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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 […]

Ennis likely to move forward with American Medical Response

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City Manager Chuck Ewings said the Tuesday the city has a frontrunner for future ambulance service. After the decision was announced Monday by the Ellis County Commissioners Court and Red Oak City Council to move into contract negotiations with American Medical Response (AMR), a private ambulance company that serves more than 2,100 communities in the […]

PRIDE: Making an IMPACT on people’s lives


MPACT Ennis is growing a network of individuals, families and businesses who are encouraging positive behavior among young people. “We provide education for parents, business owners, and students about the effects of alcohol particularly, and other drugs,” explained Darrell Nelson, chairman of IMPACT Ennis. “We are building a network of prople to provide a positive […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Male Athlete of the Year Award: Devin L. Smith

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After earning All-State status at quarterback as a junior, Ennis’ Devin L. Smith trumped the honor by winning the state championship in his senior season. That played mightily in the minds of many area citizens who nominated him enough times to earn the Male Athlete of the Year award. There were plenty of reasons behind […]

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 Female Athlete of the Year Award: Isela Sandoval

This year’s Female Athlete of the Year, Isela Sandoval, has been on quite a run of success. After an accomplished career at Ennis, she kicked it up another notch during her first two years of college. At an even 5-feet and 110-lbs, she has very good speed and agility in cross country and as a […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Public Servant of the Year Award: Kevin Taylor


The list of nominees and reasons given by scores of people, including many junior high students, speaks volumes of the way they feel about Officer Kevin Taylor, the 2015 Public Servant of the Year. “Always ready to help others” is just the tip of the iceberg of compliments sent with nominations. Others described him as […]

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 […]

Garlits grand marshal for Motorplex 30th NHRA Fall Nationals

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If ever there was a legend in the sport of drag racing, it’s “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.   When Texas Motorplex opened its gates to the public – becoming the first ever super-stadium of drag racing – in August of 1986, Garlits was on his way to earning his ninth Car Craft All-Star Team and […]

Downtown cafe driving sidewalk ordinance proposal

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The Vintage Cross Cafe, located in the downtown Emporium building, has been a welcome addition to the city, offering another appealing dining option. On Monday, the Ennis city commission heard the first reading of an ordinance that would allow downtown restaurants to offer a sidewalk seating option. This “sidewalk cafe” ordinance, as its being called, […]

Ennis Relay for Life tops $100,000 mark


A recent donation of $7,234 is being added to the Ennis Relay for Life 2015 fundraising totals, pushing the total farther past the goal and the $100,000 mark. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Lions host exchange students

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The Ennis Host Lions Club received some visitors from afar Wednesday during its last meeting before a summer hiatus. Four teens from various European countries, who are participating in the Julien C. Hyer Lions Youth Camp, visited Ennis this past week. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS PARTNER: Certification, procedures highlight growth at Baylor Surgicare at Ennis

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By Brad Hicks Publisher Medical procedure improvements and service expansion have been a big part of the past year at Baylor Surgicare at Ennis. Administrator David Gross explained the changes involve people and procedures. In addition to Renewing our Joint Commission and Medicare certification including an extensive on site review, “We became Certified Operating Room […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS PARTNER: Smoke Free Ellis County aims for a healthy community

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By Brad Hicks Publisher Creating a healthy community is part prevention and part cure for Smoke Free Ellis County. Begun a year-and-a-half ago, Smoke Free Ellis County is part of Irving-based Drug Prevention Resources, Inc., which has been in business for more than 40 years. “We educate the community about tobacco,” Molly Aguilar explained. She […]

MSB acquainted with downtown planners

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Ennis Main Street’s board of directors met with downtown planners to begin planning for the first time Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce. Mesa Planning, the firm constructing the plan, mainly looked to gather ideas by getting to know what the board likes about Ennis’ downtown and also asking which other downtowns they should gather […]

History revised in Calhoun project

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The renaissance taking place in historic downtown Ennis added another wave of momentum when Dave and Joyce Lindauer announced plans to renovate the old J.M. Calhoun Building. Built in 1896 on the corner of West Knox and North Dallas streets, the two-story brick building is being transformed into offices downstairs and lofts on the second […]

Rotary Club presents awards, elects officers

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The Ennis Rotary Club celebrated its annual banquet on Tuesday at the Ennis National Bank Event Center in downtown Ennis. There was a changing of the guard, with a new president, treasurer and secretary announced, and two distinguished awards were given out to special, dedicated Rotarians from the past year. See the report in the […]

MSB talking façade grants, DMP Wednesday


Ennis’ Main Street Board, which has been at the center of attention for weeks as it lobbied with the City Commission for funding for a downtown master plan, will meet again on Wednesday at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce at 5 p.m. On the agenda are a resolution in support of Ennis’ Christmas celebration and […]

Dakota digs in deep

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Dakota Utility Contractors, one of the largest directional drilling businesses in Texas, broke ground on their future home in Ennis on Monday during a special ceremony held at 2501 Oak Grove Rd. Aaron Graff, president, praised the Ennis Economic Development Corporation for making it possible for the company to sink their roots deeper into the […]

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