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Give a Kid a Chance enters 9th year of giving

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Give A Kid A Chance has begun its three-month countdown towards the Aug. 13 main event day. Held at Ennis High School, the project, entering its ninth year of serving community needs, is seeking key contributions to complete what it will be offering area families. In a recent meeting of frontline leaders it was determined the […]

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

Highway 287 CMYK

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!


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, […]

Constable indicted on abuse charges

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An Ellis County constable and his chief deputy were indicted last Wednesday and were arrested Friday for charges related to abuse of position of constable and tampering. Precinct 4 Constable Mike Jones is accused of using county equipment to run his campaign as well as promote his own business. He allegedly used a computer, smart […]

Newly elected commission tackles city charter


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 […]

Wildcats end Lions baseball season

Bo Kalinec, junior right-hander, tossed three innings of hitless and scoreless relief on Friday at Whitehouse.

Despite limiting Whitehouse to three hits, Ennis fell to the upstart Wildcats, 7-6, on Friday night in East Texas. The defeat, coupled with a 5-3 setback on Thursday, ends the season for the Lions. For a second straight series against a favored opponent, fate-kissed Whitehouse profited from decisive calls in closer-than-expected games. They stunned Texas […]

Grim but not hopeless

Angie Dyer relishing a moment with her grandson, Ryan Goldstein.

A former nurse at Ennis Regional Medical Center has seen people whose plight ranges from hopeful to desperate. Coming alongside patients in their various stages of discomfort, she knows what it’s like to be a giver of care, support, and compassion. That all changed six months ago for Angela Dyer. Noticing a small knot on […]

Former drill team instructor sues EISD

Cassandra Ortiz

Former Ennis High School Lionettes drill team director Cassandra Ortiz is suing Ennis Independent School District for violation of overtime requirements, medical leave discrimination and discrimination because of disability. The formal complaint filed by her lawyer on April 1 states Ortiz is owed $36,731.24 in unpaid overtime for 1,403.95 hours accumulated over a 2 1/2-year […]

State of the art elections building opens


The county’s election building always stays busy. The elections administrators handle all countywide elections, and recently, the county has even contracted with the City of Ennis to run the town’s local elections. The election building, however, is not what it once was. The new election building has amenities with a modern rustic feel. It’s located […]

Historic B&B to host chamber event

The Moore-Ventura house, located at 400 W. Denton St., will serve as the backdrop for a Business After Hours event May 19.

One of Ennis’ oldest homes, and now the town’s only bed and breakfast, is opening its doors to the public May 19. The bed and breakfast has been open for the last few months, and the owners, Sam and Joanne Ventura, say they have had somewhere around 40 guests. Built in 1905, the home has […]

Bullet train draws fire from citizens


Nearly 100 Eastern Ellis County residents have formed an alliance as a sub-regional planning committee as part of Texans Against High Speed Rail, and they mean business. Having met monthly since the start of 2016, the allies are putting their money where their mouth is, according to Bob Beakley, a farmer with thousands of acres […]

Family, friends honor memory of fallen trooper

From right, Senior Trooper James Colunga, Wade Locker, Judy Altom and Kathy McAdams stand in front of Trooper Travis Locker’s memorial at the Waxahachie DPS office.

A highway patrol officer killed in the line of duty in 1969 is still remembered today. For the second consecutive year, the Department of Public Safety held the Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ride to raise money for disabled DPS officers, as well as families of fallen police officers. The ride is also to commemorate fallen […]

Store clerks busted for alcohol sales to minor


Four convenience store clerks were arrested over the weekend for selling alcohol to minors. According to Ennis police, the arrests were made as part of a buying operation. Police sent a 17-year-old into 11 locations in total. Four of the stores sold to minors. Seven didn’t. The stores who did sell to the minor, according […]

Former volunteer fire dept. treasurer suspected of taking nearly $30K

Alma VFD

The Alma Volunteer Fire Department was the victim of “embezzlement,” according to sources within the department. Meeting minutes and recorded conversations support the claim that Diane Marusak, the former AVFD treasurer for more than 20 years, who was removed from her position in July 2015, took close to $30,000 by having sole control of the […]

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 […]

Lions baseball team readies for playoff

Jacob Honza drives in a run in the first inning of Saturday's 15-1 win at Seagoville.

Fresh off a sweep of Seagoville, Ennis hosts the first game of a best-of-three baseball series against Whitehouse at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Game Two moves to Whitehouse, southeast of Tyler, at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Ranch 106.9 FM will broadcast Friday’s road game. If a third game is needed it will take place […]

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 […]

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