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City scrutinizes utility expense

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The city is taking a broad look at ways it might be able to cut utility expenses. At Tuesday’s Ennis City Commission meeting, McKinstry, a firm which oversees projects to ensure they’re worthwhile, presented a funding program to commissioners, which was approved unanimously. Become a subscriber and get the rest of this story and more!

Crews tackle park plan

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Bulldozers and city workers crowded a now-empty lot on the corner of West Knox and North Dallas Street Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after the Ennis City Commission approved the plan for a new, revamped park for the plot of land. Get the details on this project… Read Wednesday’s Ennis Daily News. Become a subscriber!

Fourth of July with a bang


A weekend famous for patriotism and good eats did not disappoint. Thousands were drawn to Ennis, a statement that has grown all too common, for the annual Freedom Fest.  Visitors and locals took in the Farmers Market, the rolling color of the Red, White & Bike Parade, then splashed with flavor during the BBQ Cook-Off, […]

Vet stamps ‘well done’ on postal career

Donald Doherty

Find out how Don Doherty survived what could have been a fatal parachuting accident as a young man, and now he’s retiring from the Ennis Post Office after 25 years… Read all about it in the Sunday edition of The Ennis Daily News. Your life. Your time. Your news. Pick up a copy today! Access […]

Ellis County court clerk charged with theft

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A former Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 court clerk was booked into Midlothian Police Department’s jail Friday morning on theft charges. According to the indictment, which came from an Ellis County grand jury June 29, Felecia Rene Criss, a Waxahachie woman, stole between $20,000 and $100,000 from the court located in Midlothian while under employment. Criss […]

Former court clerk turns self in


Anna Rosales, the former Ennis municipal court clerk accused of stealing clos e to $115,000 in misdemeanor fines, turned herself in to investigators Friday morning in Midlothian. The 55-year-old Ennis woman was indicted by an Ellis County grand jury on June 29. The official charge for Rosales is theft by public servant greater than $30,000 […]

Newspaper carriers revisit crash site

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Two weeks ago, Glenda and Harvey Dixon visited the place that will forever be associated in their minds with a life-changing accident. As the two newspaper carriers, married 46 years, drove out to the crash site on a rural stretch of Ensign Road, they were looking to face their fears, but they were also looking […]

Stars and stripes emerge in Ennis

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The Rotary Club of Ennis is helping area residents with a uniquely American expression of patriotism. More than 900 homes in town will have the American flag wafting in the breeze this July Fourth holiday. Get the rest of this story and more… Subscribe today!

Lights, camera, action!

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Inspired by Justin Timberlake’s current hit, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” the City of Ennis will provide both the background and the characters for the making of a music video Saturday, July 2. The actual song, which is featured on YouTube, is from DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls,” with Timberlake providing the vocals. According to Becky McCarty, the […]

Don’t blow it on the Fourth


By Justin Tubbs People who love America love the Fourth of July; and people who love the Fourth love fireworks. However, this Independence Day Fire Marshal Chad Wester says the way to stay safe, avoid costly tickets and enjoy fireworks is to leave it to the professionals. Get the rest of this story and show […]

Freedom Fest 2016

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Freedom Fest, the last major city event until the Fall Festival in October, is scheduled for Saturday, July 2. Activities are downtown the majority of the day until moving to the Texas Motorplex in the afternoon. Get the latest on all things Ennis… Become a subscriber today!

No leads in arson case

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An arson investigation into a house fire on West Baldridge Street hasn’t turned up any new information, according to Ennis Fire Marshal Chad Wester. Wester acknowledged the fact a witness spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area of the home last Wednesday. Want to get the rest of this story?  Subscribe now!

Capturing Ennis’ window in time

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By Mark Warde When history repeats itself, Dennis Zembala is a happy man. Throughout the downtown district there are multiple restoration projects currently experiencing rebirth. The momentum is somewhat like a wave, cresting just before it reaches land. “I’m very happy to see what’s going on,” said Zembala, who serves on the Ennis Historical Society. […]

Local family helmed EDN for 80 years

Charles and Mary Helen Gentry were owners and publishers  of the Ennis Daily News between 1951 and 1997, and Mary Helen wrote for the  paper until recent years.

By Randy Bigham This year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of The Ennis Daily News, and as readers and advertisers reflect on the importance of the local newspaper to the life of the Bluebonnet City, many are recalling the Gentry-Nowlin families, who have been associated with the publication for almost its entire history. […]

Stolen motorcycle chase ends on foot


By Justin Tubbs A Thursday night chase involving a stolen motorcycle began in the 100 block of West Ennis Avenue and ended when police caught the suspect on foot in a downtown alley. Lt. Mike Hopson, spokesperson for the Ennis Police Department, said a patrol officer noticed the motorcycle revving its engine, accelerating then slowing […]

Settlement sum remains undisclosed

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By Justin Tubbs A few questions remain in the now-settled civil suit of Cassandra Ortiz v. Ennis Independent School District. One question that’s yet to be answered is, “What amount did the former Lionettes instructor settle for?” School board members have declined to comment on the settlement, and Ennis ISD officials and Ortiz’s lawyer have […]

Sterilite opening bends to late summer

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By Justin Tubbs Thursday afternoon, construction workers began laying brick at the new 400,000 square-foot expansion project on Sterilite Drive. A holdup due to weather has the Ennis Sterilite Corporation expansion a bit behind schedule but a summer opening is imminent. “Weather was difficult, putting a screeching halt to everything for a little bit,” Steve […]

MacCool’s pub slates Aug. 1 opener

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By Mark Warde Finn MacCool’s pub in downtown Ennis is moving toward an Aug. 1 opening. Located between El Mexicano Grill and the Emporium at 207 W. Ennis Ave., the bar will occupy space in the two-story building that once housed Salon 207. The structure has sat idle since the 2013 tornado, which did serious […]

Lionettes, colleagues react to Ortiz’s exit


By Justin Tubbs When Ennisites think of drill team, they think of the Lionettes. For close to six years, colleagues and students agreed Cassie Ortiz, the former drill team instructor, was the heart of the  regionally-known, award-winning group of performers. When people in the niche drill team community heard Cassie Ortiz would not return as […]

Fire sparks investigation

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By Justin Tubbs A vacant house fire at 600 W. Baldridge St. is under investigation for arson, according to Ennis Fire Marshal Chad Wester. “The house was abandoned. There was no electricity to the residence. No furrniture in the house, so as of now the fire is under investigation,” he said. Wester says the fire […]

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