Thanks to the Commissioners’ Court and the people of this county, we’re going to get a building. This is a great day."

Woody introduced Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas as the event’s featured speaker.

"Our court listened to us – they heard our cry and respected our desire for services," Thomas said.

"They allocated funds out of the general budget and guaranteed that this facility would be built."

Thomas spoke highly of the building’s architectural firm, Architexas, as well.

"The building is going to be beautiful – first class," he said. "It will be everything Ennis deserves, and our precincts one and two."

Thomas also recognized other city leaders present, including City Attorney Toby Mash, Mayor Pro-tem Bob Taylor, City Commissioner Red Sanders, City Commissioner Tom Abram, City Manager Steve Howerton, City Secretary Shirley Trull, and Chamber of Commerce President Jeannette Patak.

"I am glad all of you are here today, and I see lots of other faces of true advocates for Ennis," he concluded. "Together we will continue to be progressive and demonstrate what foresight will do for Ellis County."

County Judge Chad Adams thanked Thomas as well. "This would not have happened without you," he said.

Also on hand were former Waxahachie Mayor Joe Jenkins, Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee chair Roy Orr, Commissioner Heath Sims, pct. 3, Commissioner Ron Brown, pct. 4, Tax Assessor/Collector John Bridges, County and District Attorney Joe Grubbs, County Clerk Cindy Polley, County Planner Barbra Leftwich, County Treasurer Judy Burden, and others.

The facility will house a variety of county offices, including Justice of the Peace pct. 1, Constable pct. 1, Tax Office, County Clerk, Veterans’ Services, and Indigent Health Care.

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