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Lions gear up for Relay

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The Ennis Host Lions Club had fellow Lion and Ennis ISD Superintendent John Chapman deliver a program about Relay For Life pf Ennis. Chapman said more than $100,000 was raised last year for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society within the community of Ennis. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a […]

Downtown Master Plan shapes a tourist attraction and economic engine

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Monday at 7 p.m., the city’s pending downtown master plan will go before the public’s eyes for the second time, when the Ennis Planning and Zoning board gets to take a peek. According to the city’s economic development coordinator, Marty Nelson, there is nothing small about plan. Sketches and other artwork of what downtown Ennis […]

Ennis grad, Federal Judge Bennett, speaks Feb. 6

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  Federal Judge and Class of 1983 Ennis High School graduate, Alfred H. (Shane) Bennett, returns as the keynote speaker on Feb. 6 at the invitation of the Negro Chamber of Commerce. The event, which will include area leaders, is set for 6 p.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church at 800 E. Freeman St., […]

Holley runs for mayor

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Ward 5 Commissioner Brian Holley today announced his candidacy for mayor of Ennis. Holley is officially the first to toss his hat in the ring for the May 7 mayoral race. According to Holley, his decision comes after receiving support from friends and family. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here […]

Ellis is champion

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Kendrick Ellis was the champion of the top age group, 6th-8th grade, at the Unity in the Community Martin Luther King Memorial Oratory Contest on Jan. 14. For more photos and awards, see the Ennis Daily News.  

City officially fills positions; industrial agreement passed


Tuesday night, city commissioners made it official. The city will have a new city manager and a new city secretary. Scott Dixon, who commissioners decided on less than a month ago, will officially begin his work as city manager on Feb. 1, and his official salary is the same as his predecessor’s: $145,000 per year. […]

Hackney will seek re-election

  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Wednesday is the first day for candidates to file in the upcoming city election, and Commissioner Ken Hackney announced he would be running to keep his Ward 3 seat. In a statement, Hackney said why he would be running again. “While the past 21 months have not come without controversy and […]

Business 287 set for spring expansion

Mark Warde [email protected] Widening a short stretch of Business 287 could begin this spring according to Texas Department of Transportation. “The plan is to reconstruct the road from Clay Street to McKinney Street,” said mayor Russell Thomas. “We will also be adding a center turn lane.” The targeted area, which is part of the recently […]

Commissioner to be arraigned for 2015 assault


Hernandez mugshot Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ward 2 Commissioner Marco Hernandez is scheduled for arraignment in court Thursday for an assault charge that stems back to May 2015. According to court records, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hernandez on May 29. The court records say the assault was family violence, a misdemeanor. The complaint filed […]

Commissioner Salik not running for reelection

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Three two-year terms was plenty for Ennis City Commissioner Jeremy Salik. Stating he made his decision in light of changes he is facing in his life and business, the 38-year-old contacted The Ennis Daily News to make it public. “I will not be running for re-election,” he said. “There are other opportunities that have arisen […]

Annual MLK Day events invite community out

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Charlotte Watson, organizer for Unity in the Community, wants to stay true to the spirit of Martin Luther King. On Saturday and Sunday, following Thursday night’s youth Essay, Oratorical and Art Contest, Unity in the Community will hold its annual health fair and MLK memorial service. The health fair on Saturday is […]

City election wide open


Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ennis’ city leadership could look much different in a few months, thanks to a new city manager and the upcoming mayor and commissioner elections on May 7. At this point, there are three commission seats and a mayor’s seat that are wide open. As of Wednesday afternoon, no current commissioners announced they […]

North Texas food bank receives large gift

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Mark Warde [email protected] Dallas Theater Center collected more than $138,000 for the North Texas Food Bank during the run of A Christmas Carol, Nov. 25-Dec. 26, 2015. Patrons donated dry goods and more than $80,000 to support NTFB. An additional $57,000 from an anonymous donor means more than 414,000 meals will be provided across North […]

Ennis architect left legacy of taste, practicality

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Ennis has been called “the town that Hix built.” That may be an exaggeration but there’s no denying the influence of architect Hix McCanless (1868-1938) on the history of the city he called home for most of his life. Until the advent of former City Manager Steve Howerton, no other resident had a greater visual […]

Soon-to-be city manager talks first impressions

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After the announcement Friday that Ennis commissioners selected Scott Dixon as the new Ennis city manager, The Ennis Daily News caught up with Dixon, the current Flatonia city manager Friday afternoon to get his first impressions of Ennis. Dixon said he senses Ennis is community where he feels comfortable having his family. “As much as […]

Ennis selects new city manager

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] After a Thursday full of interviews and deliberation, Mayor Russell Thomas said Friday morning that Ennis has a new city manager. The city commission interviewed five candidates, narrowed the field down to two and arrived at the decision of Randall Scott Dixon, who was most recently employed as city manager of Flatonia, […]

Lions Club celebrating 100 years; Local chapter in 95th year

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] One of the most active service organizations in Ennis, the local Lions Club chapter is celebrating will be celebrating its 95th year this year, while Lions Club International is turning 100. “It feels great [to be a part of Lions Club],” longtime Lion Bob Taylor said on Wednesday, the day the local […]

Commission: Strong set of city manager candidates


This week, some of the people in charge of selecting a new city manager spoke out with their opinions about some of the new city manager candidates. The overarching thought is that this time around the candidates are more qualified than they were during the last search two years ago. “We have a strong group […]

Kinzie calls out Commission


Justin Tubbs [email protected] Monday evening, longtime Ennis doctor Bill Kinzie took the podium at the City Commission meeting to criticize commissioners, even calling the city a “dysfunctional state.” In his short speech, Kinzie blamed the city for having “lost a number of key city employees,” citing the example of former city manager Chuck Ewings, who […]

Health fair on tap, commemorates MLK

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Unity in the Community is gearing up for its annual health fair. This year, the program, which provides free and low-priced medical screenings for adults and children, is called “Let’s Move and Get Healthy” and will take place Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ennis Junior High School, 3101 Ensign […]

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