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Ennis responds to Boston’s passing


Response to the tragic accident on July 29 in Colorado that took the life of Ennis High School herbology teacher, Kelly Boston, one of the city’s most respected people, continues to have a ripple effect. Students and friends created a memorial in Kelly’s honor outside the greenhouse where Kelly spent much of his time while […]

Park under renovation is haven of memories

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Due to a production error in the print edition of Sunday’s paper, the continuation of this story on page 10 was inadvertently omitted. The full story can be read below. By Randy Bigham Minnie McDowal Park, at the corner of Dallas and Knox streets in downtown Ennis, is still under reconstruction, and the update to […]

Former Teacher of the Year killed in head-on crash

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Kelly Boston, a beloved Ennis High School teacher, husband and father of two was killed Friday night in a car accident while on a family vacation in Colorado. The 47-year-old teacher was driving on Colorado State Highway 9 near Fairplay when the GMC Acadia he was driving collided head-on with a Chevrolet 1500, according to […]

City gets third positive West Nile sample


Another mosquito sample pool has tested positive for West Nile Virus marking the third one in less than a month, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services this week. Get the details on this latest health alert in the Friday edition of The Ennis Daily News…

City seeks downtown Serenity

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Fueled by beautiful images of a city that could one day be reality, implementing the City of Ennis’ comprehensive and downtown master plans requires a lot of legwork from city officials. While many of the projects in the plans seem daunting for a city that hopes to see significant economic growth, Marty Nelson and the […]

Working out with Old Glory

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Two Ennis police officers garnered attention from passersby Wednesday afternoon as they made their way on foot down Country Club Road. Get the whole story in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Become a subscriber and gain full 24/7 access.

Jail death ruled accident

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The death of 30-year-old Joshua Krajca, which occurred in the Ennis Police Department’s jail sometime between the night of May 2 and the morning of May 3, has been ruled an accident, according to the autopsy report. Get the full details in the Tuesday edition of  The Ennis Daily News… Become a subscriber today!

Annie’s Renegade Kidney benefit

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Crystal Woods, author of “Write Like No One is Reading,” described well the life and comrades who are fighting for Ennis native, Annie Toal Whittington. “Life’s a battlefield, and we remain loyal to those who fight for us; those who’d die for us.” Whittington, 29, who was featured in The Ennis Daily News last year […]

Making grants work for Ennis

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To date, the City of Ennis has invested more than $2.1 million into historic downtown buildings. Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said that’s a small number when you look at the nearly $9 million private sector dollars that have come as a result of the public investment. Get the full story in The Ennis Daily […]

Shooting suspect remains at large


The third suspect wanted in relation to an incident last week in which shots were fired into a home in the 400 block of Avenue C and later at an Ennis police officer is still on the loose, according to Ennis Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Hopson. “We have some leads, but we’re not really […]

Ortiz details info about mediation, how EISD built case

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This is the third and concluding installment in a series concerning Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis Independent School District. For Cassie Ortiz, the decision to sue Ennis Independent School District was something she believes she had to do. Her feelings of frustration toward school administrators had festered until she could no longer sit around, which is […]

Give a Kid a Chance preps for Aug. 13 event


Give a Kid a Chance is set for its ninth year of service to kids and families in Ennis. Slated for Saturday, August 13 at Ennis High School, more than 1,400 youth will experience what it means to live in a community that cares for its own. “It’s right around the corner,” said coordinator Marty […]

City learns of second positive West Nile sample


City Health Director Chauncy Williams said the City of Ennis Health Department received confirmation Tuesday of a second West Nile Virus-positive mosquito sample pool in Ennis. The sample was collected in the 900 block of Park Street July 14, according to Williams. Pick up Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News to learn more about […]

Ortiz recounts how relationship with EISD began to sour


This is the second in a series about Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis ISD. Ennis Independent School District emails between administrators and former Lionettes drill instructor Cassie Ortiz illustrate there was more than one issue with Ortiz leading up to Oct. 1, 2015, when she received a message instructing her not to come back to work […]

Feds step back from bullet train

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It was a mixed bag in terms of reactions to the July 18 ruling at the federal level by the Surface Transportation Board. The start-up railway had petitioned for an exemption as well as a petition for clarification, which were both denied by the Surface Transportation Board. Pick up Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily […]

City could toss out in-house trash services

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City Manager Scott Dixon said Wednesday it’s not uncommon for a city to subsidize services like libraries, and parks and recreation, but subsidizing enterprise services like water, sewer, gas and even garbage collection is “not considered a responsible financial practice.” That’s why the City of Ennis is now mulling whether to keep the current trash […]

City mulls options to pay back proposed $3.5M bond


A big question that’s surfaced among fiscally conservative citizens is, “How can Ennis afford a $3.5 million bond to fund downtown improvements?” The Ennis City Commission will decide in August whether or not to approve the bond, which City Manager Scott Dixon says will pay for large portions of the public side of the downtown […]

Ortiz opens up about lawsuit

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This is the first of a series about Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis ISD. Part one focuses on Ortiz’s relationship with the Lionettes and Ennis ISD and the differing stories of the two sides. Ennis ISD emails and documents obtained by The Ennis Daily News paint a clearer picture as to what soured the relationship between […]

Police ID third suspect in Tuesday’s manhunt

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An apparent third suspect has been named in the Tuesday incident where shots were fired into a home in the 400 block of Avenue C that later resulted in an Ennis police officer being fired upon. Police earlier this week filed an arrest warrant for 24-year-old Javier Martinez of Lancaster, after they learned of a […]

Summer reading program wraps up at library

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The Ennis Public Library’s Summer Reading Program celebrated its final program of the summer Thursday… See more on this in today’s print or e-edition online.

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