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Children see hard work paid off

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Broderick Williams snapped photos as his son Davon shook Mayor Russel Thomas’ hand Thursday evening and was handed a certificate for reading more than 750 minutes over the summer. Williams whispered to nobody in particular, “I’m so proud of him.” That was the general feeling of the more-than-100 proud family members and friends that packed into the […]

Hit the road, Jack

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Equipment and mounds of chipped rock in the background were delivered on the parking lot at the old Safeway downtown on Thursday. Director of public works, Robert Bolen, explained that a chip seal project for less than ten streets adjacent to Baylor and Main Street will begin on Monday, July 27. It will take three to five […]

Memorial park receiving upgrade

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The Ennis veterans memorial often touted as the most beautiful in Ellis County is receiving an upgrade. According to Larry Fincher, an active member of the veteran community in Ennis and an American Legion Rider, the project will restore and retouch the large center star in the memorial at Veterans Memorial Park. See the report […]

EPT’s Ruthless! opens. Fame at any cost…

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“Relentless raillery” aptly describes Ennis Public Theatre’s newest production of Ruthless! The Musical. Debuting off-Broadway in 1992, Ruthless! spoofs the stereotypical self-absorbed actress and slays the audience with stinging satire. Family-friendly throughout (unless parents are concerned about giving their little ingénues any wicked ideas), this play offers campy musical fun guaranteed to entertain. For an […]

Ride raising bike awareness

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Denise Fincher remembers the last time she saw her 22-year-old daughter, Lee, alive. “She said she was going out for a ride at 10:30, and I said ‘no you’re not’,” Fincher recalled Wednesday. “But she said to me ‘mom if I die, I was happy, doing what I love.’” That night, Lee was hit by […]

Avenue Church expands to Ennis

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The Avenue Church, based in Waxahachie, has announced they are expanding with a new campus in Ennis. They have signed a long-term lease with Infinity Properties, who own Madison Hall, located at 906 S. Kaufman St. According to Kory Henry, who, along with his wife Belinda purchased the facility in 2004 when it was Confetti’s […]

Main Street gets attention


On Friday, July 17, Sarah Blankenship, Texas Main Street Program senior designer, and project assistant Marie Oehlerking toured downtown Ennis. While here, they met with building owners who have asked for their assistance with their façade projects as well as ideas on new signage for their business. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! […]

City moving forward with ambulance negotiations

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Unofficial word that the city would be moving forth with American Medical Response (AMR) as its new ambulance service provider next year was made official Monday night with a unanimous vote from city commissioners. With all five commissioners present voting in favor of the resolution, and Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Walker filling in for an absent […]

Summer reading program wrapping up on high note

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One of the side effects of summer is preparing to go back to school. This summer, the same as most, the Ennis Public Library made an effort to cure that annoying symptom with its Summer Reading Program. On Thursday, the program met to see its last special guest, and Tuesday will mark the last day […]

EDC announces new industrial project, budget


The Ennis Economic Development Corporation is in talks with another industrial company for expansion in Ennis said Marty Nelson, economic development coordinator, in a meeting Tuesday. The project, now labeled as Project Firebird, involves a new economic development agreement and purchase of new land for the project. Although Nelson could not yet reveal the name […]

Ennis likely to move forward with American Medical Response

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City Manager Chuck Ewings said the Tuesday the city has a frontrunner for future ambulance service. After the decision was announced Monday by the Ellis County Commissioners Court and Red Oak City Council to move into contract negotiations with American Medical Response (AMR), a private ambulance company that serves more than 2,100 communities in the […]

On the road to faith: Pastor Glenn Hejny shares plans for church expansion

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One of the fastest growing congregations in Ennis is Damascus Road Fellowship (DRF), currently holding services at the Ennis National Bank Event Center. Pastored by lifelong Ennisite and well-known businessman Glenn Hejny, Damascus Road has spread its influence to mission work in New Mexico and, most recently, to Uganda. The son of Jerry and Georgia […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Organization of the Year Award: Ennis Garden Club

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Who doesn’t want a more beautiful, eco-friendly community? That thought is the driving force behind the Ennis Garden Club, a nearly 50-year-old organization in Ennis that in the past year has worked diligently to increase its visibility to the public through service projects and its annual Bluebonnet Trails Festival. The reason why was made clear […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Public Servant of the Year Award: Kevin Taylor


The list of nominees and reasons given by scores of people, including many junior high students, speaks volumes of the way they feel about Officer Kevin Taylor, the 2015 Public Servant of the Year. “Always ready to help others” is just the tip of the iceberg of compliments sent with nominations. Others described him as […]

Dancing Ennis officer becomes a hit sensation

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Lakendra Cox and Shanitra Robinson say it isn’t too often an Ennis police officer will stop to say hi or chat, but things were a little different on Saturday’s Fourth of July holiday, as seen by many Ennisites in a Facebook video that has gained significant Internet traffic. “They were riding through, and the kids […]

Garlits grand marshal for Motorplex 30th NHRA Fall Nationals

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If ever there was a legend in the sport of drag racing, it’s “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.   When Texas Motorplex opened its gates to the public – becoming the first ever super-stadium of drag racing – in August of 1986, Garlits was on his way to earning his ninth Car Craft All-Star Team and […]

Downtown cafe driving sidewalk ordinance proposal

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The Vintage Cross Cafe, located in the downtown Emporium building, has been a welcome addition to the city, offering another appealing dining option. On Monday, the Ennis city commission heard the first reading of an ordinance that would allow downtown restaurants to offer a sidewalk seating option. This “sidewalk cafe” ordinance, as its being called, […]

Ennis Relay for Life tops $100,000 mark


A recent donation of $7,234 is being added to the Ennis Relay for Life 2015 fundraising totals, pushing the total farther past the goal and the $100,000 mark. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Ennis Freedom Fest doubles the parade, adds fireworks

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It was a blast. That’s the assessment around Ennis following Freedom Fest over the Fourth of July weekend. “I head more than one spectator comment, ‘This makes be proud to live in Ennis.’ We are already reviewing things that went well and things that we need to do a little differently next year. I hope […]

City passes B&B ordinance

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The Ennis city commission passed an ordinance Monday evening permitting residential buildings to house bed and breakfasts in Ennis on a case-by-case basis. Commissioners also heard two new ordinances, which they will make a decision on in their next meeting in two weeks. Sam and Joanne Ventura were present Monday. The two are the ones […]

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