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Bardwell beckons Labor Day fun-seekers

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When the clouds opened up in May and June, record rains poured on the area. Stated in the Czech Republic, Padajú traktory, it means “tractors are falling.” It may have seemed that way. Four miles south of Ennis, water level at Lake Bardwell rose 20 feet above what is considered full. Inundated with flood water, […]

Calling on commissioners to reconsider Ewings

City of Ennis

An Ellis County commissioner for 12 years, lifelong Ennis resident Jerry Holland is planning a City Hall gathering of Ennis citizens who are either unhappy with last week’s resignation of city manager Chuck Ewings or who want him to stay at the position. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign […]

What a little movie can do

wFUMC Movie Night On Saturday, August 22, some 65 people enjoyed a popular  football film at First United Methodist Church's Movie Night at the Park at  Ennis Veterans Memorial Park

Last weekend’s Movie Night at the Park, hosted by First United Methodist Church’s Word Class at Ennis Veterans Park, was a hit, drawing more than 60 members and guests for what is planned as an annual event, raising funds for FUMC youth group activities. On Saturday, young and old alike watched Sony Pictures’ When the […]

City looks outside for EDC guidance


Sources inside the City of Ennis confirmed earlier this week that a third-party attorney has been contracted to examine practices by the city and the Ennis Economic Development Corporation. Mayor Russell Thomas identified the attorney as Jeff Moore. According to Moore’s firm’s website, his specialty is in municipal topics, “such as economic development for Texas […]

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 […]

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

Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications
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 […]

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

United Way

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 […]

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!

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) […]

Dance avoided, rainless streak ends

Natl Weather Service

Local weather watcher Ron Vestal, who has been charting Ennis conditions for 42 years, recorded rain for the first time in 47 days when a brief shower skirted across town on Monday. “Previously, the longest stretch without rain was 44 days,” he said after the surprising precipitation. “Some scattered, light gray clouds were present in […]

Commission points out budget blunders

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Budget controversy in Ennis didn’t stop Monday night at the city commission workshop before the official meeting at City Hall. City manager Chuck Ewings and finance director Joel Welch presented a budget and a new city property tax rate lower than expected. The result: a roughly 0.669 percent tax rate compared to the 2014-2015 fiscal […]

Bodacious blasts! Todd Jones’ air-horn ready for Lions football

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It’s not quite the biblical trumpet in Zion, but it is a clear call of the Lions. Ennis football fans at home or on the road may have never seen the E-Train air horn or the guy who operates the equipment, but everyone has heard his triumphant blasts. For about 15 or more years Todd […]

Wray gives update on Capitol activities

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State Rep. John Wray fielded questions from a small crowd Thursday evening at the Ennis Public Library. A light showing, only 12 citizens showed up, with Wray’s staff nearly matching the number of Ennis folks. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

EDC votes to mark $3.9 mil unrestricted

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The Ennis Economic Development Corporation unanimously voted Tuesday to do things as they’ve “always done them,” according to Mike Montgomery, president of the EDC board of directors. The action they took: moving nearly $3 million of their $10.9 million proposed budget to an “unrestricted” fund, allowing for a broader use of the money when the […]

QuikTrip coming to Ennis


QuikTrip, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based chain of convenience stores and gasoline, has revealed its plans to build a new station in Ennis. It will be located at the site of the current Valero station on East Ennis Avenue at I-45. The Valero facility and gas tanks will be removed. Jake Petras, QuikTrip Dallas Division real estate […]

Comiskey daughter reflects on family, celebrates family reunion

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Before Mary Ludwig’s mother, Christina Comiskey, died in 1977, she had one request of her 10 children. “She told us ‘always stay in touch no matter what happens,” Ludwig said in an interview with the Ennis Daily News Thursday. So all of the Comiskey children, then adults, did stay in touch. In fact, they stay […]

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