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ELLIS COUNTY – County Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Hanna McCleary as the interim purchasing agent Monday, April 11.

Purchasing Agent Richard Denniston had been with the county since September 2005 before being “dismissed” with no reason cited during a special meeting Friday, April 1. 

McCleary served the county in the same capacity from April of 1994 through July of 2003.

“This is somebody we are bringing in on an interim basis to help us out – to make sure we can continue to operate as we need to operate,” said County Judge Carol Bush.

A proposed burn ban was not approved. “The KBDI is 394, that’s well below the 500 we normally think about,” said Fire Marshal Investigator Jim Pharr. 

“The 14-day outlook is still not too bad.”

Pharr indicated he would not mind seeing the item on the agenda for every meeting of the court during this time of year, however.

“In the next few weeks, we are going to dry up, and in the early summer we are probably going to be in a burn ban situation,” said Pharr.

Members of the court expressed concern about the potential for disastrous wildfires, due to high winds and a plentiful supply of grasses and other fuels.  

They urge all citizens to use caution and a good dose of common sense when contemplating outdoor burning.

The court also voted unanimously to declare the week of April 10 through April 16 as “Crime Victims’ Rights Week” in Ellis County.

“Thank you for that proclamation to raise awareness,” said Suzette Pylant of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. 

“We have lots of organizations here in Ellis County that help crime victims – MADD is just one of them.  

“There are people here to help you if you become a victim of violent crime.”

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