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I-45 crash kills Dallas man

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A Dallas man was killed Sunday night after he crashed his SUV on Interstate 45 south of Ennis. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Dance avoided, rainless streak ends

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Local weather watcher Ron Vestal, who has been charting Ennis conditions for 42 years, recorded rain for the first time in 47 days when a brief shower skirted across town on Monday. “Previously, the longest stretch without rain was 44 days,” he said after the surprising precipitation. “Some scattered, light gray clouds were present in […]

Commission points out budget blunders

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Budget controversy in Ennis didn’t stop Monday night at the city commission workshop before the official meeting at City Hall. City manager Chuck Ewings and finance director Joel Welch presented a budget and a new city property tax rate lower than expected. The result: a roughly 0.669 percent tax rate compared to the 2014-2015 fiscal […]

New acting workshops and classes

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Phoenix Repertory Players have announced improvisational workshop opportunities in September for acting and dance. PRP couples the decision with a new goal of offering year-round opportunities for young actors and dancers. Established six years ago, the local not-for-profit youth theatre company has previously provided one large theatrical production each semester. See the report in the […]

Bodacious blasts! Todd Jones’ air-horn ready for Lions football

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It’s not quite the biblical trumpet in Zion, but it is a clear call of the Lions. Ennis football fans at home or on the road may have never seen the E-Train air horn or the guy who operates the equipment, but everyone has heard his triumphant blasts. For about 15 or more years Todd […]

Four uninjured in in three-car crash

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Four people escaped serious injury in Ennis Thursday after a teen caused a three-car accident, failing to stop at a red light. According to the report from the crash, 17-year-old Garrett Fitzgerald, of Ennis, was driving his Ford pickup truck eastbound on Lake Bardwell Dr. and ran a red light at the Ensign Road intersection […]

For what it’s worth…

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A connoisseur of antiques who moved to Ennis 7 years ago may miss old haunts back in North Carolina, but he’s found the Texas market for period furniture and fine art as exciting as anywhere else in the country. “Relocating is always an adjustment but I’m very happy here now, and the people of Ennis […]

Palmer band boosts Friday night vibe

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Football games on Friday nights in Palmer have changed.  Last year saw a new coaching staff make a change on the field, but there was also another transformation. It could be found in the bleachers with the band under the direction of Jeremy McKissack. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Wray gives update on Capitol activities

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State Rep. John Wray fielded questions from a small crowd Thursday evening at the Ennis Public Library. A light showing, only 12 citizens showed up, with Wray’s staff nearly matching the number of Ennis folks. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

NWLA begins classes Aug. 20

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Ennis, with a storied past that has included public and parochial options for education, added a new member in 2014 when it was announced New Way Leadership Academy was beginning on the northside of town. Accredited by the National Association of Private Schools, curriculum allows for students to progress at an accelerated level. That means […]

EISD welcomes first-time teachers

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Eighteen teachers were welcomed to the Ennis Independent School District this week, each of them beginning their teaching careers. Cotton Patch Cafe served as the setting for Dr. John Chapman, EISD administrators and other officials to share pleasantries and a meal. It was also an opportunity to present each new educator with a “New Teacher […]

FEMA disaster recovery center open in Ellis County


A temporary State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. in Ellis County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 22. The center will be at the Ellis County Courts and Administrative […]

EDC votes to mark $3.9 mil unrestricted

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The Ennis Economic Development Corporation unanimously voted Tuesday to do things as they’ve “always done them,” according to Mike Montgomery, president of the EDC board of directors. The action they took: moving nearly $3 million of their $10.9 million proposed budget to an “unrestricted” fund, allowing for a broader use of the money when the […]

New charges to come for Coffey

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More charges are expected for the ex-Maypearl Chief of Police Kevin Coffey, who is currently in county jail, unable to make bond. According to the Ellis County District Attorney’s office, the new charges are expected out of Johnson County. Coffey, who has already been charged with four child sex crimes for actions he allegedly took […]

Sheriff’s cars parked – airbag risk too high to use them

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Parked in the Ellis County farm lot off FM 878 are 10 Dodge Chargers. Normally used for patrol by Ellis County sheriff’s deputies, those vehicles have been temporarily decommissioned because of a recall notice Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown received from the Chrysler manufacturer, which also builds the Dodge deputy vehicles. “[Chrysler] didn’t tell us […]

Patterson recognized for noted award

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Ennis Regional Medical Center director of plant operations James Patterson is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Mercy Award. The annual honor was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott L. Mercy, founding chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health. ERMC is one of LifePoint’s hospitals, which are located in 20 states. Patterson is […]

County records warehouse nears completion

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Ellis County will soon announce an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the completion of the County Records Warehouse. The 12,000 square foot facility on FM 878 could be finished in a month according to Joseph A. White, the county engineer. “It’s been 13 years in the making,” he said on Monday afternoon at the old courthouse […]

County OK’s elected officials raise on 3-2 vote

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A split vote gave county commissioners and the rest of the county’s elected officials a 3-percent pay raise Monday after a public hearing. The increase passed with a vote of 3-2, commissioners Paul Perry and Lane Grayson voting to strike down the increase. Commissioners Kyle Butler and Dennis Robinson and County Judge Carol Bush voted […]

2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Medical Professional of the Year Award: Dr. Nicole Davis

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“Doctors are great, as long as you don’t need them.” The words of Edward E. Rosenbaum in his book, A Taste of My Own Medicine: When the Doctor Is the Patient, summarize the feelings many have about those in the medical profession. Unfortunately the immortal often require the doctoral services of those with both the […]

2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Senior Citizen of the Year Award: Marylyn Wylie

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Congratulations are in order for Marylyn Wylie. PRIDE of ENNIS 2015 Senior Citizen of the Year Award winner. The honor is warranted, according to the many nominations. Asked for a quote, the colorful and candid Wylie jokingly took exception to the title: “All you’re gonna get is a quote you can’t use.” Few people can […]

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