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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 […]

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 […]

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