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Rollover victim recovering, family hopes to offset med costs

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Alixx Santos, the lone victim in a rollover accident late Jan. 28 who wasn’t found until the next morning, is still in the hospital, according to family members. Her sister, Sarina Doblado-Dominguez, says she is on and off dialysis now as doctors attempt to help her kidneys function. Doblado-Dominguez also says it could be months […]

What Project Retail is funding

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The chance at landing new retailers gets Ennisites excited. Monday, the city commission unanimously approved Project Retail, which sets aside $25,000 for retail recruitment and marketing. Ennis Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson spoke Friday to shed a little more light on what that means. “Right now, what we are looking at is the recruiting contract,” […]

Slovacek, EJH choir students work on tunes

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Asking a teacher for an autograph is not considered a good idea, unless he is an aspiring singer who is coming to work with music students at Ennis Junior High. Tuesday, Feb. 9, a home-grown country singer, Mat Slovacek, will be working with the EJH choir, according to principal Wade Bishop. See the report in […]

EISD to choose Ag building architect

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Among the agenda items slated for the EISD school board meeting on Tuesday night is a dialogue concerning which architect will be chosen for the Agriculture Facilities project. Superintendent, Dr. John Chapman III will address the findings and likely announce the firm who will oversee the creation of drawings of what could be a new […]

County may settle courthouse damage claim Tuesday

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The county will seek to offer and settle a claim on Tuesday regarding a Dec. 9 wreck into a set of county courthouse steps. On the agenda, county commissioners have the option to authorize the county attorney to settle the claim on behalf of the county with Matthew Hutto. With the agenda being a short […]

EHS student recalls drug episode

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Brenda Laznovsky remembers Jan. 8 at the most terrifying day of her life. That was the day she got a call from Ennis High School, telling her to come. She thought her son was in trouble. Maybe he had gotten into a fight, or maybe he had hurt himself somehow, she thought. […]

Taking his talents to Whataburger University

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Mark Warde [email protected] An innocent, creative idea for fun on National Signing Day has gone viral for a few Ennis underclassmen. Wednesday, Feb. 3, is known across the country for scores of high school athletes who sign National Letters of Intent binding them to colleges who have offered scholarships. Plenty of fanfare and drama goes […]

County primaries slated for March 1; Democratic and Republican Candidates filed

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Republican Primary Candidates Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown, Waxahachie Wess Winn, Waxahachie County Commissioner Pct. 1 Bobby Crittenden, Waxahachie Randy Stinson, Palmer Tim Sadler, Palmer Jeffrey Walsh, Ferris David Pagan, Ennis County Commissioner Pct. 3 Franck Sanchez, Waxahachie Paul Perry, Milford Constable Pct. 1 Roy Callender Jr., Ennis Constable Pct. 2 Terry […]

HSR opponent to support landowners

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Mark Warde [email protected] Efforts to thwart the plans to build a high speed railway in Texas has spawned a new legal group aimed at preventing landowners from suffering the loss of property. Texans Against High-Speed Rail, already quite active, are under the leadership of Kyle Workman. They have formed a litigation partnership with the Beckham […]

Meixner headlines Mardis Gras at KJT

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Mardis Gras is coming to Ennis this Friday at the KJT Hall, and it’s going to be Ennis style. Grammy-nominated artist Alex Meixner, who rocks out on the accordion, will play the show Friday, and KJT President Joe Block says it will be a fun time for all. “There will be a […]

Engineer explains profession to Palmer students

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  Nikole Wadddle Contributor Ms. Elizabeth Borstad, Corsicana’s city engineer, visited Palmer High School’s algebra students last week. She gave students a brief overview of the profession, including the various types of engineers and for what they are responsible, the education involved, as well as an explanation of various types of support staff associated with […]

Busy first meeting with new city manager


Justin Tubbs [email protected] After his first city commission meeting Monday night as city manager, Scott Dixon said he is transitioning smoothly into his new role thanks to help from former interim city manager John Hatchell. “It’s been good. John Hatchell is a real professional, and he’s the type of guy that makes me proud to […]

Two-year old killed in backing up accident

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A two-year old boy was killed Tuesday after his 53-year-old uncle ran over him in a pickup truck. Lt. Mike Hopson with the Ennis Police Department called the incident a “tragic accident” and said that he doesn’t anticipate any charges will be filed. According to police, the uncle was backing up in […]

Still here for hair

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Former Ennis Chief of Police, James “Red” Sanders, who previously occupied a storefront on North Dallas Street, has relocated less than a block away to 115 W. Knox St. The moved was induced by the sale of the Calhoun Building. The space Red, a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, occupied had been the home of barber […]

Zoning board of adjustments and appeals meets Tuesday

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Ennis’ city Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m., at the city commission chambers. The agenda includes a public hearing and consideration as may be appropriate regarding a proposed variance for 604 E. Milam, St., which would allow a new home to be built 10 […]

Dogs help find victim of rollover; sister gives update on condition

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The woman who found 19-year-old Alexandria Santos Wednesday morning after a rollover accident the night before says it was thanks to her dogs that she was able to find her. Margaret Wade, a resident near the wreck in the 6600 block of Farm-to-Market Road 879, said she woke up at about 5 a.m. to let […]

A sign of the times: Local woman created first tourism slogan for Ennis in 1930

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“Where railroads and cotton fields meet.” Synonymous with Ennis for nearly 40 years, the motto is remembered today only by older residents. But the once famous catchphrase for the city, now better known for its bluebonnets, still resonates, capturing a nostalgia for Ennis’ bustling past in the golden age of railroad travel and agricultural production. […]

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Vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas to speak at Lincoln Dinner Amy Clark, vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, will be the keynote speaker at the Ellis County Republican Women’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner celebration. The event is Saturday, Feb. 23, 2016 at 6 pm. at Farley Street Baptist Church, 1116 […]

Caldwell announces Ward 1 run


Local small business owner Weldon Caldwell is the first to announce his candidacy for the Ward 1 city commissioner seat in the May 7 general election. “I am not running on any specific platform except to say that I would like to see Ennis flourish and prosper with the continued quest to bring industry, retail […]

The Path to Downtown: Ennis Avenue

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Downtown planners have described Ennis Avenue as the concept that ties the whole downtown master plan together. Thriving is Ennis’ Interstate 45 corridor market, which, according to Mesa Planning Project Manager Ashley Shook, generates $328 million annually in sales, much higher than the projected potential for the area – $122.8 million. The question she and […]

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