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New Eatery and Tea Room opens downtown

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Downtown Ennis has a new restaurant to celebrate, and while its menu says small plates, there is nothing little about the flavor in the hand-crafted items at the Tea Room & Eatery. Pick up Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News for more on this story… It pays to be a subscriber!

Shooting suspect remains at large

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The third suspect wanted in relation to an incident last week in which shots were fired into a home in the 400 block of Avenue C and later at an Ennis police officer is still on the loose, according to Ennis Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Hopson. “We have some leads, but we’re not really […]

Ortiz details info about mediation, how EISD built case

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This is the third and concluding installment in a series concerning Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis Independent School District. For Cassie Ortiz, the decision to sue Ennis Independent School District was something she believes she had to do. Her feelings of frustration toward school administrators had festered until she could no longer sit around, which is […]

Give a Kid a Chance preps for Aug. 13 event

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Give a Kid a Chance is set for its ninth year of service to kids and families in Ennis. Slated for Saturday, August 13 at Ennis High School, more than 1,400 youth will experience what it means to live in a community that cares for its own. “It’s right around the corner,” said coordinator Marty […]

City learns of second positive West Nile sample

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City Health Director Chauncy Williams said the City of Ennis Health Department received confirmation Tuesday of a second West Nile Virus-positive mosquito sample pool in Ennis. The sample was collected in the 900 block of Park Street July 14, according to Williams. Pick up Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News to learn more about […]

Pet of the Week: Frannie

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Frannie is our pet of the week. She is a 5-6 month old pit bull terrier mix. Frannie is full of love and energy and really enjoys playing with other dogs. Frannie is already spayed, current on all her vaccinations and her $100 adoption fee includes all that plus a microchip. Come see Frannie and […]

CDC probing possible first Zika case from US mosquito bite

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MIAMI (AP) — Health officials in Florida are investigating whether the Zika infection of a woman in the Miami area could be the first transmission of the virus from a mosquito bite in the continental United States. Lab tests confirmed the Zika infection, according to statements from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Federal immigration court backlog tops 500,000 pending cases

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The backlog in the federal immigration court system has eclipsed half a million pending cases, The Associated Press has learned. The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review said Wednesday there are now 500,051 pending immigration cases in the agency’s 59 courts. The backlog has been steadily rising in recent years as […]

Ortiz recounts how relationship with EISD began to sour

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This is the second in a series about Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis ISD. Ennis Independent School District emails between administrators and former Lionettes drill instructor Cassie Ortiz illustrate there was more than one issue with Ortiz leading up to Oct. 1, 2015, when she received a message instructing her not to come back to work […]

Feds step back from bullet train

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It was a mixed bag in terms of reactions to the July 18 ruling at the federal level by the Surface Transportation Board. The start-up railway had petitioned for an exemption as well as a petition for clarification, which were both denied by the Surface Transportation Board. Pick up Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily […]

City could toss out in-house trash services

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City Manager Scott Dixon said Wednesday it’s not uncommon for a city to subsidize services like libraries, and parks and recreation, but subsidizing enterprise services like water, sewer, gas and even garbage collection is “not considered a responsible financial practice.” That’s why the City of Ennis is now mulling whether to keep the current trash […]

‘Sheer brutality’: Police detail Baton Rouge shooting scene

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The horrific scene unfolded in a matter of minutes, a black-clad man with military training stalking law enforcement officers and ignoring horrified onlookers as he shot anyone he could find wearing a badge. Police say Gavin Long, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri, brazenly prowled a crime scene of hundreds of […]

City mulls options to pay back proposed $3.5M bond

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A big question that’s surfaced among fiscally conservative citizens is, “How can Ennis afford a $3.5 million bond to fund downtown improvements?” The Ennis City Commission will decide in August whether or not to approve the bond, which City Manager Scott Dixon says will pay for large portions of the public side of the downtown […]

Ortiz opens up about lawsuit

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This is the first of a series about Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis ISD. Part one focuses on Ortiz’s relationship with the Lionettes and Ennis ISD and the differing stories of the two sides. Ennis ISD emails and documents obtained by The Ennis Daily News paint a clearer picture as to what soured the relationship between […]

Season rewind: Lions rally from 21-point deficit to win opener

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Trailing early, 21-0, Ennis showed little substance as they opened a defense of the 2014 state championship. By roaring to a 33-28 win over Timberview, the top-ranked Class 5A team in the area, the Lions showed their mettle to everyone. In four of their six wins a year ago, the Lions roared back with rallies […]

Police across US patrolling in pairs after ambush attacks

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DENVER (AP) — Police departments across the country are ordering officers to pair up after ambush attacks left eight officers dead in Texas and Louisiana, a precaution that could slow response times to low-level crimes and drive up overtime for already exhausted police. Some agencies that normally let officers patrol alone began forcing them to […]

Area teams look for pace-setting QBs

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Eight of the area’s 15 high school football teams are about to enter camp short on varsity experience lining up behind center. No other position on the field gets more credit or receives more criticism than the quarterback. Responsible for ball security, the point-man is asked to manage the offense and minimize mistakes. The young […]

Former Marine kills 3 Baton Rouge officers, 3 others wounded

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition shot and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. Three other officers were wounded Sunday, one […]

Navarro deputy killed in off-duty accident

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By Justin Tubbs An off-duty Navarro County Sheriff’s deputy was killed Friday afternoon in a car accident that virtually destroyed his pickup truck. At about 2:30 p.m., Deputy James Murray was involved in a single-vehicle accident on South U.S. Highway 287 near the Navarro-Freestone County line, according to police. To get more on this story, […]

Ellis County Sheriff’s chaplain brings comfort to cops and inmates

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By Randy Bigham The recent tragedy in Dallas, where five police officers were assassinated by a sniper during a downtown demonstration, was a call to arms to Ennis resident Steph Brewer. Senior chaplain for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office’s Wayne McCollum Detention Center, Brewer knows well the dedication of men and women in law enforcement […]

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