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AMR to replace CareFlite service in Ennis

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Mark Warde [email protected] American Medical Response, which has been selected by both Ellis County and the City of Ennis to serve as the selected provider for much of the area, is involved in contract negotiations with local officials. Coverage and service details will be complete this fall or by Jan. 1, 2016. That is when […]

Ennis teen seriously injured in accident


An Ennis teen was seriously injured after a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon. According to the crash report, Zachary Reel, 19, was driving his Harley Davidson eastbound on U.S. Highway 287 when Glori Houston, 33, attempted to cross a highway intersection in front of him at the Reagor Springs intersection. See the report in the Ennis […]

Most CCPD money to facilities

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Three new Chevrolet Tahoes await customization at the city vehicle shop on Lake Bardwell Drive in February 2012. More Tahoe purchases are planned in the 2013-2014 budget.

Tuesday night brought about more drama than a normal city commission meeting. City manager Chuck Ewings’ resignation was only a part of that. The other contentious situation: the city’s Crime Control and Prevention District budget. The bond election held and approved last year has helped the CCPD by providing roughly $750,000 in bond money for […]

Sound Hounds return downtown Saturday morning

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Kaufman County’s Acoustic Sound Hounds are returning downtown on Aug. 28 for two-hours of lively country, bluegrass and gospel during the Ennis Farmers Market. They will perform from approximately 10 a.m. until around 12:30 p.m. Described as bluegrass with a twist or country grass, their flavor has been well received in Ennis for years according […]

‘Red’ Duke dead at 86

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Dr. James "Red" Duke walks away from a Life Flight helicopter ambulance at Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center Thursday, September 27, 2012.

Renowned surgeon and Texas icon James H. “Red” Duke Jr., originally from Ennis, died Tuesday. Duke, a professor at UT Health Science Center in Houston, was known for his military issued wire-rimmed glasses, Texas accent and his trademark mustache. A trauma surgeon, Duke was in the public spotlight for decades, appearing on television in his […]

Ewings resigns

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City commissioners discovered Tuesday night they will soon be in search of a new city manager. City Manager Chuck Ewings announced his resignation at a special city commission meeting Tuesday evening. According to spectators, the reason he cited was not being the right man for some of the city commissioners. See the report in the […]

Trustees adopt new EISD budget

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Members of the board of trustees adopted a balanced budget proposal by the Ennis Independent School District. General fund expenditures were planned to increase by approximately 6 percent over last year. That represents a three percent increase in property values and another three percent coming in enrollment growth. The latter, the district’s average daily attendance […]

Time to pick ‘Best of the Best’


Who has the freshest flowers? Who do you trust with your vehicle? Whose pepperoni pizza can you not live without? Who gave the greatest haircuts? What’s the best motel for your guests to stay? Who takes the best care of your teeth? These, and many other questions, will be answered in the near future. By […]

Sheriff’s vehicle situation resolved

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The fear surrounding 10 temporarily decommissioned sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles has passed, according to County Judge Carol Bush. At Monday’s commissioners court meeting, Bush commended county purchasing agent Jodi Platt on resolving the situation. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the […]

Shift in conversation for county budget

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It appears the county is moving on to other business. At least, that was the attitude of citizens who spoke at Monday’s county budget hearing at the Ellis County Historic Courthouse in Waxahachie. The main budget issue two weeks ago – before a full budget was even proposed – revolved around the use of fiscal […]

Ennis Golden Circle is haven of fun for senior citizens

wGolden Circle 082315 Members of Ennis Golden Circle regularly attend community  events like the recent Senior Olympics at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

The Ennis Golden Circle Activity Center, still going strong after nearly four decades, promises to remain as popular with local senior citizens under the management of Jean Nelson as it was during Mary Nell Glaspy’s 17-year tenure as director. “She left me some big little shoes to fill!” Nelson laughed. “Anyone who knows Mary Nell, […]

United Way prepares for 2015 campaign

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As the Greater Ennis United Way gears up for its 2015 campaign, board president Tre Bischof has set lofty expectations. United Way’s new goal of $340,000 set by Bischof and the rest of the United Way board is $15,000 higher than last year’s record-setting fundraising campaign, which drew in $325,000, the most ever raised by […]

Palmer’s Adam Pennings revives one-room schoolhouse

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Some people go down in history. Adam Pennings, however, can travel back in time before telephones and then return the same day in time to play World of Warcraft with people around the globe. The 15-year old from Palmer is one of 30 to 40 area young people who are fulfilling a pivotal role at […]

McCabe among top world archers

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In Kayla McCabe’s high school career, she has proven she is good at more than just a few things. The recent Ennis High graduate has taken blue ribbons in livestock showing, woodwork and has managed to pull off good grades all the while. Her most recent venture into archery has proven just as successful. See […]

Serving others a unified purpose


Serving the needs of fellow Ennis residents, the ninth year of Give a Kid a Chance was considered the best ever as nearly 500 families were apportioned tangible support from a large team of volunteers. Organized by churches and involving hundreds of volunteers and a number of civic groups and businesses, GAKAC supplied 1,335 young […]

‘Southern Comforts’ opens season at Theatre Rocks!

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Gus Klingman is a quiet man. A quiet man who likes a lot of space in his home…and really hates the thunderous lightening storms that are so common in New Jersey. He is a widower of six years. Amanda Cross is a Southern Belle from Tennessee who likes to talk…needs to talk…about anything and everything. […]

Building at Bowie

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The start of the 2015-16 school year is around the corner and teachers are getting prepared. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Ennis receives positive West Nile test


Ennis received confirmation from the Texas Department of State Health Services Tuesday that a mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile Virus. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Driver with child in car leads short police chase

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An Amarillo man led Ennis police on a short chase late last Thursday with a child in his car. According to police, 24-year-old Parnell Andres was clocked by an Ennis police officer at 111 miles per hour on Interstate 45 near midnight. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up […]

What lower tax rate means to Ennis


Some citizens are wondering why the city’s proposed property tax rate is falling from 69.5 cents per $100 assessed value this year to 66.9 cents next year. City manager Chuck Ewings answered that question and more Tuesday when The Ennis Daily News reached out to him. “Mostly it has to do with growth in (property) […]

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