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Infrastructure plan sparks concern among downtown merchants

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By Justin Tubbs When it comes to downtown infrastructure replacement, city officials and the Ennis City Commission agree the project is long overdue. Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said Tuesday the aggressive timeline for the project is there to help downtown business owners. “We think it can be done in that time frame. We are […]

EPT presents the ‘Tale as Old as Time’

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By J Niswonger Ennis Public Theatre’s successful K.I.D.S. program continues with the upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Directed by James Pritchett (who also directed the popular Shrek The Musical), Beauty and the Beast Jr. promises Ennis audiences eight entertaining shows. Set in a lovely French provincial town, the story follows the beautiful […]

‘Pivotal’ vote for downtown future

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By Justin Tubbs Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said Monday night was “one of those rare moments when decisions are taken that will change the course of an entire city.” “Three years of planning and preparation was transformed into tangible actions that will bear fruit for the citizens for decades,” he said. Monday night, the […]

Ennis has seen the works of Art

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By Mark Warde Detroit rapper Eminem dons a scarf under a cap turned sideways with a knit cap on top. The rest of us often have difficulty wearing a lot of hats. Then there’s Art Del Barrio. Having arrived in Ennis more than two years ago as the communications officer for the Ennis Independent School […]

Mosquito spraying begins

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The City’s Department of Health Services began its city wide mosquito surveillance efforts of trapping mosquitoes for testing for the presence of the West Nile Virus (WNV) and other mosquito related diseases on May 3. Typically, the City’s mosquito surveillance efforts begin in late April and ends in November. So far this year, more than […]

Londoner turns into homespun Texan

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By Mark Warde Little did she know while taking a ceramics class in high school that the class was molding her for a career. What appeared to be fun and creative would soon shape her young life into a vessel that would do the same for others. Born in London, England but sounding nothing like […]

City manager talks muni court changes

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By Justin Tubbs Ennis City Manager Scott Dixon said Thursday that the city has been working to clean up municipal court procedures since he arrived in February. The court, until Dixon’s arrival in Ennis, was under the authority of the Ennis Police Department, which Dixon said was unorthodox. That has changed, and Dixon says the […]

Local nurse garners Mercy Award recognition at ERMC

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Brandy Ray, RN, Clinical Coordinator of the Emergency Department has been recognized with the 2016 Mercy Award at Ennis Regional Medical Center. The annual award was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, founding Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health®. Ennis Regional Medical Center is one of LifePoint Health’s hospitals providing healthcare […]

Theft case raises a flap

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By Justin Tubbs As news spread Tuesday and Wednesday about the case of former municipal court clerk Anna Rosales, who allegedly stole $115,000 in misdemeanor fines, people came forward with stories of how the case has affected them personally. Many people said they paid fines in cash several years ago only to receive letters recently […]

Beckham vows to fight bullet train

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By Mark Warde Landowners in East Ellis County were treated to wind in their sails for resisting the efforts of those planning to build a high-speed railway through their property during an open meeting Tuesday night at the Ennis Public Library. Described as a Rottweiler-styled lawyer, Blake Beckham, met with the Community Development Sub-Regional Planning […]

Police: ‘Clerk stole $115K’

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By Justin Tubbs A former municipal court clerk with the City of Ennis could soon be facing theft charges for taking close to $115,000 over a four year period dating back to 2012, Ennis Police Department officials said. Anna Rosales, the 55-year-old municipal court clerk who worked for the city since November of 2000 allegedly […]

Heat Advisory in effect through Thursday

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON WEDNESDAY TO 8 PM CDT THURSDAY. * TEMPERATURE…HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL REACH THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 90S WITH AFTERNOON HEAT INDEX VALUES AROUND 105. * IMPACTS…HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE CAN QUICKLY OCCUR TO ANYONE WORKING OR PARTICIPATING IN […]

Court clerk accused of stealing $115K

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Anna Rosales is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the Ennis Municipal Court.

Former Ennis municipal court clerk Anna Rosales is accused of stealing approximately $115,000 since 2012, according to the Ennis Police Department. According to the Department, an Ellis County grand jury is expected to make a decision on June 29 whether to indict the 55-year-old Ennis woman on second degree felony theft charges. Lt. Mike Hopson with […]

WFAA’s Hernandez extols virtues of Polka Fest

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By Mark Warde Spring is a magnetic season for Ennis. When bluebonnets blanket the area in late March and April, the wildflowers can attract more than 40,000 people to view the blooms, nearly all wielding a camera and trails map. Then, at end of May, Polka Festival pulled in another 20,000 seekers of Czech culture […]

Ennis sees $46M in developments so far this year

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By Justin Tubbs Ennis Economic Development Director Marty Nelson regularly refers to the present as “good times for Ennis.” A recent economic development report shows $46 million in building development either currently in the works or soon to be underway. The $46 million is being expended across more than 30 projects. Some of those projects […]

Escamilla accepts McMurry scholarship

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Taylor Escamilla, who served Ennis athletic teams as a student athletic trainer, was accepted to McMurry University, an NCAA Division III college of 1,372 in Abilene. She was an active participant in University Athletic League debate and was a member of the National Honor Society. At McMurry, she plans to major in psychology. “I want […]

Boys & Girls Club honors Youth of the Year

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By Mark Warde Ennis chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrated their 17th annual Steak and Burger Dinner before a crowd numbering in the hundreds by introducing Cayla Gates as the first recipient of the Youth of the Year award. Inspiring other kids at the club, Gates has become a respected leader […]

Minister charged with stalking ex-girlfriend

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By Justin Tubbs An Ennis minister wanted for allegedly stalking and assaulting an ex-girlfriend last September was found and arrested Wednesday. According to police, the ex-girlfriend reported that Irron Searcy, 52, a minister and founder of Break Every Chain Ministries sent her threatening text messages, left threatening voicemails and even threw a brick at her […]

Unity One Fest aims to bring people together

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By Justin Tubbs Charlotte Watson has seen Unity One Summer Music Fest change and flourish over the past six years. The event started with a few artists in a park. It has since turned into an all-day event right in the heart of downtown Ennis. She hopes Saturday will show that the event continues to […]

City ramps up timeline for downtown projects

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By Justin Tubbs City Manager Scott Dixon said Monday officials are putting together an “aggressive” timeline on some major downtown projects. After the adoption of the City’s downtown master plan in March, it was estimated that implementation of the plan would likely take at least 10 years; but some initial parts of the plan could […]

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