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Day of Prayer event set for Thursday

The shelter at Lion's Park will house the National Day of Prayer event in Ennis Thursday evening.

By Mark Warde In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, citizens and churches from Ennis will meet to pray at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park. The public is invited to attend. “We welcome the public,” said Darrell Nelson, who helps coordinate the event. “Residents are encouraged to attend and to participate.” The large, […]

Early voting turnout numbers up

I voted sticker

By Justin Tubbs The early voting polls in Ennis saw 1,195 people vote in the early election Those numbers are up significantly compared to just a year ago, when Ennis voters re-elected John Erisman as the city marshal. In that election, only 808 people went to the polls to vote. Those numbers may be slightly […]

Last day for early voting Tuesday

Early voting ends Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Justin Tubbs [email protected] The last day to vote early in the general city and Ennis ISD school board elections is Tuesday. Polls will be open at the Ennis Public Library from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. There are four positions to be decided on the City Commission, the biggest of which is the mayor’s […]

Mayor to be recognized

City of Ennis

Mayor Russell Thomas will be recognized along with two city retirees during Monday night’s City Commission meeting at City Hall. Thomas has served as mayor for the past 18 years, having been elected to the position nine times. This year, though, the mayor is hanging up his hat. Ahead of the May 7 election, Monday’s […]

From trash to treasure… Couple finds renewal in recycling

Jimmie and Betty Oates

If the best things in life are free, Jimmie Oates is a very gracious man. Along with his wife, Betty, they have turned free into profit and profit into free. The couple is from Ennis; Jimmie, 82, and Betty, 39, or least when she stopped counting. He was a printer for 30 years on an […]

Taking it to the streets

Rhea Marshall and daughter Caroline sing “Abide” in downtown Ennis.

Rhea Marshall and a team of singers, along with a live band, performed an outdoor gospel concert at Pierce Park in downtown Ennis on Saturday. The venue served as a release for a new CD by Marshall. The concert was also videotaped.

Cycle safety awareness shifts into high gear

Holding fast to both the need for awareness of bikers on roadways and a few of the new Share The Road signs are local motorcyclists.

On a crystal clear spring day this past Saturday, noticing men and women who travel with one headlight and two wheels in Ennis was the point. Seeing them and sharing the road with them. That does not happen enough on Texas roadways, a state trailing only Florida in the number of accidents and deaths due […]

Early voting begins as Ennis polls open

A ward map for Ennis shows the dividing lines for precincts.

Voters can now begin heading to the polls to decide four seats on the Ennis City Commission and two on the Ennis ISD School Board. Voting day for both elections is officially May 7, but from now, through May 3, registered voters can cast their ballots at the Ennis Public Library, with the exception of […]

Family raising funds for man killed in bus crash

An early morning bus crash sent five people to area hospitals.

Friends and family recently started an online fundraising account for Alejandro Camacho, the man killed in last week’s foggy crash involving an Ennis ISD school bus. The money will go toward the Dallas man’s family and funeral. The page is called “Alejandro Camacho Funeral & Family” and can be found on gofundme.com According to the […]

Tour bus hits RR underpass, passengers injured

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A tour bus with 31 people on board was westbound on Baylor Street Thursday morning when the driver attempted to make it under the train trestle underpass. The top of the bus struck the steel bridge support girder causing significant damage to the bus and injuring a number of passengers. None of the injuries were […]

New drug dog sniffs out weed

Snitch, the drug-sniffing dog, and K-9 officer Donnie Trull.

Ennis’ new drug-sniffing dog, Snitch, snuffed out a little more than two ounces of marijuana at a suspected drug dealer’s house on National Weed Day, according to Ennis police.

One dead, four injured in bus crash

An early morning bus crash sent five people to area hospitals.

Dense fog in the area early Friday morning will likely be determined to be a contributing factor in the collision of an Ennis school bus and a pickup truck on State Highway 34 at Lone Oak Road. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson at the scene, the male pickup driver sustained severe […]

Bluebonnet Festival kicks off Friday

Acoustic Sound Hounds

Happy trails may have been a hit song for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in 1952, but in Ennis the Bluebonnet Trails have been creating smiles for just as long. The month of the blooming state flower reaches its peak this weekend with the annual Bluebonnet Festival. A perennial in downtown, it begins Friday and […]

Ennis blooms Sunday on NBC

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The Bluebonnet Festival, April 15-17, and the magnetic appeal of the state flower makes Ennis the epicenter in Texas this month. Sunday, April 10, the NBC channel 5 episode of Talk Street airs at 11:30 a.m. Host Kristi Nelson (above left) will feature Ennis’ own, Sandy Anderson and Gina Rokas, right  on the air. See […]

French bistro visits Farmers Market

Farmers Market Chez Flo truck

Descriptive words often overheard at the Ennis Farmers Market, fresh and organic, will add a cultural twist on Saturday when Big & Rich BBQ is out of town. The popular vendor, booked in advance for a car show, will have their location ably filled by a French bistro on wheels. From 8 a.m. until 1 […]

Mayoral candidates face off

Ennis Daily News

Mark Warde, the moderator for Tuesday evening’s Ennis mayoral forum pointed out the elephant in the room. This mayoral forum is the first of its kind in 18 years. “This is the first open mayoral race in 16 – or 18 – years,” he said gesturing to the new mayoral candidates sitting atop the stage. […]

Residents, business owners sound off for, against specific use permits

w-Finn MacCool Pub

Monday’s city commission meeting illustrated the challenges elected leaders can face. The subject was special use permits for establishments who seek to serve alcoholic mixed beverages. Thirty seats weren’t enough for the more than 100 people who gathered to express their support or opposition to the possibility of bars within the seven-block downtown district. Pros […]

Youth Expo is a time to shine

Ennis student Ariel Burden shows her pig at the Houston Stock Show. She will do the same thing at the Ellis County Youth Expo this coming week.

By Justin [email protected] The Ellis County Youth Expo is nearly back, and Ennis FFA Director Meredith DeBorde believes Ennis students will provide some stiff competition for the rest of Ellis County. With contests ranging from heifer shows to photography, DeBorde said the Expo is an experience that helps kids grow as leaders. “It really teaches […]

Farmers Market kicks off Saturday

The Farmers Market kicks off another season Saturday downtown.

By Mark [email protected] Opening Day at the Ennis Farmers Market is a day away and anticipation is mounting. Cooperating weather, the heralded arrival of bluebonnets and a two-hour downtown concert by the Acoustic Sound Hounds should make for a very good crowd. A group of 20-30 vendors will be on hand… Click here to subscribe […]

Candidates on display

Forum 5

City commission hopefuls took the stage at San Jacinto Auditorium Tuesday night for a question-and- answer style forum. Ennis Daily News managing editor Mark Warde served as the moderator for the Chamber of Commerce event, and he aimed questions at candidates based on up-to-date topics surrounding City Hall. With three commission wards up for election […]

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