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Mo betta beats! Goodwin, Ennis band march on

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Like a mighty river, some things just keep rolling. So it is with director Gary Goodwin and the Ennis High School marching band. The students who comprise this unit have racked up superior ratings in 48 consecutive years, and have achieved that First Division superior rating 58 out of 59 years. That’s no accident. They […]

City eyes bond sale, sidewalk cafe space at meeting


Ennis City Commission on Monday will consider the first reading of two proposed ordinances that will impact the downtown area, and a $10 million bond for street, sidewalk and utility improvements. The commissioners meet at City Hall for their regular meeting at 7 p.m. They will hold a workshop at 6 p.m., during which they […]

County talking ambulance service Monday


The Ellis County Commissioner’s Court will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, an hour earlier than its usual time of 10 a.m. at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie. With only two items on the agenda, the meeting looks to be a short one. First on the list is an update of the county’s […]

Freedom Fest Red, White & Bike Parade Overall Winner

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Luke Odom was the overall winner in the Red, White & Bike Parade held Saturday morning, July 4, in downtown Ennis. Check out the Tuesday, July 7, 2015, edition of The Ennis Daily News for photos of all the winners, other parade entrants, and more July 4 fun!

Bitten by Shark Week

Believe it or not, Shark Week has been an annual, week-long list of shark-themed movies, programs and documentaries that began in 1988. The Discovery Channel gets pretty good ratings and is now broadcasting the real and fictional shows on sharks in over 72 countries. The week premiers on Sunday, July 5, and fins will be protruding […]

Classifieds for Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ferris picked to win district

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine (now at newsstands) has tabbed Ferris as the favorite to win District 4 in Class 4A this fall. The Yellowjackets, 22-22 in four years under head coach Aaron Emeyabbi, posted a 4-7 ledger in 2014. DCTF gives the nod to the Black and Orange primarily for returning 19 starters, including […]

Lions host exchange students

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The Ennis Host Lions Club received some visitors from afar Wednesday during its last meeting before a summer hiatus. Four teens from various European countries, who are participating in the Julien C. Hyer Lions Youth Camp, visited Ennis this past week. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

Flag service program grows town patriotism

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Driving through town during a patriotic holiday, it is clear Ennis is patriotic. Sidewalks along Ennis Avenue are lined with American flags, neighborhoods are decorated red, white and blue, and it is all thanks to a group of folks dedicated to the community and to the country. The Ennis Rotary Club began a flag subscription […]

FEMA Adds Ellis County

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The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to include Individual Assistance for five additional counties, including Ellis, as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS Citizen of the Year: Bramlet Beard


Bramlet Beard may bear no resemblance to Little Jack Horner of the English nursery rhyme of 1725, though he has placed his thumb in many a plum pie by serving the denizens of this town by volunteering for many community roles. Beard was nominated by readers and selected as The Ennis Daily News 2015 PRIDE […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS Educator of the Year: Gary Goodwin


Ask people about band directors with long tenure and names such as Doc Severinsen and Paul Shaffer may come to mind. In Ennis there is only one name – Goodwin. And it’s a good one. The late Ivan Goodwin led the way with a wand for 22 years, along with his wife Judie. Then their […]


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Mandie Tartaglia talks about downtown Ennis the way a developer would. She sees the seven-block historic district for what it once was and what it could one day again be. Included in that district is the home to her humble business, Pop Top Coffee Shop, as her customers or “fans,” as she calls them, have […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS Business of the Year: Polyguard

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PRIDE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Polyguard It seems everywhere you look in the past year, whether it be a fundraiser, a festival or an open city meeting, Polyguard Products has had its footprint there. That’s one reason the firm was named a PRIDE of ENNIS Award winner as Business of the Year, by The Ennis […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS PARTNER: Certification, procedures highlight growth at Baylor Surgicare at Ennis

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By Brad Hicks Publisher Medical procedure improvements and service expansion have been a big part of the past year at Baylor Surgicare at Ennis. Administrator David Gross explained the changes involve people and procedures. In addition to Renewing our Joint Commission and Medicare certification including an extensive on site review, “We became Certified Operating Room […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS PARTNER: Smoke Free Ellis County aims for a healthy community

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By Brad Hicks Publisher Creating a healthy community is part prevention and part cure for Smoke Free Ellis County. Begun a year-and-a-half ago, Smoke Free Ellis County is part of Irving-based Drug Prevention Resources, Inc., which has been in business for more than 40 years. “We educate the community about tobacco,” Molly Aguilar explained. She […]

Classifieds for Friday, July 3, 2015

Joann Gilmore Hart

Joann Gilmore Hart, 84, passed into the arms of Jesus with her family by her side on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Ennis, Texas. Joann was born on March 13, 1931, to Clyde C. and Josie L. (Lusk) Gilmore. She grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School in 1948. She went on […]

Hope for the Hopeless

Once again I’m taking a break from my normal daily activities to look out my office window. As I am looking out my new window, there are rows of children following leaders around the SAGU campus. It is not unusual to see children on the campus during the summer. This camp is unique from all […]

MSB acquainted with downtown planners

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Ennis Main Street’s board of directors met with downtown planners to begin planning for the first time Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce. Mesa Planning, the firm constructing the plan, mainly looked to gather ideas by getting to know what the board likes about Ennis’ downtown and also asking which other downtowns they should gather […]

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