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Tourism director has vivacious spirit

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People are drawn to her personality like moths to a flame. Gina Rokas, the 12-year director of tourism in Ennis, it could be argued, has the appeal of bluebonnets, the cultural allure of Polka Fest and the energy of the NHRA Fall Nationals.

Auditions scheduled for Sleepy Hollow

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It’s toasty outside now, but there will be a chill in the air this fall – in more ways than one. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is coming to Ennis, and teens from across the county are invited to audition on Thursday.

Sheriff issues thanks to Explorer Post

I want to say a big Thank You to the Commissioners Court for publicly recognizing the Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post during their Aug. 11 meeting.

City reduces budget spending

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City Manager Chuck Ewings presented a slightly lower budget at Monday night’s meeting of the Ennis City Commission, cutting several non-reoccuring expenses by postponing or scaling back several projects.

GAKAC welcomes more kids than ever

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More families and students than ever came out to Ennis High School on Saturday for what organizer Marty Nelson called the largest Give-a-Kid-a-Chance event yet.

Meet the Lions tonight at stadium

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Citizens and fans of Ennis High School are invited to “Meet the Lions” tonight, promptly at 7:00 p.m. at Lions Memorial Stadium.

Cotton Patch breaks ground in Ennis

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Construction plans for a new Cotton Patch restaurant in Ennis are underway.

Ennis ISD meets state standards

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All Ennis ISD campuses met state standards for accountability this year, with several campuses winning distinctions according to EISD Director of Assessment Keith Larson.

Top 20 Under 40: Diana Coile

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Diana Coile immensely enjoys traveling. However, the globetrotter couldn’t be happier than when she’s living in and serving the community she calls home; Ennis.

Making education exciting

Much to the delight of my children, Ennis ISD classes resume bright and early on the morning of Aug. 25.

Classifieds for August 15, 2014

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GAKAC gearing up for Saturday

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Volunteers help stuff backpacks at Ennis High School over the weekend in preparation for the Give A Kid A Chance back-to-school event Saturday.

The annual Give-a-Kid-a-Chance back to school event is ready to roll on Saturday, Aug. 16.

EPD arrests wanted sex offender

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The Ennis Police Department assisted the Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Texas Highway Patrol in arresting one of the state’s most wanted sex offenders.

Farmers Market Spotlight: Laurie Thompson

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Vendors offer a myriad of items at the Ennis Farmers Market. Laurie Thompson supplies over a dozen garden-grown fruit and vegetables, all of them organic.

First amendment under attack in Missouri

The events coming out of Ferguson, Missouri should be giving anyone who cares about the rule of law pause. Mike Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer is just one of several in a line of incidents in which a black man was killed under less than transparent circumstances.

Lions coach speaks at Lions Club

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Jack Alvarez, athletic director and head football coach at Ennis High School, told a crowd on Wednesday his 2014 edition of the Lions already have a bullseye stamped on their backs. Wreaking of confidence, he said the advance printing of playoff tickets might not be a bad idea.

Police step up DWI enforcement

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Shortly after conducting a similar initiative for the July 4 holiday, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to “step” up its enforcement of drunk driving laws for Labor Day weekend.

Theatre Rocks opens 2014-15 season Friday

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Over the River and Through the Woods opens Friday night at 7:30 pm at Theatre Rocks, located at 505 NW Main St. in Ennis.

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