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DPS searching for escaped Fort Worth sex offender

Charles Raymond Sprague

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigators are searching for a fugitive registered sex offender

Ennis students at Special Olympics

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Ennis children and teenagers have annually participated, excelled and benefitted from the Special Olympics track meet, which has been sponsored for over 20 years by the Waxahachie ISD. The threat of rain couldn’t deter Tuesday’s event, which was held at Lumpkins Stadium. The clouds never opened and the return of a north wind was chilly but bearable. […]

EJH band is superior

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Ennis Junior High band students, earned the “Sweepstakes” award last Thursday and Friday in both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic 1 Divisions. Both bands also earned “Superior” ratings from all six judges in Concert and Sightreading.

Facade improvement program started in Ennis

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Add another reason to the list as to why so many building owners are fixing up downtown Ennis. At last Monday’s City Commission meeting, the city approved a façade improvement program for historic downtown. Basically, if you’re a building owner downtown and you want to improve the exterior of your building, the city will pay […]

Progress on saving Ennis’ oldest house

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Saving a piece of history isn’t easy, but it’s important. As demolition of the Loggins-Mulkey house approaches, take a second to read about the history of this historic home, which sits on a plot of land at 110 N. Elm St. The Loggins-Mulkey house of Ennis, Texas is deeply rooted in the early history of […]

Expo Winners in Thursday’s EDN

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Brady Whitney of Italy, son of Ricky Whitney and Leslie Underwood, shows a steer during the pee wee showmanship at the Ellis County Youth Expo on Friday, April 10. Complete local results can be found inside Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign […]

Murderer of three pleads guilty, sentenced to life

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Roberto Costilla will not see a trial after taking a plea deal sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2013 Bardwell murders of Erick Goff, Ray Goff, and Gladys Goff. To avoid possibility of the death penalty, the Ennis man pled guilty to all three murders in court on […]

Theatre Rocks! offering Godspell

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“Godspell,” the Old Saxson word for the modern English word “gospel,” is the title to the upcoming production at Theatre Rocks! Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Opening Friday April 25, and running three weekends, “Godspell,” which was created by John-Michael Tebelak […]

Perfect attendance drawing winner

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Ray Martinez, a sixth grader at Dorie Miller Intermediate, was honored for being the most recent winner of a bicycle. His name was drawn from the group of students who had perfect attendance for the third nine weeks. This school year, Miller is drawing one student’s name each nine-week period to encourage students to be […]

School makes solid financial moves

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Two decisions made during Tuesday’s Ennis Independent School District board meeting should result in debt savings and better management of its eleven campuses. The first of two moves, each unanimously approved, was to extend the food service contract with Sodexo to include their management of all EISD maintenance, grounds and custodial services. According to Dr. John E. […]

City growth prompts re-signing retail contract

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As the city continues to grow, businesses are showing more and more interest in Ennis. The Ennis Economic Development Corporation (EDC) signed a 12-month contract with Retail Coach, a business that specializes in gathering data and helping Ennis recruit new retailers, on Tuesday. Recently, Retail Coach has helped to recruit new businesses that Aaron Farmer, […]

County hires for two positions

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After months of searching for a new emergency management coordinator for the county, the Commissioners Court approved the hire of Stephanie Johnson for the position on Monday at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. Johnson has several years experience, and her most impressive resume item is that she worked the 2013 Granbury tornado that devastated much […]

School board forum Thursday evening

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Ennis’ Chamber of Commerce will host its third annual EISD School Board of Trustees public forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chamber. “The purpose of the event is to allow the local businessmen and women, and all residents to visit with those individuals who are campaigning for seats on the Ennis ISD Board,” Chamber […]

Bluebonnets, visitors reaching peak

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This weekend’s Bluebonnet Trails Festival, which usually coincides with San Jacinto Day, is right on schedule with followers of state flower. “We are looking forward to a great festival this weekend,” said Sandy Anderson, chairperson of the BTF. “All trails will be ready to travel for the best views of Ennis bluebonnets. Anderson said the […]

Ennis, Motorplex team for July 4 fireworks

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The City of Ennis will be hosting a free fireworks show for the public on Saturday, July 4th at Texas Motorplex. It will be the first time a major fireworks display has been set off at the historic facility in several years and the first time the City of Ennis is producing a large-scale holiday […]

Emergency services district names interim chief

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An interim fire chief was appointed to serve Emergency Service District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department at a regularly scheduled board meeting Monday night at the ESD No. 6 fire station. The ESD No. 6 board decided Wes Curry, the current chief of Forreston Volunteer Fire Department, will now serve as chief over the ESD […]

High-speed rail meeting here Thursday

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The Dallas-Houston high-speed rail has been a controversial topic among Ennis residents, farmers and property owners since the project’s inception. Two of the possible lines cut through Ennis, while one passes outside the city. Some people in Ennis don’t understand why, as the railway would only pass through Ennis, with no stops near the city […]

Farmer opposes high-speed train

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Expressing a dogged determination to stand up to what many feel is the inevitable high speed rail, Ennis farmer Bob Beakley pulls no punches. Stating the proposed location for the train will tear his property apart, the mild-mannered Beakley gets his dander up at the thought of being railroaded by the Texas Central Railway. As […]

Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S. Auditions set

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Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S. is proud to announce auditions for JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and the teen production of THE YELLOW BOAT. Auditions are scheduled for this weekend, April 18-19. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Sam Houston students learn value of pets

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Third graders at Sam Houston Elementary in Mrs. Cecelia Bowles’ reading class recently studied how pets can be useful. Students wrote questions to ask Principal Linda Southard about the campus therapy dog, Houston. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the […]

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