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Unity Celebrations set for Saturday

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By Mark Warde For a second straight year the Unity1 Summer Music Festival will take place at Pierce Park in downtown Ennis. The free event runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. along NW Main Street. According to event organizer Charlotte Watson, who helped co-found Unity in the Community in 2001, more than 10 musicians […]

Airport study takes wing


By Justin Tubbs For as long as some Ennisites can remember, there have been talks about moving the city’s municipal airport to a location that would allow construction of a bigger or better one. The City now hopes to see if those aspirations will ever come to fruition. At Monday’s City Commission meeting in downtown […]

Ennis PD makes arrest in BB shooting


By Justin Tubbs An Ennis man was arrested Sunday in connection with a BB gun shooting that sent a boy to the hospital last week. Jose Ibarra-Chavez, 20, was charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Police say he is the uncle of the boy who was shot in his right arm with a […]

Junior wins new car

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When Sydnie Martinez tried to turn her key Friday night before graduation, she didn’t think it was going to turn. “I didn’t think it was going to go into the lock, so I was just about to say ‘I didn’t get it,’” she said. “But then it turned, and I was just so excited.” This […]

Grads turn the tassel

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Nearly 350 high school seniors completed their final task, keeping their tassel on the right side of their mortarboard. At the end of the 2016 commencement, when Principal David Averett gave the word, they moved it to the left. The turning of the tassel indicates one’s transition from candidate to graduate. Having enough of the […]

Retreat breaks barriers

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By Mark Warde A new regime. A new day. Planned months before the May elections, a cast of 22 city leaders, including the new mayor and three freshly elected commissioners, did something perhaps for the first time in city history. They spent three days together, in one location, in a retreat setting. It wasn’t so […]

Thomas honored as exemplary Eagle Scout

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By Mark Warde Former mayor Russell Thomas was recognized for his leadership example as a former Eagle Scout by the Ennis Friends of Scouting last week. The venue, held at the Wildflower Cafe during their annual campaign to raise funds, was hosted by scout master Robby Keever. Ennis is part of the national Boy Scouts, […]

Power out in Ennis neighborhood

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A power pole was downed in a car accident at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Fire Marshal Chad Wester. According to Wester, a vehicle crashed into the pole near the corner of South Hall and West Milam Street, causing a power outage in the area. The power is expected to be out until some […]

Flood Watch continues, Lake Bardwell remains open

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By Mark Warde In weather more suitable for ducks, residents of Eastern Ellis County endured heavy rains over the weekend, though little compared to the 18.07 inches that drenched Corsicana. The forecast for the rest of the week is calling for more of the same, with daily thunderstorms likely. By comparison, the National Weather Service […]

Kolache eating champions chosen

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By Justin Tubbs The best part of Polka Fest, many will agree, is the food. Whether it’s the klobase and sauerkraut, or the warm kolaches fresh out the oven, many people from Ennis and those who visit here each year love Czech food. A perennial favorite, the SPJST holds a kolache eating contest right in […]

Polka 50th, good as gold

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By Mark Warde Even in a city known for pulling in crowds for community events, this year’s National Polka Festival likely topped its record for attendance according to the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. Cooperating weather and a near record number of vendors had downtown swelling with locals and out of town visitors. “It was a […]

Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ellis County


The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Central Texas and South Central Texas, including the following areas, in North Central Texas, Bell, Bosque, Collin, Comanche, Cooke. Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, falls. Grayson, Hamilton, Hill, hood, Jack, Johnson. Lampasas. Mclennan, mills, Montague, Palo Pinto. […]

People, music create lasting event for Ennis


By Justin Tubbs People filled the KJT Hall Friday night to dance to good music, drink good beer and see a new King and Queen crowned. Some people at the hall were newcomers to the National Polka Festival. Some have been coming to Ennis for the past 50 years. The Ennis Daily News spoke with […]

Polka Fest King & Queen crowned


Couples twirled and hopped around the dance floor Friday evening to kick off the 2016 National Polka Festival at KJT Hall. As is the tradition every Memorial Day weekend, Friday started off the three-day festival with a bang. During a normal Polka Festival weekend, Friday would serve as the King and Queen Dance to decide […]

A centennial of memories

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By Justin Tubbs Thursday, Ennis Independent School District hosted an event to celebrate 100 years of an historic Ennis building. For today’s students, the building comes with an official name, “The Alamo Education Center.” However, to most Ennisites, the building is simply “the old high school.” Almost like a generic label, the words “HIGH SCHOOL” […]

Polka dance-off Friday night

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By Mark Warde Every Memorial Day weekend for nearly three decades, like the Swallows returning from Argentina to Capistrano, so do the past winners of the National Polka King and Queen dance competition. Friday, May 27, on the 30th anniversary of the start of the dance-off, Ennis anticipates more than half of the previous winners […]

Police to remain vigilant during long holiday weekend


The Ennis Police Department personnel will be working extended shifts for the Memorial Day Weekend and during the peak hours of the Polka Festival weekend.  In addition to the Ennis Police force, members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and undercover officers will be on duty during this weekend. Law enforcement […]

Fallen tree branch imperils woman’s new home

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By Justin Tubbs Martha Stewart lives a simple life, but she says it’s been a good one. The 84-year-old is happy to still have her health, her family and her home. The latter hasn’t always been there, though. Seven years ago, Stewart’s home of 44 years in the 800 block of East Latimer burned down, […]

It’s Polka time!

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By Justin Tubbs The National Polka Festival is rolling in yet again, and some people have the question, “Just how valuable is the festival to Ennis?” According to Ennis Economic Development Director Marty Nelson, the impact can be very big. “From an economic impact perspective, any event or festival that runs multiple days has a […]

Polka Parade champs prep for a repeat

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By Justin Tubbs For Aline and Jimmy Whatley winning has become a tradition in the National Polka Festival Parade. For the past eight years, the Firehouse Grill owners have built award-winning floats that entertain. For seven of those years, the couple has walked away with the first place crown in the parade. “We like doing […]

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