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Reception recognizes Mayor Thomas

Nancy and Russell Thomas and County Judge Carol Bush (right) had a chance to talk during the reception.

Several hundred gathered at KC Hall on Thursday afternoon to express thanks to mayor Russell Thomas, along with his wife, Nancy, for 18 years of service to Ennis. Well-wishers from the community included city leaders, past and present, as well as many other elected officials. Current city manager Scott Dixon led a ceremony of appreciation that featured […]

Juenemann new mayor-elect; Hejny, Honza, Pruitt elected commissioners

Mayor Russell Thomas, right, gave his support to Juenemann, left, throughout her campaign.

By Justin Tubbs The city election has come and gone in Ennis, and the winning candidates have emerged. Ennis’ new mayor elect is Angie Juenemann, who edged Ward 5 Commissioner Brian Holley by more than 400 votes. In Ward 1, Rowdy Pruitt won the election for commissioner, and he will take Jeremie Salik’s place. Scott […]

Voters give Juenemann thumbs up in mayoral bid


Angie Juenemann is the new mayor-elect of Ennis. She captured 1,029 votes compared to Brian Holley’s 583. Juenemann and her campaign supporters celebrated Saturday night at Casa Italiana in Ennis, inviting folks to eat pizza and celebrate with her. Her official campaign Facebook posted, claiming the victory after early voting was announced heavily in her […]

Juenemann takes lead in early voting tallies


Updated to include other early voting results, a comment from Juenemann and Facebook post.  The early voting numbers are in for the general city election in Ennis, and mayoral candidate Angie Juenemann is ahead of Ward 5 Commissioner Brian Holley by 328 votes. Juenemann drew 749 early votes in the mayoral race while Holley drew […]

Voter turnout light at polls Saturday morning


Polling locations have been open since 7 a.m., and a little more than 220 voters cast their ballots by 1 p.m. Those numbers are added to the nearly 1,200 who voted in the Ennis general city election. Election Day has been a time for candidate’s and campaigners to make their way around the various polling […]

City preps for big election day


By Justin Tubbs With less than a day away until the city has a new mayor-elect, the city is prepping for its biggest Election Day in recent history. Saturday, Ennis residents will not only decide who the city’s new mayor will be, but they will also decide who sits in three positions alongside the mayor […]

Mayoral candidates Q&A

Mayor collage

By Mark Warde Brian Holley and Angie Juenemann head into Saturday’s election with both similarities and sharp contrasts in their personalities and patterns as well as the paths they’ve taken as hopefuls to fill the void left by Russell Thomas. It’s been 18 years since Ennis has sought a new mayor. Each has strong support […]

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

4.21.16 tour bus 2

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 […]

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