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PRIDE of ENNIS Pastor of the Year Award: Michael Howard

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Michael Howard received a host of nominations for Pastor of the Year, with most pointing out his knowledge of the scriptures, which he delves into, then distributes those Biblical truths weekly to those who attend Cowboy Church of Ennis. The term pastor is a Latin noun meaning shepherd. It is a verb it when someone […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Volunteer of the Year Award: Jesse DeLeon

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People that know Jesse DeLeon will tell you – he is one of the most dedicated individuals you will ever see. Whether at work or serving in the community, you can expect hard work and success out of him, which makes him a better-than-average worker and a superior volunteer. “If there’s something I have to […]

Celebrate 60th anniversary


Frankie and Wilma (Prachyl) Vrla celebrated their 60th anniversary at the St. Thomas Aquinas Saint Ann’s Hall in Dallas on June 14, 2015. The reception and catered dinner was hosted by their three sons and wives, David and Cindy, Darrell and Kathy, and Frank III and Kelly. The three daughters-in-law decorated the tables and tableware […]

EPT’s Ruthless! opens. Fame at any cost…

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“Relentless raillery” aptly describes Ennis Public Theatre’s newest production of Ruthless! The Musical. Debuting off-Broadway in 1992, Ruthless! spoofs the stereotypical self-absorbed actress and slays the audience with stinging satire. Family-friendly throughout (unless parents are concerned about giving their little ingénues any wicked ideas), this play offers campy musical fun guaranteed to entertain. For an […]

Three to be Eagles

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Boy Scout Troop 210 will award Brendan Hufnagel, Jacob Sullivan, and Austin Spaniel (above, left to right) the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The ceremony will be on Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The event will be held in the sanctuary with a reception following.

Avenue Church expands to Ennis

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The Avenue Church, based in Waxahachie, has announced they are expanding with a new campus in Ennis. They have signed a long-term lease with Infinity Properties, who own Madison Hall, located at 906 S. Kaufman St. According to Kory Henry, who, along with his wife Belinda purchased the facility in 2004 when it was Confetti’s […]

Boy Scouts climbing new heights

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Ennis Boy Scout Troop 210 is engaging in a high adventure hike in northern New Mexico, a trip that has taken two years of preparation for the team of 14. They departed on July 16. The group of 10 boys and four adult leaders are on what they call the Philmont trek. The training will […]

Remembering a brother’s life

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Local barber and former Ennis Chief of Police James “Red” Sanders recently made the trek from Texas to his hometown in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he and his family saw his brother, Jerry, cremated after 77 years of life. But Jerry Sanders’ funeral was not your ordinary rite, according to Red, who said his brother’s funeral […]

Family First handles ‘trash off’ work


Family First Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., cleaned its Adopt A Highway two-mile section of Highway 34 east of Ennis recently, as part of a Texas Trash-Off effort. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Why we come to the altar

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St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church invites young men as they enter high school to discern whether the Lord is calling them to serve at His altar. After volunteering with support from their parents, they enter a training period. They are then scheduled to serve one of the four Masses celebrated each weekend at St. John […]

Coffee and Conversations: Teen finds a new family at Pop Top Coffee Shop

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Everyone defines family differently, and one local teen is starting to learn what it means to him, thanks to a coffee shop and the people who own it. Michael Prewitt, until recently, was homeless – something few 18-year-olds can say. He defined home as the friend’s couch he was able to sleep on any given […]

On the road to faith: Pastor Glenn Hejny shares plans for church expansion

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One of the fastest growing congregations in Ennis is Damascus Road Fellowship (DRF), currently holding services at the Ennis National Bank Event Center. Pastored by lifelong Ennisite and well-known businessman Glenn Hejny, Damascus Road has spread its influence to mission work in New Mexico and, most recently, to Uganda. The son of Jerry and Georgia […]

Taylors welcome new baby to world


Jerod and Lindsey Taylor welcomed their new son, Jackson Robert Taylor, to the world on June 12 at Mansfield Methodist Hospital in Mansfield. The baby was born 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 inches long. Jackson is the Ennis couple’s second child. They also have a daughter, Lillian, 2. Also welcoming him to the […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Organization of the Year Award: Ennis Garden Club

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Who doesn’t want a more beautiful, eco-friendly community? That thought is the driving force behind the Ennis Garden Club, a nearly 50-year-old organization in Ennis that in the past year has worked diligently to increase its visibility to the public through service projects and its annual Bluebonnet Trails Festival. The reason why was made clear […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Artist of the Year Award: Bill Rhoten

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Bill Rhoten describes himself as an artist, just with a different kind of canvas. A director, a playwright and a teacher to countless students who have gone on to big successes, Rhoten belongs to Ennis, and the Ennis theater scene – well, that all but belongs to Rhoten. Rhoten dates his love for the performing […]

VBS at Church of Christ on Country Club Road

“Faith Commander” Vacation Bible School will be held at the Church of Christ on Country Club Road July 27-29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. It is for children from age 4 through sixth grade. You can register at ennischurchofchrist.org or call 972-875-7484. The church is at 1503 Country Club Road in Ennis.

Meals-on-Wheels Receives Grant

Funding for the 13th Annual Awareness Campaign Made Possible by Subaru of America, Inc.’s “Share the Love” Event July 8, 2015 – Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties is proud to announce that it has received a $2,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign. […]

Ennis Public Theatre rehearsing for ‘Ruthless’

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Ennis Public Theatre is in full rehearsal mode for their next production “Ruthless” by Marvin Laird and Joel Paley. The fun comes from the sheer brazenness of eight-year-old Tina Denmark who knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering […]

Nalco offering community grants in Ellis County

Nalco Champion, An Ecolab Company, will award grants to non-profit organizations in the tri-county area (Navarro, Ellis, Freestone Counties) through the Ecolab Foundation’s 2015 Community Grants Program. To qualify for a community grant, a 501 (c) 3 organization must fall within one of our four strategic areas and deliver services in the tri-county area: • […]

Grace Church offers DVD series on Islam

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Grace Lutheran Church will present “The Challenge of Islam,” a seven week video series on Wednesday nights, beginning on July 22. It will include weekly discussion led by Steve Dygert, the new pastor at the church. Sam Shamoun is the featured speaker in the videos. He was born in Kuwait to an Assyrian Christian family, […]

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