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Dance avoided, rainless streak ends

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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 […]

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 […]

Missions trip to Kenya impacts Ennis student

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Ennis native Jesse Roberts, a 2010 graduate of EHS, recently returned from his third international missions trip. He was in Kenya at the same time as president Barack Obama, though Roberts came for a much higher cause than Obama’s preaching politics to a soft audience. The 6’4 Roberts, who is entering his senior year at […]

Beats and Eats: Saturday concert at Sunset Market

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The final summer concert at the Sunset Market is set for downtown this Saturday on the corner of Knox and North Dallas streets. James Gilliland and his band, James G & The Sidestreet Cryers, will perform between 6-9 p.m. See the report in the Friday, Aug. 7, Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up […]

Quilters provide children aid in a bag

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When Child Protective Services has to remove a child from his or her home, the action is often swift, without much time to collect the kid’s necessities. Ellis County CPS investigative supervisor Katherine Jones explained that when children are accompanied from the scene with a toothbrush, a couple changes of clothes, and some pajamas, those […]

FEMA to meet with Ennis residents


Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County Emergency Management director, announced on Wednesday that FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center office in Ennis during Aug. 10-12. “They will be in Ennis from Monday through Wednesday,” she said, “then in Waxahachie from Thursday through Saturday.” “This is a great opportunity for our residents to sit down […]

HFTB nears completion, lack $20,000

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Nearing the finish line in their patriotic project, Home For The Brave is within $20,000 of completing the construction of a home for Marine Corporal Cody Jones and his family of three. During a Tuesday meeting of the HFTB board the shortfall was chief among items on a short list. An increase in concrete costs […]

FEMA delivers aid, Lake Bardwell at normal level

Oklahoma City, OK, June 13, 2013 -- FEMA Public Information Officer Nate Custer speaks in a radio interview at the Cumulus Group which represents seven different stations.  FEMA is here to provide information helpful to survivors of the May 20 and 30-31 tornadoes and flooding. George Armstrong/FEMA

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to bring financial relief to area residents, businesses and farms for damages from the heavy rains in May and June, others could use some relief after July ended without a single raindrop falling. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our […]

City handles complaint, resignation, tax rate


The city commission faced a number of important issues Monday night at its regularly scheduled meeting. Included among them were replacing a city staffer, a citizen and property owner who aired complaints about a tenant, sending out a notice of intention to issue bonds and setting an ad valorem tax rate and declaring hearing dates […]

B&B permit, EDC budget for commission Monday; siren tests set


When the city commission meets Monday, it will be to discuss some important issues in Ennis ranging from a budget for the Ennis Economic Development Corporation to a possible bed and breakfast permit to the city secretary’s position. Also: Fire marshall Chad E. Wester has announced the City of Ennis will test the weather sirens […]

Home Sweet Home

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Under the direction of David Maliska and his home construction team, the future home for Marine Cpl. Cody Jones and his family is beginning to take shape. Located east of I-45 and adjacent to Comfort Suites, the custom-built abode for a wounded soldier in Promontory Point is having its walls go up. See the report […]

Three new Eagle Scouts in Ennis

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From left to right Brendan Hufnagel, Austin Spaniel, and Jacob Sullivan just received their Eagle Scout award on Sunday afternoon. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

PRIDE of ENNIS Pastor of the Year Award: Michael Howard

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Michael Howard received a host of nominations for Pastor of the Year, with most pointing out his knowledge of the scriptures, which he delves into, then distributes those Biblical truths weekly to those who attend Cowboy Church of Ennis. The term pastor is a Latin noun meaning shepherd. It is a verb it when someone […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Volunteer of the Year Award: Jesse DeLeon

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People that know Jesse DeLeon will tell you – he is one of the most dedicated individuals you will ever see. Whether at work or serving in the community, you can expect hard work and success out of him, which makes him a better-than-average worker and a superior volunteer. “If there’s something I have to […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Farmer of the Year Award: Tommy Copeland

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Fresh and local. That’s what you’ll see served up any given Saturday by the Copelands at the Ennis Farmers Market. Ten years ago, Tommy Copeland began Oak Grove farms at his home off Oak Grove Road in Ennis. For the past eight, he and his wife, Kristi, have prided themselves on growing only organic, becoming […]

Juenemann shares success of Mulkey House campaign


The recent drive to rescue the Mulkey-Loggins House from the wrecking ball hasn’t ended as supporters of the effort had hoped but at least the structure will be saved. Current plans are that the 1872 Ennis home will be moved to Farmstead at the Quarry, a new development in Midlothian, where it will join other […]

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