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Letter carriers help stamp out hunger

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By Mark Warde For the third time in four years the canned food drive by Ennis letter carriers collected over 10,000 pounds of food for the Helping Hands pantry. “Ennis has such a supportive heart,” said Anna Gunn, a veteran with the USPS. “People here have always been generous when it comes to meeting needs.” […]

Rosewood Beef comes to Farmers Market

Chef Michael Scott and ranch manager Kenneth Braddock show off Rosewood Beef, which will be available Saturday at the Ennis Farmers Market.

By Mark Warde Call it a cameo or a special treat, but either way, the Ennis Farmers Market proudly welcomes Rosewood Beef on Saturday, May 21. Kenneth Braddock, the ranch manager at the renown Rosewood Ranch, along with chef Michael Scott, will be on hand 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in downtown Ennis tomorrow. They […]

Voter turnout best in two decades

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By Justin Tubbs To say this year’s mayoral and city commissioner election was one of the biggest in Ennis’ history wouldn’t be a stretch, especially if you are talking about recent history. Mayor Russell Thomas was elected in the year 2000 and served as mayor until May 7 this year. During that stretch of time, […]

Dixon: City charter a ‘daunting’ task

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The city is taking a hard look at its municipal charter. The document has not been amended since the 1950s, according to City Manager Scott Dixon, and some of the language and statutes in the charter still remain from the original document written when Ennis was founded. Monday, the City Commission voted to form a […]

Bypass project begins Friday

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The City expects to proceed with the U.S. Highway 287 bypass reconstruction project May 20, according to Public Works Director Robert Bolen. This phase of the project, he said, is to relocate utilities along the right-of-way of the highway. The City Commission approved a construction contract with Pittard Construction Company in the sum of $1,427,320 […]

Polka magazine coming Friday!

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Don’t miss the Friday edition of Ennis Daily News… The unofficial magazine of the 2016 National Polka Festival will be inside subscriber and single copy editions available Friday afternoon. The Ennis Daily News is proud to provide the most comprehensive guide to all the happenings for this year’s Polka Festival. Watch for it Friday. Also, […]

Newly elected commission tackles city charter

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By Justin Tubbs For some elected officials, Monday night was the final meeting; for others, including Mayor Angie Juenemann, it was the first. At the beginning of Monday night’s meeting, former Mayor Russell Thomas canvassed the election, and the City Commission made the results official. Juenemann, new Ward 1 Commissioner Rowdy Pruitt, Ward 3 Commissioner […]

Discount retailer preps to open Ennis store

Dirt Cheap is slated to open in the former Super 1 Foods location in Westgate Center before the end of May.

A retail operation that specializes in buying liquidations, closeouts, overstocks, and out of season goods from other retailers, distributors and manufacturers is preparing to open a location in Ennis before the end of May. Based in Hattiesburg, MS, Dirt Cheap has about 65 stores primarily in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and now Texas with several […]

EISD confirms election results

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After votes from May 7 were canvassed and announced by EISD communications director Art Del Barrio, judge Bill Woody officially swore in and seated the re-elected victors, Bramlet Beard and Julie Pierce. Both would be renamed to their previous post as president and vice-president before the end of the evening. Bramlet ran unopposed, while Pierce […]

Reception recognizes Mayor Thomas

Nancy and Russell Thomas and County Judge Carol Bush (right) had a chance to talk during the reception.

Several hundred gathered at KC Hall on Thursday afternoon to express thanks to mayor Russell Thomas, along with his wife, Nancy, for 18 years of service to Ennis. Well-wishers from the community included city leaders, past and present, as well as many other elected officials. Current city manager Scott Dixon led a ceremony of appreciation that featured […]

Juenemann new mayor-elect; Hejny, Honza, Pruitt elected commissioners

Mayor Russell Thomas, right, gave his support to Juenemann, left, throughout her campaign.

By Justin Tubbs The city election has come and gone in Ennis, and the winning candidates have emerged. Ennis’ new mayor elect is Angie Juenemann, who edged Ward 5 Commissioner Brian Holley by more than 400 votes. In Ward 1, Rowdy Pruitt won the election for commissioner, and he will take Jeremie Salik’s place. Scott […]

Voters give Juenemann thumbs up in mayoral bid

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Angie Juenemann is the new mayor-elect of Ennis. She captured 1,029 votes compared to Brian Holley’s 583. Juenemann and her campaign supporters celebrated Saturday night at Casa Italiana in Ennis, inviting folks to eat pizza and celebrate with her. Her official campaign Facebook posted, claiming the victory after early voting was announced heavily in her […]

Juenemann takes lead in early voting tallies

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Updated to include other early voting results, a comment from Juenemann and Facebook post.  The early voting numbers are in for the general city election in Ennis, and mayoral candidate Angie Juenemann is ahead of Ward 5 Commissioner Brian Holley by 328 votes. Juenemann drew 749 early votes in the mayoral race while Holley drew […]

Voter turnout light at polls Saturday morning

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Polling locations have been open since 7 a.m., and a little more than 220 voters cast their ballots by 1 p.m. Those numbers are added to the nearly 1,200 who voted in the Ennis general city election. Election Day has been a time for candidate’s and campaigners to make their way around the various polling […]

City preps for big election day

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By Justin Tubbs With less than a day away until the city has a new mayor-elect, the city is prepping for its biggest Election Day in recent history. Saturday, Ennis residents will not only decide who the city’s new mayor will be, but they will also decide who sits in three positions alongside the mayor […]

Mayoral candidates Q&A

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By Mark Warde Brian Holley and Angie Juenemann head into Saturday’s election with both similarities and sharp contrasts in their personalities and patterns as well as the paths they’ve taken as hopefuls to fill the void left by Russell Thomas. It’s been 18 years since Ennis has sought a new mayor. Each has strong support […]

Day of Prayer event set for Thursday

The shelter at Lion's Park will house the National Day of Prayer event in Ennis Thursday evening.

By Mark Warde In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, citizens and churches from Ennis will meet to pray at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park. The public is invited to attend. “We welcome the public,” said Darrell Nelson, who helps coordinate the event. “Residents are encouraged to attend and to participate.” The large, […]

Early voting turnout numbers up

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By Justin Tubbs The early voting polls in Ennis saw 1,195 people vote in the early election Those numbers are up significantly compared to just a year ago, when Ennis voters re-elected John Erisman as the city marshal. In that election, only 808 people went to the polls to vote. Those numbers may be slightly […]

Last day for early voting Tuesday

Early voting ends Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Justin Tubbs [email protected] The last day to vote early in the general city and Ennis ISD school board elections is Tuesday. Polls will be open at the Ennis Public Library from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. There are four positions to be decided on the City Commission, the biggest of which is the mayor’s […]

Mayor to be recognized

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Mayor Russell Thomas will be recognized along with two city retirees during Monday night’s City Commission meeting at City Hall. Thomas has served as mayor for the past 18 years, having been elected to the position nine times. This year, though, the mayor is hanging up his hat. Ahead of the May 7 election, Monday’s […]

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